We stayed at the Spice Island Beach Resort for a week in April 2012. We had reasonably high expectations after reading the Tripadvisor reviews but our expectations were met in all areas. The service was excellent at all times, the food was of a very high quality especially given the fact that this is a small island, and the property was beautifully maintained and very tasteful, on arguably the best stretch of beautiful Grand Anse beach.
We stayed on a half board basis as, not being big drinkers, we felt the additional cost to upgrade to all inclusive would not have been worth it for us. Also, the property is situated on Grand Anse beach a short walk away from the "Real Value" supermarket so we were able to stock up drinks from there a couple of times, and kept these in the fridge in our room. If you are on all inclusive you can avail yourself of lunch and afternoon tea if you wish, but I simply don't think you would be able to enjoy the lovely five course dinners if you did so!
We stayed in the Oleander Garden View suite which was one of only approx 10 rooms on the first floor. We had a partial ocean view - you could see the sea but it was mostly blocked by the seagrape suites which were in front of our building, directly on the beach. The Oleander suites were great for us, and it simply meant the beach was about an extra 20 steps away. There was also plenty of privacy given that the balcony was set back - although the seagrape suites did look lovely the only downside I could see would be that the outside space was a little more public. The rooms had everything you might expect from a hotel of this calibre – king size bed, flat screen tv, wired and wireless internet, robes and slippers and a bathroom with a whirlpool bath and separate massive shower, and Molton Brown shampoo etc.
The service was really excellent and our thanks were always met with “you’re welcome”. The staff made an effort to remember your names (not always successfully) and the Manager, and various other supervising staff, would stop you to chat and ask if everything was ok, which was a really nice touch. When we left, the Manager and Assistant Manager came to shake our hands and wish us a good journey home – a really nice touch. We were also invited to the weekly cocktail party which was held in the courtyard, which was a nice chance to talk to the staff and other guests. Most of the guests were 50+ although there were a few families with young children and a couple of younger couples too. Incidentally, young children were I believe catered for at dinner earlier and in an alternative venue which we felt was a good thing as it contributed to the nice atmosphere of the restaurant in the evening.
We were unlucky in that we had a day of rain on our first day, with the second day also being quite wet. The weather cheered up after that and we just saw a couple of brief showers thereafter. It seems they have had a very wet dry season and are finding the weather over the past few years seems to fall less neatly into wet and dry seasons. Anyway, the rooms contain a massive lightweight umbrella so we didn’t get wet. We were also able to sit on our covered balcony which meant not having cabin fever in the same way as we would if we were confined to our room. When the sun did come out, it was strong, and we had to be very careful not to burn more than we did!
The food we felt was very good. The breakfast was buffet style with cereals, fruit, juices, pastries and cheeses, but hot food was ordered a la carte. If it was not for the a la carte breakfast, and being a bit picky, I might have found breakfast a little disappointing. Apart from one morning, we found our orders were taken and food came promptly. In the evenings, you could eat up to five courses as well as an amuse bouche and some petit fours either end, so there was no chance of going hungry! I have read some people saying they felt there was not enough choice at dinner as some of the courses only had two options. We personally did not feel this to be an issue and felt there was an emphasis on quality rather than quantity of items on the menu, which changed daily. For main courses there were 4-5 options so neither of us were at a loss to find something. I have also read some reviews of the food being over fussy and whilst I agree there was an element of this, in that there was always a colourful sauce drizzled somewhere on the plate, this was obviously the chef’s style and we just embraced that. The food was very good.
Other than taking a trip into the rather more bustling St George’s via a local bus one day, which was good to do, we stayed pretty much at the hotel for the whole trip. We did try Rick’s Café, about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel, for a great selection of ice creams and milkshakes, and loved Umbrellas for a drink just a five minute walk along the beach, but otherwise didn’t try anywhere else. We would however recommend both of those. Grand Anse beach is really beautiful, and it had enough of a stretch for a decent walk. We regret a little not getting out and seeing more of the lovely island, but it says a lot about the great resort that we didn’t feel we necessarily wanted to leave. Although we tend not to return anywhere we have stayed before, since there are so many other places we would like to visit, we agree it is one place we could not rule out coming back to.
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