Caribbean & Bermuda

Grenada

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2011

Among the cruise lines calling on Grenada, one finds Princess Cruises, Voyages of Discovery and Cunard, with different schedules, prices and routes in their 2011 menus.

Disembarking on Grenada after a few days at sea invariably provides visitors a welcome relief from being shipbound. They will find St. George’s to be a maze of steep winding streets full of brightly colored, ancient buildings housing colorful shops stocked with island trinkets.

More adventurous travelers can hire a car or a guide to visit such allurements as the Seven Sisters waterfall in the Grand Etang Rainforest. The journey from pier to falls will take you over a steep winding road up to almost 2,000 ft. where a hiking trail descends through nutmeg, cocoa and banana plantations to a pool under seven sets of waterfalls.

It’s almost impossible to leave Grenada without touring at least one of the countless nutmeg processing plants that lie at the core of the island’s economy. After all, Grenada is the most prominent of the so-called Spice Islands.

Near Grenville, the second largest city, visitors can stock up on cinnamon, ginger and other spices while receiving a capsule lesson on how nutmeg (Grenada provides more than 80 percent of the world’s nutmeg) is processed. Locals claim that nutmeg shells add muskiness to grilling coals and that the seed is a cure for everything from body aches to strokes. Sidewalk shamans swear by its aphrodisiac properties and peddle it under wacky labels like “Lick Me All Over” and “The Cradle of Venus.”

Visitors will find no lack of excellent accommodations that reflect the Grenadian sunny and leisurely style.

LaSource, a member of Elite Island Resorts, is one of the premier resorts in a zone called Pink Gin Beach. It is a magnificent development that underwent a complete overhaul after Hurricane Ivan pummeled it seven years ago.

The facelift is evident. The rooms are spacious and plush. The views from the balconies in every room are breathtaking. At night the mood is festive yet relaxing as the distant sound of steel drum bands and the chirping of tree frogs lull the visitors to sleep.

LaSource is only five minutes away from the airport and surrounded by more than 40 acres of tropical growth. Its beaches are a delight and could serve as a symbol for Caribbean perfection. It’s a place that lives up to expectations and seems to go out of its way to meet even the most trivial and minute demand from travelers.

LaSource’s extraordinary beauty is reflected in its three swimming pools, a 9-hole golf course and appealing architectural design. It is among the best resorts in the Caribbean.

An airy pavilion overlooks the bay and is used as a meditation area and yoga studio. LaSource’s four award-winning restaurants have received accolades for serving the best Grenadian food on the island.

It offers 100 rooms and suites ranging from approximately $600 dbl for a luxury room, to $660 for an oceanfront jr. suite. In between, there are many accommodations with various degrees of luxury and views. Prices vary slightly depending on the season. As part of its all-inclusive package, LaSource treats guests to one complimentary spa treatment per day during their stay.

The Calabash Hotel and Villas, another Grenadian marvel lies on Prickly Bay, a few miles removed from St. George’s. It bills itself as a “rustic getaway,” but its modernistic pavilions bestow it an atmosphere of elegance and exclusivity.

Breakfast is served individually on a guest’s private balcony and a personal chambermaid tends to every room. Its Heaven and Earth spa has some of the most delightful treatments on the island. The Calabash was the brainchild of a Scot who moved to Grenada in the 60s and has managed to retain his idea of what luxury in the tropics should be.

Rates here stretch from about $570 per night dbl for a west side suite, where the indescribably Grenadian sunsets put on an unrivaled show at day’s end, to about $1,000 per night dbl for its luxurious Thorneycroft suite.

Mount Cinnamon is an exquisite boutique hotel set in the middle of tropical gardens laid out on a serene hillside overlooking more than two miles of Grand Anse Beach, considered one of the most pristine beaches in Grenada.