My boyfriend and I stayed at La Giralda for just under a week and it was absolutely fantastic. The staff could not do more for you. James and Ian (two members of staff) made my day everyday with their lovely bright smiles and can do attitude. The staff were there to please and nothing seemed too much trouble. If you want drinks brought to you on your balcony, on the beach at the main house they were all too willing to help out. The food was delicious and the meals were made, where possible, with locally sourced ingredients. If there is something you don't like the chef will take this into account and adapt the menu accordingly. I loved having my breakfast on my balcony and the french toast was delicious. The wood fired pizza nights and bonfire on the beach nights were not to be missed. The views from the villas were stunning - we stayed in Villa Caterina and the balconies jutted out so far that it actually made it feel like you were on top of the water with the panoramic views - and one day a dolphin even swam past. The hotel staff will arrange excursions for you such as snorkel trips, waterfall walks and beach hopping.
I would highly reccommend this place to others. One thing is that there are sandflies on the beach so I would reccommend that you use a cream based repellent as the sprays tended to wash off in the sea.
There is a dolphin which was frequently behind the resort which is worth kayaking to see if it's still there.
The rooms were stunning and beautifully designed with classic Caribbean architecture. I loved the hammocks on the balconies as well as the wooden seats which swing from the roof. It was great sitting swinging on the chairs watching the stars at night and the waves splashing in during the day.
Really special place with very special staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a south facing 50-acre peninsula with 1/2 mile of white sand beaches, La Giralda is perfect for families, couples, weddings, honeymoons, reunions, diving, fishing, adventure or simple peace & quiet. Made for memories, La Giralda guests enjoy fresh gourmet island inspired meals, a unique and completely unspoiled location with graceful service and pure tranquility in luxury accommodation. Our private, secure peninsula is surrounded by clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, a picture perfect calm water bay with two resident dolphins and framed by rising hills with a lush tropical rainforest. We feature all the benefits of an upscale island boutique hotel: impeccable personal service, a gourmet restaurant located in the elegant Casa Grande, a cocktail bar with living room, the Golden Parrot beach bar, a colorful botanical garden, private fishing jetty, beach beds and private hammock gardens. See you soon! ... more less