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!
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- Also Known As:
- Grenadian By Rex Hotel St. George`s
- Grenadian By Rex Resorts Grenada/Grand Anse
- Rex Grenadian
- Rex Grenada
- Grenadian Rex Resorts
- Rex Hotel Grenada