It's rare that we come across a hotel which leaves such mixed feelings. It's a 5* property in many ways, yet so SO bad in others.
Let's start with the good stuff.
The setting is out of this world, Grand Anse has to be one of the best beaches we've ever had the pleasure of lounging on for a week. We stayed in a Seagrape suite, which opens out directly onto Grand Anse, making lazy days on the beach by your room as easy and accessible as can be. The room itself is well appointed and spacious, with luxurious touches in the Molton Brown toiletries and a well stocked minibar.
The other bright spot is the staff, on the whole helpful, courteous and (most importantly) discreet, albeit lacking in any 'fun factor'.
That however, is where the superlatives must end.
The resort itself is possibly the most lifeless, soulless, characterless and boring we have ever come across. The poor excuse for a bar has the atmosphere of a train station cafe, the common areas are generally devoid of life or laughter of any description, and the staff make little effort to raise the spirits. Given the demographic is almost exclusively folk in their later years this opinion comes from a minority, but to those of us in our 20s and 30s (just), it's a depressing place.
But the biggest criticism has to be the restaurant and food. Breakfast was a disgrace, a small buffet of fruit, juices and pastries, complimented by a hot menu of inedibility, eggs benedict with stale muffin, the greasiest bacon and sausages I've come across in a long time, and dry pancakes. Lunch wasn't much better, a VERY limited menu which didn't change all week, with 'burger and chip' choices more at home in a cheap and cheerful B&B.
The best however, was kept til last. Dinner. The head chef clearly fancies himself as a caribbean Michel Roux, and needs to spend less time on painting swirls and foam around the plate, and more time concentrating on the very average, often dry food on the plate. The wine choices were limited and very 'entry level' (unless you are prepared to pay in addition for wine from a list) . The restaurant, incidentally, has as little atmosphere as the bar and the rest of the resort. Consistent at least. We chose to eat in our room on a few occasions to escape the sanitised nature of the restaurant. Worth the $10 charge all day long, even if the food was similarly average.
On balance, we're astonished enough that it holds the Tripadvisor #1 spot, more so that SLH has admitted it to their ranks. Think VERY hard before committing over $1000 a night, and under no circumstances should you consider it
- if you are under 50;
- for your honeymoon (or less still to get married);
- if you enjoy any form of night-time entertainment;
- if food and wine is an important part of your holiday.
Our second week was spent at Maca Bana, a very different experience indeed... Please read on...
- 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