I am in two minds when writing this, i want to praise the best place i've ever stayed but also want to keep it a secret! to say this exceeded my expectations is a huge understatement. i picked it as a quirky place for a couple of nights and wish my whole two weeks had been here. i cant wait to go back and could have lived there forever. we stayed in the treehouse and there is also a pirate treehouse, romany caravan which we also had one night for my older children, and a windmill. From the minute you arrive and in fact from the minute we booked, with lots of emails back and forth, the service was impeccable. Olivier and Renaud are super friendly, genuinely lovely people who do anything to make stay perfect and made recommendations of beautiful and amazing places to visit. every little detail is thought of in the stunning gardens, unusual things to look at everywhere. We loved the pool, the hammock, The treehouse is like a luxury apartment, everything is thought of in the kitchen so easy to self cater, hot tub and outdoor kitchen lovely, room lovely and the sliding walls, bathroom, furnishings all really good quality and beautiful. it was like being in a luxury version of swiss family robinson or robinson crusoe, i felt like a proper explorer and am so sad to have left. interesting and unusual place to stay but also chic, beautiful and luxurious. I speak french but hosts speak excellent English, not enough words to describe how great this place is - a must for your bucket list
This property in the rain forrest near Point Noire is really just so lovely. Lovelier still are hosts Renaud and Olivier - who are welcoming, charming, funny and beyond thoughtful.
We arrived quite late (10 PM) and knowing we wouldn't have a chance to eat between airport and property, they made sure to have a hot meal waiting for us. They kept it warm and brought it to our cottage once we got settled. Renaud's homemade banana fritters are amazing! With advance notice I believe any food or beverages you want could be supplied - so you wouldn't necessarily have to cook or go out if you preferred to hang in and enjoy your cottage. (We celebrated a birthday and the cake they sourced was among the best we've ever had.)
That said Renaud and Olivier had tons of great recommendations for places to eat and things to do and how best to get there!
Our hosts checked in with us regularly and provided a HEROIC level of care after we had a minor but upsetting car crash. They helped us calm down, communicate with the rental company, and even wrapped up the broken window while we were out for the day. It was a level of kindness and service that is so incredibly special and rare! Our time here felt much more like a visit with "framily" than a hotel stay.
West Indies Cottage actually has several themed cottages - like a pirate hut and windmill. All are thoughtfully appointed open air structures (except for the windmill) with efficiency kitchens. We stayed in the larger cottage with a spacious outdoor common room by the pond which slept 5.
The property is indeed in the rainforest within the interior national park. So depending on the season you may have steady mist at the cottage (which keeps things cool - great for sleeping!), full blazing sun down at the beach, and a steady rain up on the peaks. They do a great job taking advantage of the stunning natural environment that surrounds the place, with just enough fruit trees and strategically placed plantings to provide fresh ingredients, atmosphere and privacy between the cottages.
Because West Indies Cottage embraces it's natural setting there are no TVs in the cottages. You will also have to drive the 5 minutes into the town of Pointe Noire for a cell signal and cooking supplies. While there is WIFI on the property, the signal may not reach to your cottage - it didn't reach ours (Carbet/Smuggler). If in-room WIFI is something you require, double check with the Renaud & Olivier so they may house you where the signal is best.
A beautiful place with very attentive owners. We had our breakfast delivered to the deck on our treehouse every morning. The walls slid back on the corner of the house where our bedroom was; we could see the stares from our bed and and hear the sounds of the forest. To our amazement there were no mosquitoes and no need for insect repellent; we thought it was possibly the result of so many birds.
This lovely place is a must if you want to stay in a quiet place in beautiful rain forest surroundings not far from the main road and the sea. We stayed in a house on poles raising it up to the heights of the tree tops. It was spacious with a small living area, one bedroom (2 people) and with space for another 3 people to sleep. Jacuzzi on the deck and a outdoor kitchen where you can sit and eat overlooking the lovely green and colorful garden. The kitchen has a large refrigerator, toaster, microwave and an electric boiler. Recently a very nice small pool was built. You have to bring everything you need, but toilet paper you can buy from the owners for 1 EUR, but there is no soap for dishwashing and if you need a hair dryer you have to ask for it. Despite those minor things the place is unique and we loved it. The wi-fi was excellent. There are more supermarkets about 15 minutes drive from the place in the town of La Bouillante. The owners - Renaud and Olivier - are very helpful and will provide you with information on things to see and other practicalities. They brought us snack and coconut.
You can order a 3 course Creole dinner for 20 EUR - the food is very delicious. You can also buy a good breakfast for 8 EUR.
The place can be a little hard to find but after you leave the main road at the tourist Office and the Piscine (public pool) there are three road bumps and 400 m after the last one there is a small sign on your right saying West Indies Cottage. Then you cross a small and very narrow bridge - don't worry, you and the car will be OK :) and the gate is right in front of you. If you want a unique experience, we can highly recommend this place.
We chose to stay in the Treehouse cottage and our greatest fear about booking the room was that we were unsure what kind of accommodations were available. Some questions that were raised included "is there running water or a toilet?". Upon arriving at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised to find that the Treehouse was outfitted with all conveniences that you would find in a normal hotel. Along with the nomination, we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was a jacuzzi on the porch. The entire cottage is tastefully decorated and makes you feel like you are in a luxury hotel or some sort of theme park. The beds are comfortable and clean and the cottage is surprisingly bug-free for being in the rainforest. One thing to note is that there is no daily towel service. The wifi connection is decent and fast enough for any browsing needs.
What made our stay special was the warm kindness that both of the innkeepers showed us. Renaud and Olivier showed us the most genuine form of hospitality, on the first night we were treated to a delicious dinner Renaud cooked and Olivier brought to us. We didn't order this nor did we have to pay, it was just a kind gesture to make us feel more welcome and welcome we felt. Olivier had no problem pointing us in the right direction when we weren't sure where to spend our days. On our last day, both Olivier and Renaud joined us for drinks, Olivier even brought us sushi. Overall, the hosts are what make this place special but even if they weren't there, West Indies Cottages would still be a spectacular place to spend your trip in Guadalupe.
P.S. There are two cats that like to roam around the cottages, they are friendly but if you feed them they are sure to visit you every time you have food.