10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
great place for a family
"My husband and two teenage daughters stayed at LAE cottages this past August. We made our reservation here based on previous reviews on Trip Advisor. We e-mailed the cottages and we had no problems with the reservation arrangements. The secretary who corresponded with us was very timely and helpful. We stayed at the Gaulin cottage. It is not a 5 star property, but it suited us just fine. I felt like we were luxury camping because I felt like we were outdoors- very close to the beach and with a nice screened patio. The beach was very nice, sometimes just beautiful depending on how the sun hit the water. We enjoyed walking along the beach to one end that was open to the public and to the opposite end where the neighboring hotel had a nice beachside bar. We had a couple drinks at this bar and we were made to feel very welcome there. We had our housekeeper cook a meal for us. She was very nice to cook tuna for my husband and I and a chicken dish for my daughters. It was a delicious meal and we had enough food to have a second meal. After a 2 day trip to Carriacou, we came back to Grenada for 2 additional nights before heading home. We stayed at a more expensive property, but we did not like it as well. There was no beach and there was a TV in the room which I'm glad the cottages didn't have. I felt like we had a better exposure to the island and the people by staying at the cottages rather than at the hotel."
- Travel date: 3rd October 2006
LAE cottage was wonderful
"We recently returned from a 5 day vacation to Grenada. We stayed at Lance Aux Epines Cottages and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We rented a 2 bedroom 1 bath cottage and did not want to leave. Our cottage was clean, attractive, well maintained and much more attractive in person than depicted by the pictures on the website. The cottages are a nice distance away from each other thereby allowing privacy and peace. We arranged to have two meals prepared by our wonderful housekeeper and both meals were great. We really enjoyed spending the majority of our time on the small beach in front of the cottages. Although the beach is not large it was virtually deserted and had no vendors to disturb the peace. I would definitely recommend LAE cottages and plan to return as soon as my schedule allows."
- Travel date: 26th March 2006
Simply the best...
"Just back from a week at the idyllic Lance aux Epines cottages. We'd done plenty of research on accommodation in Grenada - including Tripadvisor, naturally! â and chosen the cottages for their setting and location,as well as their value for money. They did not disappoint in any way. When you consider that you are sharing a beach with the Calabash Hotel (twice the price for a week's B&B) and the only outdoor extra they get is a swimming pool... The accommodation is simple, but well maintained. The kitchen has everything you need and the housekeeper service is friendly and efficient.Air-con in the bedrooms is a boon. The grounds are beautifully planted, teeming with birds and the whole plot gives a feeling of space and privacy. The beachside location is magnificent â swimming in the bay was a delight even for a scaredy-cat like me, as there were no waves at all! Restaurants and bars are within strolling distance - we particularly liked the Red Crab, where the quality of service matched that of the food â but nothing beat mixing up wicked cocktails and sitting watching the sunset on your own virtually deserted beach. A word of warning - there's extensive local building work going on in the area (not confined to the cottages) at the moment, so general digging, banging and crashing noises abound during the day. And if you hire a car, watch out for the state of the roads, particularly on the east of the island â four-wheel drive recommended and be prepared for some interesting detours. Every small settlement has its own speed bumps as well - vicious! Signposting is almost non-existent, but you can't go far wrong and there's always someone happy to help with directions. As first-timers to the Caribbean, but extensive travellers in Asia/India/Europe, we would highly recommend the cottages to anyone who doesn't need glitz or entertainment (although the games room has a big-screen telly, pool, table tennis and fussball and high-speed internet access) but appreciates privacy, a beautiful location and a fabulously well-run operation."
- Travel date: 8th March 2006
"We spent 10 days at the Lance Aux Epines cottages in early October and had a wonderful time. We (2 adults and 2 children) stayed in one of the two bedroom cottages. This was our second trip to Grenada - the last time we stayed on the Grend Anse side. Compared to Grand Anse, Lance Aux Epines is quieter and, in our opinion, better. The cottages are well equipped and the photos on their website are quite accurate as to what to expect. The management has thought of virtually everything you might need from the optional food hamper to wine openers to the maid and cooking and cleaning service to the personalized 'Grenada Essentials' guide written by Tim. The beach is very peaceful and almost private and the water was crystal clear and warm and best of all, steps from your front door. We were initially concerned about the lack of a pool - but the beach is so calm that you won't miss a pool. The bedrooms and living area are spacious and clean. We chose to have a food hamper ready on our arrival and it contained all that we needed until we could go grocery shopping ourselves. We loved the fact that there was no TV in the cottage, but we had high-speed internet access and free local phone calls. If you really want to watch TV the game room has a large screen TV and a pool table and ping pong table. The only thing I wish was different was that the temperature in cottages can get quite warm in the afternoons. While the bedrooms are air conditioned, the other living areas - living room, kitchen - are not and can get quite warm in the afternoon. We did request, and received, a fan which helped. Of course, this was nothing that a long cool drink can't fix and since we went in the summer - this should not have been too much of a surprise. If you decide to stay here, you might consider renting a car (though taxis are also easily available) as you will find it easier to get around. This is truly a hidden gem in the Grenada- and one of the best values in Caribbean."
- Travel date: 4th November 2005
"Our stay in Grenada included a few nights at Lance Aux Epines Cottages. It's a very nice place; right on a beautiful beach, and convenient for both St. George's, the airport, Grand Anse Beach, and a number of restaurants, including Grenada's best, which is Gary Rhodes' restaurant Calabash. The apartment was clean, nice and comfortable. Best of all, the staff were extremely friendly and accomodating when we needed to change our booking. So absolutely good value and highly recommended!"
- Travel date: 14th October 2005
Don't tell everyone!
"It's taken me ages to write this review but that is absolutely no reflection upon our time spent this May at Lance aux Epines Cottages. We had a fantastic time there and would thoroughly recommend it - although we wouldn't want everyone to find out! A group of 6 friends from the UK we were over in Grenada for our Grenadan friends' wedding. Four of us shared a 2 double bed/ 2 bath cottage and a couple another cottage a couple of minutes walk down the beach. Both were extrememly spacious, kept very clean by the housekeeper and the air conditioning in the bedrooms was fantastic. Tim, Ria and the rest of the staff couldn't have been more helpful. 3 of us had been to Grenada before and had stayed in a lovely rented house up in the hills in Victoria last ime - this was a nice change - a little more touristy in a good way (but not at all commercial) and being so close to the beach was amazing. Next time we're over I think we all agreed we are much more likely to stay here again than where we were before. The area is quiet so suits people that want to use the cottages as a base from which to explore the island or just chill out in the sun under a palm tree! The beach is effectively private - shared only with the next door 5* Calabash Hotel. Dinner and rum punch at the Calabash is a must one evening. Lunch is also good there under their covered outdoor eating area. There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the cottages - meaning we never ate anything but breakfast at our place. So overall thoroughly recommended - go and support Grenada in the rebuild after hurrican Ivan!"
- Travel date: 24th August 2005
Excellent value.. wonderful location
"We stayed at Lance Aux Epines (pronunced Lans-O-peens) Cottages after a 2 week sail through the Grenadines. Our Cottage contained two bedrooms - each with a full bathroom, a large kitchen, and a large comfortable living space that looks out onto Prickley Bay. Each bedroom had very efficient air conditioning. Each cottage was about 75 feet from the beach, with cool, green grass between. The beach is long and very nice, but it is public. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and security is on hand 24 hrs. Laundry service is available. St Georges is a 10-15 minute cab ride away.. the airprort 10 minutes. There are also numerous fine restaurants within walking distance including the recomended Red Crab. We really liked this place.. and the value is exceptional. They also have a very informative website."
- Travel date: 11th August 2005
Relaxed & Chilled Out
"We had visited Barbados last year with friends but this year just wanted a relaxing week after 12 months for ups & downs, we had meet some Barbadians who when asked (half joking) where do you go for a holiday? Grenada, was their answer. So late last year we hunted for the ideal hotel, and we certainly did find it. Despite 'Ivan' and it's havoc and damage it had caused, everyone we met and talked to, where cheerful and determined to 'get on with it' Tim & his Staff where of the same mind nothing was to much trouble, the location was very relaxing, the only noise was the lapping of waves & cickets at night. A colourful garden with birds of every colour, Fishermen bring ashore strange looking fish, some of which we bought and cooked that evening, nothing like that 'fresh from the sea' flavour. The maids had prepare supper for us on our arrival, local dishes and produce that was enough for 4 let alone 2, We will go back hopefuly next year, 2 weeks this time there is a lot to see on such a small Island and we are sure things will have got even better as the rebuilding takes it's effect. GO, but donot tell to many, even though there is room for all, couples and families alike."
- Travel date: 22nd May 2005
Sea and diving was unimpaired by Hurricane Ivan.
"I have just returned from my third trip to Grenada and my third stay at Lance Aux Epines Cottages. Although there were and continue to be numerous reasons why Helen, her mother (my mother-in-law), and I enjoy Grenada, my principal reason has been the scuba diving available â and available only steps from the Cottages with ScubaTech: a wide choice of dive-sites offering coral reefs of varying depth and marine life in both the Caribbean and Atlantic and various wrecks to explore. All dives have been defined by the pristine quality of the sea. There is never a trace of the rubbish which sadly disfigures other ocean areas of the world. There are no illegal fish traps. There is no pollution. ScubaTech offers instruction, a choice of air mixtures on which to dive, and excellent, friendly dive leadership. We travel to dive sites in a small-but-comfortable boat. Diver safety and enjoyment are priorities. You will imagine our dismay (a dismay many of you shared) when we watched on BBC, Sky, and â later â on the internet as Ivan struck and left such devastation. One of our first thoughts was for the survival of the reefs and the impact Ivan might have on marine life. We were concerned for the commercial survival of diving. With these concerns foremost, we contacted ScubaTech and, through them, St Georgeâs Universityâs veterinary and Marine Sciences staff and planned and raised funds for a reef survey to assess damage and monitor recovery. My return to Grenada and Lance Aux Epines Cottages was as a part of the survey team. Others on the team had been diving since shortly before Christmas, â04. I made 10 dives in the brief week I was there. Helen and I will return again in a few weeks and stay to holiday, relax, and dive. It will not do a disservice to the survey report, when it is finally written, to say now that our deepest fears were unfounded. The reefs are healthy. There is no damage to the corals â even to such soft corals as sea fans and sea whips. There is no broken hard coral. No rubbish from the storm was tossed into the sea. The waters are clear. Fish and other marine forms are thriving. Our survey report, which was to quantify damage, will now serve as a baseline for further monitoring and on-going scientific study. Recreational scuba diving for holiday-makers is staging a comeback. Meanwhile, Tim and his staff have brought Lance Aux Epines Cottages back to the high standard of comfort that we always sought and received. The same Cottage staff is there to indulge our needs. Although some trees have gone, most notably the coconut palms that stood in front of Pelican Cottage, other trees, including the breadfruit, ficus, mango, sea-grape, and flamboyant trees remain (if missing some of their top branches). There is still plenty of shade for those of us who donât snooze in the direct sunlight. The gardens are, as usual, gorgeous. Iâm delighted that we shall be returning to Grenada, to Lance Aux Epines Cottages, and to ScubaTech in only a matter of a few weeks."
- Travel date: 7th February 2005
Great Place to Stay
"If you are lookong for a bit of space and a quiet location with good nearby restaurants then this is the place for you. We recently went as a family of 4 and stayed in the cottages - they came well equiped with kitchens ( no TV which was a godsend !) There was plenty of space both inside and out for the kids to run around and enjoy the small beach and kayaks. There were plenty of good restaurants nearby if the thought of cooking on holiday is a no no. The games room with TV provided a welcome distraction from the heat sometimes. One point is that it would be useful if some toys for the beach could be provided eg bucket/spade bat and ball etc. A kids playground with slides and swings would really add to the site. If you are looking for somewhere to stay with room service a large hotels facilities such as a bar restaurant tennis courts etc then this is not the place for you. However if you want space a bit of freedom and peace and quiet then this site is to be recomended"
- Travel date: 12th November 2003
Lance Aux Epines Cottages is also called
- lance aux epines hotel
- lance aux epines resort