By Mayshad Mag
Mayshad Magazine is an advocacy platform for empowerment which mainly focuses on empowering women, raising awareness and exploring a contemporary lifestyle.
I recently had the chance to stay at Maxime Boutique Hotel which is located at the hillside of Petionville, 30 minutes away from Port-au prince and the main airport.
The hotel is situated on a residential street in a beautiful garden compound and therefore it is well-known for its privacy. Thus, this made it the perfect place for my eagerly needed escape from my movemental city life.
After being welcomed with delicious fresh coconut drinks, I was escorted to my room where I was stunned by how spacious it was! I was especially fascinated by the hard time and effort they put into the details of their design. The construction of the hotel is a perfect balance of modern architecture and traditional inspirations. The emphasis was put on custom-made Haitian cedar furniture which leaves an amazing scent and local artisan pieces that demonstrate the country’s continuing creative evolution.
The moment I stepped foot into the balcony, I was speechless. The view on the tropical garden was simply breathtaking, and at that very moment I wish I could stay there forever.
In terms of services, I found everything I could possibly ask for: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, room service, a really lovely pool and the best customer service one could ask for.
Maxime Boutique Hotel took a personalized approach to serving me and anticipating my needs at all times during my stay. The cozy environment and atmosphere they created for me, made me feel just at home.
During my stay at Maxime Boutique Hotel, I had the chance to meet and make friends with people from all around the world such as, Canada, Europe and USA. All those travelers chose to make a stop at Maxime Boutique Hotel to discover the beauty and rich culture of Haiti.
Considering that Haiti is a beautiful touristic country, I was eager to visit the areas surrounding it during my stay. The roads leading to the outside part of Haiti such as the South, only about 1 hour to leave Port -au- Prince and an additional 3 hours to arrive in the South part of the country. On the one hand, when speaking of South Haiti, I automatically think about Jacmel, Ile a Vache and Port Salut. While on the other hand, if I wanted to visit the North part of the country, then I absolutely had to see the famous fortress “La Citadelle” in Cap Haitian. However, the journey is about a 6-hour drive.
Lucky for me, Maxim Boutique Hotel offers this type of service. Therefore, I took advantage of their services and booked not one, but all of their road trip offers.
I couldn’t wait for the road trip to commence, especially taking into consideration the hotels expertise on making everything extra-special. As a result, the next day I woke up to an early breakfast waiting for me on the outdoor patio, before departing to the wonderful adventure.
My road trip’s first destination was Jacmel, from Basin Blue to Art walk. My journey was full of discoveries and when the moment finally came, I had to choose where to spend the night. I had the choice to stay either at Chic Chateau or at an Eco-friendly Hotel La Colline Enchantée. Either way, one could not be more satisfied.
During the second trip’s destination, we were heading towards Ile a Vache. I enjoyed the feeling of white smooth sand under my toes and swimming in pristine turquoise water. Ile a Vache is only accessible by boat; therefore, we traveled to Les Cayes for about 4 hours and then took a boat to Abaka Bay Resort. The Abaka Bay resort is where we were all staying and it is truly a true paradise on earth.
Last but not least, my third trip’s destination was to Cap Haitian, a destination I was too excited about. As mentioned before, driving to Cap Haitian takes about 6 hours, so we had the opportunity to see several villages before reaching OKAP such as Cote des Arcadins and Gonaives. Each of the villages has its unique beauty and a rich culture. Once we arrived in Cap Haitian, the first thing I couldn’t wait to do is to buy and taste their local organic cashews. It was a must! Then, we had the opportunity to stay at Le Picolet located on the Boulevard which is well known for its colonial architecture and friendly service.
All in all, I enjoyed every little bit of my stay in Haiti. The culture, people, service and different locations we visited only made me love it more. That being said, I have already started counting the days for my return to this beauty of a country, it is a true gem of happiness.
By Mayshad Team