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“A home from home a plesant surprise”
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Rumboat Retreat
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Reviewed 6 December 2008

My wife and I stayed at Bluebay on our way home from visiting family in Carriacou. I ran in Bluebay via a travel expo in Barbados and it instanly appeal to me but I didn't expect such a stay.
From the very first welcome by LIsette to the time we left we experienced the wonderful hospitality of this special place.We felt spoilt, nothing was too much trouble, the staff and other team members gave the personal treatment that is missing in so many holiday trips.
The hike must not be missed, be prepared for the terrain that is typical Grenada, and wear good walking gear for a rainy day.
Great fun crossing the rivers to the waterfall.
The Fish Fry is low-key compared to other developed islands, but at least its an opportunity to mingle and enjoy some island flavors. We've heard the lobster is not to be missed.
If you're looking for peace and quiet without the fanfare you will find it at Bluebay .
Without a doubt we found it and will return soon

Tony and Kathy from Barbados

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2008

I stayed at the Bluebay in mid June of 2008 and LOVED IT! This place is 5 star on all counts!
Lisette and her staff were amazing- willing do do whatever they could to make you feel welcome, comfortable, entertained and safe. The meals and drinks were wonderful, my huge room was extremely comfortable and EVERYBODY went out of their way to make my stay extra enjoyable. If I wanted to hang out with the other guests, trips were arranged. If I wanted to explore on my own, at the end of the day I was warmly welcomed back with a smile, a cold drink and a friendly " how was your day?". Never intrusive, always welcoming. Local flavor, excellent accomadations, the best hostess ever.. I could go on and on.
You MUST stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2008

During May of 2008 I stayed at three different hotels while on an extended trip to Grenada. Bluebay Lodge, Lisette and staff, offered my wife and I the most lovely stay we have had among many good visits on several different islands. The lodge is clean and well run. Lisette is a most remarkable proprietor and hostess, very well connected in the Gouyave area, and with a great sense of how to connect visitors with people and place. The food was absolutely superb, coming fresh from farms, fishermen, and vendors in the area. The chef at Bluebay offered us what was by far the the best food we ate on Grenada, which is rightly known for its cuisine as the "spice island." Gouyave Friday was a lovely event featuring seafood booths, drumming, and general Friday night street spectacle. Gouyave itself is a charming small town with a French architectural feel similar--in much smaller scale--to New Orleans, which was founded at about the same time. A guided hike and swim at Concord Falls and a nearby plantation visit were both great experiences, organized and/or led by Lisette. I can not say enough about the value, quality, and spiritedness of our stay at Bluebay Lodge except to say that we aim to return as often as possible. This is the best place from which to explore and see Grenada. It is a very special labor of love for those who keep it running and is now without doubt my favorite place to stay in the eastern Caribbean.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2008

The previously posted reviews really say it all, so I will try not to re-hash much here, but Bluebay Lodge is simply excellent.

If you are looking for an all-inclusive "Sandals" type resort where you sit on the beach, drink chi-chis and meet only the "locals" who work at the hotel: this is not the place for you! But since you are considering a trip to Grenada in the first place, you're probably looking for an experience with a little more adventure and authenticity than packaged sunshine can offer. If that sounds like your bowl of nutmeg porridge, then Bluebay might be juussssttttt right for you Goldilocks.

It is still possible and quite easy to get involved in the lives of the local people and have a delicious and authentic slice of Grenadian life; however you may need to make some contacts, find your comfort zone and hit your stride first. This is where Bluebay and Lisette et al come in. All the other nice things that past reviewers have said about the lodge, the staff, the food, etc. are true and accurate but the standout feature of Bluebay is that you WILL meet locals, you WILL have unexpected and brilliant experiences and you WILL feel like part of the family - if You WILL it to be so.

You may not know it yet, but you have the opportunity to experience the many facets of life on the island outside of the touristy areas of Grand-Anse and La Sagesse and Jimmy, Lisette and the rest of the staff at Bluebay will make it their personal quest to see that you get the most out of your time in Grenada. They will suggest fun things to do, cool places to go, show you how to get around the island, (tip: take the buses whenever possible, they're way more fun and cheaper than renting a car) give you names and numbers of people to meet and often they will accompany you on excursions. They are fantastic people and the top reason to start your trip at Bluebay.

We stayed at another guest house on Grenada and one on Carriacou and they were simply not in the same league. Having said that, our experiences at the next two places were still awesome and greatly enhanced because we'd got the hang of things by staying at Bluebay first. If we'd done things in a different order, I believe our trip to Grenada would have been much more forgettable.

Read the reviews, check the facts, choose Grenada, then book your stay at Bluebay. Or don't and leave more for me ;) !!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2008

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.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Mount Nesbit, Grenada (Formerly Bluebay Lodge)
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Region: Caribbean > Grenada > Saint John Parish
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint John Parish
Price Range: $140 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rumboat Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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. 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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