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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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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.

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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.

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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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Take a Romantic Break in Grenada

Many of our guests come to Petite Anse on a romantic break in Grenada. Sometimes they’re on a honeymoon or celebrating a wedding anniversary. Others are on a getaway with the sole purpose of reconnecting. Grenada is an excellent island for romance that offers a peaceful and beautiful escape from a busy life. When we […] The post Take a Romantic Break in Grenada appeared first on Petite Anse...

romantic break grenadaMany of our guests come to Petite Anse on a romantic break in Grenada. Sometimes they’re on a honeymoon or celebrating a wedding anniversary. Others are on a getaway with the sole purpose of reconnecting.

Grenada is an excellent island for romance that offers a peaceful and beautiful escape from a busy life. When we first came across the location where Petite Anse now stands, we could even feel the romance. (You can read more about this time and building the hotel here).

Romantic things to do in Grenada

There are many ways to enjoy the romance of the moment in Grenada. You might want to take a walk on the beach together with a glass of champagne. Otherwise, you could enjoy a boat trip to Sandy Island with a picnic for two.

Alternatively, you could choose another romantic activity such as:
• A tour of  a chocolate farm and factory
• A boat trip with a picnic to Sandy Island
Turtle watching by moonlight
• Hiking in the Grand Etang rainforest
Sulphur mud bath

We also provide a rum tasting session for those who want to sample the broad range of rums that the Caribbean and Grenada has to offer.

Enjoy the romance of the local culture

Enjoying the culture of the Spice Isle together is also possible with a Friday evening trip to the local village of Gouyave. The weekly ‘Fish Friday’ event is a chance for the residents of Grenada and tourists alike to wind down.

Here you’ll find a wide range of fish-based street food such as:
• Conch / “Lambie”
• Fried breadfruit
• Fishcakes
• Fried fish
• Fry bakes

You might want to mix up some of these other activities with getting some relaxation. Soak up the sun by the pool with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

 

Chocolate is ALWAYS romantic

Who doesn’t love the fact that chocolate doesn’t only taste good but it’s a mood improver, a stress reducer and is good for the body? It also feels so good as it melts in the mouth and is one of the most romantic foods known to man (and woman!)!

To get you in the mood for chocolate, you can read about how to make cacao tea and facts about chocolate here.
Grenada is within the zone that is 20 degrees either side of the equator where cacao trees can grow. Cacao is the fruit that is at the core of all cocoa and chocolate products. There are 3.5 million cocoa farms within the cacao zone. With most located in Africa, that’s where 70% of the world’s cacao is produced.

Cacao beans grow in melon shaped pods. Harvested by hand, inside each pod there are between 20 and 40 individual seeds and they are one of the oldest foods on the planet.

Grenada has a couple of chocolate farms that also manufacture chocolate. We offer a tour of the Grenada Chocolate Factory, which you can read about here. The tour ends in the bonbon shop where you can buy chocolate with surprising flavours such as passionfruit, soursop and guava.

Who knew a mud bath could be so romantic

The sulphur springs are located just 7 miles from the hotel. We can arrange for our tour guide Richie to take you there or you can use one of our car hire options.

The sulphur mud is incredibly beneficial for the skin and is said to take years off your face when applied (we must go there more often!! ) Wear swimming gear to get the most value from your visit.

A romantic boat trip for two

Whether you want to head out to Sandy Island or take a quick spin around other local islands, we can arrange this for you. We’ll pack up a picnic for you, and you’ll travel on a boat for 25 minutes to one of the most beautiful islands ever.

The location for Bounty chocolate bar television ads will stay in your memory forever. It’s the ideal location for marriage proposals. There’s excellent snorkelling, and the sea has excellent clarity.

You’ll enjoy a BBQ fish lunch and will return to the hotel after a couple of hours of relaxing on the beach or exploring the island. The choice is yours. Here’s more information.

The ultimate in romance in Grenada

If you want to reach the pinnacle of love in Grenada, we can help you to propose or even to get married. Contact us for a no obligation chat about your ideas with our wedding planner.

Petite Anse is a romantic hotel in Grenada

As a boutique style hotel with just 11 cottages and two honeymoon suites, we want you to experience something a little bit exclusive and elusive. Most of our guests leave us reviews about how they’ve enjoyed the atmosphere of the hotel. Our staff are friendly and welcoming, and there’s an extended family feeling – which you can join in with or stay on your own romantic journey together as a couple.

Whatever your choice, the hotel is perfect for couples who want to unwind and get away from modern life. It’s a place to both slow down and reconnect with each other. Take a look at some of our reviews here.

We’re also known for our excellent food, in particular, our dinners. Much of the produce we use grows in our gardens, and we source the rest from trusted local growers when possible. Locally caught fresh fish and seasonal lobster are popular menu choices.

If you have specific dietary needs, our chefs will be able to cater for you. The chef will probably even come and have a chat with you about your personal preferences. Most of our guests are pleasantly surprised at this level of service and opt to take our all-inclusive option.

In summary, Grenada offers much to the romantic couple. It’s well worth a visit and most of our guests are those who’ve recognised the opportunities that the island offers to spend quality time together. Isn’t it time you took a romantic break in Grenada?

 

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Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Venue

One of the most important decisions you’ll be making with regards to your wedding is where it’s going to take place. Many of the other details will depend on your choice, so it’s vital you get it right. There are many aspects of your wedding that are optional, but the one thing you can’t do […] The post Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Venue appeared first on Petite Anse...

One of the most important decisions you’ll be making with regards to your wedding is where it’s going to take place. Many of the other details will depend on your choice, so it’s vital you get it right. There are many aspects of your wedding that are optional, but the one thing you can’t do without is the venue. If you haven’t got one where is the ceremony going to take place? Finding the perfect venue isn’t easy, however. There are a few tips you can follow that will ensure you find the dream location for your special day.

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How Many Guests Are You Inviting?

The number of guests you’re planning to invite is going to have a big impact on the type of venue you choose. If you find what you think is the perfect venue and then you have to pare down your guest list to suit it, you might find yourself in a tough situation. Talk to both sets of parents so you’re clear who you need to invite and make sure nobody gets left out. If you decide you want a destination wedding, you’ll need to keep your list quite small or tell the guests in advance so that they can save.

What is Your Budget?

The cost of a wedding can very quickly spiral out of control if you don’t have a budget and stick with it. You might be able to find a venue that offers an all-inclusive wedding package which makes it much easier. This is something that many destination wedding resorts now offer. When you’re thinking about your budget break it down into categories if you’ve not opted for an all-inclusive package. A wedding planner may well be able to find the information you need.

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The Date of the Wedding Makes a Big Difference

You might want to get married on a certain date because it’s the anniversary of when you first met. If you’re able to be flexible, on the other hand, you might be able to secure the venue of your dreams at a much lower rate. The time of the year and the day of the week can help you negotiate a good deal with your chosen vendor.

Visit the Venue and Experience it First-Hand

This is much easier if you’ve decided to exchange your vows locally. It is, however, still possible if you’ve decided on a destination wedding in Jamaica, for example. With many Jamaica wedding packages available to you, nowadays you can get married anywhere.

It’s always best to visit any potential venues and get a feel for the place before you make your final booking, though. It’s much easier to assess its suitability and picture what it will look like with all your wedding decorations and guests in place. Many resorts now offer special deals for parents and wedding couples, so they can visit for a few days and take a look at what’s on offer. You might even get to see a wedding taking place and appreciate what’s included in the package.

One last aspect to take into consideration is how easy it will be for your guests to get to the wedding. It might also pay to have a contingency plan for an outside wedding. Even in countries that promise endless days of sunshine, there’s still the possibility of a downpour.

This is a guest post.

 

 

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How to Plan the Perfect Itinerary

Planning the perfect itinerary is a lofty goal. There is a lot to consider beforehand. The more you know, for example, the better you can plan. Overplanning, however, can also end up becoming your downfall. Doing too much and having too much planned can set unrealistic expectations on your energy levels. What ends up happening […] The post How to Plan the Perfect Itinerary appeared first on Petite Anse...

Planning the perfect itinerary is a lofty goal. There is a lot to consider beforehand. The more you know, for example, the better you can plan. Overplanning, however, can also end up becoming your downfall. Doing too much and having too much planned can set unrealistic expectations on your energy levels. What ends up happening then is that you end up cutting things out from your itinerary that you had previously been looking forward to. Don’t do something you will regret later on. Instead, be realistic, follow this guide, and plan your perfect itinerary with ease.

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Know Yourself

Don’t go on someone else’s trip. If you are planning, ensure that it is what you want. It doesn’t matter if everyone says you must do something if you have absolutely no interest in it. To help you plan the perfect itinerary ask yourself these questions:

1. What Are Your Interests?

There is no point in doing something you don’t care about. Tailor your trip to your interests.

2. What is Your Fitness Level?

If you want to get more fit before your trip, try out these free exercise ideas from the  NHS. Doing so will mean you can do more, for longer, without any negative repercussions

You can plan a great trip even at the last minute. Just remember to keep it true to yourself, follow these tips from Huff Post, and have fun!

How to Find Things to Do

You can find fun things to do from a variety of sources, including:

• Travel sites
• Travel blogs
• Social media
• News media
• Friends and family

Just check out what’s there, and remember to diversify your source list so you can curate a great collection of things to do and see.

Stay Connected

If you are travelling somewhere you don’t have service; you will need to figure out how you can either acquire a local SIM card or get roaming WiFi. Once you have it, you have all the capabilities of the internet in the palm of your hand, from finding directions to using translation services, to even enjoying all fun activities on your breaks.

How to Space Your Itinerary Out

Remember to space your itinerary out and follow this guide from Elle, and to follow these tips to have a relaxing time:

1. Choose One or Two “Big” Activities Per Day

You want to give yourself time to enjoy a national museum, so don’t overbook yourself.

2. Plan Low Energy Activities

You will get tired, and having low-energy activities on hand to help you enjoy yourself when you are resting can be a great way to enjoy your trip without forcing yourself to keep going. If you love playing casino games on your time off, for example, you can enjoy all the action first hand right from your phone on Unibet. This low-key thrill will allow you to have fun, even when you are giving your body a break.

3. Get a Good Night’s Rest

Finally, you will want to get a good night’s rest. There are many benefits, as outlined by BUPA, including how it can help improve your memory, reduce stress, and keep you fit and healthy.

Your perfect trip needs to keep your interests and your health in mind. Only then will you have created the perfect itinerary.

 

This is a guest post. We thank the contributors.

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Stay in a Beachfront Cottage in our hotel in Grenada, West Indies

Our hotel in Grenada, West Indies is known for being charming, quaint and a place where it feels like you’re part of a house party. We offer beachfront cottages, oceanview cottages and honeymoon suites. If you need a break from the busy-ness of your life and a place to unwind, then you’ll find that this […] The post Stay in a Beachfront Cottage in our hotel in Grenada, West Indies appeared first on Petite Anse...

Our hotel in Grenada, West Indies is known for being charming, quaint and a place where it feels like you’re part of a house party. We offer beachfront cottages, oceanview cottages and honeymoon suites.

If you need a break from the busy-ness of your life and a place to unwind, then you’ll find that this is the perfect spot. Who doesn’t love swaying palm trees, the sound of the waves kissing the shoreline and sunshine? A heavenly break in the Caribbean could be all that you need to revitalise for greater success in your career and life.

What’s not to like about staying in a hotel in Grenada, West Indies?

First of all, let’s consider the location of our beachfront cottage. If you have already visited Grenada, West Indies then you’ll already be wise about how beautiful it is, the warmth of the people and how you can escape from the stresses and strains of the everyday life!

Fortunately, the staff in our hotel are archetypal of the island – they exude the friendly helpfulness of the people of Grenada. They warmly welcome visitors, smile and make you feel right at home.

The beachfront cottage

Now it’s time to look around our beachfront cottage. We have three of these and they go like hotcakes so be quick. You can make a reservation here. We guarantee that booking direct will get you the best price.

Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, you’ll forget about everything but the view of the beach. Laid out in our the tropical gardens of our grounds to give you as much privacy as possible, the cottages come complete with a hammock.

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Inside you can enjoy a king size bed, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning. You can also connect to our free WIFI so that you can stay in touch or even work from your room. (Although we wouldn’t advise the latter as it’s healthy for body and mind to take a complete break!)

Ensuite bathroom with view over the Caribbean Sea

A handpainted sink brings a visual nod to the tropical nature to your bathroom. Our guests love using the shower. There’s a window that overlooks the sea so you can enjoy the sensation of the solar warmed water whilst you feast your eyes on the view of the islands.

All the while you will be able to hear nature at its best. Drink in the sound of the breeze and the waves as they touch the shoreline. In the evening you may hear the tree frogs chirping and sometimes even the cane toads with their deep mating call.

Each bathroom has complimentary shower gel and shampoo. You’ll conveniently find a hairdryer also available for your use. We operate a green policy, so you can have your towels changed daily, but we recommend that you try to use them for more than one day for the sake of the planet.

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Other amenities in our hotel in Grenada, West Indies

Touted as one of the most romantic hotels in Grenada, West Indies, Petite Anse has a pool, restaurant and easy access to the beach. We also offer ourselves as the perfect venue for weddings, honeymoons and other celebrations.
If you’d like to make the best of being in this part of the island, then you can take one of our tours or even drive yourself around using our car hire.

Here is a link to information about our restaurant. On Sundays, we host a 2.7mile walk to the local village followed by a BBQ buffet lunch.

If you’d like to find out more about what you can do when you visit Grenada, subscribe to our newsletter and receive an ebook about all the things you can enjoy.

More images of our beachfront cottage.

 

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Miss These Dishes at Petite Anse and You’ll Kick Yourself!

If you’ve yet to dine with us, then you are probably wondering what delicious delights our kitchen serves to guests and visitors to our restaurant. Our dinner menu changes daily and we don’t know exactly what the chefs will decide to create until that same day. (After all, the magic of cookery is that there’s […] The post Miss These Dishes at Petite Anse and You’ll Kick Yourself! appeared first on Petite Anse...

If you’ve yet to dine with us, then you are probably wondering what delicious delights our kitchen serves to guests and visitors to our restaurant.

Our dinner menu changes daily and we don’t know exactly what the chefs will decide to create until that same day. (After all, the magic of cookery is that there’s HUGE scope for creative license!)

However, our chefs are keen to please, so if you’re looking for something specific, do ask and there’s a good chance that they could cater to your wishes (depending on how busy we are).

Our chefs

We’ve been working for some time with the unusual but highly effective model of three head chefs.

Meet Alicia, the head of all kitchen staff.

Also meet Denson.

And Jomo (below on left).

They’ve all had a lot of experience and work hard to develop their repertoires.

This is what the chefs say…

So we’ve been in the kitchen asking the chefs what the favourite dishes are here at the hotel. This is what they told us.

1. Rotis. A local favourite, rotis originate from Trinidad where there is a strong east Indian influence in cooking thanks to the number of East Indian population. We make our own roti skins onsite which is an art in itself! Chicken, fish, seafood and vegetable rotis are available, served with salad. The outer wrap is made of chickpea flour. Price: EC$20-EC$45. 

2. Shrimp or seafood alfredo. Another big favourite here at the hotel restaurant is shrimp of seafood alfredo pasta. Although neither the seafood or shrimp is locally caught, it’s a big passion for many of our guests. Alfredo is a sauce made of white wine, garlic, cream, parmesan cheese and black pepper and it’s delicious! Price: EC$50. 

3. Beefburgers. Whether you know it as a beef burger, a hamburger or even just a plain ‘burger’, our recipe is unique. We make our own with herbs to give it that traditional hamburger-y taste that everybody loves. Served with fries OR a salad, you can opt for cheese with pineapple, bacon or go all out for a complete change with a fishburger or veggie burger. Price: EC$30-EC$35.

4. Seafood penne. Pasta is all the rage and one of our most popular dishes. Our seafood penne contains fish, seafood mix with calamari (octopus), shrimp and mussels. It’s generally served alone but you could opt for a side of salad or garlic bread to really get an Italian vibe going on. Price: EC$50.

5. Pizza. There’s no doubt about it, our pizza looks great and tastes even better. Thin crust and loaded with a tasty tomato base, cheese and your choice of toppings, you’ll be instantly transported to Italy. Choose from Margherita, pepperoni, vegetables, cajun chicken or other veggies. Price: starting at EC$40 for a 12-inch pizza, EC$5 per extra topping. 

6. Lobster. Not always in season, but when it is, it’s very popular. Our lobster is caught off the coast of Grenada by local fishermen. We serve it butterflied and it’s flavoursome. Price: starts at EC$95.

7. Seafood grill. Seafood grill contains shrimp, fish and lobster. The fish is determined by what we have available on the day. Price: EC$110

8. Beef tenderloin steak. An all-time favourite, beef tenderloin steak is cooked to your preference. Sliced if it’s your preference and served with your choice of sauce, you’ll be blown away by the flavour. Price: EC$110 or striploin EC$100


9. Tuna dinner. Tuna is caught locally and served as a steak. Grilled to perfection, it’s served with steamed vegetables, rice or potatoes. Price: EC$80

10. Mahi mahi fish dinner. Again, this fish is caught locally and prepared at the hotel. We cook it just how it tastes best and it’s perfect with steamed vegetable with a sauce. Price: EC$80

You can see our breakfast menu,  lunch menu, our all-day menu here and a sample dinner menu here or discover more about our Sunday BBQ lunch.

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