Grenada is an oval-shaped island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea that lies some 500 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Although it's known as the Spice Island — due to the nutmeg, mace, and cocoa that grow here — it's also known as an idyllic beach destination.
In December 2013, Sandals Resorts added to its growing portfolio of all-inclusive properties by transforming Grenada's 17-acre former LaSource Resort into a Sandals property that extends from the beach up to the foot of the mountains.
After you arrive at Maurice Bishop International Airport, clear customs, and retrieve your luggage, a complimentary airport transfer whisks you to the resort in about five minutes. You'll be guided to the Living Room for check-in. The resort offers newcomers who meet here twice daily orientation.
Accommodations at Sandals Grenada
Couples choose from among the 225 rooms and suites in Sandals Grenada's three "villages" — housing clusters with some separate facilities — before arriving. As usual, Sandals has a dizzying number of room categories — 20 configurations spread across the property— so don't book until you know exactly what you're getting and get what you want. These are the three sections:
- Pink Gin Village, the original La Source resort, is the one closest to the beach and also the quietest above the ground-floor units. Bathrooms have been renovated and most quarters have a water view.
- South Seas Village is new and the ambiance is exuberant; it's close to pool bar, so the surroundings can get noisy during the day when the DJ blares music. Rondovals and "Millionaire" suites are housed here. The latter, top-of-the-line suite contains a full living room with a wet bar and dining table. It opens up to a trellised veranda with soaking tub, double chaise lounges, and exterior dining. It also features a private grotto with an outdoor shower.
- Italian Village stands between Pink Gin and South Sea Village. It's also new. Accommodations here are the most opulent; Skypool suites feature infinity-edge plunge pools and ocean views. Soaking tubs in all rooms and suites. And the village's shared pools are chill and low-key.
All rooms and suites have mahogany furnishings, tiled floors, and soaking tubs. They also provide air conditioning, an amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, ceiling fan, private bath and shower, IPod docking station, cable TV, coffee and tea maker, safe deposit box, and an iron and ironing board. Wi-fi is free to guests occupying Club Sandals or higher categories of accommodations. Butler service is available in the resort's 75 top suites.
Dining at Sandals LaSource Grenada
Sandals spun the globe to come up with nine dining options that include:
- Butch's Chophouse (steak)
- Café de Paris (bakery)
- Cucina Romana (Italian buffet)
- Dino's Pizzeria; Kimonos (teppanyaki)
- Le Jardinier (French)
- Neptune's (Mediterranean)
- Soy (sushi)
- Spices (buffet)
Some restaurants require dinner reservations (and savvy Sandalites know to make those reservations as soon as they arrive). In addition, there's a once-a-week, late-night chocolate buffet.
Couples booked into Butler and Club Sandals accommodations are entitled to room service.
Activities at Sandals LaSource Grenada
Hoping for a simple swimming-and-sunning holiday? Sandals Grenada represents a classic beach-and-pool vacation. Even if you don't book a room with a private pool, you can swim in any of the larger freshwater and river pools. Offshore sports include snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing Hobie catamarans, arranged by the Aqua Center.
Find refuge from the sun in the air-conditioned fitness center and Red Lane Spa.
At night there's live music, with the sounds of reggae, calypso, Latin and Caribbean steel drums resounding under the stars. Stroll along the beach at night. Or if you're feeling sociable, join other couples beside a fire pit.
Marrying at Sandals LaSource Grenada
Sandals remains the foremost choice for a turnkey destination wedding or weddingmoon.
It's possible to have a free albeit modest wedding if you stay for six nights or longer; it's also possible to pay to upgrade to a more elaborate, customized event with more guests. With Sandals "Your Wedding, Your Style" interactive wedding design tool, couples can plan, price, and even book their event online.
What's Available but Not Included
Sandals boasts that it offers "more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet" — which may be accurate. Nonetheless, the following trip-sweeteners are available for a price:
- Spa treatments
- Golf at the 18-hole Grenada Golf & Country Club, 20 minutes from the resort
- Wi-fi and phone calls (free for couples in higher priced accommodations)
- Offsite adventures and excursions
- Laundry and dry cleaning
- Professional photography
- Private candlelight dinners attended by a white-gloved personal waiter
- Romantic rooms decorations with rose petals, bubble bath, champagne, cheese and crackers or fruit plate
Pros & Cons: What People Are Saying
Quotes from TripAdvisor and around the web:
"South Seas rooms are furthest from the beach."
"Couples who book a lower level unit in the Pink Gin building may find them noisy."
"If you're diehard beach lovers, the one at the resort isn't that long. Elsewhere on the island, Grand Anse Beach — stretching for nearly two miles — is considered to be among the world's top beaches."
"Depending on when you arrive, pool chairs may be in short supply. Butlers take care of their clients by reserving and holding chairs."
"Some tubs on balconies are just feet from public walkways and open to all eyes. Same for the "private" pool access. All rooms in your building can peer down at the pool."
"Don't forget to pack bug spray; although the resort fogs the grounds, mosquitos can be a problem."
"Eating at the restaurants that take reservations can be a challenge if you don't reserve as soon as you arrive or have a butler."
"Some of the singers are major talents."
"Friendliest, most helpful and responsive staff in the Caribbean."
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SANDALS LaSOURCE GRENADA RESORT
P.O. Box 1636
Pink Gin Beach
St. Georges, Grenada
Phone: 473 444 2556