- Grenada Luxury holidays
Grenada is an island nation in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea. It is actually not just one island, but includes the large island of Grenada and six smaller ones, all of which are part of the larger Grenadine Islands group. The first European sighting of the island was in 1498 by Christopher Columbus, who named it Concepcion. By the early 18th century, the Spanish had renamed it Grenada, and this remains in use to the modern day.
The Island of Spice
After tourism, the spice trade is key to Grenada's income, and nutmeg even features on its flag. The island ranks behind only Indonesia as the world's single largest producer of nutmeg, and contributes about a fifth of the entire global supply of the spice. Other flavours are grown and exported widely, including cloves, ginger, mace and cinnamon, along with citrus peels. It's fair to say that, while many luxury holidays in Grenada focus on the summer months, the island's major exports will for many people bring to mind memories of Christmas, and of the spiced cakes and other baked treats that are served up over the festive season.
Grenada by any other name...
Grenada and its demonym, Grenadine, are both familiar words in Europe, and this is a sign of the island's original naming by the Spanish, and its later occupation by both the French and the English. In French, the name also relates to the fruit pomegranate, while Grenadine is probably known to many British people as a pomegranate-flavoured cocktail liqueur. However, unlike other such drinks that are named after the location where they are produced, it is little more than a coincidence that Grenada - which does not produce pomegranates - ended up with this name.
When should I visit Grenada?
February 7th 1974 marked the date on which Grenada became a sovereign state - the first of the Windward and Leeward Islands to achieve independence - and this landmark is celebrated every year in February on Grenada. Travel to the island at this time of year for a warm welcome and the chance to try some truly authentic Grenadine cuisine, a plate of what is known as 'oil down'. This is breadfruit prepared by slow cooking with combinations of meat, fish and vegetables, all soaked in coconut milk and callaloo for a characteristic taste only to be found on the island.
What's on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Grenada are all about you. If you want to sip cocktails on the beach, it's waiting for you. If you want a room overlooking waving palm trees and white sand, your luxury hotel will make it happen. The point of a luxury holiday is to give you everything you desire and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Paying a little extra for a luxury holiday in Grenada is well worth it. Grenada offers a relaxed yet attentive service that is so important on luxury holidays, and while you may not have mountain views, you will have some of the most spectacular scenery in the Caribbean.