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
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.
A sprawling, luxury all-inclusive with the romantic touches that are hallmarks of the Sandals brand
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.
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.
On the southern tip of the island of Grenada, right next to the airport
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.
While all rooms have modern decor and sleek bathrooms, some have private pools and soaking tubs
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.
Ten dining options including a fine steakhouse, a lovely spa, great fitness center, and many activities
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.
Five pools and two hot tubs, including the lively main pool and the quieter beachfront pool
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.
Beachfront area is small for the size of the resort, and swimming in designated areas only
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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