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!!
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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