Some travelers dream about relaxing by the beach; there are those that want to get out and see the sights; others prefer to focus on getting a true taste of island life through the sampling of local cuisine. With our locally grown produce, fresh-caught seafood, and having attracted fantastic chefs from across the globe, Grenada is a treasure trove for the culinarily inclined.
A fun way to sample the best that the gardens of the island have to offer is to head to the open-air spice market in downtown St. George’s. With multiple stalls operated by individual vendors, guests will find locally grown spices, fruits, vegetables, and handmade crafts. Whether your tastes tend toward the traditional tropical favorites, including mango and papaya, or to the more exotic, unexpected fruit, such as sapodilla and sugar apple, it can be found at Market Square. The beauty of produce in Grenada is that it is grown in-season and is unmodified; because of this, some items are not always available. Also, don’t be surprised if you have a hard time distinguishing between an orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit—they’ll all be green.
Insider tip: Bring local fruit back to your room and make an elegant snack of it by ordering a cheese plate and bottle of wine from room service.
Pairing the freshest catch-of-the-day with local flair, Gouyave’s Fish Friday pleases all of the senses. Halfway up the coast of the island, the fishing village holds a weekly fish fest, complete with vendors selling specialty dishes, stalls with local handicrafts, steel drummers and musicians adding to the ambiance, and stunning sea views. Serving everything from fish and bake to macaroni pie, visitors can sample a true taste of Grenada.
Insider tip: A visit to Fish Friday is extra special from September to April, which is when the Caribbean Spiny Lobster is in season. Taste the lobster kabobs, grilled lobster, and lobster and bakes.
The Spice Basket
Pairing local cuisine, culture, and entertainment, Dinner Theater at the Spice Basket offers visitors a chance to explore the rich heritage of the island. The dinner theater experience includes a local cuisine buffet, drinks, rum, and chocolate tasting, and a cultural display including dancing, music, and drama. In addition to the Dinner Theater the Spice Basket features museums, a gift shop, a post office, a pavilion and decking, and a bar.
Insider tip: Make a day of it and head to the Spice Basket early to check out the two museums of the facility: the West Indies Cricket Heritage Center (the only museum dedicated to West Indies Cricket), and Legacy Valley, which focuses on the history of Grenada.
A Rum Distillery
With three major rum distilleries on the island (Clarke’s Court, River Antoine, and Westerhall), a rum distillery tour—complete with tastings, of course—is a spirited way to spend an afternoon. A visit to a distillery often includes tours of the factory, explanations of the equipment and its uses, information on the process of rum making, tastings, and shopping opportunities.
Insider tip: Rum distilleries are often found near a water source; be sure to check out the fantastic views as you enjoy your tours.
Dinner at Laluna
Our Calabrian chef artfully crafts dishes pairing the flavors of his Italian upbringing with the best local ingredients the island has to offer. From locally made goat cheese from the Grenada Goat Dairy, to fresh-caught fish from the Caribbean Sea, to Grenada-grown fruit, to on-property grown organic herbs and vegetables, Chef sources fresh ingredients from only the best local sources, and supplements them with high quality imports from Italy. This delicious fusion can be found in guest-favorites including Pappardelle Laluna, which features a nutmeg cream sauce, and Seafood Linguine, to name a few.
Insider tip: Add to the local flavor by ordering a tropical cocktail from the bar, or explore our extensive wine list, which includes Callabrian varieties.
Laluna offers a number of excursions that will help you taste the island, and the Concierge will be happy to help customize an outing and arrange transportation for you.