More about The Flamboyant Hotel & Villas
We have a couple of different...
We have a couple of different good hotels & resorts on th island, but my recommendation are:
Grand View Inn , if you look for affordable clean apts.
Coyaba Beach Hotel, if you look for a small hotel on the beach
Flamboyant Hotel; has one of the best views.
Grand View Inn:US$ 50.00 - 90.00
Flamboyant:US$ 90.00 - 150.00
Coyaba:US$ 90.00 - 190.00 Grand View Inn: friendly and helpful owners, plus one of the best views on the island
Flamboyant: Also great view and great service
Coyaba: tropical atmosphere with friendly staff
See you next year!!!
This year my wife and I decided to take the plunge and spend an entire two weeks away from the kids as opposed to the customary 7 day trip. Grenada was next on our roster and after our experience we have decided to throw the roster away because we have found our sanctuary. This island is the true meaning of paradise and boasts the friendliest people we have ever met. We chose the Flamboyant Hotel, thanks to recommendations from this and other websites and were extremely impressed with the level of service, great selection of food and killer rum cocktails. It’s a pretty neat hotel with a view that I don’t think can be matched. My wife LOVED the swimming pool, set right above the beach but my favorite extra was the gym, not that I got to use it that much.
Our tour guide, Greg was excellent and took us off the beaten, “tourist” track to places like Mt. Rose and La Sagesse. We also rented a jeep for three days and after the initial culture shock of driving on the left side of the road, we got around fairly easily. This is when we saw the true kindness of the people, there aren’t many signs but anytime we stopped to ask directions locals were more than welcome to help us out. One lady even asked us to give her little boy a ride as it was on our way to the nutmeg processing plant that we couldn’t find.
All in all we had a great time and have already made arrangements with the manager of Flamboyant, Mr. Lambert, for our return trip next year. We are extremely grateful to him and his staff, Greg our tour guide, and the lovely people of Grenada. We will definitely see you next year!!!!
Spice up your life in the Spice Isle
The Flamboyant hotel was great! All the staff were incredibly attentive, hardworking and at times funny (try a peanut colada!). Whoever reviewed the food as bad are just plain wrong! The food was different every night and it was always swapping between a la carte and buffet. They employ the most marvellous 'egg lady' who should win an award for her omlettes, fried eggs, scrambled eggs......The room always had clean sheets and towls every day and the drinks provided in the fridge were inexpensive. They even provide a cheap laundry service. The stairs were quiet high, but then we were the furthest appartment up. But after you've eaten all that food you get to burn some of it off walking up the steps. The beach sellers were friendly and not-pushy and selling really nice stuff. There is no social security there so help them out! Look out for Joyce, you'll see her coming;) and David, two of our favourites. Defo go on the trip to sandy island, the food provided was exceptional and the beach was completely deserted. Also make sure you try the rubber rings down the rapids, homegrown fun. There is not a lot to do in the evening, but this is across the island, not just the hotel. Musicians came to the hotel on several evenings and the steel drum band was especially brill. You are allowed a free taster dive at the dive centre, and its worth at least having a go-especially just to gawp at Gary, a rather yummy Grenadan instructor!
We had a seriously good time on a seriously easy going island. No probs except the mozzie's so take really good repellent and invest in the natural one they sell in the shops in Grenada. You'll smell vile but they won't even go close.
Myself my wife and 3 year old twins had one of the best holidays ever, and met some very friendly people who made our holiday aswell! (staff and guests!)
nice and clean
friendly staff (special thanks to Tamara and Pauline!)
large rooms (we had 1 bedroom deluxe well worth the extra!)
good food(we found something everyday except 1day)
unbeatable view from our room
good gym(wife liked it!)
well positioned on the edge of grand anse beach
a few steps!! but managable
we really enjoyed our holiday and intend to go back next year and the kids can't wait for a whole beach to themselves again!
Stayed at Flamboyant for a week in August. It's a nice and clean place with very helpful and friendly staff. Its restaurant's buffet menu was a little weak comparing to resorts in Jamaica or DR, but breakfast was fine by me and for dinner we tried a different restaurant every night. I would strongly recommend places like La Boulangerie (pizza, pasta), The Nutmeg (chef's salad!), True Blue Bay Restaurant (catch of the day), Carib Sushi (anything spicy). It is very safe to travel around Grenada either by taxi, a minivan or by foot.
The Grand Anse Beach is very pretty and at least during August was quite empty which I liked a lot. A few locals would come by and offer to buy souvenirs and stuff or just talk to you throughout the day. Very friendly and NOT annoying.
Diving was great though visibility is better during winter months. Nevertheless, diving into shipwrecks was unforgettable. "Dive Grenada" is located right on the beach and its owners, Phil and Mick as well as their help, Gary, Helen and The Captain were extremely fiendly and helpful.
Anyway, plz don't expect a luxury stay but a definetely pleasant and quiet vocation. Explore beautiful Grenada!!!
Here's a very useful link:
P.S. there are NOT that many steps to the beach :)
Great Value with Wonderful Views on a Friendly Island
I visited this hotel for 14 nights at the end of October / beginning of November 2006, on an all-inclusive basis with my wife and 12 year old son and 8 year old daughter. We booked a one bedroom deluxe suite, but were actually given two interconnecting rooms, each with a king size bed, which gave us plenty of room. We were on the top floor of the Macarena block, which is one of the closest to the steps leading down to the beach, but with a wonderful view. Although some people have complained about the hill side location, I am sure that if the hotel was on level ground further along the beach the price would rocket. Besides, the location gives the hotel some of the best views on the island. We found the hotel staff really friendly and helpful. The food was very good, especially the Rotis at lunchtime. My son, usually a fussy eater, managed to sample (and enjoy) a total of six different fish during the stay. The drinks available on the all-inclusive option were also varied and included too many cocktails to sample, draught or bottled beer and also genuine Baileys. The service was occasionally slow, although this is only to be expected in the Caribbean. Besides, a two hour lunch on the beach terrace, with beer refills, isn't the end of the world. A couple of points about the hotel that are worth pointing out, as I have not seen any mention on the hotel website, is that the hotel does provide beach towels and it does have sun beds on the beach, as well as the pool. We tended to sit on the beach and did not have any problem with the beach vendors. A polite "no thank you" was usually met with a reply along the lines "no problem, enjoy your day". We would recommend Donna for hair braiding.
If travelling to Granada you must get out and about. The locals are the friendliest people we have ever met. We hired a Suzuki open top for three days to explore the island and when we drove through the villages it seemed that it was almost obligatory to wave to anyone in the street. If you require directions, all the Grenadians of all ages were very helpful. We only went on one organised excursion during our stay, which was the Adventure Jeep Tour. This was really enjoyable and involved travelling in the back of a 25 year old ex-army jeep to a warm sulphur spring for a bathe and than to a river for a trip in inflatable rings.
All in all I would recommend the hotel as offering extremely good value for money resort on a charming un-commercialised island.
Worth the View alone
As a family of 4 we stayed at the Flamboyant for 14 nights, and can recommend it to anyone (not disabled). Other recent reviews have it about right so we will only add some gaps.
Food: Predominantly local and this enabled us to sample proper grenadian and carribean dishes - callaloo soup, conche, flying fish, local spices and vegetables, although plenty for Euro/US tastes too. SOMETIMES freshly gooked food took a while but who cares when sat directly on a beach location being given limitless supplies of drinks and smiles!
Drinks: All Inclusive menu was sufficient (including double Baileys, I ask you!) and even the room fridge supplied were good value (£1 per beer).
Services: Not nearly enough said on responsivenss of staff. One slight microgripe was that any slippage in service standards brought the wrath of Khan from management to workers necessitating sparing complaint on our part. However, this serves to illustrate the customer focus that was everywhere evident. Nothing was too much trouble.
Other matters not mentioned recently by others:
Unusually large library of swappable books in reception area from which internet, phone and money exchange were easily available. (We used US dollar travellers checks and rates were very good).
You can walk (15mins) to local Grande Anse shopping area, taxi to St Georges was $40EC (£8) each way but our driver waited for free for two hours.
Grounds extremely cared or including - tortoise area (huge sizes), very interesting plant life and abundance of live surprises (lizards, stick insects).
We cannot speak highly enough of all locals and the vendors were great. Just right between nuisance (they gotta earn a living) and understanding 'no, ta'.
Weather: Towards the end of rainy season is fine. Rained most days but rarely for long. The bonus was a perfect double rainbow right in front of our balconey which we doubt we'll ever see again and this for a few days.
We had a wonderful laid back time and only wished we'd booked 3 weeks not two.
Jackpot crab racing
Booked a late holiday through Virgin. Had seen reports of the hotel, so were expecting the steps.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience once we had the rooms sorted out.
We had booked a non-smoking room, and the first one we had smelled of stale smoke! We were moved straight away.
The second room was fine until we couldn't turn the cold tap off. (The water is extremely hot, unusual in the Caribbean). So we had to move next door. This wasn't a problem as the view was fantastic.
Meals were very good. There was a good variety, and even on buffet nights, there was a reasonable choice.
We also went out in the Tutti Fruiti trip with Carl. What a guide. He was brilliant!
Another trip was the House and Gardens trip. This sounded a bit boring, but it wasn't as we visited two private gardens owned by sisters-in-law. Joyce, the second lady, supplied us with delicious home-made fruit juices, and home mad jellies and jams. Superb!
Ian, our guide, then extended the tour to take in more of the south of the island. Yet another excellent guide form Sunsation Tours.
We stayed for two weeks, and bet on the crab racing both times. It was very quiet the first week, but we still picked the best crab in the jackpot race, thus winiing 15 ec dollars.
The secind week, there were a load of American students celebrating their end of exams (if you've seen CSI:Miami, then you'll know what they looked like!)
Once again my wife chose a crab for the jackpot, and won again, this time winning 75 ec dollars. So we definitely liked the crab racing!
The island is very friendly, as were all the staff at the hotel. I can't think of one member of staff who wasn't smiling all the time.
A wonderful holiday.
You never know we may return again
"Grenada Fort-St georges"
This pic was shot from Fort located in st georges.St georges is capital of Grenada.It is located uphill and is about 10 minutes drive from Grand Anse. Roads are narrow in the area so you have to drive carefully.
Falls in grenada offer a peaceful and calm atmosphere much on the countryside.They are small and offer easy access and scenic beauty to visitors.
On monday nights, you will find crab race being conducted by the hotel people in Flamboyant hotel.This hotel is located uphill from the Grand anse and driving up the same road as to excel plaza. Keep in mind the last race timing is around 10 30 pm.It's better you go and enjoy your meal on time and have enough time to feel the sea breeze at the same time betting on your crab.It is fun...wont give you more info..you go n enjoy stuff!
Kite surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving , yachting are some of the varied activities offered by grenadian water clubs, resorts for the entertainment of their guest.Although you can contact independently to any agent/clubs, it is better to take the consultation of the resort people and then further deciding on your own.I tried snorkelling which costed me 40 USD which took about one and half hour.This included to and fro hog island including sight seeing , harbour views and guidance by the sailor and diving instructor.Even for the beginners in swimming,its easy and worth to try .I would recommend not to miss this special fun at any cost.They took me to hog island which is about 40 minutes by motorboat.As the sea wasnt much deep, i tried only near the isle shores.I can help you on this but dont want to give the proper information for the sake of their advertisement here.
Moderators , am sorry if it is wrong pic posted here.
This is where am mentioning about famous restaurents that one should visit to complete grenada tour.These include Da Big Fish, Bananas, Aquarium, La Boulangerie(Le Marquis Shopping Complex), Flamboyant hotel, True blue, Grill master and chopsticks(within the spice island mall compound).Names are many...i just jotted down quickly whereever i been and liked the food.
This picture i took from my inside my cottage where i was putting up.View coveres vast oceanic side of south grenada...where true blue is located.
This picture reminds me of new year eve.Grenadians celebrate it with very much color and enthusiasm.I was amazed to see people from all over the world happily greeting each other and very hospitable staff at dodgy dock bar.This picture was shot while fireworks were played at dodgy dock bar exactly at 0000hrs 1 jan,2007.
This is the picture shot from st georges fort.Old guns are still on display atop the fort .