We stayed at this hotel for five nights last month and had a very relaxing stay.
The location of the hotel means that the views from the small but beautiful pool are absolutely stunning. The expansive gardens are filled with tropical trees and flowers. The hotel is a little off the beaten track but it is worth the extra travelling for the peace and quiet and the views. It is a small hotel with only a few facilities so not the place to go if you want all-day pampering but for those like us who prefer a low-key experience it is perfect.
The managers Patrick and Stephanie were friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them. We ate at the hotel twice (we wanted to eat there more often but one night was Patrick's one night off and on the first night we arrived too late for dinner)and the table d'hote menu prepared and cooked by Patrick was outstanding on each occasion. The cooking really was 'of the highest quality', as they say on Masterchef. There were 24 people eating there one night and every single plate of each of the three courses was cleared completely by everyone. The breakfasts were also excellent.
Our room was simply but comfortably furnished, with views from the front deck across the water to Les Saintes. We could hear some noise from the adjoining room but this did not bother us. We just played music on our iPod using the speakers provided. We would have liked a refrigerator in the room and a facility to make tea in the mornings but Guadeloupe is a French-influenced island and therefore this is not really to be expected.
We wanted to take some cheese to friends in Dominica on the next stage of our holiday and Patrick lent us a cold box to keep the cheese in our room overnight (we had to leave before breakfast to catch the ferry) and gave us an ice block to take on the journey. That is what we call service.
The hotel is ideally placed to visit Les Saintes on a day trip and to reach walks/hikes on Basse Terre. The hotel is regularly used by the British walking holiday provider Headwater, which is in itself a recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is composed by a renovated authentic colonial “mansion”, built in 1927 and 3 cottages:Colonial mansion : 1 suite with 2 bedrooms and one bathroom at the ground floor (with a part of the terrace which goes around the colonial mansion call a “varangue”). At the first floor two triple rooms with independant shower.Occupation SUITE : 2 adults + 2 children + 1 infant. Surface area ≈ 60sqmOccupation triple rooms : 3 adults + 1 infant. Surface area ≈ 28sqmThe cottages : 2 independant rooms with terrace for each cottage, children’s bedroom on upper level, which can be communicated with one of each rooms.Occupation : 2 adults + 1 infant. Suraface area ≈ 17sqmEvery room including: Bathroom with Bath (or shower), hair-drier, air-conditioner, phone, IPOD system, one king size bed (maximum 2 persons in a room, possibility to add a baby cot), terrasse with panoramic view overlooking “Les Saintes” and deck chairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Jardin Malanga Hotel Guadeloupe
- Le Jardin Malanga Basse Terre