The calabash tree is a small tropical evergreen tree with simple leaves and cauliflorus flowers that develop into fruit with healing powers. Quite like its namesake, The Calabash Hotel in Grenada shares some of those attributes:
- Small – only 30 suites
- Evergreen – it’s been one of Grenada’s leading hotels for over 30 years
- Tropical – a spacious garden with coconut trees and flowering shrubs opening onto a tranquil bay
- Simple – peaceful ambience, unobtrusive service, understated elegance
- Flowers – hibiscus of astounding hues
- Healing – rejuvenation of tired bodies and spirits
Located on 8 acres bordering the picturesque Lanse Aux Epines beach, The Calabash Hotel is an unpretentious 4 star property that exudes the aura of a more genteel era. No high rise buildings blot the landscape, just tastefully appointed and spacious suites, with balconies or patios, arranged around a wide expanse of lawn dotted with trees and flowering shrubs. Inside each suite touches of thoughtful luxury are discovered: oversized whirlpool tubs, private plunge pools with outdoor showers, well stocked mini bars and his and hers robes with slippers to match.
Calabash doesn’t do over-the-top, all-you-can-eat buffet breakfasts, just leave your order with required time on the balcony table and next morning there’ll be a gentle knock on the door from your personal server who will have prepared and set out your breakfast on a white clothed table on your balcony complete with linen napkins and fresh flowers.
Wander down to Jefferson’s Beach Bar later in the morning and there’ll be a complimentary glass of fresh fruit juice before you take a leisurely swim in the tranquil bay followed by a couple of rum punches and a light lunch – grilled fish and salad, perhaps’ Then there’s complimentary afternoon tea served on the main terrace delicate sandwiches, tempting pastries and a pot of Earl Grey tea, anyone’
Dressing for dinner is a must to dine in Rhodes Restaurant – to do otherwise would be out of sync with the refined atmosphere of Calabash’s pricey signature restaurant. The la carte menu has been designed and developed by celebrity British chef Gary Rhodes. Having worked with Gary for over 10 years, Grenadian Head Chef Dexter Burris and Senior Sous Chef Dandy Smith ably maintain his emphasis on locally grown seasonal produce innovatively blended and presented with tried and true British standards.
But every day at Calabash need not be spent in lazy indolence. There is tennis (the courts are floodlit if you prefer the cool of the evening), shuffleboard and beach boules for the less energetic, and snorkeling on your own (although there is not much to see in this particular bay apart from sea weed beds). Better to hire the on-site water sports operator to take you further afield to dive on reefs and wrecks. There is even a fitness room and library (Kindles and iPads somehow seem a little out of place in this environment!) And for those who don’t like sand between their toes, there’s a pool tucked away in a corner of the property.
- Water in bay can be cloudy and underfoot can be ‘squishy’, so beach bums should consider the small journey to Grand Anse, Grenada’s premier white sand strip.
- For the extra ooh, consider a pool suite, which comes complete with private courtyard pools.
- Vodka martinis in the main bar before dinner are a must!
- Private jetty makes boarding water sports boat easily accessible