Petite Anse Hotel

Nothing will quite prepare you for this extraordinary boutique hotel.  The spectacular views, the warm welcome from owners Philip and Annie Clift and their staff, the spacious en suite rooms and the restaurant that serves the most delicious food.

Opened three years ago, the Petite Anse or “Little Cove” story is the stuff dreams are made of.  Back in 2000, Englishman Philip decided to buy a boat and set off with Annie, a trained nurse, sailing around the Caribbean.  Philip found the picturesque little bay in Grenada, bought the surrounding land and built a hotel.

The furnishings in the restaurant and bar are an eclectic mixture of English manor house antiques, country cottage wicker with teak dining tables and chairs. The bar offers cider and ale along with exotic Caribbean cocktails and fine wines.

From the open air terrace, guests enjoy a jaw-dropping vista of the ocean and the tiny islands of Isla Ronde, Isla Caille, Les Tante, Diamond Roc, London Bridge and Carriacou. On the other side are the extensive pool, Jacuzzi and sun deck.

The chalet-type private rooms are positioned on a sloping hillside.  All are air-conditioned with balconies.  Furnishing is minimal but comfortable:  mahogany four-posters, ceiling fans, tea and coffee makers and mini fridges.

The kitchen is presided over by Chef Max who offers up a fusion of European and Caribbean cuisine using fresh local produce, much of it organically grown at Philip and Annie’s home Mt. Rodney way up in the hills above Petite Anse.

The breakfast buffet table offers freshly squeezed seasonal fruit juices and fruit salad, cereals, plain yoghurt, local honey and homemade bread, coffee and tea followed by a full English Breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans.  Waffles, Omlettes and Pancakes, Bakes, Salt fish and Cocoa Tea are also available.

For lunch and dinner, Chef Max likes to get to know his guests’ tastes.  The tuna has been locally caught and can be cooked to your liking with tomato, capers, olives and more. Lobster tails come served in either Thai curry sauce or Garlic Butter.  There are equally pleasing options for meat eaters and vegetarians, and a popular Sunday BBQ.

Don’t miss dessert favourites like Bananas Flambe, Grenadian Black Cake with homemade ice-cream or an after-dinner Espresso or Cappuccino served with dark chocolate from the Grenada Chocolate Company.

Although Petite Anse is conducive to relaxation, there are several activities to get you out and about.  A member of Hash House Harriers, Philip can recommend walks of varying degrees of difficulty.  Turtle watching or a boat trip to uninhabited Sandy Island for a picnic and snorkeling is an unforgettable experience.

For some, Petit Anse is an idyllic spot for romance, for others it’s a peaceful holiday in an unspoilt corner of Grenada. The property has won Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Award in 2011 and the Certificate of Excellence in 2012.

WHAT MATTERS

  • Air-conditioned rooms, queen-size beds, internet connections. No TVs or telephones.
  • Numerous steps.  Beach side rooms have best views but if walking isn’t a strength, request rooms closer to pool deck and restaurant.
  • Car is essential for exploring area.
  • Restaurant & Bar are open to resident and non-resident guests from 10 a.m. until late.
  • Boat trips to small outlying islands can be arranged.
  • Visiting massage therapist.
  • Nearby places of interest:  Belmont Estate, Grenada Chocolate Factory, River Antoine Rum Distillery, Levera Bay and Bathway Beach
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