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Two Bays Villa at Cabier Villa
- 1 bedroom
- 2 sleeps
- 1 night min stay
Two Bays Villa at Cabier
- 1 bedroom
- 2 sleeps
- 1 night min stay
Description from owner
In a natural setting with stunning views Two Bays is elegant, romantic and comfortable. Two Bays villa, up on a promontory 60 feet above the water, is designed along Colonial lines to catch the breezes with high ceilings and ceiling fans with optional AC in the bedrooms. It is spacious, has a 100 foot long, deep shaded veranda that wraps itself around the front of the villa, and a bedroom with a Queen Size four poster bed you can lie in and look at the view in two directions. In the rear garden there is an infinity swimming pool shared with the 2 studios (max 6 persons at any one time) with a sun terrace overlooking Crochu Bay and the ocean.It is a place to relax completely, to have that special holiday, and to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. Watching pelicans diving to catch fish, frigate birds circling around the entrance to the bays, with humming birds and doves coming in to feed in the garden, butterflies around the flowers and fireflies dancing in the bushes at night.With
In a natural setting with stunning views Two Bays is elegant, romantic and comfortable. Two Bays villa, up on a promontory 60 feet above the water, is designed along Colonial lines to catch the breezes with high ceilings and ceiling fans with optional AC in the bedrooms. It is spacious, has a 100 foot long, deep shaded veranda that wraps itself around the front of the villa, and a bedroom with a Queen Size four poster bed you can lie in and look at the view in two directions. In the rear garden there is an infinity swimming pool shared with the 2 studios (max 6 persons at any one time) with a sun terrace overlooking Crochu Bay and the ocean.It is a place to relax completely, to have that special holiday, and to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. Watching pelicans diving to catch fish, frigate birds circling around the entrance to the bays, with humming birds and doves coming in to feed in the garden, butterflies around the flowers and fireflies dancing in the bushes at night.With fittings and furnishings finished in elegant hardwood, each room has two 9 foot wide openings with folding wooden doors and adjustable wooden louvers, giving you outdoor living even when inside the villa. From its position on the promontory views to Cabier beach, Cabier & Crochu bays and the ocean can be enjoyed from the swing seats and while you eat on your shaded veranda. There is direct access to the garden in front of the villa and rear garden with the sun terrace and infinity pool. Cabier beach is about 100 yards away as is Cabier Ocean Lodge terrace with Bruno's restaurant and bar.Two Bays, whilst privately owned, is run for us by the Lodge and guests staying at Two Bays enjoy the same facilities as Lodge guests. It is fully maid serviced and looked after by Cabier Ocean Lodge 100 yards away. There is free Wi-Fi access. Guests of Two Bays enjoy the use of all Cabier Ocean Lodge facilities. Two Bays is fully equipped to self-cater or you can eat at Bruno's restaurant and bar. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you only want to partially self-cater - or not self-cater at all you can just eat there when you feel like it or purchase on booking an inclusive package of combinations of breakfast, dinner and drinks. For more information about Cabier and Grenada please visit our website. In 2008 we came to Cabier by pure chance, fell in love with it and decided that if we were going to build a house anywhere in the world - it would be on the promontory where Two Bays stands now. We finished building in January 2010. Words cannot really describe it so why not look at the photographs that do Two Bays and Cabier much more justice and visit our website - and then come and see to enjoy it for yourselves?Nick & Penny Hamilton
If you are a party of 4 persons then we will be happy to consider a request to give you exclusive use of the villa and studio subject to other bookings.
The garden, sun terrace and the infinity pool is shared by the Villa and the two Studios, a maximum of 6 persons if the accommodation is fully let.
Both Bruno (French & the chef) and his wife Iris (German) speak English/French/German and their Cabier "family" of local staff lead by Cindy will look after you during your stay. They will provide local information and can arrange trips and car hire etc.
They will service Two Bays daily and change linen regularly. Beach towels are provided as are bath towels. You need to bring your own shower gel and shampoo. Liquid soap is provided together with a pack of mosquito coils for the bathroom.
There is both UK 240V (UK plugs) and US 110V (US plugs) in all rooms.
Two Bays is suitable for elderly persons although will be difficult for those with serious walking difficulties. Please check with us first if you are not sure.
Smokers are welcome but please only on the verandas.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have confirmed flight bookings for your holiday and that you have adequate travel insurance to cover your whole party in the event of cancellation and for your trip.
Further details indoors
The 27 foot long elegant sitting room has a sofa, two easy chairs and (when you are not eating out on the veranda) a dining table with chairs for 6 people, all finished in hardwood. There are two 9 foot wide doorways with folding doors onto the veranda with adjustable louvers, removing the barriers between inside and outside living. Each part of Two Bays accommodation has been designed so that it is private and not overlooked.At one end of the room there is a fully equipped kitchen and breakfast bar with all appliances including an oven with grill, microwave, coffee-maker and toaster and large fridge-freezer right down to the garlic crusher if you want to do some self-catering, having visited one of the local markets and been seduced by the local produce. There is both UK 240V (UK plugs) and US 110V (US plugs) in all rooms.There is a small library of paperbacks and guides to the local area as well as lots of reference books for local flora and fauna, bird and marine life. There are multi-media speakers for your laptop or iplayers and a games compendium.The deep shaded 100 long veranda which wraps itself around the sitting room and bedroom, has a double swing seat at one end overlooking the front garden to Cabier beach and ocean, and a single swing seat at the other end overlooking the garden, Crochu bay and ocean.Both the sitting room and the bedroom have two large ceiling fans to assist the breezes that keep it cool. Two Bays on the promontory 60 feet above the two bays enjoys Cabier’s almost constant breeze off the ocean, with which you can keep its rooms cool at night by using the adjustable louvers in the doors and windows. On the few occasions that nature fails to do its job there is air conditioning at extra cost available in the bedroom.The spacious bedroom has a queen-sized four poster bed with a mosquito net, a large wardrobe with hanging rails and shelves including a safe large enough for a laptop; a full en-suite bathroom with shower and wall-mounted hair-dryer. The bathroom can also be accessed from the sitting room.The bedroom has views out over the ocean and Crochu Bay through the two wide opening louver doors so you can lie in bed and enjoy views over the garden to the ocean and to Crochu Bay and watch the pelicans fishing.There is free Wi-Fi access at the Villa with a good signal. Satellite TV, DVD, telephone and fax and use of a computer with internet access are all available at the Lodge.If you have a larger party than two then the Beachside Studio can be accessed internally through a pair of normally locked internal hardwood doors and Bayside can be added as well. The villa has its own front door.
Further details outdoors
Two Bays is surrounded by its garden. It will always be possible to find your own quiet space. There is garden furniture available for everyone at Two Bays. In the rear garden is an infinity swimming pool with a sun terrace overlooking Crochu Bay and the ocean. It is shared only with other Two Bays guests, a maximum of 6 persons in total if all the accommodation is fully booked.There is an outside shower on our steps, another by the pool, and one on the steps to the Lodge from the beach to wash off sand and salt after a swim. The private car parking area with drying lines for towels and swimsuits is by the laundry area on the Crochu Bay side of the property. Two Bays is about 100 yards from both the hotel and the beach and has its own private access road and parking but it is very much part of Cabier Ocean Lodge and one regards the beach almost as an extension of Two Bays. Guests at Two Bays have the use of all the Lodge facilities including their gardens on the promontory point, with hammocks overlooking the ocean they call it “the lighthouse experience”. Their bar and restaurant is open to you and life is so casual there, that if you want a drink, just take it from the fridge and write down what you have taken. You are after all part of the Cabier family.Cabier Lodge restaurant and bar is on an open terrace shaded by trees overlooking Crochu Bay and the ocean. It is a magical place to have a drink and dinner and rather good to have breakfast too if you do not want to self-cater. All you do is tell Iris and Bruno, the Lodge managers, the night before if you want breakfast and/ or dinner.Cabier Ocean Lodge has beach loungers and some snorkelling gear although you may wish to bring your own. The Lodge also has arrangements with local boatmen to arrange trips round to local beaches only accessed by sea (they will come back to pick you up!). Cabier beach, 100 yards down from Two Bays is magnificent, with clear warm water and rarely any waves and current that would prevent you swimming except at the highest of tides. The beach and both bays are protected by a long offshore reef so there is safe swimming at all tide states. There is snorkelling round the inner reef into Crochu Bay and for more experienced snorkelling and good swimmers; the other side of the outer reef at low tide gives the chance to encounter schools of larger fish and soft corals.Cabier beach has a tide fall of around 50 feet so there is plenty of firm sand. Sand so firm that you can play beach cricket on it for at least two hours without moving the wicket. (on a Sunday there is sometimes a game to join in with the locals all of whom are very friendly) and excellent for building sandcastles. If you can bring binoculars with you as apart from the local bird life – the pelican family are fascinating to watch in the morning and evening when they are fishing – the night sky and the moon, with no light pollution, seems to hang down over you with thousands of stars. There are guides to trips, nature and marine life reference cards and the night sky to increase your enjoyment of our natural environment. Bruno, one of the managers, does guided trips to places of interest on the island.There are coastal walks in both directions and the two hotel dogs, Bella and Rocky, can sometimes be persuaded to come on walkies. There is also a small menagerie of local wild life at the Lodge, including two small rain forest monkeys, who were rescued by the managers, Bruno and Iris.There are internet connections at the Lodge with Wi-Fi and a computer linked to the internet for guests to use. There are also telephone and fax facilities at the Lodge. In the Lodge sitting room there is a large screen TV and DVD for the use of guests.Some guests get so relaxed just being around Cabier that they only make a couple of trips into the outside world.
Location description from owner
The Grenada region
Grenada: The Island has had a long history and a number of different owners over the years, but since the late 1700’s up until independence in 1983 it was British. A glance at St Georges will show many different types of architecture and unmistakably English churches as well as old forts built by the then new owners.It is the original “Spice Island” and large amount of the spices you will have in your kitchen come from Grenada – nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, to name but a few. These are often grown locally and various fruits in season, pineapple, mangoes, watermelon, prickly pears can also be purchased from local stalls and markets.There is a fuller description of the island on our website, please use the link.St Andrews parish: Two Bays and Cabier are situated in St Andrews parish. There are six parishes in Grenada which constitute the local administrative regions. The road to Grenville and Cabier winds out of St George’s area with hills on your left and the blue sea on your right getting more rural as you head up the Eastern side of the island. A lot of people choose to live up at this level on this side of the island because of the cooling breezes. The hills become steeper as you follow the coast, and views of the distant rainforest become closer as the road winds its way up through small villages, past grazing goats, road side stalls, children walking to and from their local school and people waiting for the minibus collectivo taxis . As you near the junction to Cabier the bottom of the rain forest is reaching down to the road which is now several hundred feet above the sea and about a mile inland. This is very much a local rural area and the locals are very friendly (it is an old fashioned island, still quite religious and outside the main towns very much based on local village life – locals expect you to say good day if you encounter them walking or to wave) and this part of the island has yet to be touched by tourism.Grenville the local town is about 20 minutes away from Cabier and as described elsewhere is a typical West Indian town.Climate: The daytime temperatures are normally in the range of 26c – 30c degrees cooled by the almost constant breezes coming off the sea which are a feature of Cabier. Two Bays, some 60 – 70 feet above the sea, benefits from these most of the time. The sun is tropical (Grenada is 12 degrees North of the equator) so plenty of sun screen is the order of the day.Weather: We find that there are common misconceptions about weather patterns in the Caribbean, especially in what has traditionally been called the “wet season” during June – November. First of all the timing and extent of the “wet season” depends on where you are in the West Indies. Secondly it depends on where you are in Grenada. Weather patterns with reliable rainy seasons have changed there too. These days you can even get showers in the “dry season” (December – April). But that is also why Grenada and the other southern Caribbean islands are 40 shades of green. When it does rain the one thing it does not do is drizzle all day, it normally goes in 30 minutes and it is warm, and it often rains at night rather than the day!The high mountain range in the centre of the island- the rain forest - divides the island weather. We can have sunshine on the beach but can see rain up at 1500 - 3000 ft in the rain forest in the distance. It can rain in St Georges on the other side of the island – and not on Cabier. It can rain on the next headland and not on Cabier and vice-versa. If we get rain it tends to be brief and comes to us off the sea. You can see it coming about 45 minutes away from out to sea. It takes 5 minutes to get to Two Bays or the bar.We have been there several times in August, seven weeks in total over the three years. It has rained heavily only twice, really heavily on and off for one day on our side of the island, but even then it stopped for several hours. We had a couple of days where it rained intermittently for about an hour several times - with brilliant sunshine in between. It also tends to rain in the night rather than the daytime. It dries in minutes. The season when it can be very wet is from early September through to mid-October - the” hurricane season” (Grenada has had 3 in 50 years) is also in this period. Hurricanes usually avoid Grenada as it is tucked into the Caribbean above Venezuela which is out of their usual path. Two Bays and Cabier Ocean Lodge closes to guests for maintenance during this period. Insects: There are the usual insects that you would expect to find on a tropical island including mosquitoes. Two Bays position on the promontory and the sea breeze keeps a lot of them away, but you just need to take normal precautions and cover up at night. Our beds all have mosquito nets so you can sleep with the wooden louvres open if you wish.
Getting around: Driving is on the left and is fairly easy. Day trips will take you to what you want to see on any part of the island. (you will need to purchase a temporary driving licence at the local police station – ECD$ 25 – take your green licence as well as your photo-card one). You can hire a jeep for a minimum of 3 days through Cabier Ocean Lodge. Minibuses regularly travel along the coast road and are very cheap. They are the main means of transport for the locals. Just put your hand out and they will stop if they have room. They reach and connect to most parts of the island – rather quickly. There are direct services to St Georges and Grenville.Walking: There is easy coastal walking along the headlands to neighbouring beaches – if you to want to take a hotel dog with you, one of them is usually game for “walkies”. For those who are interested in more serious walking the Grenada rainforest is not far away with a wide range of walking trails, colourful flora and fauna, birds , as well as monkeys. The interior of the island is spectacular with vibrant colours, try counting the shades of green. Grand Etang lake and nature reserve is nearby with its gardens and troupes of monkeys. There are organised walking tours available in the rain forest.Waterfall swimming: There are waterfalls with pools you can swim in, the nearest is Mount Carmel about 15 minutes away. In the centre of the island there is Annandale and Seven Sisters as well as Concorde Falls where the local boys “jumping association” will take a high plunge for you. You can also swim in the cool river water plunging down from the rain forest under the waterfall and climb behind it after you have looked at the beautiful plants and flowers growing around the falls.Sight seeing: There are old rum distilleries and a chocolate plantation to visit up just up our coast, as well as the disused Pearls airfield, where you take a spin on the Cuban lengthened runway - and look at the Cuban Illuyshin aircraft stranded at the time of the American intervention in the 1980’s.St Georges is reckoned to be the most beautiful harbour in the Caribbean. The old forts surrounding it give a wonderful view and a historical perspective to the islands history. Wander around the harbour on the Carenage and get lunch at either The New Nutmeg or BB’s overlooking the harbour. Why not finish off the day with a cocktail standing in the water whilst watching the sun sink into the sea at BBC beach, which is just beyond the famous Grand Anse beach before driving back to Cabier?Like seafood? – then apart from enjoying Bruno’s cooking at Cabier and one of his great lobster dinners, Gouave, which is one of the main fishing towns on the western coast, has “Fish Friday”. On Friday night the locals open up lots of stalls selling Caribbean food and seafood along with beer and a steel band.Grenville is the old capital from the time of the French occupation of the island. Sitting on the sea shore it is a truly old style West Indian town with local shopping and a market as well as a fish market. It bustles. It has several banks as well as a post office and local restaurants – one of which over the supermarket and the water serves a wide selection of local food and soul food and is incredible value. For those needing a fix there is a KFC (the batter is spicier than at home) and a passable Chinese restaurant. Shopping: St Georges and Grand Anse have a variety of shops selling local items. For food shopping there is our local town Grenville with a vibrant local market and small supermarkets and shops where you will be able to buy nearly everything you need to self cater. There is a baker in Crochu on the main road just up from Cabier and a small store at the cross roads that sells essentials (including drink). In St Georges there are supermarkets that sell a lot of UK/USA foods as well as local as they cater for the international and yachting communities.Sailing: From January to March there are regattas in Grenada and neighbouring Carriacou. Day sailing trips are available as is the big game fishing. For anyone who fancies gently cruising through some of the 14 tiny islands that make up the Grenadines you can book Cabier’s Stay and Sail package that combines your stay at Two Bays with either 4 or 7 days on a yacht. Locally Cabier Ocean Lodge can organise boat trips around to other beaches.Diving: The diving out of St George’s is excellent and we have a special arrangement with Scubatech at Prickly Bay near St Georges (30 minutes by car). If you visit their website www.scubatech-grenada.com they have excellent pictures of Grenada dive sites including wrecks and reefs.Golf: There is a small golf course just outside St Georges.Cricket: If you want to watch some local West Indian cricket then in season you may even find a village cricket match to watch. Crochu cricket club is just at the top of the road from Cabier and up to 200 people watch matches at the weekend with barbecues and beer. There are also festivals of cricket held in St Georges.Carnival: This takes place in the first week of August over several days and is as much for the locals as the tourists in St George’s and much more orientated to the locals in villages such as St David’s (15 minute away), Grenville, and Sauteurs at the top of the island. With original and vibrant costumes, and lots and lots of loud music, it goes on over several days in St Georges including a late night parade around the harbour – “Midnight Mass”. Everyone is having fun and all are welcome. Two Bays and Cabier is so relaxing that of course you may not actually do very much of this or at all! – still you can always save it up for when you come back!
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 0.1 km
- Swimming pool
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- Air conditioning
- No pets allowed
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Double Bed
- 1 En suite
- Wi-Fi available
- Air conditioning
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Shared garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Sea view
- Internet access
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- Yes, smoking allowed
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated:
- 23 Aug 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English, French
This Villa has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 29 Sep 2010. Located in Saint Andrew Parish, it has 14 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £917 to £1470.
The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Aug 2016.
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– based on 14 reviews
- Very Good
There are so many things to tell you about our holiday in Grenada in December 2016 - first of all 'fabulous' is a word that I can use time and time again in my review. We arrived by taxi on our first day (car hire came the next day) and because the latter part of the road is uneven we were glad we did - but once you get used to the terrain it is no problem. Although it was dark our first impression of the Villa was wow and I could not wait to see everything in the morning and then the word WOW comes in. It is absolutely beautiful the villa and the scenery. Everything you wanted for a perfect holiday where you could cater for yourself (but then we had not been down the path to Cabier Lodge) Nick had booked us a table for our first evening with the guests at Cabier Lodge (a party of 16 members of one family had also just arrived at the Lodge who meet up every year in the Caribbean with grandparents, children and grandchildren - they made us feel so welcome) then appears Iris, Bruno and their staff who were so helpful and made us feel so at home. The food was delicious so we thought we would just book for the next evening but it is so good and reasonably priced we ate there EVERY night - New Years Eve was spectacular with a 5 course gala meal with champagne and we danced into the early hours all on the outside terrace (Iris does not accept the word 'can't dance'. What an experience the first New Years Eve we have been to in 20 years. Do not miss it if you go at this time of the year. Back to the villa, you can sit on the main balcony and if you scan your eyes you cannot see another buiding or anything nature did not intend (only a garden hose and a small bunker left from a war and a fisherman's boat although these things only enhanced the view) The villa is immaculate both inside and out and the swimming pool is excellent good size (one depth once you go down the steps) to swim to the edge of the infinity pool and look at the view is beautiful. Nick arranged our car hire and we went to Grenville to do a shop which is such good fun and bustling - our maid suggested a supermarket which we found quite easily and did a bit of a shop but because we decided to eat in the Cabier Lodge we only bought a few bits for lunch. We have been to Grenada before and stayed on Grand Anse beach and used Morne Rouge Beach as our main beach so we went there on our second day (the beach at Cabier Lodge is a bit wavy and as we are not confident swimmers we prefer a more quieter sea - but that is just our opinion and we had the pool so it was no problem to us. We live in Southampton where the Cruise Liners leave to go on Caribbean and Mediterranean Cruises so we see enough of these to realise how many thousands of tourists arrive at these small Caribbean Islands but they all to seem to use Morne Rouge Beach for their day trip to the beach as their excursion so our once quiet beach is now very popular and not for us when you can escape to the quieter side and more natural part of the Island which is how I would describe Cabier. We booked the villa and both the studios which are attached to the sides of the villa were both occupied but we did not hear or meet the two couples staying in them until New Years Eve party so it is no problem but if you have a family or a larger group they open the connecting doors - but honestly I would have been just as happy staying in any part of the villa as the views were lovely from the studios as well it is just that the actual main part had terraces on 3 sides. If anyone has any questions if they would like to know anything about booking your holiday I would quite happily answer but believe you me the whole experience of booking is so easy and Nick Hamilitons information is SO good you will basically just want to get there. Barbara
“Great West Indies Experience”
We had a very good stay in Grenada. We found the locals very welcoming and genuinely pleased that we had come to visit their island. The island was less developed than we expected and clearly the locals feel some frustration at the slow pace of recovery from the hurricanes. We spent our first week at Morne Rouge, which is a beautiful bay, quite quiet, calm water and good for children. Our guided tour of the island was well worth while. For the second week we used a hire car (organised through Cabier Lodge and all worked well). We found Two bays Villa without difficulty thanks to their instructions and the driving was not as daunting as I feared it might be. The villa was great. Really roomy with great character and wide verandas on three sides and wide opening doors. Lovely to lie in bed in the morning looking out over the bay. We ate a couple of times at the lodge - Bruno is a great chef, and all the staff friendly and efficient - but mainly catered for ourselves and enjoyed dinners on the veranda in the moonlight. The pool is lovely and a nice area to relax and read in the sun, although quite small, about 4 strokes from end to end. We were glad of the pool since the beach was pretty much covered with seaweed. Something that happens from time to time on the Atlantic coast apparently. We spent a couple of days exploring to the North of the island. You have to engage with the local community as there are rather few tourist spots and we saw very few other tourists. I gather that it was after the main tourist season. We didn't see any other white faces during our visit to Grenville, which was fine, but surprising. We visited the Belmont Estate and also the River Antoine Rum distillery that we found very interesting and tasted their fiery rum! Overall this was an interesting and relaxing holiday. We really felt that we got a good experience of the West Indies culture.
“Beautiful sweeping views”
Absolutely gorgeous location on the less touristy side of the island. Our favorite part was opening up all the French doors and having the sea breeze blow through the villa. We love to cook, so having the kitchen was a major plus. We went to the market almost everyday for fresh fish, vegetables and fruit. The infinity pool was also excellent. We will definitely be recommending Two Bays to our friends.
“Beautiful private villa overlooking the water - Perfect”
This was a great choice over the resorts on Grand Anse Beach. Bruno, the chef, is fantastic and Iris helped us with anything we needed. Japal picked us up the night we flew in and drove us the 45 minutes to Cabier. It was pitch black when we got there and decided to sit under the stars and drink some white wine that was waiting for us in the refrigerator. My wife and I were there for our honeymoon and stayed in the Two Bays Villa. It was very quiet at night. There is a donkey ranch on the property to you hear the hee-hawing occasionally but we did not even notice after a night there. Iris helped us rent a vehicle for the week. This is highly recommended. Japal helped us get temporary driver's permits (I think they were US$5 each). The villa was fantastic. It has full-height wooden patio doors on three sides that you can open up and let the breeze flow through, a wraparound porch for relaxing, a full kitchen, and an infinity pool. Awesome. The service, food, room and view was great. We would definitely stay here again.
If you want to get away from the crowd to an unspoilt, great location- this is for you. Comfortable, cool villa a short walk from Cabier Lodge where Bruno, Iris and their staff could not be friendlier, and where the food is great. It was a bit breezy during our stay but this kept it cool and kept the mossies away.
“Lived up to all expectations..and more!”
Booking the villa was very straightforward through Nick Hamilton. He was able to answer all questions about the villa, W Indies, and Grenada in particular. It was our first time in the W Indies. The accommodation is superb. Lying in bed with the shutter windows open, with a view to die for. Eating breakfast on the veranda with different view to die for! Everything in the villa worked well. Eating at Cabier Lodge was a delight. Superb food, eaten on an open terrace shaded by two mango trees, once more with fabulous vistas. We will be returning, hopefully soon. That says it all. Thanks again Nick!
To be honest I think I deliberately wanted to leave doing this review for a little while after coming home, to balance my opinion and not just gush positive superlatives in a typical post holiday nostalgic torrent. I suspect if you are reading this, you are probably already looking for an esoteric and unique kind of holiday. You have stayed at a lot of the brand hotels before and now you want something different. Well you are in the right place. Grenada is a very unsophisticated island, and that kind of surprised me. I expected a more cosmopolitan and touristy island, resplendent with abundant five star hotels, international brands, shops, bars and restaurants. I expected the capital to be full of tourists and that upon arrival, I would be anxious to seek refuge from them at our quiet resort. I thought I would wish to escape this commercialised centre that must exist in this southern part of the carribean, in this famous run of idyllic islands. But how wrong can you be. There are only currently two airlines that fly direct to Grenada from Britain: Virgin and BA. You can also only fly either of these operators from Gatwick, so a lengthy drive to the airport awaits those not living in the south east, or maybe even a lengthy drive still awaits anyone driving from the south east… . We are lucky though, as there are no direct flights from France at all, despite their colonial heritage. Nor is there from Switzerland nor I am sure from a number of other countries. This is borne out when you arrive in Grenada as yours will be the only jet on the tarmac. Get ready to start winding down… All of this is a good thing. If, like us that’s why you went on holiday. Because when you arrive, after clearing the airport, you are greeted with vibrant colours and inevitably an effervescent friendly reception. We were met by a lady from Rodney’s car hire, who accompanied us to the police station (to get our driving license) who told us that there was no need to return the car to the rental office, and that we could just “leave it at the airport, unlocked, with the keys under the drivers side mat in the main car park”. Welcome to Grenada! With only one motorway half a mile long, its difficult to believe the island is only the same size as the Isle of Wight. Each ‘road’ is a voyage of views of incredible scenery due to the volcanic mountain island construction. Its beautiful and epic scenery, a stunning place in which to spend a vacation. This set the scene then for an incredibly friendly uncommercialised highly characterful and unique holiday. I had not even dreamed that going to Grenada’s second ‘city’, my wife and myself would feel like the only tourists. Perhaps I have become over-burdoned with a western style skyline of branded shops and uniformity. You will struggle to find even a hint of this in Grenada. So this leads me to Crochu Bay and Cabier. You can look high and low, far and wide, but you will struggle to find a more enjoyable place to spend a holiday. We stayed at Two Bays Villa, which is owned by Hamilton holiday homes and managed by Bruno & Iris at the adjacent Cabier Lodge. It’s a stunning villa named after the views over the two bays next to it. Two Bays is fully self contained, with all the home comforts you could want, with a 100 ft balcony and a 5 minute walk to Cabier where you can have all your meals at reasonable cost if you wish, as well as Iris’s rum punch cocktails. Two Bays has an infinity pool and air conditioning, beautiful beaches and braying donkeys from the Cabier zoo. Nick could not have been more helpful in providing information relevant to helping us enjoy our stay. You get the impression talking to him that he does not NEED to let these holiday homes, and you feel more that you are staying as his guest. Our villa was spectacularly kitted out and a real event of a place to stay. No TV (you wont miss it) but there is comp wifi. Fantastic attention to detail. I suggest that around 5’oclock you make a jug of cocktail and sit down to a round of rumikub, although my wife is currently 5:1 up, curses for marrying someone smart! Although the island is beautiful, the beaches are fantastic and lifestyle wonderfully sedate and idyllic, it is Bruno’s help, assistance, service, wit, accommodation and cooking that will always stay with me as the pinnacle of this wonderful holiday. Bruno is very charismatic and a great host and is well known by many people on the island. Maybe this is partly because he takes his pet monkey, Judy with him a lot of the places he goes. I recommend you go on at least one island exploration trip with Bruno, its inexpensive and a valuable insight. If you have never heard of the colonial tradition of the ‘hash’, you should ask Bruno to take you on it. Don’t worry, its nothing to do with illegal highs, although it may have a few geographical ones as there will be hill walking to do and in 28 degree heat, that makes you thirsty…. In a way I don’t really want anyone to read this review as I enjoyed Grenada as an uncomplicated happy island a million miles away from the grief and hastle we all get at work. As well as an idyllic holiday location, it felt like going back in time to me. Maybe other areas of the carribean possess this idiosyncracy to the same extent, but I doubt it. I met a number of ex-pats in Grenada tearing their hair out that the tourist board seem to do nothing to promote this beautiful island. But to the lucky tourist who discovers it, that’s a god send. You should do yourself a favour and visit Grenada, Grenville and Cabier before it changes, but do me a favour and don’t tell anyone else.
“Friendly and relaxing environment and a real 'get away from it all' setting”
We stayed at the 2 Bays Villa for the first part of our stay at Cabier and then moved down to the lodge. The villa was smart and well equipped with super views from all sides. A lovely place to unwind and relax. The dinners were so good down at the lodge that we abandoned the idea of cooking evening meals for ourselves on the first day and enjoyed Bruno's cooking and Iris's hospitality each night. All the staff were efficient, friendly and fun. The accommodation at the lodge itself is less luxurious but still comfortable and clean with views over the beach. Location wise - perfect if you like being away from it all, we loved it and spent our time exploring the coast and beaches. The village is a short walk up the hill and you can stock up on basic provisions - we did our own breakfasts and lunches. Try the little cafe on the roadside in the village for some good traditional lunchtime snacks!
“The Two Bays & Cabier Experience”
felt assured throughout the whole booking process. Nick was exceptionally helpful and sent us excellent information/details of the property , the site, the island, local information and much more. All the information received was an accurate representation of the property. the property was of excellent standard, and serviced regularly via very friendly and very helpful staff from Cabier Lodge. Best feature, the unique experience that is TwoBays/Cabier
“Our stay at Two Bays Villa at Cabier Ocean Lodge was the stuff lasting memories are made of!”
During our recent adventure in Grenada we sailed on a magnificent tall ship, stayed at a hotel at Grand Anse, and lounged in a wonderful cottage on Lance aux Epines Beach. But nothing compared to our time at Two Bays Villa at Cabier Ocean Lodge. Two Bays is on the eastern side of the island, located on a peninsula extending out between two bays. Cabier Beach is a beautiful, secluded stretch of sand bordered by Grenada's lush vegetation. Most mornings it wasn't unusual to find a cow or two grazing in the tall grass. Two Bays Villa sits above the Lodge and is an easy walk to the open-air restaurant and bar there. The innkeepers are Bruno and Iris and they stop at nothing to be sure their guests are well taken care of. The cuisine is exceptional and quite reasonable, with local dishes easily intertwined into the daily menu. As for Two Bays, I can't say enough about how much we loved staying there. It's a very comfortably decorated, one-bedroom unit that feels like home as soon as you walk through the door. It features a full kitchen with breakfast bar, living room, huge bathroom, spacious bedroom with ample closet space, and an absolutely spectacular 100-ft. wrap-around veranda offering views of both bays and the Grenadian countryside. Oh - and did I mention the private Infinity swimming pool shared only with the two smaller apartments attached to the Villa? During the day it offered a refreshing escape and at night proved to be a perfect vantage point to gaze at the blanket of stars overhead. An unexpected treat was the small herd of donkeys that calls Cabier home. Just a few days before our arrival, CeCe gave birth to a foal, Cinderella. Seeing Cinderella grow each and every day was one of the highlights of our trip. But we can't forget to mention Judy. She's a rescued Mona monkey with a personality all her own that lives with Bruno and Iris at Cabier. Every trip to Grenada should include time at Grand Anse Beach. Excursions into Grand Etang, to a rum distillery, nutmeg plant, and other destinations are must-dos. But staying on the Atlantic side of the island added an additional dimension to our trip that we would not have had otherwise. We saw much more of "real" Grenadian life and totally fell in love with the country's people. I can't wait to return to Two Bays; to sit on the veranda with a glass of wine and watch the fishermen in Cruchu Bay haul in their nets. To give Bruno and Iris big hugs, And I'll be sure to be up before dawn with camera in hand to capture exquisite sunrises from Cabier Beach. After all, it's not a matter of if we'll return ... It's more a matter of when ...
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