When planning your holidays nowadays hotels definitely aren’t a given anymore. How on earth did we function without Airbnb right?!
So when planning to come to Grenada I was delighted to discover you actually have great choices of where to stay. So which one is better you ask?
Well…it all depends on the holiday you are looking for. If it’s a holiday to literally just sit back and relax and not worry about your next meal then hotels are a good choice. If you are more adventurous and thrive on personal service then may a villa in your forté.
Check out my top three personal choices of hotels for different reasons:
Location: True Blue about 10 minute drive from the airport south of the island.
Type of hotel: a boutique hotel with a variety of choices such as hotel rooms, mini apartments and villas with individual pools. When we visited it had 2 lovely pools.
I love this hotel because of its amazing spa Blue Haven (facials are amazing and so is the back massage!) and generally very friendly staff.
Things to experience: anything from a rum tasting class to cooking classes and of course the amazing Chocolate fest.
I recommend having a peak into their boutique shop. It sells super cute items from various local designers – anything from jewellery, art, clothes to Grenadian treats.
The restaurant has a variety of themed nights which makes it a destination to go to in Grenada. Especially Wednesdays Streetfood Market night is a lovely way to get to know Grenadian food.
Reservations: the hotel is not by a beach you’d want to relax at. In fact it’s based more on a marina front so to get to the beach you can catch a shuttle, get a taxi, local bus or a hire a car. So if you are a beach bum maybe not your first choice.
Location: Grand Anse literally on Grand Anse beachfront south of the island. About 20 minutes from the airport.
Type of hotel: it is part of the Radisson chain so larger than True Blue Boutique Hotel and offers hotel rooms and honeymoon suites. It has direct access to the beach.
I love this hotel because of its location. The sunsets are stunning and the botanical display is so therapeutic.
Things to experience: this hotel has two amazing pools. One pool with a beach bar in the middle of it that you can swim up to or walk onto via a bridge and the other facing the beach directly.
The breakfast at this hotel is scrumptious and well worth every penny. It is huge and sets you up for the day.
Reservations: the bar staff were always very friendly however we did have to have words with the manager about the security staff a couple times. Evening entertainment didn’t float our boat and the dinners weren’t worth shouting about. As it is near many restaurants however this is not a dealbreaker though.
One thing I would recommend to management is to be more welcoming for recurring guests who spend hundreds of dollars at the hotel bar for cocktails and lunch but may not be staying at the hotel – good business sense would dictate to allow them access to the pool without hassle! Come on now!!! It makes financial sense…
Location: this hotel is in the northern tip of Grenada in Sauteurs. It’s the furthest away from the airport. I would say about an hours drive. The hotel offer a service to pick you up (at a cost).
Type of hotel: it’s an intimate hotel of rooms and cottages in a quiet and secluded spot.
I love this hotel for its location and its super friendly staff. Perfect place to hibernate and experience a truly relaxing break.
Things to experience: as soon as you walk into the restaurant you will see an amazing view. On a clear day you can see Carriacou and even Union Island.
This place has the best rotis on the island I’ve tasted so far and the pool was a delight to relax at.
There is beach access via a number of steps down a hill. The beach is huge and if you are into water sports like surfing this is the place to be.
It offers spa treatments like massages which I haven’t tried yet but are in my list.
Reservations: if you are a beach bum and love serene water this is not the right place for you. It also isn’t close to a variety of restaurants or shops so calculate a bit of bumpy and bendy drives into your days. It really depends on what you are looking for.
If you fancy more independence and that one on one service there are a variety of villas to choose from especially in the south of the island.
Here is my top choice I highly recommend!
Location: True Blue just round the corner from True Blue Boutique Hotel and the island’s university.
Features: this villa is privately gated with 4 double bedroom, a stunning veranda for experiencing breathtaking sunsets and a pool to forget time in. The villa is accompanied by a very friendly housekeeper who will cook for you if you wish and wash and iron your clothes. A real sweety.
I absolutely love this place as it was an upgrade from home but made you feel extremely welcome and comfortable. The owner, Anna, couldn’t have been any more welcoming and helpful.
Things to experience: the villa literally has everything so whether you love the outdoors and just want to lounge or eat outside on the veranda, swim and sunbathe by the pool, bbq by the pool or just relax in doors with the TV, a good book or music – the world is your oyster.
The villa is not far from the hotel (5 minute walk) if you wish to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or a relaxing massage. It’s also close to a convenience store (10 minute walk) and to the beach it’s around a 10 minute drive.
The area is quiet and clean. Anna offers help with transport and tours as well if you fancy it.
Reservations: if I had to pick a reservation it would be the price in comparison to the hotels. However considering what you get for your price I would argue it is well worth it – you will literally feel like royalty.