GRAND ANSE BEACH, Grenada -- Spice Island Beach Resort, arguably
the best-known property on Grenada and a AAA Four Diamond Award
winner, is not a resort to rest on its laurels.
Owner Royston Hopkin, a hotelier with 38 years of experience
under his belt, makes sure of that.
In 1987, when Hopkin acquired the resort, it had 28 suites.
Since then, he has carefully expanded the property to its current
roster of 66 suites -- but never at the expense of service or
The resort's 150 staff members leave no stone unturned. Service
is understated, competent and, well, just classy.
Also classy is Hopkin's take on the all-inclusive concept. "The
word 'all-inclusive' isn't in keeping with Spice Island," he said.
Rather, Hopkin, who is a former Caribbean Hotel Association
chairman, prefers the term "fully inclusive."
Royston has a point. Clients will not find standard
all-inclusive fare at Spice Island. Rather, they will be treated to
sit-down meals that are impeccably prepared.
Menus at Oliver's restaurant change weekly, and even the
offerings at the Friday night buffet are way above typical buffet
Spice Island's accommodations also are first-rate. The 10 pool
suites, which are the highest room category, feature private
gardens and are ideal for honeymooners because of the privacy they
The resort's location on Grenada's premier, two-mile-long Grand
Anse Beach truly sets it off.
Many suites and public areas, including the restaurant, open
onto the water. Facilities include a tennis court, a beachfront bar
and a variety of water sports. -- C.C.
Room Key: Spice Island Beach Resort
Address: Grande Anse Beach, St. George's, Grenada
Phone: (800) 223-9815; (212) 476-9444 in New York
No. of Rooms: 66 suites
Location: Southwest coast on Grand Anse Beach,
three miles south of Point Salines International Airport.
Rates: Include meals, beverages, water sports.
From $470 per room, per night, double in whirlpool gardenview suite
to $780 in royal private pool suite, through Dec. 14.
Noteworthy: Impeccable location, food and service.
Private pool accommodations are luxurious.
Not Worthy: The air-conditioning system
automatically turns off when guests leave their rooms. It takes a
while for the rooms to cool off when the system is turned back
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