In February 2020, I spent a week with my family at Spice Island on the golden shores of Grenada in the Caribbean. It was the perfect beach escape and just what we needed to relax and re-energise after a long winter...
Now, as travel bans are in place all around the world, we are already dreaming of when we’ll next be able to escape and explore. I think back to how the Caribbean sunshine and soft white sand beaches worked wonders for me and I am already planning to return as soon as I possibly can.
Grenada, the ‘sugar and spice island’, feels very undiscovered in comparison with many other Caribbean islands. It’s typically paradisaical, with a lush rainforest interior, dazzling beaches shaded with leaning palm trees, and offers endless soul-stirring views across the Caribbean Sea. It’s an incredible destination for divers, known as the ultimate destination for wreck diving in the Caribbean, with a colourful underwater world of pristine coral and varied marine life, and 15 wrecks to explore. I particularly loved that along with plenty of time relaxing on the beach, there was a rich local culture to discover.
Spice Island is a family-owned luxury boutique hotel set on Grand Anse beach, with rooms just steps from the sand. Guests at Spice Island are beautifully looked after to the highest standard, enjoying very personalised hospitality in the most luxurious and relaxed setting.
A stay at Spice Island is all-inclusive, including a la carte dining and afternoon tea, so you don’t have to worry about a thing from the moment you arrive and feel completely spoiled throughout your stay. Sharing this paradise with very few others makes it feel incredibly private and exclusive. Suites are contemporary and stylish, with four poster beds and spacious living areas. Some Suites include a terrace, pool or garden, and others are right on the beachfront.
Guests enjoy complimentary watersports, use of a beautiful swimming pool, access to brand new Janissa's Spa, delicious Creole and international cuisine at Oliver's Restaurant, often to the sounds of a live steel band, and delicious grilled seafood on the beach at Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar.
Grand Anse is known as one of the most beautiful beaches of all of the Caribbean islands, and it’s sheltered from the wind, offering amazing swimming and paddle-boarding conditions in gentle waters.
Close by there is also Morne Rouge, a quieter beach for sunbathing and swimming, and we can arrange boat trips to secluded beaches along the coastline, with snorkelling and delicious beach picnics.
We spent some time exploring the island, visiting spice plantations, cocoa farms, rum distilleries, hiking in the forests and into the mountains, tubing along the rivers and swimming in crystal clear waterfalls, and discovering stunning secluded beaches off the tourist trail. I would recommend visit the Gouyave Nutmeg processing station to collect some spices to take home, and heading to the ‘Gouyave Fish Friday’ festival to enjoy great music, dancing and delicious local fish, getting a taste for local life. The Belmont Estate is a fascinating 17th Century plantation where you can discover the history of the island and traditional farming methods. Street food Wednesdays are also wonderful as you can sample a variety of local dishes, such as Oil Down, and the atmosphere is really buzzing and sociable. Get in touch with our team for our insider tips on the quietest and prettiest beaches, which restaurants serve up the most delicious seafood feasts, and where to enjoy BBQ’s and sundowners whilst listening to live reggae.
Grenada hosts a number of wonderful, authentic festivals year-round, which offer a real insight into local life and culture. Whether your interest is food, music or history, let us know and we can advise you on the best time of year to travel. The Grenada Spicemas Festival is the most celebrated cultural event on the calendar, when everyone gathers to enjoy music and dance shows, beauty pageants, and a week-long carnival of incredible costumes and performances.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...