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We stayed in August 2018 as a family of six, plus friend, children aged 12 to 20, and the property was exactly as described, if not better. It is tastefully decorated and feels homely yet relaxed enough for a holiday. The views are amazing, especially at sunset and the area is my favourite in Guadeloupe. The owners were excellent in the booking and planning process and Philip handled every enquiry and question brilliantly on site. We were recommended to hire a car from Gwadloc and they were excellent too!
The location is fantastic. Very quiet and tucked away but only a 15 minutes steep walk to town. The villa is traditional but does lack some basic facilities. Only one smelly toilet for everyone, only one mug/cup for everyone which although minor does mean you need to plan your tea/coffee. 2 coffee makers though.
Pool not cleaned in the 2 weeks but only became an issue after a massive downpour and this left the pool green and full of bugs 2 days before we left.
Please be prepared for an expensive eating out experience compared to the U.K. A modest restaurant will cost €100 for 4 people with a 300ml bottle of lager being between €4.50 and €6 with the meal. We struggled to find cheaper in Deshaies but a short drive out of the area sees things drop in price.
Supermarket shopping is more expensive than the U.K. too with Waitrose price for Aldi products. Be prepared for a bit of a shock.
Traffic in and out of Pointe-A-Pitre was heavy on our 3 trips into the city so please leave yourself a bit of extra time to what google tells you. The rain forest way was better traffic wise than going through Santa Rose.
Pack your hiking boots for the hiking up the volcano and to the waterfall near St Claud. It is heavy going but pack plenty of water and snacks for the trip as when you leave St Claude, that’s it. Not even a toilet but there are plenty of trees.
We ended up with an automatic hire car which did improve the driving experience greatly. It’s hard going with lots of steep hills and turns. I drive a great amount and I found it tiring at times. You can’t change it obviously but you can make it better with an automatic.
Learn French before you go too. We have a bit but needed more and a better understanding really. That’s our fault though and nothing to do with anyone else.