Spice Island Beach Resort is not your typical all- inclusive. While it is wonderful to know that all the extras are included, such as premium top shelf liquor, both in the outdoor areas and ensuite, room service, water sports, and unlimited dining, what separates Spice Island from the rest is the attentive staff, the attention to detail, and the five star service throughout the resort.
Spice Island is truly a family operation. Headed by longtime hotelier and former Grenada Tourist Board executive Sir Roy Hopkin, Lady Hopkin, Ryan Hopkin, and the heir apparent Miss Janelle Hopkin, along with long time general manager Brian Hardy. The close knit Spice Island family work together meticulously to ensure a guest experience worthy of the coveted AAA Diamond Award, only granted to six other resorts in the Caribbean and 118 resorts worldwide. in 2014, 2015 and in 2016, Spice island was awarded the Six Star Diamond award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and has been ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor reviews. Spice Island is also a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
Upon arrival guests are greeted by friendly staff with a cold drink in hand to assist with check in. The airport is less than a 10 minute ride from the resort. A big plus for guests trying to maximize vacation time without a long trek from the airport. Once checked in guests are taken to their suite and the holiday begins.
Spice Island’s 64 suites range from the 620 square foot Oleander Garden Suites to the ultra- lux Cinnamon and Saffron Suites, measuring 1440 square feet located directly on Grande Anse Beach, just a few feet from the water.
Our party was fortunate to be given a trio of suites to discover. My suite was the Seagrape Beach Suite (pic above), the resort’s most popular requested accommodations. Either King Size or Queen Bedrooms ideal for couples, honeymooners or families, these beachfront rooms complete with hammocks and lounge chairs, are the go- to if waking up to an ocean breeze and waves are your idea of paradise.
For a more private, Villa- like experience, the Pool Suites fit the bill. The Anthurium Pool Suites measure 1200 square feet, amidst personal gardens and a plunge pool. The Luxury Almond Pool Suites are 1500 square feet in size and feature a large private pool and outdoor terraces for sunbathing and dining. The most luxurious pool suites, fit for a prince or a sheik, are the Royal Collection Pool Suites, 1500 square feet, 16’X20 pool with private cedar saunas.
Mealtime is a special experience at Spice Island. Oliver’s creates a seafood based menu with fresh fish specialties nightly, along with a varied menu that changes on a daily basis. Set in an elegant dining room with ocean views, the staff greet guests by name, remembers drink choices ,and are on hand to replenish them without asking. The fresh fish served with a west indies flair during lunch and dinner were favorites! For the meat lover there are steak, pork and chicken options as well. Every meal is created with a local west indies theme and incorporates local Grenada spices in the preparation. On friday nights there is a Smorgasbord complete with live calypso, reggae and steel bands. Breakfast is served in Oliver’s each morning, but we preferred room service by the pool or the beach daily.
The Sea & Surf Terrace and Bar overlooking the beach is open for lunch and offers daily specials in a casual tropical environment.
Spice Island Beach Resort is meant for total relaxation, so pool and beach time are activities du- jour. Grande Anse Beach, is an expansive powdery white sand beach with tranquil caribbean water. Non-motorized watersports are complimentary at the resort with assistance from the watersports crew that can also arrange offsite snorkeling trips. The Underwater Sculpture Park is a key snorkeling and diving destination in Grenada and is a must visit.
Janissa’s Spa is a full service spa designed by top architect and interior designer Kobi Karp. A courtyard with a reflective pool, 5 treatment rooms, including a couples massage room, a mani-pedi, room, waxing room and a full service hair salon. Dermalogica, A top-notch skincare brand is used by the skilled technicians to provide facials, body wraps, and aromatic massages.
A dream destination wedding/ honeymoon local. The resort can assist with onsite weddings as well and arrange a customized honeymoon experience with romantic ensuite dining options, couples spa massages and island tours.
Top 5 Things To Do in Grenada:
- Visit Capital of St. George. Beautiful Marina with lots of outdoor restaurants, bars, and shops. Visit Fort Frederick, Fort George, and purchase local spices at Market Square.
- Grand Anse Beach: Take a stroll from the resort and visit many local bars, cafes, and live music venues.
- River Antoine Rum Distillery: One hour drive from St. George. Guide through the rum making process complete with an authentic rum tasting with some of the strongest rums we have tasted to date. Tours run Mon-Fri. Hotel desk has all the info.
- Grand Etang National Park and Forest Preserve: Exotic wildlife including mona monkeys, armadillos and mockingbirds. Hiking trails.
- Diving: Over 30 dive sites surround Grenada. The Bianca C—a cruise liner that sank in 1961—has earned the nickname “Titanic of the Caribbean” due to its massive size. Flamingo Bay’s vivid coral and abundant marine life make for a very colorful dive. The underwater sculpture park on the bottom of Moliniere Bay, is an underwater art installation with sculptures of man on a typewriter, a mermaid, ring of children, man on a bicycle, etc
Getting to Grenada is now fast and easy with JetBlue’s nonstop service from JFK to Maurice Bishop Airport. Connections can be made from cities throughout the US. In January 2017 Jet Blue will launch their premium service “Mint”, with lie flat seats, and enhanced dining & entertainment options. www.JetBlue.com