The SpaceThis tranquil beach house was built in the 1970's by a French man, back when there was nothing but forest and ocean surrounding it. In the early 1990's, a small and charming village started to form as houses started to get built behind it. It was purchased by my father in 1996 and slightly modified, but the main living space remains largely unchanged: a small cabin-like building with rooms laid out in a line parallel to the shore such that every room has windows which stare out at the ocean. When the tide is high, sitting in the living room almost feels like you are aboard a boat. One of my favorite features is being able to look out the window, half-awake, to determine whether the ocean is calm enough for diving, and quickly go back to sleep if it isn't.
Between the main building and the beach is a large terrace with a round table and some comfortable beach chaise-lounges for relaxing while having a gorgeous panoramic, unobstructed view of the ocean. I cannot describe with words the feelings you will get while sitting here watching the sunset.
The terrace has a shaded area covering the table and an open-air area for sun-bathing. An old, creaky door on the left end of the terrace leads to a little outdoor shower area for rinsing off sand and salt water, followed by 3 steps which lead to the sand. A few more steps down and you are on the ocean rocks.
To the left of the main building, you have an open hallway which leads to the terrace and starts with a grilling station. On the opposite site of the house is a two-tier garden with a small banana tree among other vegetation, as well as a small terrace at the top with another dining table. This side gets the most sunlight in the morning and offers a completely different mood from the ocean side. It is a lovely place to have breakfast while listening to the sounds of birds chirping, and the various calls of merchants passing by, selling fresh fish or vegetables. Guest AccessYou will have access to the garden, the main house, which has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom with stand-up shower. Attached to the main house are 3 smaller rooms facing the open hallway which leads to the ocean-side terrace. The first room has a washer and compartments to store any gear. The second room has a toilet and sink. The third room has a stand-up shower.
There is a second building to the left side of the property, but this will unfortunately will remain closed for renovations. Other Things to NoteThroughout the year, during the low season (September to May), the beach village is very calm and quiet, with very few people there. The weekends see slightly more activity as people from the nearby cities come to Plage David to spend the weekend. In the high season (June - August), and especially in August, the village becomes more busy, especially on the side north of the bridge.