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Silversands, Grenada

Silversands Hotel is located on Grand Anse beach which is a great location on the south west coast of Grenada. The first impression as you walk in the entrance of the hotel is absolutely breath-taking as you set eyes on the 100m infinity pool that leads right up to the ocean.

I stayed in an Ocean view king room and it did not disappoint! The rooms were very spacious, well air conditioned and equipped with everything you may need!! There was a full built in closet which had more than enough room for two guests staying for a week, a large bathroom with both a shower and bath, the TV had features to connect any smartphone for music, a lovely living area with a sofa and also a very spacious balcony where you could sit of any evening and watch the sun go down over the ocean!

The hotel is fairly new, only opening in December 2018 and the resort itself was immaculate. It is a very modern and contemporary hotel with very friendly and welcoming staff, anything you need is never too much trouble!

It is a bed and breakfast hotel but there are restaurants on the premises where you can dine of an evening or even wander down Grand Anse beach where there are plenty of restaurants and hotels to choose from! The night we spent there, we ate at the Asian infused restaurant, Asiatique, where there were options to dine inside the restaurant or out on the terrace looking out onto the infinity pool. The food was delicious, I had the spring rolls to start and a pork belly salad for my main and it’s fair to say there was no room for a desert!

There were aspects of the hotel we didn’t get to experience such as the spa, although we did have a walk around and it did look incredible and on Fridays, they have a Rosé night at their Grenadian Grill restaurant.

Coyaba Beach Resort, Grenada

After staying at Silversands, we went for a tour around Coyaba Beach Resort which is also located a little further south on Grand Anse beach and is only 3 miles from Maurice Bishop Airport. The hotel has 80 guest rooms including the superior garden/pool view room & the superior ocean view room. Both room only or all-inclusive is available at this resort.

There are lots of facilities at Coyaba, including complimentary non-motorised water sports, these do need to be pre-booked the day before and can be booked for an hour each day. Also, at the water sports hut there was a lady that does hikes & walks up in the mountains, she really knew her stuff and had great knowledge of the local area! There is a pool with a swim up bar, the pool wasn’t the biggest swimming pool but its less than a 30 second walk to the ocean.

There were two different restaurants, the Arawakabana which offers fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then the Carbet restaurant which is more casual which opens for lunch and dinner and is a la carte.

Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

After our site visit at Coyaba, we made our way to Spice Island Beach Resort where we stayed on our second night in Grenada.  Spice Island is an all-inclusive resort and is also located on Grand Anse beach, we were lucky enough to stay in the Seagrape Beach Suites. You walk out of the front of your room onto the patio and lounge area and you are right on the beach, approximately 30 steps from the ocean! They have a wide range of accommodation types and lots of interconnecting rooms which would be great for families!

The food options at Spice Island were fantastic, breakfast was a la carte menu but there was also a buffet of pastries, fruit, yoghurts & juices where you could just go up and help yourself. Both restaurants are open for lunch, the Surf and Turf and Oliver’s, so there was plenty to choose from! Dinner was served in both restaurant but we had a lovely 5 course meal at Oliver’s restaurant.

I personally really enjoyed Spice Island because of the relaxing feel to the resort, I could walk out of my room and be directly on the beach, walk down the beach to the restaurant (of course there are paths also) or the water sports area. The pool area was lovely and spacious, with the bar close by so it was very easy to order a drink & be bought over to you. There were also staff on the beach area to help with whatever you needed!

Mount Cinnamon, Grenada

Mount Cinnamon is a boutique hotel on the south of Gran Anse beach, slightly lifted on a hill but you can just cross over the road out the front of the hotel, walk down a few steps and be on the beach where they have their cabana & a restaurant and all of the water sports on offer!

As soon as I walked into the hotel, I knew it was somewhere I would love to stay, we were greeted by lovely staff members & the general manager of the hotel, Mark. His enthusiasm for the hotel just gave it such a lovely feel and you could tell why they have a lot of repeat business.

We saw a few rooms while we were there, we saw a 2-bedroom apartment/villa which would be ideal for a family and then we saw the new cinnamon suites which have more of a modern feel and would be ideal for couples. In each of the rooms there was a Pizza menu which you call up to the front desk and order a freshly made pizza to be delivered to your room if you didn’t fancy going out for dinner that night or even for lunch!

We made our way down to the Cabana on the beach where we had a gorgeous lunch with Mark, I think the best Mahi Mahi I had while I was in the Caribbean! Down on the beach there was some lovely beach sofas, sun loungers, plenty of space to relax and on the other side was the area where the water sports were.

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Grenada

Calabash was our last night in Grenada and it did not disappoint! Calabash is a family run boutique hotel on the south coast of Grenada, with 30 suites on site and 5 villas surrounding the main hotel. The hotel is stunning, it sits in a kind of horse shoe shape with the suites creating the horse shoe and lovely green in the middle. On the edge of the resort you have the beach and beach club restaurant which had the BEST tapas menu, it was by far my favourite lunch!  The hotel has such a lovely atmosphere, the staff were so welcoming & there was just an overall feel of relaxation!

The night we spent there we ate at the Rhodes restaurant and the food was absolutely stunning! The restaurant itself is quite open which was perfect of an evening, the service was fantastic and it was such a lovely way to spend our last night in Grenada!

We had the majority of the following day to spend at Calabash before we flew to St Lucia so it was great to experience what Calabash had to offer. I got up before breakfast & used the gym facilities which were fantastic! It wasn’t the biggest of gyms but it certainly had enough to do a good workout. We then went down to the beach club for breakfast which was nice to have by the beach! (there was an option to have breakfast delivered to the room but we opted for the beach club as there was a fair few of us but this would be lovely to have on your veranda if you were a couple!)

Down by the beach club there is a water sports area offering snorkelling, paddle boarding, pedalos and kayaks. They also offer excursion, for example, to the under-water sculpture park. Two of the ladies we were with went on this excursion and said it was such a great experience and were so happy they decided to go! The rest of the morning we decided to use the pool facilities, there was a lovely infinity pool with sunbeds in the water!

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia

Sugar Beach is located in such a stunning location between two Pitons and set in 100 acres of rainforest. We were greeted with lovely welcome drinks in coconuts & we were then transferred to our rooms. As the hotel is set in the hilly pitons, you do have to be transferred to your rooms, there is not much scope for walking within the resort! In the morning, you are required to call your butler with a mobile you have in your room, to have someone pick you up and take you to breakfast, you do have to bare in mind that it can be quite busy at peak times so it’s best to call 15 minutes before you want to leave!

The facilities at Sugar Beach were impressive, the Spa itself was spectacular with treatment rooms being in tree houses and really reiterated the feel that you were in the rainforest. The beach area was beautiful, you could see both pitons as the beach was set between them! There was an area for water sports over by one of the pitons and set behind the beach was the Bayside restaurant and Bar, along with a few little boutique shopping huts. Slightly set back behind the restaurant was the pool area, it was lovely & relaxed, quite a large pool compared to what we had seen in other hotels.

The food at the hotel was lovely, the breakfast consisted of a menu of breakfast items like omelettes, eggs, pancakes, French toast, then there was this very large room which was a help yourself with pastries, fruit, meats, cereals, yoghurts and juices, so much to choose from!

I would say the biggest thing to bare in mind would be having to transfer to every part of the resort, its not great if you are one to just want to wander down to breakfast at leisure.

Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Anse Chastanet again has its own unique location and feel, it is set up in the Pitons along with Jade Mountain. The staff were so welcoming when we arrived and their enthusiasm for the hotel was excellent, they really got across the hotels aims and what they are all about!

Anse Chastanet is a very environmentally conscious hotel with the most spectacular view from each of the rooms.  Each one of the rooms are so unique with one of a kind pieces of art in each room, most of the rooms have no 4th wall which means you have a stunning view of the pitons or the ocean! None of the rooms at Anse Chastanet have air conditioning as because of the 4th wall not being there it is cool enough at night not to have AC!

Jade Mountain is a resort inside Anse Chastanet. The rooms were absolutely stunning! Each of the rooms has the 4th wall missing, with gorgeous views of the rainforest and pitons. The 4 rooms that are on the edge of the hotel have the most amazing views of the ocean, as well as the pitons. Every room in Jade Mountain has its own private infinity pool.

We were lucky enough to have dinner at Jade Mountain which was beautiful, we enjoyed a 5-course mango infused menu (they go all out when mangos are in season) which was delicious, while watching the sun set over the pitons and the rainforest.

Windjammer Landing, St Lucia

Windjammer landing is a 4-star all-inclusive resort on the north west coast of painted hotel rooms/villas build into the hill side! The resort itself felt like it was great for families and this was reflected in the facilities and accommodation with one, two, three- & four-bedroom villas & apartments.

All of the amenities and facilities were based around the reception area, as you walk through you have the main pool area leading down to the beach. On the beach front you have all of the restaurants and water sports. There are 5 restaurants & 4 bars so there is plenty to choose from although it is good to book your dining when you arrive if you want to eat in a specific restaurant.

The villas & apartments that are lifted into the hillside offer a shuttle service down to the main complex if you don’t fancy the walk down. The villas aren’t as isolated as Spice Island but if you are in the bigger villas (they are higher up) it may be recommended to use the shuttle service.

There is an option to be self-catering and they have a grocery store on site which you can make an order before you arrive and the food will be in the fridge/cupboards upon arrival.

Overall, I would say this would be a great resort for families, especially with over 4 guests as there is accommodation that will accommodate without having to worry about interconnecting rooms. The facilities are great and all pretty close together so its great if you have children that are old enough to go off & do their own thing!

East Winds, St Lucia

East Winds is a gorgeous boutique hotel just a little further down the coastline from Windjammer Landings resort set in 12 acres of tropical gardens. The accommodation at East Winds are lovely little cottages with verandas amongst the resort gardens and then there was a few cottages on the ocean front. In the cottages you can’t get any more than 2 adults & 1 child but there are some interconnecting cottages that can be requested for families with more than 3.

I would say the resort is more suitable for couples or families with older children just because of the accommodation that is available. However, the facilities available were suitable for all ages; there id a pool and waters sports area. The hotel would be a lovely spot for a small wedding as it’s to secluded and private and also for a honeymoon. Their yoga pavilion is within the resorts tropical gardens so is wonderful for relaxation & mindfulness. Another way to relax at East Winds it to use their Garden Spa; here you can have organic treatments with products made from the herbs and medicinal plants grown onsite in the tropical gardens.

East Winds is an all-inclusive hotel, sourcing local products and using a lot they grow in their own gardens. We had a lovely lunch with Judith, the hotel owner who formerly lived in the UK. The food was absolutely stunning, lots to choose from and such wonderful service!

Cap Maison, St Lucia

Further north of the island, we visited Cap Maison for a tour around the hotel with the lovely general manager, Ross.

The boutique hotel has a great range of accommodation, from Courtyard Villas with a shared pool to Ocean view villas with private pool and terrace. There are also a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. 

The hotel has a range of dining options (which are fantastic) from Bed and breakfast to all-inclusive.

Once we had our tour of the stunning hotel, with the most beautiful views, we made our way to view the hotel’s wine cellar where we started our lunch with a lovely starter or Mahi Mahi paired with a stunning wine.

We then made our way down to the Naked Fisherman (yes this is the name of the restaurant) where you can see the beautiful private beach in the picture to the left and we had such a wonderful afternoon enjoying the lovely food & company and not to mention the lovely people!

I would definitely say this hotel would be great for foodies! There is so much to offer and some of the best chefs on the island! In contrast, I think it would be lovely for families looking to relax, couples and anyone that wants that luxury feel!

BodyHoliday, St Lucia

The BodyHoliday, just further north of Cap Maison is the hotel that was previously Le Sport. I can honestly say this was my favourite hotel and one that I feel was most suited to the kind of holiday I would want to go on and what I would want out of a holiday! We stayed here for the last two nights of our trip and I was lucky enough to stay in a luxury Ocean View room with a balcony, the room was beautiful inside, lots of room and to top it off had a gorgeous view of the bay in which the hotel is located!

The hotel is on an all-inclusive board basis, although while we were staying there, we went to a few other hotels during the day and one evening, we still got to sample a great range of food options that the BodyHoliday had to offer! Breakfast was in the main restaurant and was a mixture of cooked breakfast, pastries, fruits, cereals, bread, cheese and then there were thing made to order like eggs, omelettes etc.

The restaurant of an evening we went to was a lovely fusion restaurant, TAO. At TAO we were joined by Rebecca and Andrew of the BodyHoliday and we had a truly wonderful evening! The food was out of this world, so much choice and very well executed! On our last day we were there for lunch before we flew home, it was in the main restaurant and was a buffet style but was also Mexican themed!

The BodyHoliday has so many activities on offer, starting from 6am all the way into the early hours of the morning. For example, early in the morning there was a coastal run then throughout the day you had yoga classes, dance classes, Yoga on a paddle board, water sports, you could be doing something all day! Alternatively, you could pick a sunbed by the pool or on the beach and do absolutely nothing, although there is so much going on, there is no pressure at all to join in with the activities! The facilities themselves were spot on, there’s a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, gym facilities, studios but what I liked about it was that it was not too in your face!

Slightly lifted on the hillside you have the hotel spa (you could easily mistake this as a small hotel as it is so big), included in your stay at the BodyHoliday is a spa treatment everyday (excluding arrival & departure days). There is a list of complimentary treatments or you can choose to upgrade this to something else for a supplement.  Before your stay at the BodyHoliday you can fill out a questionnaire regarding what you would like to get out of your stay, whether it is for relaxation, rehabilitation or staying active, a programme will be put together for you for your stay to help you achieve your goal!

With the main focus being wellness and mindfulness, the hotel also has themed months such as Jive June, September Solos and Yoga October! September Solos is focused on helping single travellers feel at ease, meet new people and also with a much lower single supplement on rooms! When you arrive as a solo, you will be designated a ‘bodyguard’ who is your go to for you and other single travellers, they will organise your dining, activities and help with whatever you need! During my stay I spoke to a lot of guests and the majority of them were repeat guests and have been 5, 6, 7 times but were also single guests. Another common theme is that the singles have returned with other single travellers they met on their first stay and they all organise to come back together!

Within the grounds of the BodyHoliday, they have an organic garden where they grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits that they use within their kitchens. We were lucky enough to have a tour of the gardens and it was fantastic. The gentleman showing us around was so knowledgeable, knew everything about every plant, herb in the garden! At the top of the garden there is a restaurant that only uses products from the garden, this can be reserved in advance to have the real I-Tal experience!

The hotel does have an age limit on children being 16, however, this is reduced to 12 during Easter, summer months and Christmas. Besides this, I think the hotel would be suitable for most people; couples, families with older children, single travellers and of course anyone that wants to go away for rehabilitation purposes!

After only being in travel since January 2019 I was extremely lucky to have been offered this wonderful trip with Caribtours who took us to Grenada and St Lucia to visit a number of luxury hotels in June this year. We were very well looked after by Karen at Caribtours who was a great guide for us all, as well as the ground staff o both Grenada and St Lucia who were fantastic organising all of the travelling we did on the islands! For it being my first time to the Caribbean and a little anxious, I can honestly say I felt so safe and well looked after travelling with Caribtours.

 

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