January 11, 2013
The oft-celebrated Rococo Chocolates is not only world renowned, but all of the chocolate is made from the rare Trinitario cocoa beans grown in Grenada. The founder of Rococo Chocolates, Chantal Coady, is understandably passionate about the island, and she lets us in on only its very best secrets”¦
Where do you like to spend your free time in Grenada?
I really enjoy just mooching around St Georges – it’s got some lovely shops and the markets are so bright, colourful and animated. For tranquility, I head to the La Sagesse Nature Reserve where you can find a lovely sheltered bay and a beautiful boutique hotel with a great restaurant and bar on the beach. Yoga at La Source Resort is also wonderfully relaxing – the spa is fabulous too.
What’s the best way to get around the island?
Grenada has some of the best taxi drivers in the Caribbean and some great little communal taxi buses that only cost small change. I’d suggest booking a driver for a day to take you around to meet real Grenadian people – the islanders are fabulous, genuinely proud of their beautiful island, hugely knowledgeable, bright, charming, well-educated and a pleasure to know.
What are you favourite places to experience Grenadian food?
I thoroughly enjoy the food at Ebony (Victoria Street, Grenville, +1 473 442 8558) – a simple, well-hidden restaurant that few tourists ever discover. It’s a beautiful place in a fine colonial-era building that overlooks the fish market. We always have the calalloo soup and rotis, filled with lamb or goat – the flavours are incredible. You’ll find another superb local kitchen at The Nutmeg (The Carenage, St George’s, +1 473 440 2539) overlooking the harbour. If you like rum, a visit to the River Antoine Rum Distillery (River Antoine, St Patrick, +1 473 442 7109) is a MUST. It still uses ancient methods to produce and bottle its liquor – the result is a grassy-flavoured, artisan rum that is very, very strong.
What about the wildlife and the scenery? “¨”¨
The island’s terrain is wonderfully fertile – a very good reason why crops, plants and spices flourish in abundance, such as our organic cocoa. As you travel around Grenada you’ll see rolling fields of mango, passion fruit, guava, ginger, soursop, rum and oranges. It’s a real treat for nature lovers with its stunning beaches, turtle nesting sites, rugged mountains, beautiful parks, rainforest reserves and bird-filled wetlands. If you’re lucky, you may see mona monkeys, opossums, mongoose and armadillo together with hummingbirds, waterfowl, herons and black-necked stilts found in the forests, mangrove swamps and lagoons.
Any chocolate-related attractions for sweet-toothed visitors?
Yes! All chocolate-loving visitors should head to Grenada’s number 1 agro-tourism site, the 17th century Belmont Estate – not only can you witness the cocoa drying in a stunning rural location but there are also plenty of opportunities to taste freshly made chocolates and delicious truffles at the BonBon shop, all made with 100% local ingredients.