Looking for a Caribbean island with white sandy beaches where you can just sit back and relax while listening to the waves roll in? Then beautiful Guadeloupe is the spot for you. I had the opportunity to check out the area during a visit in early May while staying at Club Med-Caravelle.
Guadeloupe is part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It consists of two main islands, Basse-Terre to the west and Grande-Terre to the east. The two islands are separated by a narrow strait. The official language spoken is French but you will also hear some Antillean Creole.
As for accommodations at Club Med, the room I had was actually quite grand and located on the second floor with a view looking out to the beach. I did upgrade to get a balcony.
I have to say, if you can, it’s well worth it! The view was spectacular. It was great to start the day on the balcony listening to the palm trees sway in the breeze and to end the hot lazy days there.
There is an active volcano located in Southern Basse-Terre–La Soufriere. It’s actually one of nine active volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles. It last erupted in 1976. A trek to the volcano is one of the many excursions you can sign up for. I opted for something else due to the fact you have to walk a few hours in the heat–which was hovering around 28-30 degrees Celsius. I decide to take the 4×4 tour to Northern Basse-Terre. This included checking out the local vegetation, interesting viewing points, lunch and a brief look at the rain forests and also the waterfalls that hide within.
The food varied everyday at Caravelle. Breakfast was your typical eggs, bacon, cereals, fruits etc. At lunchtime, if you didn’t want to leave the beach, sandwiches and fries were available at Mango Bar–and of course drinks–alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
You could also choose between the buffet at the Hibiscus or eat at Biguine. Reservations are required for dinner at Biguine. Every night there was a dinner theme at Hibiscus which ranged from Italian to Creole.
The meal that stood out most for me was lunch at a restaurant at Perle Beach, at Paillotte de la Perle, while out on the 4×4 island tour. I highly recommend ordering the Chicken Colombo, which is like a chicken curry. Combine the dish with rice and beans and your taste buds will thank you.
During the week of my stay, the temperature hovered around 28 degrees Celsius. There were two days where the skies were a bit grey. One evening during dinner the rain came–heavy at times. The bulk of the time the sun was shining bright.
The beautiful sunshine combined with the constant Caribbean breeze was the perfect combination for book lovers to spend every day on the beach with a good read–which is exactly what I did. If you want to add some on site activities to your day, you can. At Club Med there are a number of sports, including water sports, you can try out from archery to surfing. I decided to take in the views instead.
Always in true Club Med style, there was entertainment every evening after dinner. From singing to dancing to acrobatics being performed, every night there is a show that is sure to get you moving to the music.
This the fourth Club Med location I have visited and it will not be the last. I’m not sure where my next destination will be. Do you have any recommendations? I’d like to know.
— Always Ashaw
Check out my previous Club Med visit:
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