We’re starting off the New Year with some happy news: Kimpton is opening a second Caribbean resort, this time on a gorgeous little island with cascading waterfalls, friendly people and one of the world’s top beaches. The destination is Grenada, aka the Isle of Spice owing to its many nutmeg and other spice crops, and we couldn’t be more excited.
A Caribbean Duo
As a hillside haven tucked between dramatic cliffs and the world-acclaimed Grand Anse Beach, Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort is slated to open in 2020. Ever since we dipped our toes into the cerulean waters of the Cayman Islands — home to Grand Cayman’s Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa — we’ve had our hearts set on introducing Kimpton to an even wider international audience by expanding in this tropical corner of the planet.
Private Pools, Anyone?
Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort will be a partial adaptive reuse with new-build expansion. The five-star resort will boast 146 guestrooms and suites, plus luxuries like an infinity-edge pool, spa, chef-driven restaurant, lounge, beach bars and water sports. Nearly every suite will include a private pool overlooking Grenada’s mesmerizing Grand Anse Beach. The hotel’s name pays tribute to the island’s leatherback turtles, dubbed “Kawana” by the Carib Indians when they settled the land in 1300 A.D.
A Grenada Refresher
So where exactly is this diminutive slice of paradise? The country of Grenada (pronounced greh-NAY-duh) comprises the main island of Grenada and several smaller islands in the southern portion of the Grenadines, including Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Although Grenada’s history includes French, British, African and Caribbean cultural influences, English is the official language. Idyllic year-round temperatures range from monthly averages of 77°F to 81°F, a climate that begs you to enjoy Grenada’s many outdoor adventures. Here are a few:
- Ranked among CNN’s “World’s 100 Best Beaches,” Grand Anse Beach is on the southwest “tail” of this fish-shaped island. Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort will grant instant access to this gorgeous two-mile stretch of sand.
- A hike through Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve, a rainforest and wildlife sanctuary, grants you passage to all sorts of vegetation including mahogany trees, ferns, tropical flowers and countless others. Not to mention an amazing number of animals, like many species of birds, lizards, mongoose and even Mona monkeys.
- Mt. Qua Qua Trail is an invigorating climb to the approximately 2,400-foot-high peak, but gorgeous views and a lake await you.
- A two-mile trek has a refreshing reward in the Royal Mt. Carmel Waterfalls. (Wear your swim suit.)
- Fort Frederick is a historic fort built by the French that sits on top of a hill with 360° views including of St. George’s, Grenada’s candy-colored capital city.
- The 300-year-old Belmont Estate is a working plantation and agri-tourism experience, featuring cocoa tours, a goat dairy, museum, restaurant and beautiful gardens.
- Divers will swoon over Grenada’s coral reefs, drift diving and shipwreck sites, including a top-10 wreck site nicknamed the “Titanic of the Caribbean.” But most unique of all is the Underwater Sculpture Park, a gallery of chiseled forms that serves to attract and enhance reef marine life.
- Grenada’s calendar is dotted with festivals, including the Sailing Festival, Chocolate Festival (yes, please!), Drum Festival and “Spicemas,” a carnival that is Grenada’s foremost cultural event.
– Updated January 2017