Even though we arrived at the Grenadian around nine in the evening, we were still greeted with cold towels and glasses of rum punch, which were wonderful! Check in was simple and they had a golf cart waiting to take us to our room. The check in clerk even called the room to see if everything was ok with our 1st floor beach front room. We ended up changing to the 2nd floor (personal preference) and the clerk called that room to see if everything was ok with it as well. One downside to arriving late in the evening is that dinner was already finished and the only solution the staff had was that we could pick through what hadn't been taken off the buffet already, which was slightly disappointing as we arrived on our actual wedding anniversary.
The room: the hotel needs to replace the furniture in the guest rooms. It looks outdated and worn. If this is not an option financially at this time for the resort, they need to look at minimizing the amount of furniture in the room-for a room that sleeps two, furniture included the bed, two bedside tables, two other tables, three chairs, a desk, a suitcase table, three lamps, and two chairs and a table on the bacony. However, the room was clean and served its purpose.
The resort grounds: the grounds are beautiful and well-cared for. The lake as well as the various flowering bushes and trees add to the scenery. Everywhere we looked, there was an explosion of color and beauty, offset by the rock cliffs throughout the resort.
The beach: the beach is wonderful! The resort is located on Magazine Beach, one of the top rated beaches in Grenada, after Grand Anse. We love to snorkel and swim and the resort's two beaches provided exactly what we wanted. On one side of the swimming pool, the beach is soft and sandy, perfect for a swim. On the other side of the pool, the beach is more rocky, which the tropical fish seem to enjoy, therefore making it a wonderful snorkeling area. The sand isn't as white as some beaches because it has patches of natural black sand mixed in which comes from the island's volcanic origins. The water is crystal-clear and for the majority of our trip, was calm. The waves were too rough to snorkel on the last day, but we had fun playing in them instead.
The food: This is the area that the resort needs to focus on the most. Other resorts we have stayed at feature huge buffets with dozens of choices. The Grenadian, however, is quite limited in food choices. For breakfast, there are four types of cereal-muesli, frosted flakes, bran flakes, and corn flakes. Other foods they offer each day are oatmeal, white or wheat bread, watermelon, sausage, bacon, omelets, and pancakes (which you request at the omelet station). They also rotated beans, saltfish, baked bakes, plain muffins, mini-crossiants, banana bread, and either papaya or starfruit. To drink, they had coffee, tea, orange juice, and passion fruit juice. They did have pineapple and cantaloupe one day (my personal favorites!). For tea time, they offered one type of cookie, one type of dessert bread, and either cheese or tuna sandwiches. For dinner, we had two buffet nights, five menu-plated food nights, and one barbeque night. Each night, there were four salads to choose from-lettuce, tomato, and a rotation between potato, egg, and chickpea salads, either white or wheat rolls, and one type of soup, which changed each night including cream of mushroom, carrot and orange, pumpkin and ginger, minestrone, and split chickpea. On buffet nights, they offered one chicken dish and one fish dish, steamed carrots, steamed spinach, and rice. On menu-plated nights, they offered one chicken dish, one fish dish, and either one pork or beef dish, all served with steamed carrots, steamed spinach, and either rice or potatoes. Needless to say, I have had my fair share of carrots, spinach, and rice. Their food choices were also recycled. For example, we had chicken with chickpeas for dinner and the next night we had chickpea soup and chickpea salad. We had pineapple glaze for dinner and the next morning was the only time we had pineapple for breakfast. We had chicken with mushroom sauce for dinner and the next night we had cream of mushroom soup. My husband and I ended up making a game out of the meals, trying to find what we'd had for dinner the night before the next day. Although, the Grenadian has two areas where the food is wonderful-the meat and the dessert. Every night, the meat choices were tender and juicy, well seasoned, and cooked perfectly. Their desserts were sweet and moist. I have been to seven different countries and this is the first resort that has ever served their cakes with american-style sugary frosting. They also make their own ice cream, although that fact isn't openly advertised. They have chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, nutmeg, rum raisin, coconut, and power (a nutmeg/rum combination). Their homemade ice cream is the best ice cream I have ever had!
Resort atmosphere: The resort has a quiet and relaxing atmospere, which was exactly what we were looking for. The Grenadian would not be an ideal choice for people looking for a party atmosphere and/or people who cannot entertain themselves. The atmosphere might be different during peak season when additional guests are present because while we were there, the resort only had between 11-20 guests, including us. The staff were excellent. The general manager would come around during dinner to see how we were. The dinner staff went out of their way to pick flowers and decorate the table for a woman having a birthday. They also presented her with a slice of cake with a candle in it. One area the staff could improve on is efficiency. Even though there were very few guests, it still took upwards of 20 minutes to get a refill on coffee at breakfast or water at dinner.
Some suggestions for the resort include planning more variety in the food choices, renovating the guest rooms, general upkeep of the resort (the roof of spicers, where they serve lunch, leaked and dripped on guests when it rained), replacing several burnt out light bulbs, and washing the chair covers in the large sitting area with the stage.
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