We think the choice is easy really. But if you need some help deciding where to jet off to for your next vacation, here’s our pick of seven reasons to pick a Grenada luxury vacation, and our sunny Isle of Spice in the Caribbean.
1. Grenada Beaches: Kick Back and Relax
Perhaps it’s starting to get cold where you are. Let’s be honest, if you’re thinking of a Caribbean holiday, a warm sunny beach is probably pretty high on your list of priorities, right? In Grenada, we’ve got you covered.
Top of the list is the world famous Grand Anse Beach with its mile and a half of glistening white sand. Forbes’ list of the Best Caribbean Beaches for 2016 called it “one of the best beaches that will have you looking no further”.
Another recommendation is the more secluded Pink Gin Beach named because of its glistening specks of pink sand formed from coral reefs over millions of years.
If you’re taking a drive around the island, check out Bathway Beach on Grenada’s northeast coast. The raging foamy waves from the Atlantic are dispersed as they hit the protective reef which creates a calm natural pool – perfect for paddling and cooling off from the heat.
2. Luxury Grenada Villas: Live it Up in Style
The ultimate in Caribbean exclusivity is staying at a luxury Grenada villa rental. Why share your space with others at a hotel when you can have a beautiful private residence all to yourself?
A luxury villa offers the privacy of a private home, mixed with the facilities and 5-star service you’d expect from a world-class resort, thanks to the Grenada concierge services on offer from West Indies Concierge.
Imagine sipping sundowners on your private dock at sunset, lounging by the pool as your personal chef prepares a gourmet lunch, or enjoying an indulgent massage without even leaving your bedroom. That’s what sets apart a Grenada luxury vacation.
3. The Rainforest: Explore Grenada’s Lush Interior
If you’re the active and adventurous type, fear not – minutes from the palm-fringed shores, Grenada’s topography changes drastically into lush tropical rainforest, offering a wide range of active pursuits.
The Grand Etang National Park features an extinct volcanic crater lake. You can explore the area on a guided hike, ascending the forest trails and enjoying panoramic views of the lake, the town of St George’s and the island’s beautiful coastline.
Grenada’s rainforest also boasts stunning hidden waterfalls, rivers and hot springs. Some can be easily accessed – 5 minutes’ walk from the car, and others require a bit more effort and hiking, with a stunning view and a swim in a pristine waterfall pool as the reward.
4. Diving in Grenada: The Caribbean’s Best Scuba Diving
Grenada offers some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean, with incredible dive sites less than 20 minutes away by boat.
The island is surrounded by lush coral reefs teeming with marine life. You’ll spot brain corals and sea fans, sleepy nurse sharks, spotted eagle rays, shy turtles and more.
Just outside of the harbour of St.George’s lies the biggest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the Bianca Sea. The stricken cruise ship sunk in 1961, and is now one of the most exciting dives in the Caribbean, affectionately known as the Titanic of the Caribbean.
Grenada also boasts the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. Located at Molinere Point, in just 30 feet of water, the ghostly figures, created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, can be explored scuba diving or snorkeling.
5. The Boating: Sail into the Sunset
At the bottom of the Windward Island chain, Grenada is a great base for sailing, with the prevailing trade winds blowing through.
If you’re just looking for a day trip, there are many bays, beaches and out-islands to explore on a private sailing or powerboat charter. One of our favourites is the stunning Sandy Island off Grenada’s north coast, an uninhabited gem surrounded by turquoise waters and white sand. It’s the perfect secluded spot for a day trip and a gourmet picnic to make your Grenada luxury vacation memorable. Read more about luxury boat charters with West Indies Concierge.
If you’d like to venture further, Grenada is an excellent base for exploring the Grenadine Islands that stretch to the north, offering some of the most incredible sailing in the region. The Tobago Cays Marine Park is one of our favourite places on the planet – a breathtaking group of five ‘blow your mind islands’ formed by a natural lagoon surrounded by the archipelago of islands. Its calm waters offer the perfect spot to drop anchor, and enjoy the natural beauty of the park – swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach or deck of your private yacht.
6. The Food: Eat Your Heart Out
Grenada offers some exceptional restaurants to sample the best of Caribbean ingredients, fused with international techniques and flavours. With an array of fine dining options, you’ll be able to sample your way around the island, led by your taste buds.
For a really immersive foodie experience as part of a Grenada luxury vacation, West Indies Concierge will be offering exclusive culinary experiences where you’ll get a true understanding of Caribbean flavours and how they come together.
Tour a local market with a private chef who will introduce you to the exotic flavors of the tropics with the chance to sample unusual fruits and spices that Grenada is famous for. Discover local ingredients like callaloo and breadfruit – the star ingredients in Grenada’s national dish Oil Down. After stocking up on ingredients, head back to your villa for a private cooking lesson exploring the flavor of Grenada. If you prefer, relax by the pool while your chef whips up lunch in a jiffy.
7. Grenadian People: Welcoming and Memorable Characters
Many places claim it, but in Grenada we really think we have some of the most welcoming and friendly people. Grenadians are proud of their island, and happy to share and showcase it with visitors.
Through West Indies Concierge, we introduce you to some special characters in Grenada, revealing a unique perspective on the island that you just don’t get on a standard tour.
If you’re interested in colonial history, how about a tour of Grenada’s forts or historic sugar plantations with a local historian? For art enthusiasts, we’ll introduce you to one of Grenada’s most renowned artists, for the chance to discuss contemporary Caribbean art over lunch, tour the artist’s studio and gallery and even visit some of the locations that inspire her work.
Ready to hop on the next flight? If we’ve managed to convince you, and we’re sure we have, get in touch with West Indies Concierge. We’d love to help make your Grenada luxury vacation memorable, and introduce you to the best that our island has to offer. From a luxury Grenada villa rental to our full range of Grenada concierge services, let’s bring that dream vacation to life.