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Grenadian by Rex Resorts 3.5

St. George's, Saint George Parish, Grenada

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Pros

  • Two nice white-sand beaches with different atmospheres
  • Large, updated pool area with daybeds, on a bluff overlooking the sea
  • Three restaurants and two bars to choose from at this all-inclusive
  • Basic rooms and spacious suites with updated furniture
  • Expansive, well-kept property with lakes featuring birds and other wildlife
  • Family activities like volleyball, playgrounds, tennis and a fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Large property with amenities located very far apart
  • Many stairs to get around, especially to hillside rooms
  • Some areas and buildings are showing signs of wear
  • Water sports are not included -- extra fee for sailing and snorkel gear
  • No spa (in-room treatments can be arranged)

Bottom Line

This sprawling 212-room all-inclusive resort, spread out over 30 acres, has been a landmark name on Grenada for about two decades, and has even hosted special guests such as heads of state. With two beaches, three restaurants, games and activities, and an attractive pool complex, there’s plenty to do for families and couples alike. Over the years, however, some of the glory of this massive property has started to fade and it may now be past its heyday. It meets upper-middle-range, not luxury, standards. 

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Scene

A casual all-inclusive that is family-friendly, but popular with older guests, on an expansive property rich with wildlife

The Grenadian by Rex Resorts, known simply as The Rex to locals and regulars, is likely Grenada's biggest property by acreage, and is an old household name on the island. The upper-mid-range all-inclusive was built in the mid-'90s and has been host to important guests such as heads of state over the years (Fidel Castro once stayed in the Cinnamon Suite.) The vibe is laid-back Caribbean casual, and the resort is popular with an older crowd, though young families will find plenty to keep busy. There is entertainment a few nights a week, but generally evenings are quiet here.

The buildings are spread out on the expansive 30-acre property, and it will take a good amount of walking to get from some rooms to the pool or restaurants. For those who do want to walk, there is a 900-meter path around the perimeter of the property. There are three lakes that the walking paths wrap around, which are home to local wildlife including fish, iguanas, and lots of birds.

The light, open airy lobby has nice wicker furniture and calming yellow hues. There is a spacious lounge area beyond the courtyard that looks as though it may have once hosted grand soirees. Although most of the furniture around the hotel is updated, many of the buildings are showing their age -- and it’s evident that some of the property’s former grandeur has begun to fade. The price does reflect that, however, and the Rex does offer a good value for an all-inclusive package (though some basics, like water sports, will cost extra).

Location

In Tamarind Bay on the island's Southwest corner, a short hop from the airport

Located on a rambling 30-acre property on the popular Southwest corner of the island, the Grenadian by Rex is probably the largest resort on the island. There is a lot of ground to cover, and many vertical steps, so guests should be ready to walk to reach the pool or lobby. It’s set on Tamarind Bay, which provides two nice beaches, located on either side of the pool complex. It’s not bordered by any other resorts or restaurants, so it’s quiet -- though like all beaches on the island, the beaches are open to the public (meaning that vendors will find their way over.) It’s very close to the airport, only about a five-minute drive away, and the capital of St. George’s is about a 20-minute ride.

Rooms

Rooms are clean and bright with mostly updated furniture, but decor is sparse

The standard Seaview Rooms are clean and bright, with a mix of basic wicker furnishings and light wood furniture. The decor is sparse -- there’s not much adorning the walls -- with light, neutral colors, such as beiges and pale yellows and blues. Most of the furniture is updated, though some pieces show a little wear and tear. These units are located up a number of steps from the main building, but have terrific views. Those who prefer not to climb should book a Beachfront Room (similar in size and layout) fronting Pink Gin Beach. Rollaway beds are available in these categories, and beds can be configured as two twins or one king; each can fit two adults and two children. Some interconnecting rooms are available. 

Most rooms include flat-screen TVs and balconies with a small sitting area, and coffee/tea facilities and mini-fridges are provided -- though the mini-fridges aren’t stocked. The clean bathrooms are updated, and some even have rainfall showerheads. The suites are more spacious, with separate living room areas, large, newer bathrooms, and a nice balconies with views out over the gardens or the beach.

Features

A beautiful renovated pool area, three restaurants, two bars, and various activities

If there’s one place where the prior grandeur of the Rex has been kept up, it’s at the beautiful pool area. The large, renovated Grecian-style pool is perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean. There are shaded areas and comfortable daybeds available for guests’ relaxation. There are plenty of places to sit on the modern, padded lounge chairs as well (compared to the loungers on the beach, which are a bit worn.) Next to the pool is Spicer’s Bistro and Bar, with lots of seating and great views out over the bay and up the coast to St. George’s.  

The poolside bistro serves buffet-style lunch, while breakfast and dinner will be found down at the Cinnamon Restaurant, near the lobby. Nearby, the second bar and lounge area is open in the evenings. All meals are served buffet-style, except for at the a la carte Oriental restaurant, where guests can eat two times a week as part of the all-inclusive plan (additional times will cost extra). And while the resort is all-inclusive, guests should know that there is an extra charge for certain cocktails, room service, and bottled water, and the mini-fridges are not stocked.

There are a few small gift shops, featuring locally grown spices and handmade crafts such as baskets and dolls. Guided nature walks around the property are a nice way to experience the local flora and fauna. A fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball, a jogging/walking track, and playgrounds for the kids are available -- however basic water sports such as kayaks or snorkel gear will incur an extra fee. There is no spa, but in-room treatments can be arranged.

Beach

Two white-sand beaches: one calm and tranquil, the other lively and full of activites

Flanking each side of the large pool area, there are two separate picturesque white-sand beaches, each with a different atmosphere. To the left is Magazine beach, a long stretch of beach that is quieter and more tranquil.  On the right side is where the dive shop and water sports are located, which is more lively, with lots of kids playing games. Unlike at other all-inclusives, all water sports gear at the Rex costs extra, even kayaks, snorkels, and Hobie Cats. The resort is not bordered by any other hotels, so the beaches are largely peaceful, though some vendors will make their way around.  An eight-minute walk down Magazine beach will bring you to the Aquarium Restaurant, the only other building in the area.

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Address

Magazine Beach, PO Box 893, Caribbean