We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A Blissful Experience on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Abaka Bay Resort

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Abaka Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ile-a-Vache
Certificate of Excellence
Beijing
Level Contributor
63 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A Blissful Experience on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

My daughter and I have stayed three nights on the beautiful beach of Abaka Bay. We had a very relaxing time in this paradisiac setting. The reputation of the beach is well-deserved: white sand and crystal waters, very sheltered bay, no big waves.
Our bungalow was a few steps from the shore. We had great sunsets and even witnessed an amazing moonset on the ocean on our last morning.
The bungalow number 16 was spacious and bright, the beds very comfortable. The shower had good pressure and warm watter. The bathroom was spacious but there was no shampoo, just soap, so if you go, make sure to bring your own. There is no fridge in the room. Two small bottles of water were provided each day. If you order extras, there will be charged one $ each.
There were comfortable beach chairs and umbrellas right in front of our bungalow with good internet connection.
The staff was friendly. We were warmly greeted and briefed by Jean on our arrival. The overall quality of service was excellent.
On the other hand, the quality of the food varied greatly. We had some good meals but sometimes we felt there was not enough of some of the food, especially fruit. I am not sure my vegan daughter would have enough food options, if she came to stay at the resort. Our last morning was very disappointing, there was just white bread, butter and peanut butter and a soup. The two previous mornings there had been pancakes, but they were on the dry side. Each guest was only served one glass of juice and a small plate of fruit. The eggs cooking station was excellent though. The cook made delicious egg dishes to your order.
There were langostas one night. I especially loved the Lambi dishes (conch meat), a local delicacy. The local meat is mostly cabri (goat) or chicken. Vegetables and starch are self served and as much as you want to eat but meat and some seafood are carefully served by the staff. No guest can pile too much food on his plate,and this is not a bad thing, nothing is wasted. Haitian rice and 'maiz moulu' were also favorites. Also delicious avocados on the first day. Only soda drinks and still water were included, any other beverage were extra. You could not order wine by the glass. A local beer cost $3.
On the Saturday and Sunday several boats of day trippers came and spent the day on the beach and lunch time was a bit chaotic on Saturday probably because of the large number of people to accommodate. Lunch was delayed until 2: 15 pm. Hungry people were all sitting and waiting but in the end, there was enough food for everybody and the wait was worth it, the meal was delicious! The day trippers stayed mostly on one side of the beach, so we were not disturbed and still had our corner of beach to ourselves.This would probably not be a problem if you came in the low season.
We were warned by the staff about sandflies. They are only active from late afternoon to night fall and early morning before sunrise. It is best to wear repellent on exposed areas, especially ankles, wrists and feet, which they like to feast on. If bitten, they can be itchy but their bites do not carry any disease. Just wear long pants and sleeves if you are out during their meal time.
We went to the famous sand bar named Ile des Amoureux, which we had to ourselves and it was a fantastic experience. I had a leisure walk on the island, escorted by a local young man. It was very pleasant. He told me the island is very safe to explore. There is no crime. People are very friendly to foreigners and not pushy. I had nice morning walks on the beautiful beach. One side of the bay has cliffs, there is a cave with bats. I saw some cows grazing on the shore. Maybe they justify the name of the island. A great place to jog on the fine sand.
Also, expect the departure of the boat from Les Cayes to the resort to be very, very flexible. It is real Haitian rubber time! We arrived too early in Les Cayes and had to wait a long time. Mechanical problems and weather were blamed for our delayed departure. We tried not to let it stress yourselves, after all this was normal for Haïti and we were on vacation. On our last morning, we wish we had known that our boat would be leaving much later than anticipated though and we could have spent an extra hour and a half on the beach instead of on the dock.
Overall, this is a beach worth staying on and we had a memorable stay. We are sure to be back one day. This time we will try to stay longer. It was difficult to leave such a blissful and restful place.

Room Tip: Stay on the beach, the bungalows are nice and just a step away from the sea
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Florence B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
We are happy that you had an enjoyable experience and were able to acclimate yourself to the pace of the island. We look forward to your return
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

373 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    264
    72
    19
    11
    7
See reviews for
129
108
17
13
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (110)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ithaca, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

My wife and I spent 4 nights at Abaka Bay Resort recently. Our experience was positive from start to finish. The boat picked us up at the Les Cayes' wharf in a timely manner, staff were on hand to help with boarding. The ride there was comfortable and very scenic. We were warmly greeted by the staff including the owner with a refreshing punch and promptly escorted to our room. Room was modern, literally a few feet from the water, with functional AC. The staff without any exception was attentive, friendly and helpful. Julien made sure our every need in the dining room were promptly addressed, he was very affable and personable.Jean was always there to arrange our excursions (lovers' island, horseback riding, visit to other resort Captain Morgan where owner Didier Boulard was unfriendly). Food was excellent, plentiful and varied. We wish we could have stayed longer and we will surely return.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Auguste_Duplan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
We like to treat our guests like royalty and we are happy you appreciated the special attention, the food and the place. Do come again.......
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Best place to relax and have an amazing time with family and friends. Every one makes you feel at home and wonderful and delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Every employees always have a smile on their face and ready to help you.
I recommend this resort to everyone.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
Helpful?
Thank Dominique C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Thank you for recommending Abaka Bay to everyone. We are happy you were so satisfied with every aspect of the hotel from the beauty of the place to the friendliness of the staff.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
New york
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we chose ABAKA Bay. That was one of our best vacation. The sea and the beach was awesome. The Haitian food was delucious and the staff was competent.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank jeanrobe
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Happy to know you had a good experience for your wedding anniversary. Abaka is surely for lovers and we thank you for your kind words. Many more years of happiness to you two!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Danvers, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

I spent 3 nights at Abaka Bay and I wish I could have stayed longer.

Owned and run by Haitians, Abaka Bay offers an intimate experience that will be difficult to surpass.

The staff is attentive, courteous, smiling; it goes the extra mile to please the customers. The owners are accessible, present....

I love not having a TV in the rooms, I relished the feeling of being connected to the world but at the same time being one with the sea.

The beach is clean, the water to die for, the food...oh my god! The visit to the village brought me back to my younger years.

I left renewed and hopeful....I hope to go back to celebrate my 50th birthday in 2016 and bring many friends.

My other dream would be to spend a month there, just writing.

Thanks to everybody there....every one of you!

Room Tip: I like being close to the beach
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Andrinec
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
We are so glad you were able to be nostalgic and have such a wonderful time. This is your home so come and stay as long as you like....Thank you for such a positive review!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mesa, Arizona
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

My family & I were planning a trip to Haiti and we were a little skeptical as far as where we should stay. Then we selected Abaka Bay, boy! did we make the right choice.
We stayed at Abaka Bay Resort, ile a vache Haiti. It was the best experience ever. We stayed there for 5 days. The treatment that we received from day one until our last days exceeded our expectations. From the staff to the local people, they made us feel special and took good care of us. I would recommend Abaka bay to anyone, specially for its secure remote location, services, cleanness, amenities, positive attitude, good food, customers oriented. Words cannot express our satisfaction, we will definitely return there. I LOVE IT!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank le_Capois
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
We at Abaka Bay can not thank you enough for such a wonderful review! Wow, we are thrilled that you had such an enjoyable stay. We wish for all your trips to this piece of paradise to be equally hailed. We await your next stay with us....thank you again!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Just returned from my first visit at Abaka Bay resort. Service was excellent. The staff goes above and beyond making sure that our group was always satisfied. The rooms were clean and cool. The beach, the sea, the sand, the food....beyond words. I hope to return soon.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Josseline P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
abaka, Manager at Abaka Bay Resort, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning every aspect of the hotel. We are happy that you had such an enjoyable time and look forward to having you come back soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Ile-a-Vache
1.0 mi away
Port Morgan
Port Morgan
#3 of 3 in Ile-a-Vache
4.5 of 5 bubbles 123 reviews
97.2 mi away
NH Haiti El Rancho
NH Haiti El Rancho
#1 of 13 in Petionville
4.5 of 5 bubbles 654 reviews
95.5 mi away
Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel
Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel
#1 of 20 in Port-au-Prince
4.5 of 5 bubbles 243 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.0 mi away
L'anse a L'eau Beach House
L'anse a L'eau Beach House
#2 of 3 in Ile-a-Vache
5.0 of 5 bubbles 39 reviews
89.5 mi away
Wahoo Bay Beach Hotel
Wahoo Bay Beach Hotel
#2 of 2 in Carries
4.0 of 5 bubbles 140 reviews
81.7 mi away
Hotel Cyvadier
Hotel Cyvadier
#1 of 5 in Jacmel
4.5 of 5 bubbles 195 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Abaka Bay Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Abaka Bay Resort

Property: Abaka Bay Resort
Address: Anse du Four, Haiti
Region: Caribbean > Haiti > Sud Department > Ile-a-Vache
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ile-a-Vache
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Abaka Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abaka Bay Resort is located right on the beach on the island of Ile a Vache, Haiti. With sugar fine sand, crystal clear waters and no automobiles it is an exquisite paradise. Very exclusive and secluded, we pay attention to the smallest of details! It truly is the lost pearl of the Antilles. The views and accommodations are unparalleled including many amenities. Renowned for our cuisine, 3 buffet meals will please the pickiest eaters. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com so you can book your Abaka Bay Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Abaka Bay Hotel Ile-a-Vache

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing