Luxury resorts in Grenada may be few and far between, but for this Caribbean island, that is about to change. The super luxurious Silversands resort will become Grenada’s latest and most luxurious resort with 40 decked out suites and nine stunning residences when phase one of the new development opens this summer on Grand Anse beach.
The tiny island nation nearing the south end of the island arc is perhaps best known for its medical school that trains many of America’s doctors, as well as its sizable export of nutmeg, known as “black gold” in these parts and giving Grenada the moniker of “the spice island.”
But now it will be able to add a few more notables to its list. As the latest of luxury resorts in Grenada, Silversands is a unique undertaking and one that caught the eye of Leading Hotels of the World. It is the first luxury resort in Grenada to become part of the collection. Similarly, Silversands is the first luxury resort to be built along Grenada’s famed Great Anse beach in more than a quarter century.
The beach offers two miles of white, sugar sand and is considered the island’s best beach – never crowded and full of island character. Finally, this luxury resort in Grenada brings the longest infinity pool in the Caribbean. At over 300 feet, the pool unfolds as an invitation to the warm, blue sea beyond, flanked by design-intensive lounge furnishings and whimsical day beds.
Silversands shows the deft talent of Paris-based architects AW2, that lists Six Senses Con Dao, Phum Baitang in Siem Reap, the Amanjena in Marrakech and the Patek Philippe store on London’s Bond Street, among its noteworthy projects. That means a cool and pared-down approach using plenty of pale marble, blond woods and greyish neutral tones to put patterns of light on stage at Silversands.
The Grenada luxury resort’s open-plan suites range in size from 580 to 1,647 square feet in one- to three-bedroom configurations each offering a view of the beach or the hillside. The resort brings two restaurants, a destination-style spa providing island-inspired treatments, a soothing hammam, and a state-of-the-art gym. A rum and cigar bar offers evening relaxation before the later hours when the resort’s private beach club comes to life with a resident DJ.
Luxury Resorts in Grenada: The Resident Address
Complementing the action at Grenada’s latest luxury resort are the nine residences available for purchase. Silversands offers five seaside villas and four hillside villas ranging from 13,500 to 26,500 square feet with a sales price starting at $5.7 million in a gorgeous setting outside the hurricane belt.
These options come stacked with three bedrooms, four baths, sizable outdoor terraces and two private pools that overlook the resort and the sea. The three-level villas cascade down the hillside like waterfalls, for which Grenada is famous. Each level brings its own master bedroom suite overlooking the entertainment-ready patio and sparkling main pool.
Buyers may go with the resort’s design packages and they can rent their villas through the resort’s rental program as desired. For guests who want to book something in between, they should consider the 2,066-square-foot penthouse that Silversands offers.
Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Lures for Bespoke Travelers
A recent Bloomberg report citing, a study released by Resonance Consultancy, states that after Europe, the Caribbean is the second-most popular getaway for the wealthiest of travelers. The study found that nearly half of those surveyed were considering a vacation to the Caribbean in the next one to two years.
Many guests who visit Grenada want to stay, and Silversands maintains that double citizenship status on Grenada has its perks. Purchasing a resident villa at Silversands clears the way for this second citizenship opportunity and visa-free access to 125 countries (including the UK, European Schengen countries, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Ireland among others); 90-day sojourns in every six months in Europe and the UK; zero tax levies on gifts, inheritances, foreign income or capital gains, and special government incentive packages on duties, imports, business dealings and manufacturing. Only 21 miles long by 12 miles wide, Grenada, a country of 110,000 souls and it is also one of the safest islands.
Among other attractions, it offers the wander worthy capital city of St. George, possibly one of the most picturesque of Caribbean towns.
Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Exploring the Island
Recommended is the climb to Fort Frederick at the top of Richmond Hill to experience preserved relics of the island’s colonial past and sweeping views of the island and island capital. Visitors can walk the waterfront promenade at Carenage and stop for some crab soufflé or Baracuda la Port — pan-fried barracuda fish wrapped in bacon, with a sauce mixed from crab and lobster meats.
With its compact size, most places in Grenada are reachable within an hour by car, although hiking beyond may be required. For instance, inspired explorers will discover more than 10 waterfalls hidden in the island’s amazing rainforests. A hike along trails around Grand Etang Lake is recommended for this. Seven Sisters Waterfall or Mount Qua Qua bring guaranteed encounters with Mona monkeys that reside in the area.
Or they can head to the depths instead. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park debuted in 2006 as a riveting and haunting floorscape of some 110 statues created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. At 30 feet below the surface of the sea, the art pieces were strategically positioned to enhance the recovery of damaged coral reef. Several speedboat operators offer half-day trips to the sculpture park for snorkeling and sightseeing.
Other worthy island undertakings include options to sample nutmeg and cocoa right off the tree at Belmont Estate, a working 17th century plantation with a well-recommended farm-to-table restaurant. Nearby is the River Antoine Rum Distillery, believed to be the oldest such rum distillery in the Caribbean and still using a process unchanged from centuries past powered by a wooden water wheel and leaving the extracted cane sugars alone to ferment in natural conditions for a week. The resultant spirits boast a 90% ABV.
And like most Caribbean islands, Grenada has its festivals, often colorful and amusing and well worth the timing of visits. One of these moments would be Spicemas, a carnival party that culminates on the second Monday and Tuesday of August. Putting this carnival into a class of its own is the Jab Jab Mas, in which revelers cover themselves in black paint, mud and oil take to the streets in giddy celebration.
Other festivals include the Pure Grenada Music Festival in the spring, highlighting Grenadine cuisine and culture along with local, regional and international artists as they perform on the seaside lawn of the Port Louis district.
Luxury Resorts in Grenada: Getting there
Grenada is served by JetBlue from JFK and also American Airlines from Miami, Delta from New York and Atlanta and Caribbean Airlines from New York, Miami, and Toronto. Flights land in Maurice Bishop International Airport (Airport Code: GND) just five miles north of the capital. Silversands is an easy 10-minute drive from the airport.
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