Our first vacation to Grenada and we stayed the entire 2 weeks at Grooms Beach Villas. We chose Grenada after 7 consecutive years in Barbados because it is less populated and less developed. With that in mind you should not expect the same levels of service as you would in more popular destinations (ie Florida, Mexico, Hawaii, etc). Having said that, we found our stay at Grooms Beach Villas to be enjoyable and satisfactory. There was a small mix up initially with our room (definition of "standard room" according to Expedia's description), but Gloria the Manager resolved that issue by moving us to another room the very next day. Expedia also refunded the difference that we had to pay.
The rooms and property are clean and well maintained .Very friendly room service every day. Air conditioning essential due to the temperature and worked flawlessly the entire time. Large showers with very good pressure and hot water. Wireless internet and satellite television both worked well. At least 2 TV stations from Canada and US (CBC, City tv, Fox and CNN) if you require updated forecasts of the weather you are missing or returning to. All the staff were extremely friendly and approachable. The restaurant at the hotel served very tasty meals but did experience difficulty providing some menu options due to lack of ingredients. This is understandable when they are unsure of volume of business. The pool was very well maintained and plenty of lounges with umbrellas for shade, and tables. Most days we were the only people at the pool. Lots of beautiful vegetation.
The room we ended up in for our entire 2 week stay was on the 2nd floor directly above the parking lot and reception area and subsequently the source of some extra noise. I would choose to stay on 2nd or 3rd levels but ask for something away from parking lot. That way you still have limited view of ocean but less noise. There was some renovations ongoing during our stay, but nothing too early or too late to interfere with our sleep.
You are extremely close to the Maurice Bishop Airport (less than 5 minute drive), in fact the day we left, we walked to the airport with our luggage and took us less than 20 minutes. Even with the close proximity to airport we hardly ever heard planes taking off or landing and definitely never at night. The noise must be buffered from the hills between the resort and runway.
The closest beach is literally a 3-5 minute walk down a hill from the resort with one of the top 5 restaurants we've ever eaten at right at the bottom. The restaurant is called " The Beach House" and is casual dress for lunch but a bit more formal in the evening (I wore nice shorts and button shirt). Also make reservation for evening as it is very popular and gets busy for dinner. We were amazed at the quality of not only meal but service.
Some things that I would have wanted to know prior to going to Grenada. The "transit" system like some other things isn't as developed as say Barbados. We only used one actual "bus" while there, but locals refer to "buses" as the regular vans that run all over the island. There appears to be no regulatory payment system for these vehicles. They are very similar to "ZR's" in Barbados except with no set price. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Grande Anse which is about a 10-15 minute drive from the airport (depending on stops). We found the price for the same distance to be between $2.50 EC (Eastern Caribbean Dollar) and $20.00 EC. One US dollar equals about $2.70 EC. Once we had been there for a few days we settled on paying $5.00 EC (about $1.85 US) per person for that trip. If you ask before accepting ride they will give you an inflated price, if you decline then they will negotiate, but $5.00 EC each for average trip is standard. They will accept either US or EC dollars. Those "buses" aren't normally at the airport, only actual taxis who will charge more, ($10 EC each from airport to Grooms a 5 minute drive first night we arrived).
We experienced much more solicitation everywhere we went than in Barbados. In fact, one day at Grande Anse Beach we were asked if we wanted to buy spices 4 times by the same lady in one day. They are over aggressive and usually a polite refusal is enough to send them away. Remember anything organic that is not sealed or purchased in airport ie: spices, hats made from coconut fronds, etc, are not allowed through customs.
The sun is hot so wear sunscreen for at first few days. The ocean was warm but because it is windy there, the waves are big and aggressive. We saw at least one tourist injured trying to walk out in big waves. The food and water is good and safe. We drank water right from our tap (strained through a Brita jug we bring with us) with no problems during or since. Because it is so lush there and warm at night there are mosquitoes and little "no-see-ums" that bite. They were not a problem during day since it's hot, or at the beach because of the wind, but at night you will need some type of repellent. The best one was recommended by a local and we purchased it there at a pharmacy for not much money.
If you are looking for good weather, food and fewer people around, Grenada would be a good choice.
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