Before we left for Grenada, Esther decided she couldn’t hack a whole 2 weeks with her family, so the decision was made to spend a couple of nights away from her family home in La Digue. We settled on 3 nights in Lance Aux Epines followed by 2 nights on the small island of Carriacou. This is the short story of our stay in Lance Aux Epines that was actually cut short to a 2 nights stay. Minor detail.
We were lucky enough to get a lift down to Lance Aux Epines as it wasn’t too far from Grand Anse beach where Jenny, Hannah and Ryan were heading for the day. Located in the south west of the island, Lance Aux Epines is a pretty impressive place, yahts line the glorious Prickly Bay, grand hotels sit right on the beach front and the houses in the area are BIG! I mean seriously big, fresh prince of Belair type big. We stayed in one such house which had been converted into the Cassa Bella B&B. Run by husband and wife Ray and Odessa, the Cassa Bella is an amazing place to stay. It was just 5 minutes from the beach, and its breakfast balcony afforded us an amazing view over the bay. It wasn’t the cheapest place we’ve ever stayed, but it wasn’t overly expensive either.
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Cassa Bella Directions: Head down Lance Aux Epines main road until you go over a second speed bump (you will have passsed a crab shack and chinese on your right hand side, you should also pass a small green/common on your right). After the second speed bump take a left. At the Orange fall take another left. This is Hummingbird Lane. The Cassa Bella s the 3rd mansion on the right. – I include these because I couldnt find them anywhere on the web.
Upon arrival we were serenaded with fresh juice and air conditioning. There was also a power shower, void of things that like to creep and crawl. I’m not going to lie, the first thing we did was to have a little nap … ah peace and quiet.
Once awoken from our siesta minds turned to food and juice. We decided on a stroll to the marina. The sun was setting and it was quite romantic until … the heavens opened. Literally out of nowhere clouds formed and started dropping big ass water balloons on our heads. We made a dash for cover which luckily appeared in the form of a bar currently entertaining its happy hour. How’s your luck!? A couple of cheeky beers later and we were happily chatting to other travellers and holiday makers. We met a couple of cool American gents who were chartering the biggest yaht I’ve ever seen for something in the region of £300,000 USD for the week. Big bucks for a big yaht. It looked amazing though, and we were quickly informed that there were more staff on board than guests. One of the guests was apparently a very famous chef from the USA, but I can’t say I recognized him. We also met 3 young Norwegian lads who had sailed to the Caribbean from Norway via Scotland and Ireland on a tiny 25ft boat. Some achievement! After a pizza and one or two more beers we called it a night and wandered under star lit sky back to the Cassa Bella. Safe to say, I liked Lance Aux Epines.
Come the morning we happily spent an hour or so enjoying toast, fruit, juice and the views from the Breakfast balcony at the Cassa Bella. We chatted to the other guests and tried to get a few tips on where to go and what to see. One couple were kind enough to give us some motion sickness tablets as they knew our ferry crossing to Carriacou the next day would be rough.
The majority of our only full day in Lance Aux Epines was sent on the beach in Prickly Bay. It was B.E.A-utiful, and so so quiet. As our impressively pale skin incinerated under the Carribean sun, we read, drank and generally watched the world go by without a care. It was a good day.
**Click on me, i’m widescreen!**
That eve we struggled to find many places to eat as it was a Sunday and most places were shut. We eventually dined at a small Chinese restaurant that served some tasty beef in black-bean sauce, yum! Another nights snooze and soon we were on the move again and heading for the ferry terminal in St Georges.
Want to know what happens next? Want to cheat and skip to the end? Do you just want to look at pretty pictures of Grenada rather than read about how many beers I drank. Well here you go then, here are all the links to all my Grenada posts, all of them. You dont ask for much do you!?
(They’ll turn red when they’re live)
Part 1 – Welcome to Grenada
Part 2 – Lance Aux Epines
Part 3 – Valentines in Carriacou
Part 4 – Chocolate, Rum and Waterfalls
Photo Essay: Belmont Cocoa Plantation
Photo Essay: Seven Sisters Waterfall