Relax and unwind on this paradise island
Sleepy Grenada, affectionately known as 'Spice Island', is a tranquil, off-the-beaten-track alternative to the region’s bigger islands. It's famous for spice plantations, beautiful mountains, untouched rainforest and secluded beaches with plenty of opportunities for exploration or relaxation. Follow hiking trails to discover pretty waterfalls, go whale watching, explore historic forts and go diving to see the world's first underwater sculpture park and one of the largest shipwrecks in the Caribbean.
- Grenada offers untouched beauty and secluded beaches, compared to some of the more popular Caribbean islands
- Head to St George's and the Saturday market for local produce and, of course, spices
- Of Grenada’s 45 beaches Grand Anse is the most celebrated and with a two-mile sweeping stretch of powder-soft sand that’s lapped by inviting Caribbean waters it isn’t hard to see why
- A trip to Grenada wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the spice plantations, rum distillieries or a ‘tree to bar tour’ to learn about the island's award-winning chocolate
- Hiking trails run through the tropical rainforest, along the shores of Great Etang Lake and to refreshing waterfalls and natural pools.
Best time to visit Grenada
The Caribbean has become a popular year-round destination with temperatures ranging between the high 20s and low 30s. The dry season is from December to June, while the wet season is from July to November when showers are likely and the humidity levels are high. What’s known as ‘hurricane season’ runs from June to November.
Grenada holiday highlights
Located at most southerly end of the Windward Islands, the island of Grenada is the epitome of a paradisiacal Caribbean island. An emerald and mountainous interior, which is ideal for exploration, makes way for a coast that boasts mangrove forests, talcum-white beaches, turquoise seas and coral reefs seething with flamboyant marine life. Combine these natural marvels with an interesting history, diverse culture, a kind and hospitable population and the fact that the island is less frequently visited than its more recognised neighbours, and you have an authentic Caribbean paradise.
Backed by informal restaurants, bars and luxuriously relaxed resorts that are built no higher than the palm trees that line the sands, Grand Anse is the most popular of the island’s beaches and the perfect destination for Kuoni's fabulous Grenada all inclusive holidays. Just beyond the headland at the southern end of Grand Anse is the serene and less-frequented Morne Rouge Bay which is backed by tropical vegetation and blessed with shallow, calm waters that are perfect for family holidays. For those seeking a little indulgence can enjoy a luxury holidays at the intimate Spice Island Beach Resort, which features in the Kuoni Collection - the world's finest hand-picked holidays.
In St George’s, the nation’s capital, both colonial British and colourful Caribbean buildings line narrow streets that rise up steeply from the natural horseshoe harbour to create one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque cities. Each Saturday morning St George’s vibrant market livens up the sleepy city with the bustle of local farmers selling fruit, vegetables and the island’s famous spices. The air is infused with the aroma of nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla while the shouts of the vendors add to a unique ambience that is undoubtedly Grenadian. Admire the beautiful city and its harbour from a different perspective while discovering a slice of the island’s history at the 18th Century Fort George.
Grand Etang National Park
High up in the verdant mountains of the island’s interior is the Great Etang National Park which boasts landscapes that are so beautiful they are sure to tempt you away from the wonderful beaches for at least one day. Traversing the park on foot visitors will spot a wide variety of flora and possibly Mona monkeys, possums, armadillos, lizards and an array of tropical birds.
The island’s spice plantations and rum distilleries were, and still are, integral to its heritage and culture. Discover enduring traditions with a tour of either the Belmont Estate or Dougladston Estate, a historic working plantation, before witnessing the antiquated processes at the rustic River Antoine Estate, which is Grenada’s oldest rum distillery.
With its beautiful white-sand beaches and blue skies that stretch for miles is the perfect place to rest during a luxurious, romantic honeymoon. Discover hidden beaches and bays that play the perfect host to watersports, snorkelling and scuba diving – visit the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. The interior of the island is a never-ending display of rocky, mountainous scenery, covered in rainforest dotted with hidden waterfalls. Enjoy a honeymoon in this blissfully tranquil part of the world by staying in the immaculate surroundings of one of our idyllic resorts, right on the beach.
Our selection of all-inclusive resorts can provide you both with everything you need to switch off from the outside world. From pampering spa treatments, golf courses and elegant restaurants to ocean views, watersports and lush green surroundings, these resorts have all the ingredients required for a blissful retreat.
Should you choose to explore more of the island on your honeymoon, you could start by arranging a picnic by a waterfall together with a hike. The terrain here is volcanic, often towering above magnificent waterfalls and crater lakes. Charming Grenada is much like the rest of the Caribbean was in the 1970s, quite unspoilt, so you’ll find plenty of secluded spots to take in the captivating backdrops as newlyweds.
The family-run Spice Island Beach Resort is a home away from home where the welcoming staff offer warm, personalised service from the moment you set foot in the sands of the surrounding Grand Anse beach. Every suite here faces the sea, and a lot of them are set directly in the sand. If you aer looking for more privacy then book an Anthurium and Luxury Almond Pool Suite for your very own private pool.
The Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel is another luxurious option for your post-wedding escape. The intimate accommodation is surrounded by swaying palms, eight acres of gardens, gently lapping azure waves and the unbelievably white sands of L’Anse aux Epines. If you’re looking for adventure, there’s plenty of scenery to explore here too. There’s also the beachside ‘Heaven & Earth spa, perfect for kicking back and basking in those early days of wedded bliss.
Grenada is famous for more than just spices and you will catch a distinct scent of nutmeg and cinnamon in the air. The cuisine you will sample on the island will only further stimulate your senses. For a festival of flavours, try the national dish, oildown. This stew of meat, bread, fruit, vegetables and dumplings is steamed in coconut milk until all the liquid has been absorbed. There’s also a wealth of interesting fruits to try as you relax by the ocean, including breadfruit, callalou and plantain. Pick up food from the markets, or sample dishes in one of the high-end restaurants at your disposal including the Caribbean’s only Gary Rhodes restaurant, at the Calabash hotel.
West Indies Cricket Heritage Centre
Discover the intriguing history of West Indies cricket, perusing items that date back to the 1800s.
The Carriacou Museum
At this restored cotton gin mill, see Amerindian artefacts and learn about the times of British and French occupation.
Grenada National Museum
Housed in an army barracks and prison that date back to the early 1700s, here you’ll learn about Grenada’s vibrant culture and fascinating past.