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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If you’re heading to northern Grenada, you’ll want to know what’s in store for you. What can you see, what can you do and where should you go? Here are our recommendations for the best attractions in this part of the island. Most visitors to Grenada are surprised at how much the island has to […] The post The Best Attractions of Northern Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...
Here are our recommendations for the best attractions in this part of the island.
Most visitors to Grenada are surprised at how much the island has to offer. However, it doesn’t matter which area you stay in, you’re bound to love it. We think the north offers the most natural beauty, a very relaxing environment and the friendliest people on the island (disclaimer: we may be biased).
You’ll find some of the most spectacular views, memorable and touching encounters with Leatherback turtles and even a chance to take a boat ride through some of our closest island neighbours.
Here is our pick of where to go to make the best of a visit to northern Grenada:
This white sand beach is popular with the local populace and home to small locally run eateries and the well-known friendly Blue Bar. With the shoreline being protected natural boulders, that break the waves, this is a great place to enjoy a swim. The views are fabulous, especially in the evening – the beach overlooks Union Island, Sandy Island and Green Island.
The most popular beach for leatherback turtles to nest, Levera Beach is a large natural white-sand beach. The turtles are typically around between March and August. Earlier in the season, you can watch the magnificent adult females land on the beach to lay their eggs. Later on, you can witness the eggs hatch and the baby turtles making their way down to the shoreline.
We can organise a ride on a fisherman’s boat to the neighbouring Sandy Island. You’ll take 20 minutes to reach the island – some days it’s a bit of a bumpy ride depending on which way the wind is blowing. Once you arrive, you’ll know you made the right decision to have the adventure. The azure blue sea offers excellent snorkelling. You’ll be treated to a fresh fish BBQ lunch made by the fisherman. Find out more about the Sandy Island trip.
Head here to witness how rum is made, using the same process that was used over 200 years ago. It’s home of the Rivers brand of rum. See the huge 8m high waterwheel in operation as it powers the crushing of sugar cane. A charming and informative tour that gives the opportunity to sample the products.
First opened in 1943, Pearls Airport was the first airport of Grenada. Playing a major part in the invasion of Grenada in 1983, it’s interesting to see the abandoned buildings and aircraft. The airport ceased operations in 1984. There is an old Russian aircraft that was damaged during the invasion, and a Cubana airlines plane. It’s now a great place to learn how to drive and is sometimes taken over for car racing. Watch out for the cow dungs and goat poops.
Home to the best chocolate on the island. Follow the chocolate making journey – from the cocoa farms to the factory to the bonbon shop. Originally founded by the late Mott Green, this factory was set up to give islanders the opportunity to make the best use of the cocoa tree. The result is rich and warm flavours. The truffles and chocolate bars make great gifts. Find out more about the Grenada Chocolate Company Tour.
The best view on the island (but don’t miss our view!) and you should not leave without taking a selfie. It’s a steep climb up but worth the effort as you can see the islands of Sandy Island and Green Island from up here. Your friends will be absolutely amazed by it!
If you have any questions about visiting this part of Grenada or want to find out more about our hotel, contact us.
Driving in Grenada is mostly smooth sailing, but at the same time, it’s not for everybody. Some people would much rather leave it to the experienced and hop in a cab. Although there’s nothing wrong with hopping in a cab, if you’re used to narrow roads, a few sharp corners and you don’t mind a […] The post Driving in Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...
Although there’s nothing wrong with hopping in a cab, if you’re used to narrow roads, a few sharp corners and you don’t mind a few steep drop-offs, then you should be fine. There may also be a few surprises on the way.
If you’re going to give it a try, then know that you’ll come across all sorts as you journey around the island, as you’ll find out from this article.
For you to drive a car as a visitor to Grenada, you’ll need to buy a visitors temporary driving licence from the police station in Grenville. If you’ve decided to hire one of our cars, then you may want to stop on the way up to buy it to save needing to go back down to Grenville. Be sure to bring a valid driving licence from your home country to acquire your temporary driving license. It will cost you EC$60.
Remember that when driving in Grenada, you’ll be driving on the left side. The best way to approach it all is to keep your speed fairly low and stay on your side.
The island opted for driving on the left when the British were here, and they’ve chosen to retain it.
Something highly obvious, but worth saying, all the same, is that if you don’t like something – just stop. Just as long as you don’t do it somewhere where somebody could bump into you. It will probably give a chance for a vehicle to pass so that you can move forward again without any concerns.
For example, if you’re passing through our local town of Sauteurs, and the gaps between vehicles are rather tight, then you may want to stop where you are and allow others to pass rather than trying to squeeze through the tiniest of gaps.
Another time you might choose to pull over is when you’ve got a vehicle close up to your bumper. It’s better to pull over and allow it to pass rather than to up your speed when you’re not familiar with the roads.
Don’t be shy about using your horn to toot and hoot. Whether it’s as a greeting, a thank you or a warning that you’re coming around a sharp corner Grenadians are generous with their horn use.
Also, note that people are happy to help you with directions. You can use a map or ask.
A herd of goats, potholes, people who stop in the road for a chat and sleeping dogs are all hazards that you’ll most likely encounter. Throw in a family of chickens, a few steep drops offs, some speed bumps and a bus harassing you to go faster and you’ll be well on your way to getting a grasp on driving on the island.
When it comes to parking, it seems that some people park anywhere they like. However, that doesn’t mean that you should. Try to allow for people to be able to pass as most roads are just one lane each way, and it’s best not to affect traffic flow if possible.
Heavy rains could result in landslides, so it’s best not to venture out if we’re having that type of weather.
Most gas stations are not self-serve. You will be served by an attendant.
Petite Anse Hotel celebrates 10 years of excellence, serving you and others. We whooped it up. We filled glasses with complimentary bubbles. Together, we celebrated ten years of hard work in a day of fun and entertainment. We want to thank all of you who have helped us to reach where we have. Every single […] The post Petite Anse Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Party appeared first on Petite Anse...
We whooped it up. We filled glasses with complimentary bubbles. Together, we celebrated ten years of hard work in a day of fun and entertainment.
We want to thank all of you who have helped us to reach where we have. Every single person who has patronised our establishment, whether it was stopping by for a quick drink, spending a Sunday lunchtime with us or coming for a month’s stay, we appreciate your support. ‘Thank you’.
Read on to discover what happened at our 10-year anniversary party.
Ten years is certainly a milestone worth celebrating. Although the time has flown by, we feel it’s a great accomplishment. When we started on our journey, who knew it was going to lead us here. Can you believe that some of the staff who started with us are still with us?
In remembrance of the decade, here are some images of our first days in business.
Our 10th-anniversary party was held on Sunday 3rd March 2019. The atmosphere was celebratory, and the music played. Entertained by Melody Warriors, our favourite steel pan band, our guests raised their glasses and drank in the good times. DJ Swift pulled out all the top favourites and got the feet moving.
With a hungry crowd of more than 150 people to feed, the kitchen pulled all the stops out and laid on:
And all the sides…
One of the benefits of attending the party was being able to enter the raffle. The main prize was a two-night stay at the hotel for the weekend. The raffle was pulled a few days after the event. And the winner is…
Chanelle Phillip of St Georges
In addition to handing out freebies such as celebratory pens and bags to mark the occasion, we’ve got other gifts. We are offering discounted stays at Petite Anse throughout the year. Please email us with your preferred dates, and we may have a discount for you. Although we must admit to being a little obsessed with the number 10 this year, the discount is for way more than that!
We want to thank everybody who celebrated with us and look forward to your continued support in helping to put Sauteurs on the map beyond Grenada.
Read our reviews on TripAdvisor and enjoy looking at the rest of our party images.
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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. […] The post 10 Things to Do in Grenada : Nature Lovers Edition appeared first on Petite Anse...
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Here are some of the ways that we contribute to the protection of the environment:
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.
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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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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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