Lose yourself at Silversands Grenada

Annabelle Spranklen | 2 Apr, 2019

Sleek, chic and oh-so-stylish, the new Silversands Grenada has been making waves since opening in late 2018. Inspiring Travel Company sent journalist Annabelle Spranklen to the island to see it for herself…

The first thing you need to know about the newly-opened Silversands Grenada is that you will want to mutiny against real life once you’ve experienced it. You’ll never want to leave so we recommend you pack the essentials and say your goodbyes to friends and family because you aren’t coming back - you won’t want to. The urge begins with the welcome: the staff, all stood beaming in a line, welcome you in with cucumber flannels and rum punch like long-lost friends. Then there’s the big reveal, right in front of you. The pool! All 100m of it, the longest in the Caribbean, stretching out right ahead as if it’s pouring into that toothpaste-blue ocean, surrounded by palms and trendy blonde wood cabanas.

And that’s the second thing you need to know about this hotel. There’s no traditional colonial teak wood-everything and high tea here at 5pm. Oh no. This place is cool. It’s spacious, in a pared-down, slate grey and pale marble kind of way which makes this resort like nowhere else on the island.

It’s the creation of owner Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecoms tycoon, who chose Paris-based architects AW2 (the brains behind some of the world’s leading design hotels like Six Senses Con Dao and the Amanjena in Marrakech) to mastermind its interiors. The finished product? Perhaps the most contemporary, design-conscious resort in the entire Caribbean.

The 43 suites and penthouse sit within low linear three-storey buildings that overlook the jaw-dropping Grand Anse beach (but more on that later), while inside, much like the rest of the hotel, rooms feel soothingly elegant and minimalist with light wooden floors surrounded by limestone tiles, wicker chairs and big terraces with a daybed ready for curling up with a book. There’s an original work of art in every room too - the owner is a huge art collector and the whole place is filled with pieces he’s picked up from Egypt and around the world. Oh, and there are more switches than you could ever want to push, ready to turn on lights, put down blinds or surround your bed with an anti-mosquito white drape. You’ll start to wonder how you ever survived without more buttons in your life.

If you’re feeling extra splashy, you’ll want to nab one of the beachside villas which have a front-row seat of that syrupy Caribbean sunset every day, each with private pools, a chef’s kitchen and outdoor showers (you can even buy a villa if you have a spare $5m). Unlike the rest of the hotel, children under 10 can stay here too which makes them perfect for families and groups. There’s a further four villas still being built on the jungle-cloaked hillside set to open later this year.

The cracking thing about Silversands is the fact that you’re not isolated from real life Grenada, where locals pootle about their business, sitting idly on their verandas, chit-chatting away over barbecued barracuda and a bottle of Carib. Take a stroll along the mile-and-a-half stretch beach, with its ludicrously clear water, and you’ll find a local spice market and a throng of bar shacks and restaurants, like Umbrella’s Bar famed for its spicy chicken wings. Or Grenada’s pretty capital, St George’s is a 10-minute taxi ride away - make sure you stop by BB’s Crabback for authentic jerk chicken and rice like no other.

Days can be spent being as downright lazy or adventurous as you please. Whatever you do, find some time to visit the hotel’s courtyard spa, where you can press more buttons for an ‘experience shower’ of music, lights and jets of water, alongside a sauna, ice cave and swimming pool. The massages here from the Balinese therapists are seriously muscle-melting.

Flower lovers will want to visit lovely Grenadian Anne Campbell’s garden for a tour of her prize-winning orchids that are exhibited at the Grenada stand at the Chelsea Flower Show every year (it’s won the gold medal some 13 times!). Her ‘Sexy Pink’ variety even made the Her Royal Highness The Queen giggle. Or hop aboard one of Savvy’s traditional sloop sailing boats for a half day’s snorkelling to the famous Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park. Then there’s Concord Falls, one of the island’s most beautiful waterfalls, that’s definitely worth a trip, even if it’s just to see the local daredevils somersault their way in from outrageous heights.

Back at the ranch, you’ll love the cute tuk-tuk van that serves up a slice of poolside pizza, or pop into the casual Grenadian Grill for a moreish butter-poached lobster roll. Come nightfall, one of the resident DJs (fresh from a summer season in Ibiza) starts spinning mash-ups of old and new classics in the open-air. Asiatique, the hotel’s main restaurant, is worth a reservation too, where modern pan-Asian dishes like bang-bang shrimp and grilled mahi mahi come straight from the fish-filled waters.

If ever there was a place to incite you to pack your bags and never go home, it’s here.

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