Leaving icy roads and snow plows behind in favor of sandy walkways and plunge pools, Caribbean editor Gay Nagle Myers flew off to the Isle of Spice to take a first look at Sandals LaSource Grenada, which opened Dec. 21 following a 10-month redo of the former LaSource resort. Her first dispatch follows.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada — I have never seen so many bathtubs in so many different shapes.
While many resorts are foregoing tubs for showers-for-two with showerheads the size of hubcaps, Sandals is going for the gold (or marble as the case may be).
There are the “veranda romantic tranquility soaking tubs” on many of the balconies in the suites in the South Seas and Italian villages.
What this means is that I could soak in the oval-shaped tub on my balcony, following a dip in the cantilevered infinity plunge pool off my bedroom. Or opt to relax in the claw-footed oval tub in the bathroom that’s also outfitted with two Carrera vanities the size of horse troughs and an enormous frosted glass shower.
Each of the bathtubs in the Millionaire Suites in the South Seas Village was cut from a single block of black marble.
“It was a challenge getting them in here because each of those tubs weighs 3,000 pounds,” the project manager told me.
“This is a 17-acre site on different levels with many steps and angled walkways. All of it was one big construction project, but we couldn’t bring in cranes to lift the tubs because there was no room,” he said.
Manpower, a lot of it, got those tubs in place.
The soaking tubs in the Rondoval suites in the South Seas Village presented another problem.
“We couldn’t drop them through the thatched roofs, so someone built a wheel, we loaded the tubs on it, turned it sideways and rolled them into the rondovals,” the project manager told me.
Grenadians made up 95% of the construction work force.
“Awesome workers, very skilled, very enthusiastic,” said Peter Fraser, general manager. “We couldn’t have completed this resort in the time frame we did without them.”
Or gotten all those tubs in place either.
I haven’t had a chance to test the waters in the Jacuzzis scattered around the two pools or even take a dip in the pools.
Testing tubs takes time. I look like a raisin.
I’m headed to the beach and the Caribbean Sea now. That is water I know and love.
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