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Spice Island Beach Resort takes “gold” in Conde Nast 2010 Readers Choice Awards

Grenada’s premier luxury hideaway, Spice Island Beach Resort, has been voted "Gold" by the discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Chairman and owner Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, credits the resort’s uncompromised luxury standards and attentive staff for the achievement.

"Inclusion among the most exclusive resorts in the world is a tremendous honor for us," said Hopkin. "As a family run resort without the marketing power of a large brand, this recognition is a testament to the hard work and discipline of our dedicated staff, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years and have become our extended family."

Featured in the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler, the 23rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards ranks the top properties around the world on a multitude of criteria as judged by the magazine’s affluent readers. Spice Island Beach Resort was included among 30 idyllic Caribbean resorts at the # 12 spot.

Spice Island Beach Resort is no stranger to accolades having received the coveted AAA Four Diamond® Award for the last seven consecutive years. For the last four years, the chic property was also recognized by Virgin Holidays as the number one hotel in the company’s Platinum Collection of exclusive hotels and resorts around the world.

"The Conde Nast ‘Gold’ distinction had eluded us for quite some time as our decision to focus on service and amenities instead of marketing has made us the Caribbean’s best kept secret," explained Hopkin.

"The low profile is part of our charm as an unparalleled hideaway steeped in timeless luxury and frequented by celebrities and those who are in the know," he added.

"While our service-oriented philosophy will never change, recently expanded flight service into Grenada has placed us on the radar of travel agencies catering to exclusive clientele," said Hopkin, referring to new direct flights on Caribbean Airlines out of New York’s JFK in addition to convenient routes on Delta and American from gateways across North America.

"This greater flight accessibility, combined with the prestigious Conde Nast recognition, will enable us to welcome more affluent guests with the same level of luxury service that has set Spice Island Beach Resort apart from day one," concluded Hopkin.

Tucked away on spectacular Grand Anse Beach just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine tropical gardens and offers a wide choice of suites, a culinary program that is the talking point of the island, a world-class spa and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 suites comprised of one Cinnamon Suite, one Saffron Suite, four Royal Collection Suites, six Luxury Almond Pool Suites (pictured right), seven Anthurium Pool Suites, 32 Seagrape Suites, 10 Oleander Oceanview Suites and three Oleander Garden Suites.

Attention to detail is found in each elegantly appointed suite with contemporary Caribbean decor, large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, Italian Frette bathrobes and linens (some of the softest and smoothest around), DVD and CD players with iPod docking stations, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, ceiling fan, complimentary in-room Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges, patio or balcony, and many more luxurious amenities.

Taking advantage of Grenada’s abundance of exotic spices and local fruits and vegetables, Spice Island Beach Resort’s culinary program is one of the world’s finest. Oliver’s Restaurant offers an extensive daily table d’hote menu with seven-course meals served in an elegant, open-air, beach front environment. More casual alternatives are also available and room service is offered 24 hours a day for a more intimate dining experience at no additional cost to guests on the resort’s fully-inclusive plan.

Another property highlight is the luxurious, full-service, 5,600 square foot Janissa’s Spa offering manicures, pedicures and massages as well as body polishes and scrubs incorporating local ingredients like nutmeg, seaweed, aloe vera and coconut. Also included is a salon for hairstyling, waxing and other services, a sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi and separate men’s and women’s lockers. Janissa’s Spa (pictured right) features four air-conditioned treatment rooms with exterior rain showers, an outdoor sunken whirlpool bath, an open-air couples massage room, and a relaxation lounge overlooking a tranquil reflection pool.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection as well as the exclusive Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program. The resort is also celebrating its new partner hotel status in the Signature Travel Network. In fact, Spice Island Beach Resort is the first and only Virtuoso preferred hotel in Grenada and the only Signature partner hotel on the island.

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