A Sanctuary for Yachties Coming Ashore in Grenada
All the stories I had read about Grenada “the Spice Island” couldn’t possibly be true. If it all stacked up, it would surely be among the most idyllic destinations in the Caribbean – and to my great pleasure and delight, the stories were all true. From the island’s old Caribbean authenticity and charm to the colours and friendliness of its people – Grenada was intoxicating!
An avid sailor based in the UK, I arrived in Grenada with my less-than-avid sailor boyfriend, for a 9-day bareboat charter in the Grenadines. We began our charter from Camper & Nicholsons’ Port Louis Marina, beautifully situated across from Grenada’s capital St. Georges and only a short drive from the airport. Port Louis Marina impresses to be sure.
Our cruising experience throughout the Grenadines was in a word, spectacular, and certainly among the finest experiences of my sailing life. But that story is for another time. No matter the fun and adventure sailing brings, there comes a point at which a little bit of luxury is a blessed thing. Fast-forward one week and this salty yachty was in some serious need of pampering!
The staff at Port Louis Marina knew precisely what we needed. A day at Laluna Resort was the suggestion, a boutique resort a short distance from the marina, which provides privileged access to Port Louis Marina’s guests. Merely a leisurely 10-minute tender ride away, Laluna is a perfect extension to the facilities and service offered at the marina. A perfect match for berth holders, captains and crew – it is a rare treat to have such an integrated service and access to these idyllic leisure facilities.
Laluna resort and spa is situated in an intimate cove with an immaculate beach, restaurant and pool, with 16 rustically romantic villas dotting the 10-acre hillside, set amongst organic gardens. It’s no wonder this sanctuary was named as one of the “100 Best Hotels in the World” by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.
After a day of relaxing on the beach and meandering from pool, to lounge chair, to restaurant, to beach, to bar – repeated several times – I was left in a trancelike state and the experience just couldn’t end. Without much arm-twisting on my idea to spend the night, my boyfriend hopped back in the tender for some evening clothes and a few essentials, and was back in a flash – while Laluna’s wonderful staff helped me select a villa for a one-night stay, so we could experience everything Laluna had to offer its guests, by night.
As the sun set, the bohemian style and understated luxury of the place comes to life. The Balinese touch, bathed in soft candlelight, is incredibly atmospheric and every detail is infused with owner, Bernardo Bertucci’s Italian roots – in great evidence when it comes to dining at Laluna. The resident chef, Daniele Gaetano prepares a wonderful mix of Mediterranean specialties with a Caribbean twist, with the very best of Italian ingredients. Served by what can only be described as “Laluna Angels” they appeared seemingly from nowhere, to anticipate our every need. The experience was impeccable.
Beyond the dreamy surroundings, facilities and services at Laluna, the eclectic mix of its guests added to the casual atmosphere. With only 16 villas in a secluded setting, you are in close proximity. Posh ladies and gents blended effortlessly with guests in flip-flops and t-shirts like one happy family.
All in all, our Grenada experience was pure Caribbean bliss, topped off by a wonderful stay at Laluna Resort, which I highly recommend to any yacht owners, captains and crew visiting Camper & Nicholsons’ Port Louis Marina.
Berth holders at Port Louis Marina receive privileged access and a 15% discount at Laluna, including day-passes to use the beach, pool, restaurant, spa, and villa accommodation.
Enquire at the Port Louis Marina Capitainerie for further information.
To book your berth at Port Louis Marina please complete a Berth Booking Form.