The SpaceThe house is unique and fabulous due to it's open and airy layout and it's fantastic views of the sea. The house sleeps four people. The layout of the house is one large open room with a detached outdoor shower, kitchen and modern latrine. The sleeping and dining area is one large open studio space so there is not much privacy. Large curtains can be drawn to divide the sleeping areas but definitely do not come with people you don’t want to see you in your pajamas! There is no flush toilet at the house. To get to the latrine one must walk up a small hill that is behind the house. Fresh water is scarce on the island so a latrine was the most ecological/resource-responsible option. The latrine, however, is clean and has a toilet seat – not to mention a truly amazing view!! Go to the photo section - a photo is indeed worth a million words. Guest AccessDuring your stay you have exclusive access to the entire house and kitchen. Interaction with GuestsSalnave Vitale is the caretaker of the house and lives on the island. He will meet you in the city of Les Cayes with the boat captain. Salnave is there to assist you during your stay. He will not hang around the house in order to give you privacy but if you need anything or have a question he is there to help you. The NeighborhoodIle La Vache is 30 to 40 minutes off the coast of Les Cayes. Les Cayes is 4hrs from Port Au Prince.
The island of Ile á Vache is a place to slow down and enjoy lazy tropical days alone or with family and friends. Come to watch the sunrise over the ocean, read, meditate, breath, swim, sail, walk and explore a beautiful place. There are no cars on the island but you can walk all over the Island or explore by boat; treks and boating excursions can be catered to your interests upon arrival - birds, agriculture, markets, beaches...
The house is located on the outskirts of a sleepy village called Kay Kok. To reach the house from where the boat drops you off on the coast is a 3-minute uphill walk on a footpath.
From the house it is 10 minutes to the L’Anse a Lea Beach, which is long, natural and sandy. The Maison L’Anse a L'eau Beach House (B&B) has a bungalow on the beach that is often left unattended but one can walk up to the house to request a cold drink or snack. It is also a 10-minute walk to the beach that is associated with the Hotel Port Morgan, this beach does not have great sand but it has a rock island off of it that is fun to swim around with a mask and snorkel. It is a 15-minute walk to the Anse du Four beach, which is a beautiful sandy beach. Here you can either settle near the Abaka Bay resort for easy access to cold drinks or go to the other end of the beach which is totally quiet and undeveloped. Getting AroundTaking a bus from PAP: There are several companies now offering comfortable air-conditioned transport to the (small) city of Les Cayes. The best known is called Transport Chic. It is 500 HTG and leaves from PAP each day. The Transport Chic bus station is located in front of the national soccer stadium in Porti Leogane and has a sitting area and bathrooms. Try to arrive to the station half an hour before the departure time to assure you get a ticket. To avoid the risk of tickets being sold out you can go to the station on another day to buy your ticket in advance.
The boat to the island is $80 round-trip for 1 to 4 people. Or $20 per person for more than 5 people. The boat is a simple wooden boat with a motor. Getting in and out of the boat requires agility. There are always helping hands so please don’t be too proud and take advantage of the help.
If you need parking it is 125 htg per night. It is an open-air walled garage. It is not pretty but it is reliable and is the parking that all of the hotels use. It is located a short walk from the dock where the boat will pick you up. The address is Rue du Quai. It is next to the Palais de Justice and on the same road as DGI if you are asking for directions. You do not need to reserve a parking space but the point people for the parking are: Benold Moise ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) or Johnny Azor ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). You pay when you come to pick-up your car. Salnave can bring you to the parking once you arrive at the wharf. Other Things to NoteThe only electricity at the house is a small battery pack sufficient for charging a telephone, a portable speaker or other small electronics. Upon request Salnave Vitale, the caretaker of the house, can charge a laptop for you. We use solar lights. There is cellular coverage at the house for both Digicel and Natcom phones. There is no wireless internet connection at the house. To use the internet you can create your own hot-spot or go to hotels in the area.
The boat captain, the women who prepares meals at the house and the guides for the excursions are all independent entrepreneurs, which is a nice way to share the benefits of having visitors on the island with the local community.
For meals one can:
1.Cook for oneself. If you plan to cook you will have to bring all the ingredients you need with you because there is not a daily market on the island. The open-air market in Madame Bernard is a 2-hour walk one-way or you can take a motorcycle for 75 HTG. The market days are: Monday and Thursday. There are basic cooking utensils available in the kitchen but it certainly is not equipped for preparing haut-cuisine.
2.Have typical Haitian meals delivered to the cottage. Juana delivers the meals at an agreed upon time and then she returns to clean up after the meals. $5 for Breakfast, $10 for non-seafood and $15 for fresh Seafood.
3.Make reservations to eat at the various other hotels on the island. From $12 to $35.