We stayed at Bluebay Lodge for eight nights in the early part of March, 2008 and enjoyed it very much. Bluebay is more of a guest house than a hotel – the rooms are serviceable and clean, all ensuite, and have AC units. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining area attached to the lounge and the bar. A simple breakfast of local fruit, coconut cakes, jam, tea, and coffee is inclusive, but more elaborate options are available. The dinner menu contains about 8 choices each of appetizer and mains, which are quite good and very fairly priced. The crayfish appetizer, pumpkin soup, and ice cream are especially good. The Lodge is located on the main road from St. George’s to Gouyave and is convenient to both by bus (25 minutes to St. G., 5 minutes to Gouyave). But, having said that, we rented a car and felt much freer for doing so because there is no nice beach or restaurant nearby.
What’s bad about it? Our two main annoyances were the showers and the mosquitoes. The showers only worked intermittently and hot water was not always available. The former was due to plumbing work being done at odd hours and should not be a problem in the future. The latter is due to the hot water being solar powered, so it’s cold by morning. Our lodging in Carriacou prior to coming here didn’t have any hot water at all, so this was not a major hardship for us. As for the mosquitoes, there were quite a few. The beds do have mosquito nets around them, but ours was hung a bit too high and didn’t quite cover the whole bed. One night a mosquito found its way into the net and pandemonium ensued!
What’s good about it? What’s good about Bluebay is actually great. Bluebay is off the normal tourist track and staffed by a small group of people with big hearts. Lisette, the owner/hostess will do everything she can to make sure you experience the best of Grenada. She is full of advice and has a good network of friendly, local people she can introduce you to for what she can’t provide herself. She organized two hikes for us with a different guide for each, both of which were fantastic. Gary took us to Concorde Falls and introduced us to a farmer who gave us some refreshing water nuts. Montieth took us up Mt Qua Qua and also to Honeymoon Falls (both recommended) and was an amazing person to spend a day with for his wealth of local knowledge. Lisette also organized an afternoon trip to a beach bar on Hogg Island in local fishing boats. The trip was a little over an hour each way in a small boat. While bouncing over the waves we spotted flying fish and sea turtles, then enjoyed an afternoon amongst the yacht people at Hogg Island. I’m quite sure no other hotel would have done this for us, and it was unforgettable. Lisette also organized a big cookout at Bathway Beach on a Sunday night with traditional Oil Down (the national dish) and Seafood Soup on the beach. This last excursion, with all the food and drink, was completely free of charge and also unforgettable.
To sum up, Bluebay is a great base for exploring the real Grenada. The excursions organized by the staff were all excellent. The atmosphere and staff are very friendly. During our stay we explored other places to stay that were on nice beaches and had nice restaurants (La Sagesse and Maca Bana/Aquarium Restaurant). But these places, despite their luxury and nice settings, didn’t quite hold up. They felt like tourist enclaves and left us craving the company of the local Grenadians who had become our friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Rumboat retreat . Our modern intimate inn is situated on a picturesque hillside in Gouyave, home to Fish Friday. All rooms are en-suite, come complete with cable television and full air-conditioning. Our small eatery has gained popularity for serving some of the tastiest organic Caribbean dishes. Local bus service operates very close to our lodge so commuting is easy! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluebay Hotel St John
- Rumboat Retreat Grenada/Saint John Parish