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Sandals LaSource Grenada 5.0

St. George's, Saint George Parish, Grenada

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Pros

  • Five beautiful pools with plenty of seating, including a swim-up bar and two large hot tubs
  • Sophisticated, modern rooms, many with private pool access or an outdoor soaking tub
  • Twenty room categories, from standard rooms to pool suites to standalone Rondovals
  • Butler Level rooms include a personal butler, room service, and premium liquor brands
  • Ten restaurants, including beachfront seafood and an upscale steakhouse
  • Excellent spa with special couple’s rooms and treatments
  • Fitness center, tennis courts, and water sports, including unlimited diving for certified divers
  • Lovely, well-maintained grounds with many romantic swinging chairs and fire pits
  • Airport transfer is included

Cons

  • The ocean is rough and choppy; roped-in areas for swimming only
  • The beachfront is small for the size of the property
  • Pool and beach areas can be crowded at busy times, overall resort lacks intimate setting
  • Main pool plays loud music and can get rowdy

Bottom Line

This 225-room luxury all-inclusive, couples-only resort is one of the newest additions to the Sandals brand. It’s spread over a sprawling 17-acre property on the southwestern tip of the island, but all the main property features are centrally located, so it’s not difficult to find your way around. With five pools, a lovely spa and fitness center, numerous activities, and 10 restaurants, couples won’t be at a loss for things to do. It’s the romantic touches such as fire pits, gazebos, and swinging chairs on a pier looking out over the water that make the property distinctly Sandals. However the romance may stop short at long walks on the beach – the beachfront area is limited due to rough waters on this part of the island, and ocean swimming is reduced to a roped-in cove.

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A sprawling, luxury all-inclusive with the romantic touches that are hallmarks of the Sandals brand

This luxury property includes romantic touches such as fire pits on the beachfront area, which tends to be quiet, unlike the rowdy pool scene

Sandals LaSource Grenada, one of the newest properties in the Sandals brand of all-inclusive, couples-only resorts, opened in December 2013. Its name reflects the property’s former resident – the LaSource Resort -- an upscale hotel that struggled and then closed after Hurricane Ivan. The new Sandals fits well into the brand’s vision of all-inclusive luxury, sprinkled with those signature romantic touches, such as fire pits on the beach, two-person hammocks and swinging chairs, and rooms with private pools and soaking tubs

The lobby is an open-air gazebo in all dark wood, and leads out onto a courtyard, which most of the property features are centered around. There are a lovely spa, a few small shops, five of the 10 restaurants, and in the center, a large pavilion with pool tables and board games called the Living Room, where the nightly entertainment takes place. While the property extends over 17 acres the layout is easy to navigate, and it actually feels like all of the buildings are very close together, without much breathing room. The amenities are shared with hundreds of other couples, which doesn’t lend to a very intimate, authentic setting. While there are quiet, peaceful corners to be found for couples who want to relax, the main pool is often bumping with loud dance music and games during the day, and young couples enjoying the flowing drinks. The beachfront area is quiet, though the beach in front of the resort is short and surrounded by manmade jetties to protect it from the rough open seas. 

Of the 225 rooms at Sandals LaSource, 69 are suites that offer butler service, and all rooms have chic, modern style and nice bathrooms. There are three sections of the hotel – the Pink Gin Village, Italian Village, and South Seas Village. Each village contains a large block of rooms with a certain look (the Italian village rooms have more marble and European flair, for example). The Pink Gin Village is renovated from the original LaSource hotel, while the other two areas are new. 

Location

On the southern tip of the island of Grenada, right next to the airport

Map of Sandals LaSource Grenada

The 17-acre property occupies the southern tip of the Southwestern corner of the small, friendly island of Grenada. It sits on the end of a small, quiet stretch of sand called Pink Gin Beach – and since it’s at the very end of the island, this area is exposed to the open seas. The ocean here is often very rough and choppy, so swimming is restricted to roped-in areas right near the shore. It’s a very private, secluded property, with no other resorts or hotels close by.

Sandals LaSource is located directly next the airport, and it's only about a five-minute drive to the terminals; the occasional plane will be heard passing overhead. It’s a 25-minute drive up to coast to reach the town of St. George’s, Grenada’s capital, and a 10-minute drive to the popular two-mile-long Grand Anse beach.

Rooms

While all rooms have modern decor and sleek bathrooms, some have private pools and soaking tubs

The luxe South Seas Grande Rondoval Suite with private pool is housed in a circular cottage with thatched roof

There are 20 different room categories to choose from at this Sandals, split between the standard Luxury Level, Club Level, and Butler Level; each step adds a few amenities, such as room service (available for Club Level and above). Butler Level rooms include a personal butler and premium liquor brands.

Rooms have a chic, modern style with dark mahogany furnishings, and contemporary patterns and fabrics in dark blues, teals, neutral tones, and silvers. The overall look is very polished and upscale, yet less taste-specific than some other resorts (allowing for broader appeal). The stylish marble bathrooms have rainfall showerheads. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, mini-fridges stocked with juices and soft drinks (Club Sandals and above have alcohol, too), and coffee and tea facilities.

Many rooms, including the Pink Gin Beachfront Suites, have a private deck with a romantic outdoor soaking tub, and while decks can face directly out onto pathways or toward neighboring rooms, there are curtains for full privacy. The Skypool Penthouse Suites in the Italian Village have a spacious living/dining room, a butler pantry, and a large balcony with a striking private infinity plunge pool and an outdoor soaking tub. The excellent Rondoval Suites are a unique kind of circular cottage with a cone shaped, thatched roof. The Rondovals have excellent bathrooms with a large, round stone tub, and private patios with waterfall pools and whirlpool tubs. While the entire property is meant to be of five-star caliber, the higher-tier rooms do certainly enjoy some extra-indulgent features.

Features

Ten dining options including a fine steakhouse, a lovely spa, great fitness center, and many activities

Multiple dining options include Butch's Chophouse, Sandal's first steakhouse

There are 10 dining options in total at Sandals LaSource, including the casual English pub and a French bakery for snacks. Highlights include fine Italian, seafood on the beach, French cuisine, Caribbean-inspired dishes at Spices, and Sandals’ first steakhouse, Butch’s Chophouse. The staff is very accommodating to special diets; for example, every time you sit down to a meal, a server will ask if you have any food allergies prior to taking your order. There are five bars scattered across the property. Nightly entertainment ranges from karaoke, to live reggae music, to a staff talent show. Other events include cocktail parties, wine tastings, and a weekly chocolate buffet.

The very nice Red Lane spa features large couple’s treatment rooms with jetted tubs. Spa treatments are an extra fee, but the steam room and saunas are available for guests’ use. Activities include shuffleboard, tennis courts, yoga, and an excellent fitness center with new machines, classes and on-site trainers. A variety of water sports are available at the beach, such as kayaking, hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours. The on-site dive shop offers unlimited diving for certified scuba divers.

Other stops in the main courtyard include island tours, a photography studio, wedding planning, and a few small gift shops. There are also five conference room options of different sizes. Airport transfer is included for guests, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

Pools

Five pools and two hot tubs, including the lively main pool and the quieter beachfront pool

The South Seas Village pool is the main and largest pool on-site, and has a swim-up bar and volleyball area

The resort has five pools in total. The largest is the main pool in the South Seas Village, featuring a swim-up bar and an in-pool volleyball area. It's dotted with daybeds and flanked by Grecian-style columns, and there's a large hot tub perched on a terrace overlooking the main pool and bar. This pool is often the center of action, with loud dance music, games and activities – those looking for a party will find their way here most days.  Guests seeking a quieter atmosphere may head over to the pool at Pink Gin Village, a smaller, V-shaped pool that faces the beach. There is also a medium-sized whirlpool close by, and plenty of shaded lounge chairs.

There are two waterfall river pools, which are long, tiered pools that are meant to look like a flowing river. The one at the Italian Village has a number of swim-out rooms that face directly onto the pool. The last pool is a small, quiet pool at the end of South Seas Village, lined by swim-up rooms.

Beach

Beachfront area is small for the size of the resort, and swimming in designated areas only

The small beach area contains a roped-off area where guests can swim, as water tends to be rough and choppy

As the Sandals resort is located at the very southern tip of Grenada, it is exposed to currents from the open ocean, which makes for rough, choppy waters most days. The hotel has aimed to guard against that by creating a manmade jetty and piers to create a cove -- but the result is that there are just two roped-in areas where guests can swim. The beachfront lining this cove is wide but not very long, and the golden sand is often rocky. Compared to the overall size of the 17-acre resort, the designated beach area is quite small. There are a variety of day beds, lounge chairs, and hammocks filling up most of the sand, though umbrellas and shaded areas fill up quickly. Two nice piers with swinging chairs and a gazebo and the water sports area mark the end of Sandals' part of the beach.

Pink Gin Beach extends for a good length beyond the piers and water sports building, and guests can access it by walking -- however there are no lounge chairs and swimming is not allowed on that side of the beach, so a walking is about all you can do there.

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