Until recently the Southern Caribbean nation of Grenada was best known perhaps for a Reagan-era military invasion and for Hurricane Ivan, which devastated the volcanic island in 2004. Though storm damage to some fine Georgian-style houses and churches is still evident in the capital St. George’s, the Spice Isle long ago recovered from both traumas.
Near the capital, at the southwestern tip of the island, the all-inclusive LaSource went through several phases of upgrades in the mid-2000’s. The most dramatic decision by the Elite Island Resorts ownership was to add a stone breaker that transformed waters off the property’s Pink Gin Beach into a calm, enclosed swimming cove.
Quietude can be found on shore as well with low-impact holistic activities scheduled throughout the day, from tai chi, yoga and pilates, to meditation and sleep training. Guests may sign up for full-week mind-body programs that incorporate those practices with cardio training and nutrition education.
Guest Rooms at LaSource:
Dining at LaSource:
With spicy fried fish and other seafood dishes, lunch is more substantial in the breezy, open air Oscar’s beachside restaurant, and its bar is open for between-meal cocktail savoring. As the seating is tight, guests at Oscar’s can reserve one a la carte dinner per week.
The Terrace Lounge serves afternoon tea where guests can sip in plush oversized sofas. At the Great House, dining is tablecloth style with dishes from swordfish to sirloin brought inside or on the verandah (some international wines come with an additional charge). For a surcharge, wedding couples can schedule romantic beach dinners with white-glove service.
Weddings and Honeymoons at LaSource:
A wedding arch on the beach is decorated with local tropical flowers. A sparkling wine reception is served, followed by dinner for up to ten guests on the evening of the marriage. The wedding package is complimentary with a stay of 7 nights or longer.
Photography and video and live music can be arranged. Honeymooners receive a bottle of sparkling wine and fresh flowers on arrival, plus a complimentary couples massage.
Activities at LaSource:
In addition to the holistic program, the resort offers plenty of vigorous land sports like Zumba, golf, tennis, and beach volleyball, as well as aquatic fitness in the pool. The “master class” programs include more esoteric subjects such as circus training and bar mixology lessons. At night the Terrace Lounge comes alive with a steel pan group performing, or a DJ spinning music.
Visitors can also watch a documentary on the sinking of the Bianca C, an elegant Italian cruise liner that went down in the harbor in 1961 and is a popular dive spot today. Several shops on the street sell batik fashions and artisanal jewelry. A stroll through the capital’s small downtown and along the Carenage, or boardwalk, makes for a pleasant evening.
By traveling up the west coast and into the island interior, couples can hike around the Grand Etang volcanic crater, as well as past waterfalls in the surrounding thick forest reserve. A later stop into the Dougaldston Spice Estate makes for a relaxing contrast; staff explain nutmeg and cocoa production and drying techniques and give demonstrations of how workers used to “dance the cocoa” to polish the beans.
LaSource organizes Friday evening excursions up to the village of Gouyave for its popular fish fry and trips to the Northern point for leatherback turtle watching. In August, Grenada’s carnival is one of the most dynamic in the islands.
What to Keep in Mind about LaSource:
Vibe at LaSource:
Nearly twenty percent of LaSource vacationers are solo travelers and any wedding party members or guests who come alone are welcomed to join the special solo travelers’ dining tables and activities. Along with its wide range of low-impact, recreational activities, the hotel promotes its holistic approach in small ways that touch on sustainability: It provides refillable water bottles and guests are encouraged to make a $1 contribution to the island’s Tourism Fund for youth training.
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LaSource is a five-minute drive from Maurice Bishop International Airport and less than a half hour from the capital, St. George’s.
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