If you desire to explore the north of Grenada... this is your place.
If you enjoy going to sleep to the sound of waves pounding at the beachfront, the wind blowing through the trees and birds singing to you... this is your place.
Location: so Petit Anse Hotel is the only hotel in the north of the island and most likely north of Grand Anse - there are some rentals along the way and around the island but this is the only full blown hotel/resort and yet it keeps an intimate character as there are very few rooms. The drive is about 1.5-2h at most - the road is decent, it narrows at points in the towns you cross so sometimes you need to stop and let the traffic through but otherwise it's a wide enough road to accommodate 2 big cars at the same time. The quality of the road around the island is also good, some occasional pud holes but nothing to lose a wheel on :) we rented a small car and it was perfectly fine for the entire trip, and was not an issue at all to get here either. Where the drive gets tricky is that Google maps shows "wrong" directions twice; first at Mt Nesbit - it shows to continue along the shore where the old main road used to be - it's a dirt road with lots of holes in it, you can pass through it but there is a normal cemented road that goes around that area (see markings on my pictures) - it's right beofre the biggest town in that area called Gouyave (where you will probably return due to some things to do here - see below), second "wrong" direction is to the actual Petit Anse Hotel from the main road - it's indeed shorter but it's a side road super narrow for just one car at the time and lots of ups and downs and not the best quality; you will recognize it by a wooden bridge (yes I was concerned to cross it at first) and it does have the hotel's name on the wall showing as the directions to it - see my map again on how to avoid it - the best route to the hotel is through town called Sauters - it's longer but normal road compared to this little side one - both will get you to the final destination - for every island exploration afterwards you will go through Sauters; we did arrive initially through that side road at night (haha was an experience I will tell you that) and left during the day time as we were comfortable enough by then to use it again - and yes the wooden bridge will handle the car :)
Room: we had the room Cocoa which is right below the restaurant, beachfront - the room is nice, big and spacious, it has A/C and a fan in in the ceiling - the bathroom is connected via door but it also has a separate entrance if you desire to access it directly from the outside - the bathroom has also a lot of windows that can be opened and this is the only thing you may dislike - to close them means the humidity kicks in and the smell is not most welcoming but alternatively if you open it there are living creatures coming it :) on our welcome day there was a huge bug and another time I took a shower with a little lizard - did not mind either yet my wife was not as comfortable about it :) this is a very green and lush area of the island so show some understanding - the property is new, I believe built in 2009 and trust me the nature and elements show no mercy! The views are pretty as you can see the Grenadines and sometimes even St. Vincent, each room has a nice patio with furniture on it and plenty of shade, the room includes the typical like safe etc. but you don't need to worry about it here - do take with you the power socket adapter as there are no USB outlets in the walls and all plugs are the type G. The room also includes a fridge but there are not too many stores nearby so do grab some water/beer etc. on the way from the airport so you can have something cool in the room as well - alternatively the restaurant/bar serves good stuff as well. Our room had a big heavy key :) looks like other rooms may have been updated or at least their doors looked different but in any event you may have a really big heavy iron key that you may need to carry with you - not a big inconvenience since you will either stay at the hotel or drive somewhere but it is HEAVY! :)
Hotel grounds/amenities; beautifully incorporated into the hill with all kinds of plants and trees all over the place - be aware of some coconuts :) we didn't see any fall during our time but I would not want to take my chances on the main pathway. Also, there are stairs all over the property since it's on a hill... may not be for everyone and also the pathway right below the swimming pool that leads you to the rooms and beach is slightly "tilted" and when it gets wet from either rain or sprinklers you want to be very careful - do ask for help with the luggage as it's not an easy walk, make sure to reward the person helping you out. There is a very nice swimming pool with some umbrellas for shade and the restaurant provides beautiful views - the best around the entire property. Plenty of parking on the property but be careful when you come back to the main street as the road narrows and it's hilly so pay attention if someone else is coming/leaving.
Beach & views; so coming to Petit Anse for a beach experience would not be the smartest idea since it's place at the very far north of the island = think pounded by the Atlantic waves but actually it's a swimmable beach here if you really want to take a dip in the ocean - the waves are bigger and you want to pay attention to them but the currents aren't actually pulling you back to the ocean allowing for a refreshing swim (alternatively you want to use the swimming pool), the beach is darker sand yet very soft - the thing the hotel could improve is actually to clean up the beach and organize a bit, there is a lot of random things on the beach and like I said no one comes here for the beach but this little improvement could be a cherry on the top of the Petit Anse Cake ;) the beach beds are also very dated and not in good condition, they are all covered in green sea weed etc. from underneath, did not bother me as we did not spend too much time on the beach but it may bother some people - again you will not spend time here really, most likely you will be in the area to explore the north and just sit and relax at your patio to listen to the ocean and enjoy the views rather than be worried about the sunbeds :)
Food & Restaurant options: the breakfast included is very tasty! I actually did not realize it was included until we arrived - it may appear simple but everything is freshly made and we enjoyed it a lot + pair it with the views of Grenadines and the soundtrack of the ocean and you have a perfect start to each day! Do make sure to ask a day in advance for the local breakfast - it's very good and it comes with Cocoa Tea (it's hot local chocolate in Grenada, despite the Tea in name has nothing to do with a tea) and you will get addicted :) We have not eaten any lunch at the property as we always explored the island during that time so for that I can tell you that you have some options in Sauters and of course at Belmont Estate (I am pretty sure you will visit either way), some in the Bathway beach or going back southwest to the towns of Victoria/Gouyave - depending how many nights you stay you may want to look up more spots or just eat on the spot; as to dinner we ate at Petit Anse twice and once at Armadillo next door (24h reservation in advance required, cash only, USD accepted) and we enjoyed our options - the menu changed daily for dinner and all dishes we had were very tasty - eating on the hotel is very convenient and well prices, they definitely do not overcharge like the typical hotels and that definitely makes it easier for people who may want to eat on a budget. Hotel bar also serves good drinks and of course Carib beer is always nice and cold :)
Attractions & things to do: it's the north so you definitely want to go to River Antoine Rum Distiller (about 25-30 minute drive), Belmont Estate (about 20-25 minute drive), Lavera Beach at night (about 25-30 minute drive - do ask hotel in advance to call SPECTO if they do the turtle watching that day - it goes from March to July as otherwise I would not go to Lavera that far and just try Bathway Beach), you can go back towards Gouyave and do the Nutmeg Processing Tour, chocolate plantations etc.) there is enough to keep you busy and break the day - I loved chilling in the morning to the nice breakfast, leaving for the lunch/excursion and then relaxing in the evening as well - see my other reviews if you are interested in the above - the drives are easy, we drove as a small car so no SUV required for anything, at times you will force it to the lower gear and that's about it
Overall: it's one of those locations that will capture your heart, it's an experience and a journey type of stays, especially if you will explore the north of the island and see how different it is from the "busier" southwest - it's colorful and Grenadian flags/colors are proudly displayed on trees/stones/rocks etc. it's really nice to experience this firsthand and yet have the convenience of Petit Anse Hotel as your home/base to return to - definitely would recommend the place to all who seek the Pure Grenada experience :)
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