Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel offers a little bit of everything in subtle style, tucked away on Grenada’s south coast overlooking Lance aux Épines Beach, just a few moments from Grand Anse.
Somehow, despite its modest size compared with larger Caribbean resorts, the Calabash Hotel manages to squeeze an awful lot into its oceanfront setting, clutch of buildings and well-tendered grounds. The first thing to note however, is a notably welcoming atmosphere which greets you from the moment you arrive, thanks to the Garbutt Family who own and run the property. As long-established residents themselves, you’ll struggle to find more committed hosts, both to the service standards offered to guests and support shown for local growers, fishermen and farmers, all of which play their part on the hotel’s delectable restaurant and bar menus.
Then, as a firm Relais & Chateaux favourite, the comfort levels are supreme too. Each suite is bedecked in white drapes, fun throw cushions and occasional art deco splashes which really work. Ample lounge areas and a nicely furnished balcony will always come as standard, though you don’t have to move too far up the suite category list before you find yourself with a private plunge pool and outdoor bathtub, a lovely touch. No matter which you choose, every one of these cosy hideaways feels like just that; an oasis of cool amidst the lush green of the Calabash gardens and deep blue sea beyond.
When it comes to onsite facilities, this boutique Caribbean hotel has it covered with a decadent spa specialising in yoga, aromatherapy and relaxation treatments, as well as a gym, two tennis courts, sea kayaks, a dive school and even their own Hobie Cat sailing boats if the open ocean beckons. These bountiful activities mean that you can spend as much time as you like sunning yourself on an overwater lounger or relishing a lazy lunch on the beach, safe in the knowledge that should you so desire it, outdoor excursions aplenty are easily arranged with the help of your concierge.
Dining at the Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel also goes some way to explaining its undoubted popularity, as celebrity chef Gary Rhodes lends his expertise to the property’s main restaurant. This is a gastronomic delight in itself, though one which is almost equalled when the sun rises each morning and breakfast is there to be enjoyed with sand between your toes, on the beach as the turquoise Caribbean Sea laps in beside you; the only way to start the day while staying on the island of Grenada. All the while, when seeking to explore, have in mind that the Calabash is tucked away on the southern coast, though Grand Anse is not far away and the highlights of Grenada are always within a short drive.
30 beautifully decorated suites with magnificent views of the gardens and sea. 5 two to five bedroom villas close to the hotel are also available.
L'Anse Aux Epines Beach, 10 minutes transfer from Maurice Bishop International Airport.