Nicknamed the spice island, this colourful and hilly West Indian island is part of the Grenadines and a jewel in the Caribbean’s crown. Enchanting white sandy beaches, coral reefs and unspoilt landscapes await your visit. But first, you must choose from its array of heavenly hotels and resorts…
Perched beside Grand Anse beach, this refined resort has the longest pool in the Caribbean. Designed by architects Reda Amalou & Stéphanie Ledoux, the style here is sleek and contemporary. There are 43 rooms and suites – larger groups and those seeking a greater degree of privacy can find a spacious sanctuary with a multiple-bedroomed beach or hillside villa. The resort takes an ethical approach to food, sourcing sustainable produce and supporting local communities in the process. The main restaurant offers Asian influenced cuisine, there’s a Grenadian Grill and casual meals can be taken pool or beachside. While away the evenings at Puro, Silversands’ rum and cigar lounge, or in high season, party at the Beach Club.
Spice Island Beach Resort
If you’re holidaying with kids, it’s wise to choose an all-inclusive resort like this one. The children’s activities run through the day and evening, leaving the adults free for some tennis, cycling, sailing, yoga, golf, scuba-diving or spa treatments. 64 suites on Grande Anse’s beachfront are also well-placed to suit families with ample upscale facilities and gorgeous contemporary Caribbean decor. The culinary offer includes Creole and vegetarian food at Oliver’s, with added ambience from live calypso and steel bands. There’s also an ocean view Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar and younger palates are catered for with special menus sure to tempt your little ones.
With just 16 cottages, Laluna is a breath of fresh air (metaphorically and thanks to the trade winds, literally) for those seeking to escape larger resorts. It caters for travellers wanting seclusion, intimacy and relaxation with its causal chic approach. This is the place for wellness – there’s a beachside yoga pavilion, Asian spa, organic garden and superb gym. It’s also sought-after for destination weddings, with its rustic luxury, muslin draped four-poster beds and romantic interiors by Armani architect Gabriella Giuntoli and designer Salvatore Perna. The hotel blends Balinese, Italian, and Caribbean elements, in both its aesthetics and cuisine. It’s thatched-roof restaurant and sunset lounge sit right on the beach – the perfect spot for a romantic and unhurried meal.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel
Relais and Chateaux properties can always be relied upon for their finesse, outstanding cuisine and personal touches. And the fashionable, family-owned Calabash is no exception. It’s also a Virtuoso preferred hotel, member of Fine Hotels & Resorts and was named No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the Caribbean for 2019 by Trip Advisor. Found beside a particularly beautiful stretch of L’Anse Aux Epines Beach in Prickly bay and set in eight acres of tropical gardens, the hotel comprises 30 suites, five villas and sophisticated public areas – all of which are regularly refurbished. The emphasis is on relaxation – take meals on your balcony, on the sand as the water laps beside you, or in style at Rhodes Restaurant. Unwind with an aromatic warm oil massage at the Heaven & Earth Spa, play a game of gentle boules, or take a dive under the aquamarine waters.
No doubt the most familiar brand on our list, Sandals has become synonymous with romance and honeymoons. They’ve perfected the all-inclusive experience for couples and offer superb wedding packages. This is a relatively large resort – 231 rooms are spread across three low rise villages, maintaining a sense of intimacy but with the benefits of expansive facilities. Sandals Grenada’s SkyPool suites are magical – open the balcony doors to reveal an infinity-edge plunge pool, appearing to merge with the clear blue sky. Many suites also offer butler service and outdoor soaking tubs. And if you’re easily bored on sun holidays, you’ll have no issues here. 10 restaurants, six bars, watersports, land activities and around the clock programmes of entertainment are included, with the option of splashing out a little extra at the Red Lane Spa or taking a trip to the nearby town of St Georges.
If you want a small hotel with plenty of sporty activities on the menu, book a stay at Mount Cinnamon. On-site facilities offer boules, tennis, volleyball, snorkelling, Hobie cat sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, pool, yoga – and of course, lots of swimming. Those preferring to chill out can sunbathe at the private beach cabana, or book a treatment at the spa. Located on the far west edge of Grand Anse bay, Mount Cinnamon enjoys fantastic views. Decor in the 21 suites and larger villas is bright and lively, the kind you might expect from a traditional Caribbean hotel, but with all the mod cons including Bose speakers and Italian linen. Savvy’s Restaurant & Bar echoes this classic West Indian experience in its cuisine and vegetables come from the private plantation estates of the owner, Peter de Savary. Lunchtime poolside barbecues are popular and provide a super vacation atmosphere – don’t miss the grilled local fish.