Club Med La Caravelle
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Most Beautiful Beach and Island
My husband and I recently returned from a one week stay on the beautiful island of Guadeloupe. This was our first visit to a Club Med, though we had visited other super clubs throughout Mexico, the Bahamas and Jamaica.The first thing we noticed upon arriving, was how clean the city itself was. The streets were well kept, the shops clean, and the people very friendly.The club med village was older and in some need of repair, mainly the airconditioning in our room! But the grounds and the beach were just unbelievable.The beach was like something in a postcard. The water was crystal clear. We could wade out waiste deep and still look down and see our toes. The white sandy beach was lined with wonderful coconut palms; which made for a great escape from too much sun.We had been warned that it would be difficult if we did not speak French. Fortunately, The GO's did speak at least some English, and if they didnt understand what we were asking, they quickly found another GO that did.Meals were very good and with a large variety to select from. The breads and cheese were awesome. We spent our dinners with couples from France, Canada, and the U.S. Thankfully, there always seemed to be someone bilingual around to help overcome language barriers.Though we dont have young children, the club med had a wonderful childrens program. The kids were kept very entertained and seemed to have a great time.All in all, we had a great vacation, and would recommend ClubMed Guadeloupe to couples and families.
Fantastic Vacation Spot
We have just returned from a fantastic vacation at La Caravelle in Guadeloupe. We were a group of 20 people including 10 children and 10 adults. There is so much to do that finding time to just relax on the beautiful beach was difficult. Windsurfing, sailing, tennis, beach volleyball, golf, trapeze, frolicking in the ocean left little time to read the books we brought along!! There is definitely something for everyone and although we don't speak fluent French, the European Ambiance is wonderful. We would definitely return.. or try a new Club Med location next time.
We are planning another family vaction to the carribean. Reading the various reports from others tourists help's a lot to choose from various locations. We stayed at La Caravelle the firts two week's of may 2003. Our first impression was ... hum get me out of there. The rooms at Grande terre where old, overused, and quite small. We asked to change room to another place but since the Club was fully booked they could not answer to our request. As the time passed we get use to the room's, average.
The beach is quite nice but very overcrowed during holiday's and week end since this beach is public. Many kid's from school around come by after classes to play soccer and beach volley. Tourists seem's to bother them. The club have to engage security guard to prevent theif, you never fell completely safe. You can't leave your bag's unattended.
The sailing facilities are great. It's windy and laser sailing was quite fun in the open sea. Windsurfing equipment are quite good but you can't get out of a very shallow and dirty bay. No wave sailing possible, only flat water.
The food is simply correct nothing more. Lot's lot's of bird's in unattended plates since the restaurant is outdoor. Service very bad!
The ladies never smiled, are rude and remove the complete buffet by 21h00 so you have to eat in a hurry if you want a good desert choice.
Strange to say but we might go again this may. We cannot find another club where we could windsurf, sail and find a nice beach. Maybe Turquoise...
Caravelle - C'est Bon!
Just returned 1/17/04 from a week at Caravelle in Guadeloupe and it was by far, the best of our 5 Club Med vacations. Beach is gorgeous with palms dotted in the sand to provide shade. Rooms in Marie Galante are very nice with oceanview balcony, large white king bed, nicely appointed. The atmosphere is relaxed with not as much intensity as other villages but there is plenty to do! This is a perfect place to learn to windsurf. Great Clay tennis courts, and laser sailing. The GO team is very friendly and easy going. Yes, the majority of people are from France and speaking French is helpful but not necessary. A smile is universal in all languages. With charter flights from Montreal, there were many Canadians, as well as Germans, Italians, and Brits. A great mix! The village is only a 10 minute walk along the beach from Ste. Anne-a great seaside town with outdoor market. A nice diversion from the Club if you want to get away and sightsee. Would highly recommend! Very romantic.
Great time at La Caravelle!
We were at La Caravelle in November 2003. It was an excellent experience. Sailing, tennis, cocktails all day long, a truly beautiful beach, excellent food with French wine "à volonté" and freshly renovated rooms - what more do you want? The GO team was really very friendly and made every effort to make our stay a success. The chef du village was omnipresent and seemed to take a personal interest in everyone#s well being. During tennis lessons, he appeared several times with the kitchen team to serve himsel fresh and tasty melons. Although I am not a native English speaker I had the impression that the GOs were making every effort to speak not only French, but English as well.
There were several native English speakers among the GOs, for example our tennis trainer. The majority of the Guests were French, the rest mostly Canadian, American or Italian. All in all: a great time in a great setting!
Great Vacation--speaking French a plus
Our vacation dates: June 22-29, 2003
I read the other reviews and can definitely understand the points of view of some disappointed visitors to La Caravelle if they did not speak French. If you don't speak French, but you like to really get to know new people like we do, go somewhere else. Even the English-speaking guide we were assigned for our excursion didn't speak much English. So we just spoke French with him as well. My 7-year-old learned a nice amount of useful French phrases. He's at that great age for soaking up new languages.
I think the main reasons we had such a fabulous time were these:
1. We spoke French.
2. We LOVE activity and going with the flow. We tried more than a dozen different sports, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, archery, trapeze, tennis, and of course swimming in the pool and at the absolutely gorgeous beach. We enjoyed a nice hike, swim under a waterfall, and driving around the island with our guide and driver.
(Doing an a la carte excursion wasn't much more expensive for 5 people than doing the group tour.) Our guide, Cedric, had just been named MVP for the Caribbean soccer league. So, yes, if you like meeting new people AND you can communicate with them beyond oui, non and merci, it definitely makes for a more memorable vacation.
3. GREAT place for kids. We didn't do Mini Club Med though, because we loved doing the sports and activities with our children, and on our own schedule. I thought they were a little old for mini-club Med anyway.
Two near-11-year-olds and a 7-year-old. (Even if the 7-year-old couldn't stay up on a windsurfer that well, he was just as happy climbing coconut trees or looking for hermit crabs on the little reef.
The buffet-style food was very good, lots of fun, healthy, and not-so-healthy choices! There were theme nights (Asian, Southwestern and more.) The local catches of grouper and mahi-mahi were good. But, if you expect shrimp, lobster and scallops, you will be disappointed.
They were too expensive to import to this club. Cruise-ship food may be more elegant, but La Caravelle does have a bounty of fresh selections--fruit, bread, cheese, desserts, main courses, etc.--and it sure was fun going up and just grabbing another bottle of Vin de Pays whenever you needed to refill everyone's glasses!
The GO's were wonderful because, hey, what can I say--we were good sports and tried just about all the activities. So we got invited to the sports table one night with the GOs and that was fun. If you want to participate, they are there for you. If not, just relaxing and reading a good book on the white sand beach while sipping a pina colada or Medy Madness can't be beat. (We stuck to sans alcohol during the day, so we could keep up with the kids!)
The week was great fun for me, my two sons and nephew, and my mother.
We would definitely go back to this picturesque spot and visit all the new friends we made--Gilles, Big Jay, Eddine, Matthieu, Chloe, Sophie, I can't think of all the GO's names, but everyone was just marvelous with us and the children.
Friendly people, great time,loved it
I took my 3 grandsons and adult daughter to this fabulous Club med for a week this June 03. We found everyone to be very friendly and apolitical. We were all there for a good time and not to rehash Franco-American relations. Most of the guests were French or French Canadian. There were about 5 American families. Although my daughter and I spoke some French (which was appreciated) the other Americans did not. It didnt seem to matter as the G.O.s were very friendly, bi- lingual and lots of fun. Our children had no problems with activity instructions, as they were given in English, by the French Canadian G.O.s who do speak English The G.O.s provided the nightly entertainment and were full of energy, night and day. The French bread and desserts were scrumptious and the buffet quite abundant and good. Everything was included, (even pina coladas at the pool. ) The restaurant on the beach was a special treat. Incidentally the beach is gorgeous white sand, and St. Anne is a 15 minute walk along the beach. Go early to see the fishing boats come in. Also, there is a nice market. Guadeloupe is France, so Euros are the currency. The Reception desk staff will exchange $ at a fair rate. The staff was very helpful in all matters. We had large adjoining rooms with a terrace which were very nicely an appointed. Im sure they were just remodeled. We took a day trip to the falls and volcano with an English guide. (Very impressive) There are different trips offered daily. A big plus is that no big cruise ships dock on this side of Guadeloupe. We had a wonderful time and hated to leave.
Avoid it if you do not speak French
I just returned from a 7 day stay at Club Med Caravelle. I would like to warned those thinking of going that this village should be avoided if you do not speak french. During my stay only 1% or less of the vacationers were from the USA. Almost none of the staff spoke English, and some were quite rude. Many of the guests were also very rude, and even more so when they discovered you did not speak French. At one table I was told by a guest, "when we go to the states, we are expected to speak English, you come here, you should speak French..." I sat at tables with people, who even if they understood some English, did not make any effort to communicate with me. Many of the people were in fact very rude, giving me the silent treatment at the dining table. Like someone else also mentioned on this board, the entertainment was very poor, actually ridiculous...the G.O.'s not very friendly, about two made some efforts to make me feel comfortable towards the end. Also the month of May is very Hot and humid.... I could have gotton much more out of my money on a cruise!!!!
Just back. Everyone loved it!
Just back from Club Med La Caravelle a few hours ago. We spent 10 days there. We have two girls, 8 and 9 years old. The whole family loved the place end to end. As a couple, our ambition was not to see the kids from one end of the day to the other. Total success. The girls could not get enough of the circus school and the sailing in particular. The GOs (105 on site this week) were outstandingly friendly and helpful, with the exception of one Québecoise behind the bar who was a major grumpy-guts throughout.The kids also loved the dance sessions each evening, and the two shows they had to prepare.I did lots of sailing, Hobie Cat and Laser. The wind was persistent. Water and air temperatures were 85-90 F, 28-30C. Capsizing in those temperatures is far more fun than off the west coast of Ireland, I can tell you by personal experience. We found the food to be very satisfactory, particularly the pastries and other desserts. For Easter Sunday, there was Fois Gras and snails, among many other choices. Food hygiene was perfect.On the down side, the sound levels from the evening events are such that anyone wanting to sleep before 11 PM definintely needs ear plugs. Another negative was the fact that the Caravelle beach is public, meaning it got pretty crowded over the Easter weekend. Serious-looking guards with Dobermans made sure that the general public did not go near the Club Med buildings.Our family is fully bilingual French/English. We could see that some kids who did not speak French had some difficulties. Would we go again? Yes. However, we like variety, and might try Punta Cana the next time we choose a spring vacation. Or maybe Club Med Sandpiper, though it is not on the sea.
Avoid Like the Plague
I have been a loyal Club Med fan for years. I have probably been on at least 30 club med trips and stayed at most of their locations. I generally love club med, but let me warn you about thier Guateloup location. It was by far the worst vacation of my life. I actually tried to leave early but could not get a flight out (it was so bad Í'd rather be back at work than there!) The food was terrible, the GO's were rude and stuck-up. They did not mingle with guests but kept to themselves which is not typical of club med. The entertainment was laughable. The facilites were tiny and subpar. All in all I was totally disappointed in this location and would recommend that it be avoided at all cost. Maybe club med should close this location just to save thier other wise good reputation.
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So rushing it a bit I left the house and went 2 days to Les Saintes, 2 cute small islands south Guadeloupe. Sleeping in expensive bed and breakfast wasn't an option so I put my hammock wherever I could hide because free camping is not allowed (yeah it's free so...). I slept in the cliff of the south of the island the first night, facing the sea, sharing the place with wild goats. It was free and probably the best thing you can do, just me and the nature, by the sea, swinging ...
... they could drop me. The captain was a typical French sailor, a bit rough, a bit hard to get on with but well, I kept coming back to say hello to show them I was really keen. Days passed and muster was nicer to me, and finally agreed to take me onboard, the plan was to go in a few days. Sweet! Is dream plan coming true?
Let's discover the rest of stuff that was on the list before leaving then! Les Saintes islands here we ...
... last leg. As usual various views and perspectives revealed themselves as we maneuvered. Wind farms standing at isolated points changed in size as we got closer, masts appeared on the horizon, or were they actually lines in the rock face? We swung round the bottom of Íles does Saintes and carved our way past two tiny islands of Les Augustine's and La Coche on our way to Terre-de-Haut. With so many islands in our line of ...
... This effectively stranded us on the island with not much to do except walk through the quite coastal town and walk up to the botanical gardens to peer through the fence as they were greedy with their pricing. Time on the boat, easy with no sailing and a perfect nights sleep.
We did make it to the rain forest in the middle of the island in the end and getting there was half the adventure. Waiting at the bus ...
... Island takes just over an hour to cross from east to west and likewise from north to south without traffic. In reality, it can take twice this time or even longer. We found this out when we missed a turn on our way here on a Friday night in peak hour, in the dark and in the pouring rain!
Driving in Guadeloupe is not for the faint hearted. Straight roads are a rarity. The roads are narrow, with lots of twists and turns with plenty of steep hills ...