Silversands Grenada is a beachfront boutique hotel on Grand Anse Beach with one of the longest pools in the Caribbean stretching down to the shore. Stats aside, this is a resort that blends into its heavenly, hilly surroundings, with a neutral decor of pale wood and white. If you want to arrive in style, book a hotel transfer: staff will pick you up in a Tesla, and from there things can only get better – starting with the lobby, where you’ll get your first glimpse of that prolonged pool seeping into the ocean. The Asiatique restaurant will transport you to Bangkok, but for colourful Caribbean nights, head to the Grenadian Grill for calypso-soundtracked sunsets and just-caught seafood.
Double rooms from £763.66 ($1,056), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per booking on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
There’s a tennis coach on call to assist with back-hand improvement at a nearby court; personal trainers and yoga classes can also be arranged.
At the hotel
Beach, gym, free snorkelling, kayaking and paddle-boarding equipment, valet parking and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea-making kit, Nespresso coffee machine and Blaise Mautin bath products. Villa guests will also get free return airport transfers and 30-minute, jet-lag-relieving massages for each adult.
Our favourite rooms
Even the smallest category is on the spacious side, but if there’s a few of you, go for one of the multi-room villas. In the Caribbean a sea is something of a dealbreaker, in the Caribbean it probably should be – you won’t regret it when you can see the water during your balcony breakfasts, so go for on of the Ocean View categories.
There’s a 100-metre, cabana-and-palm-lined saltwater pool that’s the hotel’s centrepiece, along with a lap pool in the spa. Each of the villas has its own private pool.
The spa has a selection of Espa treatments, including Thai, Swedish and hot-stone massages, full-body wraps and scrubs; and a sauna and ice cave for hot and cool sensations afterwards.
You can save suitcase space and leave your snorkel at home, since the hotel has free ones to borrow (as well as kayaks and paddle-boards, in case you were planning on packing those, too).
The hotel is not easily accessible for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome – there’s no kids’ club but family events are put on during certain festivities. There are two-, three- and four-bedroom suites and villas available, along with some connecting options.
Ask for a table with the most hearing-the-surf-splash potential.
Asiatique is slightly smarter than the Grenadian Grill, but both have an easy, breezy island approach to formality.
There are two restaurants on-site: Asiatique and the Grenadian Grill. The former is open for breakfast and dinner, the latter for lunch and dinner. Breakfast options include all the granola-, pancake- and avocado-based classics, with a little Grenadian influence in the form of saltfish souse or fritters. It won’t come as a surprise to learn that Asiatique looks east for inspiration, with classic Thai and pan-Asian dishes a natural combination for all those island-grown spices. For a more local flavour, head to the Grenadian Grill for blackened catch of the day with spicy Creole salsa, roasted plantains and coconut rice. You’ll also be able to order global faves like lobster mac ’n’ cheese, Josper-cooked hanger steaks and burgers here – time your meal right and there’ll be live music serenading the sunset.
There’s a bar with an outdoor terrace area at Asiatique, where you can soak up the creative cocktails or your choice out of the 1,000-bottle-strong cellar with snacks like bang-bang shrimp, Vietnamese paper rolls and chicken kebabs. Food and drinks are served here between 6pm and 11.30pm. The Grenadian Grill also has a bar, and the snacks here include ceviche, conch fritters, calamari and tuna tostadas. Puro is the place to go if a snifter of small-batch rum and a cigar sounds like your kind of sundown; it’s open from 3pm to 11pm.
Asiatique’s hours are 7am to 11am for breakfast, and 6pm to 11.30pm for dinner. The Grenadian Grill serves food and drinks between noon and 11pm.
The full menu for either restaurant can be ordered up as room service around the clock.
Silversands is just south of St George’s, towards the southern tip of the Caribbean island of Grenada.
Grenada’s Maurice Bishop Airport is closest at around five miles away. The drive will take 10 minutes. Hotel transfers cost US$50 a person each way (plus tax and service). For guests staying in the Hillside or Beachfront Villas, airport transfers are free.
Silversands is a 15-minute drive from the island’s capital, St George’s. There’s free valet parking when you arrive.
Worth getting out of bed for
Grand Anse Beach is part of the hotel grounds, so you won’t have to stumble very far to reach it – make sure you raid the free snorkelling gear, kayak and paddle-board stash to take with you to the two-mile stretch of sand. The hotel can arrange trips to assorted factories that are responsible for Grenada’s most celebrated exports: chocolate, rum and spice. Nutmeg fans can tour plantations dedicated to the growing of the festive favourite. You’ll also be able to go fishing, sailing, hiking and scuba-diving around shipwrecks, and stockpile delicacies at local markets. Sunset cruises are also a quick chat with the concierge away. Levara Beach on the north coast is hidden away, and has views out over to the Grenadines as an added bonus. The island has a handful of waterfalls to tour, if dramatic cascades are your thing: start with a hike up to the Seven Sisters Falls in the Grand Etang reserve, then tick off Concorde, Annandale, Mount Carmel and Honeymoon Falls.
For brunch overlooking Grand Anse Bay, book in at La Belle Creole, where only Grenadian ingredients are used in the creative Caribbean cooking. Someone decided a sushi bar was a good idea in 2004 (with all the fresh fish Grenada chefs have access to, it was a bit of a no-brainer); go along and thank them at Carib Sushi. For carby Italian comfort food, much of it imported all the way from Italy – including sun-dried Calabrian tomatoes and prosciutto di Parma – head to Laluna on Portici Beach; dishes include octopus salad, seafood spaghetti and crab linguine. And for the island’s finest fine dining, dust the sand off your feet and get the shirt collars out for a trip to Rhodes at Calabash, where you can sit in a trellised garden and feast on squash and ricotta tortellini with sweetcorn cream and salted-caramel popcorn, poached lobster with spiced-cauliflower purée, and possibly the poshest bubble and squeak you’ll ever eat.
Umbrellas on Grand Anse Beach will meet any rum-imbibing requirements, along with live music and cocktails in the colours of the Grenadian flag.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Caribbean and unpacked their spice-market spoils of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Silversands Grenada…
Grenada may be mostly famous for nutmeg (the island is responsible for 40 per cent of the world’s nutmeg needs), followed by rum (there are several local distilleries to visit with your mojito ingredients), and then probably chocolate (its organic cocoa is kind of a big deal in the craft-bar world), but it’s also really quite good at dreamy beach resorts. This one is right on Grand Anse Beach, and it has the free snorkelling, paddle-boarding and kayaking equipment to prove its paradisiacal cred. The apparently endless pool runs the length from lobby to shore, with lofty palms and sunloungers along the way. Even the smallest rooms are spacious, plus there are frankly enormous, multi-bedroom options up in the hills and down by the beach, too. And if you just can’t bear to drag yourself away, just move in to one of the villas and really make yourself at home.