Trump International Golf Course at Tamarind Beach Hotel is exhilarating and challenging Jim Fazio designed 18 hole championship course set on dramatic sloping hills along the ocean edge with wonderful panoramic views from every hole! One of the worlds more distinctive courses of unique character and playability.
TAMARIND BEACH HOTEL, Canouan, Grenadines – Endless Golf Package from
£2,249pp. Includes 7 nights B&B accommodation in a beachfront room with 5 rounds of
golf, return flights from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic to Barbados and
connecting flights to Canouan, based on double occupancy. (Offer priced for
departure 24th February 2013) Book through TROPIC BREEZE (01752 880880
About the island… Canouan Island measures only three square miles and is
one of 32 islands and Cays that make up St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
Tamarind Beach Hotel sits directly on Grand Bay one of the most beautiful
beaches in the Grenadines with coral reefs and powdered white sand. All
rooms are located on the beach front surrounded by wonderful tropical
gardens. The 40 unique hideaways feature Brazilian walnut panelling, rattan
chairs and luxurious linen sheets. Tamarind has a certain style – a
wonderful combination of rustic chic. Excellent activities at the beach
include complementary use of snorkeling gear, windsurfing, hydro bikes and
canoes. Scuba diving plus day trips by sea and air. Or you could of course,
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.
A honeymoon for the whole family… Last year 38 per cent of cohabiting couples were parents, exactly the same ratio as married couples with children.
We recommend Island Hideaway Spa Resort & Marina a privately-owned island of
Dhonakulhi, North Maldives, Indian Ocean. The marina is the first of its
kind in the Maldives. The Island is a haven of peace, tranquility and
For the couple…Honeymooners receive complementary fruit basket, a decorated buggy
service upon arrival with “Just Married” sign, bottle of Champagne, baby
wedding cake and a plate of nibbles, sunset cocktail on the terrace of the
villa once during the stay, a picnic lunch experience, a candle lit dinner
once during stay, a 50 minute massage each for the couple and a special souvenir.
For the children…Kids 4 years and older can enjoy the “Hideaway Junior Program” – It’s aim, as well as entertaining the children, is to educate them on the importance of preserving the environment – leaning about coral formations with it’s Young Marine Biologist group (min age 8). The Young Environmentalists walk around the island and a learn about the various trees (min. age 4), whilst the budding chefs can gain a Young Chef’s Certificate (min. age 5), where the children (after a health and hygiene briefing) bake chocolate cake, prepare sushi and serve the food to their parents at dinner!
Guests of Island Hideaway receive complementary non motorised water sports
such as snorkeling wind surfing, catamaran sailing, canoeing, hobie cat
sailing etc, use of sport complex with tennis court, table tennis, billiard
and pool games, state of art Gymnasium, swimming pool, Kids Club,
complementary toiletries, weekly Cocktail party, dedicated business class
lounge at Male international airport on arrival, welcome drinks and Island
Hideaway cocktail specials, complementary in villa bottled drinking water,
collection of books, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s and cyber cafe at Hideaway
library, Internet Access in Villas.
TROPIC BREEZE (01752 880880 www.tropicbreeze.co.uk ) is offering 7 nights at
the Island Hideaway Spa Resort, Maldives for the honeymoon couple and 2
children from £6,299 includes B&B accommodation in a Funa Pavilion, direct British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Male and seaplane transfers to the
island. Offer includes 2 free nights saving £790!