Le Phare Bleu: The Blue Lighthouse

Tucked into sheltered Petite Calvigny Bay on the south coast of the island, Le Phare Bleu Marina and Boutique Hotel is named for the intriguing blue lighthouse ship moored alongside the dock.

Yachts of all sizes and shapes bob next to the jetty and floating docks to the sounds of lapping water, halyards clicking gently on masts. You’ll be warmly welcomed by Swiss owners Dieter Burkhalter and Jana Caniga as well as Hotel Manager Lynn Fletcher.

You have three choices for accommodation, all with equipped kitchens, air-conditioned bedrooms, cable TV and internet access.  Four one-bedroom apartments have folding louvered doors opening onto spacious decks.  Nine beach villas, three one-bedroom and six two-bedroom, with open-plan living areas and verandahs have liberal vistas and breezes.  One larger two-bedroom villa with central plunge pool and generous living areas sits in a private garden.

Each residence is thoughtfully designed with wooden or flagstone floors beneath russet red couches lending a pop of colour. Accent pieces like model boats, colourful murals and rustic mirrors emphasize the nautical décor.

Socializing at Le Phare Bleu revolves around the Pool Bar Restaurant. Daily happy hours and two-for-one pizza nights are particularly popular while the weekly Friendship Table is the ideal place to swap sea stories with guests and visiting locals (you may stumble upon curious characters like a father and son sailing back to Halifax, a handful of Dutchmen on a trans-Atlantic crossing or sunburnt Americans regaling their Caribbean tales.)

Daytime activities include snorkeling, kayaking, hobie cats or a five minute dinghy ride to the secluded Hog Island for Roger’s BBQ. When night falls, co-owner Dieter throws popular limes with local bands and visiting entertainers.  Absorb yourself in a Dinghy Concert like the one which will kick-off the South Grenada Regatta on February 20th 2013.  A barge towed by the Le Phare Bleu tug escorted by a floating bar will be anchored in Clarkes Court Bay with exciting live music.

For a romantic evening reserve dinner at the posh Lighthouse Ship Restaurant, Vastra Banken.  Vintage furnishings, soft lighting and elegantly laid tables set the scene for fine dining. In addition to its gourmet restaurant, the Vastra Banken also houses a lounge and library for retreating with a good book, surfing the internet or watching a DVD.

Le Phare Bleu offers sailing packages aboard its 53ft yacht complete with skipper and crew.  Make a short trip to the famous Grande Anse beach or dive in for the longer haul to the Tobago Cays.

WHAT MATTERS

  • Great for couples and families
  • Off the beaten track – 20 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes from Grand Anse Beach.
  • Mosquitoes and sand flies can be a nuisance
  • Small, sandy beach
  • Laze in a hammock on raft anchored offshore
  • Beachfront villas are worth the extra $s
  • Lighthouse Ship Restaurant has limited opening days and times
  • Pool Bar Restaurant is mid range, Lighthouse Ship Restaurant is high end
  • Management is hands-on and accommodating

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