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PHOTO: Sandals LaSource’s Italian Oceanview Penthouse Skypool butler suite with a balcony tranquility soaking tub. (All photos courtesy of Sandals Resorts)
The lush island of Grenada, located in the southeastern part of the Caribbean, is known as the Spice Island, a name reflecting its natural beauty. Sandals LaSource in St. George, just a five-minute drive from Maurice Bishop International Airport, captures all of that the beauty and more.
Those guests who book a morning flight from Miami or New York City (now JetBlue is flying from JFK to Grenada) can be checked into this all-inclusive couples-only resort and be relaxing on the beach by early afternoon.
While Sandals resorts are known for their emphasis on romance, the pristine Pink Gin Beach, impeccably landscaped grounds and spacious, exotic feel of the property will have guests feeling relaxed and ready to unwind for days on end.
This resort, featuring Sandals’ Luxury Included concept, caters to those seeking relaxation, active vacations and great diving, but it also is perfect for weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations. Sandals purchased the former LaSource Resort in November 2012 and opened as Sandals LaSource Grenada in December 2013 after a $100 million renovation. Rooms in the Pink Gin Village beachfront area of the resort are part of the original LaSource and have been completely renovated, but the rest of the resort is new construction.
Accommodations: One of the main selling points of this resort is the wide variety of accommodations offered among the 225 rooms and suites available. Sandals provides personalized butler service in 69 of the suites, which include swim-up pool suites, rondovals (a round-shaped room) and Skypool suites.
With 20 varieties of rooms to choose from, guests can specify the views they would like and the area of the resort they prefer. Some guests might want a simple beachfront room with a tranquility soaking tub in the Pink Gin Village, where you can wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach.
Other guests might desire the luxury Italian Oceanview Penthouse one-bedroom Skypool butler suite with a balcony tranquility soaking tub. Still other guests might want to try the South Seas Grande Rondoval butler suite with private pool sanctuary that features a large stone soaking tub in the room, as well as a large patio with a whirlpool, waterfall, plunge pool and lounging area.
All rooms include air-conditioning, amenity kit, hairdryer, telephone, ceiling fan, private bath and shower, iPod docking station, HD LED Smart TV, cable, coffee and tea maker, safe deposit box, and iron and ironing board. They also feature kingsize beds, mahogany furnishings, and ivory patika marble floors. Some rooms have a wet bar as well.
Although there’s free Wi-Fi for all guests, it’s a bit spotty around the resort and you are most likely to get the best service in your room. Premium Internet works better but comes with an added charge. In the butler suites, attendants unpack and pack luggage, attend to your wardrobe, serve meals on the terrace and provide 24-hour room service.
Public Spaces: Sandals LaSource captures the tropical beauty and colors of the Caribbean with immaculate landscaping, colorful gardens, miniwaterfalls throughout the property and open-air spaces where guests can hang out. There are plenty of shady places to relax and nap in, from chaise lounges in the Living Room Piano Bar & Lounge to huge fabric hammocks on the beach in Pink Gin Village.
Even at maximum capacity there was an abundance of lounge chairs at the beach and pool with plenty of space on each side, and so it didn’t feel crowded. There’s a library where guests can relax in a dark air-conditioned room on leather couches and watch TV or read. If you forget to bring reading materials, there’s an entertainment office with books, board games and magazines.
Dining: There are an abundance of restaurants to choose from at the resort, and the food and service is high quality with good-size portions. Top dining venues include Butch’s Chophouse, the resort’s signature restaurant, a reservations-only steakhouse located in the South Seas Village that is perfect for an intimate meal celebrating a special day on vacation. The restaurant is open from 6 to 10 p.m. and has seating capacity for 60.
Kimonos is a reservations-only Japanese Teppanyaki located in the South Seas Village, where guests dine at group tables while being entertained by chefs as they cook the meal in front of you. Dinner is served 6 to 10 p.m. (closed on Fridays) and the restaurant has a seating capacity of 36.
Le Jardinier, located in the Pink Gin Village, features classic French cuisine and has a seating capacity of 66. It serves breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. and dinner 6 to 10 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays for dinner).
Neptune’s is a Mediterranean eatery located in the Pink Gin Village. Guests can sit at a table or the bar for a beachfront meal in the shade. Lunch is served 12 to 5 p.m., dinner 6 to 9 p.m. Seating capacity is 60 people and the restaurant is closed for dinner on Thursdays. Soy, also located in the Pink Gin Village, serves sushi for dinner. The restaurant is open 6 to 10 p.m. for dinner (closed Mondays) and has a seating capacity of 40.
Cucina Romana is an Italian eatery, offering buffet and table service, located in the South Seas Village. Breakfast buffet is served 7:30 to 11 a.m., dinner (table service) is served 6:30 to 9:30pm. Seating capacity is 88 people, and the restaurant is closed on Saturdays for dinner.
Spices is a buffet located in the Pink Gin Village. For breakfast, there is indoor and outdoor seating, a custom-made omelets and eggs station and a variety of cooked and cold breakfast foods that changes daily. Breakfast is served 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., lunch is 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., dinner (pan-Caribbean à la carte) is 7 to 10 p.m. and late night dining is available 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Seating capacity is 88 seats and the restaurant is closed on Wednesdays and Fridays for dinner.
For more casual fare, Café de Paris is a French pâtisserie located in the Pink Gin Village featuring fresh pastries, crepes, gourmet espresso beverages and ice cream. Stop by early in the day for Grenada’s signature nutmeg ice cream. The eatery is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Seating capacity is 24 people.
Dino’s Pizzeria, featuring Neapolitan pizza, is located in the South Seas Village. It’s also perfect for picking up quick slices and empanadas while lounging by the pool or waiting for your personal pizza to be made at request, or getting a frozen yogurt. Dino’s is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a seating capacity of 44.
The Tipsy Turtle is an authentic English pub located in the Pink Gin Village. It’s perfect for mingling with other guests over a pint or two. Dinner is served 6 to 10 p.m. and seating capacity is 50. Doggie’s Hot Dog Stand, open Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 3 p.m., is a poolside hot dog stand where you can help yourself to plenty of your favorite toppings.
Beyond that, the resort offers 24-hour room service exclusively for all butler-serviced suites and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for all Club Sandals accommodations.
Sandals partners with California’s Robert Mondavi Winery so guests can choose from a selection of six complimentary wines. An upscale selection of wines from Robert Mondavi’s portfolio is available on the Manager’s Wine List at additional cost.
PHOTO: Sandals LaSource’s Italian Oceanview Penthouse Skypool butler suite with a balcony tranquility soaking tub.
Pool & Spa: There are three recreational swimming pools and two river pools throughout the property. The spacious Red Lane Fitness Center, open 24/7, is enclosed and air-conditioned, with some floor-to-ceiling windows providing garden views. It features Life Fitness weight and cardiovascular equipment, and personal trainers and group exercise classes are available.
Sandals’ Red Lane Spa offers saunas and steam rooms in the locker rooms and a full-service spa that features a wide range of treatments, from manicures and pedicures to beauty treatments, massages and body scrubs. Of the eight treatment rooms, five can accommodate couples and two are sanctuaries with soaking tubs.
Activities: The resort offers unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, which makes the vacation experience even more worthwhile for diving enthusiasts. Just a 20-minute glass-bottom boat ride from Sandals lies the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park, an included must-see activity for divers and snorkelers. Grenada has at least 30 dive sites, including reefs, wrecks and walls that vary from 20 feet to 120 feet with visibility varying from 30 feet to 100 feet.
Other watersports include snorkeling, kayaking, Hobie-cat sailing, paddle boarding, and pedal boating. Guests can play day or evening tennis, or pass the time by the main pool with shuffleboard, bocce ball, beach volleyball, pool volleyball or table tennis.
Entertainment and DJs keep guests occupied and engaged with contests and dance parties during the day. There are daily welcome parties, as well as Sandals’ famous nightly entertainment, which includes meals and dancing with the following themes: Latin Fiesta, Grenada Day, White Party, Beach and Pool party and Reggae Fest.
Guests can book activities and excursions outside of the resort at the Island Routes adventures desk. Some of the most popular include the “Adventure Jeep & River Tubing Combo Tour,” “Snorkeling Champagne Cruise” and a “Spicy Full Day Island Tour.” A river tubing excursion is a particular favorite.
Rates: Luxury rooms start at $340 per person per night, Concierge rooms start at $428 per person per night, and butler rooms start at $513 per person, per night.
For more information, call 888-SANDALS or visit www.sandals.com.
More by Diana Kelly
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A version of this article appears in print in the October 2015 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.
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