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Spice Island Beach Resort
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Grand Anse Beach | P.O. Box 6, St. George's 00000, Grenada   |  
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“So civilised and lovely staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

To quote from general manager Brian Hardy’s welcome letter: “Our aim is to provide unpretentious luxury in a warm and friendly environment and personal service that will surpass all your expectations”. Quite so, and delivered as promised during our two weeks at Spice Island for our 40th Anniversary. Grand Anse beach is well over a mile long and public which affords an opportunity to meet and chat with Grenadians. Our Sea Grape suite on the beach was great though not so close to the water that we felt looked on by passers-by. First time ever that my wife had more drawers/wardrobe space than she needed! So what if the suite was not the latest word in decor, etc. It lacked for nothing including a most efficient AC system (so often fiddly and inadequate) though Grenada’s temperature/humidity was very comfortable during late January into February. One aspect of the bathroom is that its door and folding shutters above the jacuzzi bath (to view the beach) were louvred and hence not so private. Not a problem if you’ve been happily married 40 years, but could be for some! We were immediately made very welcome on arrival with a glass of bubbly and that set the tone for our stay as regards the staff’s warm hospitality. Impossible to remember all their names but they somehow remembered ours. Typically male that I should well remember Dexter, Lester and Stephen who with the rest of the bar crew can all mix a mean Dry Martini. Fabian and his restaurant team always made us feel special when greeting us. Jesson Church’s varied menu was enticing and every course well prepared and presented. We’ll always try anything new and, if occasionally something was strange, e.g. chilled melon soup, well, it’s a matter of personal taste. We enjoyed the variety of local fish dishes and new experiences in ice cream flavours like cinnamon, sorrel and nutmeg. As I love Italian food, it was a pleasant surprise to indulge in Linguine Marinara and Penne Puttanesca in the Caribbean. On that Italian theme the bread rolls, which were served preciously, were disappointingly “English bland”, though sometimes small slices of more tasty alternatives would turn up. The usual breakfast fruits were available except apples, which was not surprising in the Caribbean. Less understandable was the absence of pineapple after our first two days. I’ve no doubt that if we had mentioned these shortcomings they would have been addressed, but we were so satisfied with everything else that we did not wish to be niggly. The all-inclusive option included the mini-bar, bar drinks and perfectly acceptable house wines from Chile and Bordeaux. Many of the staff quietly congratulated us on our anniversary day and a complimentary bottle of champagne was discreetly delivered to our table that evening. We were relieved that there was no fanfare or razzmatazz, and thanks again to Brian and his right hand man Ryan Hopkin for the bottle. The absence of piped music, which is unnecessary and can be so irritating, is another right thing at Spice Island. Nearly every evening there was live music entertainment performed by some very talented singers and instrumentalists. Most of the guests were seniors from England plus a few North Americans. T’was nice to see three families whose children were so well behaved; well done those parents. We encountered more “returners” at Spice Island than anywhere else we have stayed and we will most likely be adding ourselves to that list. Finally, thanks again to Sir Royston and Lady Hopkin for their hospitality and sundowners one evening at their home in True Blue.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This was my third time at the Spice Island, this time in a girlie group of four. We had a brilliant time. Again everything was outstanding, from the minute we arrived to see that lovely view of the sea from the reception area. The whole atmosphere is just a cut above anywhere else I have been in the Caribbean. The food is very good, and varied, with lots of local ingredients. Yes sometimes the service in the restaurant could be a bit slow. The staff are just lovely, and nothing is too much trouble. They call you by name, a really nice touch. The Hotel Manager Brian and Fabian the Food and Beverage Manager are much in evidence to ensure that everything runs smoothly. We were relaxed from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. Like lots of others we love the Seagrape Suites right on the beach and cannot understand the reviewer who said there was no privacy because people were walking past all the time. The beach is public, like all the beaches in the Caribbean, but the rooms are built back from the public part and there are security guards to keep intruders away. There are vendors on the beach but they are polite and we never found them a problem.
We truly could not find fault with anything and would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending the Spice Island. Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We started our holiday by staying here for a week over the new year. Having booked a almond suite with pool I was glad we had as the seagrape suites, are yes on the beach but have people (other residents and locals) walking past and are able to see in.
The room was lovely however after staying at some of the top hotels in the world, i personally wouldnt class the resort as 5 star, it would be a good 4 star. The decor needed a touch up in most areas and the bathroom could do with overhauling and bringing more up to date. White marble is nice but very 80's.
The restaurant food was excellent but the ambiance lets it down. It feels more like a canteen with then trying to get you in and out. Tables are set quite close to each other so you dont really get much privacy.
Staff were friendly and greeted you by name which was a nice touch.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We started our "Island Hopping" by spending a week here over Christmas-(just got back 2 weeks ago hence the delayed report)
A small (64 rooms) very well run hotel specialising in looking after you on an individual basis. Excellent staff where nothing was too much trouble. A really good selection of local food using local fresh ingredients but cooked and presented in an "international fashion"
The room-you must get a beach front room-was great-the "ski in ski out" beach access is a must. The sea is clear and warm with a lovely sandy beach starting from only a few feet from your own terrace. You can also take a good three mile round trip walk (or run) along the beach-it is very safe.
All of the staff without exception were fantastic-which is a credit to Brian The General Manager who leads by example by being out there all the time.
Only word of advice-arrive by an international carrier and DO NOT use LIAT-the local airline which is a disaster.

Room Tip: Get a beach front-it is a must
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel like we had arrived somewhere special. The very friendly staff, fabulous food and attention to detail was commendable. Nothing was too much effort.
We stayed in a villa suite that was kept beautifully clean, lots of regular ice delivered for our Gin and Tonics in the huge Jacuzzi bath.
We had a complete wind down listening to the waves of Grand anse beach on the white sandy beach absorbed in our books.
My only negative was the spa. Quite an expensive massage was missing the special personal friendly touches one would expect.
We were waved off by the manager which was a lovely touch.Thanks to all the team at Spice we will be back.
Miles and Ann

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We have been 3 times to this hotel..as a family. So much so my kids called it their home away from home...the staff are fantastic!
The beach is amazing the relaxed style, so laid back and yet stylish..what a perfect escape... it's a perfect size, not either too small or big.
I would stay here every year if I could!

Room Tip: Ocean front...on the right hand side(facing the sea).
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The spice island inn is close to perfect. As if waking up to grand anse beach in your "front yard" isn't enough, the staff is delightful. Each evening we gathered on the beach to watch the sunset and the sand crabs come out from hiding and listened to enchanting stories from the Grenadians. Loved every minute of my 8 days.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Grand Anse Beach | P.O. Box 6, St. George's 00000, Grenada
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Location: Caribbean > Grenada > Saint George Parish > St. George's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in St. George's
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. George's
#3 Business Hotel in St. George's
#3 Spa Hotel in St. George's
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. George's
#3 Luxury Hotel in St. George's
#4 Family Hotel in St. George's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Spice Island Beach Resort 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Re-Imagined. Owned and operated by Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG and Family, this 64 suite Spice Island Beach Resort recreates its original elegance with a modern flair on Grenada’s breathtaking Grand Anse Beach. Sixteen hundred feet of powder white sand captivatingly frames 32 beachfront suites featuring indoor living rooms, breezy exterior terraces and private rock gardens. Graceful architecture complemented by new colours and exquisite furnishings make this award-winning resort even more exclusive. Presiding over these golden sands are the Cinnamon and Saffron Suites. Unmatched in elegance each of these One Bedroom Suites captures the spice scented breezes with lazy hammocks on private patios. Custom-furnished, and available as two bedrooms when booked with a Sea Grape Beach Suite, this is a beach lover’s dream. Seventeen additional pool suites have their own private swimming pools and gardens steps away from the ocean. The Royal Collection, Luxury Almond and Anthurium Pool suites are all private oasis that offer the guest an intimate experience like no other. All suites are equipped with modern luxuries like Flat Screen Televisions, Italian Frette™ Linen, Molton Brown® amenities and ensuite bathrooms featuring whirlpool tubs and double vanities it is little wonder that this tranquil haven continues to be a treasured secret amongst the travel elite. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Spice Island Beach Hotel St. George`s
Spice Island Grenada
Hotel Spice Island Beach
Spice Island Beach Resort Grenada/Saint George Parish

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