January 11, 2013
Whenever we touch down in Grenada the first thing we get excited about is the food. This island isn’t known as the island of spice for nothing, and we always make a reservation at the Rhodes Restaurant at the first opportunity. This sedate signature restaurant of celebrity chef Gary Rhodes uses nothing but fresh, seasonal produce to create its menu/gourmet wish list. We love the dorado served with an oh-so-light ginger butter sauce, however the pork rubbed in roasted coffee is the most intriguing item. It’s served with crushed white sweet potato, chopped pak choi and watermelon chutney and the meat is delectably soft and succulent – with just the slightest hint of Grenadian coffee in every bite – heaven on a plate as far as we’re concerned!
A trip to Grenada wouldn’t be complete for us without visiting Grand Anse Beach with its inviting sugary white sands that are gloriously crowd-free – perfect for peace and privacy. If you want to have a truly unforgettable experience, however, make sure you’re around at about 5.30pm (depending on the season) to witness a magical Grenadian sunset in swirling colours of tangerine, magenta, amber and copper. We take a liquid picnic of rum punch to toast to it – the perfect start to any evening in Grenada.
Once the sun goes down, we tend to make a beeline for the Dodgy Dock. Don’t be put off by the name, this wooden, open-fronted shack transforms into one of the liveliest spots to enjoy the nightlife in Grenada – especially on Steel Pan Tuesdays. Every night has a special theme or discounted drinks offer (there’s no such thing as “˜full price’ here!) and we love watching the patrons competing in dance-offs in the hope of winning buckets of free beer. Lunchtimes are less lively (just about) when it’s all about the gorgeous open-water views and an inexpensive menu of daily specials. We could really stay all day!
Our one requirement for a hotel in Grenada is sheer tranquillity and peace, and in our opinion you can’t do better than La Luna for that. This intimate designer ‘chill out’ hotel is tucked on a hillside in picturesque Morne Rouge, decorated with Balinese deities, dark rattan and polished teak.
La Luna is simply the most idyllic retreat for work-weary couples and small groups keen to revive, restore and rejuvenate – and there’s always the spa to help on that front, too. We love the accommodation with four- poster king-sized beds and private open-air showers with ocean views especially – we recommend asking for these if they are available.