Travel by Lesley

Add a little spice to your holiday

Are you feeling the effects of the winter blues; are you dreaming of white sandy beaches, crystal turquoise waters, and friendly and welcoming locals and amazing food, then let us transport you away from the cold and dreary to the wonderful island of Grenada.

When I visited the island last September I didn’t really know much about it apart from the fact that it was situated below the hurricane belt and that it was known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean, well my quick introduction to Grenada left me blown away, it has so much more to offer than the usual fly and flop Caribbean holiday.

Less developed than many of the other Caribbean islands, Grenada bewitches you from the moment you arrive and offers both couples and families so much more than white sandy beaches and turquoise waters; with its wide array of low rise boutique hotels; no hotel can be higher than a palm tree, laid-back living, spice plantations and a lush rainforest interior with spectacular waterfalls it has plenty to offer. If like me your body clock is still on UK time, why not head to the beach for an early morning swim with some of the locals. 

There are a whole host of hotels and apartments to chose from, we stayed at Coyaba Beach, Mount Cinnamon and Spice Island and visited a number of other hotels from the new Sandals La Source , the only all-inclusive just for couples on the island to self catering apartments and 5* hillside retreats

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If you are a passionate foodie, you’ll love exploring the wide range of restaurants, from elegant fine dining at Rhodes Restaurant at the newly refurbished Calabash Hotel, or the world renowned Oliver’s at Spice Island Beach Resort to the local restaurants such as Patricks where they sell authentic ‘Grenadian tapas’ where you can delight in some of the local dishes infused with the islands spices and washed down with a local Carib beer.

Take the opportunity to try some of the organically grown cocoa and strong local rum or maybe you just prefer to relax in a hammock with a nutmeg infused rum punch!

One of the places you must visit is the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park, a collection of fantastic haunting sculptures that lie in the marine park and named by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 25 wonders, this is just one of 50 amazing dive sites on around the island.  Don’t miss the latest sculpture, the Nutmeg Princess.

I was able to enjoy a dive there but it’s just as good for snorkelers as it’s in the shallow waters, Grenada itself is actually a great place to learn to Scuba Dive in the calm waters or try your hand at sailing.

Enjoy the eco-adventure in the tropical rainforest at Grand Etang Nature reserve, take

a dip in one of the islands breath-taking waterfalls or experience the thrill of a lifetime river tubing down the Balthazar River or scour some of the vibrant markets looking for souvenirs and of course, the islands spices.

Travel by Lesley

Maidstone, Kent

Tel: 0800 983 0075

Web:www.travelbylesley.co.uk

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