Overlooking Guadeloupe’s lush greenery and remote islands in the Caribbean Sea, Caraibes Bonheur is a tropical oasis in Basse-Terre. During my recent trip to Guadeloupe, I enjoyed my “holiday home” for 5-nights.
Why Caraibes Bonheur?
Caraibes Bonheur has 20 Caribbean style bungalows that accommodate as many as 6 guests. It’s the perfect place for couples, friends, and families.
Caraibes Bonheur’s bungalows are in the heart of a tropical garden. Surrounded by fruit trees and exotic flowers, the natural scenery is breathtaking. It made coming home after a long day of sightseeing the best part of my day. Also, the views of the island are fantastic from just about anywhere on the property!
Views of one of the two wild islands!
With prices ranging from $71-$202 USD per night, the hotel caters to budget conscious travelers. It’s also a peaceful sanctuary for those who are looking for a quiet place to rest in Deshaies.
Lounge on a large terrace facing the ocean. I loved the panoramic ocean views!
A short drive to beaches and restaurants, Caraibes Bonheur is centrally located in the northern region of Basse-Terre. Caraibes Bonheur is right off the main road, N2. It is ~5 minutes away from La Perle Beach and ~10 minutes away from Grande-Anse Beach. It’s also an easy day trip to waterfalls and museums.
Driving up to the main entrance.
Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport is ~40 minutes away from Caraibes Bonheur. I would strongly recommend renting a car in Guadeloupe. Renting a car is an easy way to get around the island. The rates are also affordable.
Plenty of parking spots at the hotel.
Arriving late in the evening, the reception desk was already closed. Reception closes at 6 pm.
Despite this, that did not stop the staff from welcoming me to the residence. At the reception, I found an information packet with my name on it. It included a breakfast sign-up sheet, a local restaurant guide, and room keys.
“I used the restaurant guide throughout my entire stay. The guide was extremely helpful. I spent less time researching places to eat and more time exploring the island!”
Welcome drinks were in the fridge – talk about thoughtful!
The next morning I went back to the reception desk to introduce myself. Kevin was friendly and spoke English very well. When I expressed interest in hiking La Soufriere Volcano, he suggested getting there at sunrise.
At the reception desk, you can book an excursion or arrange transportation. Breakfast is also available for 9€. It includes pastries, home-made jam, coffee, fruit, and yogurt. The only downside is that you have to confirm your order the night before.
Caraibes Bonheur’s bungalows are hotel rooms with an outdoor patio and kitchenette. These are not private beach huts.
My two person bungalow was on the ground floor. I had my own private stone footpath.
The terrace featured a fully furnished kitchenette equipped with utensils and cutlery – super convenient when looking for a wine opener. Oddly enough, I could not find dish soap.
Scenic ocean views from my first-floor patio at Caraibes Bonheur!
From my terrace, I had a garden view. I could also see the ocean peeking from the top of the shrubs and coconut trees. I can only imagine what the partial sea views were like from the first floor!
One of my favorite things to do every morning at Caraibes Bonheur was stepping out onto my private terrace. There I could feel the warm ocean breeze.
Inside the Room
My room had a lot of character. All of the furniture, curtains and bed sheets were blue.
Blue themed decor inside Caraibes Bonheur’s bungalow.
Overall, it was spacious but basic. It also needed updates and showed signs of wear and tear.
My room had a queen size bed, air-conditioning, and cable television with local channels (in French). Wi-fi was complimentary and reliable.
Bring your own soap and shampoo. You’ll also have to tidy up after yourself. There’s no housekeeping – a dustpan and mop are in the kitchenette.
Furthermore, you can’t swap out your linen and towels after a few days.
Although Caraibes Bonheur’s bungalows are basic, its grounds take the prize. Close to beaches and attractions, I had the unique opportunity to explore the northern region of Basse-Terre without much fuss. In 2017, the hotel is planning to undergo renovations. I’m looking forward to seeing the new improvements on my next trip.
Thanks again Caraibes Bonheur for the warm welcome to Guadeloupe!
Author: Danielle Desir
Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey on her blog, The Thought Card. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 19 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house and working full-time.
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