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PURE LUXURY: Rachel Ritfeld and her daughter

WHETHER YOU are travelling as a couple, a family or globetrotting alone, there’s something tantalising for everyone on this magical island. Here are some of my favourite things about Grenada, the spice island...

1. The ‘spice island of the Caribbean’ is known for its exuberant rainforests, bright orchids, multi-coloured flowers and fragrant spices. It is no surprise that the Grenada exhibit entitled Historical Botanical Gardens – Pure Grenada won its 13th gold medal at the prestigious RHS Chelsea flower show.

2. Grand Anse beach is pristine and the most famous beach in Grenada. It is looked after with pride
and never gets too busy to enjoy the sounds of cascading waves or simply read a shade of the sea grape, almond and palm trees. Many of the best hotels on the island are dotted along this beach.

3. Indulge in the Grenadian culinary experience. I recommend Aquarium Restaurant at Magazine Beach on a Sunday for the BBQ with live music, and Fish Friday in Gouyave on a Friday night. For street food, head to Dodgy Dock in True Blue on a Wednesday evening.

MOTHER DAUGHTER TIME: Ritfeld and her daughter

4. If pure luxury is what you are after, look no further than the multi award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort, which has everything you could desire from a family holiday. If you want more secluded luxury, Petite Anse has a lovely boutique hotel with a private beach surround- ed by cocoa fields and farmland.

5. Belmont Estate is an authentic 17th century plantation that offers guests an opportunity to participate in and observe the workings of a fully functional historic plantation. It has a world-class restaurant, museum, fabulous tours, petting farm, craft markets, cocoa processing and much more for the entire family to enjoy.

6. The Grenada Chocolate Company is a pioneer in organic sustainable bean-to-bar chocolate production. A visit to the factory in the village of Hermitage, St Patrick will not only seduce you into stocking up on some of these award-winning chocolates, but will educate you in how they are made.

Grand Anise Beach

7. Underwater sculpture park! Need I say more? It is a unique cultural experience underwater that you won’t want to miss. I’m an experienced scuba diver and this is one of my favourite sites in the world.

8. For the more adventurous, I recommend a 45-minute hike through the rainforest of the Grand Etang National Park to get to the idyllic Seven Sisters Waterfalls. If you fancy an aerial view of the falls, why not try the brand new Grenada High Wire? It’s an unforgettable tree- top canopy zip-line experience.

9. Carriacou is small island in the Grenadines and an unforgettable day trip you can either reach by boat or a 15 minute plane journey. Go to Paradise Beach, and Curtis will serve you the best rum punch at the Off The Hook beach bar and restaurant.

10. The kindness of the people on this island is an selling point on its own. Rent a car! Drive around! Make yourself at home, and they will make you feel safe and welcome.

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