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Feb 13th, 2020
I booked this hotel in early December 2019, as part of a Grenadines island hopping trip that I’d long planned; a repeat of a wonderful trip I’d done 25 years earlier. With only about ten days to go, I got a note from the hotel saying they were sorry but they planned to be temporarily closed on my travel dates, and we’d need to find other accommodations. Mayreau isn’t exactly Miami Beach; there are only two hotels on the entire island and very little nearby, especially in the high season. Long story short: This last minute decision on the part of the hotel played havoc with my itinerary and cost me hundreds of dollars in hotel/transportation changes. And I’m still rather mystified by the whole thing, as I see nothing on the hotel website or elsewhere indicating that the place is actually closed. So if you’re planning to book Salt Whistle Bay, be careful. Or better yet, check out nearby Carriacou, which is just as beautiful as Mayreau and a real off the radar adventure. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Dec 29th, 2019
Please stay away from this place until they have changed management. They aggresively attacked kiters and has for some time tried in a very unfriendly way to charge 8 usd per person to use the beach. We paid for the mooring and used the bar/restaurant.. when we went kitingvwe were approached 2 times by a group of gready and aggressive people that wanted money to use a public beach. It is becoming an issue for the police, but please dont support something like this jntil ghe new management is out... TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Visited from a yacht Joan
Dec 15th, 2019
We have been coming to Salt Whistle bay for over 5 years in a yacht, and this hotel and bar is a welcome addition to the natural beauty here. It's hard to even see the properties they blend so well with the environment. Food and drinks and staff all great. Its arguably the best place in the world. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Stunning setting, excellent staff
Apr 14th, 2019
Recently spent a week at Saltwhistle. Having holidayed in the West Indies many times over the past 25 years Saltwhistle has always been on my radar, so I was very pleased when it reopened. It did not disappoint. The situation is superb and the resort is unruffled relaxation. There are just 8 rooms in a semi circle beneath the palm trees a few yards from the beach with the restaurant/bar and some stone cabanas about 100 yards further on. The beach is gorgeous, a semi circle of sand and clear, calm water on the Caribbean side and rougher, with entertainment provided by the kite surfers, on the Atlantic. The food was consistently good, the fish (mahi mahi) and chips was excellent! There are also 4 or 5 local bar/restaurants at the southern end of the bay when you want to ring the changes.There are generally quite a few charter boats in the bay, but I guess the resort would struggle without the trade they provide to the bar and restaurant during the day. Last, but not least, a word of thanks for Nikita. I arrived in Mayreau on Gem Star, the twice weekly ferry, and intended to leave on it when I moved on to Bequia via St Vincent. The afternoon before I was meant to leave Nikita found me to let me know that the ferry had broken down and that she was trying to arrange a water taxi to Union and then a flight from there. This she managed to do, only to find out later that Union airport had closed because the fire truck had broken down! She then managed to change the flight so that I would fly out of Canouan, which duly happened early the next morning. Thank you Nikita! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Swim, snorkel, kick back and relax
Mar 18th, 2019
This review is pretty long, so hang on. We spent a week at Salt Whistle Bay and had an (almost) perfect stay. I hope this review helps others to make the best of this idyllic island. The beach is gorgeous, the water perfect, the snorkeling is fine right off the beach and terrific at the nearby Tobago Cays, a series of uninhabited islands (a protected marine park), and the staff at Salt Whistle are thoughtful, personable and determined to do their best to make guests comfortable. This is the perfect place for people who loathe the noise and artificiality of overbuilt all-inclusive resorts and who prefer, instead, the opportunity to disconnect (but yes, there is wifi), unwind and relax in an amazingly beautiful setting. Salt Whistle Bay (the resort/club, not the bay itself) is, to be honest, a work in progress, but any glitches or inconveniences are met with determination by the staff to make everything okay. For example, there had been a misunderstanding regarding our length of stay, which Salt Whistle rectified as best they could by getting us a room (at no cost to us) for one night in the village. Not perfect, but fine. There were some things on the short (but very nice) menu that weren’t available, but then again, this is a small island and not everything can be available all the time. (And it is no hardship to eat fresh lobster or mahi mahi or tuna more than once.). The bungalows are simple and comfortable, with comfortable beds, a small fridge and hair dryer. We were encouraged to use water sparingly as the area is experiencing a drought. A very short walk down the beach gets you to an assortment of local bars (think laid-back, tiny, outdoors) and an island barbeque where I had the best red snapper ever along with terrific west indies rice, fried bananas, potatoes and slaw. Occasionally a tour boat will sail into the bay and the horde descends, but there is plenty of room on the beach and the visitors leave in an hour. There are also several yachts/catamarans that anchor in the bay—we counted 21 one day, but around 12-15 is more typical—but this was not at all disruptive. Watching kiters on the windward side (a 5-minute walk from the calm Salt Whistle bay) was fun and there are a few (very short) hikes to take. One hike, along the beach and then (briefly) into the interior of the island, takes you to The Ranch, a restaurant/bar on the windward side of the island that is definitely worth the ½ hour it takes to get there (or 10 minutes if you are coming from the village at the top of the hill). New, clean and friendly, this is a great place to lounge in or out of the sun next to the sparkling blue and teal sea. I also want to give a shout-out to Dennis’ in the village, a great place for a meal or just a drink. I didn’t see the rooms, but Dennis has a nice setup and is a pleasure to talk to as well. One more thing, about travel (as explained by Nikita, the very helpful and professional guest relations manager): it is best to plan your travel working from Mayreau backwards. Find out how to get to Mayreau from one of the nearby islands (probably, but not necessarily from Union Island or St. Vincent) first and then, with that information, figure out how and when to get to that island. The Salt Whistle Bay website suggests flying to Barbados and then taking a small charter (Grenadines Air operated by SVG) to Union Island and then getting a water taxi (arranged ahead of time by Salt Whistle Bay) for the 20-minute boat ride to Mayreau. Our flight was late from Barbados to Union Island so that meant a boat ride in pretty choppy seas in the dark, which was sort of fun, but maybe a bit too much of an adventure for some. So get advice from Nikita (or someone else at SWB) about how and when to arrive on the island, and if you go for the water taxi option, make sure to specify that life jackets would be appreciated. I hope we can return some day. Staying there is not expensive; getting there, however, is another matter. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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