Salt Whistle Bay Retreat
, Mayreau Island, Mayreau.
Location! Location! Location! Mayreau is possibly the most beautiful island in the Caribbean (and that’s a pretty big claim), and Salt Whistle Bay is unquestionably the best part of Mayreau.
Salt Whistle Bay Resort is a small cluster of stone bungalows scattered among the trees on the small spit of land that separate the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. This is a place to relax, rejuvenate and reflect. On one side is a sheltered pristine bay and beach while on the other is the Atlantic beach, protected by the coral reef and with uninterrupted views of the world-famous Tobago Cays. Guests here can enjoy spectacular unspoiled views of turquoise reefs, amazing snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and (for the more energetic) kite-surfing.
Each of the rooms in the bungalows is a back-to-nature experience with the sound of the waves and the singing of the birds, the sweet aroma of the tropical trees and flowers and the view through the trees to the beach and sea. Facilities are not forgotten though with each room having an en-suite bathroom and Caribbean shower, king-size bed, ceiling fan, mini-fridge, safe, hair dryer and a shared terrace. There’s no wi-fi in the bungalows but it is in the public areas.
The restaurant at Salt Whistle Bay offers a varied cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The beach bar serves house cocktails and other drinks. There are also some local independent beach bars around the bay usually specialising in grilled lobster, local beer, cocktails, music and a friendly West Indian welcome. There are other eateries in Mayreau village about a mile away.
Getting to Mayreau is a little adventure in itself. First fly to Barbados, St Lucia or St Vincent. Then take the island-hopping plane to Union Island. Finally pick up the water taxi to Mayreau. It takes a little longer than just going to a big resort, but it is so worth it!
After a few days to slow down to the Caribbean pace of life, what do you do on Mayreau? There are many gentle and scenic walks around the island. Snorkelling, and anyone who can swim can snorkel. Try stand-up paddle boarding or head to the fresher breezes of the windward beach for kite-surfing. With the Tobago Cays within sight across the water it would be crazy not to visit and indulge your senses in the astonishing beauty there. Again, the water taxi is ready for you, but you could also take a day charter on a catamaran, perhaps sharing with some newly-made friends.
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We sailed in to Mayreau and dropped anchor in Salt Whistle Bay. We swam ashore and enjoyed lunch at the beach bar. We had a walk along the shore. We should have stayed longer and given ourselves the treat of a stay in Salt Whistle Bay Retreat.