UNSPOILT LANDSCAPES OF THE SPICE ISLAND
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Historic architecture in the capital city of St George ensure this volcanic island’s urban areas are just as breathtaking as its more rural ones. Off the beaten track, the lush, protected rainforest hides gems like the Morne LaBaye Trail, Grand Etang Lake and the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Cascades are a feature of the island – as are the spectacular sun-soaked white sands of Cabier Beach.
- Discover historical capital St George
- Walk/swim on amazing white sand beaches
- Trek through tropical rainforest to refreshing waterfalls and pools
- Enjoy dramatic coastal scenery
- Be immersed in the colonial and cultural past of the friendly locals
Blue Horizons Garden Resort
Our hotel for 10 nights is the eco-friendly 3 star Blue Horizons Garden Resort tucked away on a sloping hillside, a short walk to the famous Grand Anse beach, and five miles from the capital city of St George.The resort is family owned and operated, with superior and deluxe studios.
Our guests will be accommodated in superior rooms. Hotel porters are available to help with luggage.
The rooms are spacious with a kitchenette area, en-suite facilities, kettle, fridge, balcony or patio, and free WiFi. Safes are available at reception. There is a restaurant, and a pool bar, the outdoor freshwater pool is heated naturally by the warm Caribbean sun.
The whole resort is set within lush tropical gardens and is home to tropical birds. The sister hotel Spice Island Resort has a private beach area on the Grande Anse beach which is available to our guests.
This holiday offers you the chance to relax and soak up scenes of tropical beaches, sites of fascinating history and vibrant culture as you enjoy part day walks and sightseeing around the island. Walks are up to 5 ½ miles/9km with ascents of up to 950ft/290m, returning most days around mid-afternoon to give you time to enjoy the facilities of the resort, and the beautiful Grand Anse beach.
Days 1-11: Blue Horizons Garden Resort
Day 1: Arrival in Grenada, transfer to hotel in Grand Anse. (approx 15 mins)
Day 2: Rainforest of Grenada
The walks today shall be within the lush green protected areas of Grenada's rainforest. Hikes to the beautiful Morne La Baye Trail, Grand Etang Lake and the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Opportunites to see the Mona Monkey and a range of mountain type birds, along with a slew of agricultural crops grown along the trail to this waterfall.
Day 3: Lower Concord Fall, Dougaldston Spice Plantation
Today is a mix of short walks and sightseeing. We’ll view the spectacular Lower Concord fall, where there is an opportunity for swimming at the pool at the bottom of the 15m high waterfall. A drive will take us to Dougaldston Spice Plantation, one of the oldest functioning estates in the Caribbean, and now home to a small cocoa processing plant. Another visit will give us insight into the processing of nutmeg at the Gouyave Nutmeg pool.
Day 4: St George’s
A walking tour of the capital St George’s, the ‘City on a Hill’ shows off the historic Georgian and Victorian architecture that makes the city unique. Visits to Fort George, the Chocolate Museum, the Grenada National Museum will provide further insight into the fascinating history and culture of this delightful island. We also walk along the length of the Carenage, the scenic natural harbour.
Day 5: Free day
A day off from ‘guided’ activities, although you may want to get up early to partake in the hotel’s bird watching walk. Other possibilities for today include snorkelling, a stroll to Quarantine Point and Morne Rouge Beach, or take a boat ride to the neighbouring island of Carriacou.
Day 6: Spice Garden, Royal Mount Carmel Falls & Cabier Beach
A real treat today as we combine a tour of Laura Herb & Spice Garden with a short hike to see one of Grenada’s tallest falls. We finish the day with a walk down to the spectacular Cabier Beach, a real piece of paradise.
Day 7: Fort Frederick, Morne Jaloux ridge & Grenada Distillery
Today's walk begins at the summit of Springs Hill and proceeds upwards to Forts Frederick and Matthew. This is followed by the easy roadside walk through the amazingly beautiful residential villages of Morne Jaloux and Woburn with spectacular views of popular off-shore islands. After about an hour we arrive at the Grenada Distillers Limited where you’ll have chance to sample the local rum. Walk back to Springs Hill.
Day 8: Diamond Chocolate Factory, Leapers Hill, Levera Bay
A scenic drive takes us along the north west coast for a tour of the Diamond Chocolate Factory followed by a visit to Leapers Hill, Sauteurs, a place of significance in Grenadian history, and amazing views. From La Fortune we walk to Levera Beach, with stunning views of the Grenadine Islands, and on to Bathway Beach. This takes us through the Levera Mangrove Wetland, part of the Levera Archipelago National Park. A short drive then takes us to the River Antoine Rum Distillery, the only distillery on the island to still use a waterwheel to crush the sugar cane and process the rum as it was done since 1785.
Day 9: Fort Jeudy
An easy walk on the peninsula to the east of Egmont Harbour. It offers dramatic coastal views which initially goes through an opulent residential area with extremely luxurious homes, on to a track that heads out to the Point of Fort Jeudy, the end of the peninsula.
Day 10: Annandale Falls
The final day of walking takes us through rural villages and farmland to Annandale, with views of rainforest as we ascend around the side of the valley, and descend towards the falls. A scenic path takes us back through tropical gardens, before we continue down through Constantine and Beaulieu.
Day 11: Departure day
Most of the day at leisure before an overnight flight back to the UK.
A full passport valid for at least six months is required to enter Grenada
British citizens with full right of residence in the UK do not require a visa. Other nationalities should consult their nearest Grenada consulate or embassy.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccines: Hepatitis A & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended.
Zika virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya are all present on Grenada, so it is important that you take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Medical treatment can be expensive in Grenada, so please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Tap water is safe to drink in Grenada, but if you are susceptible to traveller’s tummy, then please buy bottled water.
Sunhat, suncream and glasses are essential under the hot Caribbean sun. If you go snorkelling, ensure you wear a tshirt.
Grenada has a tropical climate with average daytime temperatures ranging from around 25 degrees C in January and February (coolest months), to 31 degrees in July and August. The rainy season is between July and December, with hurricane season between July and November. Visitors to Grenada should always anticipate showers and any excursions/walks in the interior will occasionally be wet, and almost always be humid. Higher altitudes and windward facing coastlines usually have a cooling breeze, making the tropical climate more comfortable.
Grenada’s currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (EC$ or XCD), fixed to the US $. Coins are cents. US dollars are widely accepted, and many prices are quoted in both EC$ and US$.
ATMS are widely available, and most major credit cards are accepted.
The roads in Grenada, whilst offering tremendous scenery, are quite windy and twisty, something to bear in mind if you are prone to motion sickness
Grenada is 4 hours behind GMT (5 hours in British Summer Time)
Tips are included in your holiday price.
For flights information see dates and prices tab.
Howard has been a mountain leader for HF Holidays since 2006. He has led numerous walking holidays in the UK, on continental Europe and as far afield as China and Morocco. He particularly enjoys researching about the holiday destinations and has created 10 new holidays for HF since becoming a leader.
In his career, he has run large international industrial businesses and been fortunate to travel to innumerable countries (for work and leisure). He now works part time as a business turnaround consultant but also combines this with voluntary work as a qualified National Park Ranger in the Peak District and Director of the Community Forest Trust. When not leading for HF Holidays, he enjoys exploring the outdoors − walking, cycling or indulging his passion for downhill skiing.
Howard has previously toured the Caribbean independently – from St Lucia to Martinique, Dominica, through Guadeloupe, onto Antigua - plus led our holiday in Barbados. He has a huge range of travel experience, gained from extensive travel to over 60 countries.
Howard is leading our 14 November 2018 departure.
Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
|14 Nov 2018||GNWHW - Grenada, the Spice Island - Without Flights||10||£3,185.00||Book Now|
|14 Nov 2018||
GNWHW - Grenada, the Spice Island
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
Prices are per person
- 10 nights’ accommodation in the Blue Horizons Garden Resort, Grand Anse
- Full board from dinner on arrival, to breakfast on the final morning, less one lunch and one dinner
- A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing with an experienced local guide and an HF Holidays’ leader
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All internal transport
Other important information:
Single supplement: £700 in November (2018).