There are some really great things about the Village of Menard. The negatives tend to be in the details, but there are so many of them that they really add up quickly.
The location is somewhat remote, but of course, that is why I chose Marie Galante. The beaches are not too far, but you definitely need a car.
The bungalows themselves are arranged around the pool. We rented one of the bigger ones... a 2 bedroom which is situated at the extreme end of the property. While they advertise that the bungalows are all set in a tropical garden, this is not true of the 2 bdr we rented! It was set in what can only be described as dry, "anywheresville" scrub brush.
The patio is generous in size and has a big plastic table. Great for family meals. Terrible for lounging around after the kids are in bed. Honestly, I can't understand how the owner could have overlooked buying one piece of comfortable furniture to sit out and enjoy the outdoors. It is also poorly sheltered from the rain, so one must come in when the weather turns bad.
The kitchen was basic and had just enough equipment to get by but not to really enjoy. For example, there is no spatula and only one pot. There is absolutely no area to store food, either. The garbage bin had ill-fitting bags, which seems like a small detail, but as I said, these small things really add up. The garbage in the bathroom couldn't be opened at all.
The bedrooms were of good size and set far enough away from the other bungalows to be private and quiet. However, one was missing a curtain and the other the curtain was broken and couldn't be lifted. The closets were OK but the doors were heavy and couldn't be easily opened or closed... we just reached around them.
The pool area was nice and the kids loved it. However, if you have young kids keep in mind that it is not secure. Also the walkway to our bungalow consisted of broken patio stones which need immediate repair.
Another safety note, check for the big can of insecticide left at toddler level as soon as you enter the bungalow. Yikes. And teach young ones how to identify (and not to touch) centipedes when travelling these islands... enough said.
The bathrooms were clean and basic, no bath. I didn't like that it was a hand-held shower with nowhere to hook it up and have a proper shower.
To sum it up, I'd say that it was a tidy, big property with lots of privacy but an aggravating lack of attention by the owner.
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