This island hopping holiday combines stays on two of the Caribbean’s scenic Windward Islands, allowing visitors to soak up the laid back atmosphere of Grenada then discover the more developed island of Barbados. Continue reading “Caribbean island hopping – Grenada & Barbados”
This Caribbean island hopping holiday allows visitors to discover the natural beauty of Grenada, relax on the small and charming island of Bequia in the Grenadines, then experience the Platinum west coast of Barbados. Continue reading “Caribbean island hopping – Grenada, The Grenadines & Barbados”
In honour of World Chocolate Day, it’s only suitable that this week’s post is about Belmont Estate in Grenada; a true experience of chocolate harvesting, where you can even get involved yourself and enjoy the smells and tastes of true organic chocolate.
One of the greatest luxuries whilst on holiday is experiencing great, local cuisine. We have picked out some of our favourite resorts for food and wine holidays, where you can enjoy fine dining, organic produce, local dishes and excellent wines in some of the most beautiful (and unusual!) surroundings in the Caribbean and Maldives.
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The Caribbean is well known for its varied, vibrant and delicious cuisine – throughout the many islands you can taste a whole range of fantastic – and unique – foods and flavours… but where can you find the best lobster in the Caribbean?!
Given the location, seafood is obviously extremely popular and widely available, and we thought we would give you a tip on where you could find what we think is possibly the best lobster in the Caribbean!
Maca Bana resort in Grenada is a small hotel located next to the beautiful mile-long Magazine Beach on the south of the island. Their beachside restaurant ‘Aquarium’, as well as serving a fabulous fusion of Caribbean and international cuisine, hold a Sunday Lobster BBQ, receiving consistent rave reviews! So if your mouth is already watering at the thought, have a look at our package below and skip on over to our hotel information to find out more about this superb resort!
A review of The Calabash Hotel, Grenada
Laura, Tropic Breeze Travel Consultant, visits the Caribbean and here is her review…
My trip began with a nice, leisurely breakfast in the Virgin Club lounge. Lucky enough to be able to experience this, it was a real treat to have a good, wholesome breakfast before my flight to Grenada. The lounge is cosy yet rather luxurious with a varied selection of cooked food on the menu and you have your own personal waitress. Unwinding here before the flight made my journey so much more enjoyable!
Boarding the Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747, I was impressed by the newly designed cabins and smartly upholstered seats. The flight was smooth and on time whilst the staff were polite and willing to please. One thing to be praised on was the on-board entertainment which I found to be very up to date and easy to use. The new touch screens are very user friendly and being able to save movies and TV shows to a play-list meant searching for that comedy show I’d been looking forward to watching since spotting it at the beginning of the flight was easy to find after a few hours in.
On arrival into Grenada, we were picked up by our driver and taken directly to The Calabash. The roads were flat and accessible and we arrived at the hotel in around fifteen minutes. Being part of a group of seven tour operator staff, the hotel kindly upgraded us to one of their luxury villas at the resort, the Hummingbird villa.
The villa is located at the top of the hill accessible by a golf buggy in around 5 minutes. Being that much higher up in the resort means that the views from the villa are truly stunning and you can see far across to Prickly Bay and the surrounding beaches. The villa boasts five bedrooms – 3 spacious doubles, one twin and a master bedroom. In addition, it has its own private pool and sundeck, BBQ area and outdoor dining area plus private gardens and driveway with parking spaces for the golf buggies or a rental car.
For real home-from-home living, the villa also has two sitting areas and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer and oven. As with every room type at The Calabash, every guest has their own personal maid to prepare breakfast for them and this was no different at the villa – our maid arrived each morning to prepare breakfast and serve us in the sunshine at the outdoor dining area.
I was allocated a downstairs double bedroom with private bathroom. The room was spacious and extremely comfortable furnished in a modern, colonial style. I found this villa to be hugely luxurious and accommodating and absolutely ideal for a large family or group of friends. It allows guests to be based at the resort with all of the facilities within reach yet offers independence and spacious living.
The following morning after breakfast, we were shown around the property for a site inspection. All of the room categories are set around the gardens facing out to the sea but vary in size and proximity to the beach. The lead-in and lowest price room type is the Junior Suite formerly known as the Whirlpool Suite. This category is smaller in size and located along the back of the gardens, a few minutes walk along from the Gary Rhodes restaurant. These rooms all have a whirlpool bath and are simple yet private and cosy.
The next room type up from this is the Westside Suite. These rooms are located in a prime position near to the beach and the spa to the right hand side of the property. Whilst these do not have a bath, they do have newly fitted wet-rooms and have been refurbished to a lovely standard. All have a separate living area and a patio from which you can sit out and see the ocean.
The next room type up from this is the Superior Suite. This category is located further along the gardens past the Junior Suites and is larger with a separate living area. Some of these rooms interconnect to a second room so make an ideal choice for families.
The next category on from this one is the Pool Suite. This luxurious suite has a similar feel to the Superior but also has its own private plunge pool and sundeck where you can sit out and relax in privacy. These are located below the Junior Suites towards the back of the gardens.
The highest category before upgrading to a villa is the Thorneycroft Suite which is spacious, private and ideal for honeymooners or couples. This suite has a double Jacuzzi bath and four poster bed, its own pool downstairs and open-plan sitting area. This category really is the ultimate in luxury and even has a small kitchen for preparing drinks and snacks.
Following our tour of the hotel and a light lunch at the hotel’s beach bar, we embarked on an island tour of Grenada with our guide Edwin from the Grenada tourist board. The tour really was an eye-opener for me as I realised just how much Grenada has to offer as an island. From forest walks around the Grand Etang national park to feeding the wild monkeys or visiting the stunning Concorde Falls waterfall, there is a wide range on offer for those who wish to explore.
The island has a rich history and one really interesting excursion is to pay a visit to Fort Frederick which overlooks Grenada and the capital St Georges over to the right side. Not only can you take some really scenic photographs and gaze across the entire island, but you can read about the history of the fort and have a good wander around the site.
Sadly, our visit to Grenada had to come to an end but not before a magnificent three-course dinner at The Rhodes restaurant on the night before leaving. Tucking into locally caught lobster and rich chocolate and banana pudding for dessert, I have to admit, this restaurant was going to be hard to beat for its superb menu and award-winning Caribbean-influenced dishes.