Few would pass up an invitation to attend the inaugural direct flight on JetBlue Airways from New York to Grenada in the Caribbean. Coffee, tea, an island of cupcakes topped with USA and Grenada flags and a spread of fresh fruit and pastries greeted arriving dignitaries, guests and press. After songs, dances and commendations, guests boarded flight 950 and embarked at 7:25 a.m. through customary celebratory water jets. In slightly more than four hours, the 150-seat Airbus 320 landed at Maurice Bishop International Airport, making JetBlue its 32nd destination in the Caribbean and Latin America and its 90th destination worldwide.
I disembarked the plane and within five minutes was happily ensconced at the luxurious Sandals, La Source. The all-inclusive resort has 225 rooms and sufficient beach, pool and lounge space so that visitors never feel crowded. Ten restaurants and bars serve excellent cuisine and snacks.
For four days I enjoyed the resort, which included a snorkeling trip to see the 65 statues in the Underwater Sculpture Park off the west coast of the island. The water was warm and the sea calm. What more could I ask for.
THERE WAS MORE
The tour was followed by a neck and back massage at the full-service Janissa’s Spa. Other excursions included a fun-filled, bumping and rolling down a the Grand Etang Lake in a tube, a tour of Fort Frederick, a lunch of Grenadian favorites at the Bean to Bar restaurant and a tour of the Belmont chocolate factory in addition to a heady tasting at the rum factory at the River Antoine Estate. I ended my stay with an afternoon on the beach and a haute cuisine dinner with owner, Sir Royston Hopkins and guests at Oliver’s beachside restaurant at the deluxe Spice Island Beach Resort. Guests at the generous-size rooms can walk right out onto the beach. The resort is what island graciousness is all about.
This was just the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the Sandals resorts, as I’d visit Sandals MoBay in Jamaica in August for JAPEX and to join the announcement of the “No Worry Movement” in January 2016.
All images are by Denise Mattia