Grenada Garden Holiday

Grenada Garden Holiday

Grenada Garden Holiday – join us

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore nature in the north and south of Grenada
  • Hear the owners’ passion for flowers as you tour private gardens with them
  • Meet members of Grenada’s team for the RHS Flower Show (11 gold medals in 16 years)
  • Learn of the many uses of the island’s spices and plants for bush medicine
  • Tour a cocoa plantation and sample Grenada’s rich dark chocolate
  • Take a walking tour of St. George’s and feel the island’s history come to life.

Day 1 Flights from London to Grenada

Depart London Gatwick for Grenada. On arrival in Grenada, you are met by the Essence of the Caribbean rep and transfered to Petite Anse – an 11-room family run small hotel in the north of the island (transfers 1.5 hours). Enjoy an evening at leisure with a sundowner on the deck listening to the ocean’s waves

Day 2 Cocoa Farm

Wake up in the beautiful surroundings of Grenada with views of the ocean. Breakfast and the morning is at your leisure.

You depart the hotel in the late morning to explore and lunch at Belmont Estate which produces and purchases organically grown cocoa.   After lunch there is time to walk around the estate and its museum and learn about the organically produced cocoa beans that are used in the production of Grenada’s rich dark chocolate, a product of the nearby Grenada Chocolate Factory.

Leaving Belmont the group will head to River Antoine Water Powered Rum Distillery, which is over 200 years old and see how white rum is produced in the traditional method. Dinner at leisure

Day 3 – Exploring the North

Breakfast is at your leisure

Leaving the hotel, you head into Grenada’s lush mountainous region to visit Balthazar Estate, which has diversified, moving from traditional crops like sugar-cane, cocoa, nutmeg and bananas to the commercial production of cut flowers. Guests will see giant heliconias, musas and gingers and many more tropical plants. Balthazar is probably the largest and only real commercial grower on the island.  The owner will explain about his development of ‘Nutmeg’ spray, and the introduction of nutmeg to the island in 1843.

You then continue on to 1900ft above sea level to the Grand Etang Rainforest. There is a stop for refreshments at the Nature Centre Kiosks where you may be lucky to see the Mona Monkey by the volcanic crater lake. These monkeys came over from Africa during the slave trade. Over 300 acres of the rainforest is protected and managed by the National Parks and Forestry Departments.

Continuing on into Grenada’s lush interior you will visit a commercial Nursery, noted for its unusual variety of landscape plants. The owner, is one of the ‘Grenada at RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ team members; he is relied upon for the correct labelling of flowers and foliage in the exhibits. St Rose provides most of the foliage used in Grenada’s Chelsea display (11 gold medals won in 16 years).

The next stop is Annandale Falls where there’s time for an optional refreshing swim before you return to Petit Anse for your final night in the North.

Day 4 – Chocolate and Nutmeg on the way to the South

The morning and lunch is at your leisure.

You then set off for St. George’s in the south of the island, stopping off to visit Diamond Chocolate Factory. There’s time to visit the Nutmeg Processing Plant in the fishing village of Gouyave before you drive into St George’s and check into your hotel.

The evening is at your leisure.

Day 5 – Visits to Gardens

Breakfast is at your leisure.

Then, you begin the day’s garden visits in the company of the owner, whose enthusiasm & love for her plants is truly infectious. This garden is steep but adequately landscaped with good paths and steps with hand rails.

Then you head to Laura Herb and Spice Garden and then to De LaGrenade Industries to sample the award winning Nutmeg jams, Jellies. Your return to the hotel and lunch is at your leisure.

In the late afternoon, you will visit Hyde Park Garden, which was laid out by landscape gardener Chris Baksh to optimize the wonderful views. The owner shares her passion with you with you while you enjoy the warm hospitality and panoramic views of St George’s and the south of the island as the sun sets.

Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 6 – Gardens and Historic St. George’s

You will depart early for Smithy’s Garden, which is just a mile from historic fort Frederick (1779-1791). This gently sloping garden is noted for its wild feel. The owners are keen flower arrangers and, following a tour of the garden, will join you for a relaxed Caribbean breakfast on the veranda.

You then head to the island’s capital centre for a tour of historic St. George’s and the area surrounding the picturesque capital of Grenada and its harbour. The tour will include guided walking and bus sightseeing, visits to key historic sites such as Fort George (built in 1706) and the bustling local market (1791) with its large variety of tropical produce; fruit, spices and vegetables. The tour at the Grenada National Museum (this building was used as a prison from 1763-1904), and you will have a bit of free time to further explore St George’s, perhaps indulge in some shopping (including beautiful wearable batik art and local souvenirs) or enjoy leisurely refreshments on the waterfront.

You return to the hotel for lunch at your leisure.

Mid-afternoon, you visit Sunnyside Garden a breathtakingly beautiful 5-acre garden, with coy ponds, an orchard and an excellent variety of palms, orchids, hibiscus, and bromeliads, many of which feature in Grenada’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show displays.

The evening is at your leisure.

Day 7 – Day at leisure or Explore more of Grenada with optional tours

Suggestions (at additional cost): A catamaran cruise sailing along Grenada’s coast, a day-trip to sister island Carriacou or a visit to Eden Apiaries which won the prestigious Medal of Ukraine in 2015 for the best honey in the world.

Farewell group dinner at one of Grenada’s best restaurants.

Day 8 – Flights from Grenada to London

Day at your leisure

Mid-afternoon airport transfer for your return flight to London Gatwick from Grenada.

What's Included
  • Return economy flights London to Grenada
  • Airport transfers and all tour transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Entrance and tours of all gardens as detailed on itinerary
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner as detailed in the itinerary
  • Minimum of 6 for the above group itinerary
Optional Extras

Additional Grenada experiences can be added to your itinerary, including a day trip to Carriacou, an evening of turtle-watching or Fish Friday in the community of Gouyave.

We would be happy to tailor make your Caribbean holiday to suit your interests.

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