Grenada 2008 was meant to be a group expedition for us, with another hat on, I arrange group trips annually to a different country each year.
Grenada’s trip was booked with XL Airways, the problem being, the night before the trip, XL went bankrupt. It meant we had 150 disappointed folk, but some of us which had separate accommodation still had to travel to avoid not losing out.
All 25 of us re- booked flights with British Airways who gave a £50 discount to all those affected by XL’s demise and we managed to still make the exact date our accommodation was booked for.
We arrived at Maurice Bishop International Airport and travelled to our accommodation which was only a 5 minute drive away. We were staying at the Maca Bana Boutique Villas located in Point Salines in the parish of St George along Magazine Beach.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the Manager Michaela, who instantly made us feel at home. We were all shown to our villas and left to settle in for the evening. The villas were all beautiful, boasting some absolutely gorgeous views of Magazine beach, all viewed from each villas own hot tub. There were seven villas, all air – conditioned set amongst a lovely landscaped garden which included a Koi pond and with the added feature of a rather steep walk down to the wonderful Aquarium restaurant, also owned by the lovely couple who own the villas.
Both food and staff were impeccable, they quickly became like family… when you visit as often as we did! The Beach was straight out of a postcard, white sandy beach with clean water, perfect at this time of the year.
The only complaint we had was the walk up to the villas from the restaurant, it was incredibly steep and would benefit from either a golf buggy or a stairlift! One of our party had MS, so at times, it was a struggle for her, but she managed to get by.
Grenada’s people are one of the most friendly and hospitable people you will meet, nothing is a hassle or struggle and the food was fantastic. It’s affectionately known as the Spice Isle, for it’s spices that grown here.
One of the most fun things to do is visit Grand Anse Beach which is roughly about 7 minutes from the hotel and also to visit the infamous Rivers Rum Factory. This distillery is a must visit.
Make sure you do take in some of the rainforest terrain and also the number of lovely waterfalls
Whilst there we also travelled downtown and took in a concert of an artist who was visiting Grenada at the time, Serani, which was really enjoyable.
One thing I noticed was how prevalent internet access was! I felt like there was wi – fi access everywhere, for free which was excellent for those avid Whatsappers or those who like to make wi – fi calls to save money.
I also recommend the day trip to Carriacou, you can catch a boat over to this little gem of an island which is like travelling back in time.