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Destination of the Month: Grenada

September 1, 2015

 

Known as the Isle of Spice, Grenada is seventh heaven for heat-seekers.


Found at the southernmost tip of the Windward Islands, it has a year-round average climate of 23ºC or 80ºF, and grows more spices per square mile than any other place on the planet.


This means the aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger bathe the island, heightening the beauty of a land with over 40 picturesque white sand beaches.

 

The people are smart here, preserving the impact of Grenada's natural beauty with sympathetic architecture and an admirable law that says no building may be bigger than a palm tree!


The clear, turquoise waters invite you to explore the extensive reef formations and a vast range of marine life such as morays, angelfish, octopuses, sharks and sea-horses (plus the odd large shipwreck).


You may see some of them again on Fish Friday, when the fishing village of Gouyave is transformed to welcome visitors with local seafood delicacies cooked over open fires.

 

Sightseeing is plentiful too. Hike amid mahogany trees and dew-dropping ferns in the Grand Etang rainforest; enjoy the hillside colonial heritage of St. George's, which shows the area's melting-pot history dating back to Columbus; and tour a rum distillery before enjoying its produce, synonymous with Caribbean relaxation and all part of the perfect holiday.

What to See


Pure Grenada Music Festival


This is an all-embracing party taking place around the country. It showcases the diverse beauty of the island's music and aims to establish a legacy for Grenadian performers.


More details about artists and venues can be found at the official website: www.grenadamusicfestival.com

The Grenada Chocolate Fest

Beans there, done that. Pure Grenada created the festival in 2014, and it's now a must-see.

Held at the True Blue Bay (see below), visitors can indulge in the nation's pure, organic and sustainable cocoa and chocolate. Producers will be on hand to show how hand-made, small-batch, ethical chocolate makes it from tree to bar.

Of course you can get stuck in too, with lessons in tempering, moulding and truffle making. Irresistible.

 

Visit their website for more info: www.grenadachocolatefest.com

 

Where to Stay


There is a good variety of accommodation on the island, to suit any budget or preference. Here's a small selection of our recommendations – please contact us for further information.

Spice Island Beach Resort

 

Elegant luxury is the watchword here, with 32 beachfront suites of pure indulgence.

www.spiceislandbeachresort.com



True Blue Bay

 

 

Sited with an exquisite view of the island's south coast, this boutique hotel is set among tropical gardens. Its rooms, suites and villas are tucked into a hillside, and the True Blue hosts the annual Grenada Chocolate Festival.

www.truebluebay.com



Mount Cinnamon

 


22 luxury villas and hacienda suites are set in acres of colourful tropical gardens and two miles of white sands at Grand Anse Beach.

mountcinnamongrenadahotel.com



Flamboyant Hotel


3-star, split-level property with 67 rooms and excellent, friendly staff.



Blue Horizons Garden Resort

 

 

Eco-friendly, family-owned and operated, just 10 minutes from the historic city of St. George.

www.grenadabluehorizons.com

Where to Eat


Again, here's just a small selection of recommendations of both our own and our friends at Pure Grenada.

The Beach House


One of the best independent restaurants (as in not not affiliated with a hotel) on the island. Its dreamlike setting on Portici Bay has tables set up behind palm trees. It serves a fusion menu of Caribbean and Asian influences, with simpler dishes available at lunchtime for beach dwellers.

www.beachhousegrenada.com


Laluna

 

An air of mellow romance is part of the charm of this open-air, thatched-roofed, Italian restaurant at the Laluna Hotel. Portions are generous, and the young Italian chef Daniele Gaetano is a charmer, dividing his time between working the room and creating a vivid menu blending local produce with the best Italian imports.

www.laluna.com

 

The Aquarium

 

A beach bar and sun loungers makes this an ideal place to hang out during the day, and light lunches such as fish sandwiches and seafood salads are on offer. The food is Caribbean/international, with lots of fresh fish available, as well as local specialities such as a West Indian beef pepperpot stew and a bitter Grenadian chocolate mousse. Sunday lunch is a popular barbecue, with live music.

www.aquarium-grenada.com


BB's Crabback

 

Possibly the best lunch in Grenada can be had in this unpretentious gem where you dine on the waterfront of the Carenage. A big selection of Caribbean specialties on the menu courtesy of the magnificently sociable, cricket-mad owner, Brian Benjamin.

bbscrabbackrestaurant.com

 

Bananas

 

Lively nightspot with a choice including fast food al fresco and a relaxed sports bar. On Fridays and Saturdays, it's transformed into a nightclub.

www.bananas.gd


Gouyave Fish Friday

 

Gouyave, up on the north-west coast, becomes the focal point for a brilliant night, every Friday. Stalls are laid out along two backstreets, with ladies cooking fried, steamed and grilled fish, along with other local dishes such as crab backs (land crabs) and fish cakes. You eat off plastic plates at communal picnic tables, and can purchase beer, rum drinks and local juices.

Create your own special Grenada getaway with us.


Contact info@abbottstravel.com, book an appointment online, call 0208 989 9445 or visit the shop at 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA.


 

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