Sandals Grande Antigua
We absolutely loved Sandals LaSource in Grenada! We had the best time and we would recommend the country and the resort to anyone!
The resort was a lot smaller than Sandals Ochi, which was not a negative thing at all. We could walk everywhere there, while at Ochi we had to be driven across the road that separated the resort in a golf cart.
The restaurants were a little different, which was exciting to visit some we had tried previously and liked, but also find new ones too. The Cafe de Paris was so convenient in that coffee drinkers were in and out of there all day (we had to check out all the different desserts). We made our dinner reservations our first full day on the resort, which I highly recommend because Butch's was really booked up and we were lucky to get a reservation the night before we left. Kimonos was fairly open and we could get in right away.
It was really nice being so close to the airport! When we looked at a map of Sandals and Grenada before we left, we were worried we would hear all the plane traffic. While we could hear some, it never bothered us. With that being said, the fence to the airport was right behind our room and we could see the landing strip! Haha. So if it didn't bother us, I'm sure the other rooms all over the resort probably never heard anything from the plane traffic.
Our room was very fancy. We had a soaker tub inside and out on the front porch. There was a mini fridge stocked with water bottles, beer, wine and soda and someone came and restocked it every day. We did have a little trouble with the outlets. There was only one US outlet by the bed. The outlets by the sink were European. If I went again, I would bring an outlet converter just to make life a little easier, but it was just a small inconvenience. (I had to take the tiny mirror on a swivel stand on the wall and turn it towards the bed so I could straighten/curl my hair since they had to be plugged in behind the nightstand. Haha)
The resort had a nice beach and lots of chairs around there and the pools. We took a free boat cruise up to the port at St. George, which was really neat. We picked this Sandals in Grenada for the diving, though the water was too rough almost every day so we didn't get to go. The weather was perfect, but this time of year I guess the waves are high, causing currents. We had red flag days every day and they didn't even allow snorkeling because of the conditions. We were really looking forward to seeing the Statue Park, but we found out that while Sandals promotes it on the website, they do not include it in the diving. It's an extra and costs $50 per person. While we didn't get to go diving, we still had a blast doing other things!
We booked two excursions in Grenada. The first was a full day Jeep tour and it was the best excursion we have ever been on! Dan just sold his jeep, so he was very excited that he actually got to drive around on his own. This excursion really encompassed the entire island. We followed a guide that talked to us over a radio in the jeep. He told us about sights we were passing and answered questions. We drove through all six parishes of Grenada and we stopped at waterfalls, a black sand beach, a chocolate factory, Welcome Rock (which was quite a hike and why they recommend tennis shoes, but the best view I've ever seen). They fed us a snack of salt fish sandwiches and cut open a coconut for us to drink. Then, later they took us to a beach restaurant where we had bbq and side dishes right on the beach. We felt like we really saw Grenada by driving all over the cities, beaches and rural areas.
We also did a half day Grenada sampler. After such an epic jeep tour, I think anything else would have seemed less exciting. Haha. For this tour, they took us to a nutmeg factory and a rum distillery, which was really about the products and not a tour of the factories. They also took us to tour Fort Frederick, which lasted less than twenty minutes, but had great views of St. George. At the end, they dropped us off at a shopping mall in St. George for an hour. We bought some souvenirs, but this was the only place in Grenada where we really felt like tourists because everyone was selling something. This was a great half day tour for someone who would not be comfortable driving in the Jeep tour. The driving part was scary to me, but Dan enjoyed it. We splashed through muddy areas and also got stuck in minor traffic jams, so it was an authentic drive around the island in the jeep.
We were told that Grenada has one of the lowest volumes of tourism out of all the Caribbean, which made me sad because the people are truly kind. Locals would come up to us while we were eating bbq on the beach just to shake our hands and introduce themselves. They weren't even selling anything and would probably never see us again. A lady on our jeep tour had an upset stomach and a local woman went and picked a banana and just gave it to her, hoping she would feel better. It was a really magical place. Also, there's a large American medical school there, so if I got hurt there would be a great chance that I could get really great care. I would definitely recommend Grenada to anyone, and Sandals was a fantastic place to stay!
As always, thank you all so much for your help booking this resort and our flights. We truly enjoyed ourselves and don't have a single regret about the room we picked, the resort, or the island! We never return to anyplace because there's so many more places to see, but I hope one day to return to Grenada.
Thank you! And Merry Christmas!
Cassidy and Dan