Spice Island Beach Resort - All Inclusive
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Typically I shy away from all-inclusivestoo many memories of sub-par buffets and sunburned folks wearing black socks and sandals. But the Spice Island Beach Resort has reversed this association. Simply put, it's one of the Caribbean's best resorts, an archetypical ocean-side property positioned on the scenic southwestern coast of Grenada, a nutmeg seed's throw from Grand Anse Beach and five miles from the cruise ship-choked streets of the capital of St. George's.(+) More
Typically I shy away from all-inclusivestoo many memories of sub-par buffets and sunburned folks wearing black socks and sandals. But the Spice Island Beach Resort has reversed this association. Simply put, it's one of the Caribbean's best resorts, an archetypical ocean-side property positioned on the scenic southwestern coast of Grenada, a nutmeg seed's throw from Grand Anse Beach and five miles from the cruise ship-choked streets of the capital of St. George's.
The amenities and layouts of the 64 room options vary as much as traveler's individual interests. To live like royalty, consider the Cinnamon or Saffron suites, two 1,420-square-foot rooms, each with a four-poster bed, walk-in shower, a heart-shaped bathtub, full living room, flat-screen TVsthe works. That said, chances are you'll spend little time inside, since the azure Caribbean Sea is literally 20 steps from the back porch. Unless, of course, you get sidelined by the lure of the free-standing hammock on the porch. And forget counting sheepkeep the sliding glass door open and the sound of the crashing waves will soothe you into a slumber. The next day, start fresh with a brisk swim in the ocean before heading into the Edenic island.
The xenophobicor those simply yearning for more privacy, meanwhile, can check into the one of the four Royal Collection Suites (equipped with a private pool, sun deck, and sauna), the Almond Pool Suites (1,500-square-foot mini-villas complete with 16- by 20-foot private pools), or the Anthurium Pool Suites, which boast a modest and inviting private plunge pool. The remaining suites either brush up against Grand Anse Beach or remain tucked away in the property's lush, manicured gardens.
The all-inclusive price includes access to the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, tennis court, full-service gym, golf greens fees at the nine-hole Grenada Golf Club, afternoon teaoh, and full bottles of top-shelf liquor (as well as a welcome bottle of champagne) in each room. A full-service concierge can arrange any type of island activity, from quick jaunts to St. George's markets to daylong scuba outings, hiking excursions to thundering waterfalls, snorkel trips to the underwater sculpture garden, or culinary tours of the island's spice gardens and rum plantations.
As for the food, the typical bane of Caribbean buffets? It breaks the mold of all-inclusives. The open-air dining room overlooking Grand Anse Beach, just beyond the resort lobby and next to the Sea & Surf Bar, certainly paints a heavenly scene. But the cuisine would be incredible if you ate it in a dank basement. As is fitting for an island defined by spices and fresh produce, livestock, and seafood, the Creole and international cuisine at Oliver's Restaurant is vibrant and refined, subtle yet bold, and truly sophisticated, with such seasonal dishes as seared Mahi Mahi on okra tempura or roast shoulder of lamb with pickled pumpkin, goat cheese, and basil gnocchi. The breakfast buffet is complimented by made-to-order eggs, while the dinner is a more formal affair, including a dress code (no shorts, jeans, athletic wear, or running shoes) that matches the refined cuisine on offer.
Amenities, cuisine, and real estate aside, it's truly the people at Spice Island that elevate the resort to near-iconic status. Friendly, helpful, and gregarious, their enthusiasm for the property and the island itself seems born out of genuine pride, not some sort of business model, which adds a personal touch. And that's what travel is all about.
All this luxury comes at a price; in-season all-inclusive rates (January 16 to April 30) start at U.S. $750 (single), and at $535 off season. You can find less expensive accommodation on the island, but don't expect to find better.(-) Close
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