I need to start by telling you why you must not choose the Calabash ,if you are.....
a party animal
a noisy person
if you don't like to get dressed up for dinner
if you have no manners
If however you are like all the wonderful people we met there in April,you will stay at the Calabash for the following reasons:
The beautiful serene gardens (which must take a lot of work to maintain)
The wonderful views from your Villa
The quiet relaxed beach(it is not private as there is not such a thing is Grenada but i might as well have been)
The excellent food,we were All Inclusive and all meals were good
The relaxed but excellent service from all the staff without exception.
So now to the detail:
I think any room on this property would be of a high standard,we stayed in a Junior Suite which was spacious and very clean with nice bright decor and a high ceiling,the bathroom was huge with a whirlpool bath,walk in shower and his and hers sinks.We were on a top suite so we had a balcony,this is where we were served breakfast by our lovely maids and what a treat that is ,with fresh fruit,eggs and bacon and even pancakes if you wish.
Our suite was like a "home from home" everything you could need and because of the peace and quiet a great nights sleep every night!
Whilst not the biggest beach around is it certainly one of the most relaxed ,sand is soft and sea is warm,you are never too far from the beach bar and there are plenty of shady spots for the non sun worshipers like me!! (you will however go brown if you want to trust me)
BASH RESTAURANT (for lunch)
Thanks to Mark B for the great food,everything is fresh and cooked to order ,the selection is just right and has a sophisticated feel to it (yes even the burger which is cooked just right).
There is a good selection of Tapas bites (a lighter option) or if you are feeling brave go for the Roti it is a traditional pancake with curry filling and it is huge,as Mark said to us it is truly Man vs Food!!(no i couldn't finish it) but one of the other guest had a really good go,she knows who she is !!).
RHODES RESTUARANT (for dinner)
Again great food and a good selection ,specials every night which is always a good choice and superb seafood.Be aware the portion sizes are not huge but just right especially if you are having a starter and dessert.Sophisticated surroundings and entertainment (very low key)
Imagine going out for a posh evening at home every night and i think you get the idea.
AND NOW AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE STAFF:
I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the world over many years and it is without doubt the staff that make or break a holiday,The Calabash seem to have just the right balance of staff who are both attentive and relaxed,professional yet always personable,i would love to mention them all!!!
Thanks to George at the Main Bar for always having my drink ready..what a star.
Thanks to Michael and Sherylyn for keeping things running smoothly and their prompt service.
Thanks to Brandon (keep doing a good job!!)
Thanks to Rhondi for always smiling and great personal service
Thanks to Ingrid for her lovely charm and good dance moves
Thanks to all the guys at the Beach Bar for great drinks with good service
Thanks to Mark B for the great food and always taking time out to chat.
Also a special mention for Clive the General Manager for taking time to show me around the hotel and looking after us.
Thanks to everyone at this hotel for making our stay truly relaxing and thanks to Leo and family for their hard work and high standards,when money is tight it is nice to know that it is not wasted if you stay at this lovely property.
I would love this hotel to stay my little secret,but i know that would be selfish,so if you are a little older in years and are looking for a relaxing holiday at a well run hotel then book it!!
All rooms are good,but i prefer a top floor one
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