Calabash is a Caribbean classic. Owned by the Garbutt family since the late Eighties, it enjoys one of the most peaceful locations in Granada, set on lovely Lance aux Épines beach, on the island’s south coast. Traditional with a contemporary twist, Calabash has always attracted a loyal clientele: British chef Gary Rhodes was such a fan that he agreed to oversee the resort’s main restaurant, renamed Rhodes at Calabash in his honour. The resort is heaven for snorkellers and divers, with a diversity of marine life that really is astonishing – if you’re lucky you’ll see barracudas, stingrays and turtles as well as seahorses and arrow crabs. The variety of reef and wreck dives, meanwhile, is among the best in the Eastern Caribbean. Equally, the calm waters of Prickly Bay make it the perfect spot for swimming, sailing or just pottering about in a kayak, or make your way to the spa for an hour or two of holistic therapy.
Calabash offers 30 one-bedroom Suites in five categories, ranging from Junior to Penthouse. The Superior Suites are closest to the beach, the Pool Suites have a private plunge pools, while the Penthouse has spacious poolside lounge and dining area. All suites have an indoor sitting area and a good-sized terrace or balcony, with sea and garden views. Décor is a contemporary take on the traditional colonial-Caribbean aesthetic: cool tiled floors and pale walls and furnishings with bold accent colours.
This is a fairly grown-up resort, suitable for families who like to do things together. Most of the suites sleep a maximum of two adults and one child, while the Penthouse Suite can be connected to the suite below via an internal staircase. Breakfast is served by your own personal maid either on your balcony or on the beach, which goes down particularly well with kids. Grenada itself is great for exploring – a trip to the Grenada Chocolate Factory, in the heart of the rainforest, is always a winner. Note that Calabash does not admit children under 12 years of age at certain times of the year.
FOR WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
A Calabash wedding is very special, with every last detail taken care of by the hotel’s dedicated planner. You can say ‘I do’ on the beach or in the garden and your reception can be set up at The Beach Club, in whatever style you choose, perhaps with a traditional steel piano or a live band. Its serene, peaceful location makes Calabash the perfect honeymoon destination: enjoy a couple’s massage at the spa, dine on the beach under the stars or take in the sunset on a catamaran cruise for two. Alternatively, pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the island: you can drive right into the rainforest and have a dip in one of Grenada’s legendary waterfalls.
- Tennis courts & fitness suite
- Non-motorised watersports
- PADI dive centre
OUT & ABOUT
- Snorkel to Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park
- Explore the wreck of Bianca C, known as the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’
- Sunset Champagne cruise
- Friday street food festival in Gouyave
- Island tours
WINE & DINE
- Dress up a little to dine at elegant Rhodes
- Breakfast on your private balcony or at a table on the beach
- Tapas and cocktails are served at The Beach Club between 11.30 am and 4.00pm
- Daily afternoon tea
- Canapés brought to your room at 6pm