As usual, professional helpful staff
Michelle as fab as ever!
Please let the airline know that they need to improve the diabetic meals. It is not only sweet things that need to be reduced but also the amount of carbs.
It was all very good, the room, the meals, and the facilities, including the beach and the service there. We had a good discount for the pool out of action, which did not affect us greatly. The pick up at the airport was rather casual with an old vehicle, but the return was fine.
Great work Gordon and team.
Gordon Hibbert, as ever excellent service
The only slight issue we had was when we arrived in Barbados there didn’t appear to be the private transfer there for us …no one was holding a DialAFlight board up. We eventually got it sorted
We will be using you again.
Flights and hotel really good. Had to get a room upgrade at Sandpiper - but no extra charge.
Everything worked like clockwork. Your local rep was excellent
You always look after us very well
Always a brilliant service
Your service is outstanding and I will be using you again
As always DialAFlight delivered. Recommend to everyone - especially Curtis who knows EXACTLY what we want
Great help finding our holiday - excellent support to book what we wanted and follow through to ensure we were organised to travel
I loved the personal service and the phone call before my flight to make sure everything was OK. Brilliant
Holiday was wonderful but would not go back to Accra Beach Hotel. We were told to ask for upgrade when we got there, as we has stayed twice before, they did not oblige. The room had no balcony and was tired, needed upgrading.
As always can rely on DialAFlight for worry free travel arrangements.
Great hotel, location and the staff were very friendly
Would always trust you to make life easy.
Telephone calls answered swiftly. Staff members courteous and knowledgeable.
I have been using DialAFlight for a few years but had not been away since before the Pandemic. Just used the company again and the standards and customer care is still the same. Excellent!
Keep up the good work.
Had a great trip. Hotels were good standard. All arrangements went smoothly
It was my first time booking with DialAflight and it was a great experience. Thanks to the team for making sure I checked in and asking if I need any help. I will be definitely booking again
Julie Harris is very helpful and keeps in touch
Simple, easy professional. A pleasure to do business with.
Marshall put together the perfect holiday to St Lucia for us. Will definitely return to DialAFlight
Paul Jones provides an excellent service. I couldn’t ask for more.
The House has gone all inclusive which is a big change. But the property Is in need of updating. Sunbeds were a problem as with 100pc occupation there simply not enough. That apart it was a really good break and the all inclusive option certainly helped control the cost on what has become an expensive island.
If you're walking too fast you're breaking the law,' says Mandoo Seales, my Grenadian tour guide. 'That's island time.'
It's my first morning on the Caribbean island and we're on our way to visit one of Grenada's famous waterfalls in the heart of the rainforest.
As we drive up into the hills, Mandoo, a retired merchant navy sailor, begins to give us an insight into the country's relaxed way of life as he points out locals 'liming' outside rum shops. It's clear he knows Grenada's every nook and cranny.
For the next thirty minutes as we stride through the lush rainforest, Mandoo continues to bring the island's history to life. He shows me a freshly picked nutmeg, the symbol that sits at the heart of Grenada's flag, and explains how in 2004 Hurricane Ivan wiped out 80 per cent of the crop. This was devastating for the island, which had become the world's second largest exporter of nutmeg and established a name for itself as the 'island of spice'.
Spice Island Beach Resort is a 10-minute drive from Maurice International Airport, a bonus to be at your hotel so quickly after the flight from London.
The resort's major selling point is that it backs onto Grand Anse beach, which fulfils every Caribbean cliché with its 2.5-mile stretch of white sandy beach and crystal clear sea.
The luxury hotel has 64 rooms and I'm staying in one of the four Royal Collection pool-suites. These palatial and elegant gated mini-villas, complete with plunge pool and sauna, are ideal for honeymooners or holidaymakers looking for some uninterrupted R&R.
However, if you enjoy waking up to a sea view opt for one of the Seagrape suites situated directly on the beach.
The resort offers all-inclusive packages, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served in its beachside restaurants. The food cannot be faulted and all of the dishes I sample off the fine dining evening menu arrive with Michelin star-worthy presentation.
There is also a barbecue lunch buffet every Sunday and a mid-week cocktail party hosted by the owner at his home, which shows how guests here really are treated like family.
Up early on day two and after lining our stomachs with pancakes, we're off to the River Antoine Rum Distillery, the oldest rum factory on the island.
Rum continues to be produced here using the same techniques employed when the distillery first opened in 1785. The process involves crushing sugar cane to extract its juices, which is then ladled and heated in huge metal bowls.
This creates a treacle-like liquid that is then cooled and fermented before being distilled. From the fumes circulating around the factory I know this is going to be strong stuff and a taste at the end of the tour confirms that it packs a powerful punch. In fact, due to its potency this liquor cannot be taken off the island.
We all know you shouldn't drink and drive but hopefully it is safe to drink and snorkel because this is the afternoon's activity.
We catch a speedboat to Molinere Bay just outside the capital city of St George's in search of the famous Underwater Sculpture Park.
This is a snorkelling experience like no other, as in place of a colourful coral reef you find an underwater gallery of contemporary statues created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor in response to Hurricane Ivan.
Expect to see everything from a ring of children holding hands to a man at his desk poised over a typewriter. Taylor, who as well as a sculptor is a fully-qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist, founded and created this amazing attraction, the world’s first underwater sculpture park. It is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic.
On our last morning we just have time for one more pinà colada before we pack our bags. Yes, it is only 11am but we're on island time. Mandoo's orders.
As we head to meet our driver, the ever-attentive staff are preening the gardens and sweeping the paths.
The manager tells me The Princess Royal is arriving later that afternoon for her second visit to the resort. It seems Spice Island has achieved the royal seal of approval - and it has certainly won mine.
First published in the Mail Online - September 2016
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