A rich history, a laid-back lifestyle, and year-round festivals and fairs weave through the cultural tapestry of beautiful Grenada. This lush and mountainous Caribbean island is marked by pristine waterfalls, mangrove coasts, spice and nutmeg plantations, and stunning rainforests.
Its unique landscape is framed by the sparkling ocean, whose undulating topography is home to many untouched reefs bursting with exotic marine life. It is within these beautiful waters that you will find the sunken secrets of at least 14 ships, which give Grenada its title of ‘wreck diving capital of the Caribbean’.
Grenada is also known for its stunning hotels, which range from hillside boutiques to palm-fringed, luxury all-inclusive resorts. Here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Grenada, The Caribbean (in no particular order)…
1. Royalton Grenada, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort – an ultra-chic and Instagrammable resort that is set on two white-sand beaches in Tamarind Bay
Enjoy endless strolls along Tamarind Bay, as well as pampering spa treatments and memorable poolside cocktails at the all-inclusive Royalton Grenada.
While your children stay entertained with a variety of supervised activities and a dedicated kids pool, adults can try their hand at a new water sport and enjoy nightly performances.
Prepare to be greeted by the sparkling ocean or lush garden views as you wake up on a plush, signature DreamBed mattress, before sipping a coffee on your furnished balcony or terrace.
As evening arrives, you can treat your taste buds to a flavour sensation through eclectic cuisines from around the world, and mingle with other jetsetters at the many on-site bars.
- To book, check prices or availability for Royalton Grenada, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort
2. True Blue Bay Resort – an upbeat and trendy waterfront resort that provides guests with Insta-worthy panoramic views
Here we have another exquisitely designed waterfront hotel, offering a lively tropical bar, and a restaurant set on a deck projecting out over the water.
This eatery is a popular melting pot of locals, yachties, and tourists, with Caribbean dishes on offer to treat the palate. All the quirky decorations around the property leave bountiful areas to get your perfect Instagram shot, and the pretty grounds are sprinkled with palm trees, oleander bushes, and charming animal sculptures.
The 70 rooms are scattered over the hillside and along the waterfront, and all offer an upbeat design, swanky kitchens, and trendy seating areas.
- To book, check prices or availability for True Blue Bay Resort
3. Sandals Grenada All Inclusive – Couples Only – an idyllic seafront resort that features enchanting fire pits and secluded spots
Pitched at couples seeking a romantic getaway, Sandals covers 17 acres of pristine grounds, with guestrooms spread over its four ‘villages’.
You can bathe in luxury in two large swimming pools, one of which offers a lively swim-up bar and is flanked by hot tubs and cabanas, while the other has a graceful fire pit in the middle.
Most evenings, live music is featured in The Living Room – a space adorned with comfy, swinging sofas. The 257 guestrooms all come with mahogany furnishings, as well as quirky prints of Caribbean beach scenes, and flashy marble-clad bathrooms.
Of the whopping 10 restaurants, some embrace an outdoor, casual setting, while others are situated in smart glass-walled pavilions. All offer something unique to treat the tastebuds!
- To book, check prices or availability for Sandals Grenada All Inclusive – Couples Only
4. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel – an award-winning boutique hotel that offers a distinctive, chic and unforgettable experience
Situated in a pristine sheltered bay where crystal waters meet a fresh saltwater breeze, Calabash embodies the pinnacle of boutique luxury.
This old-school Caribbean classic is laid out in a horseshoe of low-rise buildings overlooking lush, palm-dotted lawns. Cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art facilities, and award-winning cuisine make this family-run property one of the island’s finest.
A contemporary colonial style radiates through the 30 rooms and suites, which boast indoor seating areas, a spacious balcony, and modern glass & mosaic-clad bathrooms.
On-site, you are invited to focus on life’s simple pleasures through a blissful spa experience, and indulge in delicious tapas-style dishes at the open-air, shingle-roofed Beach Club Restaurant.
- To book, check prices or availability for Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel
5. Secret Harbour Boutique Hotel and Marina – a chic and relaxed boutique hotel marina based in the tranquil and well-renowned area of Lance aux Epines
This glamorous boutique hotel is situated in one of the safest marinas in the Caribbean, Secret Harbour. Its protected and sheltered location by the waters of Mount Hartman Bay brings a nautical theme to your Caribbean vacation.
You can stay in either a deluxe suite with a spacious terrace and an outdoor jacuzzi, or a deluxe cottage, which is nestled in tropical gardens and offers breathtaking bay views.
An authentic dining experience accompanies a live open kitchen in a warm and convivial setting at the hotel’s restaurant, which overlooks the marina and is a perfect place to eat before indulging in a crafted cocktail at the in-house bar.
- To book, check prices or availability for Secret Harbour Boutique Hotel and Marina
6. Mount Edgecombe Plantation – a tranquil and unique hotel where guests can relax their minds and bodies and see incredible views
Tranquillity and seclusion await you at The Mount Edgecombe Plantation, a hidden gem with a history dating as far back as 1763.
This fully functioning plantation began growing sugar cane before venturing into the spice, cocoa, and coffee trade, before eventually being transformed into a luxury boutique hotel.
The property is enclosed by 28 acres of vivid and verdant flora, and the quintessence of nature flows through the thoughtful design of the interiors. This original plantation house boasts an entrance hallway, a drawing room, a snooker room, and a study, and sleeps up to 8, while the 4 additional Nutmeg Rooms sleep a further 8.
- To book, check prices or availability for Mount Edgecombe Plantation
7. Spice Island Beach Resort – an intimate romantic all-inclusive resort perfect for a beautiful couple’s break
Sprawling out along the golden sands of Grand Anse, Spice Island Beach Resort adds a dash of contemporary flair to a 1960s property.
A faux-colonial style imbues the main communal areas, as well as the arched & pillared open-air restaurant and bar. A soothing, cream-coloured tone expresses a style of chic sophistication in the 64 rooms and suites, complementing the balmy atmosphere on the private beachside terraces.
Oliver’s, the in-house restaurant, serves elaborate five-course dinners, while a more casual menu is offered at the Sea and Surf Terrace & Bar.
During their stay, guests can also make use of a beautiful, curvaceous swimming pool, a water sports centre, a yoga pavilion, and a spa.
- To book, check prices or availability for Spice Island Beach Resort
8. Maca Bana – a beautiful and elegant boutique resort that provides a peaceful setting and gorgeous views where you can truly unplug and unwind
Perched on a hillside high above a long and beautiful beach, the cluster of individual, tree-house-like villas that form Maca Bana brings an air of elegance to the south-west corner of the island.
Painted yellow, green and pink, the villas are set around gardens sprinkled with fruit trees and little ponds with terrapins and koi fish. Inside, chunky wooden furniture and a full high-spec kitchen add a dash of chic sophistication to a rustic atmosphere, while a large hardwood deck with a hot tub offers the chance to revel in resplendent ocean views.
On-site, there’s an infinity-edged swimming pool dotted by sun loungers, however a quick wander down to the beach will provide bountiful opportunities for snorkelling, kayaking, and bathing in the lush Caribbean sun.
- To book, check prices or availability for Maca Bana
9. 473 Grenada Boutique Resort – a charming, chic and funky beach resort embraced by tropical gardens
Hidden away in the affluent, residential Fort Jeudy community on the peninsula’s eastern breezy side, this gorgeous collection of cream-coloured, shingle-roofed villas is set in tropical gardens, flanked by quaint, sandy beaches.
Each unit is surrounded by crotons, oleander, bougainvillea, and soaring palms, while maintaining an upbeat contemporary look. Bold canvases by Grenadian artists, grey-blue wood panelling, and a potpourri of decorative objects add an eclectic flair to a homely atmosphere in the villas, some of which offer direct access to the mesmerizing waterfront.
The communal space is centred by an infinity-edge swimming pool, which is backdropped by the azure waters of the ocean.
- To book, check prices or availability for 473 Grenada Boutique Resort
10. Coyaba Beach Resort – a laid-back beach resort with quirky-chic decor perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs
Set behind the soft white sands of Grand Anse beach, this low-rise boutique sprawls out across over 5 acres of lush, manicured grounds, and is bathed in a serene tranquillity emanating from its surroundings.
The lawns at Coyaba Beach offer idyllic spaces to soak up the island charm, and are dotted with swaying palms and cosy sun loungers.
The whitewashed, two-storey accommodation blocks form a U shape around a shimmering outdoor pool, and a shingle-roofed, open-sided bar and restaurant. From your secluded sanctuary, you can overlook the peaceful gardens while kicking back on a private patio or balcony.
- To book, check prices or availability for Coyaba Beach Resort
11. Radisson Grenada Beach Resort – the perfect place to have a truly Caribbean experience
Occupying an uncrowded 20-acre site in the centre of Grande Anse, Radisson Grenada Beach Resort is placed between a two-mile long stretch of sandy beach and a vibrant town full of restaurants, boutiques, and cafés.
Tropical flowers and trees dot the 400 yards of beachfront and lawns, and the hotel is even home to some pet goats that help keep the grass short.
A crystal-clear waterfall, a swim-up bar, and a 300-foot swimming pool provide opportunities to relax, while snorkelling, kayaking and other water adventures can be arranged on-site.
The hotel’s décor shares a nod to the colonial era with dark wood and wicker furniture, and the four tropical-themed restaurants offer memorable evenings of fine dining.
- To book, check prices or availability for Radisson Grenada Beach Resort
12. Almost Paradise Cottage Retreats – a colorful, kitsch, and fun party eco-friendly holiday resort to stay in Grenada
Situated on the north western tip of the island in the beautiful countryside of St Patrick’s, Almost Paradise offers semi-eco, self-catering holiday cottages graced by jaw-dropping views of the Grenadines.
Whether you opt for the Butterfly, Fish, Hibiscus, or Hummingbird cottage, you can rest in a commodious loft-style bedroom and benefit from your own living space, kitchenette, and private balcony.
Each unit is draped in wood panelling which is embellished with vibrant colours, while the quirky décor is designed to add an eclectic flair. Enjoy homecooked, wholesome food in the on-site restaurant and bar, which provides a daily-changing menu in keeping with the variations in local, seasonal produce.
- To book, check prices or availability for Almost Paradise Cottage Retreats
13. Blue Horizons Garden Resort – a down-to-earth eco-friendly oasis surrounded by nature
This eco-friendly haven is blissfully tucked away on a sloping hillside, a mere 300 yards from Grand Anse Beach. Set in the midst of nature, Blue Horizons offers 32 self-catering guestrooms spread over 6 acres of gardens scattered with soaring, tropical fruit trees.
All are equipped with soothing décor in shades of brown and green with floral motifs, reflecting the peaceful garden setting. The hotel’s colonial-style restaurant ‘Belle Creole’ offers beautiful coastal views, and invites guests to indulge in exquisite locally-inspired dishes in a formal atmosphere.
A unique offering at Blue Horizons is the birdwatching and garden tours which are provided to guests once a week.
- To book, check prices or availability for Blue Horizons Garden Resort
14. Petite Anse Hotel – a petite quirky-chic beachfront boutique hotel that offers a more rustic chic and authentic stay
Petite Anse Hotel invites you to retreat to a slower pace of life as you gaze out over tremendous sea and island views, and witness beautiful pelicans and frigate birds hovering in the updraughts.
This British-run property sits on a hillside above a majestic beach, with a charming bar/lounge/restaurant as its focal point. Here, the atmosphere of a ‘country house in the tropics’ is exuded through wicker armchairs, a large table covered in celebrity and yachting magazines, and quirky, old-world photography and artistry.
Of the 13 guestrooms, 11 are single-storey cottages sprinkled over the hillside, and offer a handful of charming touches such as planters chairs on private terraces, and hand-painted basins in bathrooms.
- To book, check prices or availability for Petite Anse Hotel
15. Cabier Ocean Lodge – a rustic-chic guest house that offers a serene environment and a more authentic stay
Cabier Ocean Lodge is a throwback to an older generation of Caribbean style, expressed through rustic furnishings and bucolic charm.
The property is set in real backwoods Grenada, and overlooks the crystal-clear waves as they gently crash into the palm-fringed Cabier Beach.
The mango tree-shaded al fresco terrace offers a serene spot to kick back and soak up the island’s majesty, while the white-washed, wooden-beamed guestrooms are designed to promote a blissful night’s sleep.
In the evenings, the hotel offers a unique dining concept, whereby the chef cooks up whatever the fishermen have brought in on that day.
- To book, check prices or availability for Cabier Ocean Lodge
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