by Julie Bielenberg
This is a truly stunning property that prides itself on eco-friendly features and practices. This is a family-owned resort located about 15 minutes from the international airport on the island, and 10 minutes from St. George’s area with restaurants, shopping and the harbor. The resort is located on a lush hillside atop
Grand Anse Beach, offering the best of both worlds-beach and green landscapes. There are 21 luxury villas and suites; each has a private veranda with incredible views.
Mount Cinnamon Resort activities and amenities located at the property include: Savvy’s Bar and Restaurant, The Beach Cabana (a private beach cabana with bar and restaurant), Dive Grenada Scuba Diving School, Cinnamon’s Spa, gym, pool, tennis court, private white sand beach, kayaks, paddleboards, sailing with Hobie Cats, masks, snorkels, beach volleyball court, daily yoga classes, Montessori Kids Club in season and bike rentals. Lawn games include croquet, shuffleboard, horseshoes and a giant garden chessboard and pieces. There is also an onsite babysitting service with registration in advance. Plus, families enjoy the pool and poolside bar for snacks and beverages.
In-room amenities include verandas and covered porches, air conditioning, fully-equipped modern kitchens, tea and coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, luxury toiletries, washing machine and dryer, robes, Bose stereo and Plasma TV, breakfast bar, outdoor dining, sofa bed, sitting room and nightly turndown service. Phew!
Our Editor Loves
- Proximity to Gran Anse Beach
- Onsite kids' club and babysitting
- Luxury products and amenities
- Children Programs
First the pros:
Great view, great hospitality from hotel staff
Now the cons:
Dining at the hotel is open air, which can be uncomfortable with that stifling humidity.
Huge construction project next door going on every day, weekends included. Noise from machinery can be heard even from the beach, and it's also a visual eyesore.
Speaking of the beach, it's about a quarter of a mile walk to get there from the hotel. That alone is a deal breaker.
General utilities on the island are super fragile, so any major storm can result in loss of running water, which happened to use for a day and a half.
Mosquitoes and insects that will bite you are a problem. My legs and arms got between 40 and 50 bites in six days. I didn't notice enough mosquitoes for them to have bitten me that much, but the hotel claims they had a pest control company inspect my room and they found nothing. They also claimed that two other guests stayed in my room after me and had no issues. Okay, then I guess I was bitten by the ghosts of bed bugs. They sure don't look like mosquito bites, and three weeks later, they're still visible.
Now onto Grenada itself. I would say that there is a reason you don't hear much about it. It's pretty much void of any unique attractions. Also, people in town are either ambivalent or downright rude to tourists. As for the tourists themselves, there weren't many at this time of year. The few I noticed tended to be from the UK or Australia, not North America.
I've been to many Caribbean islands, including Bahamas, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Aruba, French Martinique, Barbados, and Puerto Rico. Grenada doesn't compare to the rest and will not be visited ever again by me or anyone I know.
Just back from the MC (4 nights) as per other reviews Mark and his team are awesome, so I will focus on top tips. Our group (2 families of 3) had the huge hacienda suites, you could get lost in them. Beach and gardens lovely.
Lovely touches everywhere, hats, mosquito spray in rooms, full kitchens, nightly warm cookies, the most comfortable of beds.
The largest disappointment was the hotel being built next door, having spoken to mark a few months before and being assured no previous complaints we proceeded only to find loud building taking place every day, only til 12 at the weekends. But it totally disturbed breakfast and relaxing on the beach. Lorries passing and building noise. Had we known we would have looked at moving.
The hotel also hosted a wedding during our stay, they did a brilliant job, the event looked lovely our only criticism was that they shut the beach bar early to prepare so no sundowners. Given the main restaurant was also booked for the wedding it was a bit off that everything shut down for non wedding guests.
We ate at the fri beach event which was nice then reception organised dinners for us every night so do try and get out, walk along the beach for lunch too, it just adds variety (and avoids the building noise)
All in all a lovely 4 star traditional hotel such a shame about the noise so avoid for I would say 6 months and I would urge the hotel to be honest about it and pre warn guests and offer reduced rates.