Birgo Guest House is a simple and pleasant accommodation on La Digue Island.
Birgo Guest House: Our full report
Taking its name from a sea shell, Birgo Guest House is in fact not on the coast but a 5-minute cycle (everyone on La Digue rides bikes) from the main jetty. Tucked away on quiet, leafy road, it's a low-key, island-style guesthouse with simple, pleasant rooms, basic facilities, accommodating staff and neat gardens. It offers bed and breakfast only, though half-board packages can be arranged in conjunction with the restaurant at nearby Chateau St Cloud .
The 8 rooms at Birgo ( 2 deluxe rooms and 6 superior rooms ) are in traditional terraces with stone walls and red tin roves, and are in a linear formation heading inland from the road and reception area. Each terrace has a broad front veranda to offer shade from the sun and a perfect retreat in periodic tropical downpours. It is also here that a simple tropical breakfast of fruits and toast is served in the morning (no other meals are available). The surrounding gardens of the guesthouse are well-tended with a tickling water feature, flowering hibiscus bushes, striking traveller's palms and the odd strutting cockerel.
There is really only one communal area for guests at Birgo Guesthouse: a spacious, open-sided reception-cum-lounge. Used for serving welcome drinks, playing cards in the heat of the day and chilling of an evening, it's a cool, quiet place for self-sufficient travellers. The reception also offers a safe and convenient luggage store for securing bags between check-out and ferry departure.
All activities from Birgo, as in most La Digue properties, are arranged with outside suppliers. If you are looking for help with booking fishing, snorkelling or diving trips, or with arranging bicycle hire or ferry transfers, the Birgo team will happily help – or it's a short stroll into town to shop around with local operators.
Our viewBirgo Guest House is one of La Digue's most reasonably priced places to stay, and one of its better maintained too. As such, although simple in its offering and not immediately on the seafront, it remains a good option if luxury and flash facilities are not your priority. We would recommend the deluxe rooms for a more comfortable stay though.
Ideal length of stay: 2 nights
Directions: Transfers on arrival can be arranged in ox-cart or small painted bus. For those choosing to walk or cycle, take the tar road heading inland off the main coastal route at La Passe Harbour. Follow this road inland, slightly uphill, until it veers to the right. After a few minutes, Birgo's clear sign on the left hand side heralds the guest house's entrance.
Staff: The manager at Birgo Guest House when we last visited was Denise – who was friendly, helpful and multi-lingual. If she is not at reception on arrival wander through the gardens and someone will be sure to help: this is a very informal place.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: There is no restaurant at Birgo Guest House and standard accommodation rates include bed and breakfast only. This is served outside each room on the veranda and usually includes a seasonal fruit selection, toast and eggs to order. “Half Board" rates can be arranged to include Chateau St Cloud for dinner, though this removes the opportunity to sample some of the other island restaurants.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Attitude towards children: Birgo Guest House accepts children of all ages, however, with very limited facilities, parents of young children should think carefully about this choice.
Equipment: A cot is available for babies and a single bed can be added to any room for a young child. There is a limit of one additional cot and one single bed per room, and a large room would be necessary to comfortably accommodate both.
Generally recommended for children: Whilst very cost effective for families, Birgo is not really recommended for children – this is simply a reflection on its lack of general facilities.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms or lounge at Birgo.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: La Digue Logan Hospital is on the coast, just south of La Passe jetty, approximately 5-10 minutes from Birgo. It offers basic health care services 24 hours a day, including dental care and a child health facility. There is an ambulance available for emergencies.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge