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Reviewed October 22, 2007

This was, without a doubt, absolutely the best and most relaxing beach vacation I have ever taken! The staff is wonderful, friendly and helpful, and knew us by name from the moment we arrived. The property is beautiful and well-maintained. The rooms are luxurious and well appointed, with perhaps the nicest bed I have ever slept in. All the furnishings are comfortable and top of the line. The location, on the lovely Grand Anse beach, is superb for swimming, sunning and long walks--and there are other, more isolated beaches just a short walk away as well.

I cannot say enough about the food! While all-inclusive, all meals were cooked to order--none of the usual tacky buffets with mediocre food. The chef, Mark, adapts classical techniques to the wonderful bounty of the local sea and land. The dinners, especially, were delightful and relaxed five course meals--but with serving sizes which allowed us (two avowed foodies) to try almost everything on the menu. The flavors were unusual and delightful, and showcased Grenada's indigenous resources to beautiful effect.

There was nothing at all that we felt was lacking. In fact, usually on a seven day vacation, I have had enough by day five or six. But this was the first time I actually felt that a few more days would have been ideal.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank runhack
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Reviewed October 14, 2007

We have just got back from spending 11 nights at this wonderful hotel, from arriving to leaving we must say we have been spoilt rotten and if it wasnt from doing excerise while we were there then we would have put on a few pounds lol.

The hotel caters for all ages as there is a kids club to a quiet library near the bar, we stayed at the hotel while it was very quiet and there was no children at all however should you go with kids then the staff would look after them very well and would probaly bring in some of their children to play with yours.

We stayed in a Sea Grape Suite which over looks the sea, unless you want TOTAL privacy i would recommend these suites as they are very big and when you wake up you are about 5 metres from the beach. We stayed in room 42 , the rooms from 35 onwards i would say are better situated to the beach (they are all close though).

I will not try to repeat what others have stated, however the staff were fantastic and made the holiday it was. Thanks to Shana, Curtis, Delroy, TTT (Tasha The Terrior), Jones and all the others that spoilt us both rotten.

The beach was also everything you could dream off with crystal clear watersand white sands.

I really could go and repeat what others have said but i wont, if you want a holiday that gives you excellent service best beaches warm swimming pool nicely decor rooms with big baths and showers a good choice of food menus, fantastic bar menu. and every thing else you would ask for in a 5 star hotel then this is the place to go.

As a previous reviewer had stated the food was very rich which at the begining of the holiday is fine however after a week you wish for something a bit lighter or should i say maybe a choice, us English for some reason start to miss the simple things in life food wise and it would be nice to see that on the menu, im not complaining about the food as it was wonderfully presented and always freshly cooked though. The other thing i would like to see is more choice with the water sports, i think water sking and wind surfing should be included as we had to go further up the beach and pay for these locally.

Should anyone require any further information then i would be pleased to answer anything on this hotel.

PS although the staff do a terrific job and never once have they waited for a tip, we think if you have a few dollars spare then give it to them they deserve it for there personal professional committed service.

PPS We met some wonderful people on our holiday too and hopefully they all will be back next year so we can have our cocktail afternoons and good banter at the bar, to Sandy & Ted, JP & and my ringo partner Julia, Lex & Kerrie, Gordon & Jan, James & Sarah and the Ladies thanks for making it very enjoyable Honeymoon.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank justhappy
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Reviewed September 16, 2007

We returned from the Spice Island 10 days ago and we can say it was truly fantastic,quite an amazing venue from when we arrived at reception with a great welcome from the bellboys and the lovely friendly ladies on reception. They were fine about the voucher being handed in the next morning.We had initially booked the Oleander Suites overlooking the gardens but upgraded to the Sea Grape suites which interconnected as we were travelling with children and this was well worth it .The rooms are of excellent standard,with brilliant service to back them up,cleaned and serviced to a very high level.
The staff are extremely well trained,any queries were answered with full knowledge and the communication between departments is the best I have come across in the hotel industry ,( from both professionally and personal travel experience,)Whenever we ordered anything to our room, when we didn't feel like having lunch or snacks in the restaurant,they always rang us to let us know it was on its way.We found that ordering lunch to our beachfront terrace we could order pretty much what we wanted and we didn't have to get the children changed ,or wait for food in the Surf Bar,they could play on the beach until our food arrived and they staff will set it all up for you too.
A comment a previous traveller said about waiting for the food.This is not a problem as the food is beautifully freshly prepared together with superb service is just what you expect from a resort of this standard ,not a snack bar.
We would like to say that the food is excellent using local produce ,fish ,fruit and vegetables is part of the reason for choosing this venue we didn't want to go a resort which served British orientated food.We met the head chef and many of his brigade they are knowledgeable ,well trained and produce superb dishes which change each day,they were very flexible to our childrens needs too.
When we stayed there were other families and it is such a resort that we got to know them and the children made good friends,the hotel catered well for a group of children by offering an early buffet and child care in the Nutmeg Pod for the evenings so the adults and guests with no children could have a relaxing dinner.

The comment from the 2 guests on Trip Advisor who are obviously teachers saying about noisy children in the pool yes there were times when they were a little lively but they were controlled by their parents ,in the evening the children were enjoying the entertainment laid on. Maybe a suggestion that they find a resort which catered solely for adults,as this resort had a childrens club ,it is obvious that children may be present and it is the summer holidays as teachers would be aware of.
Other resorts on Grenada do not come to the standard of the Spice Island and it may be that famliies want a more discerning place to stay and have that choice rather than the 4 star hotels.
We would like to say that Sir Royston and his family are very gracious hosts ,Ryan ,Ruth ,Nerissa and Tea are truly genuine lovely people who wanted to make our holiday out of this world and they suceeded,unfortunately people complain for the sake of it which is a shame.
You will not find another venue which try to do their utmost for guests needs.We travelled with Worldwide Escapes and Carrier who gave us the opportunity to stay here and they couldn't have found a more suitable venue.
Thank you to te Hopkin family for a memorable family holiday

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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8  Thank Bail4
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Reviewed September 15, 2007

Understated luxury in a beautiful location, white powdery beach, warm aqua sea, with sand that felt like velvet underfoot.

We stayed in a Seagrape beach suite, which led out onto the beach, and it had ample space for us and our two children, aged 7 and 5. The other reviews are spot on and so we will not repeat them, but for those that are interested there is complimentary Wi-fi in the lobby area, and ethernet connection in the rooms, and a computer in the Business Centre near the lobby which also has complimentary internet.

A special mention has to go to the Deputy Manager and Owner's son, Ryan Hopkin, his lovely wife Ruth, and their beautiful daughter, Teia, who were simply lovely and made us feel at home. All of the staff were full of smiles, and the service was excellent.

For us a real bonus was the very short transfer from the airport after a long flight and the children's facilities in the Nutmeg Pod which meant that the children could enjoy a kids buffet and film whilst we dined in peace in the evenings.....very civilised.

We have only a few negatives about Spice Island Beach Resort, as follows:

1. For people with a restricted diet, such as ourselves, the food choices can become really monotonous and detract from the holiday experience enormously. The food itself, whilst beautifully presented, was NEVER hot, lacked simplicity and was too heavily influenced by what is available at the time locally. This is fine at first, and a pleasure to try, ....dasheen, callalloo, pumpkin, guava, mango etc, but not twice a day for 7 days...there has to be some International Cuisine too. We truly are not fussy eaters, but there were times that we really struggled to find something that we could eat, especially for the children. We'd have given anything for strawberry jam instead of guava jam and vanilla ice cream instead of banana!!! As to the breakfast, it too is full service. There is an area which purports to be a buffet but actually consists of fruit juice from a carton, fresh fruit (so why not freshly squeezed juices?!!), cereals, a few baked items and long life milk. (Please note that there is no fresh milk at the resort AT ALL, so the kids refused to eat the cereal and drink any milk for the entire week, and for us the coffee/tea tasted unpalatable). There is absolutely no excuse to serve tinned mushrooms for breakfast at a resort of this calibre. If fresh mushrooms are not available then don't put them on the menu at all.

We spoke to Dominic, the catering manager, and to Mark, the executive chef. Both are truly lovely guys, but the excuse of "the fresh milk goes off too quickly" was unsatisfactory when one has paid the prices that Spice Island demand. Whatever happened to refrigerators? On another occasion we were told that the reason for the lack of variety in the fish was because the fishermen had not gone fishing that week due to a festival: again no excuse when that's the week you've decided to book and paid those prices! On occasion the one option in the table d'hote that we could eat was served raw when we had asked for it to be medium/well done. It was inedible. Whilst apologies were offered, if you had been in a fine dining restaurant and been unable to eat the uncooked food, you would have just refused to pay for it! Here you are a captive audience, as you've paid all your money up front! It became a stress rather than a pleasure to go to the restaurant. We have never experienced anything like this before, despite having stayed all over the world at equvalent, and lesser resorts. There is no option to opt out of the "all inclusive", and for us it was a real relief that we had only booked to stay here for 7 days. What a pity that this outstanding hotel, in a fabulous location with wonderful staff has catering that is well-below average for a 5* resort

2. There is no children's pool and the pool itself, whilst beautiful and clean has no shallow end, so children have to be very closely supervised at all times.

3. There are no mosquito screens on the doors leading from the room to the beach. If, like us, you have a room at one end of the property, there is a muddy track next to the hotel that fills with stagnant water and mosquitoes can become a problem.

4. There are no air-conditioned communal areas, ie. bar/restaurant/lounge are all open air....fabulous, yes, but it can get really humid....

5. There are no bar snacks and no quick option for lunch: it is a sit down full service affair for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. This can be very frustrating when you just want to have a quick snack for lunch like a salad or a sandwich and get back to the beach.

Would we stay again?.....we would love to but it would have to be a 'NO' for us with the catering situation as it is. That's not to say that it wouldn't be a perfect place if you were not restricted at all in what you could eat....it's a personal thing really, we'd go again in a heartbeat if it wasn't all inclusive (with all inclusive prices).

By the way, Thomson Worldwide was considerably cheaper than Virgin Holidays etc. if you are thinking of booking from the UK.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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18  Thank MossyFlossy
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Reviewed September 15, 2007

We decided to return to Spice Island as our holiday in 2006 was perfect, maybe the expectation was too much.

The Hotel and Staff are all excellent but this year there were just too many children at the hotel (we counted 17) in a 62 room resort.

I would like to point out that whilst I like children I do not wish them to dominate my holiday. Unfortunately, this year it seemed that children ruled the roost. The Dining room on occasion was so noisy it was not that far removed from a school dining hall. The pool clearly stated no diving or jumping but alas the children holidaying at the resort didn't take any notice and being dive-bombed by exuberant children was a daily occurrence.

The bar area (which I believe should be an adult area in the evening) was a favourite meeting area of the under 10's with 'Shirley Temples' and Chocolate Milk Shakes being made on a regular basis well into the late evening.

I think the Hotel is beautiful and all the Staff absolutely fantastic - Del Roy, Tasha, Nash, Shirley-Anne etc. The service, food, accommodation everything about the place is of a exceptional standard - you are made to feel special.

Sir Royston explained that he is keeping in line with Sandy Lane and Carlisle Bay and Spice Island is now a Family Hotel (in the past it was an Adult only hotel). I would advise those wanting to relax without children around not to contemplate visiting Spice Island during the School Holiday period.

It is a shame as there are plenty of family hotels in Grenada and the Caribbean and not that many hotels which cater for people who wish to holiday without the little cherubs. That said, the place is ideal for you if you have children or wish to holiday with them.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank UKCB
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