We've just returned from a week away in the Caribbean having stayed at the Blue Horizons resort. We found it was perfect for us and offered the ideal blend between dining in and eating out. So, if you're looking for a holiday where everything is done for you and you're happy to eat in the same place every day, this place probably isn't what you're looking for. But, if you've got a more adventurous mind, enjoy a bit of flexibility as to your living and dining arrangements and are likely to get out of the resort and visit other places on the island, I would recommend this place very highly.
We stayed at the resort on a bed & breakfast basis where the main reason for our visit was to enjoy a diving holiday in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea (and a cheeky visit to the slightly more frisky waters of the Atlantic!). But we wanted to get out and about and see the true Grenada too, and we did this by hiring a 4x4 for a couple of days. All the diving we did was courtesy of the local Aquanauts dive centre located a short walk from the resort (and a fantastic set up it was too!!) and we chose to do all our diving on the 2-dive morning boat that was run from Grand Anse beach. The apartment we booked was a Deluxe Bungalow (the mid-level of the three types of accomodation offered) and was equipped with two Queen sized beds, a bathroom and a kitchen area. So, it had everything needed to enjoy the week.
The beds were extremely comfortable with great mattresses. There were enough pillows for us and the beds had crisp clean sheets, pillow cases and light duvets (important as we had the air-conditioning going through the night). One of the beds is located underneath the window, the other next to a two-door wardrobe fitted with a wall mounted safe and equipped with an ironing board and small iron (though we didn't use that!). The air-con unit is wall mounted above the wardrobe and did mean the bed beneath it was kept a bit cooler, but the bedding was sufficient to ensure you were kept warm enough (we kept the temperature at 20 degrees C).
The bathroom was a little tired and could do with a bit of a lift but was kept clean and tidy. It was fitted with a toilet with a dual-flush facility to save water, a wash basin with overhead vanity light and a large shower tray with curtain. I think I'm right in saying that each bungalow has a solar heating unit on the roof with a storage tank, but we found we had enough hot water when we needed it. Towels were changed on an as-you-want-to-change-them basis (daily if you wanted, but we did every 3 days) and included a face cloth, hand towel and bath towel. The resort also supplied two beach towels to use away from the hotel and we had three towels each during the week. The bathroom was fitted with a small window fitted with a fly-screen and a small Roman blind for privacy.
The kitchen was equipped with a large refrigerator, small freezer, 4-ring gas hob and gas oven and had a decent selection of pots and pans - there was an all-important box of safety matches for lighting the hob too. There was sufficient cutlery for 4 people and a number of knives and other tools to prepare food. There was a plastic chopping board, a small toaster, coffee machine and kettle and a number of plastic utensils. All in all, it was pretty well equipped but we would have liked to have seen a grater too. There was crockery for 4 place settings and a number of different glasses for juice, long drinks and wine. The resort ask you to recycle anything compostable, so there were two bins beneath the sink for any organic waste in one and all other waste in the other - the island is simply too small for realistic recycling the we may normally be accustomed to. The one thing that we were slightly disappointed at having to purchase was a bottle of washing-up liquid and a washing-up sponge/scourer, but the kitchen was otherwise very well stocked with sufficient space for storing groceries. There was a small glass-topped table with two chairs for dining at.
There was a living area with a two-seat sofa - which was claimed to be a fold-out bed but we didn't need to use and so didn't try! There was one additional chair and a small table with a lamp on it, and a wooden unit with a decent sized television in it. The television picks up a variety of channels and we were able to find something to watch most of the time we wanted to. There's also a coffee table to put your drinks on in front of the sofa. It was comfortable enough and served us well.
We enjoyed a wonderful view from the balcony area, which was accessed through the sliding doors from the living area and was fitted with a pair of chairs and a samll table. We had a fantastic view out across the gardens in the resort and over the sea and also enjoyed a great view of the peaks further inland. For anyone intending to do water sports in Grenada the balcony was a great place for drying towels, swimwear of dive gear etc.
We visited the island during low-season and occupancy during our stay was reflective of that. A number of people have remarked on the helpfulness of staff but we had no such issues. The bungalow was cleaned without fail every day, the reception was always staffed and very helpful - they hired us a 4x4 when we needed it, supplied us with any information we wanted, arranged for a taxi to take us into St George's (a big thank you to Mr Elmus Bruno on that point for being a good source of information and a genuine Caribbean gentleman and character!), made any resevrations we asked for and allowed us a late check-out for our evening flight. They were always polite, well presented and happy to talk to us.
The resort describes itself as a garden resort and this is due to its location in a little over 6 acres of extremely well maintained gardens. They are alive with an abundance of local vegetation and home to a variety of bird life. The gardens added to a sense of living on a Caribbean island rather than being situated on a beach - my own experience of beaches is that a beach is like a beach is like a beach!
The resort offers the La Belle Creole restaurant for paying customers and other visitors alike. We dined there for breakfast and dinner on a couple of occasions. The restaurant was well presented and comfortable with great views over the gardens and out into St George's. It wasn't well used during our stay, but don't forget we were there in low-season. We spoke with staff who said that it is usually packed during the high season and you'd be well advised to book in advance even as a resident. The food we enjoyed was fabulous, well presented and very tasty. There was an ample selection of wines to choose from and you can enjoy a cocktail while you peruse the menu. The menu was sufficiently varied that there's something for eveyone and this equally applied at breakfast.
To conclude the review of the facilities, the resort offers a small swimming pool and bar area with a small play area for those with kids. There was a shopping centre with a large supermarket about 300 metres down the road and the resort is located within walking distance of most local amenities.
We both agreed that the Blue Horizons Garden Resort hit all the high notes that helped us enjoy a relaxed stay in Grenada and offered us the flexibility to enjoy a variety of different experiences. It doesn't offer you the 5-star all inclusive options that are very important to some travellers - for this you would need to visit the resorts sister at the Spice Island resort (the two venues are owned by two brothers). We enjoyed dinner at Oliver's restaurant at the Spice Island and thoroughly enjoyed delightful dining and service from very well trained staff. The difference in what the two resorts offer is reflected in the respective tariffs though.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to this beautiful Caribbean country - home to Kirani James, who won Grenada's first ever Olympic gold medal in the London 2012 games - and would encourage visitors to hire a 4x4 to get out and visit the true Grenada which exists away from the tourist-oriented south west corner of the island - we drove around pretty much all of the island and stopped off at a number of top spots over the course of a couple of days. I would equally recommend getting out into St George's to try dining at some of the local restaurants - we had a great evening at BB's Crabback restaurant - to get a feel for true Grenadian cuisine. Grenada is a great place with very friendly people and you simply have to go and see it for yourself......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our resort is located on the picturesque South West Coast of Grenada, in 6 1/4 acres of beautiful tropical gardens. The world-renowned Grand Anse beach is only 300 yards from the resort and just 4 miles from the airport, with the colourful and vibrant capital of St. George is only 5 miles away. We offer you luxurious self catering accommodations in two different categories, a friendly staff, and one of Grenada's finest restaurants, La Belle Creole. Swim in our freshwater pool, enjoy a cool drink at the poolside bar, or relax in the lounge with a good book. We are Green Globe Certified and home to 21 species of birds and 49 moths. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Horizons Garden Hotel St. George`s
- Blue Horizons Garden Resort Grenada/Saint George Parish