6th April 2018: Grenada is arguably one of the most stunning and exclusive islands in the Caribbean, known affectionately as the ‘spice of the Caribbean’ due to its numerous nutmeg plantations. The island has a wealth of stunning beaches and lush national parks to explore.
Kate recently returned from her time on the island and shares with us her favourite hotels.
Spice Island Beach Resort
This hotel is the epitome of luxury. With a prime spot on Grande Anse Beach, and the hotel pool just a few steps from the beach, whether you are a pool or beach person, this hotel has both covered. Spice Island has a wide range of room options which can be set amongst the hotel’s beautiful gardens, have their own private pool or are located right on the beach. You can literally wake up and walk out of your room and onto the beach, it’s incredible.
At the heart of Spice Island is its spa. This oasis of serenity is set amongst tropical gardens and offers a wide range of holistic treatments. During my time here, I had a fantastic massage and, with so many treatments to choose from, I would highly recommend you spend some time here if you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation space.
Not forgetting the food, Spice Island has two stunning restaurants, both with views overlooking the beach and Caribbean Sea. The first, Oliver’s Restaurant, offers guests a superb selection of fine-dining dishes, which are different every evening, whilst sitting back and enjoying the very best of Grenada’s calypso, reggae and steel bands. The other, Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar, offers guests a selection of authentically and locally flavoured dishes. This restaurant is best suited for those looking for a buffet style lunch or something off the grill.
Calabash is another wonderful hotel set along a quaint stretch of beach and close to a picturesque harbour. Neutral and contemporary in design, you’ll find a choice of beautiful rooms at the hotel.
Each room has some sort of stunning view too, so if it’s not a view along its lush gardens it may be a view of the pool or the dazzling ocean. It's hard to imagine someone not being completely relaxed whilst staying here.
Breakfast at the hotel is a casual affair and guests can choose from enjoying a private breakfast on their terrace or balcony, or dining in the relaxed atmosphere of the Beach Club, which also serves lunch.
Of an evening, the renowned Rhodes Restaurant is a must. The restaurant was personally opened by Gary Rhodes.
For a more laid-back atmosphere, the Coyaba Beach hotel is a great base for adventurers. Not only does the hotel offer world-class, beachfront ocean views it has its own on-site scuba diving and water sports centre.
Just a short drive from Grand Etang National Park this hotel would suit those who love to get out and about and aren’t looking to spend hours by the poolside.
This holistic retreat is great for those who want the ultimate in relaxation. With 16 romantic cottages and luxury villas, many rooms here have stunning views of the glistening Caribbean Sea.
Not only does this hotel have a state-of-the-art-gym it also boasts a sustainable organic garden, Asian spa and a beachfront yoga pavilion. Decorated with unique artwork and rustic-styled features, if you’re someone looking for a more alternative place to spend your time in Grenada, I’d recommend Laluna.
Mount Cinnamon Hotel
As you arrive at this wonderful hotel, you feel as though you’re walking to the top of a mountain. Situated on the hillside above Grand Anse Beach, this family owned hotel is steeped in British Heritage and offers guests 21 luxury villas and suites, each with its own veranda offering stunning views of the surrounding beach and ocean.
The hotel has two delicious restaurants to choose from. Savvy’s serves open-air breakfasts each morning and candlelit dinners each evening. Beach Cabana is a beach bar surrounded by tropical gardens serving freshly grilled meats along with salads and snacks. This hotel would be ideal for families.
During my time here, I had the opportunity to get out and explore this stunning island for myself. You can completely understand why Grenada is called the ‘spice island,’ everywhere you look, you can see spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric and cloves to name just a few. If you visit Grenada, I highly recommend stopping at Concorde Waterfall, Grand Etang Lake and don’t miss Grenada’s capital, St George.