“Radisson Grenada was a perfect vacation to end the year.”
We booked a last minute vacation package through Jetblue vacations from JFK to Grenada from 12/27 to 1/1/2017. We stayed at the Radisson Hotel Grenada
When we arrived we took a cab to the the resort which was about 5-10 mins and was $17.00. Upon arrival check in was a breeze. They took a credit card hold of 500.00 for incidentals. They do have an all inclusive package which we didn’t get. We asked the lady checking us in if we could pay to be upgraded to ocean view because with the package we booked garden view. She said no rooms were available and to check back tomorrow because the hotel was booked. When we walked to our room which was actually right next to the lobby and as soon as we walked in there was a moldy smell and two double beds. If you could’ve seen my face. I said out loud we booked a king bed why are we in this room. A very kind man named Vinoth, which at the time I didn’t even know he was the front desk manager immediately asked us if we didn’t like the room and I said no. He went to the front desk and switched our room. Just like that. I didn’t even know he was the manager because he took our bags to our room and was so pleasant and attentive. I thought he was the bell hop. Vinoth actually saved our trip. Thank God for him. He changed our room to an oceanfront walkout room for no additional cost.
I loved our room! It was room 115 a walkout beachfront end unit right next to the dive shop. The bathroom was big but the water for the shower was hot some days and lukewarm to cool some days. I guess the timing when others are taking a shower made a difference. The bed was so comfortable and plush, very clean with a slide door with direct view of the beach. What a view to wake up to every morning. There is a fridge and coffee maker in the room. Our cleaning lady Natasha did a wonderful job each day. I told my husband that she clean like me very thorough. We left her a good tip daily. One day she was out sick and a substitute came and cleaned and you could tell the difference the room was just straightened up. Then when Natasha returned it was back to clean. My husband used the gym. We were bummed out that the spa was closed because we always do a spa treatment together on vacation.
The hotel is huge and it seemed empty especially since it was a holiday and I was told it was booked. Nothing was ever crowded. The beach area is large and the ocean nice. We had room service for breakfast one morning and ate outdoors on our patio. I drank my coffee out there each morning. They have a lunch bbq at the beach restaurant everyday which we ate the first day. We also ate at the new year’s eve buffet which offered lobsters and other food. They also had a DJ and live band champagne and wine complimentary. The pool area with the waterfalls are absolutely beautiful.
The sweetest lady was at the towel hut her name was Jenny. She and I had pleasant conversations everyday. Everyone I came in contact with at the resort was friendly. We walked down the beach to Umbrellas and ate there twice. It is a beach bar that serves wings, burgers stuff like that. The wings are actually good the prices are decent. A lot of locals hang out there. Service is so slow so don’t go there famished. Go with the intentions of chilling out and you won’t be angry about the wait.
We walked down the opposite direction on the beach to the market place and I found one of the restaurants to be my favorite so much so that I ate there everyday. It was called Ash’s Beach Bar and Grill. This was a hidden gem. Everything is prepared fresh right there in front of you while you wait so be patient. For dinner I had whole grilled lobster with veggies and homemade rum punch which they put nutmeg on top. Omg so strong and good. The rum punch is $5.00 and lobster 40.00 total. Then for lunch I tried the lobster salad for $15.00 it was excellent. I made the mistake and had 2 rum punches I was so drunk I fell asleep for 3 hrs. Then the next day we went back for the whole grilled lobster again. It was so tasty and filling I think they were 2 to 3 lb lobsters. This place was the highlight of my trip.
We took a tour of the island and went downtown Saint George’s where they have tons of shopping and our tour guide Altony took us to the highest of the mountain. Going down the hill was so scary like going on an amusement park ride. He also took us to an authentic roadside jerk hut called Sweet & Juicy. The jerk chicken was seasoned perfect. My hubby had the jerk pork which was good. We also had them deliver dinner to us oxtails peas and rice and jerk chicken. It was amazing.
We walked down to Wall Street one night where they have street vendors at night. on Friday nights they have a Bbq where the locals and tourists hang out and get good bbq for cheap. It starts at 9pm and usually ends like 2am. We felt safe there. We also walked to a local park where they had movie night and vendors selling things. When it started to rain we jumped in a cab back to our hotel. We walked across the street to the grocery store and purchased bug spray and can sodas to stock our fridge. We also went to Ricks Cafe and had pizza and ice cream it was so crowded there we waited an hour for our food. We brought it back to our room. I found the cutest boutique next to Rick’s called Too…Kachi and purchased a purse that was locally made along with a big floppy hat.
This was a perfect vacation for us because we are not party goers we like to relax swim, dive, shop, eat good food and do it again the next day. If you are looking for a party atmosphere this will not be the resort for you. If you have a family or a couple who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life this will be a perfect match for you. I will come back one day and hopefully will have the same great experience.
Tip- Walk down to the huts and support the locals
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