from Marlborough, United Kingdom
Submitted on 05-11-2016
After several traumatic months of cancer treatment, we were in desperate need of rest, relaxation, and healing. The beauty, peace, and luxury of Grand Isle worked its magic on us, and we left after 5 days feeling so much better. The 1-bedroom villa was beautiful, spacious, and well-equipped, with a nice view of the marina. The bed deserves special mention, simply the best I have ever experienced, it was like sleeping on an angel's wing. We liked to wash off the sand and salt in the big jacuz...
After several traumatic months of cancer treatment, we were in desperate need of rest, relaxation, and healing. The beauty, peace, and luxury of Grand Isle worked its magic on us, and we left after 5 days feeling so much better. The 1-bedroom villa was beautiful, spacious, and well-equipped, with a nice view of the marina. The bed deserves special mention, simply the best I have ever experienced, it was like sleeping on an angel's wing. We liked to wash off the sand and salt in the big jacuzzi bath. Everything was spotless, with excellent maid service every day - they even emptied the dishwasher! There was a washer/dryer in the unit, so we came home with all clean clothes! The weather was poor for the first few days, but we didn't mind, just enjoyed watching the storms over the ocean. When the weather cleared, we adored reading in the shady palapa hut over-looking the ocean, watching the hummingbirds and tiny doves, having a delicious banana milk shake, before swimming in the, clear blue sea. The sand is so soft, like talcum powder. After this, a dip in the pool, with a fresh coconut provided by Paul. All the staff were equally considerate, everyone from the guy who cleaned the toilets to the servers in the restaurant to the towel guys. They all wished us an enjoyable day, every day, like they meant it. We talked at length with many of them, they were so personable and interesting. I was keen to see hummingbirds, and they took a lot of trouble to point them out to me. There's only 1 small restaurant, but the resort was very quiet during our stay, so it was never crowded. The food was delicious, the portions generous, prices comparable to the US but with the automatic 15% tip and 7% VAT. After 5 days, the menu gets a little samey, but I had several favourites. The service wasn't always quick, but was always very friendly and professional. You can also have some dishes delivered to your villa if you feel like staying in.
I had a splendid manicure from Tamara in spa, who even touched it up for me before we flew home! The spa offers all the expected treatments in a lovely environment.
We had to see the swimming pigs, and went on the half-day tour with 4Cs. The resort arranged everything, and we had an absolutely wonderful time. I was totally surprised by how enchanting they were, and the iguanas. We loved the island-hopping and would do the tour again in a heartbeat. Definitely a highlight.
There are a few downsides, mostly to do with the resort's location.
As others have said, there is literally nothing within walking distance, no shop, no restaurant, no other beaches. A basic car is $100 per day, so we went out to explore, down to the lovely Tropic of Cancer beach. Georgetown, the capital, was disappointing compared to other Caribbean towns we have visited, so we only stopped to get groceries. This is your only option, if you want breakfast things or snacks for the room, unless you opt to pay the resort $60 to get in some basics before your arrival. The shop on site is tiny, with a poor selection of food and drink. This was our main gripe: someone should open a food shop within walking distance, or the resort should carry a bigger range of foodstuffs itself, for people who don't want the expense of a car every day. And it would be great to have other restaurants to choose from. When we had the car, we stopped at Santana's, which was recommended, and had a nice lunch. Why aren't there more places like that near the resort?
Another small gripe is the very sharp rocks close to the beach shoreline. When the surf was high, the water was too murky to see them, and we both fell painfully on them twice, cutting our hands and knees. These should be more carefully marked.
The bath towels could be bigger. I'm being really picky now.
There were few other people staying at the resort during our week, which made it feel like a private paradise. I wouldn't want to stay in high season, when it was crowded, because it wouldn't be so peaceful. The Sandals resort next door was also still closed because of hurricane damage, so the beach was also empty most of the time.
Our flight back to Nassau didn't leave until 7pm, and we were granted the room for the day at no extra charge, which was fantastic and generous, really made the departure easier.
Grand Isle isn't cheap, but worth every penny. Just what the doctor ordered.