Best Hotel in Grenada? Bunny Stays at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel
Bunny has made it her mission to try out most, if not all, of the hotels on her home island of Grenada. She has already made progress on the pledge, but had not stayed, until recently, at TripAdvisor number 1 ranked accommodation on the island: Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel.
Last November, she headed to Calabash for an indulgent 2-night break with Mr. Bunny in tow. Read below about their delightful experience at Calabash Hotel in Grenada.
Easiest Check-in Ever
Calabash Hotel is located on the Southern coast of Grenada, an easy taxi ride away from the airport or capital alike.
Upon arrival, the Bunnies were escorted directly to their room. There were no forms to fill in, no credit cards to swipe, nothing but pure relaxation from the very start. Bunny has stayed in hundreds of hotels in her life but she has never experienced a check-in this effortless.
Bunny thinks this was due, at least partly, to the strict Covid-19 regulations and the hotel’s aim to minimise personal contact during the pandemic. Whatever the reason, it was certainly a pleasant start to the mini-holiday!
The Bunnies had reserved a Junior Suite for their stay. Despite the fancy name, this is actually an entry level room at Calabash but oh-so-indulgent nonetheless..
The room looked very fresh, clean and inviting from the moment they walked through the door. Bunny particularly loved the airiness and the delicate blue and green tones of the decor. The junior suite was quite spacious, with a sizeable lounging area in front of a flatscreen TV and a separate balcony where breakfast was served daily.
The bathroom had a free-standing bathtub (a weakness of Bunny), and a separate shower space. The toiletries were heavenly (Elemis), the bathrobes fluffy and the towels plentiful. There was also lots of storage space which is always a plus, particularly for a longer stay.
The bed, with luxurious linen, was super comfortable. There were also several small touches in the room that Bunny loved: Nespresso machine with plenty of capsules, a bottle of Grenadian rum punch, drinking water and some delicious cookies, much to the delight of Mr. Bunny.
Everything from the decorative pillows to the carpets was beautiful, relaxing and classy. Well done whoever designed the rooms, Bunny says.
Bunny didn’t have a chance to see any of the other suites at Calabash but she is confident that they are equally gorgeous. Some of them even come with private plunge pools… Maybe next time!
Sign of True Luxury
How to distinguish between a good hotel and a truly luxurious one? Bunny has a fail-safe method to tell: Check if the belt of the bathrobe has already been carefully threaded through the loops and gently tied or whether it is simply hanging loose on the side of the robe. If the former, congratulations; chances are, you are staying in an outstanding place. (Needless to say, Calabash passed the test.)
Once the Bunnies were settled in their room, they headed straight to the hotel’s impressive infinity pool, tucked away into a quiet corner of the expansive gardens. Most of the other guests were at the beach so the Bunnies had the pool to themselves for a couple of hours of splashing around in the sun.
The Bunnies also checked out the adjacent gym and made a mental note about (possibly) using it the following morning. Bunny suspects that the pool area normally also includes a bar service, but this seems to have been suspended for the time being. Dastardly Covid again! No biggie.
All in all, Bunny was impressed with the simple, but elegant pool area and even drew inspiration for a design idea for her own pool deck which is currently being built in Carriacou.
From the pool, the Bunnies headed straight for the complimentary afternoon tea, served at the hotel reception’s lounging area, just off to the side of the main dining area. Again, they were the only guests in attendance and enjoyed their tea and small sweet and savoury bites in unhurried luxury.
Calabash Hotel boasts one of the best dining experiences in Grenada: Rhodes restaurant. Bunny knew of it only by reputation so the Bunnies made sure to dine there on the first night of their stay.
Rhodes has a short, changing menu that always seems to include a vegetarian option. Bunny’s expectations were high since Calabash hotel is part of the Relais & Chateaux chain which is known for its gourmet restaurants.
The dress code at Rhodes restaurant is elegant (not a strong suit for Bunny) and the atmosphere romantic (another Bunny weak point). It is definitely a restaurant for special occasions if you ever needed one in Grenada. The Bunnies were celebrating their (Covid-belated) wedding anniversary so it totally hit the spot.
The food was excellent! The Bunnies enjoyed a delicious Callaloo soup with roasted coconut chips, beetroot and peppered goat cheese tower as a starter and Fettucini al Arrabiata as their main course. The portions were beautifully presented and simple, but flavourful.
The service was very attentive and the Bunnies’ wine glasses were never empty. The highlight was the dessert, a mouthwatering molten chocolate cake and banana pudding with homemade ice-cream. The quiet, candle-lit ambience completed the perfect al fresco experience.
Speaking of food, breakfast was one of Bunny’s favourite things at Calabash. You can request breakfast to be served on your own balcony or enjoy it at the Beach Club on the beach (see below). Bunny ordered breakfast in both mornings because she cannot resist a long, relaxed breakfast devoured while in a bathrobe.
You place the breakfast order online the night before and it is served at the time of your choosing. The menu is extensive and, as far as Bunny knows, there are no restrictions on how much you can order. The Bunnies ordered a LOT: fresh fruit, pancakes, crepes, omelettes, cereal, toast, juice, coffee, bagels, croissants, the list goes on and on.
To Bunny’s credit, and particularly Mr. Bunny’s (he did most of the heavy lifting), they finished everything they ordered. The food was simply too delicious to waste. Plus, it was not exactly a hardship to linger while eating on their beautiful balcony with sea views.
The Beach Club
During their stay at Calabash, the Bunnies preferred lounging at the pool area, rather than on the beach, possibly because they are spoiled rotten with spectacular beaches at home in Grenada’s sister island, Carriacou.
The one time the Bunnies ventured down to the Beach Club, they were impressed with the beach-side service. As soon as they decided on their beach loungers, complimentary ice water and fresh passionfruit juice (Bunny’s favorite!) appeared from nowhere. How classy!
L'Anse Aux Epines Beach
The beach (L'Anse Aux Epines) itself is where Calabash perhaps falls a bit short.
There is nothing wrong with the beach as such, it is quiet and pretty with picturesque palm trees and powdery sand. Swimming is easy and there are sail boats to admire offshore. A professional scuba diving and water sports center located on the beach can organise further expeditions if you’re interested.
That said, having visited practically all the gorgeous beaches of Grenada, Bunny knows that there are better stretches of sand than L'Anse Aux Epines on the island.
If you’re a beach aficionado and determined to stay at Calabash, make sure that you check out some of Grenada’s local gems when it comes to beaches. Bunny’s blog post on Best Beaches in Grenada should give you some inspiration. If you just want sun, fun and sand, there’s nothing wrong with the L’Anse Aux Epines beach at Calabash.
If you are looking for a perfect spot for a delicious beachside lunch, the Beach Club at Calabash is topnotch, whether you are staying at the hotel or not.
The Bunnies enjoyed a divine al fresco lunch with veggie tacos, local roti and delicious salads. The drinks were pretty tasty too and the environment, as everywhere at Calabash, was sophisticated and yet relaxing at the same time.
Bunny’s visit to Calabash occurred during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Calabash was clearly well-prepared. First, there was the contactless check-in. In addition, masks were compulsory everywhere, and worn correctly (not always the case in Grenada). In the room, a fresh supply of hand sanitiser, face masks and wipes were available for the guests. All menus were provided in electronic format for viewing on your own phone or tablet. Naturally, extra cleaning procedures were also observed throughout the property.
Calabash is a small, family-run hotel with world-class service. Grenada is known for its friendly population, but this doesn’t always translate into great customer service, even at luxury establishments.
At Calabash Hotel, Bunny experienced only excellent service. All the staff members she interacted with were professional, friendly and efficient. Even the ever-critical Mr. Bunny had a tough time coming up with something to complain about.
In addition, thoughtful extras, such as some light tapas delivered to their room before dinner, made the Bunnies’ stay even more special.
If you are looking for a classy, luxurious place to stay in Grenada, look no further than Calabash Hotel. It distinguishes itself with excellent culinary offerings, first-class service and beautiful rooms. Bunny had high expectations before her visit but was still positively surprised during her stay.
So… Is Calabash Hotel the best hotel in Grenada? It is certainly one of the best, if not the best, Bunny says. However, to answer the question conclusively, she still needs to test Silversands Grenada which she suspects to be the closest competition. Stay tuned for Bunny’s final verdict.