14 August 2019
The French and British battled for control of the islands for 90 years, and relics of this fight can be seen at Fort George and Fort Frederick, overlooking St. George’s Harbour. In 1783, the island was permanently ceded to the British, before it gained independence in 1974. Today, despite its long British rule, Grenada’s French heritage survives in its local language, place names, its buildings and its strong Catholicism. Carnival is a very important festival for the Grenadian people, who celebrate with intricate costumes of bright colours, steel drums, dancing, folklore and stories of personal histories passed down through generations.
Getting around is easy, so don’t feel restricted to your hotel – for an authentic experience, hop on board one of the public buses which are easily identified by ‘zones’, and enjoy the daily conversation, music and characters of the Grenadian people. Swim in the cool waters of the Annandale Falls, trek through national parks teeming with wildlife, dive through spectacular shipwrecks or discover one of the oldest rum distilleries on the island, Grenada is so much more than its beautiful beaches.
Though small, this picturesque island is not short of luxury hotels. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel Grenada boasts the title of ‘Number 1 Hotel in the Caribbean’ as rated by TripAdvisor in 2017, and is part of the acclaimed Relais & Chateaux collection. This boutique property offers five-star service with a relaxed environment to truly enjoy the island’s laid-back pace of life, starting from breakfast on your suite’s private balcony. Alternatively, the appropriately-named Spice Island Beach Resort sits on the famous Grand Anse beach, and is owned and run by the Hopkin family, who welcome visitors to their AAA five-diamond rated home! As part of their all-inclusive plan, enjoy daily afternoon tea, premium-label drinks on the beach, or explore the island and rent a bicycle. 64 beautifully furnished suites are dotted around the hotel’s lush gardens – we recommend the Seagrape Beach Suites, just steps from the beach for that ultimate toes-in-the-sand moment.
Silversands Grenada is the island’s newest resort, with modern rooms, suites and villas promising to be both new, yet timeless. Luxury stretches from the iconic 100-metre pool reaching out to the Caribbean Sea, to the smaller touches like a carefully curated selection of Cuban cigars in the rum lounge. Discover elegant rooms, impeccable service and indulgent dining on the island of spice.
With plenty to keep all ages entertained, Grenada is a great choice for families. Spot Mona monkeys through the forest of Grand Etang National Park, and take in the colourful West Indian Culture at the Spice Basket dinner shows, where kids under 12 dine half price. Mount Cinnamon, Grenada offers a private beach club for safe paddling on the sparkling shoreline, as well as a host of water and land activities including tennis, kayaking, giant garden chess and a dedicated kids club.
If you would like to book your getaway to beautiful Grenada, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.