The award-winning Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is an ideal accommodation option for honeymooners. // © 2017 Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa
Feature image (above): Spice Island Beach Resort is situated on Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach. // © 2017 Spice Island Beach Resort
Tropical waterfalls? Check. White-sand beaches? Check. Luxurious resorts with fantastic amenities? Also check. Grenada ticks off all the boxes on a honeymooner’s wish list. During a recent visit to the island, I checked out a handful of the island’s finest resorts, as well as how they each cater to romance-minded travelers.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa
Looking out over Prickly Bay, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is set on L'Anse Aux Epines Beach. The resort has been racking up awards over the years for its sophisticated service, fine dining and elegant accommodations and amenities, including the celebrated Rhodes restaurant, an open-air spa, a dive center and 30 suites. A nice touch is breakfast served on a guestroom’s balcony, which is included in the rate.
“Our Penthouse Suite is a good recommendation for honeymooners,” said Racquel Antoine, reservations manager for the resort. “There’s a very open feel to the layout. It has a private pool and the ambiance of being a little hideaway.”
With just seven villas and 16 cottages, the beachfront Laluna is quiet, with an authentic Caribbean vibe.
“Our cottages are perfect for honeymooners because they are cozy and romantic,” said Debbie Antoine, assistant general manager for Laluna. “The most expensive one is right on the beach; the others are located back a bit on the hillside.”
Public spaces include a pool, a bar and an open-air lounge. Appealingly weathered wood is used in much of the decor and furnishings, and Caribbean and African art can be found throughout the property. The Balinese-inspired spa will also be a hit with couples.
“Because we are small, we are flexible,” Antoine said. “This allows us to go the extra step in accommodating our guests.”
Le Phare Bleu Boutique Hotel & Marina
Le Phare Bleu Boutique Hotel & Marina is a wonderful choice for eco-conscious honeymooners. The lushly-landscaped resort on Petite Calivigny Bay grows much of its own food and even recycles wine bottles into handcrafted glassware.
Le Phare Bleu has 14 rustic villas that feature natural materials such as wood, fabrics, shells and stones. With its own private indoor pool and sea views, Serenity Villa would be a good fit for honeymooners. An atmospheric touch at the resort is The Lightship, a restored early-1900s Swedish lightship (formerly the Vastra Banken), which rests by the dock in the marina. The Lightship serves as a funky but elegant nightspot with live music.
Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club
Offering 21 suites and villas for guests, Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club features beautiful views overlooking Grand Anse Beach, expansive acreage and a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand beach restaurant.
“Grenada’s big selling points are its climate, diversity and friendliness of its people,” said Mark Kitchen, general manager for the property.
Mount Cinnamon recently upgraded its 500-square-foot luxury suites and incorporated a color palette reminiscent of sand and sea; it also offers daily yoga classes and has an on-site Dive Grenada facility. The resort is an ideal choice for honeymooners who want to feel as though they’ve found a second home.
“When guests check in, we make a quick copy of their passport photo,” Kitchen said. “This is so every member of our staff can greet them by name during their stay.”
Sandals LaSource Grenada
Sandals LaSource Grenada brings the wow factor with its Skypool Penthouse Suites having their own balcony infinity pools. The property also delivers the Sandals signature variety of dining and activities, with 10 restaurants, a spa, numerous pools and scuba diving. Honeymooners will find a superb luxury all-inclusive resort experience here, but for an even greater level of service, suggest clients opt for Butler Level rooms, where they’ll enjoy the attention of their own private butler.
Spice Island Beach Resort
This AAA Five-Diamond resort has been setting the Grenadian bar for elegance for decades. Spice Island Beach Resort has a prime setting on Grenada’s famous Grand Anse Beach. The resort is a great match for those looking for a sophisticated Caribbean setting, with excellent dining and a full-service spa.
“Our beach cottages are particularly romantic since they’re only 25 feet from the ocean,” said Janelle M. Hopkin, deputy managing director for Spice Island Beach Resort. “These sell first, and four months ahead is considered a last-minute booking for us.”
Even though the resort is rich in tradition, honeymooners will find lots of modern touches, such as an eco-friendly soaking tub and an Amazon Echo in their room.