Grenada, a lush island paradise in the Caribbean, is nicknamed the Spice Island; its intoxicating fragrances and green landscapes are a heady combination. A superb destination for a romantic honeymoon.
Located north of Trinidad and Tobago, this island nation is filled with picture perfect harbours, stretches of white sand beaches, sunken treasures adorned by corals and unspoilt landscapes.
With breathtaking views of the ocean, the 4-star True Blue Bay Boutique Resort is quite the romantic spot overlooking True Blue Bay. Resting at the south end of the island, this charming bay waterfront property with brightly coloured blue buildings has something to suit every couple – villas, suites and rooms. For honeymooners, the first night is complimentary. Rooms have a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, kitchenette and eco-friendly amenities. If you’re looking for activities, True Blue has chocolate and rum tastings, yoga and diving. For a change of pace, check out their serene day spa or relax in the sun by the infinity pool. Breakfast can be delivered to your room to enjoy on your balcony. Sip cocktails on the water’s edge at the Dodgy Dock bar, a gathering spot for guests and locals alike.
For five-star luxury, the Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, set on the beach of a secluded bay, provides an intimate stay; with gorgeous gardens and a swimming pool straight out of Architectural Digest magazine.
All suites, private villa or deluxe, come with flatscreen TVs, wireless internet, and either balconies or patios. Rooms are tastefully decorated in soothing peppermint white and blues creating an ambiance of tranquility and luxury. Wake up to breakfast, delivered to your room, or served on the beach. The Calabash Spa is the ideal spot for a pampering couple’s massage before lounging on the beach with a refreshing mango mohito.
For lunch the resort offers casual dining at the Beach Club, just steps away from your lounger. In fact, lunch can be delivered right to your chaise. The menu features delicious cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, from spicy fish cakes to goat cheese salad or indulge in a lobster taco. Dinner is served in the romantic, vine-covered Rhodes Restaurant (dress code in effect), one of the top dining spots on the island. Overall, expect nothing but first class service from this Relais & Châteaux property.
Venturing beyond the resort, explore Grenada with a private guide either arranged by the resort or book Sheldon Noel, Royalty Taxi Tours. Noel will curate a champagne itinerary with visits to the Annandale Falls, and Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve. Chocolate is “the food of the gods”, so you must visit the Diamond Chocolate Factory, a former rum distillery, now home to Jouvay Chocolate. Stop for lunch at Belmont Estate to tour the gardens and cocoa processing. Spend the afternoon swimming at either Bathway or Levera beach on the island’s quiet north coast.
Finish your tour at the casual and local favourite Aquarium restaurant on the water. Indulge in one of their Caribbean seafood specialities like roasted black cod or stuffed jumbo shrimps.
The Grenadian warmth and charm are inescapable, making this island of lush green unique beauty, a perfect destination for a laid-back romantic honeymoon.
5 things to do in Grenada
1. Toast the sunset while sipping a cool margarita at Dodgy Dock.
2. Eat chocolate; it’s available in abundance in Grenada.
3. Do a rum tasting at Grenada distillers.
4. Go river tubing with Adventure Granada.
5. Dive or snorkel with Dive Grenada and see the underwater sculpture garden.
By Parm Parmar