Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: No.4 Tendacayou Eco-Lodge and Spa, Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe’s Tendacayou Eco-Lodge and Spa – with its Creole houses and cabins nestled in the heart of the rainforest – has a little something for everyone seeking different lodging experiences. There’s the tree house for those who want to live out childhood dreams, poolside bungalows for water fiends and a colonial-style Creole hut constructed out of bamboo and wood for those feeling a Zen-like vibe.
A bonafide labour of love for its owners, Sylvie and Georges, Tendacayou Eco-Lodge started life over 20 years ago when the French expats took a shine to the glorious inhabitat in the small village of Deshaies. The luxuriant rainforest with natural sources running all around their property seemed like an ingenious place to raise their family – not to mention the infinite possibilities they could explore to creatively set up home and work.
The family-run eco-lodge and spa consists of 11 cottages, carefully crafted by the talented husband and wife duo. Georges, a carpenter, built the cabins and huts in the trees using a combination of ordinary and unusual materials, and recycling objects to create this fantasy location. While Sylvie’s artwork adorns the eco-lodge and spa, and she hones her culinary skills at Tendacayou’s restaurants, Le Poisson Rouge and Le Petit Poisson.
Starting from scratch, Sylvie and Georges built their own home, beneath the shade of a palm and a mango tree, out of wood and painted it in whimsical colours. They also tamed the running waters from the natural sources and worked to preserve the surrounding rainforest so the flora and fauna could continue to thrive. In the branches of old trees they built cabins and perched tree houses for their children and friends to stay in.
Each of the 11 cottages have been tastefully built with a sustainable approach, exploring elements of Colonial and Creole interior design whilst decked out in quirky colour schemes. Fully immersed in the lush flora of the property, the cottages are open to the outside with no windows and are decorated with recycled and natural materials found on site.
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this idyllic eco-lodge is where tranquility and serenity is observed and there’s no chance of your downtime being knocked out of gear as television, internet and telephones are banned. All the more reason to chill at Tendacayou, where you can experience local treks or relax in the on-site spa.
Tendacayou SPA, set around a cooling mountain stream and surrounded by the tropical vegetation, includes a zen garden for quiet meditation, a stream-fed tropical rock pool to dip in, an outdoor swimming pool (the water is collected in the mountains directly to supply the pool & the SPA) and a Jacuzzi perched in the trees.
In the main SPA building, where you can have treatments is also where you will find a fresh water rain-room and a hammam, and outside there are Japanese baths overlooking the Caribbean sea.
Tendacayou Eco-Lodge and SPA is a charming destination for families on that “Swiss Family Robinson” quest who want to spend some “quality time” together. The tree houses certainly appeal to all ages and couples will also enjoy this peaceful retreat.
Pictures: Tendacayou Eco-Lodge and SPA
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