An Indagare member finds that her visit to Jalousie Plantation was worth the wait.
Originally planned for Christmas break of 2010, our trip to Jalousie was cancelled when we got stuck in the snowstorm. Thanks to the efforts of the Indagare team as well as the wonderful management at Jalousie, we were able to take our vacation a few months later. We absolutely loved Jalousie has one of the most incredible cottages with private pools. The staff, especially the private butlers, is accommodating and very friendly.
The downside of having wonderful views from the cottages is that they are high on a hill and guests have to shuttle back and forth to the beach. However, the shuttles were quite timely and really not bad at all. If guests are looking for a vacation where they can roll right onto the beach from their room (like at Carlisle Bay), Jalousie might not work. But we did see eight cottages being built on the other side of the crescent beach and just heard they are now completed (I’m sure they will book fast).
While there is a kids club in the main building of the hotel (which, interestingly used to be a sugar plantation), our kids preferred to hang out at the pool. The main building is pretty set back from the beach area, pool and beachside restaurant, so that might have been part of the reason.
The spa is one of the nicest I have seen. Treatments are done in stilted thatch huts connected by wooden raised walkways in the rainforest. We all loved getting manicures and pedicures.
As many rooms and villas were damaged from the most recent hurricane (they are being renovated), the hotel never felt packed. The two onsite restaurants did book up quickly.
The water is not the turquoise color as it can be at other resorts and not as swimmable because of the coral. The tennis courts were in sore need of rehab and the kids menu lacked variety and got boring after two days. The main resort restaurant was decorated beautifully, but the service was quite slow especially with young kids.
One night we went to the Ladera, located high up in the hills over Jalousie (a ten minute vertical car ride). The views, especially during sunset, were incredible. Other than that, we never left the resort. Cane Bar, a very modern and stunning bar next to the main restaurant, looked out of place with the rest of the west-Indian décor and was perpetually empty. There were plenty of outside activities available from ziplining to whale-watching (although we never saw any), to cocoa-plantation tours (which were disappointing), to hiking the nearby volcano.