The Spice Isle, as Grenada is known, has all the components of the perfect Caribbean getaway: verdant jungles, friendly culture, prime dive sites, and fresh local food. But the island’s star attraction is inarguably Grand Anse. This long, white-sand stretch of beach is where the island’s top accommodations can be found. Most fall within the smart luxury spectrum, but some lower-priced properties are also available. Here’s where to stay — and what to do — to get the most for your money, from a budget-conscious getaway to an over-the-top-luxe vacation.
Relax at the eco-friendly Blue Horizons Garden Resort, about a five-minute walk to Grand Anse. Travel on select dates from June-November to snag a studio with a king bed, kitchenette, and private patio for $135 per night, which is 35 precent less than winter and spring rates. Or, for $20 more per night, upgrade to a one-bedroom, oceanview suite.
Spend the day relaxing on Grand Anse for free—the beach (and all beaches in Grenada) is open to tourists and locals alike. Blue Horizon also provides guests with complimentary, non-motorized watersports gear. Or, book a snorkeling excursion with nearby Dive Grenada from $52 per person. Venture to nearby coral reefs, or to the island’s underwater sculpture park.
Book a stay at one of Mount Cinnamon Resort’s eight new, upscale Cinnamon Suites. Each suite is furnished with a king bed, a private balcony with panoramic views of Grand Anse Beach, a living area with a smart TV and complimentary Netflix, and a full bathroom with rainfall shower. Travel during shoulder season (May 1 to December 20) for $415 per night is $100 less than the busy high season. Rates include daily breakfast, access to non-motorized watersports equipment, and plenty of complimentary beach chairs and daybeds to lounge upon.
Go beyond Grand Anse Beach on a private, full-day tour of the island for $280; if your party meets the maximum group size of four people, that comes out to just $70 per person. Included in the price is air-conditioned transportation to all sites, as well as entry fees. With stops at a local nutmeg factory, rum distillery, chocolate farm, Annandale Falls, and more, you’ll return to Mount Cinnamon with a better understanding of the island’s incredible culture and nature. Half-day tours are also available for $145; inquire with Mount Cinnamon’s concierge.
For the ultimate luxury escape, plan your stay at Grenada’s only AAA 5-Diamond Award recipient, Spice Island Beach Resort. (It's one of only eight properties in all the Caribbean with such a designation.) Summer and fall yield the lowest prices at $1,148 per night, which is $750 less than the cost of a winter stay. The price is steep, but it goes a long way. Base-level accommodation gets you a 620-square-foot suite, top-shelf open bar and mini-bar, all meals, direct beach access, waived green fees at a nearby golf course, and non-motorized water sports.
Compliment your lavish stay with a sunset cruise aboard a traditional sloop: a hand-crafted vessel made with local materials on the smaller Grenadian islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Book a private charter with Savvy Grenada Sailing Charters for $450, and enjoy a glass of the captain's secret-recipe-rum punch as the sun sets over the Caribbean.