Tendacayou Ecolodge & Spa

Matouba La Hauf, Deshaies, Basse-Terre, 97126, Guadeloupe

The result of a remarkable 10-year saga, this quirky and inventive rain-forest resort consists of both tree houses and ground-level bungalows as well as a wonderful restaurant, Le Poisson Rouge, and a moderately priced spa. Owners Sylvie and George Carreyre have appeared on the cover of France's popular L'Express newsweekly to discuss how they built the tree houses first for their family and then for paying guests. The spa, like everything else here, has a magical, Zen quality and offers treatments in addition to yoga, tai chi, and some spirit training. The newer accommodations are more upscale, romantic, wildly colorful bungalows with gingerbread fretwork, but all the bungalows and tree houses have a funky, rustic charm. The restaurant, which serves both lunch and dinner from Wednesday through Sunday, specializes in inventive preparations of the freshest seafood, but the menu depends changes daily.

PROS

  • boardwalks rather than scary ladders access the tree houses
  • ample homemade breakfast
  • a boutique jammed with wonderfully exotic treasures from around the world

CONS

  • no air-conditioning, and open-air sleeping is not for everyone
  • isolated location, with no beach, phones, TVs, or in-room Wi-Fi
  • prices are expensive for what you get

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0590-28–42–72

HOTEL DETAILS

Rate Includes: 7 1-bedroom bungalows, 2 3-bedroom bungalows Breakfast

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