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For a truly hidden Caribbean get-away there is nothing better than the boutique hotel Petite Anse at Sauteurs in the north of Grenada. This part of the island is much quieter and less touristy than the south but there is plenty to see. There are good beaches at Bathway and Levera. At Levera too you can also pay a visit to up and coming local artist Doliver Morain whose roadside studio is the place to buy his paintings and tin animals , lovely authentic works of art rather than mere souvenirs.
At Petite Anse thirteen cottages extend down the hillside to the beach. Our cottage, Palm, was prettily furnished with a big four poster bed and fitted with a fan and air conditioning .It was clean, comfortable and colourfully decorated - but the style was simple rather than opulent. This ‘simplicity/chic’ style was echoed in the bathroom with its pretty hand-made decorated wash basin, stone floor and open shower. Our balcony overlooking the beach was a constant delight as from it we could see distant islands, watch the incredible sunset and hear the sound of the waves.
The upper building housing the restaurant and bar has wide views over the ocean and catches all its cooling breezes. This large room surrounded by a veranda, with the dining area at one end, cosy chairs and sofas at the other and a big table laden with books, magazines and wonderful flower arrangements in the centre is the beating heat of the hotel. Here guests congregate to drink and chat and it is from here that the wonderful owners Philip and Annie Clift distribute hospitality in the true sense of the word.
Breakfast is relaxed event. Fresh fruit and juices from the owners’ garden together with cereals and cheeses are on the buffet and a ‘Full English’ is cooked to order if you wish. Home- made bread and pancakes with nutmeg syrup are available – and coffee is served in teapots complete with cosies!
Dinner here we found one of the most pleasurable things imaginable. First we took our drinks - the bar serves a large selection of cocktails- out onto the verandah and looked at the sea by moonlight. We then returned to enjoy a feast which incorporated a fusion of the best of Caribbean and European cuisines. Fresh Caesar Salad, locally caught Tuna and Mahi Mahi with roast potatoes, green salad, breadfruit salad and local sweet corn cooked in coconut milk. The salad leaves, rocket, chives, watercress and fruits come fresh from the owner’s garden up the road. For desert we chose ice-cream home-made from the delicious exotic soup sop fruit.
A stay at Petite Anse is perhaps the perfect Caribbean experience because it the hosts are so totally present for the guests that it is almost like staying at a private house. They will arrange beach barbeques, trips to the nearby uninhabited Sandy Island where the boatman.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Petite Anse Beachfront Hotel & Restaurant offers romance, great food and an escape. With a spectacular view from every room that stretches over to Carriacou and the Grenadines, you'll be relaxing in a spot that has been described as 'idyllic, pristine and romantic'. Nestled under swaying palm trees in a beautiful tropical garden, we overlook a stunning beach. Leatherback turtle watching, a boat trip to beautiful Sandy Island and good hiking are all nearby. Independent travellers who want to escape the madding crowd and discover the real Grenada will love the location and ambience. We offer weddings, honeymoons, blessings and other occasions. We grow as much of our own organic produce as we can for our restaurant and bar. We also have a pool and a beach. We may be a 90 minute drive away from the airport, but when you arrive you'll know why our guests return time and time again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Petite Anse Beachfront Hotel & Restaurant Grenada Saint Patrick Parish