Grenada is one of the most beautiful places in the world and Laluna is a perfect place to stay. A colourful gem of an island, the most southerly of the Windward Isles, Grenada is known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean, famous for the delicious nutmeg which scents the air.
A relatively unknown holiday island, Grenada is a former British colony with an alluring, unspoilt magnetism. It is renowned for many things besides nutmeg: its natural beauty, with crystal clear tranquil seas and palm-fringed beaches, lush rainforest, green valleys, rivers, waterfalls and mountains, fertile groves of bananas, citrus, mangoes and coconuts, the scent of spices and chocolate; for the people, who are friendly and happy; for the ideal Caribbean weather; for its picturesque capital, St George’s, which stands on the loveliest harbour in the Caribbean; for its lack of commercialism; and for its cricket, sailing, deep-sea fishing and jazz; this is a tropical paradise with plenty to see and do.
The finest beaches are in the south-west—and here, within easy reach of St George’s, lies our recommended resort, Laluna, a discreet, casual and chic hideaway surrounded only by the sea, the lush hills and its own white-sand beach. Named “Grenada’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Grenada’s Leading Spa Resort’ in the World Travel Awards, as well as making the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Resorts in the World’, this is a corroboration of our own Travel Editors’ choice.
Laluna is made up of just 16 thatched villas in its lovely 10-acre grounds. It is for those who are seeking a hidden retreat with a touch of European style. The Italian owner, former Prada consultant Bernardo Bertucci, worked with renowned Italian architect Gabriella Giuntoli to create the interiors: rooms feature four-poster Balinese beds and open-air bamboo bathrooms with Caribbean Sea views and a European ambience—and cucina—the Italian restaurant serves excellent homemade Italian-Caribbean fusion food in a lovely setting overlooking the beach and sea: perfect for sundowners.
As to the spa: Balinese rituals, Polynesian techniques and body massages are highlights on the Asian Spa menu. Kundalini yoga and pilates sessions take place in the specially designed beachside pavilion.
Which villa to choose? All are beautiful and have sea views, but for privacy and sea views we recommend the 1,000 sq ft Cottage Deluxe, only a few steps from the beach, with private verandah and plunge pool, open-air bathroom, four-poster bed, wooden furnishings and high ceilings, offering free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and minibar, Italian linens and toiletries.
Laluna is close to La Morne Beach, which is one of the loveliest beaches in the Caribbean, more peaceful and exclusive than the well-known Grand Anse. There are superb water sports here, including diving, snorkelling and fishing, windsurfing and the like.
But there is no need to focus on beach life if you prefer more activity: St George’s is a beautiful town to explore, the Nature trails and tours are marvellous—Grenada has many rare and colourful native birds and animals in its picturesque scenery—there are rum distilleries, cocoa plantations for the chocolate (said to be the most delicious chocolate in the world), and of course the cricket, which is the most popular sport on Grenada—and your visit may well coincide with a Windies tour.
However you choose to spend your time, this is a desirable location, and whether you seek a tropical island paradise to simply relax, or you wish to explore one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Laluna is the place to be.
When to go? The Grenada climate is tempered by north-east trade winds, making it comfortable year-round. Probably the optimum time for us is in the high season, January to April, when our weather is at its worst and Grenada is at its best. In January the average daily high temperature is 84°F (29°C) and the average low is 75°F (24°C), with little rainfall. This increases to a high of 86°F (30°C) and a low of 77°F (25°C) in July.
Grenada is a verdant island, and warm rain is part of the scene in the rainy season (June to November) with an average 22 days of rainfall per month in St George’s—it lasts an hour or two per day and as such it does not wash out the holiday, but one must work around it. The hurricane season peaks in September-October (the last was in September 2004).
January to April are of course perfect as the weather is at its driest and least humid, but it is all a question of taste—the amazingly good blue marlin fishing is year-round, Grenada’s Spicemas Carnival runs through July and August, the rum festival is in November, the billfish tournament is in January, the jazz festival and the new chocolate festival are both held in May.
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Laluna Resort & Spa
Morne Rouge Bay
P.O. Box 1500
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