Mount Cinnamon Grenada
What We Love
- Spacious air-conditioned villas have full kitchens and ocean views
- It’s an intimate hotel with big resort amenities: tennis court, beach volleyball, daily yoga sessions and non-motorized water sports (kayaks, paddleboards, etc.)
- Grand Anse Beach stretches two miles around the curve of the bay, just below the hotel
- Easy access to the island’s centuries-old spice plantations, which grow nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa
What To Know
- The beach is just a five-minute walk down the hill
- The vibe is low-key and relaxed — much like the island itself
- Babysitting services are available
- Pets under 25 pounds are permitted at no additional cost
- The property opened in 2008
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a hillside overlooking Grand Anse Beach, the 22-room Mount Cinnamon boutique hotel mixes the best of old Grenada (historic plantations, lively local bars) and new (modern amenities and a buzzing capital). It has a prized coastal position, but the vibe is low-key and relaxed—much like the island itself. The One-Bedroom Suites and villas are set among tropical gardens and have bursts of bright lime, orange and fuchsia in the large sitting areas, as well as modern kitchens fitted with breakfast bars and Smeg refrigerators. All of the units have air conditioning, and most come with private terraces overlooking Grand Anse Beach and the Caribbean Sea. In contrast to the modern interiors, the colonial-style buildings have red tile roofs that add a quirky historic charm—which is also evident at the popular Savvy’s restaurant. This lively spot is a destination for locals thanks to its traditional West Indian menu (fresh local seafood and spiced banana bread crumble), which is written on a chalkboard and changes daily. Elsewhere, there’s a swimming pool, tennis court, beach volleyball, daily yoga sessions and non-motorized water sports (kayaks, paddleboards, etc.), but if you just want to hang out on the beach with a drink in your hand, that’s fine too.
In the Area
Hike through the Grand Etang rainforest to the Seven Sisters waterfalls for a cooling dip, or trek to see and feed wild mona monkeys. Afterward, get lunch or happy hour drinks at the Dodgy Dock Lounge Bar, where you can enjoy calypso, reggae and live jazz. Visit the Belmont Estate, a 17th-century plantation, and learn why Grenada is called the Spice Isle, before chartering a yacht and admiring the island from a different vantage point. If shopping’s your thing, stop by Veronica’s Vision, a boutique that supports Grenada’s nutmeg industry and sells vibrant nutmeg-theme prints as wearable art, historical charts, syrup and rum.
How to Get There
First the pros:
Great view, great hospitality from hotel staff
Now the cons:
Dining at the hotel is open air, which can be uncomfortable with that stifling humidity.
Huge construction project next door going on every day, weekends included. Noise from machinery can be heard even from the beach, and it's also a visual eyesore.
Speaking of the beach, it's about a quarter of a mile walk to get there from the hotel. That alone is a deal breaker.
General utilities on the island are super fragile, so any major storm can result in loss of running water, which happened to use for a day and a half.
Mosquitoes and insects that will bite you are a problem. My legs and arms got between 40 and 50 bites in six days. I didn't notice enough mosquitoes for them to have bitten me that much, but the hotel claims they had a pest control company inspect my room and they found nothing. They also claimed that two other guests stayed in my room after me and had no issues. Okay, then I guess I was bitten by the ghosts of bed bugs. They sure don't look like mosquito bites, and three weeks later, they're still visible.
Now onto Grenada itself. I would say that there is a reason you don't hear much about it. It's pretty much void of any unique attractions. Also, people in town are either ambivalent or downright rude to tourists. As for the tourists themselves, there weren't many at this time of year. The few I noticed tended to be from the UK or Australia, not North America.
I've been to many Caribbean islands, including Bahamas, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Aruba, French Martinique, Barbados, and Puerto Rico. Grenada doesn't compare to the rest and will not be visited ever again by me or anyone I know.
Just back from the MC (4 nights) as per other reviews Mark and his team are awesome, so I will focus on top tips. Our group (2 families of 3) had the huge hacienda suites, you could get lost in them. Beach and gardens lovely.
Lovely touches everywhere, hats, mosquito spray in rooms, full kitchens, nightly warm cookies, the most comfortable of beds.
The largest disappointment was the hotel being built next door, having spoken to mark a few months before and being assured no previous complaints we proceeded only to find loud building taking place every day, only til 12 at the weekends. But it totally disturbed breakfast and relaxing on the beach. Lorries passing and building noise. Had we known we would have looked at moving.
The hotel also hosted a wedding during our stay, they did a brilliant job, the event looked lovely our only criticism was that they shut the beach bar early to prepare so no sundowners. Given the main restaurant was also booked for the wedding it was a bit off that everything shut down for non wedding guests.
We ate at the fri beach event which was nice then reception organised dinners for us every night so do try and get out, walk along the beach for lunch too, it just adds variety (and avoids the building noise)
All in all a lovely 4 star traditional hotel such a shame about the noise so avoid for I would say 6 months and I would urge the hotel to be honest about it and pre warn guests and offer reduced rates.
The hotel was very nice and the staff customer service was excellent. The staff was always there for our needs and they all made us feel comfortable. It wasn’t many people there on the resort at the time but it was peaceful and quiet. The only downfall was that the hotel had a million ants in the room. The water pressure was very low so it felt like you really couldn’t take a decent shower.