It was 15 years ago when we first stayed at the Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada. At that time my wife was a travel agent. She had received a VERY special discount offer from this hotel and, in spite of knowing virtually nothing about it or the island (except that Reagan had invaded it!), we decided to accept, their "offer we couldn't refuse." It turned-out to be one of THE best vacations we have EVER enjoyed, including our past stays at Rock Resorts. The facilities were, obviously, SEVERAL years old but they were still quite lovely. The rooms were clean, well furnished and comfortable, the food was delicious, the water was beautiful (it's beauty exceeded only by that in Tahiti) and the wine/beer/booze flowed . . . freely. All this in an "All Inclusive Package"! A few years back (about 6-7 years ago?) the island and the resort were hit by a terrible hurricane (Ivan?) and virtually blown away. We had often wondered if the replacement resort would still be as great as the original had been. Well, we now know such thoughts were uncalled for. It is even BETTER than it was! ALL the facilities (rooms, furnishings, restaurants, bars, the pool, etc.) were marvelous! We had read some reviews by guests who had complained about the food. The main issues raised expressed the thoughts that the chef was, "creative" to the extent that the results were well beyond his abilities. Au Contraire! We found the selections most interesting, extensive and excellent. There was, however, one evening that we and our traveling companions saw nothing on the ever-changing menu that appealed to us. One of the restaurant supervisors overheard our expressions of disappointment and immediately asked what we'd LIKE to have. One of us said, "Well, I'd like some lobster tail." The other 3 chimed-in saying, they'd choose that, too. "No problem" was the supervisors immediate response. "Would you like it boiled or grilled and basted in garlic butter." We chose the latter. It was wonderful! This is the sort of service that we were treated to during our entire 8 day stay. We have NEVER, at any of our many vacation stays, witnessed such attention to detail and such hospitality form EVERY employee; from the lowest tier to the very highest (including the Owner and Managing Director who, on one evening, invited every guest in their 64 room facility, to a cocktail party at his families lovely home, situated atop a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea". Our ONLY negative relative to this vacation was the specific, "location" of our ocean front rooms. We all agreed that if (when?) we return we will be certain NOT to again be housed in rooms 44-45-46-47. The reason for saying this is that these rooms are located at the very South end of the Resort's property-line. This is the point where beach access is provided to the public which means there is a continuing stream of people walking/talking very close-by our rooms. Also, this is the location of a continuing project for clearing-out the sand accumulation that, if not removed daily, blocks a drain to the sea. The workmen who were there every day talked loudly and almost constantly while playing their radios, creating an unwelcome intrusion to our serenity. And, beautiful as the beach, flora and fauna were (even at this very spot) there was an unsightly, chain-link fence located on the property line. And, finally, on Sunday (when most of the "locals" are off from work) this location is a MAJOR gathering spot on the beach (which is, of course, not private property) for their rather rowdy celebrating, all day long and well into the following morning. Not so great for a premium property at premium rates. Still, this was our ONLY negative regarding our entire stay and it definitely did NOT spoil our vacation. It's just that everything would have been completely PERFECT otherwise. When we return we will also specify that we do NOT want to be near the North end property line, either. We believe ANY rooms other than the last 4 at either end of the Resort property line, would be A-OK. In summary, though, I hasten to repeat that this is, likely, our favorite resort of all where we've stayed in the past. We are not at all reluctant to, HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Spice Island Beach Resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise Re-Imagined. Owned and operated by Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG and Family, this 64 suite Spice Island Beach Resort recreates its original elegance with a modern flair on Grenada's breathtaking Grand Anse Beach. Sixteen hundred feet of powder white sand captivatingly frames 32 beachfront suites featuring indoor living rooms, breezy exterior terraces and private rock gardens. Graceful architecture complemented by new colours and exquisite furnishings make this award-winning resort even more exclusive. Presiding over these golden sands are the Cinnamon and Saffron Suites. Unmatched in elegance each of these One Bedroom Suites captures the spice scented breezes with lazy hammocks on private patios. Custom-furnished, and available as two bedrooms when booked with a Sea Grape Beach Suite, this is a beach lover's dream. Seventeen additional pool suites have their own private swimming pools and gardens steps away from the ocean. The Royal Collection, Luxury Almond and Anthurium Pool suites are all private oasis that offer the guest an intimate experience like no other. All suites are equipped with modern luxuries like Flat Screen Televisions, Italian Frette™ Linen, Molton Brown(R) amenities and ensuite bathrooms featuring soaker tubs and double vanities it is little wonder that this tranquil haven continues to be a treasured secret amongst the travel elite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spice Island Beach Hotel St. George`s
- Spice Island Grenada
- Hotel Spice Island Beach
- Spice Island Beach Resort Grenada/Grand Anse