My partner and I just spent 2 weeks in Grenada at Le Phare Bleu. We had been to that specific Hotel/Marina 3 other times prior to this vacation but after having another amazing vacation and great experience we decided that we had write a trip advisor review and share with fellow travellers what we really think about LPB (Le Phare Bleu).
Just to be up front - we don't like all inclusives. We have both stayed at resorts that you never leave and we both realized that that just isn't the kind of holiday we want. We want to get out, see the country we are visiting and actually find our own place within the place we are staying. Ironically, when we are at LPB we don't want to leave the marina/hotel grounds.
And here's why:
The feeling of being alone in the world. With only a handful of villas you truly have the chance to get away from hoards of people. And if you really really want to get away from people you have the chance to stay in your beautiful indoor/outdoor villa because it comes complete with a small and very functional kitchen. Every year we go we have stayed in 4 different villas and each view is spectacular (either beach front so you hear the waves crashing on the south shores of Grenada) or Apartment Style where just beyond the beautiful palm trees you can see the masts of rocking sail boats.
The feeling of being a part of the world. Grenadians are amazing people. In fact, we have done a lot of travelling through the Caribbean and without a doubt Grenadians are the kindest, most accepting people we have met. The staff at the resort are friendly and kind and very knowledgable. We got a geology lesson from the Security guard named Justin almost every night after dinner. He talked to us about the tree frogs and their singing at night, the night blooming flowers and the different kinds of fish that hang around the marina. We like to walk and run in the mornings; each morning on our walk to the main road we passed by at least 10 Grenadians on their way to work. Each time, without fail, everyone of them said "Morning Morning" to us. This simple greeting, the eye contact and smile is something that as North Americans we just don't encounter on a day to day basis.
The feeling that you're out of this world. The owners of LPB are a Swiss-German couple who have made Grenada their home for a little while now. They are always ready and willing to assist you in whatever request you might need attending to or question you might need answered. To say that these people care about their guest experience is an understatement. They go to great lengths to make sure you enjoy your stay and are at your most comfortable. Here's a small example of what I mean. I get terribly seasick. Which sucks because at LPB they are a gorgeous old Lighthouse Ship with a bright blue lighthouse on it (hence the name: Le Phare Bleu). They have converted this massive ship into an up-scale restaurant (they also have a pool bar restaurant). We really wanted to eat on the ship, because we heard the food was great; we thought we'd risk it and see how i fared. It didn't go well, and we actually didn't even get to order before I started feeling sick. The next night one of the owners of LPB approached us and asked if we'd like to give it another shot. He mentioned that he would place one of the restaurant tables outside the restaurant on the dock. When we arrived for dinner a beautiful picturesque table complete with candle light was set up on the dock amongst sailboats. It was a magical night filled with delicious food and great wine.
We love Grenada and we love LPB and we have to say that if you are going to visit Grenada (whether by plane or boat) you should take a few days and stay there. The rooms are spectacularly designed and meticulously clean. The food is great (the pool bar's pizza is actually better than i have had in italy thanks to a secret dough recipe used by their in-house baker).
Above all else being in Grenada and at LPB makes us feel rejuvenated, happy and relaxed.