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A peaceful retreat to escape the crowds
The villa Turquoise was superb. Even better than expected. The view from the terrace was breathtaking and ever-changing. We loved just sitting and looking out over the sea to Terre de Haut. We also enjoyed cooling off in the small wrap around pool or sitting in the pretty garden reading under the palm tree. The decor and furnishing of the villa inside and out are tasteful and high quality.
Véronique who meets and greets is a star. She is good natured, knowledgeable and very welcoming (French speaking only) We also regularly took advantage of the takeaways her catering company offer. They were delivered each evening by her smiley son on his moped (a welcome sound when you are hungry!) and were delicious, generous and home cooked. Reasonable price too at €12 per serving.
We loved the walks from Grande Anse all over the island. Very steep and some challenging in places so good shoes essential. We saw fresh water turtles and lots of birds on these walks but no iguanas - although Véronique assured us there are lots if you know where to look!
One thing that has to be mentioned (the elephant in the room) is the tragedy of the sargasse seaweed that has washed up here (and many other places in the Caribbean). It has devastated the local town Grande Anse, making the once popular palm-fringed beach à no-go area. As a result the local commerce has suffered and no one seems to know what will be done about it. At the time of our visit it was particularly bad as the guy who normally clears it away each day had been on holiday for a month so there was quite a build up.
Don’t let this put you off booking here. It is truly beautiful.
For a non-seaweed beach, take a very cheap minibus over to Petites Anses (or walk around on the road or over the top on one of several paths - we did both and the beach is a lovely reward!) There is a simple restaurant overlooking the beach. If you love peace and quiet, walking and nature, Terre de Bas is for you and I couldn’t imagine staying in a more beautiful place than Turquoise.
thank you Catherine for your feedback and comments on your entire stay, I think that better than anyone you have made a specific point of a stay in Terre de Bas and our place des Hauts de la Baie
It is clear that the irregular stranding of Sargassum becomes a real problem to the local negligence and our incapacity as a resident and owner to remedy it individually or collectively as it has happened to us.
But it is true, and I thank you for having made it clear, that the island also presents an authenticity and a simple charm which makes forget this inconvenience passenger and unforeseeable
TURQUOISE as AZUR INDIGO and the Blue House remain peaceful and serene places of contemplation
A Very Special Place! - Un endroit très spécial!
This property is amazing! The cottage is beautiful, new, clean, and extremely well appointed. So much so, that my design-minded, detail-oriented bride felt immediately comfortable, relaxed, and happy to spend our honeymoon together there. The creole-style covered porch is spacious and well appointed with an outdoor kitchen that is efficient, well stocked with cookware, dishes and glasses. The stove, refrigerator/freezer and microwave are all in great working order. The adjacent pool is refreshing and more private than one might expect. Inside the cottage, replete with a fantasy 4-poster with complete mosquito netting, is equally well appointed, cozy, and comfortable. This place deserves to be respected by those who chose to use it, as it is the details (fine linens, high-quality items, etc.) that are what make it that much more special than typical vacation rentals.
The location is slightly challenging (bring your athletic shoes) as the terrain near the cottage is steep. We wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has mobility issues. But the spectacular views that the hill affords are well worth it! Plus, walking is the easiest method to access the island's quaint restaurants, cute markets, and to the harbor. We chose to take the ferry to Terre-de-Haut a few times where there are more daytime activities, better shopping (groceries included), and spectacular boating options. (If you're not familiar, be aware of the mid-day break though!) However, we were happy to return to Terre-de-Bas for quiet, romantic evenings away from the tourists. To access the other town and the beaches on the west side of the island, hire a taxi van. (It's far!) They will collect you at the cottage and will pick you up to take you back at a prearranged time.
Being barely passable french speakers (Hablo español), we managed to make reservations and travel plans with the aid of translation software and incredibly friendly locals. (It added to our authentic honeymoon experience) Our cell phones and other technology were only functional in Wi-Fi spots that are few and far between. (We opted not to sign up for the available expensive Guadeloupe call plan) A friendly attitude went a long way, and was happily accepted by everyone we encountered. The owner and the caretaker's families are extremely hospitable. The entire community is friendly, helpful, and all made our honeymoon incredibly special. We can't wait to return to see everyone again, hopefully soon!
Excellent séjour aux Hauts de la Baie.
Nous sommes très satisfaits de notre séjour. De l'accueil de Sylvia en passant par la diligence de Jean Paul. Tout à été mis en œuvre pour que notre séjour soit une réussite. Le bungalow Turquoise où nous avons passé une nuit est charmant parfait pour favoriser l'intimité et la villa avec sa piscine chauffée, une maison qu'on ne veut pas quitter.
On s'y sent bien, le personnel bienveillant et discret. Nous recommandons fortement pour un séjour réussi à Terre de Bas.
A Low Earth stay allows to be "elsewhere" in an island, away from mass tourism, where everything is still genuine.
Terre de Haut, opposite, available by boat in 10 minutes several times a day, offers shopping, shopping, scuba diving, restaurants .... and a bit of noise and agitation.
The contrast is striking to return. You must love walking on foot; take your time, everything here is nature, life, people, vegetation, bath, walk.
Haven of peace near a beach with Coconut trees unfortunately sometimes hit by seaweed, facing the bay of Saintes
located at the start of hiking trails.
three other beaches in the island perfect for swimming in case of algae
"Les Hauts de la Baie" classified tourist residence **** adds a note of simple luxury, time of contemplation, pleasure to wake up admiring the sunrise on the sea, rocked by the sound of the waves.
Véronique, to improve comfort, can prepare traditional dishes and deliver them on the spot on demand.
If you arrive directly from mainland France, it is advisable to take the first flight to arrive early enough to take the boats before 17 hours.
Cars, scooters and electric bikes are available on the port
Do not forget your masks and snorkels as well as shoes for walking.