If you're looking for 4 Star accommodations, Bayaleau Point Cottages maybe isn't for you. But if you're looking for million-stars-at-night accommodations, or sea and sand and simplicity, or a connection to parts of yourself that you may have forgotten, Bayaleau Point is just the thing.
We stayed in the green cottage. The size was perfect for the four of us which included my wife and two sons (ages 9 and 11). Accommodations, overall, were simple which is exactly what we were looking for.
Sleeping: one bed sits above the other in a loft area. There was also room in the loft for the kids' clothes and gear. We maybe didn't need the mosquito nets at night, but used them anyway, with a fan pointed at each bed to cool things down.
Kitchen: Fridge/freezer, two-burner stove top, toaster oven, sink, and just enough dishes to keep them from piling up. Water supply is cistern only, no problems with pressure. And it tasted fine, we drank it every day.
Bathroom: Small all-in-one design where the bathroom itself is also the shower stall. This worked fine. Was tempted to multi-task but resisted the urge.
The porch: Now we're getting to the more important stuff. The backside of the green cabin is a large tiled porch complete with hammock and table/chairs. The green cottage is within 35 yards of the sea but up on the hill, so the view is ridiculous. I did a lot of figuring-out while swinging in that hammock. Some snoozing too (allegedly).
The grounds: The gardens/grounds are well tended by PoPo, a local man who, as an aside, couldn't be any nicer. The cottages are spread out nicely. Close enough for a sense of community, but far enough apart for you to make a pants-free breakfast should you so choose. There's a nice covered deck/gathering area with plenty of tables and chairs that sits right above the shore. Good place for journal writing, or snacking, or rum drinking. Or, in my case, all of the above.
The sea: The grounds form a bowl which leads down to the beach. Recent storms had pulled out much of the sand along shore which they're in the process of re-capturing. No big deal though, that didn't stop us from spending a huge chunk of every day down in the water. The bottom is a mix of sea grass and sand. We had our snorkeling gear with us. Lots of little fish to watch along the grass/sand edges. Some lobster and conch and etc. too. They also have a nifty reef. It's a bit of a haul to swim out there, but easier in the morning before the current/wind picks up. Lots of interesting fish. Closer in, the point and a small jetty keeps conditions easily under control. Also: I saw mention in another review of flotsam/jetsam along shore. We didn't see anything close to the degree described. But if we saw a bottle, we'd pick it up. Unfortunately, I think this is the modern reality of being on the windward side of an island, any island, anywhere. (Hey world: let's ease off those plastic bottles!). But in no way was it at a level where it impeded our enjoyment of this beautiful place. We went out one day on Dave's boat "The Mostly Harmless" with locals Andy and Dane as the crew. Had a fantastic time snorkeling Tobago Cays, swimming with sea turtles, fishing for butterfish, and smiling like champions. Andy, in particular, went out of his way during the boat trip, and after, to make sure our kids (and we) had a great time.
The island: There's not much around Bayaleau Cottages, which is exactly what we were looking for. There's a nice rum shop (bar) down the road a bit, run by the always smiling Maffie and her husband. Past that there's a small shop where the woman bakes excellent bread. Our standard breakfast was sweet bread, juice, and mangoes. Yum. We walked to Petit Carenage beach which is really amazing (and empty). An old shipwreck on the shallow reef adds a sense of adventure to things. Nice snorkeling there too. Tibereau Cemetery (wow) and an old historic well are a short walk the other direction. No signs, no gift shops, no nothing. They're just there. We would take busses around the island (aka mini-vans that are zipping all over the place.) Fun. Hillsborough for groceries (oh, word of advice, sunscreen is hard to come by on Carriacou. Get some in Grenada before you come!) Try the Hard Wood Bar and Snackette for fantastic local food, and then have Joseph take you out to Sandy Island for some really really amazing snorkeling.
But now I'm off track. This is supposed to be a Bayaleau Point Cottages review.
We loved it there.
What we didn't have: windows, hot water, maid service, satellite tv, mints on pillows.
What we didn't need: windows, hot water, maid service, satellite tv, mints on pillows.
Planning to get back there as soon as possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A romantic hideaway for the uninitiated or an ideal getaway for couples with young children. Set on the panoramic eastern most point of Windward Bay, these elegantly simple cottages are the gateway to the emerald islands of the Grenadines. ... more less