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A blog from Grenada in the West Indies provides information about the island and what you can do to enjoy your holiday.

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10 Things to Do in Grenada : Nature Lovers Edition

If you’ve got your next trip to the Spice Isle booked, then check out these things to do in Grenada for nature lovers. We all love a bit of nature. After all, it’s one of the best ways to escape whatever you have going on in your mind or life that makes you feel stressed. […] The post 10 Things to Do in Grenada : Nature Lovers Edition appeared first on Petite Anse...

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If you’ve got your next trip to the Spice Isle booked, then check out these things to do in Grenada for nature lovers.

We all love a bit of nature. After all, it’s one of the best ways to escape whatever you have going on in your mind or life that makes you feel stressed.

Even if you don’t consciously feel stressed, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have time to smell the roses. The work, home, eat, sleep, work, home, eat, sleep cycle can be never-ending. It can slowly grind you down.

Going into nature is one of the quickest ways to feel refreshed and to put your thoughts on something entirely different. The results is a revitalisation that is hard to find elsewhere.

Here are our top 10 ways to escape the rate race and get engulfed in nature on your next visit to Grenada:

Turtle Watching

Every April is the start of the turtle watching season in Grenada. If you’re staying with us we can make a reservation for you to be guided to the most popular nesting ground on the island. You’ll be educated on the life of the Leatherback turtle and it’s breeding cycle. You’ll also discover that turtles can swim up to 10,000 miles each year in the quest to return to the same beach that they were born on to lay their own eggs. It’s a very affordable activity and one of the most moving encounters with nature that you’ll ever experience.

 

turtle watching in Grenada

Mona Monkeys

The mona monkeys of Grenada are said to have arrived by boat centuries ago. With their cheeky and entitled dispositions, they will try to grab bananas from tourists when they can. You may have to travel to Grand Etang area to find them as they haven’t been seen in our local area for years.

Carmel Waterfalls

This selfie-perfect setting is ideal for taking some great snaps of your stay in Grenada. A short walk leads you to the beautiful wall of water known as Carmel. An exceptionally stunning photographic backdrop that’s worth visiting, just outside Grenville. At last visit, it was optional on whether to take a guide or not.

Beautiful Mt Carmel Waterfall is a magical place for romantic photos.

Diving / Snorkelling

Diving and snorkelling are both available on Grenada. There are several wrecks that can be explored and of course the Underwater Sculpture Garden. We recommend snorkelling on Sandy Island too. The range of fish isn’t huge but the waters are clear and you’ll love the scenery. Sandy Island is a beautiful island with powder white sand and all the azures.

Botanical Gardens

Get down in amongst the flowers and plants of the island. Grenada has won Gold medals at London’s Chelsea Flower Show for years and it’s no wonder. The climate and rich soil are designed for growth. Drop a seed on the ground, and it will sprout. It’s a fertile island and you’ll discover that for yourself on a trip to the Gardens.

Cacao Farm

The cacao farm gives you a chance to see how chocolate ‘grows’. You’ll be able to taste the sweet white fruit of the cacao pod. Cocoa grows only within 20 degrees either side of the equator.

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Bean to Bar Chocolate Factory Tour

Discover how the cacao bean is transformed into delicious chocolate – one of the most popular and expensive foods on earth. You’ll follow the route of the bean from the tree through the processing cycle until it reaches the stage of being wrapped for sale.

Nutmeg Processing Plant

Located in Gouyave, the nutmeg processing plant will demonstrate what’s required to send this spice to distributors. Nutmeg once cost more than gold in 1700 London.

Laura’s Herb Garden

Down south, Laura’s Herb Garden is a wonder of botanical nature. You’ll discover more about the herbs and spices that grow on Grenada and gain insight into their medicinal uses.

Take a walk in nature

How about accompanying us on our Sunday morning walk along the coast to Duquesne Bay. You’ll pass some of the prettiest views and see many different tree species growing.

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These may be our top 1o suggestions for things to do for nature lovers in Grenada, but when you arrive, you’ll no doubt make your own list.

Try these other blog posts:

Top 10 Things to Do in Grenada : Beach Lovers Edition

10 Things to Know About Sandy Island, Grenada

 

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Petite Anse Hotel and The Green Leaders Gold Level on TripAdvisor

As keen travellers, we know how important it is to protect the environment. It’s our aim to retain not only the beauty of nature but to use sustainable resources and be mindful of our impact as a hotel. This is one of the reasons why we as a green Caribbean hotel now hold the Green […] The post Petite Anse Hotel and The Green Leaders Gold Level on TripAdvisor appeared first on Petite Anse...

As keen travellers, we know how important it is to protect the environment. It’s our aim to retain not only the beauty of nature but to use sustainable resources and be mindful of our impact as a hotel. This is one of the reasons why we as a green Caribbean hotel now hold the Green Leaders Gold Level on TripAdvisor.

We also continue to invest in our environmental efforts to meet travellers increasing interest in the protection of the environment. According to TripAdvisor insights program, 79% of travellers consider this when making their travel arrangement choices.

Before we started the construction process of Petite Anse Hotel ten years ago, we already had a list of what we wanted to do to help our local area to stay beautiful, clean and healthy. We are very aware that whatever goes beyond our local area. Whatever we do feeds into the overall global effects on the environment.

With that in mind, it’s time we explained what this Gold Level award means to you. We will also look at what it means to us and to TripAdvisor website users.

What do we have to offer to qualify for the GreenLeaders Gold Level award?

It’s been six years since TripAdvisor started its Green Leader program. Petite Anse Hotel has been awarded the Gold Level for our environmental efforts.

When it comes to running an eco-friendly and green Caribbean hotel, we have invested in doing our bit to protect the planet and the local area. Our footprint is small when it comes to the impact that we make. From reusing linens to our vegetable waste for compost purposes to installing the most energy efficient lights to using solar power to meet our electricity needs, we have the planet in mind.

You can read more about how we operate to ensure that we make a minimal environmental impact here.

What did we do to Reach the GreenLeaders Gold Level award?

Here are some of the ways that we contribute to the protection of the environment:

  • We have installed a dirty towel policy to reduce the use of energy, water and washing detergents
  • When possible, we use local produce from both our own gardens and from local trusted growers. Fish and meat are sourced from local fishermen and producers when possible.
  • We support local conservation work including the Ocean Spirits turtle conservation program
  • By using LED bulbs and our own solar energy to heat water for the majority of our cottages, we conserve energy
  • We reuse, recycle and reduce waste
  • Sustainable materials from the region, such as hardwood sourced from Guyana, was used to construct our cottages and buildings. Our carpenter uses sustainable wood to make furniture and fittings.
  • Artwork from local artists. One artist in particular (Doliver) recycles materials for use in artwork, such as galvanise/corrugated iron in art pieces.

In the future we can see that it’s likely we may have to install an electric car charger if the island turns more towards such eco-friendly behaviours.

 

What about TripAdvisor?

Developed in 2013 in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, the US Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Programme, the program helps travellers to select green conscious accommodation. All hotels and B&Bs can win GreenLeaders status according to the green practices that are observed by them.

Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards are given depending on how many green practices are being observed; the more observed, the higher the level awarded.

TripAdvisor has evaluated our eco-friendly practices against their scoring system of points and has found that we have met their requirements to qualify for gold level.

You can read more about our environmental efforts on our website.

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Let’s Help Grenada Walk Again

  Written by Philip Clift. This is me when I ran the London Marathon. Yes, it was hard, it was a struggle. It was painful. It was an experience. It was amazing to cross the finish line and feel the satisfaction that months of training had paid off. The other runners were great peers in […] The post Let’s Help Grenada Walk Again appeared first on Petite Anse...

 

Written by Philip Clift.

This is me when I ran the London Marathon.

Yes, it was hard, it was a struggle. It was painful. It was an experience.

It was amazing to cross the finish line and feel the satisfaction that months of training had paid off. The other runners were great peers in this challenging event, and so were the road-side supporters.

What was even more amazing was what happened several months later.

The sponsorship funds of over US$50,000 that we raised together, made it possible to put a new roof on our local Hilarion Home. The Leonard Cheshire Hilarion Home is just down the road from us, if you’ve been here, you’ve probably seen it. My wife, Annie, is on the board too. You can read about what we achieved together here.

The home is where many vulnerable people live who are either elderly or who have a disability or condition which prevents them from enjoying an independent life. The roof now in place is as much hurricane proof as it can be and strong enough to keep them dry and protected, no matter the weather.

So I want to propose that we do it again.

Let’s raise funds for Attach-A-Leg Grenada

From my perspective, the London Marathon is a challenge, but it has great camaraderie and taking part is one of life’s highlights. However, as we mature, we realise that the greatest joy in life comes from giving, so I’m running with a purpose for another worthy cause.

I’d like to ask that with your help, we raise £5000 for Attach A Leg Grenada. In exchange, I will run the 26.2 miles of the Virgin London Marathon on 28th April 2019.

I’ve chosen this charity as the outcome of the work they do is transformed lives. We’ve seen it in progress and have witnessed the incredible positive changes that it brings to people’s lives.

An example of how Attach-A-Leg helps

The husband of our head housekeeper, Aren, unfortunately, went through an amputation caused by diabetes – a commonplace condition in the Caribbean. Martin was finding the situation very challenging to handle and without mobility was struggling to find a purpose in life. He became depressed, withdrawn and was mentally and emotionally suffering.

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Fortunately, Annie decided to get in touch with Attach A Leg to see if they could do anything to help. Gilfi is the name of the director of the charity, he said he’d visit. To cut a long story short, Martin was fitted with a new prosthetic and his life is now pretty much back to normal.

The most remarkable part of the entire process for me, was when Gilfi met Martin at Petite Anse. Martin hobbled into the compound on crutches, but he walked out on his new leg. It was truly unbelievable. It was ‘heart-grip’ touching. It was one of those moments that grabs you round the throat and prevents you from swallowing as your eyes sting with the ‘wet stuff’ of emotion.

Martin can walk. Apparently, he can run! And he has been able to return to working the land and growing his produce. His life is back to a place where he can enjoy it and gain fulfilment.

Let’s help others to walk

So please dig deep, let’s help others to walk again.

Some of the amputees who approach Attach A Leg for help can afford their own prosthetic, but for the most part, they cannot. They may have been suffering from wounds or sickness caused by diabetes for several years prior and living in financial hardship.

The Caribbean is a region that is not as financially fortunate as the bigger countries, and sharing is caring and joyful. Please donate, even if it’s the smallest amount. It would be very satisfying to get more people back to living a life that they enjoy and participate in. Let’s help them to stand up and get the same enjoyment that me and you take for granted.

You can donate here.

 

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Top Tips for Planning a Romantic Getaway Trip

Romantic holidays are the perfect way to celebrate any relationship. Whether it be your first romantic getaway together, or you’ve been married for many years and the both of you are desperate to escape everyday life, heading to a beautiful and secluded corner of the earth can be exactly what any couple needs. There are, […] The post Top Tips for Planning a Romantic Getaway Trip appeared first on Petite Anse...

Romantic holidays are the perfect way to celebrate any relationship. Whether it be your first romantic getaway together, or you’ve been married for many years and the both of you are desperate to escape everyday life, heading to a beautiful and secluded corner of the earth can be exactly what any couple needs.

There are, however, certain pressures of planning such a romantic experience. For instance, where do you want to head to? Are you after a beachy retreat, or would you prefer an urban trip to a European city? What activities do you want to do, and how can you plan the best quality downtime possible?

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Book a Romantic Getaway Accommodation

Romantic getaways can be done anywhere. They can be against the backdrop of white beaches, or in one of the busiest cities in the world. Regardless of where it is, however, you need a great home base. You need somewhere luxurious where you and your partner can nest into. Consider your accommodation and ensure it will offer everything you wish for and need.

When seeking romantic accommodation, avoid hostels. Rather, you should look towards hotels and private villas instead. Of course, villas are more prevalent in coastal destinations, and if you are heading to a Greek island like Santorini, beautiful Santorini villas for rent can offer privacy and exclusivity as no other accommodation type can.

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Splurge on a Few Luxury Activities

Thrills are always great for romance, so book a few for you and your partner to experience and bond over. Perhaps you want to try diving for the first time, or a shark tank experience is what will get your adrenaline running. There are so many fun and thrilling things you can do, but first, you will want to research your destination and see what is available.

Look for discounts and make sure to read reviews. In Europe or Australia, wine tours can be a luxurious and fun experience, where a group of couples can speak to one another and bond over bottles of wine and delicious food.

Never Underestimate the Power of Downtime

That being said, you don’t want to do something all day, every day. Downtime and, more importantly, alone time is critical for a healthy relationship. Carry this over to your trip and give you and your partner some time to lay on the romance.

Pull Out All the Stops

Dress up for your partner, do cheesy things for your partner, dance slowly to the sound of the waves – it’s corny because it works. This doesn’t mean you should do things you know your partner won’t like. Cater your efforts to them to make the romance fly.

Try to Stay Off Social Media

Finally, try to stay off social media as much as possible. Don’t post about your trip, don’t talk about your trip, and try to keep phone use to an absolute minimum unless it’s to take photos. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the villa is or how stunning the sunset – those photos will still look great when you get home. For now, let the beauty be a secret you and your partner share. It will make the whole world fall away until nothing is left but the two of you, and this is what will help you connect on a deeper level.

Romantic holidays can be exactly what a couple needs to revitalize not only themselves but their relationship. Escaping everyday life and seeing an exotic and unknown country is a beautiful experience and one that should be experienced with the one that they love.

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Our Sunday BBQ Buffet Lunch in Sauteurs, Grenada

Every Sunday we welcome guests from all over the island to our Sunday BBQ buffet lunch in Sauteurs. Sometimes they live locally in Grenada, other times they are guests who are staying at other hotels. Our BBQ buffet has managed to get quite a name for itself and there’s usually quite a crowd. Once in […] The post Our Sunday BBQ Buffet Lunch in Sauteurs, Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...

Every Sunday we welcome guests from all over the island to our Sunday BBQ buffet lunch in Sauteurs. Sometimes they live locally in Grenada, other times they are guests who are staying at other hotels. Our BBQ buffet has managed to get quite a name for itself and there’s usually quite a crowd. Once in a while, we’ll also have live music for you.

The best place for Sunday Lunch in Grenada

Situated on the beautiful north coast with views stretching all the way to Carriacou and the Grenadines, our location is memorable, romantic and refreshing. The breeze is fresh and cool. We overlook the beach and you’ll feel restored and energized.

Enjoy a Sunday morning walk with us

Before lunch, Sunday mornings bring a chance to take a walk to the nearby village of Duquesne. It’s a 2.7-mile walk through the village of David and along the beautiful coastline. It’s a fairly easy walk, relatively flat and suitable for most people.

Enjoying a walk is a great way to stay healthy and to socialise with guests and some of the neighbours, as they often like to join us.

You can find out more about our walk here.

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Sunday BBQ Buffet Lunch – just EC$55 per person

If you’ve yet to try our Sunday BBQ lunch, then here’s what you need to know.

For just EC$55 per person, you can certainly get a good filling. If you’d like more than one meat, that’s possible too for another EC$15 for each extra meat.

On arrival, you can either seat yourself or ask a server to help you find where you’d like to sit. When you’re ready you can walk up to the buffet area and ask the chef for what you’d like. You can make your choice of meat, fish or your vegetarian choice as below:

  • Jerk Pork
  • BBQ pork
  • Ribs
  • Chicken
  • Fish (seasonal but can include tuna steak, lionfish and mahi-mahi)
  • Burgers
  • Veggie burgers
  • Veggie sausages

Sunday bbq lunch grenada

Plenty of sides to choose from

For the sides, we have a great selection for you, and you can help yourself and fill your plate. Make your sleection from:

  • Roast potatoes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Green beans and carrot
  • Plantain
  • Salad
  • Vegetables
  • Rice

Plantains Sunday BBQ buffet lunch Grenada

Drinks and desserts are extra

We charge drinks and desserts separately, but everybody certainly enjoys the meal and it sets them up for the rest of the day. If you would like a dessert you can choose one of our homemade ice cream flavours, cake or anything that our kitchen has on offer. Ask your server about desserts. We stock a full bar, including soft drinks, beers and wines. Alternatively, you may want to try one of our cocktails.

Sunday lunch cocktails in Grenada

We prefer to know if you’re coming, so please make a reservation with us on 442-5252 so that we can tell the kitchen. They can then ensure that there’s plenty for everybody.

Here are a couple of pics for you so that you know what to expect:

 

Sunday lunch Grenada

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What To Pack for Grenada

Packing for a trip isn’t a favourite activity for most people. We’ve put together a list of things that you should pack for your trip to Grenada. This should make it easier and more enjoyable. The sun is generally shining, and it’s humid, so you’ll need to factor that in too. Before we get into […] The post What To Pack for Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...

Packing for a trip isn’t a favourite activity for most people. We’ve put together a list of things that you should pack for your trip to Grenada. This should make it easier and more enjoyable. The sun is generally shining, and it’s humid, so you’ll need to factor that in too.

Before we get into that, go to our Facebook page and give it a ‘like’. Then follow us on Instagram to be inspired.

Sign up below for news and special offers. We send occasional tips and what you need to know about travelling to Grenada. Don’t miss this.

 

Passport and Documentation

Just as any other trip you take, you’ll need to bring your passport with you for travel to Grenada. Ensure that you have at least six months left on it before you leave for Grenada.

We also recommend printing off all your travel documents such as your return ticket so that you know when you have to be at the airport, etc. If you print off your hotel reservation that would be a big plus for the immigration people when you arrive too.

You should also bring some cash with you if possible. The currency used in Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but some places do accept US currency. Finally, bring your insurance documents and information from your doctor about any medications that you’ll be carrying with you.

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Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent

The climate in Grenada is beautiful, but you will need some protection against the sun. Seeing as Grenada is close to the equator line, the sun can be quite ferocious. Due to the heat, there is also more mosquitoes and insects around. At Petite Anse Hotel we are fortunate to have a breeze coming onshore that blows pretty much all of them away.  However, if you take any trips, you could well come across some, for example in the rainforest. So bring your mosquito repellent with you to protect you against those little critters.

 what to pack for Grenada

Swimsuits

You’ll definitely want to bring your swimwear with you on your trip to Grenada. As a Caribbean island, Grenada sitting in the most beautiful turquoise waters. You’ll want to go in our pool, in the sea and maybe go snorkelling off Sandy Island. You may even want to bring more than one. So add your swimsuit or bikini to your packing with your flip-flops, sunglasses and a sunhat.

 

Toiletries

Another thing to pack for Grenada is your toiletries. As most of the products available on the island are imported, they can sometimes be a little pricey. Although the hotel you stay in will probably supply you with shampoo, conditioner and soaps, you should bring your toothbrush and toothpaste. If you use any skin care products, bring those too.

Make a note that the electricity on Grenada runs at 220 volts which is the same as the UK, and it uses the same plugs. However, if you’re from elsewhere, you may want to pack a universal adapter. If you wear contact lens or glasses, be sure to put those on your packing list. Then add contact lens solution and storage case too. Oh and razors.

Clothes

Light and cool cotton clothing is most suitable for the climate of Grenada. Shorts, summer dresses and capris should be on your list of what to pack for Grenada. As for men shorts, t-shirts and other cotton clothing would suit. Also, bring some comfortable shoes with you for any activities that you may be taking part in. People on the Caribbean islands do not wear beachwear away from the beach, so keep in mind the local culture and traditions so as not to inadvertently offend.  It can get breezy in the evenings so you may wish to bring a light jacket.

Camera

Taking images with your mobile phone can work, but if you have an interest in photography, you may wish to bring your camera too. There are many views and landscapes to capture in addition to sunsets and beautiful beaches.  If you have an underwater camera, bring that along with you too.

 

Miscellaneous

Although we mostly have sun here in Grenada, it does sometimes rain. Consider bringing your umbrella with you. When it rains, it does like to do it with gusto! Also, pack a good book or Kindle to keep you amused. Saying that – we do have a library that you’re invited to help yourself to. We also have a first aid kit in the hotel, but some people do like to travel with their first aid kit with band-aids/plasters.

 

Last Final Tip on what to pack for Grenada  

Our final tip about what to bring is to write a list of what you need. It will help to ensure that you have all that you need. As you put things into your suitcase, mark them off the list. Don’t forget your phone and tablet chargers!

If you’d like to bring anything extra to donate to the local community that would also be appreciated. There are children who need school pens, pencils, stationary and much needed items of clothing such as boxer shorts (which can be multi used as pyjamas, swimming trunks and underwear!) the difference it makes to these children is enormous. Thanking you in advance.

 

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