The Island of Spice
Located between the southeastern Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is the 340-square-kilometre island country of Grenada, home to the new and magnificent Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa. A five-minute minibus ride from the Maurice Bishop International Airport, this luxurious, 17-acre all-inclusive resort is built along the southernmost shore of the island on the resplendent Pink Gin Beach, facing the Devil’s Bay and Caribbean Sea.
With over 220 luxurious rooms and suites — 69 of which are with butler service — the resort is divided into three distinct complexes, or “villages”: Pink Gin, South Seas and Italian. Categorized by different levels of service, each village spoils its guests with a myriad of deluxe in-room amenities. Starting from the beginning of the lavish resort, the South Seas Village is the most private sanctuary of the three, offering room accommodations from secluded suites to full villas. Here, guests can enjoy a private plunge in their infinity edge pool or a shared waterfall river pool — both with and without butler service.
Resting on a hill and overlooking the resort with a great view of the stunning Pink Gin Beach and surrounding scenery stands the newly built five-storey Italian Village. The suites of the first three floors of this complex are characterized by two large river pools at ground level, spacious bathrooms, flat screen televisions and luxurious soaking tubs, while the fourth and penthouse floors feature exquisite and spacious suites with large living rooms; bedrooms; stand-up showers; indoor bathtub; balcony with veranda tranquillity soaking tub; dressing rooms; ensuite wet bar with a variety of premium liquor, wine and champagne; and a private infinity edge pool located on the balcony with bedroom sliding-door access.
Closest to the beachfront shore with an open view of the Caribbean Sea lies the last of the three villages: the Pink Gin. Consisting of two building complexes — one having 70 oceanfront rooms and the other 30 magnificent junior suites — the Pink Gin Village features contemporary furniture, an infinity pool and other opulent amenities, and has the easiest access to the resort’s spread of white-sand beach. Here you can relax to the soothing sounds of the sea waves gently crashing onto the island shore, all from the comfort of your beachfront suite.
Dining at Sandals LaSource is nothing short of exceptional. Nine fabulous restaurants are readily available throughout various times of the day, each offering a unique dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating. These restaurants include à la carte options in a variety of cuisines, from Pan-Caribbean and Mediterranean to Italian and Japanese, as well as steak and sushi houses and a French patisserie. For those who prefer to indulge in room service, a full menu is readily available at selected suites across the three villages.
There are also a host of both land and water sports activities you can participate in, including table tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, snorkelling, windsurfing, scuba diving and more. A state-of-the-art fitness centre is available during the day, as well as outdoor yoga classes and water aerobics at the Caribbean Village’s pool bar. After receiving its first visitors in December of 2013, Sandals LaSource Grenada held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 28, 2014. This marked the official introduction of the resort to all its guests, where the chairman of Sandals Resorts Gordon (Butch) Stewart, alongside other key personnel, held an entertaining evening filled with food, fireworks and live musical performances by America’s Got Talent’s William Close and The Earth Harp Collective.
Commonly referred to as the “Spice Island” for its abundance of more than 20 local spices, mainly nutmeg and mace, which are the island’s most notable exports, the term “spice” transcends the notion of plants. Rather, it extends to the culture and personality of the people of Grenada. After a four-hour group tour of the capital city of St. George’s, the unique culture of the people of Grenada comes alive. Warm and friendly, the island locals greet tourists with genuine congeniality as they speak in their native Grenadian Creole English, which is a reflection of the African, Indian and European heritage of the nation.
Their conviction of speech and attitude is polite yet also direct and convincing. In a nutmeg-shell, the island of Grenada is a one-of-a-kind destination for tourists who want to experience a place full of Caribbean culture, and Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa, more specifically, is an exquisite sanctuary that is sure to live up to and far surpass high expectations.