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Grenada | The Spice Island

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I decided to start this as a way to write about and share different experiences that I want to remember and share with you all!

Grenada is known as the “Spice Island” because almost every spice grows and thrives there. I bought a large variety of local spices to use at home, and so far, I have been very impressed with the ones I have tried.

We stayed for 6 nights at Sandals La Source in Grenada. The resort was less than 5 minutes away from the airport, so after a day of traveling, this was awesome. I have stayed at Sandals resorts in other islands that were hours away from the airport. So this was definitely a win for Sandals La Source.

Only complaint/disclaimer:

My only complaint of this entire trip was the fact that there were camera crews and models walking around all day at the resort working on new photos and commercials for ย Sandals. This was a neat experience at first, however, it got old fast. They would often shut down parts of the resort for shooting purposes, often without notice. This did not truly disrupt our vacation, however, as much money as we were paying to be there, we should have been able to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted.

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I am not a professional photographer by any means, so this was the best photo I could find to showcase the resort grounds. Check out www.sandals.com if you want a better feel of the resort, or feel free to ask me questions!

On that note, this was my third stay at a Sandals Resort and I have loved them all!! I can talk about them all day and recommend them to anyone! You simply cannot beat their level of excellence for an all inclusive resort.

The food:

I am a (pretty good) self taught cook. I know my way around a kitchen and cook pretty extensive meals from scratch on the regular. With that said, the food at Sandals is PHENOMENAL. Most people think gross buffet food when they think of all inclusive resorts. NO. These are five star, white table cloth restaurants that serve fabulous breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I get just as excited about the food when I go to a Sandals as anything else about them (and there is a lot to get excited about).

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I tried to remember to take photos of the food as often as I could. However, obviously I did not get every meal (mostly because I was too exited to eat).

Dinner is ideally served as a 3 course meal. Each person orders their own appetizer, entree, and desert (if desired). This sounds like a lot, but since these are very upscale restaurants, the portions are somewhat small…especially the appetizer. Their appetizers are not what we think of in America as an appetizer. It is not something that is meant to be shared; they are tiny!! However, I love the concept because this allows you to try different types of food, but not get too full to try everything. I was always full after every meal. But, the great thing about all inclusive is..if you aren’t full….order something else or go somewhere else and eat again (LOL).

My last piece of advice about the food is try something new!!!!!! It is all inclusive, so why not try something new that you wouldn’t normal pay for back home! You can always get something you end up not liking something…but something tells me that everything they serve is delicious. Over the years, I have tried shark, swordfish, lamb, other types of fish that I can’t particularly remember (and I am not typically a fish lover) and I have loved everything I have ordered.

The rooms:

The rooms at Sandals resorts are always top notch, no matter what room category you choose. Grenada was one of the most recently built Sandals (if not the most recent), therefore, it is very modern. We stayed in a basic room on this trip and we still had a beautiful and huge soaking tub on our balcony. This was one of my favorite parts of our stay.

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The entertainment:

Sadly, I don’t have any good pictures to showcase how awesome the entertainment staff is at Sandals, especially Sandals La Source in Grenada. However, let me just tell you that it is phenomenal and they do a great job of doing different themes each night and having a variety of different local bands, singers, etc. I am a sucker for steel drum music, and they had some of the best live steel band performances that I have ever seen.

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Day 1:

We spent most of this day simply enjoying being at the resort by soaking up the sun on the beach! One thing I absolutely love about the beach at Sandals (at least all the ones I’ve been too) is that they have these yellow raft things anchored to the floor in the ocean so you can go out and relax on them like a float.

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The water is crystal clear and the sun is very hot; so hot, in fact, that I had just recently dyed my hair a reddish color and the strong sunlight in Grenada faded it to just brown in a matter of days. But it was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

That night, we had dinner at the Italian restaurant at Sandals. This was one of our favorite restaurants in Grenada. We ate here twice, actually. I had shrimp scampi pasta and James had spaghetti with the largest meat balls I have ever seen in my life. (lol!!)

The theme at the resort that night was caribbean night. There was a live steel drum band that was awesome!

Day 2:

We always like to do at least one excursion on our trips, in order to truly see the island. I don’t see the point of traveling to these nice resorts if you are not going to go out and really see some of the culture and beauty of the island.

Our first excursion was a “Pilot your own boat” tour. This was one of my favorite excursions that I have ever done. We drove around on a small raft-like boat from a nearby harbor and went out and toured the island from the ocean. The island of Grenada is beautiful not only has because it has marvelous clear water beaches, but it also has very high mountains, making the contrast between the two absolutely stunning.

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After boating around for a while, we went snorkeling at Grenada’s underwater sculpture park. You can read more about the history behind this here:ย http://grenadaunderwatersculpture.com

Seeing these underwater statues was very interesting and I would recommend anyone going to Grenada to try it for the experience. However, in terms of snorkeling to see fish, we did not see many fish snorkeling in this area.

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There were a lot more sculptures than I have pictured here; but again, I am not a professional photographer and this was my first trip using our new GoPro, not all of the photos turned out that great. ๐Ÿ™‚

After snorkeling we got back on our little boats and drove to a near by secluded beach and spent about 30 minutes enjoying the beauty of the beach. Our guide swam out and came back with a huge conch shell, with a baby octopus inside. This was a very unique and impressive experience. I could feel it suctioning and un-suctioning from my hand as I held it.

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Excuse my face (lol)! But this was awesome. Later, we found a sand dollar, which is not quite as uncommon, but I still found it fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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For dinner, we are at the French restaurant at Sandals. French cuisine was new to me, but it was excellent, as usual. I had lamb and James had a ham and cheese stuffed chicken breast.

The theme at the resort this night was local Grenada night. The resort had hand picked vendors that came in and were selling local spices and hand made items and jewelry. This was nice because there was only one local vendor selling a small amount of necklaces on the beach. We always like to buy some stuff from the locals, to support them and to have a few unique items to take home.

With that said, it was extremely nice NOT having the vendors on the beach. I like supporting them, but on our last Sandals trip to Antigua, they had so many vendors on the beach that it became overwhelming and a little annoying.

Day 3:

We spent this day at the resort again, mostly relaxing by the beach and the pool. However, we did enjoy snorkeling so much that we went again through Sandals. Sandals offers free snorkeling trips several times a day. On this trip we saw a lot more fish! Again, I apologize for the lack of fancy pictures, but I will share what I have! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was July 4th. There were different activities and celebrations going on all day. For dinner, we attended the Sandals Select Guests Dinner. This is a special private dinner that you get invited too once you are considered a “returning guest” at Sandals (which just means you have been to a Sandals more than once). This is always an elegant and fun event. There was a cocktail hour outside and then we moved in to one of the restaurants that they closed for the private event and had a four course special made dinner.

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Day 4:

We did another excursion. This was a “Jeep and River Tubing” excursion. We started out in a large Jeep that was open on the top so we could stand up and see better. We rode around about 3/4 of the island and saw a lot of the natural beauty, admiring the color and mountains of Grenada. During the ride, we had a local tour guide telling us about the different regions and historical sites that we were passing. This may not sound that exciting to some people. However, I enjoy really knowing the history and culture of the islands that I visit.

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Our first stop was at a local sulfur spring. The water running down the mountain into the spring was crystal clear spring water that you could refill your water bottle up with and drink. It was delicious. However, once it ran down over the rocks into the pool of water that was at the bottom, it formed this warm pool of sulfur water that you can soak in for natural skin healing benefits. This was a fun experience and this was not a first for me. However, I am always down for natures hot tub. Sad news is, I don’t have any photos of this.

Then we got back in the jeep and went over to the river tubing. This was a first for me and it was a blast! We rode in a single tube down the rapids of a local river. The people that were working there stood in the river to help you along if you got stuck and to make sure that you didn’t somehow make a wrong turn. The experience in itself was a little shorter than I would have liked it to be, but it was worth it!

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We had dinner at the steak house at Sandals. You had to make reservations at this restaurant, which we did when we first arrived. This was another excellent meal. I had lamb again and James had filet mignon.

I do not remember the specific theme for this night, mostly because we stayed at the pool bar rather late so we missed some of the nightly entertainment this night (because our dinner reservations weren’t until 8:30). We had met several other couples and were watching the camera crew film a scene in a near by hot tub. We were somewhat rebelling because we were supposed to leave the area….and we just didn’t.

There was karaoke in the pub later that night, which I always love going to watch and sing along!

Day 5:

This was our last full day at the resort. We actually went snorkeling, for a third time, through Sandals. Later we, again, relaxed by the beach and pool for the majority of the day.

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We ate dinner at the Italian restaurant for the second time. I had cabonara and James got lamb. Again, the food was outstanding. The theme for this night was ย “all white night”. Everyone wears all white clothing (if you have it, if not its not a big deal) and they have a chocolate buffet with all kinds of house made chocolates and pastries.

 

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Conclusion:

Again, this was my 3rd stay at Sandals. I have stayed at Halcyon Beach in St. Lucia. (Which means I have also seen The Grande in St. Lucia and Regency La Toc in St. Lucia, because you can go visit the other Sandals in St. Lucia when you stay at one, which an awesome benefit for visiting St. Lucia). Also, I have stayed at The Grande Antigua and obviously La Source Grenada. Also, I have stayed at several resorts, including Atlantis, in the Bahamas. BUT,ย I would have to say that La Source Grenada was my favorite, even with the photo shoot going on. However, if the photo shoot had not been going on, it would, without a doubt, be my favorite.

I can without a doubt say that THE PEOPLE OF GRENADA IS WHAT MADE THIS TRIP THE BEST. Of all of the islands that I have been to, these people were the most kind, friendly, and grateful people that I have ever met. They loved their country and they loved their tourists, even though tourists can get old fast (I’m sure!!). They worked everyday with a smile (and a genuine smile at that) on their face! Everyone we met greeted us with a smile and a simple “hello” or “good morning”; and although this is a simple, sometimes unnoticed gesture, it was truly noticed and appreciated by us.

Happy Travels!

With love,

Katie

 

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