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Dear person who has never seen a leatherback turtle nest. You are not alone. Most people haven’t seen this awesome sight. It’s not surprising, leatherback turtles may travel the world as they seek feeding and mating regions, but they are not visible all over the world. I want to tell you that I’m happy you’re […] The post An Open Letter to People Who Have Never Seen a Leatherback Turtle Nest appeared first on Petite Anse...
Dear person who has never seen a leatherback turtle nest.
You are not alone. Most people haven’t seen this awesome sight. It’s not surprising, leatherback turtles may travel the world as they seek feeding and mating regions, but they are not visible all over the world.
I want to tell you that I’m happy you’re reading this. There are so many things to tell you.
I could tell you about the magnificence of the leatherback turtle. I could tell you that it’s said that only 1 out of every 1000 eggs make it adulthood. I could tell you that the sight of the leatherback turtle mother arriving on the shoreline is something that you’ll never forget.
Leatherback turtles are magnificent and ancient
I could tell you that what you’ll feel like is like the same way you felt when you first saw dolphins. That same feeling you had when a first child arrived. The awe and wonder of nature. Witnessing something that makes you feel so touched, so emotional, so much like you’ve melted inside.
Or I could just tell you to go and watch the leatherback turtles as you never know how much longer they will be here. There is so much plastic in our oceans. Those poor leatherback turtles easily get confused between a plastic bag and a jellyfish.
Plastic bags pose a danger to leatherback turtles
They are gradually making themselves ill on the rubbish and discarded manmade items that us greedy, selfish and lazy humans leave all over the planet. Refuse caused directly by our laziness and materialism.
The plastic bags that we use to carry everything from snacks to cleaning products to pasta to bottled drinks, all wrapped conveniently in plastic for us to carry home and use. The same plastic that is now making it difficult for our sea life to survive. The same plastic that could even change our own DNA forever or will eventually at least make us ill as we consume it from our own food chain.
Here at Petite Anse we usually write about fluffy nice things. Walks through the countryside, what we love about passionfruit, how to take nice pictures of Caribbean flowers. But today the mood is different.
Seeing a leatherback turtle is unforgettable. It could also help the turtles to live longer. The small fee charged is for you to be accompanied by a guide along Levera Beach. You’ll learn about how the leatherback travels up to 10,000 miles to return to the same beach they were born on. The fee will be used to keep the program going. This makes it more available to others and spreads the word about how magnificent these creatures are, how they need to be protected and not to throw plastic bags into the sea because they confuse them and cause illness and fatalities.
Dear person who has never seen a leatherback turtle nest, take it upon yourself to do so. You won’t regret it and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.
Discover our leatherback turtle watching activity.
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Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop with a changing of the seasons. One option is to plan a getaway with your family so that you can continue enjoying each other’s company and give yourself a little break from the chaos of your daily life. What’s […] The post Tips For A Memorable Getaway This Autumn appeared first on Petite Anse...
Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop with a changing of the seasons. One option is to plan a getaway with your family so that you can continue enjoying each other’s company and give yourself a little break from the chaos of your daily life.
What’s most important is that you make your trip truly memorable, so you can look back and recall what a perfect time you all had together. Plan to sort out the details of your vacation well in advance, so you’re not scrambling at the last minute and causing yourself unwanted stress.
Pick the Perfect Destination
Your first order of business is to do your homework and research various destinations you might want to travel to with your loved ones. Go online to get ideas, ask family and friends where they’ve enjoyed going in the past and then start to collect a list of options to consider. Take a vote with your family members and see where the majority of the group would like to go this time around, so everyone’s on board and looking forward to the trip.
Consider Renting A Home
While hotels are nice, an even better option to consider is renting out a home you can call your own for the week. This way you can have your own space and privacy away from the other vacationers in the area. You’ll have access to your own kitchen too so you can still have memorable and relaxing family dinners even though you’re on vacation. Visit VacationRenter.com today to start scoping out your options and comparing prices.
Another tip for creating a memorable getaway this autumn is to make sure you take time to plan out a few activities to do. Doing so is a great way to enjoy each other’s company and have some fun while exploring new terrain. Book your reservations early, so you’re guaranteed a seat once you arrive at your various excursions. While sitting around relaxing is enjoyable, activities will keep you busy and entertained throughout your trip.
Take Plenty of Pictures
The best way to remember your getaway this autumn is to make sure you bring your camera and snap plenty of pictures. Ask people around you to take a few group shots too so everyone can get in the image. Documenting all you do along the way will make it easier to recall what fun you had and all you did once you’re back at home. Upload them online or print out a photo book after the trip so you can look back on these memories whenever you choose.
Autumn is a nice time of the year to plan a trip and get away with your family for a while. Use these tips to help you make your experience more memorable, so you always remember what a perfect time you had travelling together. Take note of anything you want to change for next time and then prepare to start planning your next vacation and look forward to creating even more memories ahead.
Petite Anse is in the beautiful lush parish of St Patricks. Out of the 6 parishes of Grenada, we do think that this is the best one. Is that biased? Here are a collection of facts we want to share with you to broaden your knowledge about this beautiful area. Some you probably know and […] The post Things You Did Know and Things You Didn’t Know about St Patrick’s, Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...
Petite Anse is in the beautiful lush parish of St Patricks. Out of the 6 parishes of Grenada, we do think that this is the best one. Is that biased? Here are a collection of facts we want to share with you to broaden your knowledge about this beautiful area. Some you probably know and others could be new to you.
Things you probably do know about St Patricks
Leatherback turtles. The turtles agree with us about St Patricks being beautiful and Levera Beach is their favourite beach to lay eggs every single year. Over 800 leatherback turtle mums return to this beach as it was the same one they were born on.
Leapers Hill. The Kalinago (previous known as Carib Indians) were forced to jump from this point when threatened by the French in 1650. Rather than be taken ‘ownership’ of by the French who they had allowed to stay on Grenada through their good nature, they opted to jump from this hill to their deaths.
Close to different islands. St Patricks’ not only overlooks the islands to the north, but this proximity makes it very easy to get to some of them. We offer a trip over to the paradise of Sandy Island where you can enjoy a freshly caught fish BBQ lunch. Otherwise, you might want to enjoy a boat trip around the nearest islands, it’s not for the faint of heart.
Great for walking. It’s peaceful, it’s green, you won’t really see any traffic and it has incredibly fresh air. What’s not to like about walking in this area that is crisscrossed with a huge number of trails to choose from Visit the hotel office when you’re here to get ideas on where to go. Failing that we walk as a group every Sunday morning to the local village of Duquesne Bay, just 2.7 miles away. It happens to be the site of the petroglyphs too.
Farming. This area has a long history of agricultural production. There’s a produce market in Sauteurs, one in Grenville and in St George’s. We use much of our own produce or source it from trusted local farmers. We are big fans of organic produce and will use it whenever we can.
The breeze. It is cooler and breezier and therefore more refreshing. Being up at this end of the island is far better than being down in the town, it’s got to be said. Unless of course, you cannot leave shopping behind. But if you want to escape it all and reconnect with yourself, then this is the place to come.
Things you probably don’t know about St Patricks
Indian connection. Now for a bit of history. In 1867, HMS Maidstone arrived with just 289 of the 357 Indians who had left Calcutta. Unfortunately, almost 25 percent died on the journey. Later joined by another 2022 Indians, this increase in labour meant that many abandoned estates could be reclaimed and put back into operation. This is the reason why you’ll see people with East Indian genetics in the local populace.
The jetty of Sauteurs. Built in 1891, it’s made a huge difference for the town when it comes to hauling in fish. Back in the 1700s and 1800s, further up the coast, Irvin’s Bay was the big harbour for shipping produce from the island including sugar, nutmeg and cocoa. This was because there are several estates in this area. Ships would sail to England and France.
Johnson Beharry. The highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth was awarded to St Patrick’s, Grenada born Lance Sergeant Johnson Gideon Beharry for his bravery in saving the lives of his regimental colleagues in Iraq. Beharry was born in the local village of Diego Piece.
Local language. Although English is the main language, there are ties with Urdu and Hindi in addition to French Creole patois. You will still oftentimes hear the word ‘oui’ at the end of sentences spoken by Grenadians.
Volcanic features. There are several volcanic craters and cones in the Parish of St Patricks including Lake Antoine and Punchbowl.
Irish links. St Patricks is named after the patron saint of Ireland. This is because Grenada has ties with Ireland and the Irish Brigade joined the French army to fight and defeat the English in 1779.
Now, do you see some of the reasons why we love it here!?! St Patricks is a special place and we want to tell the world! Do come and stay with us sometime, and you can see it for yourself.
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Ever since we decided to create a peaceful and romantic haven of a hotel in Grenada, where guests could enjoy the magnificent view of the Grenadines we were inspired by the goal of being both an environmentally and socially conscious hotel. Thankfully, we’ve been able to contribute to both the care of the environment and […] The post Our Activities as an Environmentally and Socially Conscious Hotel in Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...
Ever since we decided to create a peaceful and romantic haven of a hotel in Grenada, where guests could enjoy the magnificent view of the Grenadines we were inspired by the goal of being both an environmentally and socially conscious hotel. Thankfully, we’ve been able to contribute to both the care of the environment and of the community during our time in Grenada.
We want to share with you the type of activities and practices that we implement to ensure that we make a difference to both the natural habitat of St Patrick (the parish where we are located in Grenada) and the people.
Environmentally conscious activities
To start, let’s explore the green practices that we implement. These same practices have contributed to us attaining TripAdvisor’s coveted Green Leaders Gold award:
Re-use and reduce. We guide our guests to re-use towels when possible, for which you may have seen recommendations in the rooms. We do this by asking our guests to place towels that they want to be washed on the floor, otherwise to place them back on the towel rails. We also collect vegetable scraps from the kitchen to add to our compost heap. When possible, we save any scraps to feed to our domesticated animals. We also work hard to reduce all use of resources.
Energy. We track energy usage on a regular basis and continually look at how we can make best use of solar energy. We have installed solar panels on the roofs of several cottages to capture the abundance of sunrays that are available to us in this part of the world. In addition, our light bulbs are energy efficient and from a commercial aspect, it helps with our energy bills.
Recycling. Where we can we reuse materials, we do. We also use bamboo straws so as not to contribute to the shocking plastic problem that the planet is currently being suffocated by. This is particularly critical in this region as there are leatherback turtles and other sea life that plastic can affect the well-being of. We also reuse water when possible, such as capturing what is known as grey water for use on plants and lawns.
Green focused education. Both staff and guests are educated about our green practices, either on-site or through our website. You can see more about this here.
Local produce. In addition to growing as much as our own food as we can, we source our remaining fresh produce needs from local and trusted growers. This means that we don’t have to travel a distance to source food and therefore we produce fewer fuel emissions.
Local resources. Our cottages are made of hardwood sourced from the Caribbean. Philip travelled to Guyana before building started in 2007 and since then we’ve also added to the hardwood door frames, window frames, roofing and other hardware with hand-crafted hardwood furniture.
Turtles. Having had a lifelong respect and love for sea life, we have partnered with and support the work of Ocean Spirits sea turtle conservation program. Click to discover more about Ocean Spirits.
From our recycling of galvanise (corrugated iron) to the recycling of local vegetation for the roofing of our gazebo, we put the environment first.
Socially conscious activities
Staff. Petite Anse Hotel is proud to make a financial difference to the local community. We do this by hiring workers from the local area. This began when we first took ownership of the land and it needed to be prepared. All workers were hired from the population of Sauteurs (our local town) and neighbouring towns. Our hotel staff are also from the local area and they pass through a training and development program to ensure that they are employable outside of the hotel.
In the community
Community projects. The hotel makes financial contributions to local community projects. This includes Philip’s epic fundraising for the replacement of the roof of the local Hilarion home for the vulnerable. He raised a whopping US$17,000 by running 26 gruelling miles of the London marathon for sponsorship and by requesting donations. Annie also voluntarily sits on the board of the Hilarion home directors.
Other contributions made by Petite Anse Hotel include sponsorship of the local steel pan orchestra. We also took on the sponsorship of a local culinary student we met during the time he spent with us at the hotel doing his work experience until he successfully graduated.
Annie collects donations and runs a packing for a purpose campaign that accepts essentials for the local special needs school and other schools. Discover more about this here. Until the unfortunate closure of Father Mallaghan’s Boys’ Home, Annie was tirelessly involved in the social development of many of the residents and still provides support to them. She often receives packages from guests and others who collect to make a difference to the local people who at times have financial difficulties. This part of the island is not bustling with economic growth and this makes a difference for people to receive clothing, school supplies, etc.
Veterinary assistance. Animal owners in the community will often call Annie to help with their care. When she was living in the UK, Annie was a nurse and has had her full quota of medical training. She also has close ties with the veterinary practices on the island and receives some vet medicine donations from her friends and acquaintances in England. She can often be found giving pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, dogs and cats veterinary treatments and inoculations.
Attach A Leg. As a non-profit organisation, Attach a Leg provides prosthetic legs to amputees. Petite Anse is looking into how else they can support the organisation and you can read more about them here.
Quite often the hotel will also make donations to those in need, at our own discretion. We cannot help everybody but do try to help as many as we can. We enjoy making a difference and feel that both ourselves and as an organisation- the hotel, has been very fortunate in being able to orchestrate making a difference both socially and environmentally in the parish of St Patricks. If you’d like to discover more about our social contributions, click here.
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If you’re considering getting married in Grenada, then you may want to add us to your shortlist. As a hotel that is exceedingly interested in our guests having a wonderfully memorable time on their special day, we thought we’d put something together on what it’s like to get married at Petite Anse Hotel. Our guests […] The post What’s It Really Like to Get Married at Petite Anse Hotel in Grenada? appeared first on Petite Anse...
If you’re considering getting married in Grenada, then you may want to add us to your shortlist.
As a hotel that is exceedingly interested in our guests having a wonderfully memorable time on their special day, we thought we’d put something together on what it’s like to get married at Petite Anse Hotel.
Our guests are very important to us. We aren’t the same as the big hotels and are keen on you having a bespoke wedding that is designed to suit you and your loved one.
We also like to ensure that we provide what you’re looking for when it comes to all the right touches for your special day. After all, the wedding day is such an important part of the couple’s love story – we like to get it right and make it a time to remember and treasure forever.
So that you can see for yourself what people have said about getting married at Petite Anse, we’ve chosen a random collection of some of the testimonials left by guests on TripAdvisor.
You can access all the reviews for weddings by clicking here.
A wedding that is perfect for you
Your wedding day is your special day and we are very flexible. You can choose everything to suit your preferences. This includes where you’d like to get married and who by. We offer access to a number of officials of differing faiths. You can also choose what happens, what is said and when you get married.
Weddings that we’ve held in the past have all been very different. For example, some of our couples have chosen to get married on the beach with an audience of 40, whereas others have opted for just the two of them under our wedding arch.
When it comes to catering, we can offer you everything from canapes to champagne to a four-tiered wedding cake. For the latter, we do require some notice. We can also supply fresh flowers and a beautiful bouquet using flowers of your preferred colours (subject to availability) which are available as part of your wedding package.
Paperwork for getting married in Grenada
With regards to paperwork, we can also help to organise this. You will need to take a trip down to St George’s (the capital city) to make the arrangement. We can suggest and make an appointment for you to get married by the minister of your choice. Annie (your wedding planner) is also qualified to marry you if you wish. It really is up to you.
In addition, we can organise a professional photographer to take your official wedding photos. If you need bridesmaids, page boys or even a steel pan band to make your day just right, just ask. Read more about what you officially need to get married in Grenada here.
Wedding day ideas
Some ideas that you may want to consider are:
- Get married in a heart-shaped arrangement of shells on the beach as the waves gently kiss the shoreline.
- Tie the knot on our terrace. You’ll have the wonderful view of the Caribbean Sea and the Grenadine islands as your backdrop. Fantastic images!
- Transform your trip into a marriage and a honeymoon – you just need to be here for three days to conform to the requirements of Government of Grenada. You’ll just need to bring the relevant documents with you.
To discuss your wedding plans, get in touch with us today.
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Here at Petite Anse, we get asked a lot of questions by guests and visitors about what we offer. We thought we’d put the most popular ones down on ‘paper’ for you to get some answers and so that you can understand more about what it’s like to stay at Petite Anse and what you […] The post Petite Anse Hotel: The Questions We Get Asked the Most appeared first on Petite Anse...
Here at Petite Anse, we get asked a lot of questions by guests and visitors about what we offer. We thought we’d put the most popular ones down on ‘paper’ for you to get some answers and so that you can understand more about what it’s like to stay at Petite Anse and what you can expect.
So here goes. These are the most common questions that we get asked:
1. How much is your day pass?
Our day pass is EC$175 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and drinks (up to EC$55). You’ll also have free range of the pool and the beach. You can start your day at 8 am with a full English or American breakfast or even a local breakfast. Then enjoy the morning lounging poolside. Order drinks when you want them and then ponder the lunch menu.
Pay EC$275, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the use of one of our rooms for the day.
Please note that the menu options of neither steak nor lobster are included in this price.
2. How far are you from the airport?
We are located around 75 minutes’ drive from the airport. Yes, it’s a bit of a distance, but when you reach this end of the island, you’ll see for yourself why our guests happily make the journey. The air is fresh, usually with a breeze and it would be a rare thing to see a traffic jam. The people are warm and welcoming, and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The view is also one of the best you can get on Grenada. We may be biased but you can judge that for yourself when you arrive.
3. How far is the nearest town?
The nearest town to Petite Anse is Sauteurs. Located just 2 miles away, it’s the perfect walk to get some exercise. Otherwise, we are happy to drive you up there. You can buy snacks, gifts for those back home or just experience life in a typical Caribbean town.
Recommended gifts include:
• Nutmeg syrup
• Guava jelly or jam
• Local rums
• Bay leaf ointment
4. Are there any hiking trails in the area?
There are many, and we have the information that you need to enjoy them. You can choose the length and how challenging it is. Also, we also offer a Sunday morning hike when guests can walk to the next village to the south, Duquesne. Quite often residents including expats will join the walk and provide fascinating information on the flora and fauna you’ll see along the way.
5. Is the beach safe to swim?
There are times when the beach is safe to swim, and there are times when it isn’t. There is not a lifeguard on duty, so the decision will be yours to make at the time. On occasion, the sea is very gentle, but we do usually have a powerful onshore breeze which tends to make the water choppy, and on occasion, it has large waves. We always tell guests that our beach is wild, and the waters here are the same. However, if the sea isn’t for you, then our pool is very tame!
6. Can we get from Sauteurs to Carriacou?
Currently, the answer is no. There is not a ferry travelling from Sauteurs to Cariaccou. However, in the future, this looks like something that may be available. Watch this space.
If you’ve got any of your own questions for us, then let us know. We’re here to help and are happy to do so.
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