recently visited the Caribbean Island of Grenada to test its female-friendliness.
It's such a lovely corner of the world and under the right circumstances
it is alarmingly romantic. I travelled there with a group of travel
writers and decided to look at this little piece of paradise from
two different angles -- wedding and honeymoon destination or a getaway
for a single female looking for some rest, relaxation and fun in
my time between the Spice Island Beach Resort,
an elegant boutique hideaway and then went on to La Source,
a first-class, all inclusive holiday experience. Each stay was three
days. The first at Spice Island was so romantic
I contemplated marrying one of the other travel writers whom I had
just met that morning. The second spot, La Source
was so full of endless activity and new people to meet I gave my
original wedding plan up as a bad idea.
tiny bit of history and geography...
is a lush tropical paradise, part of a tri-island nation (the
other two islands are Cariaccou and Petite Martinique) located
in the blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is set 12
degrees north of the equator; the average temperature is 80
degrees F tempered by cooling Trade Winds. On a map you can
find the island of Grenada just northwest of Trinidad and
Tobago. Christopher Columbus sailed by it but didn't stop
while on his famous voyage of 1492. Soon after enough Spaniards
arrived to leave their mark; later came both the French and
British colonization. Today, visitors to this independent
island will detect these three foreign influences in Grenada's
food, culture and language.
will often hear Grenada referred to as the Spice Isle. According
to our island guide, 'there are more spices here per square
mile than any other place on the planet. Cloves, cinnamon.
ginger, tumeric, cocoa, nutmeg and mace grow in abundance.
In fact, nutmeg is the country's biggest export producing
one third of the world's supply.' That probably accounts for
the exotic scent in the air. I noticed it soon after I arrived.
Granada smells different from any other place I've ever been.
Island Beach resort on Grande Anse Bay is a study
in absolute elegance and personalized service. All meals,
entertainment, golf green fees, tennis and cycling are included
in your stay. Janissa's Spa dispenses relaxation for tired
bodies and the 1600 hundred feet of white sand beach provides
warm pleasure to bare feet. I appreciated the complimentary
access to the internet off the lobby and high speed access
in every room.
we were there most of the guests at the resort were coupled;
though there were a few three generation families enjoying
a holiday as well. Many of these were from Britain with the
youngsters quiet as little mice so they never detracted from
the hush and plush of the resort's ambience.
international and local cuisine...
Spice Island Beach Resort meals are served
at Oliver's, an open-air dining room overlooking the beach
affording a panoramic view of of St. George's, the island's
capital. Menus feature fusion delights, a combination of continental
cuisine paired with island specialties and Grenadian spices.
I won't soon forget the appetizer of honey and cinnamon baked
pumpkin, the entree of grilled fillet of kingfish with lime
and ginger dressing, the tartlet of cheese and callaloo, (a
local leafy green vegetable a little like spinach) as well
as a wedge of traditional fried polenta. For dessert there
were two favorites -- cocoa tea parfait in a chocolate cup
or the richly flavoured ice creams made right on the premises:
nutmeg, guava and avocado. I choose to sample a bit of each
and didn't for one minute regret it.
are 64-suites on the property, one more exquisite than the
next. Each is situated in amongst the resort's tropical flora
and fauna. My assigned suite hidden behind an unassuming white
door opened onto a little piece of heaven. Picture a small
open-air patio with pool, lounge chairs and bamboo tables
just for my personal use. At day's end it became a private
spot to lie back, close my eyes and listen to a natural symphony
of ocean waves, tree frogs and crickets. Picture that and
tell me you're not interested.
a few stairs were glass doors leading to my actual living
space where a large four posted bed held center stage. The
fridge was stocked with complimentary alcoholic goodies including
the island's very potent rum. The marble bathroom with a whirlpool
tub for two offered up Molton Brown amenities, and the finest
Frette robes to slip into after bathing.
late afternoon as the sun was preparing to set the doorbell
rang and a waiter delivered elegant canapes -- once shrimp
mousse, another time chicken medallions with Ranch dressing.
His parting words as he left the suite were always the same,
'I hope you enjoy this snack, M'lady. Clearly, a single woman
had to adore this attentive service and luxurious space but
honestly, to me it screamed, 'HONEYMOON.'
few inquiries at the front desk about weddings confirmed my
own thoughts. Last year over twenty couples were married or
renewed their vows at Spice Island Beach Resort.
Imagine a wedding without any hassles. The hotel staff takes
care of everything prior to your stay on the island. Since
the period of residency is three full working days before
an application can be made for the licenses, the bride and
groom have plenty of time to put finishing touches on their
plans once they arrive.
wedding staff accompanies the couple to the registry, they
walk you around the property to choose the exact spot you'd
like to tie the knot. Will it be on the beach as the sun goes
down? Do you want to be in the gazebo or the garden? Would
you like a traditional fruit wedding cake or banana or coconut
gateau? Your wish is their desire. What type of bouquet should
the florist provide? Do you want to match the flowers you
carry with the flowers in a floral arch?
resort will even provide a Best Man or Maid of Honor if you
need them. Still not enough? Spice Island's chosen photographer
presents you with an album containing the 36 best shots of
your wedding along with a disc filled to the brim with 100
photos taken that day. And once the festivities are over,
the couple receives a romantic sunset cruise of the coastline
and harbour and, at their leisure the newly weds are treated
to a couples massage with oils infused with the fabulous spices
about it ladies. I did. A lot.
further information about the resort's wedding packages see:
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soon it was time to stop dreaming about romance
and weddings. I put on my solo traveller hat and headed off
to LaSource, where is is easy to be a single Journeywoman
on holiday. Click
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