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.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Abaka Bay Hotel Ile-a-Vache