As a travel agent I enjoy researching my vacations, finding a luxurious place that will provide entertainment for everyone in my family. This property is beautifully decorated and maintained. The master has a great bathroom. The bedrooms are very private and quite. We loved the open air concept (no bugs!) with a nice beach a short walk away. The island has a lot to offer: hiking the volcano, kayaking, out islands, snorkeling, and other water sports. The closest town, St. Francois, was very convenient for groceries, restaurants, and arranging excursions. Marie, the owner, was very helpful and easy to work with. We loved our vacation and hope to return!!!
We had a large group, and so we booked the entire Villa Charles. It is as beautiful as the pictures make it look; the top two units have stunning ocean views, the bottom unit has a lovely outdoor space. All accoutrements worked great--the mattresses were excellent! The villa is quite close to the lovely town of St Francois (by car) with superb dining, markets, shopping etc. The villa also gives access to the Anse de Rochers beach for residents only--perhaps the nicest beach we tried in Guadeloupe (which is saying something!) never crowded, beautiful coral sand; it was great to just walk down with the kids for a few hours of sun and sand most every day.
Marie is wonderful, very professional, courteous and hospitable--cannot say enough good things about working with her.
The downsides are very minimal. The villa was a little hard to find the first time (we arrived after dark) and you'll really need to rent a car (though this is pretty much true of almost anywhere in Guadeloupe).
Our family has rented a lot of vacation places all over the world, and pound for pound this has been the best. Excellent!