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“We Had a Wonderful Xmas For Our Fourth Visit To The Rex!” 5 of 5 stars
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Grenadian by Rex Resorts
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Tamarind Bay, Grand Anse, Grenada   |  
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“We Had a Wonderful Xmas For Our Fourth Visit To The Rex!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I read a lot of reviews here on TripAdvisor where the member writes ‘ it is so good I would go back’ – but do they go back?
Well the Rex is so good and Grenada is so nice we have been Four times in 18 Months and are going back again on the 15th of April meaning that we will have spent a whole Three Months out of the last 24 Months on Holiday at the Rex! (We stay for either Two or Three weeks per visit)
Unless you are travelling from Canada (which makes it a cheap holiday) this destination is mid-priced so really we could have gone to any number of places within the same budget – but we spent nearly four years living in the Caribbean and have visited just about every island there and I am completely without doubt that Grenada is, taking everything into account, the very best Caribbean island!!
So Grenada is the best Caribbean destination but why choose the Rex as a place to stay? Firstly there is the simple equation of Cost Vs Facilities and Location – The Rex is one of the less expensive Hotels on the island (You can pay five times as much to stay in a hotel not 5 miles away!) and yet it has what are almost certainly the best, most diverse grounds of any hotel on the island with three fish filled lakes (you are allowed to fish them and they contain Specimen Sized Tarpon, Snook, Mullet, Snapper and more) they are also a magnet for local wildlife with other hotels offering bird watching tours around the lakes at the Rex! (You will also see HUGE Iguana’s swimming across the lakes and if you are lucky the odd turtle!) Moving down from the stunning grounds and lakes you will find yourself only mere metres away from what are undoubtedly two of the very, very best beaches on the island (Making them two of the best beaches in the entire Caribbean!). If you upgrade to a beach Front room then you are (and I have counted them) literally Four steps from your room to the sand – to get that kind of location anywhere else on any other island at any other resort you can expect to lift your budget towards the £10k per fortnight each range. Moving just a bit further down you will find yourself stepping into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea that maintain a constant 28 degrees all year round (I know this as I go fishing using a Fish finder that measures the water temperature!) For most of the year you will find that the waters are calm and protected (the area in front of the hotel is called ‘Devils Bay’ and because the winds blow 95% of the time from the east the winds are from the land and very light because they are calmed by the mountainous backdrop that you will see if you look in-land. Lastly – it very rarely rains! Whilst most of Grenada gets more than it’s fair share of tropical rain it hardly ever rains on you whilst you are at the Rex! The reason for this is back to the normal wind direction and the Mountains – you will see on most days clouds forming just a few miles away over the inland mountains and those that form the backdrop to the capital St Georges – the clouds ‘break’ over these mountains and you can sit in glorious un-impeded sunshine whilst watching the rain fall just two miles down the beach over some of the ‘other’ hotels on the island!! (I am not exaggerating at all……the ‘rain’ figures that you see on any weather report are just not representative of the Rex due to its secluded location!)
So the Location is literally ‘un-beatable’ and the setting simply astounding, the facilities provide absolutely everything that you could possibly want without all the glitz and pomp that pushes the price up to exorbitant and the Staff are without any doubt what-so-ever the very, very friendliest, most approachable, and helpful set of people that we have ever had the pleasure to become friends with anywhere we have ever been! Right the way down from the General Manager to the people attending the gardens everyone is an absolute delight (As special Mention to Leslie who is tireless in his enthusiasm and brightens everyone’s day, Samantha for whom nothing is too much trouble, Gerard who makes the finest drinks available anywhere and all the dining staff including Deslin and Adonis)
For those of you (like me) who like to do a little more there is the number one Dive Centre in Grenada right on site (Devotion2Ocean) who, like everyone else, are just about as friendly and helpful as you could possibly hope for with a real and noticeable commitment to customer service (Nothing is too much trouble for them) – if you want to go fishing (for cheap!) have a word with Tom Roy down there and see what he can do for you – the fishing is amazing with Tuna (black fin & yellow fin), Wahoo, Jacks, Snapper, Shark, Barracuda, King Fish & Spanish Mackerel all available just minutes off shore!). There are plenty of trips to take and the island is simply mind blowingly beautiful – on the water you can easily see many different species of whales and the wild Dolphins are plentiful!
Food in the Hotel is by far the very best All Inclusive food that we have ever had anywhere but if you want what can only be described as ‘World Class’ cuisine the two best restaurants on the island (The Aquarium and The Beach House) are within walking distance.

This destination really does ‘have it all’ – if you want glitzy, fancy rooms and a hotel lobby that makes you saw ‘wow’ then do yourself a favour and go to Las Vegas or one of the more ‘touristy’ parts of Mexico – myself if I want that kind of thing I can get it in any major city in the UK – I can stay at Claridges in London…..but as nice as that is the staff have nothing on those at the Rex and the View and the Weather leave a lot to be desired!

For those of you reading this in the UK (and who have seen ‘an idiot abroad’) I would like to remind you of something that Karl Pilkington said when he went to see the Palace carved out of the mountain in Petra (Jordan) – He rightly pointed out that as one of the seven wonders of the world it was no good staying in the palace having to look out at the ‘shacks’ opposite – it was better staying in the ‘shack’ and being able to look out at the palace! Now, the Rex is nothing like a shack of course! But the principle is still the same – you are not in the best room in the world but you are looking out to one of the best views in the world – it certainly suits me that way!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This hotel leaves a lot to be desired. I don't understand why there are so many rave reviews. If you go through the reviews you will notice that the reviews that display guests personal photos - the same photos show up in different reviews. These photos appear to be professional advertisement photos and they have labels on the pictures - these pictures look at lot better than the real thing- makes you wonder who really wrote the reviews. I also noticed when going through the reviews that several of the writers have the same identification picture -- the duplicates appear to have really great reviews - again who uses the same identification photo? - Hmm. My review differs quite a lot. I have been travelling through Mexico, Central America and the Carribean for the last 30 years and I would rate this place as the worst I have ever stayed at. Thank heaven it was only for 1 week. To start with we stayed in a beachfront unit. The beds were very old (no mattress covers) you could see the old crumbling yellow foam through the threadbare mattress top. The bed was hard, sagging in the middle and lumpy from the springs. The box spring cover was torn in several places and also old and worn. The pillows were very thin and also quite old. The room was stuffed with old broken furniture. The sliding glass doors in all of the units were missing the door bottom rollers so the doors were difficult to open and made a loud gratting noise. Whenever anyone would open or close one in the building it sounded like thunder rumbling. There was a bar fridge in the room but nothing in it - not even a bottle of water. There was a coffee maker supplied but good luck getting any coffee. The maids just tell you there isn't any. That is the same response for handtowels and washclothes. All of the lamp shades were covered in black mold. At least the air conditioner worked but it did blow out a musty mold smell. We had origionally booked a ground floor unit but ended up on the 2nd floor. Now for the food - very poor quality. Some of the meat was of unknown origin. Didn't taste like any meat I have ever eaten. The lasagnia was labelled - meat lasagnia- one taste and I almost puked - it wasn't beef - mystery meat. If you like fruit forget it unless you are partial to mushy watermellon - served at breakfast then again at supper. The same fish was served 3 days in a row. By the 3rd day it was tasting rather funky. Meals are served in specified time frames and if you miss the designated time slot you are SOL for anything to eat unless you want to go to the gift shop and pay through the nose for some junk food. There are 2 bars located on the beach area one at each end of the property. So if you want a glass of water be ready to hike it. The pool is quite small and on a hill so you need to climb the stairs to the pool and chairs are limited. If you are lucky enough to snag chairs with an umbrella be prepared to either cook in the sun all day or keep your legs pulled up and lay on your side because the umbrellas are too small to give you enough shade. The chairs on the beach are limited and in bad condition. If you get up at 5 in the morning you can run down to the beach and put your towel on a chair in the shade to reserve it for the day otherwise you are going to cook. Also if you want to stay on the beach be prepared to say NO THANKYOU all day long to the vendors. There was one that became quite aggressive to us (other guests also) security kept an eye on him but it did make us not want to stay on the beach or wander off of the premises. Internet connection is hit or miss. They also spray malathion (not sure of the spelling) to kill the mosquitoes - only problem is that stuff kills just about everything. There are very few lizards or birds. There are no tree frogs or even a cricket. It's dead silent at night. Hey but there are no mosquitoes. I don't even think malathion in used in Canada. During our week stay there was entertainment provided for a couple of hours 2 evenings - that was it. The resort rented out the pool area and building to a charity fund raising engagement one evening. They extended the invitation to the guests staying there. After talking with some of the guests the next day - they were not allowed to attend the function. The music blared until late into the night. I could go on and on but there were just some of the negative things. At least the weather was good. So if you still wish to go - you should pack - coffee and filters, airmattress and pillows, large water bottle, washclothes and hand towels, lots of snack food and tons of sun screen because you probably won't find a shaded spot to sit. Good luck

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent a week here and in general had a wonderful time. The staff was very cordial, and tried very hard to make the most of what they had to work with. You can't beat the convenience to the airport which is two minutes away. It was a $20US taxi ride into town, but you get a free history lesson thrown in. The food was very good and I especially loved the soups. The roast turkey was also a big hit. I looked for the more local dishes and wasn't disappointed. Occasionally they ran out of some of the things as it's hard to predict what people fancy. Delicious home-made ice cream, or at least it tasted too good to be store-bought, but you had to ask for it. I heard the owners have other resorts that are not making money so they subsidize them with the income from the Rex, thus making it impossible to keep in the best condition.
They advertise room safes but only some of them had them. There are safe-deposit boxes at the front desk for free. Our a/c had an electrical problem and rather than move us to another room (because they didn't have a replacement a/c unit), suggested we leave it on and just adjust the temperature for comfort. Some of the paths that ran throughout the property were lit but most had damaged or at least had non-functioning lights (or someone forgot to turn them on). So if you were wanting an early morning walk you were risking a twisted ankle. There were problems with some of the plaster cracking on the dining room walls. Strictly cosmetic, but an eye-sore, and another sign of neglect. The beds were very firm and some people prefer that, but many more would have rather had something a little more forgiving. There was a day-spa but we didn't use it, and a gym with several pieces of equipment that looked current.
The outdoor seating area on the patio, pretty well the only place for smokers (and their friends), was drastically under furnished. Comfortable, but not enough chairs and tables. There was more seating under cover closer to the bar but for the size of the resort it needs addressing.
The night life was more quiet and laid back, entertainment usually shutting down between 9 and 12, depending on what it was. They had local artists in music groups that had wonderful voices and a wide varity of songs to keep those interested in dancing fast or slow, happy. The "magic pan" steel drum band was very good, more listening to the music than dancing, but entertaining none the less. However it was not the place for hard-core partying. Fine by me.
The servers worked their tails off, and every one of them with a smile and a "my pleasure".
We had a group of scuba divers and used the dive operation connected to the resort, "Devotion 2 Ocean". We did five days of two-tank dives. Andrew has a top-notch group working with him, from the boat captain to the dive masters to shore support, and they worked their tails off, too. They treated us to some really great dives and educated us as to the challenges the reefs are facing recently especially with the invasive lionfish encroaching on the native species. I recommend using them even if you're not staying at the resort.
I think this resort has tremendous potential if they were to reinvest back into it. I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to my friends as a decent value for the money, very good food, on the quiet side, however the layout isn't condusive to those with mobility challenges. There weren't very many rooms that I noticed you didn't have to climb stairs to get around and still remain under cover from the weather.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

My wife and I just returned from this paradise of an Island. We have traveled to many of the Caribbean islands, and this is by far the most beautiful. If you have not been here, then you must add this to your list of Island to visit. The first impressions of this resort is that it is of a medium size, but with only one small pool. At no time did we have any issue trying to find a chair around the pool, or on the beach. Granted, some where in need of repair or replacement. Most times, there were only 20 people in or around the pool. The food at the pool was limited to hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. They had some salad and sandwiches as well. Limited, but better than McDonald's! We ate in the Buffet for lunch, and every meal, although limited in selection, the food was excellent and always hot. The dinner buffet requires men to wear long pants and collared shirts. This is not unique to this hotel, or Island. It is very common at most Island in the WI. I had no issue with this, I like to dress up for dinner. Again, the selection was limited to a main roast of some sort. (beef, turkey,lamb etc.) and always some form of fish, and vegetables. There was always a homemade soup at lunch and dinner, and I loved every one of them. The desserts were mostly local recipes, and the warm puddings were very good. If you like peanut butter, be sure to try the peanut pie! As well, they have some local homemade ice creams with you cannot get anywhere but in the WI. Do try Soursop flavor, very interesting taste. The resort itself is in a good location. You can walk to the airport in about 5 min. The vegetation around the resort was somewhat wilted due to the dry season, and many plants and flowers were in there dormant state. If you have any type of walking disability this resort would not be the best place to stay. There is lots of steep stairs to get to the pool, and back to all but the beachfront rooms. As many reviews have indicated, the resort is showing its age and does really require some maintenance. At one time, this place would have been a real showcase, and could return to that status if they worked at maintaining the place. Most lights around the paths and lakes were broken or not working. A simple fix would be to replace them with solar lights. It would have made walking around at night a pleasure rather than a challenge. The beach and ocean area is somewhat small. But has plenty of shaded area's to get out of the mid day sun. The water has some coral rock just off the beach, and water shoes are very helpful in getting past this without cutting your feet. Once in open water, there are many many fish species to be seen if you choose to snorkel just 100 feet off the beach. I am a diver, but the sea's were to rough the week we were there, and the only boat to go our was the second last day, and it was all booked up. I would have loved to have gone to the underwater park to view the sculptures. I will be returning to this resort, and will do it next time. I did rent a car and drove into St. Georges. This was lots of fun, but would only recommend it if you are used to driving on the left down very narrow roads. I drove out into the mountains to see all the awesome falls. This was very challenging and not for the faint of heart. I would recommend you take a tour and relax and enjoy the views. In closing, I rate this resort very good, due to the awesome staff, the excellent food, and the location. If you are looking for a 5 star vacation, then go elsewhere. If you are looking for excellent value for your money, and a spot that truly makes you feel like you have been coming here for years, then this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

not happy. THE title is self explanatory, but im sure many guests will be calling their agents because of this one incident. There was some initial confusion about access but the front desk said it had been cleared up and hotel guests would be admitted so when we arrived and were still refused entry, had no other alternative entertainment, but also could not sleep due to loud music, there were alot of unhappy guests

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We enjoyed the location, food and the beach. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Wish there would have been more staff at the bars. The resort owners need to invest some in the rooms and the common spaces. Overall, a good family holiday.

We rented a car for two days and got to see the island which helped keep the kids entertained. Went to Seven Sisters, Belmont Estates, nutmeg processing plant at Guyeve and dove at the Concord falls.

Overall, good value for the money.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dundas, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

It was our first time visiting Grenada and, overall, we had a fantastic time. The Grenadian by Rex was recommended to us by a travel agent, as we had never heard of it before. The resort is small and looks a little tired but is a quiet and tranquil place to get away to relax. The rooms are a little outdated (and we had some water pressure issues in the shower) but they are spacious, extremely clean and very comfortable. We would have preferred if the buffet had longer hours but the food was delicious and diverse - be sure to try the nutmeg ice-cream! The beach was always well-kept and clean - same with the pool.
The one thing that really stood out was the service - we have never met more friendly, lovely and warm people than those who worked here. Be sure to seek out Lesley (guest relations) and Adonis and Edmund (in the buffet) as they are all a shining example of how kind and generous those who work at this resort are.
The resort is super close to St. Georges and it does not cost very much to go out and explore this gorgeous island - you can always hit up Dexter for a fun all-day excursion away from the resort.
With only a few things that need some tweaking, we are looking forward to going back in the (very near) future!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tamarind Bay, Grand Anse, Grenada
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Location: Caribbean > Grenada > Saint George Parish > South Coast > Grand Anse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Grand Anse
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grenadian by Rex Resorts 3.5*
Number of rooms: 212
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