I visited Grenada with a friend having spent several weeks in Tobago on our medical elective. After hours looking through various hotels near the airport in the south we decided that we'd had enough of big chain hotels, and we found Petite Anse at the other end of the island, which looked totally different and family run to boot.
Arriving at the airport we thought we would struggle to get all the way up to the hotel on public transport as we hadn't rented a car: not so. A short taxi to the bus terminal in St George's followed by a very cheap coastal drive for an hour up to Sauters where the driver happily took us the last five minutes for a small extra charge.
Petite Anse is hidden amongst proper rainforest so when you get there and see it tucked into the cove surrounded by coconut trees looking out over a pristine beach, to the uninhabited islands of Ronde and Caille, you really do feel like you have escaped to a beautiful retreat.
And some retreat it is. The setup is a central bar restaurant and pool surrounded by small chalets.
We were staying in a twin room which was part of the family chalet. Very nicely equipped with plenty of dark wood on show. Fresh towels every day, and a terrace with a view to die for; all of the chalets are cleverly angled to capture an eyeful of the astonishing view. The beds were very comfy too, so no complaints on the room front!
The food, ah the food. Each morning we would watch the local fisherman drive in to the hotel with a huge freshly caught tuna or dorado poking out of the back, and low and behold the lunch and dinner menu would have delicious and delicate fish dishes. For those that enjoy other meats or veg, well their menu caters for all with about 6 different mains each night which change every day according to what the chef has bought or what is in season. We had lamb, beef, fish fish fish, chicken.... And having spent 4 weeks eating jerk chicken and deep fried everything in Tobago, we were in gastronomic heaven. They had a very nice wine list as well AND they have proper English ale which is brewed at their own microbrewery in England and shipped over specially!
By 'they' I mean Philip and Annie Clift who own and run the hotel. They are a wonderful typically British couple and we were greeted by them with a smile every day, always being asked if everything was to our liking, and when we were keen to do some activities they organised trips to sandy island, and a morning's fishing with the local fishermen for us complete with packed lunch and a few cold beers.
I must commend them. They really have brought the soul of a very good English hotel and blended in with the Grenadan culture in a very special way.
This place is perfect for couples ( I know I went with my mate, but we could both plainly see that it would be amazing for a romantic holiday and we have both vowed to bring our girlfriends back in the hopefully not too distant future.)
I think I've waxed lyrical about this place enough now, but really it's hard to put into words what a very special little place it is.
Tom and Alex
- Also Known As:
- Petite Anse Hotel Grenada Saint Patrick Parish
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Petite Anse, owned and managed by Philip & Annie Clift, is nestled in a beautiful tropical garden overlooking a secluded palm studded beach. With views stretching over to the Carriacou and the Grenadines, you'll be relaxing in a spot that has been described as 'idyllic, pristine and romantic'. There is an infinity style swimming pool, jacuzzi, bar and restaurant. Located on the north coast, each of the 11 rooms and 2 honeymoon suites has a four poster bed and is only a coconuts throw away from the shoreline. Leatherback turtle watching, beautiful Sandy Island and good walking are all nearby. Independent travellers who want to escape the madding crowd and discover the real Grenada will love this hidden gem. Prepare to relax in nature. ... more less