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Aerial view of St. Kitts

Sugar, spice and everything nice in the Caribbean

When reviewing island getaways, it is simply impossible to ignore the Caribbean and its distinguished islands, highly-acclaimed for giving vacationers memories that last a lifetime.

Silversands Grenada

No hurricane can keep tourism away from the Caribbean’s seductive siren

Underwater sculptures in Grenada

When reviewing island getaways, it is simply impossible to ignore the Caribbean and its distinguished islands, highly-acclaimed for giving vacationers memories that last a lifetime.

Grenada, a nation in the southeast of the Caribbean dubbed the Spice Island, left such a strong impression on Egyptian billionaire and media mogul Naguib Sawiris that he built a hotel resort along the three-kilometre-long Grand Anse Beach in St George, often praised as one of the finest beaches in the world due to its calm sapphire blue waters and white sand. In March 2018, Sawiris’ pet project Silversands Grenada will open its opulent doors to the public. In its soft opening until June, two main buildings will house 39 open-plan suites, three one-bedroom suites, and a large penthouse. Five beachfront villas and four hillside villas will also be available for guests. The longest infinity pool in the Caribbean at 100-metres will also be found in Silversands Grenada which will span the distance from the heart of the resort all the way to its white sands. Two restaurants – a beach club and a Thai dining concept – will also open alongside a Silversands Spa. Grenada’s diving spots are worth a mention. Don’t miss the underwater gallery of sculptures, a group of artificial reefs at the Molinière-Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, or the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, a 30-minute hike that yields a view and experience that enchants the most discerning travellers.

Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill
Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill

To the north of Grenada is a small island called Nevis, the smaller half of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, but is nevertheless marvellous. What separates Nevis and Saint Kitts is a shallow, three-kilometre channel, The Narrows, which is also a focal point of the annual Nevis to Saint Kitts Cross Channel Swim. Now on its 17th year, the Swim on 25 March is expected to gather thousands of participants from different age groups and levels of expertise. Aside from its competitive nature, the Cross Channel Swim also allows for some unique sightseeing in the Narrows where many shipwrecks can be found. Apart from its charming beaches, Nevis is also known for its colourful history, once being a frequent stop for ships from Europe to North America during the colonial era and a haven for pirates during the 17th century. Forts and barracks still stand in near-perfect condition.

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© This article was first published in Feb-Mar 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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