Having just returned this week from a 12 day stay at this hotel with my wife, I offer the following observations as a seasoned traveller:
We first visited Grenada in 2006, about two years after the island was devasted by Hurricane Ivor, the destruction of which was clearly evident. On that occasion we were on a cruise that called at St George for the best part of a whole. It rained virtually the whole day, but we found it very easy to like the place and people, and decided we would return for a longer stay. We chose the Flamboyant Hotel primarily for its location and reviews from this website.
LOCATION: The hotel occupies a fantastic position at the southern end of Grand Anse Beach. Reception and rooms are in an elevated hillside position overlooking the beach, with restaurant, terrace and bar at beach level. There are 140+ steps from the reception to the beach, although the hotel does offer a golf buggy service for those guests unable to copy with these.
ROOMS: We occupied a deluxe room (slightly large than standard rooms) on the second floor. The room was spacious, adequately furnished but rather tired. The AC was quite powerful but in need of service as the air outlet was clearly broken and did not distribute the flow around the room. However, since we did not spend much time in the room this was not a problem.
There was a reasonable sized balcony with excellent views across the bay to St George and the central mountains beyond.
Room service was inconsistent. We started with two large towels, two small towels and one face flannel. After the room was serviced each day the number of towels being left varied from two to three, with the face flannel not being replaced at all! The room was, however, always properly cleaned every day.
STAFF: Generally smiling and genuinely friendly, but tending to be forgetful and inconsistent in the service they provided - probably something to do with the climate, which rarely falls below 30 degrees.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: We were staying in the low (rainy) season, and so the hotel's full facilities were not in use. Breakfast was in the restaurant each day and consisted of a rather small, though adequate, buffet, with eggs being cooked to order. The restaurant had open shutters (no glass) with views over the sea and was very pleasant.
Since we prefer to have the flexibility of eating in different places our booking was on bed and breakfast basis. However, we did eat in the restaurant on the first night (a Wednesday) and each chose one of two lobster dishes on the al a carte menu (cost EC$ 112). The meal was absolutely fantastic and we were so satisfied with it that (having had lobster withdrawal symptoms for some time) we chose the same dishes on the Saturday night and were totally disappointed; the dishes bore no resemblance to those we had three days earlier and we struggled to find much lobster in them! Lesson learnt - eat somewhere else for dinner.
The Owl beach bar, which was well located on the beach and adjacent to the restaurant, also offered snack menus (e.g., burgers, pizzas, club sandwiches, etc.) which were OK, and could be ordered at virtually any time, from lunch to dinner. The bar also has a fairly comprehensive drinks list with, not surprisingly, rum cocktails being featuring fairly prominently. Local beer (lager) is Carib, which is sold everywhere, with prices ranging around EC$ 4 or 5 a drink in local bars and about double in hotels.
There are endless restaurants in Grenada; apart from the Umbrellas Bar (a pleasant walk along the beach from the Flamboyant) and those detailed in the tourism information literature in the hotel, try the local restaurants in St George - we did, and the food was excellent. Note: Umbrellas beach bar, which is frequented by visitors and locals, offers a good menu with excellent food that includes salads and burgers (approx EC$25), prime ribs, etc..
RECOMMENDATION: Would we stay at the Flamboyant again? Yes definitely. We did stay in the low season and rain was not a problem, being mainly at night with a couple of short daytime showers during our entire stay. We also hired a car for a week and this was made good use of but, if doing this, do buy a proper ordnance survey map and don't rely on the tourist map frequently provided. Driving around was an experience - we rarely had to stop to ask for directions as locals stopped us to tell us we were going the wrong way!
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