Silversands Grenada has been on virtually every list of most anticipated luxury hotel openings over the past two years leading up to its delayed opening in December. However, the old saying about good things coming those who wait may be appropriate.
The Telegraph calls it “a luxurious hotel where everything has been designed in a strikingly minimalist style. It backs onto Grenada’s best beach (Great Anse), and has an impressively long swimming pool, an elaborate spa, soothing, high-tech bedrooms and vast, indulgent villas with private pools.” The San Francisco Examiner put Silversands on its bucket list of places to visit for 2019.
Michael Holtz, CEO of luxury travel agency SmartFlyer who just visited says, “Silversands Grenada is truly one of the most impressive openings I have seen in quite some time.The quality of build out is on par with the best New York City condos, coupled with great food, and a stylish staff that offers genuine Caribbean hospitality. I cannot wait to return.”
The resort is the vision of Egyptian telecom magnate and billionaire Naguib Sawiris (ranked #7 in Africa, #550 in the world by Forbes) who when he saw the property called it “love at first sight.” The Telegraph notes, “Eclectic, original pieces of art, bought specially for the hotel by Mr. Sawiris, inject individuality and colour: outside the lobby entrance stand two giant wicker statues, bowing slightly as if formally greeting guests, and upright canoes painted with images of exotically dressed women, fishermen and cartoon cats.”
Out of the gate, Silversands was accepted to The Leading Hotels of the World and also Virtuoso, a network of luxury travel agencies that has a preferred list of hotels. Built at a cost of $125 million, it is located on Grand Anse Beachwith over 700 feet of beachfront and a 330 feet long swimming pool. There is a full spa, beach club with resident DJ and two full service restaurants, Asiatique and the Grenadian Grill, the latter drawing on Grenada’s fresh seafood and its reputation as the spice of the Caribbean.
Paris based AW2 whose credits include Six Senses Con Dao and Alila Villas in Vietnam to the Patek Philippe Salon in London has brought a stunning modern aesthetic that alone will ensure Silversands makes numerous best lists. So far, the service reviews both from Holtz and other visitors are showing the resort has hit the ground running and doesn’t have any of those snafus that often plague hotels right after they opening.
Not surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of reviews yet – only 12 on Trip Adivsor – 11 excellent and one very good which equates to a five star rating. Guests recommend the third and fourth floors for better views.
Located in the southern tip of the Lesser Antilles Islands in the south-eastern Caribbean Sea, Grenada is a former British colony known for its spices. It is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago and southwest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The surrounding islands shelter it from high waves, strong currents and winds. You’ll find mountainous terrain, waterfalls, lakes, hot springs, rain forests and boasts over 45 beaches stretch its coastlines, so there is plenty to do outside the hotel.
Silversands offers 43 suites and nine villas dotted along Grand Anse Beach. Each are designed to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces to take advantage of the spectacular beachfront, gorgeous vistas, and good weather. Among the 39 open floor plan suites are three one-bedroom suites, a penthouse suite and nine villas, which feature private pools. Children must be 12 years or older to stay in the main building.
Insider Tip: While the second floor offers ocean view rooms with king beds, the top floor is ideal for its panoramic views. For best views, look into the Penthouse Level or Ocean View One Bedroom Suite. The Ocean View Suites sleep two and allow for one king bed. The One-Bedroom Suite is the only category that allows a rollaway. Although, the Penthouse Suite can connect to a second bedroom.
Beachfront Four-Bedroom Villa (5)
The Beachfront Four-Bedroom Villas are perfect for those who prefer direct access to the beach and extensive private outdoor dining and lounging space. These villas are 4,381sq. ft. with 2,300 sq. ft. of outdoor living, located directly on the beach. It is important to note that the beach is public so this villa it is not ideal for those seeking ultimate privacy. Dining for 10 is offered indoors and outdoors, with multiple lounging areas surrounding the 1,300 sq. ft. pool with panoramic ocean views. Each of the four master bedrooms has a king size bed.
The main living area is separate from the bedrooms which makes it perfect for a multi-generational family or group of couples traveling together that still want their privacy.
Each bedroom is set in the four corners of the villa and positioned to provide privacy as well as private indoor and outdoor spaces. The two master bedrooms in the front of the villa have an outside patio with views of the ocean and the villa’s private pool, while the two master bedrooms in the back have private patios with plunge pools and outdoor showers.
Hillside Ocean View Three-Bedroom Villa (4)
The Hillside Ocean View Three-Bedroom Villa is a good choice for those seeking privacy. There is 3,360 sq. ft. indoor space and nearly 2,000 sq. ft. of outdoor living. Each are three level units, with a master suite on each floor all with king beds, including rain showers and separate tubs.
The second level features the main living and dining areas with seating for eight and a dining table for ten. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a powder room. The outdoor patio offers a 656 sq. ft. swimming pool, several lounging areas and a dining table for 10 and views of the ocean and the hanging gardens that surround them.
Silversands Penthouse (1)
Located on the top floor of one of the hotel buildings, the 2,066 sq. ft. Silversands Penthouse has the best views of Grand Anse beach and all nature of Grenada. The living area and the bedroom area each have their own terrace. The suite features a living area and lounging area, dining area with seating for eight, powder room, outdoor terrace, deep soaking tub, separate rain shower, and smart entertainment system.
Ocean View One Bedroom Suite (3)
The Ocean View One-Bedroom Suites are also set on the third floor. Spanning across 1,310 sq. ft. each suite is designed with open spaces. There is a built-in cabinet that separates the living area from the bedroom area. The suite features a king bed, a living area, powder room, outdoor terrace with two chaise lounges and dining table for four, deep soaking tub, separate rain shower, and smart entertainment system. The suite has internal connecting doors to the suites at either side of it, allowing to be set up in two and three bedroom configurations.
Restaurant and Bars
Silversands Grenada is all-inclusive and the goal is to have a lively pool bar and lounge scene.
Infusing Asian cooking with Grenadian spices, Asiatique is a fine-dining restaurant that pays homage to modern Thai cuisine with dishes inspired by Bangkok and a Crudo Bar offering fresh caught fish from the island. Oenophiles will enjoy the 1,000-bottle wine cellar and craft cocktail menu. Open daily for dinner.
The Grenadian Grill serves Mediterranean cuisine combined with authentic Grenadian dishes. The menu varies from fresh caught seafood and prime cuts of meats. Seasonal dishes include tuna ceviche, lion fish tacos and nutmeg ice cream. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For sunsets, the beachfront deck comes alive with the local in-house DJ, Reno, hailing from St. Tropez who spins a mash-up style of old and new music plus there’s an array of live music.
Puro is the cigar and rum lounge with small batch vintages plus local favorites.
Fitness and Wellness
The Spa features two single and two double treatment rooms in addition to a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, hammam, hair salon and manicures and pedicures plus a fitness room with Technogym equipment. There’s both the 100 meter lap pool as well as a private pool for the spa.
Take an afternoon catamaran sail to explore the islands, excursions to the Spice Market or hiking through trails to discover waterfalls and end at BBC Beach. There is also tiny bar, La Playwood. Additional activities include the Belmont Estate Cocoa Tour, fishing, guided snorkeling tours, hiking in Grand Etang National Park, island spice tour, rum tasting, scuba diving, av isit to Annandale Waterfall, water sports and yoga.