Grenada is, perhaps, one of the more unassuming of the Caribbean islands. More humble and a little shier than the likes of Antigua and Jamaica, and with less of the fanfare of Barbados, it can sometimes be overshadowed. However, as those who have been will have found out for themselves, Grenada has a wealth of treasures on offer. Its beauty is second to none, with some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean and a scenic rainforest paradise, hiding away mystical waterfalls under its verdant, green canopy.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel the warmth and vitality of its people, as you’re invited to discover an island rich in history and culture. Perhaps this warmth comes from the abundance of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg produced here, giving Grenada the nickname ‘The Isle of Spice’ from back when ships full of goods would be sent across the Atlantic back to Europe, satisfying the growing European demand for new, exotic flavours. Before this Colonial period, the island was inhabited by Arawk-speaking Amerindians from South America. Their boat-building and jewellery-making skills still survive, along with a culture of music, dancing, poetry and customs that, over time, have mixed with those of Europe and Africa. And, of course, you can still smell, taste and seek out the intense flavour and aroma of spices across the island!
Beyond the powder soft sand and crystal-clear waters, you’ll discover ancient forts and petroglyphs, restored plantations and beautiful national parks. There are several natural springs on the island, too, and even an extinct volcano for the more adventurous explorers.
Due to the mountainous interior of the island, Grenada’s coastline boasts numerous inlets and pretty coves, where secluded beaches and gentle lapping shores await. Too many to name, each beach has its own unique appeal and is a huge reason why visitors return time and time again to this pretty island. But who could mention Grenada without mentioning its other secret asset – the fabulous cuisine? With an abundance of fresh herbs and spices at your fingertips, it’s little wonder that Grenada has become renowned for its culinary expertise and stunning dining venues. For some of the best, head to the magnificent luxury hotels, Spice Island Beach Resort and Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa.
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Grenada has a delightful mix of African, French, British and East Indian culture, influencing many aspects of the island’s lifestyle. Calypso and Reggae are the most popular genres of music, with a strong influence of French Caribbean Music, ‘zouk’, a twist on Calypso. The annual Grenada Carnival is the most spectacular display of island festivities. Historically emerging as a way for slaves to openly mock authority figures, the carnival starts in July, gaining momentum into August as shows, music performances and costume parades continuously gear up into lively parties that last long into the night, filling the island up with energy and noise – an event not to be missed!
The carnivals are a fantastic display of how the manifestations of multiple cultures on the island have merged into a vibrant culture today. However, you might want to investigate historical sites for an insight into what life here used to be like. St George’s, the capital, is regarded by many as the prettiest town in the Caribbean. There are handsome Colonial buildings, including Fort George, which was built by the French in 1705. Climb to the top to see the old cannons and battlements, or explore the dark tunnels within. Down at the waterfront, along Carenage Harbour, look back at the colourful houses perched along the hillside – artists may be inspired to pick up some oil pastels and capture its picturesque beauty on paper. St George’s is just a short drive away for guests staying at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa and Spice Island Beach Resort.
If you have the time to take a detour into the beautifully overgrown mountainside of Grenada, there are several beautiful paradises that you can discover on foot. Seven Sisters Falls is a lovely area, where a stunning waterfall fills a pool, which is large enough to have a secluded, refreshing swim in exceptional surroundings. Royal Mount Carmel Falls comprises two clear waterfalls that plunge more than 70 feet into another pool, which is not deep enough to swim in, but is spectacular to watch. Concord Falls is another popular waterfall, 65 foot tall, and with enough water to swim in its glistening pools, and is easy to find.
The crystalline waters surrounding Grenada are a dream for divers and snorkellers. Experienced divers may wish to look into the Underwater Sculpture Park at Moliniere Bay. Created by English artist, Jason deCaires Taylor, this striking display of coral-encrusted human statues anchored on the sea-bed, is unique and extraordinarily beautiful, and will be a surreal experience for any diver to add to their roster.
The beaches here are, undoubtedly, one of the biggest draws of Grenada. Envied from across the Caribbean and beyond, they are a vision of pristine sands and gently lapping, azure waters. Grande Anse is the trademark, a long, golden stretch bordered by tropical greenery, with a backdrop of rolling, lush mountains. Guests of Spice Island Beach Resort will be on the doorstep of this premier spot, though for ultimate privacy and exclusivity, Calivigny Island has six exquisite beaches with sweeping ocean views.
For some variety, you may wish to take a daytrip over to the islets of Carriacou or Petit Martinique. These two tropical hideaways are untouched by tourism, and offer a laid-back, peaceful sense of solitude, where time seems to stand still.
Food and Drink
As the ‘Island of Spice’, there are myriads of fragrant and exotic flavours to taste. St George’s market is a good place to pick up your own samples, though may also wish to take part in a tour of a spice plantation or factory if you find your interest has started to grow.
Grenada is also a rich producer of chocolate. Grenada’s Chocolate Company is just over an hour’s drive from Spice Island Beach Resort and Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, but it is well worth the trip. The company has been producing high-quality organic dark chocolate ever since it was founded in 1999, and you can learn, and see a great deal of what goes into the production of this award-winning product.
Traditional Grenadian dishes are served in most restaurants on the island, including Lambie Souse (conch) and pig souse, made from knuckles and trotters, but don’t let that put you off as it is a highly favoured dish. If this isn’t unusual enough, then you can also sample Manicou, which is the meat from a possum, and is said to be very delicious. There are many restaurants across the island, all of which serve a range of food and are host to a range of stunning views – from beaches to waterfalls, the setting is perfect for romantic dinners.
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You might be surprised to know that a third of the world's nutmeg supply comes from Grenada which is the main reason for its nickname as the ‘Spice Isle’.
Foodies will be delighted to hear that a Gary Rhodes Restaurant features at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa. Inspired by the beauty of Grenada, taste a range of creative dishes mixing elegant cuisine with the spices and flavours of the island to create world-class dining.
Newly designed by one of America’s top architects and interior designers, Kobi Karp, Janissa’s Spa at Spice Island Beach Resort will submerge you in the soothing fragrances of local herbs and spices in an elegant oasis. Afterwards, you must try one of the freshly brewed herbal teas, a wonderful touch to finish off any treatment.