First Trip of 2018: Grenada

Once a year, we make an effort to put aside some cash to take a luxury vacation to a new place. This year, we decided to try out Grenada in the Caribbean, staying at Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa (formerly Sandals LaSource Grenada). We booked our trip from April 30th to May 7th, and despite a few bumps (we’ll save that for another post…), we had a fantastic time!

Arriving in Grenada, we had no issues claiming our luggage or going through customs. Finding the kiosk for Sandals almost instantly, we were greeted warmly and upon learning this was not our first Sandals destination, they welcomed us home (which I thought was very charming). Helping us into the shuttle to be taken to our resort, after five minutes of driving, we were pleased to learn that we had already arrived! (Basically, the shortest commute from the airport to our resort that we’ve ever experienced – awesome!)

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Upon checking in, we were given a personal tour of the resort, including where the different restaurants, bars, shops, pools, and services were located, and then brought to our room. We stayed in the Pink Gin Beachfront Suites, and our room was perfect. We had a giant bathroom and living space, complete with a balcony and views of the ocean. If you’re interested in seeing more, we encourage you to check out our room video tour on YouTube below!:

As always, after settling into our room and checking out the resort, we make our way to get food and drinks! We stopped by at the pool bar and kicked off our evening with some dirty martinis before heading to dinner at Neptunes.

The next day, we woke up bright and early to head to breakfast and to book dinner reservations for the week. Pro tip: if you’re staying at any Sandals resorts, book your spot for the reservations-only restaurants as soon as you are able. There are a limited amount of openings per restaurant per night and these spots fill up quickly. You don’t want to miss out!!

Culinary Desk area at Sandals Grenada

Over the next few days, we did some exploring of the resort (seriously you guys, this place was massive!!!), taking SO many photos and videos, and just generally relaxed poolside and by the beach. We made sure to not visit any of the same restaurants more than once until we had tried them all (with the exception of lunch – we just really loved the vibe at Neptune’s. It was right on the beach!)

About mid-week, we decided that we should definitely take advantage of the Island Routes kiosk available to us to book a daytime off-resort excursion. While there were SO many to choose from, we decided on “Captain Your Own Powerboat for a Day” which was a blast! Read more about our experience with Island Routes, or you can check out our YouTube video below!

In the evenings after the sun went down, Sandals always has great entertainment for guests. We managed to attend a few themed nights, which were a lot of fun. Live music, themed buffets, and a lively atmosphere. The first one we attended was Caribbean Night, where we tried a lot of great food that we normally wouldn’t get to experience back home, while be entertained by authentic dancing by staff in colorful clothing, who encouraged a lot of the guests to participate (thankfully we got to hide in the back and avoid any embarrassing moments!). We also attended Reggae Night, were there was a lot of live music and dancing in Sandals giant open-air living room. The was a fantastic saxophone player as well as a national award winning steel drum band playing covers of crowd favourites!

We also took advantage of the included daytime activities on the resort. While we didn’t play volleyball or participate in morning yoga, we did take a boat tour around the island and up to the main downtown port where we were told about all of the history of the island. We cruised by some celebrity homes and learned about popular destinations that the locals like to visit on the island.

Overall, this was a much more relaxing trip than our usual jam-packed vacations. We decided to book for a week instead of 5 days, which I am grateful for. The food was excellent (did you see our foodie post yet?), the staff were a lot of fun and super friendly, and the resort was beautiful. We had a really great time and our looking forward to our next tropical vacation!

–The Calkins’

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