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“Second visit - just as good.” 5 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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Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in St. George's
Oundle, UK
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37 hotel reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Second visit - just as good.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

This was my second trip to the Spice Island, the first was with my daughter and friends, two years ago. This time with my husband and sister and brother-in-law. So it was very much on my recommendation that we went. Well, we were not disappointed, it was every bit as good as before, I had forgotten how truly beautiful it was. The staff (of lot of whom were there two years previously) were so kind and attentive, and nothing was too much trouble. The food was good, though I did think it was a shame that the Indian buffet lunch on sundays had been stopped. Bicycles were procured for us when we wanted to go cycling, and we made good use of the hobie cats. And of course the beach is just divine, our early morning run along it was one of the highlights. Will we go back again, yes definitely.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Hampshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

Just back from two weeks at the Spice Island Beach Resort spent with my wife, three children (20,20 and nearly 18) and our adult friend and also our daughter's boyfriend. This was without doubt a memorable holiday spent in fine surroundings. On arrival we were almost overwhelmed with the friendliness of the welcome from the management and staff, including a personal greeting from the owner, Sir Royston Hopkin. This remained a constant theme throughout - the warmth and friendliness of the staff and the trouble they took to remember names and assist us in any way they could. No corporate hotel group experience this; instead a highly professional operation in which a family takes great pride and where the concern for guests to have a memorable time is genuine.

The hotel itself is stylish and elegant, spotlessly clean and set in the most beautiful of locations directly on the beach and in acres of beautiful gardens that are an explosion of tropical colour and a balm to the soul in themselves (and were being well tended every day).

The rooms (we had three Sea Grape suites and a Royal Almond suite) were all spacious and extremely well appointed and equipped. The Sea Grape suites were, as has been mentioned many times by other reviewers, stunningly set, directly overlooking the white sand beach and blue, blue, crystal clear Caribbean Sea. The view from the beach across to St George's is heartstopping in its loveliness. We three oldies were in the sea every morning by 7 am and simply bobbed around with smiles on our faces that nothing could wipe off. Our Royal Almond Suite had its own private garden and swimming pool. It was a calm oasis to retreat to. But if I had to choose, I would go with the Sea Grape as the room of choice: they are so special in their location and have more effective A/C, though the RAS had perhaps more character.

Food was oustandingly good every time and requests for items not on today's menu were always met. One weak spot might be breakfast service, which could be somewhat slow and we would probably have preferred an all buffet service rather than having to order cooked items, which only tended to arrive at the speed of the slowest item to be prepared. In the morning we all ate such different combinations and tended to arrive at table at different times that being able to go up and ask for something to be cooked at a hot station when one was ready rather than have to wait for orders to be taken and then prepared to arrive together would have been ,for our party at least, preferable. That said the breakfast selection is extensive and well presented, though not being able to take a glass of water from the juice station at the buffet (it had to be asked for) was a bit odd.

The only other meal-related suggestion we might make, is to perhaps have the ability to have the alternative on some days of slightly less formal dining in the Sea and Surf restaurant (used for lunches) in the evening, though there may be good reasons why this isn't offerered if it would lead to the dread need to book tables every day.

The swimming pool was fabulous: beautifully laid out and landscaped and a step away from the stunning beach and sea enabling an easy move between each several times a day.

Bar staff were friendly, with only one or two less communicative individuals - as one gets anywhere. Drinks were spot on, the only challenge being to decide what to have. Wine can be served by the glass and was regularly refreshed. Mini-bars (complimentary) in each room were re-stocked each day, including with plenty of bottled water. Top tip: the Spice Island Classic cocktail.

Room service (at no extra charge) was always available as an alternative to eating in the restaurant areas and was often taken as an alternative for breakfast and lunch by the younger members of our group.

Each week there is a cocktail party hosted by the owner or the manager and we were fortunate to attend one at Sir Royston's home as well as at the hotel. This gesture of entertaining guests at his own home, I think, speaks volumes for how much care, pride and dedication to their guests that the Hopkin family have: it is not just a business to them. The parties were also a welcome way of getting to speak to other guests and breaking the ice generally.

We also had two complimentary massages each in Janissa's Spa ( a temple of coolness and calm) which we all thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed.

It would be invidious to select specific members of staff to single out for comment as successful hotels are the result of a team effort, but here goes:

Devon, Dexter, Stephen, Ainsley and Lyndonna for bar service;
Carlanna for restaurant service;
The fabulous Fabian for the whole food and beverage service;
Wendy on reception,

but, truly, all staff were impeccable.

I think it fair to say that this is a holiday that will stay with us all in our memories and it was a genuinely sad moment when we had to leave. Several of our party, me included, felt really quite emotional at having to say goodbye. And just as they had greeted us when we arrived, they bade us personal goodbyes, with the General Manager and the owner's son turning up to say farewell. We would love to go back.

On a more general note, some thoughts about Grenada:

A beautiful island with very friendly people. Beware though of the Spice Market: you will need to be pretty firm, but always friendly, in dealing with the vendors: there are only so many nutmegs a person can buy.

The biggest tip I would give (apart from choosing the SIBR for your hotel) would be to take plenty of US dollars in cash or traveller's cheques. All tours and bills are priced in US dollars. To pay with EC dollars or by credit/bdebit card (which are always denominated into EC dollars) is to suffer a big exchange rate hit, expecially where the local tour companies are concerned. Example: price of a day trip, say, US$90 would if you had bought US dollars in the UK be around £57. However, the tour operator will translate US into EC at 2.7 to the US dollar = EC$243, which at the rate being used from Sterling to EC is about £65. Not much difference for one, I agree, but when paying for six people it soon mounts up!
A comment also on the mosquitoes: on the day we arrived the hotel grounds were being "fogged", so the local authorities do make an effort to tackle them. Yes, we were all bitten, but we coped (liberal use of repellent did help) and I personally have suffered worse bites in Spain in the summer.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

We have just returned from Spice Island. The hotel was almost empty when we were there and so was lacking in atmosphere but that's not their fault. The hotel is very well appointed, spotlessly clean and the beach is wonderful.

Our room was a Sea Grape beach front suite and was superb.

The pool is the best we have ever encountered.

Food was excellent (and, if you want a 'student' fix there's a KFC 5 minutes walk away). The all-inclusive package was as good as any we've had.

At first the staff seemed a bit stand-offish. After a few days some became more friendly and we wondered if they are told not to be too familiar with guests. The staff are fine but not in the same league as other hotels we've stayed in (Galley Bay, Antigua; The House, Barbados ...) but this may be because of the hotel policy (don't know, just a guess).

Water sports - hobie cats, masks and snorkels etc. were supplied from a shack at one end of the resort. This was not as good as some we've used before but adequate enough.

When we arrived in Grenada we had to find our own transport (rep had not turned up but this was Carib Tours and not Spice Island). Maybe because of this we found no-one to greet us as Spice Island and we had to hunt for someone to register us. Not the best introduction to the hotel!

The first glass of wine I ordered was corked. It was immediately replaced but again, not a good impression was made. At breakfast and dinner we often received different items than we had ordered (several times in 10 days) and this was hard to understand since the hotel was so quiet. Service was also very slow. We are well used to the Caribbean no hurry no worry philosophy but how on earth can it take 10 minutes to fetch an orange juice when there are only 3 tables in use?

We went to Spice island to relax and this was certainly successful. Our only complaints (except the BIGGIE - see below) are little niggles. I think Sir Royston and family are aiming very high and not quite reaching the heights they aspire to. However, if I were to go again to Grenada I would certainly go back to Spice island.

Now the BIGGIE. I will not willingly return to Grenada. Other Caribbean Islands have mosquitos. Grenada has SuperMozzies! Despite using gallons of 'Off' we were eaten alive - and so were all the other visitors we encountered (nothing to do with Spice Island, this is a Grenada thing). If the Grenadan Govt doesn't do something (other islands spray and fog) then people (OK, us) will be reluctant to endure the carnage.

Spice Island is closing for about 6 weeks, opening again in September. This is because of the drop in numbers caused by the economy in the UK and is not any kind of reflection on the hotel.

Staff we would like to mention:
Ryan Hopkin - very friendly and on the ball
Marvin in the bar - excellect and an obviously high-quality member of staff. Good luck Marvin!
LynnDonna - a star.
Devon - became a favourite as we got to know him.
Sir Royston - often around and very keen to make the hotel as good as possible.
Lady Hopkin - came to see us off and I got a kiss!
Auntie Betty - a real charmer who was a great pleasure to meet.

Jeff and Megs

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

My fiance and I were supposed to spend our honeymoon September 2010, at Spice Island. Last week, Spice Island informed us that they would have to close during our stay (for some undisclosed reason). Naturally, we were quite upset.

Spice Island, however, treated us fairly. They tried to help us find a satisfactory alternative on Grenada. When we decided to travel somewhere else, they compensated us for the fees we would incur for having to change our airline tickets.

While we wish the situation did not occur, Spice Island retained our goodwill. We hope one day to make it down to their lovely resort.

Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bedford VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

The Spice Island Beach Resort is a fabulous place to stay if traveling to Grenada. The rooms are immaculate and have wonderful amenities such as a VERY comfortable king size bed, nice rain-style shower head, huge jetted tub, flat screen TV, fully stocked mini bar, and you can choose from either a wonderful view of Grand Ase Beach (where your patio doors open right onto the beach) or your own swimming pool. We won the trip from the show Live with Regis and Kelly but they treated us as though we were paying customers. This is an all inclusive resort and all of our food and drinks were perfect. Each night the restaurant offers a different 5 course menu to choose from. We did not get out to much to tour Grenada but the one day we did - we saw Fort George which has the best views of the island and is full of history. The sun sets everyday around 6:30pm and it is always around 80 degrees Fahrenheit there whether it is day or night. It was a little more humid than we are used to but we had perfect weather all week. It only rained maybe twice while we were there and each time the rain only lasted 10 minutes. The staff were all very friendly and tended to any request we had. I definitely recommend the Spice Island Beach Resort when traveling to Grenada. It is a BEAUTIFULLY landscaped resort, with great food, a wonderful staff, and an extremely comfortable room. Oh, and the pool was amazing! Perfect temperature and treated with salt instead of chlorine - I absolutely loved their pool!!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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yakima
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

This resort is amazing. The rooms are beautiful. We stayed in the Sea Grape Suite. It is private and right on the beach. The staff is so helpful. They will spoil you. I loved laying on the beach and having a drink and cold cloth brought to me. Wonderful! The food is wonderful. Room service and mini bar is included. We played tennis and road bikes and my husband played golf. All inlculed! We had the best time and will go again. You feel like you have the resort to yourself. The pool is wonderful and we were the only couple at the pool several times. I can't day enough about this resort. You can tell they put alot of training in the staff. It is a beautiful island.

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2010

We had decided to spend a week somewhere on an island. We looked at a map of the world and considered Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives to finally go for the Caribbean’s and more precisely Grenada.

Just to give some background. My wife is Belgian and I’m Swedish married since 25 years having so far lived on 3 continents and visited over 50 countries. Obviously, we have stayed in numerous (luxurious or 5 star) hotels and resorts here and there. This just to say that we do have good references to compare to.

At the end, we selected the Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada as we believed that we would get a very good hotel, food and service. We had chosen the All Inclusive formula (AI) and booked it through British Airways Holidays although living in Belgium. The reality was beyond our expectations. This is THE resort to stay at.
The ash cloud delayed our departure by one week as flights were stranded. British Airways was very good in rebooking us one week later and so did Bernadette looking after reservations at the Spice Island Beach Resort.
The owners, Sir Royston and Lady Hopkins have created here a hotel that will more than delight you.

The HOTEL: superbly located, 10’ from the airport. Spotless, very nice lay out. Fantastic!
Not too big. 77 rooms or so. You will feel at hom

Our ROOM: we were in a Sea Grape Beach Suite facing thus the sea with direct access to the beach. The room was very nice, with a large bed and a fabulous bathroom that includes Frete bathrobes, Melton skin products. The sea was accessible some 25-30 meters from our room.

The FOOD: to say ‘excellent’ would be an understatement. Thanks to the fabulous Food & Beverage Manager, Fabian and an excellent and creative Chef and his kitchen team, we had superb food (keep in mind that we are spoiled in Belgium when it comes to food but not for the weather). Every dish was a delight and a discovery. We ate a lot of fish and only selected meat once (Beef Wellington) which was a divine along with a glass of Chilean Merlot. We do not have any food allergies or special diet, but if you have, they will make sure you eat like in Michelin star restaurant. We had a couple of times lobster (langouste in French) which was a real delight.
Don’t forget the afternoon tea served from 4.30PM. Sandwiches and freshly baked scones will delight you.
Fabian and team made also my wife’s 50th birthday very special. Yet all clients receive a very personal attention. So if you have anything special to celebrate, speak to Fabian. He’ll do the rest.

The STAFF: the most friendly, smiling and professional staff ever met. Hats off!

The SPA: excellent !

Do travel around the island. Ask for tips from Bryan Hopkins, the Assistant Manager. He gave us excellent ones and we rented a spotless 4wheel drive car. Be cautious, roads are narrow! You cannot get lost on this small island. Do ask for direction if needed be. Very friendly people on this island. Drove around the island clockwise. Started with the Concord falls and then had lunch at the Grand Anse in the North. Excellent lunch that included a lobster salad at the Petite Anse hotel. Gorgeous view.
Went then to Grand Etang lake. Fabulous nature and stunning view from here.

We took a plane to Union Island in St Vincent & the Grenadines for snorkeling from a schooner. Had the joy of swimming with turtles. Fabulous flight in a 10 seater up and down. Flying low (2500 feet) gave a very good view of Grenada and the surrouding islands.

So where there no flaws? Nothing to criticize?

Yes, only one glass holder in the bathroom (who cares?) and prices of Champagne were higher than in a 2-3 star Michelin rated restaurant in Europe. Yet at the bar or for lunch/dinner you can have a very good sparkling wine. We would have liked to see the Chef more in the restaurant walking around and speaking to clients so that we could have praised and thank him and his team on numerous occasions for the fabulous food.
Yet these comments do not affect our rating: a 10 !

Go for Spice Island Resort Beach. What you pay is worth every eurocent/cent/penny spent.

A big thank you to the entire staff of this hotel for making our stay so fabulous, far beyond what we had expected! And we had put the bar very high before heading to Grenada!

Olov & Pascale

  • Stayed April 2010, 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 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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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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