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The Buzz from Pure Grenada

15 February 2019

Here's what you need to know about Pure Grenada in 2019

Pure Grenada

The buzz around Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean (www.PureGrenada.com) continues unabated as the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique welcomed a record number of visitors - 528,077 - in 2018. With a new resort and more to come, new ‘clean’ dive wreck sites and a calendar packed with engaging events, legislation to outlaw single use plastics will be enforced from 1st February 2019 to further the islands’ pure credentials.

Grenada Tourism Authority CEO, Patricia Maher, said: “Pure Grenada relentlessly goes from strength to strength, building on our growing global reputation as an authentic Caribbean destination with outstanding accommodation, inspiring activities and an unspoiled environment on land and under the water. Primarily, the warm welcome enjoyed by all our visitors ensures we continue to stand tall, remarkably so for a small island nation.”

Single use plastics banned

On 1st September 2018, The Government of Grenada implemented a far-reaching Non Biodegradable Waste Control Act, including the complete ban on the importation of polystyrene commonly referred to as ‘Styrofoam’, in a move to help protect the islands’ pristine environment. The Act bars all single use plastics such as shopping bags, cutlery, plates, straws and cups from 1st February. The importation ban will be followed by sale sanctions on Styrofoam effective 1st March and a complete embargo on its use a month later.

  Events – see www.PureGrenada.com for a full events calendar.

The sixth annual Grenada Chocolate Fest (31st May-7th June, 2019) promises an opportunity to meet island cocoa farmers, harvest cocoa, taste and discuss chocolates from around the world and experiment with choc-inspired beauty products.

See: www.grenadachocolatefest.com

The third annual Pure Grenada Dive Festival (29th September-4th October, 2019) will highlight the islands’ focus on sustainability with activities showcasing how divers – and non-diver visitors – can help tackle the invasive lionfish. In October 2018, MV Tyrrel Bay was sunk at the edge of Boss Reef, representing the culmination of a 25-year project to create the first fully cleaned shipwreck dive site in the islands’ waters. Grenada now offers over 50 dive sites including the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park and three new dive wrecks including MV Tyrell Bay. Search: #PureDiveFest

Accommodation news

Silversands Grenada, a new five-star member of The Leading Hotels of the World, launched on 1st December 2018 on Grand Anse beach. Sleek and modern in its design, accommodation spans across two main buildings encompassing 39 open-plan guestrooms, three one-bedroom suites, and a sprawling 192 sq metre penthouse with sweeping sea views.  All rooms, suites and villas feature modern open floor-plans with floor-to-ceiling windows, natural wood and stone textures, and light hardwood floors.

The resort is intersected by an artfully-designed 100-metre outdoor infinity pool, the longest in the Caribbean, while two distinct dining venues complement a cigar and rum bar. The Silversands Spa is built around a light-filled, temperature-controlled swimming pool creating an indoor/outdoor effect with a louvred open top ceiling. This tranquil sanctuary will include four treatment rooms - including two couples’ treatment suites - a sauna, Hammam, ice cave, experience shower, hair and nail bar, and high-tech Technogym fitness centre. See: www.silversandsgrenada.com

Green Globe Gold Award-holder, Spice Island Beach Resort, now offers a peaceful ‘toes in the sand’ beach pavilion, ideal for sunrise yoga, wedding ceremonies and intimate sunset dinners. Set on the sable sands of Grand Anse beach, the pavilion is set a discrete distance from the resort to ensure privacy; the resort also now offers a full yoga practice programme.

See: www.spiceislandbeachresort.com

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, for years at the vanguard of environmental protctetion and sustainability, opened 22 climate-smart ‘Cocoa Pod’ rooms which are self-sustaining for water and electricity. Rainwater is harvested, stored in tanks and treated before being piped into the rooms and two new freshwater swimming pools. Solar panels heat the water and generate electricity. See: www.truebluebay.com

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel - a member of The American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Program and Relais & Châteaux – has just been named the number one Luxury Hotel in the Caribbean for 2019 by TripAdvisor and named Grenada's Leading Boutique Hotel for 2019 by the World Travel Awards. See: www.calabashhotelgrenada.com

Laluna guests can now enjoy the simple pleasures of cruising along the coast of Grenada whilst sipping a fine rum on board the resort’s 44-feet luxury catamaran, ‘Uendalina’. Every Thursday at 2pm, a private transfer takes guests from Laluna to Port Louis Marina in St George’s to board their private yacht for an afternoon and sunset cruise, including a snorkel stop at the Underwater Sculpture Park, returning to Laluna at 7pm. See www.laluna.com

Nearer to home…

The aptly-named chocolate rum liqueur AMAZ-IN is now available in the UK and Destinations London visitors can sample – and purchase – AMAZ-IN (and other Clarke’s Court rums) on Saturday 2nd February. Belmont Estate is now the third of the island’s five tree-to-bar cocoa producers to be available in the UK: Grenada Chocolate Company chocolates are available through chocolatier, Rococo Chocolates; Pump Street Bakery produces the only Crayfish Bay single estate bar in the world; and now Belmont Estate is offering three bars including one made with island-grown spices via online store, Cocoa Runners.

Getting there

Grenada is served by four direct flights each week from London Gatwick: two flighs operated by British Airways and two flights operated by Virgin Atlantic. Flight duration is approximately

10.5 hours.

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