Looking for some winter sun? Dubbed the ‘Spice Island’ for its nutmeg and mace production, Grenada may be the one for you. Renowned for its hospitality, white sandy beaches and bountiful surrounding hills, read our guide to Grenada in collaboration with luxury travel experts, Abercrombie & Kent.
La Sagesse Beach
Nutmeg is the main reason for Grenada’s enticing namesake. After Indonesia, the island is the second major international exporter of the spice in the world. They have a Nutmeg Festival, celebrating the spice’s importance in Grenadian culture and industry. Nutmeg is used as symbol on the national flag. And you’ll find its aromatic sweetness running through everything from nutmeg ice cream to spiced nutmeg chicken.
But spices are just the beginning of Grenada’s charm. One of the most fertile and beautiful of the Caribbean islands, its lush green valleys and mountain slopes are dense with cacao, cinnamon and ginger plantations, and provide a dramatic contrast to the clear waters of the ocean. With breathtaking sites like the world’s first underwater sculpture park, home-style restaurants and sandy beaches, The Spice Isle is perfect for laid back holidays and adventure trips alike.
The Grenada Chocolate Festival, 11 – 19 May, 2018. grenadachocolatefest.com
A bit of a thrill seeker? Grenada is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts and offers everything from chartered deep sea excursions to international fishing competitions. From the Annual Spice Isle Billfish Tournament, to trips with experienced captains, the island attracts anglers from all over the world. On land, adventure tours range from trekking through rainforests to journeying back in time on century old plantations. Visit in May and learn how Grenada’s chocolate artisans craft their famous ethical “tree to bar” products with the annual chocolate festival. Take a journey through the island’s rich history and visit cocoa farms nestled in the hills before luxuriating in rich chocolate and cacao inspired cuisine.
One of the most popular tourist attractions on the island is an underwater gallery of sculptures in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area. Fashioned from concrete and rebar, the sculptures reflect Grenadian culture and create an ideal substrate on which marine life thrives. Sympathetically located to enhance the reef, making natural use of its craggy gullies and sun-dappled sandy patches, the underwater sculptures attract snorkelers from far and wide.
Nighttime at the Caranage, in St George’s: a great spot for restaurants
If you like to spend your time soaking up the sun and relaxing, choose St George’s and Grand Anse Beach. The former, a sweet mix of picturesque houses, quaint streets and a colourful harbour is perfect for a chilled out stay. Visit in the evening for an incredible selection of bars and restaurants. Grand Anse boasts a two-mile stretch of white sand and calm sea popular with sun-seekers. But if you’re after a bit of seclusion, try La Sagesse, Bathway and Levera Beach; the best hideaways with walks that allow you to explore the quiet countryside.
Mending fishing nets on the beach in Grenada.
Whether you want to explore the spice plantations, taste the country’s exquisite chocolate, or dive amidst wildlife and art, Abercrombie & Kent can create a holiday tailored just to you. CLick the link below to find out more.
WIN A CHOCOLATE-INSPIRED RETREAT
Enter to win an all-inclusive, 7-night stay at Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada with a private tour of Rococo’s cocoa farm, a factory tour of the Grenada Chocolate Company and a personal styling appointment with £1000 to spend at Jigsaw.
In addition, two lucky runners-up will each win a pair of tickets for a chocolate making class with Rococo in London.
By Josie Johnson