Article from Erin Mills Acura ()
February 16, 2012
Let Grenada Spice up Your Life
Make your way to the Windward Islands for an adventure to remember

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The dazzling island of Grenada is located at the southern end of a chain of islands trickling down from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It includes two dependencies, Petit Martinique and Carriacou, as well as several smaller islets. Grenada is nicknamed the “Spice Isle” because of the nutmeg, cloves and other spices produced by the lush land. Whether you want to embark on an adventure in the colourful outdoors or enjoy the waterfront view from a hilltop villa, Grenada promises an unforgettable experience.
 
The hosts at Bel Air Plantation Resort, in St. David’s Point, describe the retreat as “all about pure relaxation, comfort and lazy luxury.” Situated in the hills overlooking a secluded bay and the Caribbean Sea, this hideaway features 11 upscale villas and cottages. Every room contains specially selected décor including original artwork and fresh tropical flowers from Bel Air’s gardens. This “old world island charm,” however, isn’t without modern day amenities. Take a dip in the infinity-edge swimming pool, or help yourself to the resort’s snorkeling equipment and kayaks. There is also a tropical plant nursery and a 1.6 hectare ( four-acre ) park to explore, as well as fruit orchards and vegetable gardens used to supply the resort’s restaurant. 
 
With so many islands surrounding Grenada, the best way to explore the area is by boat. Set sail with Footloose Yacht Charters for a trip to remember. Expert guides will tailor excursions based on your interests, and premier yachts such as the Timshel feature perks like libraries, BBQ stations and water sports equipment. Depart from Grenada across the pristine turquoise waters and discover places like the Tobago Cays, Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau and Canouan. Check out the two Grenada Sailing Day Charter options, which include visits to Hog Island and the underwater sculpture park at Moilinere Bay. Learn more about Footloose Yacht Charters at www.grenadasailing.com.
 
No trip to the “Spice Isle” would be complete without sampling the fascinating – and fragrant – handcrafted products to be found there. Caribbean Naturals, located on Lagoon Road in St. George, sells high quality natural items that promote both “well being and personal enjoyment.” If you’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach, pick up some nutmeg soap, which contains both essential oil of nutmeg and ground nutmeg to help moisturize and exfoliate your skin. The shop’s spiced sea salt, body scrubs and massage oils are also popular items. In addition to its skincare line, Caribbean Naturals sells pepper sauces, jams, clothes and calabash crafts made from the island’s incredible native materials. You can shop online at www.caribbeannaturals.com.
 
English is the official language of Grenada, however you may hear locals speaking a dialect that combines French and African languages. To truly experience life on the main island, try catching a cricket match at Grenada National Stadium, or attend a musical performance featuring Calypso sounds. Average temperatures range from 23 to 29 degrees C, but keep in mind that the climate can change significantly according to elevation and where you are located on the island.
 
Grenada is a getaway that caters to guests’ every whim. From scuba diving to shopping, hiking to historic landmarks, this island has it all. Discover all there is to experience at www.grenadagrenadines.com.

Published by Erin Mills Acura
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