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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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Ranked #3 of 23 hotels in St. George's
St leonards, Sussex, England
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“Spice Island does it again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

In February 2013, my wife and I visited once again Spice Island Resort, the fourth time to be precise. We left the UK in the snow and arrived in beautiful sunshine, Ryan Hopkins, son of Sir Royston was there to greet us and straight away made us feel at home. Straight away virtually every staff member we bumped into (not literally) knew who we were. What was also pleasing was that the majority of the staff were the same ones we met on our first visit here. We were then shown to our Seagrapes suite which was the same one we had stayed at on our three previous visits. We were not disappointed as suite 7 is a perfect position in relation to the beach.
The extremely high standards at the hotel had not only been maintained but in most cases had been surpassed. The food seems to get better and better, thanks to Fabian and his team. The bar staff appear to have telepathic ability in relation to when to refill your glass of wine and lets face it there is nothing worse than either an overly enthusiastic waiter or someone who forgets all together!! The chap who refilled our minibar was far more efficient in predicting the weather than weather.com. Little things like this where staff bend over backwards to make your stay memorable just puts this hotel head and shoulders above any other hotel I have stayed at in the Caribbean.

  • Stayed February 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I spent a week at Spice Island with my husband and we had a truly wonderful holiday.
The service in the hotel was perfect from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We booked a Sea Grape Suite with the all-inclusive package. We arrived late afternoon and were welcomed by some lovely staff at reception, given an ice-cold towel and a delicious cocktail. After zero paperwork we were taken to our room by a member of the staff, who en-route explained all the areas of the hotel, services, etc. The room was beautifully decorated and perfectly maintained. The bathroom was huge, a bath we could both fit into, large separate shower, twin sinks, quality toiletries and loads of soft, fluffy white towels. There was lots of storage space in the room (we were a bit short on coat hangers), a safe, iron and board, and well-lit mirrors. The room (room 1) had twin queen beds, we would have preferred a king, and in the end we just slept in one of the beds, so the other was a waste of space and to make matters worse my husband kept banging his toe on the other bed as the wooden base was wider than the mattress and in the dark was difficult to navigate! The room had a flat screen TV, clock with i-pod dock, a sofa, good lighting, and of course a sea view, although from Room 1 the view is very slightly obscured by the water sports building. The outdoor space was nice with a sofa area as well as a table and chairs. There were two loungers and a large hammock in the "garden area". The in-room wi-fi worked perfectly and was relatively fast.
Breakfast at Spice Island is a buffet of fruits, cereals and pastries and then a hot menu. Our coffee was served in a cafetiere, so there was always plenty. I loved the fact that there were fish dishes on the menu. The Fish Creole was outstanding. The daily local juice and the fresh fruit could not be better.The restaurant is right by the beach, and there is plenty of space between tables.
Lunch is served in a more informal bar/restaurant area, as well as the standard items on the menu, there was a daily Roti, a Catch of the day, Soup of the day and Chef's special, so there was always plenty of variety. The desserts were very good and it was nice to see sorbets and ice creams with caribbean flavours.
Afternoon tea is also served but as we often had a late lunch we never got to try it, although other guests said it was very good with all the trimmings.
We quickly got used to having a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar and it was nice to chat to other guests. The cocktail list was good and the staff very attentive and quick to ask if you needed a refill! During the day the bar staff patrolled the beach , handing out cold towels and taking drink orders, however far away you were from the actual bar.
Dinner was perfect every single night, starting with the amuse-bouche, aperitif, soup or salad, main course and dessert, ending with coffee and petit-fours. Every single dish was perfectly cooked, well-presented, and served with a smile by attentive staff. We were never rushed. There was always an interesting selection of breads, including sweet potato and pumpkin. We are not wine drinkers so it was nice to be offered plenty of sparkling water with the meals, with the glass being constantly refilled. My favourite dishes had to be the Sushi-grade tuna and the double baked Chocolate soufflé.
I had a facial and my husband a massage at the Spa, both treatments were excellent, in lovely surroundings and pampered by lovely staff.
The actual hotel is right on the beach, the pool is pleasant and has salt water so there is no nasty chlorine taste. It's shallow in some areas so is nice for non-swimmers. There are plenty of seating areas all around the pool and bar area so it never felt crowded. There is a double boutique just outside reception. A short walk down the road there is a small shopping centre where we bought delicious Grenada chocolate and newspapers.
All the staff at Spice Island seem to enjoy their jobs, the smiles are genuine, I could mention lots of names, but to be fair every single member of the staff did a wonderful job, even the guy cleaning the pool chatted to us, they all learnt our names but at the same time were very discreet. In fact we didn't bump into our room maid until our final day.
I will certainly return to Spice Island and I have added it to my list of Top Caribbean Favourites along with The Sandpiper (Barbados) and East Winds (St. Lucia). It would be very difficult to improve this hotel, the owners have certainly got it right and it shows in the service and quality.
If you want good food, excellent service and beautiful surroundings, this is the place.

Room Tip: If you want a room right on the beach go for a Sea Grape Suite, but do ask for a queen or king which...
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  • Stayed March 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 March 20, 2013

There is no doubt that this is an excellent hotel and if you stay in a hotel like this you come to realise they are thinking 'how can we make this better' as a general theme instead of 'how can we cut corners and make more margin'.It is for this reason the hotel will always do well.Sure its not cheap but if its cheap you want dont bother.The staff are good,well trained and attentive without being irritating.The food is very good and does, unlike some hotels, miss the opportunity to introduce local tastes,local menus and local spices and produce.The rooms are well thought through,well maintained and are modern.
If i had any concerns the service in the restaurant could be a little slow sometimes and the noise of a Getto blaster coming up from the local sports field/beach club (which is nothing to do with the hotel) was definitely getting on my nerves on 2 of the 7 days.
All in all excellent service,great location and a truly good hotel.My second trip as well.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask about existance of noisy beach music,it could have been a one off though so best a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Wonderful location on Grand Anse Beach and very friendly and helpful staff.
As far as accommodation is concerned the choice of suite  is a matter of personal preference.
Our original choice when we first booked with Virgin Holidays Hip Hotels  was a Sea Grape suite directly on the beach.We needed to bring forward the timing of our holiday.There were no Sea Grape Suites available for the revised dates so we chose an Anthurium Suite.
We were extremely happy with the revised choice which on balance we preferred to the Sea Grape Suites partly because of the additional privacy and additional tranquillity and partly because of the overall layout and facilities of the Anthurium Suites.
The only disappointment was the food which fell short of and did not live up to the great expectations generated by reading the  reviews on TA  ( or live up to the comparison of the food at an all inclusive hotel on a different Caribbean island a couple of years ago.) The standard of food was very  variable - some highs but too many lows.We are familiar with the whole spectrum of food from basic pub fare through to fine dining and love to sample the local food abroad.Too often we found that the chef's  " creations " were  a mismatch of conflicting tastes and flavours which masked  somewhat the fish or meat which we were supposed to be eating.
The lunch menu hardly changed at all during our stay and whilst there were specials each day the description of the specials  delivered verbally by the restaurant staff  sometimes  did not accurately describe the dish.
For the most part the service was prompt and attentive but at times was amazingly slow even for the Caribbean and on many occasions we had to ask again when our order or request did not arrive.
Despite the slight disappointments  referred to above we did have a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday in very acceptable accommodation in a superb location .

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is a beautiful intimate resort on the best beach on the Island. Even before we arrived, we received warm welcoming emails after we had made a request in advance. The front desk staff all knew our names when we arrived as did the restaurant staff. The owners are on site most days. The grounds are immaculate. We were treated to a sunset cocktail party at the home of the owner Lord Royston Hopkin. We enjoyed our daily walks along the beach. The hotel provided a free tour of the Island. Most days we went off on excursions for half days. The Island is beautiful and there are lots of things to see. One day we took the local bus into town. We had lunch at BB's Crabback Restaurant which is located on the harbour. Be sure to try their "high octane" rum punch. We found Lisa's jewellery store with hand-made silver pieces. They made some silver bracelets for our granddaughters.

We would definately return to Spice Island Resorts.

Room Tip: Our room was one of the Oleander Suites. It was a large suite with private patio. Very quiet area.
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  • Stayed February 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 March 14, 2013

My 86 year old mom, my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our week (March 2 - 9) here. The hotel is intimate and first class. The service was efficient yet very friendly, with many people knowing our names. At the coktail party, one of the staff even remembered my daughter's nut allergy and informed her of which dishes she could eat. Our room was spotless and comfortable with all the luxuries including top line toiletries, wireless, DVD and good sized tv, a modern roomy washroom (that featured grohe appliances, two sinks, a deep jacuzzi tub and a separate terrific shower), both a fan and AC (that ran quietly without draft), a safe (could have been a tinge larger) and plenty of room to sit down. Not that we spent that much time inside. The beach was at our doorstep and at least one tour (we made our own) is a must. Most evenings there was music from one of the local bands (we heard calypso, reggae and steel drums as well as more mainstream) to accompany delicious multi course meals. The chef was happy to accommodate requests. We opted for the all inclusive (a first for us) and enjoyed it (we could not eat that much food or sip that many drinks - though we tried). It was nice to meet Sir and Lady Hopkins and their grown children. The family has done much for the Grenada and Grenadians - this is also evident in how he runs this resort.

A few observations:

For some reason, there were not many young adult guests at the hotel the week we were there. Maybe it was the timing. My daughter did not mind - she had to study anyway.

The current can be stronger than you realize and it can make a ridge to step up onto under the water. We gave my mom a hand and had no problems.

The gift shop was very nice but expensive.

The pina coladas and other rum drinks were refreshing.

Nice gifts for those who had to stay home (and work) are packets of spices (from Laura's or any of the food stores) and island rum (from one of the distileries or stores). Remember to bring zip lock bags and bottle protectors for when you pack them (not in hand luggage). If you don't have a connecting flight, you can buy duty free at the airport.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

We usually make all our own arrangements (except Tibet and Mongolia) but did the comparison and a package won. We booked this trip as an Air Canada package through Uniglobe Travel (Marcia Walford). The Grenadian representatives (Wistell and Marielle) at St. James Travel and Tours) were also very helpful.

Room Tip: The Seagrape Beach units are spacious enough for a family of four or three adults. The deck and the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Yarm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This was our fifth visit to Spice Island so we obviously like it! The hotels position on Grand Anse Beach is superb, but there are also shops just along the road and several modest walks to be taken from the hotel. The local busses to St Georges also go from the road end.
We stayed in a Seagrape suite which is large, well equipped and well positioned right next to the beach. The bathroom is especially good with an oversized jacuzzi bath and a separate shower.
Probably the best thing about this hotel is the quality and friendliness of the staff. It is a pleasure to be always referred to by name, not just a room number.The hotel bar is an excellent meeting place and the food in the restaurant is very good with good use of local ingredients and stylish cooking and presentation.
Overall this is a superb hotel in a wonderful position. We will return

Room Tip: Seagrape suites are superb
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  • Stayed February 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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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 On the Beach Hotel in St. George's
#3 Spa 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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