The word “Caribbean” evokes an idealized travel poster, complete with palm-shaded beaches and aquamarine seas dotted with gleaming-white yachts. Unfortunately, much of the Caribbean is still recovering from the devastating hurricanes of 2017: Irma and Maria. Many of our recommended resorts have since reopened. But others, such as the Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Eden Rock on St. Barths, are still undergoing repairs. And a few, like Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands, may sadly never be rebuilt.
Some places in the Caribbean escaped the hurricanes unscathed, however. Grenada, in the far south of the region, sees fewer catastrophic storms. Lately, the island nation has become a focus of resort development, and not just because of its privileged location.
Grenada has the requisite palm-fringed beaches, as well as a dramatic interior of emerald mountains laced with hiking trails and waterfalls. Its colorful capital, St. George’s, has a picturesque location straddling a ridge, sloping down to a natural harbor. Small manufacturers make fine artisanal chocolate, rum and nutmeg-based products — Grenada calls itself the “Spice Island” — often on former plantations dating back a century or three. And enigmatic petroglyphs decorating boulders and rock faces around the island remain as a testament to Grenada’s deeper history. Perhaps most important, Grenada’s inhabitants welcome visitors with warmth, and the island feels safe.