Spice Island Beach Resort

Suite view: patio doors open on to the sand of the resort's private beach

Suite view: patio doors open on to the sand of the resort's private beach

This sprawling mix of beach-side suites and individual cottages a short hop from Grenada's capital, St George's, is the ideal base from which to experience the Grenada's sensational views.

Staying in a beach suite, with patio doors opening straight out onto the sand, was more than comfortable with two queen-size beds, two sofas, an armchair, a coffee table, flat screen TV, DVD player, coffee machine, mini-bar.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower and Villeroy and Boch fittings and Molton Brown spa treatments, replenished daily.

But for me, the absolute winner was the jacuzzi bath. After a long day relaxing in the sunshine, you'd be surprised how refreshing a few bubbles at sunset can be.

Owner Sir Royston Hopkin employs more than 200 staff, a considerable turn-out when you consider that there are only 64 rooms.

Rarely, if ever, do you hear a raised voice. Guests are mostly married couples in their 60s, with 60 per cent of visitors coming from Britain.

Younger honeymooners often choose to take advantage of the seclusion and privacy the resort offers.

Children are welcome, and a well-equipped crèche and playroom are available, but I suspect Spice Island is not the best resort for a young family.

The restaurant offers a range of dishes in a taster menu format, with up to seven courses a sitting. There's one vegetarian dish at every sitting but I found the grilled tofu and most of the other non-meat, non-seafood mains instantly forgettable. The seared tuna, however, was superb.

Occasionally, when entertain-ment is provided in the bar - the local steel band and their kettle drums were particularly good - the resort has an extra bit of zip to it. But often it is painfully quiet post-dinner. More than once we emerged from the restaurant to find the bar and lounge areas deserted as early as 10pm.

Guests obviously want to spend plenty of time in their lavish rooms.

Still, early to bed means early to rise and have plenty of opportunity to catch that sensational morning sunshine.

Rates: from $914 (£562), Tel: 001 473 444 4258

    Last updated: 11:10am, May 26 2011