We stayed in the green cottage, which is the largest of the cottages available for rent and the most expensive. It was the only cottage available at the time we booked. We stayed for a 10 day period.
This cottage has a clear view over the bay and has a mezzanine floor with limited headroom where there is a second bed (double mattress on the floor); so will sleep four. It had a separate toilet with a cold water shower. Cooking (in the main bedroom area) consisted of a two ring gas stove with a tendency to blow out in the constant wind, if not watched carefully, and minimal cooking utensils were provided. The seaward side of the cottage has a veranda with a hammock. Although there is free wifi, service is patchy and non-existent some days.
Mosquito nets over both beds were effective, provided a good blast of fly spray was applied to kill off anything that got in during the day.
The small beach was disappointing and not really suitable for swimming or sunbathing. It is possible to snorkel to the off-shore reef, but be aware that the current can be strong. There are also kayaks available for use.
Cottages are close to the bus route, which can take you into Hillsborough or to the far end of Windward village close to lovely Petite Carenage Beach (Turtle Beach). We hired bikes and it takes about 15 minutes to cycle to this beach. Highly recommend Pizza Meh Heart in Windward for a meal out, but limited choice of eating out in this area. Bakery is short walk to the pond (recommend their banana bread!)
The cottage is beautifully painted, but very rustic and you may be woken in the night by the sound of wind and rain. You will probably wake with the sunrise (06:20) and go to bed soon after it gets dark. Bring plenty of books. There is no maid service and no hot water. It is very expensive for what you get, but is ideal if you are after a quiet retreat on the less developed side of Carriacou.
Firstly, as the title suggests, do not come here if you want to be pampered, told what to do or see or if you (or your children) need constant stimulation. Bayaleau is remote with only a Rum Shack and Small Snackette/shop within walking distance, so come prepared!! The cottages are functional and perhaps are ready for a little TLC, but this is part of the charm (we stayed in the blue cottage pictured), be prepared to meet some wildlife, some of which is friendly (cows, donkey,goats, frogs and birds) and some of which is not (mozzies and sandflies), but if you are prepared and put your mozzie killer on in the room, spray the mozzie net an hour before dark and use repellent, we found it was fine.
We left the doors and windows open all day and didn't have to worry about security. The little beach does need a bit of a tidy-up, but is really not intended as a sun bathing beach but more of access to the sea. Dave the owner was described by a Grenadian local as one of the few remaining pirates and I took this to be a complement. I found him to be very friendly with a great sense of humour and thoroughly recommend the Tobago Cays day trip on his boat (£90 each), which includes all drinks with enough punch to down an elephant.
Things to do:
Go on a boat trip (see the cays, sandy beach, palm island, union island, happy island, mayreau, PSV and PM)
Visit Maphsie and the locals in the rum shack (don't be put off as the locals are great fun)
Read a book whilst drinking rum
Decide to detox and drink beer instead of rum
Oh and did i mention that the local rum is Iron Jack (approx 90% ABV)
The only real negative is that the bed could have been a foot longer and wider.
We (some sailing friends) stayed here in April 2004. Why the delay in posting? I was surfing the net and was so relieved to see Bayaleau Point Cottages is still operating. Then I read one incredibly negative review and felt my hackles go up! I echo another reviewer. I can not recommend this "resort" and its owners highly enough but love the fact that it is rustic and pretty untouristy. Sigh. Go ahead. Stay here. It will be a highlight of your travels. Relax. And enjoy. The property has four cottages, each with a colour theme. The owner, Dave, was surprised when I mentioned that they reminded me of the chattel homes in Barbados. I sensed a whiff of Danish sensibility (my Dad was Danish) in the tasteful restrained decorating of each cottage. I am upset that I cannot rmember the colour of my cottage but I lucked out and got the one at the top of the hill with the breathtaking view of the Caribbean. Ulla's meal was delicious. I regret I did not take one of Dave's boat trips. (His wife was highly complimentary of his tour master skills and from other reviews I have read, it would appear Ulla was accurate). Carriacou is pretty special. Here is how I describe the island: on every other Caribbean island, when I waved, the locals always waved back. In Carriacou, the locals waved first. Other than Petit Carriacou, Carriacou is probably one of the most undeveloped of all Caribbean islands. The immigration and customs procedure when we landed and entered the one room (I exaggerate only slightly) airport building, made me smile. I was not to know it at the point, but it was indicative of the Carriacou island experience. We had to wait until the customs officer returned from lunch. When he arrived he was somewhat dismayed at the sight of our 14 bags. He took a desultory look at my friend's computer. The cabbie asked us where we were staying. When we replied, "Bayaleau Point Cottages", the fellow said matter a factly, "Oh, David and Ulla's place." Idyllic. Beautiful. Good people. Great food. Amazing rates. Where everybody knows your name. I recommend Bayaleau Point Cottages highly and hope, one day, to return. It would appear from reviews of people who stayed here in 2014 that the cottages remain the same as when I stayed here 10 years ago. Yahoo! Susan Bottern, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
We stayed in the small yellow cottage, but it was more than adequate, it had a small kitchen too. Rooms are a bit dated but still functional, and Dave, the owner, really looks after you. He helped us get across to union island when the ferry wasn't working and even followed up with us to see that we got there ok. The only problem we had at first was with the Mosquitos, but you are in the tropics after all, and if you put a few coils around the room, the problem is sorted. Great stay, would definitely come back and recommend.
If you're looking for 4 Star accommodations, Bayaleau Point Cottages maybe isn't for you. But if you're looking for million-stars-at-night accommodations, or sea and sand and simplicity, or a connection to parts of yourself that you may have forgotten, Bayaleau Point is just the thing.
We stayed in the green cottage. The size was perfect for the four of us which included my wife and two sons (ages 9 and 11). Accommodations, overall, were simple which is exactly what we were looking for.
Sleeping: one bed sits above the other in a loft area. There was also room in the loft for the kids' clothes and gear. We maybe didn't need the mosquito nets at night, but used them anyway, with a fan pointed at each bed to cool things down.
Kitchen: Fridge/freezer, two-burner stove top, toaster oven, sink, and just enough dishes to keep them from piling up. Water supply is cistern only, no problems with pressure. And it tasted fine, we drank it every day.
Bathroom: Small all-in-one design where the bathroom itself is also the shower stall. This worked fine. Was tempted to multi-task but resisted the urge.
The porch: Now we're getting to the more important stuff. The backside of the green cabin is a large tiled porch complete with hammock and table/chairs. The green cottage is within 35 yards of the sea but up on the hill, so the view is ridiculous. I did a lot of figuring-out while swinging in that hammock. Some snoozing too (allegedly).
The grounds: The gardens/grounds are well tended by PoPo, a local man who, as an aside, couldn't be any nicer. The cottages are spread out nicely. Close enough for a sense of community, but far enough apart for you to make a pants-free breakfast should you so choose. There's a nice covered deck/gathering area with plenty of tables and chairs that sits right above the shore. Good place for journal writing, or snacking, or rum drinking. Or, in my case, all of the above.
The sea: The grounds form a bowl which leads down to the beach. Recent storms had pulled out much of the sand along shore which they're in the process of re-capturing. No big deal though, that didn't stop us from spending a huge chunk of every day down in the water. The bottom is a mix of sea grass and sand. We had our snorkeling gear with us. Lots of little fish to watch along the grass/sand edges. Some lobster and conch and etc. too. They also have a nifty reef. It's a bit of a haul to swim out there, but easier in the morning before the current/wind picks up. Lots of interesting fish. Closer in, the point and a small jetty keeps conditions easily under control. Also: I saw mention in another review of flotsam/jetsam along shore. We didn't see anything close to the degree described. But if we saw a bottle, we'd pick it up. Unfortunately, I think this is the modern reality of being on the windward side of an island, any island, anywhere. (Hey world: let's ease off those plastic bottles!). But in no way was it at a level where it impeded our enjoyment of this beautiful place. We went out one day on Dave's boat "The Mostly Harmless" with locals Andy and Dane as the crew. Had a fantastic time snorkeling Tobago Cays, swimming with sea turtles, fishing for butterfish, and smiling like champions. Andy, in particular, went out of his way during the boat trip, and after, to make sure our kids (and we) had a great time.
The island: There's not much around Bayaleau Cottages, which is exactly what we were looking for. There's a nice rum shop (bar) down the road a bit, run by the always smiling Maffie and her husband. Past that there's a small shop where the woman bakes excellent bread. Our standard breakfast was sweet bread, juice, and mangoes. Yum. We walked to Petit Carenage beach which is really amazing (and empty). An old shipwreck on the shallow reef adds a sense of adventure to things. Nice snorkeling there too. Tibereau Cemetery (wow) and an old historic well are a short walk the other direction. No signs, no gift shops, no nothing. They're just there. We would take busses around the island (aka mini-vans that are zipping all over the place.) Fun. Hillsborough for groceries (oh, word of advice, sunscreen is hard to come by on Carriacou. Get some in Grenada before you come!) Try the Hard Wood Bar and Snackette for fantastic local food, and then have Joseph take you out to Sandy Island for some really really amazing snorkeling.
But now I'm off track. This is supposed to be a Bayaleau Point Cottages review.
We loved it there.
What we didn't have: windows, hot water, maid service, satellite tv, mints on pillows.
What we didn't need: windows, hot water, maid service, satellite tv, mints on pillows.
Planning to get back there as soon as possible.