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Bakwa Lodge encourages one to escape to a simpler, more relaxed way of life. To reach this eco-chic guest house on the southeast coast of Rodrigues Island, one must drive along a small road, winding through rural grasslands of grazing cows and cabri (mountain goats). Nestled between the hills and Montagne Cherie, down a beaten path, you will find the lodge set in a large garden planted with Bakwa (Vacoas palm) trees.
This secluded spot of the island harbours one of the most popular wind and kite surfing spots on the island, while offering endless opportunities to roam the island along the crisscrossing countryside roads and coastal paths. The gardens feature naturally growing vegetation and are softly-lit in the evening to allow star-gazing of the southern skies.
There is no shortage of comfort at the Bakwa. The seven bungalows – painted pure white, enhanced with wood panels and high thatched ceilings – are built in a style that is respectful of the local aesthetics and environment, and characteristic of understated luxury. The light and airy rooms open onto timber decks, where you can observe the stunning sunrise every morning. Travellers may choose to stay in one of the two categories of suites, or the villa, with accommodations for between three and eight people.
The restaurant and bar is a typical kaz-style building with modern large glass windows that offer exquisite views onto the lagoon. The Chef cooks up fabulous homey meals deeply-rooted in the isle’s Creole culture, using seasonal produce, fish caught by the local fishermen and juicy tropical fruits. Breakfast and a three-course dinner are included in the hotel’s package with options for pre-arranged special requests. The friendly personnel is happy to prepare a picnic basket for you to take on daytime outings.
Bakwa Lodge is a trendy nomadic retreat that offers an oasis of tranquillity, far from the bustle, with access to and a panoply of opportunities to discover the natural world of Rodrigues, an earthly paradise.