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“Pure Magic - A Sensory Delight for your Mind, Eyes, Ears & Pallet - Paradise Defined” 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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“Pure Magic - A Sensory Delight for your Mind, Eyes, Ears & Pallet - Paradise Defined”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A truly magnificent paradise; Set on the best beaches that the island has to offer and priced so as to offer simply exceptional value!

We have just returned from our tenth stay at the Rex in the last 3 ½ years – we always stay for either two or three weeks and this time we spent three amazing weeks there (and could have easily stayed for another three!)

It has been suggested that the ‘beds are uncomfortable’ – The beds are ‘Firm’ but not ‘Hard’ – this is, in our opinion, much more preferable than being too soft and they simply cannot be considered as ‘uncomfortable’ in any way – what I can say about them is that they are super large, both smell & are clean and are covered with soft sheets and duvets (unlike some ‘scratchy’ sheets that we have experienced elsewhere)

The hotel is set in splendidly cared for and exceptionally large, picturesque grounds (you will find conscientious, polite, friendly and hardworking ground staff tending to them every single day – spend a moment to stop and talk to these guys and they will be only too pleased to tell you about the different plants and animals – happy to share with you details of some of the healing properties or willing to get you a ‘Coconut’ – If you do get a small Mosquito bite or sunburn……ask for some natural ‘Aloe Vera’ – to rub on it )
The centre piece of these grounds are three large lakes that have walkways all around and at least eight small bridges to cross. It is from these same bridges that you can take an extremely pleasurable early morning / early evening stroll and observe the plethora of wildlife that includes countless species of large birds (Including some VERY IMPRESSIVE Ospreys that swoop down to the lake to grasp fish in their Talons) large Mullet and Tarpon swimming in the waters that often oblige with an acrobatic display enough to make a dolphin jealous as well as the odd Turtle and some HUGE Iguana’s that will swim from the shore to one of the small islands – its all there for you to see right on your door step and honestly makes you feel as though you are taking part in a Nature Documentary!

The Hotel frontage is sat directly upon what are easily the best two beaches on the island (and quite possibly the best in the whole Caribbean) – if you have a beach front room then that is exactly what you will get – quite literally ‘Five Steps’ from your room to the sand! (I have counted them!) just a few more steps and you will be delighted to feel the warm Caribbean waters gently lapping round your ankles.

The beach that sits directly in front of the Hotel has, in close proximity, a stunning coral Reef – basically you can ‘paddle’ out so far as ‘knee depth’ before you come to the reef itself – there are however TWO LARGE ENTRANCES (one on the far right hand side and one in the middle) – where there is nothing but soft sand for you to wade / swim out into the turquoise blue waters completely unhindered – you can then, if you wish, choose to snorkel along the outer edge of the reef where you will be treated to an abundance of fish so varied and brightly coloured you could be mistaken for thinking that you are swimming inside an artificial aquarium – keep a close eye out and you could well see the odd sea horse too!

The second beach is located to the right of the swimming pool and is completely un-hindered by any form of rocks etc – you can wander out without fear of stubbing your toe with nothing but soft sand underfoot - if you are a little adventurous then a snorkel out a 100-200ft on this beach will greet you with yet another underwater reef as impressive if not more so than the one I have already mentioned.

It is on this beach also that you will find the Water Sports Centre – here you can obtain Snorkel Equipment, Hobie Cats, Kayaks and more – ‘Devotion2Ocean’ and they offer what we consider to be the BEST DIVING FACILITIES ON THE ISLAND - if you fancy a bit of blue water fishing then talk to the guys (Ocean, Tomroy, Kimron, Lessy & Kidi) who will be only too happy to put you onto some of the incredible fish available just off shore – Large Barracuda, Wahoo, Kingfish, Jacks & Tuna are in plentiful supply!

Bearing in mind that this resort is very, very competitively priced and taking into account everything I have just said you should also be delighted to know that the ‘Pool Area’ (along with the Pool Side Dining & Bar) is in a setting that FEW HOTELS IN THE WORLD can begin to compete with! Blessed by the natural occurrence of a ‘plateaued cliff’ the hotel designers have placed the pool right on the very top! The views from this area are nothing short of breath-taking. Looking out to the left you will gaze out across the multitude of blue hues that form the calm waters of the bay set against the impressive backdrop that are the granite cliffs of Point Saline and passing to the right you will feast your eyes upon the lush green vista of the mountains with the brightly coloured roofs of the buildings of St. Georges scattered below – as if this isn’t enough, because of the ‘height’ there is almost always a cooling breeze passing over this area making it an ideal place to sunbathe or to enjoy a cocktail from the bar – This whole area was COMPLETELY REFURBISHED only last year – the pool is spotless, the Restaurant and furniture are of a high quality, and the poolside chairs and beds (including a number of ‘four poster’ multi-person loungers) are ‘like new’ and very, very comfortable!

I can tell you that in the past two weeks a BRAND NEW HEAD CHEF has come to the hotel all the way from Papua – His name is Chef Bambang and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him one afternoon – We have always found that the food has been very, very good at the Rex but for those who have mentioned that there is only ‘English Food’ I can say that the new chef has already started to make his ‘mark’ on things with some very nice ‘Oriental’ inspired dishes starting to appear on the menu! I will say that whilst there isn’t the ‘huge choice’ or ‘Variety’ of foods that you may find at some of the Larger Resorts elsewhere in the Caribbean THE QUALITY AND TASTE of all food at all sittings (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) is BETTER THAN MOST 5* RESORTS! (After all – wouldn’t you rather have a smaller selection of very, very tasty, well cooked and lovingly prepared dishes than what I would call a ‘Feast for the eyes’ that you may find elsewhere but which is ultimately a ‘disappointment’ for the pallet?)

The rooms are being re-furbished, they are exceptionally clean and we have never found anything ‘out of order’ – the Air-Con is cold, the showers are hot and powerful, there is a flat screen TV and Nice Balcony Furniture……..I don’t know what more you could ask for but if you are wanting a ‘really nice room’ then go and stay in a top hotel in London, New York or Torronto – this holiday shouldn’t be about your ‘room’!!

The Main Dining area is nicely laid out with spectacular views over the grounds and lakes, it has air-conditioners too that will be turned on should it be a particularly warm evening – but mostly the cooling breeze that passes through is sufficient!

The Lounge areas are spacious, within close proximity of the bar and provide truly comfortable and luxurious seating – what better way to spend an evening in the company of friends whilst enjoying a cocktail!

Entertainment is ‘Low-Key’ but that suits us! You should take special note though that they have a steel band playing weekly who are very, very good indeed and they have just signed a Professional Singer for the season – We just caught her first performance before we came home and I can tell you that everyone in the hotel sat transfixed as she effortlessly sang a mixture of modern and more ‘classic’ songs – she was accompanied by a very talented ‘Saxophonist’ and I can state that she was ‘SIMPLY THE BEST SINGER WE HAVE EVER HEARD AT ANY RESORT EVER!’ – you really are in for a special treat!

The staff are incredible bar none – You will find that Arlene (The General Manager) is available to speak to and will deal promptly and efficiently with any small concerns that you may have. The bar staff are super friendly, fast and always have a cheery smile – Special Thanks to Lyndonna, Terry, Charlene & Alorna – you are all fantastic!

The dining room has quite a few ‘new staff’ in training for the ‘peak season’ from January through to Easter – Kimball & Kirt both did a good job of keeping them in order and along with some of the ‘regular’ staff such as Carol things ran smoothly – The Cooks are also very friendly and nothing is too much trouble – Special thanks are deserved by Shirley-Ann, Patdonna, Shelly-Ann and the lady who prepared my Fish ‘Charmaine’.

At this point I would like to make an extra special mention of the Restaurant Supervisor ‘Deslin’ – She is truly amazing! When she is on duty the staff perform with the preciseness & efficiency of a well-orchestrated Ballet! It is self-evident that she works tirelessly with immense pride in the service that she provides – she has such an attentive eye to detail that guests are never waiting or wanting for anything – Deslin we love you!

So there you have it – An utterly wonderful resort! Of course if you are so inclined then you can go and find something to ‘complain’ about……but in my opinion you would have to be very petty to do so……..and if you are the type of person who goes on holiday ‘looking’ to find something wrong or something to ‘moan’ about then perhaps you would be better off saving your money and staying at home!

Come to the Rex, bask in the sunshine, wallow in the warm waters, delight in the eating of the exceptional food, converse, laugh and joke with the pleasant, attentive and good natured staff, let your eyes fall wondrously over the splendiferous views and really enjoy your vacation…….honestly the only person who can ‘spoil’ your time in Grenada and at the Rex is you!!

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well what can i sayabout the rex? Stayed from 27th November to 8th December.This was 5th stay in 6 years. Stunning setting as always . Staff provide warm and friendly welcome on arrival. Quick check in and transfer too rooms. Breakfast was good with wide selection of hot and cold selections. Lunch consists of soup , salads and burgers , rice and pastas oh and fish too. Afternoon tea is sandwichs and cake with tea qnd coffee. Dinner varied everynight with bbqs , iseland spiced dishes as well as fish. The rooms are air conditioned and would suggest seaveiw or beachfront rooms however the bathrooms while addequate need redecorating but this is underway in most of the rooms so maybe my next visit will be able to give this a clean bill of health . Poolside bar and restaurant have great service as well.

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GrenadianbyrexGM, Manager at Grenadian by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Dear Guest

Sincere thanks for staying at the Grenadian by rex resorts and taking the time off to post a review.

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and looking forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards

Arlene Marsh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was about to book our trip but now I'm concerned after reading all the reviews!!!
What attracts me of Granada is snorkeling but it still takes more than a minimum of comfort

You replied to a customer that this was a 3*, did you know that Air Canada Vacations rates this hotel a 4* ? Am I booking a 3 or 4*, big difference !!!

My concerns:
1- Bites because of bed bug ?
2- Uncomfortable beds ? Is it possible to have a king size bed with mattress pad ?
3- Will there be more staff for the Holiday period ?
4- What about the pool and beach chairs ?
5- If a Margarita is an international drink (?)...can't it be done with house brand liquor ?
Thank you in advance for your answers,
Robert & Roxanne

Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
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GrenadianbyrexGM, General Manager at Grenadian by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Dear Robert & Roxanne,

Thank you for the interest shown in booking at the Grenadian by rex resorts. I am more than happy to provide you with the following responses to your questions.

a) the hotel has never experienced bed bugs. To the best of our knowledge bed bugs is none
existent in Grenada.

b) King size bed will be provided with mattress pad if so desired.

c) Additional staff has been recruited and more will be added as the need arises.

d) The entire pool area was upgraded late last year with comfortable luxiourous furniture. The majority of the beach loungers are in good condition.

e) Margareta can be made with house brand drinks.

We trust that the above has answered your questions adequately. Should you need any further clarification, we will be happy to provide same,

My direct email address is rexgndgm@spiceisle.com.

Kind regards
Arlene
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pleasant resort but in need of maintenance. I see that high season here doesn't start til january, and repairs are underway, but I don't think at this rate it will be completely ready. The beach looks nice but under the water is all rocks. Plenty of shade. Drinks are strong but they don't make many of the drinks I'm used to ordering at resorts. They do make pina coladas. Food ok . Best bets are anything that seems local. A vegetarian would have a hard time finding enough to eat. First day it took 2 hours and 4 calls to get the smoke alarm battery changed. No complaints about housekeeping. Tour lady very nice. The bed is very hard but better than too soft.

  • Stayed December 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GrenadianbyrexGM, Manager at Grenadian by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Dear Guest

Thank you for affording us the opportunity to be of service to you during your recent stay at the Grenadian by rex resorts.

We deeply apologized for the length of time it took to get the smoke alarm battery changed which we considered totally unaccptable. Certainly this is not our standard and corrective action was taken immediately.

At the hotel provision is made for vegetarian meals. Guests on special meal plan upon arrival are encouraged to communicate this information at the front desk and our Chef will gladly prepare.

We trust that you will provide us with an opportunity to be of service to you.

Kind regards

Arlene Marsh
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have always wanted to go to Grenada but I cannot justify a weeks stay at Sandals (3 grand = 3 separate holidays)....So I thought I would check this place out. My sister had been with her husband the year before and she enjoyed it. So the opportunity arose and I took it.

I do not want to sound like a broken record but all of the negatives such as food, bed, renovations required are all true. However, if you know all this upfront you can have yourself a great vacation. The scenery is amazing, you won't starve, there is plenty to drink (the wine was ok...it was from Argentina) and the weather is amazing. The small group atmosphere surely lends itself to being able to converse with a wide range of people who come from Canada, Britain, Germany and US. The fellow guests as well as staff were very friendly. We also took advantage of the lovely morning walks with Petra who was a wealth of information. There is also a birding walk which unfortunately I found out too late. There is a lake in the middle of the resort and its awesome with kingfishers, egrets and herons.

There is lots to do if you search for it; if not you could just chill out and never leave your lounger. The beach was lovely for swimming and snorkeling. Do not miss a chance to go to Grande Anse Beach as its only a ten minute bus ride away. It is a lovely 2 mile beach that is more walking friendly than magazine beach (Rex beach).

One word of warning...this hotel is not mobility friendly. There are lots of steps and the wheelchair ramps are a nightmare. There are no elevators. So if you are in a wheelchair or have difficulty walking this is not the place for you.

I would recommend this hotel for people who want to see this Island and don't want to pay a fortune. If you are looking for a high end resort this is not the resort to come to.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GrenadianbyrexGM, General Manager at Grenadian by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Dear Guest

The Management and Staff takes this opportunity to say thank you for choosing the Grenadian by rex resorts for your recent vacation and taking the time to post a review.

As you rightfully said the hotel has several steps but we make provision for immobile guests. Further we do make arrangements for guests who are having challenges to climb stairs once we are informed. We recommend beach front and hillside ground floor rooms as these do not have any steps to gain access.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed at the Grenadian by Rex from Dec. 1-8, 2014. The sun is wow hot. The site itself is so beautiful. The beach was powdery white sand and gorgeous. People who stayed at the more expensive Sandals resort said their beach was quite rocky. Andrew, Shenelle, Raphael, and Patrick were exceptional staff to deal with. Arlene made everyone feel special.

We took the full day tour, a bit of a long day, but full of amazing places to explore. The monkeys on the tour bite. Do not touch them. The nutmeg factory and rum factory were very interesting, but Meshack at Belmont Chocolate Factory went beyond duty and made this the highlight of our day out. Leaper's Hill is moving but very understated as a historic site. Grenada is very safe and friendly. Prices of goods are same as at home. Vendors on the beach are trying to make a buck for their families. If you tell them you want to be left alone, for the most part, they listen.

The worst I have to say is that the beds are super uncomfortable, and everyone had bites. Food is good with enough variety for you to eat something new every day, but food is only available at designated times. The buffet is small because the resort is intimate. The dress code is a no-brainer to us. We don't generally show up to dinner in bathing suits or shorts and t-shirts. Gentlemen are expected to wear long pants and a collared shirt. The resort itself is open air, and therefore not air-conditioned except in the rooms and TV lounge.

We paid for a beachfront room which was nice. The staff decorated the room for my husband's birthday which we thoroughly appreciated. The entertainment was good on Karoke night and the steel band was excellent. No watersports included, so bring your own gear, or you can rent it from the shop.

Proximity to the airport is ridiculously close. Minutes--less than five-- and the cab fair was $10 US.

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms are quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GrenadianbyrexGM, Manager at Grenadian by Rex Resorts, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Dear Valued Guest

On behalf of the Management and Staff I wish to express heartfelt thanks for staying at the Grenadian by rex resorts.

We are happy that generally you enjoyed your stay. We apologized for the hardness of the bed which you indicated was super uncomfortable. Like other guests who complaiined we are taking steps to purchase soft mattress cover which will be made available upon request.

Your comments on everyone had bites seem to suggest that it was from the bed.
At the Grenadian we are proud to report that there is absolutely no bed bug and based on my research the country is free from bed bugs.

It was indeed a pleasure having you and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Regards

Arlene Marsh
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before booking at the Rex, one must be made aware of the actual amount of steps at this resort. If you happen to book a seaview room, it is at least 96 steps from the lobby, and 85 steps from the beach to your room. Then, the view is over top of another building…it is certainly not a direct view of the beach. After doing these steps for one day, we realized my bad knee would certainly not hold out for two weeks, and upgraded to beach front for another 30.00 US per night. The difference in price for us from a hillside room to a beachfront room for two weeks was aprox. $1100.00 Canadian. ($600 at time of booking, and $420.00 US at the resort). The currency used here is the EC – equivalent to 2.60 US, and the electricity is both European and North American adaptable. Only 2 sockets North Am. 110 in each room.
The beachfront room was basically the same as seaview, only a tiny bit smaller. The deck does look directly out to the ocean, and one can hear the waves all night long. (Very nice!) We had two rooms during our stay, and I could open neither of the patio doors – my husband had to do it for me. Pulls should be installed on the inside to remedy this. The A/C in our room worked fine. The beds are hard as rock and you can actually feel the placement of the springs in them. We slept well in spite of this, but would have asked for duvets to sleep on had I realized they were available. I also did not pay attention to whether or not our bedding was ever changed, but by the end of two weeks, I could feel the sand in our sheets and the pillowcases smelled stale. None of our personal property was ever disturbed. The maid was very conscientious about washing the floor every day and the toilet and sink were always clean, so she must have been doing a good job with her duties.
This resort is aprox. 25 years old. The weather in the Caribbean is very hard on architecture, and it is very apparent at this resort. It seems like repairs and upkeep are continual, and the pool which had a hole in the bottom was closed and completely refinished during our stay. The small ‘wading’ pool at the bottom of the swim building was also refurbished. The pool water was clean and warm. The pool is however located at the top of a complex which is situated on a cliff so that it overlooks the ocean. The view is spectacular and you can see St. Georges while dining or relaxing, or getting a drink from one of the only 2 bars located at the resort. There is a large flight of stairs or a very narrow somewhat steep ramp to access the pool. If I had known this, with my bad knee I would have disqualified this resort on that fact alone. Lunch is served daily at the pool side restaurant, and twice during our stay, dinner was also served here. It makes for a lovely scenic dining experience overlooking the ocean or St. Georges I have posted a photo of the raised pool and the stairs involved to get to it. The gardens are well kept, and flowers and vegetation are beautiful. If the grass seems long at times, it would be due to rain. The gardeners are always hard at work. The lounge and patio areas are lovely, and well furnished with beautiful groupings of tables and chairs. The area under cover near the lobby has lighting for those wishing to play board games in peace and quiet, as well as coffee and tea available. Bats in this area are a part of the ecosystem, and eat mosquitoes, and therefore are welcome. There’s also not that many of them as to be a problem.
For the main dining room, there is a policy for men to wear long pants and collared shirts to dinner, and women to dress in casual elegance. At the time of this review, you may wear your bathing suit and coverup to breakfast. It is accessible by a long ramp instead of stairs. At breakfast each day the manager (Kimball) or his stand in is always visible with a welcoming smile. He is also not afraid to clean tables or serve up a drink to you. At this time, you request your dinner seating time – 7:00 or 8:30. If the resort is busy, late seating will likely mean a wait till tables are cleared as there does not seem to be enough staff. Food is local, and fresh, and well prepared. The menu is small but not boring –during our stay the menu was only repeated after a whole week had passed. Generally there is a choice of 3 meat dishes, fresh salad, some starch items, (pasta, potatoes, rice), and a cooked vegetable. Soup & buns also, as well as a small amount of desert. Fresh fruit this time of year was watermelon, bananas, and grapefruit only. Ice cream is served with dinner only. There is also no other food through the day, so don’t miss appointed meal times. The main dining room has a lovely outdoor veranda which does not seem to ever be open. Also, as this is a semi-open air dining room and as such does not need air conditioning . Just grab a seat next to the window, and enjoy the breeze. The water in Grenada comes from the rainforest, and is treated, so fairly consumable. Perhaps not so much if you have a sensitive stomach, in which case you’ll have to purchase bottled water.

The pool bar opens around noon or 12:30 and closes around dark, and the lobby bar opens at 3 and closes at 12:00. Drink selection is not large, but good enough, and they always let you know when there will be an extra charge if you request a drink not on the menu. Margarita is extra – don’t confuse Kalua for Baileys – it’s extra!! Alorna at the bar appears to love her job, and is always polite. Some of the other bar staff not so much and could perhaps use a lesson in public service. That said, no one appears to really tip at this resort either. This resort also has a policy where your all-inclusive vacation ends at 3:00p.m.on checkout day, and do not try to eat or drink after that time. After our first week, while seeing some new friends off at 6:00p.m., we went to the bar and ordered drinks. Terry (Peterson), one of the older male bartenders told us “no – we were on the flight out and so no drinks”. I told him we were staying another week, and he actually phoned the desk to confirm. During this call-wait time, he was very cold to me – rude in fact. Shame on the Rex for allowing a policy like ‘no drinks after 3 for departing guests’ to reduce this bartender (who is probably a great guy) to being someone so rude. He was after all following house rules, but what a sad little rule it is. How much money can they really save on drinks in two or three hours?! Mostly, for the first day of your vacation to this resort you’ve been in the air, and have possibly cost them one drink upon arrival, and perhaps one meal, as well as one cold washcloth upon arrival, which is a very nice touch. It would likely be a wise management decision to extend the ‘all-inclusive’ right to departure as so many other successful resorts do.
I’ve never been to an all inclusive where there was a fridge in the room with nothing in it. When I questioned the manager on this, she replied it’s so that we could put stuff in it if we wanted. It would cost the resort very little more to stock this fridge with beer or soft drinks, so the patrons could enjoy a beverage on the deck. We went into St. Georges and bought a couple bottles of sparkling wine from the local grocery store to enjoy in our room. The manager is very often visible, and very accessible. She also hosts a very nice short cocktail party on Wednesday evenings celebrating the current month’s birthdays and anniversaries. Some friends of ours got engaged while at the Rex, and management did spring for a bottle of wine when I requested it. She also personally sees her guest off which I thought was very nice.
The front desk staff are polite, and will always appear to address your concerns; however there appears to be little intention to actually follow through. We had no hot water after 6:30 for our shower. I phoned Kashon at the front desk and was told someone would check on this right away. A second phone call half an hour later netted the answer that someone ‘was on their way’. After another 45 minutes, we just showered in cold water- (there was no water at all from our hot faucets). I took my laptop to keep up with my emails while gone only to find out all my email programs (hotmail and gmail) were blocked. I enquired about this at the desk, and was told “no- lots of people used email from here”, however I could never get it unblocked, so if this is important to you, get it in writing first that you will be able to use it.!! The front desk staff does seem to tell you whatever you want to hear.
As for entertainment, the lack of it may also be the appeal of this resort for many who come here as it was for us. It is easy to visit in the quiet of the lounge with newly made friends…..and with the small population of this resort (aprox. 150-200 over our two week stay), it is easy to make new acquaintances. Two nights of 7 they have live music, from aprox 8:30 – 10:30 only. The music on all occasions (twice a week) was excellent to dance to, with steel drums beating out familiar tunes 3 nights out of the 4 (during two weeks) that we had entertainment. Karaoke is standard Sunday night fare, and tends to go slightly longer, perhaps 11:00. So if a lively night life is your goal on holidays, do not choose the Rex. Also, during the first week of our stay, we were among the youngest patrons at age 54. (Only a few others younger than us). If your goal is quiet evenings and easy visiting, this would be a great place to start, and we met many older guests here on their fourth and fifth stay. One thing we particularly enjoyed being from Alberta, Canada was the English language spoken here, as well as the general ‘danceability’ of the music.
We had a great time snorkelling in front of the resort. There is a dead reef which still has a great amount of colourful fish, as well as an eel and a sea snake. Not much for shells or starfish, but pretty good just the same, especially since we’d been told we’d see nothing. Just off of the boat launch site, there’s a beautiful little school of silver fish that love to be fed by the hotel guests – always good fun. The beach to the watersports side of the swimming pool is the best place for swimming, or getting in and out of the water. This is due to the rocks lining the entire front of the ocean directly in front of the resort buildings. In fact, our rooms were directly on the beach, yet due to these rocks right close in to shore (within 10 feet), and the amount of urchins on them, we were not comfortable swimming in the ocean there, and always frequented the other (watersports) side. The beach (to the beachfront rooms’ side) is not the friendliest to walk along, since if you enjoy walking in the water, it is fairly rocky, or if on the sand, it is quite an angle to walk at. It is a short 10 minute walk down the beach to ‘The Aquarium’ restaurant where they have a reggae band every Sunday afternoon till 6:00. Grand Anse Beach is aprox. a half hour walk, or a 10 minute cab ride – price unknown as we didn’t do it.
Also, lots of beach chairs on the beach, and plenty of shade. However, most of the plastic beach chairs are sadly worn, and sagged out so that they are hard to get in and out of. These were bad for me due to mobility problems . If you’re on the beach as opposed to the pool, then the wooden chairs are still the best choice if you can find unbroken ones. For ultimate luxury, treat yourself to the foam covered cloth beach beds at the pool. Many are shaded, and have the cleverest non slip cushions to ensure you are comfortable no matter where you place them.
As for watersports – effective December 1, non motorized watersports are no longer included for North Americans, and January 1 for Europeans. Bring your own snorkel equip. and lifejackets. No clue as to what the cost of Hobie or kayak will be . Contact the resort on this one.
Rainy season had just ended when we arrived on November 17, and apparently it had rained (serious amounts) in the weeks just prior. We were told rainy season ends around the end of November, and then the resort fills up. We did experience several downpours but short lived, and Grenada has warm weather, so these are not a hindrance to an enjoyable vacation.
The beaches in Grenada are all public, so vendors are allowed, and by agreement of the hotel, several are regulars. Do not fear booking your tours with either Tom Sanderson (Land and Sea – www.grenadatours.gd)(whom we went with) or Dexter Patrick. We lucked out and with Tom only had 6 passengers in our van. Talk about a private tour, with a most excellent tour guide, and for the same price as what the resort charged. For 60.00 US he paid all our admission fees, as well as lunch at the rum factory. Dexter charges less, but you pay your own admissions. A very worthwhile day in our estimation if one wants a very quick taste of Grenada. Janice also gives a fabulous massage to the feet and legs for 25.00 US – aprox 45 minutes to an hour. Definitely get your moneys worth with that girl.
As for the public areas (washrooms) of this resort, it really is all bare bones but sufficient. The washrooms have the toilet tissue dispenser on the side of the wall where the door opens, in very small cubicles, thus making it very difficult to open the door once inside. Sometimes the lights don’t work, and you’re just in the dark unless you leave the door open. I never once found the washrooms dirty or in need of toilet paper. Once or twice only out of paper towels, but there are hand dryers installed. The toilets flush well – an issue important to me after being in resorts where a lot of toilets just run over, or don’t flush at all.
There’s a freshwater lake for your strolling pleasure, with herons, fish, and even a (shy) turtle. The little waterfall on the lake ran only on weekends during our stay. Bug spray is essential, even if you’re not prone to bites, as Grenada now has a disease carried by their mosquitoes which causes very bad side effects. Also, the no-see-ums do love to feast in the evening. Pesky tiny ants in the long grass on the beach bite with a residual effect of fire for about half an hour after being bitten. Just make sure to camp on the sand.
One wonderful benefit not seen at most resorts is the free wifi in so many public areas, and even in your rooms . You'd have to ask the resort if it’s in all of the rooms. But it is even on the beach and at the pool. The rooms have a safe free for your use; this seems like an extremely safe resort in a very safe country – with a very low crime rate. Feel fairly safe in Grenada, and at the Rex.
Rating this resort almost doesn’t seem fair, but since posting on Trip Advisor requires a rating, I’ll give it a 3 – right in the middle. There was so much about it that made it perfect – the quietness, small size, good food, very nice staff, and the simple fact that it’s in Grenada (the climate, low crime rate). We came back from this laidback resort totally rested. So much about it made it so wrong for me to want to ever come back. The chintziness of their all inclusive checkout policy, no in room stocked minibar….and now cutting back on watersports equipment – shame on the management for this decision!!……so user unfriendly due to the many, many stairs……I’ve given you the facts about this resort, let them help you make your decision, and if I can help answer any questions, I’d love to do so for you. I’ve also uploaded 10 labelled photos that I wish I could have seen prior to booking. I wish I could add a few more… So many of the drawbacks of this resort could be addressed by management – elevators could be investigated. This could be a true 4 star resort – or perhaps 5 considering that the Grand Anse is so close…..
Before booking any trip to Grenada, know this…..upon leaving the country, airport security will hassle you more than in any other Caribbean country I’ve ever been to (and I’ve done 2 a year for a long time now). If you’re good with that, then continue on with your resort research. I’d rather have had my bag gone through with a note inserted that it had been searched as happened to us in Cuba, than to be sent to a back room where security picks it apart one item at a time not telling you why, or for what they are looking, as an assistant suspiciously questions you about your intentions to come back. I have never felt more the innocent victim while being treated like a criminal.

Room Tip: beachfront rooms offer least steps
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Grand Anse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grenadian by Rex Resorts 3.5*
Number of rooms: 212
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Also Known As:
Grenadian By Rex Hotel St. George`s
Grenadian By Rex Resorts Grenada/Grand Anse
Rex Grenadian
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Rex Hotel Grenada

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