Petit Bacaye……….Lunch surrounded by nature

Long a favourite with visitors seeking a ‘Robinson Crusoe experience’, Petit Bacaye Cottage Hotel lies tucked away in a secluded bay on Grenada’s southeastern coast.

Owners, British couple Peter and Julia, have successfully blended rustic charm with style and comfort.  The bright décor of Petit Bacaye’s Treetops Restaurant and Bar with its orange and yellow wooden tables and chairs complements the tropical setting.  A dining platform high up in the branches of an almond tree gives the restaurant its name and adds to the feeling of oneness with nature.

Open for lunch only, Treetops’ menu takes full advantage of the abundance of fresh food available locally.  From the ocean a few steps away comes lobster, snapper, grouper and tuna; from the land locally grown vegetables such as callaloo, plantain and dasheen; and from the fruit trees in the garden paw paw (papaya), bananas, guavas and carambola (or star fruit).

A pre-luncheon ‘must’  however is either one of bartender Kelon’s, famous rum punches, or for something a little less potent, his Lemongrass Lemonade.   It’s homegrown, homemade and deliciously refreshing.  Don’t ask for the recipe, however.  It’s a closely guarded secret!

The menu changes daily. Long standing Grenadian Chef Natasha (known to all simply as Nat) entices guests with ‘Specials’ such as:  an intriguing Cold Banana Curry Soup served with Hot Bakes;  delicious Salads with your choice of lobster, shrimp, flying fish, or cheese topped with a divine fruity dressing that combines the aromatic flavours of Grenada;  Sweet Potato Tuna Cakes;  Jerk Chicken Tenderloin; and fresh from the sea, Pan Fried Snapper.  To finish off, a slice of Chef Nat’s unusual Christophene Crumble or a super rich, to-die-for truffle made with authentic Grenada Chocolate accompanied by homemade Passion Fruit or Coconut Ice Cream . Yum…………..

If you are able to move after this feast, a stroll around the peaceful grounds bordering the beach shaded by tall coconut trees reveals an area of mangrove trees which attract several species of heron as well as nesting egrets.  Flowering hibiscus, ixoras and bougainvillea are, of course, a magnet for many beautiful hummingbirds. Be sure to have some insect repellant handy, however, since sand flies and mosquitoes are also very attracted to this somewhat swampy area.

If your lunch has been a late one, linger for a walk along the sandy beach lapped by gentle waves or relax on a sun lounger.  Offshore is small island, also a bird sanctuary.  Depending on the time of the year, you might even get to enjoy a brilliant sunset.

Petit Bacaye’s Treetops  Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch every day except Monday, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with last orders taken at 5:00 p.m.  For non-resident guests, reservations are essential.

To take full advantage of the “Petit Bacaye experience” book a stay in one of their quaint and quirky thatched cottages.  Cooled by the light sea breezes (with the help of standing fans), the cottages are all completely screened and have verandahs or, in two instances, elevated balconies for communing with the nature.  Each one has a small kitchenette and open air shower room.  Furnishings are a mixture of trendy and traditional – mahogany four poster beds shrouded in mosquito nets, walls displaying the distinctive paintings of local artist Maureen St. Clair.

For resident guests, room service is available for continental breakfast and dinner. Barbecues can also be set up for you to grill your own freshly caught supper.

No television, no radio and limited internet access.  Enjoy a good book; fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the sea lapping the shore and tiny whistling frogs in the trees.   Wake up to a rising sun and a refreshing dip in the warm ocean.  Have breakfast on your private verandah.  Watch the fishermen put to sea early in the morning and return with their catches in the afternoon.  Sunbathe on the beach or snorkel on the nearby reefs.  Be pampered with a massage from visiting masseuse Jessica whose Indian head massage is legendary.  The mantra at Petit Bacaye is relax……relax…..relax.

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  1. March 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Great Mother’s Day lunch.

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