Where To Stay In GrenadaCaribbean, Hotels & Resorts, In-Room Reviews, Staying There — By Blair H on October 14, 2011 at 11:59 am
This is the second post of a three-part series on what to do, where to stay and how to eat in Grenada.
Grenada offers a wide range of lodging, from camping to rainforest cottages at $40 per night to five-star, luxury resorts that run closer to $1500.
As a general rule, the neighboring islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique will give you a bit more for your money.
But since I stuck to the mainland, that’s what we’ll cover here. On Grenada, many hotels are situated near Grand Anse Beach, a two-mile swathe of white sand that’s close to the capital of St. George. It’s the poster beach for much of Grenada’s marketing, and action dots the sand and nearby areas.
But since the best way to see the island is to rent a car, your hotel’s actual location isn’t as important as the price (unless you’re dead set on walking out your front door and onto the sand – which you can do at the Spice Island Beach Resort, pictured left.)
Camp: Camping doesn’t seem to be incredibly popular on Grenada, but it is an option in Grand Etang National Park. And at 80 degrees Farenheit nearly year-round, this could be your perfect low-budget option.
The Lazy Lagoon: Located near St. George and across from the yacht marina, The Lazy Lagoon offers simple cottages that start at $39 per night. They have a bar on site, and small kitchenettes in each room. Reviews from Trip Advisor are positive–pretty standard Lonely Planet trail fare.
Candle Glow Grenada: This family-owned unit, with one and two bedroom apartments, is about a five-minute drive from the Grand Anse Beach and the island’s medical university. All units come equipped with air-conditioning and cable TV, and prices start at $65 per night.
Grenadian Homestay: For a truly unique Grenadian experience, ditch the hotels and stay with a family. According to our guide, during the 2007 Cricket World Cup the Grenadian government offered families money to add rooms to their homes to increase the opportunity for tourism dollars. Through the program, you recieve your own room with a lock and key, but you’re also welcome to join the family for activities.
The Bougainvillea Apartments: Another spot close to St. George’s University, these one- and two-bedroom apartments are on the Southwest side of the island, five minutes from Grenada’s shopping center and public transportation. The location isn’t the most ideal, but it’s a good value for your money. Rates start at $70 per night.
Almost Paradise: With eight quaint cottages settled on a hillside that’s a five-minute walk from the beach, Almost Paradise may be just that. They have hammocks, small libraries in each room and an optional breakfast/ dinner special. The rooms start at $88 a night, and cottages begin at $110.
True Blue Bay: The charming family that owns this resort has infused their personality into every floorboard. Located on the water of the South Coast of Grenada, they treat guests like family and offer everything you could want from a vacation–free continental breakfast, a plethora of activities, an infinity pool and delicious food at the Dodgy Dock. And though you’re in Grenada, I’d try the fajitas–owner Magdalena Fielden is from Mexico. Rates start at $160 per night.
High-End: $200 and Up
The Calabash Hotel: Thirty suites and five private villas scatter across the grounds that hug Calabash’s private bay. It’s a perfect retreat for couples. Most rooms have their own plunge pools, and breakfast is served al fresco on your private porch. They have live music most nights, a spa and a PADI-certified dive shop on site. Rates start at $385 per night.
La Luna Resort & Wellness Center: This intimate retreat in Morne Rouge bay is a private, relaxing, ulti-honeymoon destination. They focus on health, with an asian spa, yoga classes and week-long retreats in yoga, tai chi, pilates and Eastern philosophies. They’re also offering a vinyasa teacher training November 1 to the 15th. Rates for the course start at $2,600, and nightly room rates start at $495 for Winter 2012.
Spice Island Beach Resort: Owned by a Grenadian British knight, this small luxury hotel is amongst the nicest on the island–if not the Caribbean. Many rooms have their own pools, and all are feet from Grand Anse Beach. You receive a personal concierge, complimentary afternoon tea, Frette linens and bathrooms bigger than my New York apartment. Janissa’s Spa offers an array of services comparable to prices in the states, and Oliver’s Restaurant turns Grenadian fare, like Sir Roylston’s grandmother used to make, into fine-dining. Rates start at $733 per night.
*I stayed at The Calabash and The Spice Island Beach Resort, and toured True Blue Bay; the rest come with recommendations. For a full list, check out Grenada’s official travel site.