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Sandals LaSource Grenada reimagines the luxury all-inclusive.
BY HEATHER STEINBERGER
THERE WAS A TIME when vacationers seeking a sun-kissed Caribbean island were mainly concerned with one feature: a beachfront hotel room. Times have changed. As contemporary travelers’ expectations have evolved, resorts are stepping it up by offering more than just accommodations; they’re offering experiences.
When Sandals Resorts International announced the opening of Sandals LaSource Grenada in December 2013, it called the property a convention-defying “resort of tomorrow.” With its innovative on-site offerings, impressive array of what Sandals calls “Luxury Included” amenities and full embrace of island life, we’d have to agree.
This 225-room luxury resort, just minutes from Maurice Bishop International Airport, comprises three villages: Pink Gin, Italian and South Seas. General Manager Peter Fraser says the island’s former LaSource hotel became Pink Gin Village, while the South Seas Village emerged from its golf course.
“Sandals transformed this hotel in 10 short months, which is extraordinary,” Fraser says. “It looks like a large property, but it’s actually very compact and easy to get around.”
The intimate feel is one of our favorite aspects, along with the daring architecture and Skypool Suites. These upper-floor creations offer infinity plunge pools on their bedroom balconies and soaking tubs off the living rooms.
Some suites have private plunge sanctuaries, while others bring the main pools right to the living room (69 suites even offer personal butlers trained to the impressive standards of the Guild of Professional English Butlers). The property was clearly designed to provide a more immersive experience than a traditional hotel.
“It’s a brand-new concept, and it’s awe-inspiring,” Fraser says. “Guests feel at one with a pristine, unspoiled island that offers a pure experience—pure spice, pure culture, pure adventure. And a warm, beautiful, hospitable people.”
Choose from 11 restaurants—including Butch’s Chophouse, the Caribbean’s first authentic steakhouse—and endless activities on and off the resort. There’s even unlimited free diving for certified guests.
“Each day, 80 to 100 guests go out on catamaran tours, Jeep tours, diving excursions, and so much more,” Fraser says. “You must see the island.”
Fraser has some additional tips for first-timers to the unforgettable Caribbean island. Don’t miss historic Fort George, or St. George’s Carenage waterfront promenade, he says. And take advantage of the Sandals Foundation’s Reading Road Trip, which gives guests an opportunity to interact with the island community by reading to local schoolchildren.
Vacation packages to Sandals Resorts are available through your Vacation Coach or at Funjet.com
ELSEWHERE IN THE CARIBBEAN…
- Recent upgrades to the Ochi Beach Club at the Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica include the Popcorn & Palms Cinema for movie lovers, and new dining options featuring Jamaican jerk, tapas, southern soul food and a speakeasy.
- Sandals Barbados has reopened after extensive upgrades such as 280 luxury rooms and suites, 11 restaurants (including Sandals’ first-ever Indian restaurant) and the Red Lane Spa.
- Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia has unveiled eight fully renovated, two-story Water’s Edge Suites that offer luxurious amenities in spacious comfort.
- Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Jamaica is building five over-the-water, 1,400-square-foot villas to be finished this year.