GRENADA & ST LUCIA by Lorna Rome

My trip to Grenada and St Lucia started from the South Terminal of Gatwick airport. We were flying out in Club World with Caribtours and we were fast-tracked through security all very quickly. We were greeted with a glass of champagne on our British Airways flight and were impressed with the inflight food and service. On arrival In Grenada we were transferred to The Silversands Hotel, and greeted with a glass of fizz and cold towels. The main pool is the first sight you see when you arrive and really is quite spectacular. Our rooms were very modern with a sea view. Our evening was completed with a hosted dinner with delicious food.

Day 2 we had a tour of the hotel and visited one of the most amazing spas I’ve ever seen, quite beautiful with glass balls hanging through a skylight, followed by beautiful beach 4-bedroom villas. We then headed for The Coyaba Beach Resort just down the coast on Grand Anse beach. Very different to The Silversands and more of a Caribbean feel to it with dark wood furnishings and colourful décor. We were greeted well and taken on a short site inspection of the room types ranging from lead-in garden view rooms to slightly larger sea view rooms all of which are nicely located. This property is small, ideally situated on the beach and great for families on an all-inclusive basis. Our next stop was Spice Island Beach Resort just along the coast. Probably one of my favourites in Grenada. An amazing welcome, followed by a site inspection and a hosted lunch. We had the afternoon free once we’d been shown to our rooms. I had a beach suite with private sunbeds and hammock, looking out to the ocean. We relaxed by the pool and on the beach at different times during the afternoon before retiring to our rooms to get ready for a tasty evening hosted meal.

Day 3 we had a few spare hours to ‘chill’ and enjoy some spa treatments which had been pre-booked for us. I had a back, neck and shoulder massage which was very relaxing. Later that morning, we checked out and headed for Mount Cinnamon Resort located just off the beach and built into the mountains. It is quite steep in areas so they run a minibus transport system. There is a Caribbean feel to this hotel with a short walk through lush gardens down to the beach. Next stop was The Calabash Hotel with a colonial feel to it. My room had with a private plunge pool, outside bath and shower, as well as an inside shower, separate lounge area leading out onto a veranda with seating area and spectacular views across the gardens over to the beach and sea. Our evening meal was delicious followed by a relaxing morning soaking up the sun. It was time to say goodbye to Grenada and travel to St Lucia. We arrived late to Sugar Beach so had a room service snack before bedtime.

Day 4 I opened my shutters and was absolutely taken aback by the breathtaking view that greeted me. This hotel is nestled in-between the pitons and surrounded by lush greenery and rainforest with the most spectacular views of the sea. I had a one-bedroom villa with private terrace and plunge pool, separate lounge, kitchen, huge walk-in shower, main bathroom and extra separate toilet. Most of the accommodation is up high and isn’t easily accessible to the main areas, restaurant and beach. Therefore, a ‘tuc tuc’ runs on demand. Breakfast was plentiful and you could even have champagne. Our first full afternoon and evening in St Lucia took us by boat to Anse Chastanet Resort. The rooms here are unique and open to the outside with the most spectacular views. From here we went for dinner at Jade Mountain with each course including mango – in season and on almost every menu.

Day 5 Our next hotel to see was Windjammer with plenty going on, very family orientated and set on a beautiful gently sloping beach, perfect for families with children. Our next stop was East Winds, beautiful, quiet and very laid back in feel. Set on a lovely sandy beach with water sports and a restaurant it really is very welcoming. We had a very nice buffet, cold drinks plentiful in this idyllic location. It’s all inclusive too. Having had the most amazing lunch, we headed for Body Holiday where we site inspected and had the afternoon at leisure. BodyHoliday was by far the busiest hotel we’d visited. There’s lots to do including water sports and a blackboard full to the brim of daytime and evening activities. The beach is nice and there were plenty of sunbeds and room to relax. The pools are nice too although one was busy. Body Holiday includes 1 or 2 treatments at the spa every day of your stay. The food here was fantastic with a good variety of restaurants.

Day 6
Breakfast was diverse and for those health-conscious, each station had calorific values so you could keep an eye on what you’re eating and drinking. My room here was a standard hotel room with a balcony, bathroom and the usual accessories you’d get in a hotel room. The view was beautiful, overlooking the main pool, beach and the sea. Our final hotel inspection took us to Cap Maison – saving the best for last! Absolutely beautiful from the entrance to the gardens, pool areas, the villas, scenery – all amazing. There is no expense spared here. Everything is of an exceptionally high standard. During our walk around, we were taken to a ‘wine cellar’, full of wines from around the world. This was where we were to have our ‘starter’. A gorgeous array of fine fresh breads, oils and prawns were the order of the day complimented with a fine wine. We were then led through lush grounds down some 94 steps to The Naked Fisherman for lunch. What a location – stunning beachfront grill, lots of wine and outstanding food and service to follow. Our last evening took us to Rendezvous for dinner by the Body Holiday speedboat where we dined at the Malabar ‘toes in the sand’ beach restaurant. The food and service here again were of a very high standard and plentiful too. The hotel itself is lovely, exclusive for adults only and all inclusive. We saw a mix of rooms all of which were very nice, ideal for a romantic getaway.

Day 7 Sadly, our adventure was coming to an end and after a good night’s sleep, we had a morning of leisure at Body Holiday, before a relaxed last lunch and heading back to the airport. I feel very privileged to have experienced some of the most amazing hotels I’d ever seen, what they had to offer, and meeting some lovely people who I shall keep in touch with for years to come.