Posted January 4, 2017

Best Things to Do in Grenada, the Isle of Spice


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.

Overview of The Carenage, St. Georges, Grenada W.I

The picture-perfect harbor of Grenada’s capital, St. George’s.

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 rendering of the cliff-side Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort.

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:

Royal Mt Carmel Waterfall, Grenada

You’ll find the beautiful Royal Mt. Carmel Waterfalls at the end of a short, gentle hike.

  • 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


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  1. David Bain says:

    Grand Anse Beach is on the northwest “tail” of this fish-shaped island. *southwest

  2. Bob says:

    Pity that this was written and posted by someone with no knowledge of the island. There are several factual errors – not detrimental to the hotel, which will hopefully be very nice and also a decent business but disappointing that their representation is so poor.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Bob. Since we wanted to accurately describe this lovely country, the post was fact-checked by a local in St. George’s – so hopefully we’ve got our mongooses and monkeys straight, and are giving Grenada a well-deserved spotlight.

  3. Verna Lewis says:

    Grenada: Isle of Spice*
    Here are some more spices:
    Cloves. Saffron (Tumeric). Ginger. Bay leaves. Tanker-bean (Vanilla Pod).

  4. Ellamae Jackson says:

    Yes, my second home. Been to those places. You do not mention the people?

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      We’re so glad you love Grenada, Ellamae. And you’re right, the people are a big part of what makes the island so special.

  5. Chris Curgenven says:

    Where exactly is the proposed location on grand anse….

  6. Richard Ramage says:

    Will this be a new property or perhaps a reworking of the Flamboyant, a cliff side resort on the south end of Grand Anes Beach? Wonderful location, popular night spot for the local medical student population and delightful access to the far southern reaches of the beach.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Great question, Richard. The Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort will be a partial adaptive reuse with new build expansion, located on the south end of Grand Anse Beach at 1 Morne Rouge. Info about the residences for sale can be found here, and we’ll share more info about the resort on this page as we get closer to opening. Fingers crossed we’ll see you there!

  7. Patrice says:

    I’m interested in booking assistance please

  8. Jay Crawford says:

    My wife and I love the Kimpton brand and stayed at Veto Beach recently. Heading for Kimpton Denver in a couple of weeks and really looking forward to heading there from Scotland. Grenada sounds brilliant for Kimpton, we were there last year and loved the island and the rum!! We’d recommend Kimpton hotels to anyone who loves good service and a welcome smile.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Thanks so much, Jay! We hope you and your wife have an awesome time in Denver, and can’t wait to see you on the beautiful beaches of Grenada, further ahead!

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Thanks so much, Jay! And that sounds like an awesome itinerary. Looking ahead, we can’t wait to see you in the Caribbean!

  9. Loretta schamberger says:

    Please send me any newsletters or updates about this property. Thank you!

    • Loretta schamberger says:

      I enjoyed staying at the Sedona, San Francisco, and Washington DC Kimpton hotels. So I am looking forward to the Caribbean one at Granada. Should be a lot of fun with beautiful sites. Please forward any additional newsletters or information in regards to this property. Thank you!

  10. Sandro dijon says:

    My biggest dream is to see a kimpton hotel too in my country Hai one day.
    Now we have plenty of 5 stars hotels resorts in Haiti. I would love to count the prestigious kimpton hotel among them one day.

  11. Margaret says:

    We can hardly wait til 2019. We live in The Bahamas and would love to visit the Granadas if Kimpton is there. We have 2 dogs and hope they can stay there with the right paperwork!

  12. alejandro says:

    hola soy de venezuela y nose pero me aparecio este anuncio en mi pagina y como me gustaria ser parte del equipo de trabajo de ustedes gracias osea busco empleooooooo

  13. Razulbatcha says:

    Any Jobs in available here from Indian

  14. karen says:

    Kimpton – Your mongooses and monkeys was the only animal you could of think ABOUT!!!!!

  15. Fran says:

    We might have to visit the Island again and this time stay at the Kimpton Hotel! We honeymooned on the Island of Grenada 21 years ago!

    • Kimpton says:

      How fun would that be, Fran? We’d love to welcome you back to the island to make even more special memories.

  16. Cecile Pratt says:

    Estimated soft opening date in 2019? Will you be running any specials for soft opening guests? When will you start taking bookings for this property?

  17. Ailyn de Jesus says:

    I can not wait for it’s grand opening! We are inner circle members and are soooo excited Kimpton is expanding into the Caribbean! We love the Seafire and are so excited to see just how beautiful this will be. #KimptonAddict

  18. Aaron says:

    When do you expect to be able to accept reservations? We’d like to plan for Christmas 2019. Thanks.

  19. David says:

    Any update on this property? I can’t find any news on if you will still be opening this year? We’d love to book our vacation here!

  20. Andrew says:

    What is opening date?

  21. Yana Kondak says:

    Hi! When will we be able to book a reservation for this property?

  22. Denae says:

    Do you have a date for opening? My husband and I hope we can spend our 40th anniversary at our 20th Kimpton 🙂

  23. Renitia sylvester says:

    Will love to be part of your dynamic team to achieve and up hold it’s standards

  24. Sarah Egebergh says:

    When can we book?