Siesta Hotel Reception Area
Nov15

I have stayed at the Siesta on two different occasions with my church mission team. On both stays, we had over 15 people. The accommodations are wonderful, spacious, and affordable for such a large group. The apartment rooms are great to prepare your own meals and have group meetings. The location is perfect with a short walk to the beach, dining, and shopping. The hotel staff is friendly and helpful. They even arranged for a taxi to pick us up to take us to the downtown market area. Overall everyone in my group was very satisfied with the rooms, price, and service. We will definitely stay at the Siesta again.

Lois Houk

Saltfish and bakes - delicious Grenadian breakfast and street food from Grill Master in Wall Street, Grand Anse.
Nov13

Where can you find great food in Grand Anse? You want low cost, lovely cuisine? You want street food and cheap eats, but you don’t want to go far!
Grenada has the best spices in the world. It also has fertile volcanic soil, and the tastiest tropical vegetables. Street food in Grenada is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll find it all around the island. Grenadian food is going to be a highlight of your holiday. Where can you get it, at a reasonable price, near the Siesta Hotel? Step out of the hotel, turn right and walk with me a short way. We’ll visit some places around Grand Anse. Watch this video below to find out!

The Siesta Hotel is a short walk from the beach, and a stone’s throw from some really neat little places to “eat cheap”. As It’s the Caribbean we are talking about roast corn, callaloo soup, oil down and curried goat. Here’s your chance to really try Grenadian cuisine. Just look below at these photographs:-

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Grill Master: Wall Street’s eclectic Grenadian restaurant

I love a relaxing and calm Sunday Lunch. Last August we spent a happy couple of hours at the excellent Grill Master Restaurant in Wall Street, Grand Anse. We tried the wonderful turkey and corn soup, and it was a real treat! Grill Master is right by the Grand Anse roundabout. It is a superb place to try out a wide range of Grenada’s culinary wonders! Sit back and watch the Grand Anse world drift by. They have a take-away counter, and a restaurant with waiter service. It is open for breakfast, lunch and evening dinner.
Eating at Grill Master is an excellent way to try out a large range of Grenada’s fabulous food. They also serve an wide array of more international dishes. Thus you can order great pizzas and wraps. An early morning treat is their wonderful breakfast choice – take out or eat-in. Here are a few examples:-

  • local saltfish with bakes (shown in the top photograph).
  • they have delicious breakfast sandwiches – with egg,  bacon, ham and cheese
  • Try a Grenadian breakfast with smoked herring, salted fish, bakes, salad, sausage and fried eggs.

Don’t forget to add some Grenadian hot pepper sauce to spice it up! At 10am they serve their delicious rotis. I would choose boneless chicken roti or fish roti. From about 11am they serve a traditional Grenadian lunch menu. Here are some of my favourites:-

– ginger and pumpkin soup.
– gorgeous stewed of baked chicken.
– grilled swordfish or curried mutton with stewed callaloo.

In the evening they have a fabulous dinner menu. You could get jerk chicken, barbecued pork ribs or lobster tail. Lobster can also be eaten as a wrap, in a sub or salad. Dining at Grill Master is a fabulous way to try out a variety of Grenadian dishes at a really modest cost. To me they have a truly tremendous choice of Caribbean delights. I simply love to eat my way through their various offerings!

The Street-Food of Wall Street!

In Grenada street food is a spice-infused delight. This is a focal point of Grenadian life, in little villages and bigger towns, all over the island. However, the stalls really come alive on Friday and Saturday nights. A party atmosphere prevails as crowds gather round food stalls. There is much chatting, eating, and listening to great Soca.  The Wall Street area of Grand Anse is where the action happens locally to the Siesta Hotel. In Grand Anse there is food available all week too! The area just North of the Morne Rouge Road is home to sellers of roast corn, sugar cane, rotis and soups. At various times you’ll find mannish waters (goat soup), callaloo soup, or curried goat. Try roast corn for a lovely snack. Watch as the vendor roasts it on his little iron coal pot. Sample that fabulous flavour of Grenadian corn. Other delights are:-

  • lambi waters (conch soup) and lambi souse.
  • Grenadian shepherd’s pie.
  • The local black pudding
  • Wonderful barbecued chicken.

To sample this is to indulge in a pivotal part of Grenadian life. The food is wonderful, it’s cheap, and it’s a lot of fun. Return here over the next few weeks and we’ll visit other superb places. Some are near the magical Grand Anse Beach. Others are near the Grand Anse Road. I feel hungry already!

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Grand Etang Lake
Nov11

I stayed at the Siesta Hotel for one night between sailboat trips. I really only needed a bed, but the only thing available was a one-bedroom apartment (it’s a popular place!). The apartment was clean and spacious. I didn’t need the full kitchen, but if I had needed it it would have done very nicely — full-size appliances and very well stocked for utensils. The king-size bed was very comfortable and the air conditioner worked well. The grounds of the hotel are very well kept. There is a relatively large outdoor pool that looked inviting, although I didn’t have time to take a dip. The location is perfect. Both Grand Anse Beach and the Spice Island Shopping Mall (including a large US-style grocery store) are just steps away. A real bonus is that the on-site restaurant serves one of the best breakfasts in Grenada. Oh, and the price was right too. I’ll be staying at the Siesta Hotel the next time I need a bed in Grenada.

Alan Ross

Hotel Room
Oct24

This has been my second stay at the Siesta and I will gladly return. The manager cares about his guests and replies immediately to all inquiries. The hotel has a perfect location and is within walking distance to shopping centers, restaurants, the bus stop, and nearby beaches. The hotel is safe and suitable for short and long-term stays. I had a spacious room with comfortable bed, kitchenette, air conditioning, and sea view.
I would like to thank the entire team and hope to return again soon.

Karola

Hiking in Grenada at the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, set in the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve.
Oct21

Grenada’s Waterfalls will charm, encaptivate and amaze you. It’s your holiday and you need a rest, and a break from your everyday life. What would you do here in Grand Anse, Grenada? You’ll spend time on the beach, of course, and in the pretty capital of St George’s. For many people, however, one of the biggest attractions of Grenada are it’s fabulous waterfalls. Visit the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and you will see this beauty – look at this video of them:-

Grenada is a land of glorious waterfalls. It is no surprise, with the rainforest at it’s very centre, that rivers run in every direction. The middle of the island is extremely mountainous. Thus the rivers fall precipitously towards the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Caribbean Sea on the other side. Take a hike by any of Grenada’s rivers and you will experience this heady mix of beauty, majesty and excitement.

If you drive up from the Siesta Hotel it will take you 45 minutes to reach the trail to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. It’s a great drive as well. You pass through St George’s and then onto the excellent Grand Etang Road. I adore this road! It twists and winds past fascinating Grenadian villages. People, dogs and goats amble across the road in front of you. You steer past precipitous inclines with vast and stunning views of the country below. Finally you snake through the wonderful rainforest of the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve. What could be a better or more fabulous drive?

The Seven Sisters Trail

The trail itself is a lovely hike through the agricultural heartland of Grenada. You pass “market garden” type fields at the top, full of callaloo, mint, corn and nutmeg. On the way you pass cows and sheep, before you plunge into the fragrant warmth of the rainforest. Hike down past wonderful fungus and wildflowers, you then come to the rushing river. On the way I found an amazing fungus – a Tropical Stinkhorn (Phallus indusiatus), also known as bamboo fungus. The air rings to the sounds of cicadas, humming birds and tree-frogs. You ford a fast-flowing stream, and take a short walk up a hill. Then there you are – the first two of the seven sisters!

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The Waterfalls

The majestic roar of the waters dominates the atmosphere. It is, of course, an absolutely beautiful sight. It plunges down in the middle of the intense green of the rainforest. There are further wonderful waterfalls, but you will have to wait for our next visit to explore them. You should not go home without a hike to the first falls, however. In the early-morning rainforest air I sat entranced at this gorgeous sight! I simply did not want to leave.

Eventually, however, I turned away and headed back up the trail for a cooling drink at the little bar where you purchase your tickets to the falls. On my way up I happened across this wonderful sight: An early-morning millipede (Grenadians call these congarees) was out for his last stab at night-time foraging! He pointed the way to the refreshments at the end of my hike. What a tremendous world of natural wonder we inhabit!

I went to the falls on my own. If you would prefer, however, you can arrange for a guide to accompany you. You can secure this at the bar + ticket counter at the head of the trail. This is the little bar-building at the end of my millipede video. So you need to watch to the end to identify it!

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