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» 27 Mar 2014

Bakwa lodge is the story of the transformation of an abandoned edifice into that of 

an ecological gem, when a group of friends discovered the abandoned construction 

site they immediately saw the potential of developing something sustainable in this 

enchanting part of Rodrigues, known as Var Brulé.

Bakwa Lodge is set along the beach of the opaline waters stretching from Mourouk to
Graviers, it lies secluded in a magnificent seascape, home to a rural backdrop, 

sloping gently to the unspoilt beach, undisturbed but for occasional footprints.

The view over the crystalline lagoon of Rodrigues’ South East coast sets the scene 

for this unique guest house nestled between the gentle hills culminating at 

Montagne Cherie and the white beach leading for kilometres to the distant fishing 

village of Graviers.


The abandoned constructions were transformed into this charming lodge that blends 

comfortably into the vegetation, flanked by local vacoas trees emerging 

occasionally from savannah like plains. This is a beachfront property where beach 

access is direct from the lodge; one casually meanders down to the beach finding 

shelter from sun and rain under the filao trees bordering the lagoon whilst 

occasionally witnessing rural life go by as goats and cows are herded along the

The lodge has been developed with the environment and people of their community in 

mind. As water is scarce in Rodrigues, Bakwa Lodge recuperates rainwater, which is 

filtered and pumped to its own treatment plant and transformed into drinking
water. “Grey water” is used to water the garden set with plants that blend
perfectly into the natural endemic environment. Few flowers ornate the garden that 

respect natural habitat, yet the garden is lush with filaos, “baume de Rodrigues”, 

bakwa trees, frangipani… and other robust creepers.

Deliberately soft in garden lighting, night time will enable you a bliss of 

southern skies and stars …. 

The lodge comprises of 1 double room, 6 suites & a large beachfront villa. 

This villa offers accommodation for two couples with 4 additional beds nested in 

the mezzanine enabling accommodation for family fun. Spacious, light filled 

interiors feature concrete floors, louver shutters and marine decks that create
an island ambience. All spacious suites feature large beds with superior cotton 

linens, mini bar, en–suite bathrooms and outdoor showers along with daily 

housekeeping and laundry service on request. 

Although all rooms are equipped with air conditioners, one will probably
choose to sleep with the caress of the ocean breeze through the shutters. 

All rooms are tastefully decorated with Rodrigan artefacts and remnants of broken 

discarded Rodrigan fishing boats, creating a unique atmosphere of understated and 

comfortable luxury.


Whilst lingering on your terrace, one is mesmerized by the amazing view
overlooking the turquoise lagoon. This location is world renowned for kite
and wind surfing, here kite surfers & windsurfers from around the globe
have private beach access to launch in front of the lodge and race along offshore 

reefs, the best months for this activity are from June to September.

For those with an adventurous spirit, Rodrigues is an island that can
be discovered on foot, coastal or inland, awakening you to rural ways of
life where time stands still. The lagoon can be sailed with local fishermen,
discovering the smaller islands or just having fun fishing and snorkeling. The
locals are warm welcoming people who are happy to guide you on the right trails & 

welcome you to experience island life.

The light and airy, beach-house styled restaurant and bar has a friendly and 

relaxed atmosphere, it's the perfect place for a romantic candle lit dinner or to 

chat with lodge staff and other guests.

A combination of Rodriguan delicacies and European fares will captivate your senses 

and make your stay memorable… indulge in fresh local fares of fish, octopus, free 

range chicken, delicious pork & crayfish barbeques all delicately flavoured with
local herbs and spices, the chef is happy to accommodate any specific dietary 


Bakwa Lodge is simple, comfortable, understated contemporary island living, it was 

never intended to be a hotel, and it isn't. It is a castaway island retreat 

appealing to those who appreciate a return to simple luxuries that reawaken the 

senses, rather than the predictable comforts of the modern world.

Its logo has been derived from the typical Vacoas trees locally named “bakwa” trees 

dotting the island. 

Rodrigues is also renowned for its tangy lemons known as “ti Limon” whereby we make 

our famous lemonade, hence our slogan: 

Lazy days, laughter and lemonade …
Bakwa Lodge
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