Business travel doesn’t have to be all stuffy meetings and suit-and-tie presentations. When travelling to Grenada for work, there are plenty of opportunities for quality downtime for busy executives keen to strike a Caribbean work-life balance. Executive stress? Not here! For Grenadian folk pride themselves on being “barefoot champions of leisure” on an island blessed with innumerable waterfront beach bars, casual restaurants and perfect stretches of palm-scattered sands. Take a look at our guide to getting the most out of being on business in Grenada.
Where to stay: For rustling palms and sugar-fine sands be sure to grab a beach-facing room at the True Blue Bay Boutique Hotel, an upscale beachside property with impeccable service and first-rate Eco-tourism credentials. Similarly swish, the Calabash Hotel offers more sedate accommodation in a five-star setting that prides itself on gourmet cuisine. Keen to stay somewhere more casual? Then opt for the barefoot opulence of the Flamboyant Hotel for friendly service and simple rooms.
Where to eat: A string of notable restaurants can be found in the buzzing heart of St George, where freshly caught and cooked seafood is a must-try. Along the coast you’ll find a mixed bag of casual dining options specialising in authentic home-cooked food. Looking for fuss-free Creole burgers and skewered shrimp? Then try the Junction Bar & Grill. Sails Restaurant is popular with a savvy business crowd, while those after a luxurious setting for a client dinner should head to The Beach House, a first-class waterside eatery just yards from the sand.
Where to go for evening cocktails: For business over a tray of rainbow-coloured cocktails, settle into the reggae vibe at the Dodgy Dock, one of the island’s atmospheric over-the-water bars. Networking here is done in typical laid-back Grenadian style – swap formal business attire for shorts and deck shoes and go with the flow. Order a jug of rum punch to help the business chitchat flow to the syncopated sound of pounding reggae rhythms. Grenada’s other favourite after-work beer joint is the Prickly Bay Marina, where DJs spin ambient tracks in the open-air bar.
Top sights: Watch Humpback and Orca whales, play beach volleyball, or spend a day fishing out at sea. Join a daytime safari trip for wildlife thrills in Grenada’s rainforests and lesser-known wilds, enjoy a lip-smacking tour of a chocolate plantation, or trek along rocky trails to stunning waterfall cascades. Hire a bike for a morning to delve in Grenada’s traffic-free bumpy lanes – a refreshing way to see the island in the fresh breeze and early sunshine.
Great gifts: Struggling for gift ideas to take home to the family? Then head to one of the small souvenir vendors in St George. Most sell tropical T-shirts, dried spices, organic Grenadian chocolate, jewellery and brightly painted ceramics. Vivid landscape paintings, nutmeg soaps and beaded bags are other popular Grenadian products bought as souvenirs. To snap up a deal simply stroll through the Commercial District in St George – the island’s main shopping arterial – where you’ll find a very popular market selling cut-price clothes, knickknacks, trinkets, CDs, vegetables and fruit. For air-cooled shopping malls, head for The Esplanade or Spiceland – two great places for local handicrafts including woven bags, Caribbean batik, wall hangings, Grenadian homespun produce including chocolate, chilli sauce, finely-ground nutmeg, jars of fiery pickles and much besides.
Going local: When the workday is done and you’re looking to let loose from business in Grenada, it’s time for some word-class water sports – details of specialist waterskiing, Hobie cat sailing, kayaking, reef fishing and diving operators can be found at www.grenadagrenadines.com, together with all the latest sailing regattas and diving events and sites. Keen to practice your swing? Then book a session at the Grenada Golf Course, a scenic par-67 with a curvaceous layout that features criss-crossing fairways and plenty of palms. Or, check out the cricketing fixtures at the National Stadium for a chance to watch local or international games.
Where to break curfew: When the meetings have come to a close it’s time for some Grenadian R&R at one of the island’s umpteen scenic beaches, in a traditional tropical spa, or propping up a lively big-screen sports bar with a tray of ice cold beers. Downtime is sacrosanct in the Caribbean and celebrated with gusto at Bar Bananas with live music and a packed dance floor. Need to chill out? Then treat yourself to an island massage at Janissa’s Spa on the Spice Island Beach Resort. Using a mix of fresh blooms, nuts, fruit and herbs in conjunction with gentle, synchronised pressure, it soothes tiredness, eases tension and softens skin.
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