by Chelle Koster Walton
Luxurious and expansive, the designer villas range from one to four bedrooms with gourmet kitchens and Tommy Bahama furnishings. They overlook the gardens or the shoreline, which starts out rocky at one end, then segues into a gorgeous 1-mile stretch of sand along Emerald Bay. The resort shares the beach with Sandals, but has its own corner of space that feels quite sequestered. Security guards and gates further the feeling of safety.
Guests have free use of kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. Hummingbird Hut handles the watersports and organizes free family pool games such as scavenger hunts at busy times. Golf carts are available to navigate from accommodations to the hub, where The Palapa Bar & Grill serves all meals overlooking an infinity-edged pool. A nearby smaller thatched palapa holds tables for playing foosball, chess, and backgammon. Most of the units are also stocked with games, plus a DVD player and movies.
Our Editor Loves
- Coved sand beach
- Spacious accommodations
- Free use of water sports equipment
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
The resort is nice and there is a great sense of security. However, the food is priced pretty high... Even in comparison with other places on the island. We received a schedule of events on a Friday, which listed the activities taking place from that Friday through next week. Well, that night was supposed to be karaoke night. We all got ready, had dinner by the pool, and waited for karaoke. We waited and waited - as did numerous other people. Turns out, it was canceled. The weather was beautiful so there really wasn't a good reason. The next day, we took a full-day excursion and rushed back to shower and get ready for the seafood buffet. We went to the restaurant and were told it was canceled. Again, other people in line for the restaurant were also unaware of the cancelation. There was no reason given. We asked the office for a comment card and we were given a blank sheet of printer paper (I thought that was comical because we are certain that such an upscale resort would not use plain paper for comments). We asked if the kids movie was going to be canceled for the next day and they were not sure. Fortunately, it was not, although we had several different answers when we asked at what time the movie would be showing.
The food, although way overpriced, was good. The villas are nice, and the resort is well maintained and clean. The resort is far from town. Fortunately, we rented a car. I would highly recommend staying closer to Georgetown.
My two sisters and I had a "sister's week" vacation in one of the three bedroom villas at Grand Isle this week. I don't remember when we have had such a great time.
The villa is spacious and comes with comfy pillows on the beds, a great kitchen, and balconies. We did not get the golf cart because the walk to the pool, beach and restaurants is not far. There are two pools, both very nice. One is right beside Palapas restaurant, and the other is an adults only pool by the 23 North restaurant. The adult pool is awesome! As for the beach, it is clean, powdery white, and with the most gorgeous water you have ever seen. Snorkels and kayaks are available for free, and we snorkeled for hours.
The restaurants are also great, and the food is delicious. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner on different days at Palapas. The only complaint I have is that for some reason, the lunch was extremely slow service, every time! The 23 North restaurant is perfection. You really need to make a reservation for dinner, but the service is top notch, especially thanks to Shaval Parker, who made us feel special. He went above and beyond every time we visited for lunch or dinner. We will be back, hopefully every year!