We recently stayed here for 9 nights and enjoyed our time there. It isn't really a hotel, more a bungalow set-up. When we arrived, a very efficient receptionist showed us to our bungalow and supplied us with an envelope containing all the information we would need for our stay. We had booked a "grand large" apartment even though there were only two of us and were glad we had as we were able to store our suitcases in the extra room. The double bedroom was adequately equipped with a large, comfortable bed, a desk, a low suitcase rack and bedside tables. The wardrobe was a curtained off area with hanging and shelf areas. We were very glad to see that there was a safe there also.
We had opted not to pay for daily cleaning and I must admit I was glad when the cleaning day came round. (We arrived on Tuesday and no cleaning was done until the following Sunday). However, it was possible to ask for new towels, toilet paper and refuse bags at reception anytime they were needed. It would have been nice if the cleaning staff had just looked in to check on supplies of these essentials each day even if they didn't clean.
The gardens were really beautiful and well maintained. We had an apartment close to the bottom of the hill, having known about the steep climb up the hill to the ones with the best views but we were glad to not have to climb every time we went out. Even where we were, the sunsets were spectacular but the best place to be for that was the Grande Anse just a few minutes walk away. Breakfast was a bit haphazard. We quickly learned that we needed to be early as the buffet wasn't replenished when it came close to the end of the breakfast period. We only fell foul of that one day and I must admit I felt a bit cheated. After all, I had paid just as much for my breakfast and should have had the same choice as those who made it there earlier. At breakfast, we liked to sit at the edge of the breakfast area overlooking the pool and we could see the pains that were taken to keep it pristine.
We ate in the restaurant several nights as it was either a long walk into Deshaies, or we had to drive there. There was a large choice of excellent restaurants in the little town but we did find the hotel restaurant good enough to use more than once, especially on those days when we had been out all day and didn't really want to drive again. There was quite a good selection of dishes and we didn't find it too expensive, certainly not as expensive as eating at some hotel restaurants. I particularly enjoyed the ouasous (giant freshwater prawns) and my husband always started his meal with a plate of accras de morue. We ate fish almost every night, but I tried the chicken in coconut milk and it was excellent.
Overall, I was happy with our choice but there were some things which could be improved. As I have mentioned before, it might be good to check the rooms for essentials every day even if the cleaning wasn't being done. I didn't particularly like having to go to ask for toilet paper at the reception. Also, although there was a phone in the room, it didn't work. Calls had to be made at reception on their phone. This isn't ideal, I personally don't like making my personal phone calls in public. As there are already phones in rooms, why aren't they connected? On our first full day there, there was no water. We came back hot and sticky, after a long morning out, desperate for a shower. No shower, no toilet, and not even any estimate of the length of time the water would be off. We were told at reception that it was off because of road works but it would have been nice if the receptionist could have made an enquiry so that she could have given guests a time estimate for the inconvenience. The service provided was just a bit too impersonal for my liking, there was no real attempt made by the front of house staff to get to know their guests or to engage them in conversation. I do like hotel staff to make an effort to be pleasant and friendly.
I did enjoy staying there, and given my experiences at the next place we stayed, I would have preferred to stay where I was. The situation was great, close to the beach. However, we drove to other more isolated beaches nearby. There was lots to do in the area and there were lots of places to eat in Deshaies, whatever type of cuisine you prefer. I can enthusiastically recommend the Jardins Botaniques just outside Deshaies, Excursions Nico which are boat trips out of Sainte Rose, Domaine de Severin (rum distillery), la Route de la Traversee (not to be missed) and the Maison de Cacao near Pointe Noire. It is definitely a good base if you like to explore and make the most of your time in a new place.
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- Also Known As:
- Habitation Grande Anse Deshaies
- Habitation Grande Anse Hotel Deshaies
- Habitation Grande Anse Guadeloupe/Deshaies