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“Beautiful relaxation”

Jardin Botanique de Deshaies
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Deshaies
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Spectacular Botanical Garden and Wildlife Park Open to the public since the 1st April 2001, the Botanical Gardens at Deshaies are a recent creation. This park, whose youth is imperceptible, has very quickly imposed itself as the place to be for nature enthusiasts and lovers of tropical plants. Situated on the windward coast of Basse-Terre, 100m in altitude up above the town of Deshaies, the garden stretches out over 5 hectares of sloping mountainside. Its favourable location guarantees beautiful views over the coast and an unrivalled vantage-point overlooking the bay of Deshaies. The site was already home to a nursery created by Guy Blandin, a plant-lover who brought rare and unknown plant species from his travels around the world back to Guadeloupe. Many of them unfortunately disappeared when Cyclone Hugo hit and severely damaged the island in 1989. The humorist Michel Colluci, also known as Coluche, acquired the property in 1979. A few years later, in 1985, he invited his friend Michel Gaillard, an interior landscaper in mainland France, to set up his nursery there in exchange for taking care of the property's garden. A year later, the death of Coluche brought the future of the property back into question. Michel Gaillard bought back the property in 1991 to honour the memory of his friend, with the idea in mind of creating a botanical garden. This risky and ambitious project required several years of planning, of research into its feasibility and then of execution. The garden was finally brought about in accordance with Michel Gaillard's and the landscaper Samuel Craquelin's plans. Over the course of the path which snakes its way through the gardens, visitors today discover a world of real abundance: a world with 800 species of plant all brought together, with several animal species, which were introduced much to the delight of children, and with the most spectacular and unexpected landscapes following one after the other. Tourists are invited on an unforgettable walk amidst fifteen or so different scenes.
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Beautiful relaxation”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

The gardens are well set out and the colours of the flowers were beautiful. Only disappointment, not many lilies around when we were there, possibly wrong time of year.

Visited April 2013
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“Expensive but a great restaurant”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

It's become something of a tradition that we go to the Botanic Gardens armed with a pocket full of 50c pieces and feed the fishes, feed the parrots, feed the goats. It's also something of a tradition that we stand at the entrance going 'HOW MUCH?' Was it that much last year? Is it REALLY that much? Isn't there a family ticket or something? Did we get a family ticket last year? Surely it can't be that much?

Every year. Same conversation.

The restaurant inside is excellent and, for Guadeloupe, good value but since a family of four is already in for something like 60 Euros entrance before you eat it does all add up to an expensive lunch.

Still a lovely spot to visit though and worth the entrance fee. Once. I think that particular family tradition will have to go.

Visited April 2013
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Washington, D>C>
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

We enjoyed this beautiful park. The plants native to this country were beautiful. The layout was nicely done

Visited January 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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22 attraction reviews
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“for that price - average”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

We quite enjoyed our visit to the Botanical garden of Deshaies, which is very well kept and has many beautiful and some rare plants. It's well laid-out and also features several attractions to keep children happy.
However, many of those spectacular plants are actually local or at least easy to grow in the tropical climate and can therefore be found frequently in gardens of other local sights. Therfore, we found the entrance-fee of the botanical garden exorbitant. Also, the restaurant of which we had read good things was quite a disappointment, food-wise, but more importantly service-wise.
At a more reasonable price, I'd happily give this attraction four stars, but at € 15,50 per adult, it's a rip-off.

Visited February 2013
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Lovely place”
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Quite expensive but a great place for a nice, relaxing afternoon. The restaurant is quite good too. They have some great desserts and the price for a menu isn't too bad. The kids loved feeding the fish and the birds.

Visited January 2013
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