The Grenadines is a Caribbean island chain belonging in part to Grenada and mostly to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.The tiny sizes of the invariably stunning islands foment an atmosphere of exclusivity, with super-luxury resorts, private beachfront villas and intimate boutique hotels the norm. There are however some more relatively affordable lodging options on a handful of the Grenadines, generally in the form of family-run inns and guest houses, as well as a few more modest hotels.
Within its three square miles, Canouan Island, which belongs to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers one luxury resort and a world-class 18-hole golf course. The 200-acre Carenage Bay Resort -- a member of the elite Leading Hotels of the World group -- boasts three beaches and a 12,900-square-foot freshwater pool along the beachfront which is the largest in the Caribbean. Resort guests enjoy poolside pampering with chilled towels and complimentary bottled water, as well as complimentary snorkel gear, hydro-bikes, pedal boats and wind surfing. Families are welcomed with child-friendly facilities including a separate children’s pool and a supervised kids’ club. The accommodations are all private villas with one, two or three bedrooms. Other facilities on-site include tennis courts, a fitness center and a luxury spa. There is a 17th-century English church in the heart of the resort property.
Bequia is the second largest island of the Grenadines at about 7 square miles. Its capital, Port Elizabeth, and numerous villages offer accommodations for tourists. The Bequia Tourism Association lists four hotels on its website: the Bequia Beach Hotel, a boutique hotel on Friendship Bay; the Frangipani Hotel, an inn converted from the traditional West Indian family home of a sea captain; Keegan’s Beach Resort, a family-run guest house with restaurant specializing in West Indian cuisine; and the Gingerbread Hotel at Admiralty Bay, which offers self-contained suites overlooking the bay and an on-site dive center.
A vacation destination beloved by royalty and rock stars, the island of Mustique exudes exclusivity. The Cotton House, one of the island's few hotels, sits between two beaches and offers spacious guest rooms in five restored Georgian houses, as well as cottages, a two-bedroom villa with a private pool and a five-room beach house. It was lauded as “the Caribbean's most exclusive hotel” by Frommers and is a New York Times Travel section “pick”. The Firefly Hotel is a revamped stone house with five oversized guest rooms and a lively bar and restaurant. Its rooms all face the ocean and feature antique four-poster beds. The largest room, the Royal Palm room, boasts a private plunge pool and an enormous stone-clad tub bathtub in the bathroom.
Notable hotels on the island of Carriacou, which is part of the nation of Grenada, include the Carriacou Grandview Hotel, Hotel Laurena and Sunset Beach Hotel. The 14-room Carriacou Grandview Hotel features views over the harbor and town of Hillsborough. Its facilities include a restaurant and piano bar and a fresh water swimming pool. All the rooms and apartment suites have a private balcony. The Hotel Laurena is a colonial-style mansion located in the heart of Hillsborough and just minutes from the airport. It is the largest hotel on the island with 50 rooms, including self-contained suites with kitchenettes and classic guest rooms. The hotel offers Internet access, a fitness center and the Ochra Restaurant and Bar where you can enjoy local specialties like callaloo soup. The seven-room Sunset Beach Hotel sits on the unspoiled beachfront of L’Esterre Bay. It has a restaurant and bar with a wide veranda and views to the neighboring Sandy Island.
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