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“The dull spice of life” 3 of 5 stars
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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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“The dull spice of life”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

As guests of sister resort Blue Horizons we were allowed to use the facilities at Spice Island.
The property is immaculate, with a tiny pool but right on the beach.
There's an excellent book library and good,free internent just off reception.
We were,however,surprised at how soulless the bar area appeared to be - staff weren't particularly friendly and it had the atmopshere of a retirement home.
It's probably why we met so many Spice Island guests further down the beach enjoying a much better time at Umbrellas.
Certainly when my wife sparked up a cigarette while enjoying a drink by the pool, unaware that there is no smoking allowed ANYWHERE on the resort, we didn't expect a barman to come rushing over and shouting loudly for her to put it out. A small bit of discretion wouldn't have gone amiss.
Also, trying to pay for a drink at the bar with cash appears to throw everyone into a panic, involving hand-written invoices, trips to reception with the cash and generally a ten minute wait to get some change.
Overall while Spice Island looks fabulous there didn't appear to us to be enough to warrant a stay there at high-end prices.
Your parents would probably like it though.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

We just came back from spice island, we stayed with a group of eight people ranging from 33-40 years of age. This property prides itself on service, unfortunately, that is where they are lacking! We paid for the all inclusive package and were made to feel bad whenever we ordered an alcoholic beverage. The attitudes of the employees were unreal. I have never felt so uncomfortable. The other guests were well into their 70s and also made a point of makeing us feel uncomfortable. We were paying over 1,000.00 per night and ended up going elsewhere to eat and hang out. The seagrape suites were very nice, as was the beach. That's just not enough to get us to come back. Honestly, we all wish we would have stayed elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Spice Island is a very well run family owned hotel with a big focus on customer service. Everything ticks over like clock work and the staff are well trained, highly accommodating and thoughtful. The family and management are clearly doing a great job and all make the effort personally to ensure that they meet each guest and most likely greet them and wave them off too. The hotel is immaculately clean and endeavours to do whatever it can to enhance your stay. It is for the most part an all inclusive hotel and this is delivered within a generous spirit with no quibbles or petty rules about what is included and what is not. Both lunch and dinner offer 5 courses and this is delivered in high style with lots of attention to detail. Staff are quick to replenish glasses and to offer a picnic if you are heading out. The chef is making a good effort, the food is very well presented and the changing menu does offer variety. In spite of this we found the food bland and somehow monotonous and we quickly tired of going to dinner here. Sadly we didn't care for any of the inclusive wines offered either and found the cocktails wishy washy. Breakfast was particularly uninspiring with cheap juices and a small buffet, cooked eggs etc were fine but other dishes such as pancakes were dry. We also disliked the restaurant itself as it is a long dull functional uniform room devoid of either style or ambiance. We went out to eat a number of times, Laluna and Calabash being the closest by. Neither are temples of culinary genius but we desperately craved a change of food and scene. Our Seagrape Suite was spacious and pleasant enough with a small patio opening onto a nice beach, though it is a public beach and your neighbours are near so it is not very private. The bathroom was large and there was plenty of storage. The bar stools and pool furniture are naff and in need of an update as is the pool itself. Our conclusion would be that this is a 4 star hotel with regards to food, decor and general finish though very much 5 star with regards to the friendly efficient personalised service and customer focused ethos. Grenada itself is a beautiful island, St Georges one of the most interesting and lovely Caribbean capitals that we have seen and the locals are outstandlingly helfpul and friendly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We spent a week at Spice Island with another couple friends of ours and it was hands down the best resort I've ever stayed at in the Caribbean. From the moment you check-in you are greeted with warm friendly faces (and a wonderful champagne cocktail!). There are three things that factor into a beach resort's greatness in my opinion. 1. The staff 2. The quality of the resort 3. The beach. Spice Island gets the highest marks on all three. 1. The staff are so friendly and so attentive. In the Caribbean, you have to get use to island time, but not at Spice Island - I found the service to be extremely prompt and again very friendly. We were on the all-inclusive plan and the food was exceptional. They even had a very delicious and creative vegetarian item on the menu each night. The bar service was great as well - wonderful drinks and wonderful staff. The bar and restaurant share staff so someone who was making you drinks earlier maybe serving you dinner later. The whole staff is fantastic, everyone is going above and beyond, Shellma, Nicholson and Dexter to name a few (I've forgotten some other names since being back at work). One of the highlights was Cristell though, she had such a great personality and we really enjoyed her - she would have us laughing so hard! 2. The quality of the resort. A lot of beach front properties get run down from the salty air, but not Spice Island. The grounds are pristine and well maintained and manicured. The rooms are very spacious and very well appointed - I would call them very comfortably modern. The beds are very soft, I slept like a baby every single night! You'd think the resort is brand new even though it isn't. The fitness center isn't huge, but it is more than adequate. Jalissa's Spa was very nice - beautiful ambiance. Each treatment room is a separate cabin all positioned around a lovely reflection pool. I had a facial and my partner had a massage and both were wonderful and relaxing. Another highlight was that Sir Royston had all the guests out to his house for a cocktail party one night before dinner - I really thought that was nice as it wasn't a gimmick - he and his lovely family want to connect with their guests and the most certainly did. Very classy family. 3. The beach. You are literally on Grand Anse beach and it is gorgeous. I attached a photo of the gorgeous beach. The view, the sand the cleanliness is all amazing! The hotel provides lounging chairs with cushions some under an umbrella shade, some under a tree. It is a public beach but it always felt private. There are beach vendors (who I learned have to be licensed) walking by and trying to sell you stuff. They are not pushy like Mexico and are very polite and friendly if you aren't interested in buying. We actually bought a few items as souvenirs and gifts. We would sit out on the beach at night and talk and one thing I really liked is that the hotel the hotel has hired 24 hour security guards for the beach. We never felt unsafe but I did like the idea of them there. So in summary - the staff (and all the people of the island) are just really nice friendly people. Spice Island really has invested in the staff because each person really just goes above and beyond - I can't say that enough. The beach and the whole island is just stunning - I liked how the island was not very commercialized - no huge mega resorts crowding up the beach. If you want an island that's more off the beaten path and you want a resort that has really gotten it right - you should go to Spice Island Beach Resort - I don't care where you live, it is worth the trek! Go see my new favorite island in the Caribbean!

P.S. Princess Anne stayed at Spice Island while in Grenada if that tells you anything!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

My husband and I spent 12 nights at Spice Island Resort and it was brilliant. We were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary while we were there. It is a lovely hotel, with great staff, brilliant food and excellent service. We arrived quite late in the evening and the staff ensured me before arriving that there would be dinner available. They made us so welcome and within a day or so all the staff know the residents by name.

We had a seagrave room, which is right on the beach. It was wonderful, as we had our own hammock, sunshade and sunbeds in the small patio area ourside our room, which was wonderful first thing in the morning to sit and have a cup of tea listening to the waves breaking, absolute paradise.

There are only 2 restaurants in the hotel, but as the menu is changed everyday there is always plenty of choice. I had been concerned about the lack of choice of restaurants, but I should not have worried as the food was lovely. It is a very quiet hotel and a brilliant place to chill out and relax. If you want to just soak up the sun, have good food with nice wine and relax this is definitely the place for you.

There is a cocktail party every week, and sometimes it is at Sir Royston Hopkin's house. If you have an opportunity to go to his home for cocktails then you must go, as the sunset from his garden is amazing. Sir Royston comes into the hotel from time to time and is very welcoming to all residents. He is an extremely nice man and he was there with his wife and Manages to say goodbye when we left.

I just hope we can go back there again soon.

It was a brilliant place to spend our anniversary and we have lovely memories of both the hotel, staff and generally all the people we met on the island. We have been luck enough to have travelled the Carribean a lot over the last 20 years and this is my favourite island particularly because the people were so charming.

  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Brilliantly located, beautifully clean, wonderfully staffed - perfect place to relax. The beach is amazing, and its so great to be actually on it. (although all beaches are public in Grenada, the hotel is located far enough from parking etc that there was no one on the beach who was not from the hotel in the whole week we were there except one or two incredibly polite hawkers passing through). Unlike say the West coast of Barbados where the beach has become very narrow because of erosion, Grande Anse is, as our children said the first place where they had been where it was "actually like the photos".
The hotel staff is exceptional - in attitude and standards, and really friendly (the only exception being the WaterSports department who were a little less gracious). The hotel is family-owned by a fine old Grenadian family who are deeply present and committed to the standards of the hotel.
The food is very good, although a trifle old-fashioned (5 courses for lunch if you choose, including a soup course!).
The hotel was quite quiet - live band each evening (eg steel band) - people would listen, but not really dance.
The finest place we have stayed in half a dozen visits across the Caribbean.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

A true 5* resort. We stayed in a Seagrape beach suite, which was wonderful. It opened up right onto the beach which was great with our 6 year old. The hotel staff went out of their way to make our holiday magical. We had a half day trip booked which the hotel arranged with Dave a local driver. They made us a packed lunch saying that as we had our little one with us it might come in useful. My daughter had her sixth birthday half way through the holiday (and without us asking) they produced a birthday card and a lovely cake at dinner time.

The food was always first class and a good selection.

The hotel was quiet, great for a relaxing holiday. My daughter went to the kids club where she had fun doing various crafts.

I have no negative comments about the hotel or staff and I wouldn't hesitate to go back. I would only comment on the water sports centre. We booked to take my daughter scuba diving on her birthday only to get out to sea and be told they didn't have any childrens life jackets. This was disappointing.

All in all a fantastic holiday and I would love to go back, just need to save up!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 Spa Hotel in St. George's
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. George's
#3 Business 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*
Number of rooms: 64
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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Spice Island Beach Hotel St. George`s
Spice Island Grenada
Hotel Spice Island Beach
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