To quote from general manager Brian Hardy’s welcome letter: “Our aim is to provide unpretentious luxury in a warm and friendly environment and personal service that will surpass all your expectations”. Quite so, and delivered as promised during our two weeks at Spice Island for our 40th Anniversary. Grand Anse beach is well over a mile long and public which affords an opportunity to meet and chat with Grenadians. Our Sea Grape suite on the beach was great though not so close to the water that we felt looked on by passers-by. First time ever that my wife had more drawers/wardrobe space than she needed! So what if the suite was not the latest word in decor, etc. It lacked for nothing including a most efficient AC system (so often fiddly and inadequate) though Grenada’s temperature/humidity was very comfortable during late January into February. One aspect of the bathroom is that its door and folding shutters above the jacuzzi bath (to view the beach) were louvred and hence not so private. Not a problem if you’ve been happily married 40 years, but could be for some! We were immediately made very welcome on arrival with a glass of bubbly and that set the tone for our stay as regards the staff’s warm hospitality. Impossible to remember all their names but they somehow remembered ours. Typically male that I should well remember Dexter, Lester and Stephen who with the rest of the bar crew can all mix a mean Dry Martini. Fabian and his restaurant team always made us feel special when greeting us. Jesson Church’s varied menu was enticing and every course well prepared and presented. We’ll always try anything new and, if occasionally something was strange, e.g. chilled melon soup, well, it’s a matter of personal taste. We enjoyed the variety of local fish dishes and new experiences in ice cream flavours like cinnamon, sorrel and nutmeg. As I love Italian food, it was a pleasant surprise to indulge in Linguine Marinara and Penne Puttanesca in the Caribbean. On that Italian theme the bread rolls, which were served preciously, were disappointingly “English bland”, though sometimes small slices of more tasty alternatives would turn up. The usual breakfast fruits were available except apples, which was not surprising in the Caribbean. Less understandable was the absence of pineapple after our first two days. I’ve no doubt that if we had mentioned these shortcomings they would have been addressed, but we were so satisfied with everything else that we did not wish to be niggly. The all-inclusive option included the mini-bar, bar drinks and perfectly acceptable house wines from Chile and Bordeaux. Many of the staff quietly congratulated us on our anniversary day and a complimentary bottle of champagne was discreetly delivered to our table that evening. We were relieved that there was no fanfare or razzmatazz, and thanks again to Brian and his right hand man Ryan Hopkin for the bottle. The absence of piped music, which is unnecessary and can be so irritating, is another right thing at Spice Island. Nearly every evening there was live music entertainment performed by some very talented singers and instrumentalists. Most of the guests were seniors from England plus a few North Americans. T’was nice to see three families whose children were so well behaved; well done those parents. We encountered more “returners” at Spice Island than anywhere else we have stayed and we will most likely be adding ourselves to that list. Finally, thanks again to Sir Royston and Lady Hopkin for their hospitality and sundowners one evening at their home in True Blue.
- 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