fab Grenada resorts to please your palate

In the week I was in Grenada, I never had one meal that didn’t please–if not tantalize–my taste buds. Indeed, Grenada is a fabulous destination for foodies and lovers of unique resort properties and luxury travel. You’ll find very few chain properties in Grenada. What you will find is a vibrant expat community and resorts and restaurants offering the flavours of Italy, France, Mexico, America, and the Caribbean. Each one complements the other, with a “something for everyone” winning attitude that makes this selection of Grenada resorts truly world class.

grenada resorts to check out if you’re looking for something far beyond average

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The beachfront infinity pool at La Luna is simply breathtaking.

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La Luna’s chocolate martini was a hit with this chocolate lover.

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The fabulous octopus salad at La Luna featured garbanzo beans and green onions.

La Luna–This was one of my favourites for location, ambiance, friendly/helpful staff, accommodation options, and great food and drink. Owned by expat Italian businessman Bernardo Bertucci of Calabria, the beachfront infinity pool at La Luna is simply stunning. But if you want your own private hilltop villa, you can have that, too, complete with private infinity pool offering stunning views of the bay. Whether you’re hungry or thirsty, La Luna will hit the mark. I loved their own version of the chocolate martini at the beach bar, followed by an amazing Italian meal in the dining room. Terrific wine list including the Rosso and Longo Pietro di Tesauro (vintage 2014) from Calabria that featured legs as long as those you’d find on a giraffe! For dinner, I chose an octopus salad followed by seafood linguini. Both excellent, but the freshly made bread with olive oil for dipping may have been the biggest hit at our table as we certainly enjoyed a lot of it! Two word description: Euro-Caribbean fusion.

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Spice Island Beach Resort proprietors Lady Betty Hopkin, Sir Royston Hopkin, and their beautiful daughter Janelle Hopkin hosted us for a seven-course meal that showcased a fusion of traditional and contemporary Caribbean cuisine at its finest.

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The rosemary-crusted rack of lamb at Oliver’s Restaurant at Spice Island Beach Resort was cooked to perfection.

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There was no better way to end this magnificent meal at Oliver’s Restaurant than with a symphony of chocolate.

Spice Island Beach Resort–This is a very special place as it is owned by a Grenadian family who has a strong presence throughout the resort and as leaders in the Grenadian tourism industry. Sir Royston Hopkin is past president of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a previous Hotelier of the Year as named by the Caribbean Hotel Association, and a very proud Grenadian. He was knighted by the Queen of England for his lifelong service to the Caribbean hospitality industry, and is preparing daughter Janelle to succeed him as managing director of the Spice Island Beach Resort. Attention to detail is front and centre and you can tell that perfection is the primary goal, from the resort’s elegant ambiance throughout the beachfront property, to the chic amenities in the suites, and every item on the five-diamond menu in Oliver’s Restaurant. Two-word description: Island elegance.

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The views at the Petite Anse Hotel make its somewhat remote location well worth the trip.

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The rugged yet beautiful setting of the Petite Anse Hotel is its primary drawing card.

Petite Anse Hotel–The most amazing thing about Petite Anse Hotel is the stunning view! It’s so beautiful that you could just stand on the hilltop balcony forever, taking in the fresh seabreeze and feeling gratitude for this opportunity to experience heaven on earth. Owners Annie and Philip Clift are originally from Britain, friendly animal lovers, and welcoming. This is not a recommended location if you don’t have a rental car due to its remote location in the northern parish of St. Patrick’s, but it’s definitely worth the journey if you’re looking for the serenity of a getaway locale that is high on the homey factor. The hotel has a couple of cars that they rent out, but you’ll need a local driving permit before you get behind the wheel. If you love animals as much as I do, you’ll feel right at home with the dogs and goats who live here, too. There is a fair current at the Petite Anse beach, so you’re best off swimming in the pool of the 11-room boutique hotel. Chocolate lovers may want to stay in the beachfront “Cocoa Room” and enjoy sitting on their own veranda overlooking the sea. I really enjoyed the Creole fish served with rice and veggies that we had for lunch. Two-word description: Simple serenity.

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A sunset beach party at Mount Cinnamon Resort complete with Caribbean tunes played by a steel drum band, and chocolate-inspired cuisine made my last night in Grenada picture perfect.

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Cocoa cuisine and chocolate-based libations were front and centre at Mount Cinnamon’s beach party during the Grenada Chocolate Fest. I had the grilled chicken breast with a chocolate BBQ sauce for my entree, along with samplings of chocolate pizza, simosas, bonbons, and some amazing chocolate macarons that helped me achieve Nirvana in the process.

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The sunset at Mount Cinnamon Resort on Grand Anse Beach during my last night in Grenada was a perfect sendoff to a perfect trip.

Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club–We visited Mount Cinnamon on the night before I left Grenada, and what a sendoff it was! Located on Grand Anse Beach, this casual resort is perfect for a beach party! General manager Mark Kitchen is an uber host who has brought his global knowledge of the hospitality industry and friendly Aussie style to Mount Cinnamon to help this four-star resort achieve the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. It’s just like Cheers, where everybody knows your name thanks to the name recognition training that Kitchen has shared with his staff. I am absolutely going to have to go back and have a further look around, as I didn’t have the opportunity to see the rooms at Mount Cinnamon as the guest accommodations are located up the hill away from the beach. Two-word description: Artful, eco-friendly.

These are just a few of the Grenada resorts that left a lasting impression with me for their style and originality. This post highlights the True Blue Bay Resort, where I was hosted for my blissful six-night stay on the island. I’m having trouble narrowing down my thoughts to a two-word summary on True Blue as I have so many vibrant memories, but offer this… Two-word description: Casually creative.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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  1. Patricia Weber
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    Beautiful photos of the Grenada resorts! I love a chocolate martini. I’m not sure about a chocolate sauce on chicken or even on pizza. Doesn’t do much for my taste buds thinking about it. I’m certain people love it or else why would they serve it?

    • Hi Pat. Don’t forget, that when we’re talking cocoa cuisine, we’re not talking about a sweet flavour in many circumstances. Think savoury. The chocolate BBQ sauce that was served with the chicken was not sweet at all. It had a savoury richness that offered chocolate notes. I will write the resort and ask if the chef will share his/her recipe.

  2. Ken Dowell
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    Grenada looks stunningly beaufiful. From your descriptions I think I would first head for the Petite Anse.
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  3. Phoenicia
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    Such beautiful photographs – the sunset and the palm trees especially………..

    I am sure the food tastes as delicious as it looks. Extremely well presented which only adds to the experience.
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  4. Phoenix
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    You’d find me at the sunset beach party 🙂

  5. Catarina says:

    Sounds and looks like a wonderful place, Doreen. The pool looks exactly like the one at the Polana in Maputo, Mozambique.
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  6. Janet May-Hewson says:

    Breathtaking! My bucket list just got longer. It is clear that this isn’t a one stop experience as I definitely would want to capture all the delights you describe. Well done.

    • Hi Janet and thx for your comment. I never like to do a “one-stop” experience if I can avoid it. Unless a person just wants to chill and no nothing. But if you really want to experience a destination, you’ve got to get out beyond the confines of your resort and check out what else is out there! Especially in a place like Grenada, where there are so many options, all within pretty close proximity.
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  7. Sabrina Quairoli
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    Wow, these photos of Granada are so beautiful. La Luna’s chocolate martini looks delicious. Thanks for sharing these resorts. I will bookmark this page to check them out on our next Caribbean vacation.

    • Right on, Sabrina! Grenada is a perfect choice for a Caribbean vacation, and the resorts I’ve highlighted each offer something special, so I’m sure you will find one that best suits your needs. Cheers, and thx for stopping by the blog.

  8. Beverly says:

    I think I would like to spend a night at each of the resorts you described in your article. Each resort sounds so beautiful that I could not just choose one as my favourite.

  9. Kathy Andrew
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    Everything looks gorgeous Doreen. And beautiful photos- you’re really on a roll with them.

  10. Erica says:

    I absolutely love the picture from the balcony of the Petite Anse Hotel. I think I would feel instantly relaxed if that were my view. And a hotel that has dogs and a goat…even better!
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  11. All of these resorts are stunning, but I have to agree I’d be attracted to the remote location of Petite Anse Hotel. Lucky girl!
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  12. The photos and the descriptions are very tantalizing. The resorts sound like destinations unto themselves, let alone being in the area and exploring. Lovely.
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  13. I was really not very familiar with Grenada before reading this post, so thank you for this introduction. All of the resorts look lovely, and I can see why your tastebuds were pleased and tantilized.

  14. lenie
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    Doreen, I know everyone seems to vote for the Petit Anse Hotel but you had me at the first one – La Luna – with the chocolate martini and the fabulous looking food, although I must admit the view from Petit Anse hotel was, as you said, simple serenity.
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  15. Chris
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    Some amazing views from the Petit Anse Hotel!

    I’m hungry as well thinking about that rack of lamb.

    Looks like you’ve had a fabulous time for sure 🙂
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    • I think you would enjoy it, too, Chris. There is some fine snorkelling, a national park with monkeys, some great hiking! My leg was out of whack when we were there, so I didn’t have the opportunity to be as active as I normally would have liked. But I did still manage a visit to the park and a sail boat ride. Cheers!

  16. Donna Janke
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    Wow. I’d like to stay at all these Grenada resorts. I love your two-word descriptions of them.
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  17. Thanks, Donna. I thought with a post where I’m listing several different yet similar resorts, there has to be a way to differentiate them for the sake of the readers. Cheers!

  18. Sounds like some amazing places! I stayed in Grenada a few years back and I loved the country and everything it had to offer! I hope this helps see some more visitors to the island!
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  19. It was wonderful to experience Grenada and the chocolate festival with you! Great write up!
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  20. The resorts there are incredible, of course most were closed when I was there. It is a fascinating place, and very beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  21. Susan cooper
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    Hi Doreen, personally I thought they all looked and sounded fabulous in their own ways. Never been to Grenada but you’ve definitely made it something to consider. Very tempting.

  22. Mar Pages
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    I’ve never thought to consider Grenada as a resort getaway but it looks wonderful! The food of course looks stunning but the people is what draws me in the most, they look so hospitable and happy.
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  23. Voyager
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    The resorts are really lovely and seem ideal for some quiet communing with nature and at the same time being pampered by indulgent hospitality.
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  24. Looks like a true paradise you found there! And the food.. ah! Looks yum!
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  25. Jessica
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    I love the varieties of food it offers, from local to Italy, France, Mexico, America, and the Caribbean. Grenada looks like a great mix of stunning landscapes and great culture.
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  26. Oh my goodness Doreen! First I read about your chocolate adventure in Grenada and now, the cuisine??? You’re on my blogger favourites! I love travelers who appreciate local cuisine 🙂
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  27. Beverly says:

    I could look at those marvellous photos again and again. They transport me to that destination.

  28. Grenada is sooo beautiful I can feel the island vibes, relaxing and calm, that chocolate martini. Hmmm I would love to try it 🙂
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  29. Sreeram
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    Seems like you had an amazing time out there. I can’t wait to wind up my day there at the sunset beach party sipping in some beer.

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