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Love the beach!
Jul 16th, 2019
Just returned from a lovely stay at Coyaba Beach resort. We absolutely loved Gran Anse beach and it is just footsteps away from our hotel room. The highlight of the hotel for me was really the beach. However, the rooms were clean and comfortable with an excellent shower and plenty of hot water. Breakfast was adequate although a little repetitive and staff were always very friendly. There is a restaurant next door on the beach called Umbrella. The food was excellent there, even though it was a bit hot at lunch time. We had dinner at the Coyaba and the food and service was excellent. We never opted for the formal dining area as we didn't feel like dressing up. The casual dining area is lovely and you get the same dinner options. The airport is only a short 10 minute drive away, there is a grocery nearby as well as other eating establishments. I also liked the fact that you could get your water bottles filled up at the hotel. We were also able to get free snorkelling gear & kayaks free for 1 hour each day. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Great Hotel in a lovely location
Jul 14th, 2019
We booked our trip to Grenada through Virgin Atlantic so trusted their recommendation of this hotel. The hotel is just lovely. Nice grounds which are well kept & situated right on Grand Anse Beach. The staff were very friendly and the food was the best we have sampled in the Caribbean. Breakfast buffet was as expected with a buffet station, egg chef & fresh fruit. Lunch could be taken in 2 locations & we did try both, very nice. The evening dinner could also be taken in two places, the main restaurant & the more casual Carbet restaurant again we tried both. The food was of a high quality & good portion size. We had a massage each included in our stay, which was very nice with nutmeg oil We wanted to book in again for a second massage, we just ran out of time. We made the most of the excursions available through our tour company. We did a island tour, a fishing trip & a market tour. The local people were very friendly, when we caught the loacal bus down to the Marina we were not hassled at all & felt very safe. We asked the hotel that, if we caught any fish on our trip we could bring them back to be cooked. They said yes which was fantastic as we caught a Dorado. The hotel cooked this beautifully for us for dinner. As this hotel is on the beach there is a security presence, who were very friendly. There was also a beach attendant & nothing was too much trouble. There were several different entertainers during our 10 night stay. A Caribbean steel band, 2 different bands & a duet. All were very good & easy to listen to after dinner. A few people got up & danced. Staff members who we found to be most attentive were Josephine, Chad & Nigel. We would like to thank them for their service. We certainly felt looked after. We would return to Grenada & this hotel again. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Nice place to stay
Jul 6th, 2019
Coyaba was very nice. I liked the beach access, and the safety at night. It’s across the street from the IGA (Spice Market) so that was very handy. The staff was friendly and accommodating, considering this was high season. I did have to wrangle someone else’s kids, as they were running around and fighting. Not the resorts fault, but some British people need to keep a closer eye on their children. I spent most of my time diving, so I did not eat dinner there. Breakfast was good, and staff were kind enough to allow me to take food with me to the boat, as I never eat before my first dive. :) Reception area and staff were friendly and helpful; always with a smile. Kendrick ( Bellman) was very knowledgeable and assisted in transportation. This is just fair warning about the public transportation on the island. There are some who will attempt to cheat you. So make sure you either have EC with you, or know one only has to pay 2 dollars American to get into town. We had 2 men attempt to squeeze more money out of us. When I said NO, he told us to get out of the vehicle. We were on the #1 bus route, and they should have dropped us off at the front of the resort property. We got out and walked to the resort, where I informed the front desk. Apparently not every bus driver is honest, so stay alert to your surroundings. Other than this one glitch, I loved Grenada...loved her people...loved the diving, and enjoyed my time at Coyaba! I will return to Grenada soon! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
"Heavenly" Beach Resort
Jul 3rd, 2019
There are many great options to choose from along Grand Anse Beach but without any personal bias, despite staying here for 5 nights, I would like to honestly say that Coyaba provides probably the best quality of experience to price ratio offered and here are the reasons why: Location: you are about 10 minutes super easy drive from the airport; you have 2 restaurants on the spot if you don't want to leave the resort (though pretty strict dress code at one of them eliminates it from my list on Caribbean vacation automatically), a supermarket across the street for any grocery/beer/water etc. needs, outstanding lunch and dinner Umbrellas Beach Bar "across the fence" - literally you walk through the "side gate" and you are there, great Caribbean beach lunch at Comming' Up also on the spot adjacent to hotel, also walking distance you have 61 West and some other restaurants, right before it also you have Grand Anse Craft & Spice Market for your souvenirs and local crafts... and of course you have one of the best Caribbean beaches on the spot - this is my personal opinion and I have seen many beaches, there is just something special about Grand Anse (see my other review for details). The hotel is placed towards west and allows for beautiful sunsets. From here also there are many cool things nearby to drive to from 5-10 minute drives to to 25-30 minute drives at most (see attractions below) and some other great restaurants like Calabash or Aquarium etc. Room: we opted with the Superior Collection Ocean View room and ended up being in the first building by the water facing the sunset, our room #140 on ground floor was almost perfect, the only better option would be probably being on the 2nd floor to have a better view of the sunset but either way we never stayed in the room during that time as we always enjoyed it either directly from the beach or at some restaurant :) as to the inside of the room; it was very modern and clean. You have the usual suspects like safe; TV and good silent A/C + nice terrace/balcony for chilling. The outlets have G socket type of outlets but they also have USB ports so no need for a converter, wifi is good as well. Mini fridge comes handy to cool down Carib beer and some water that you can acquire across the street from the super matket that takes credit cards as well :) Hotel grounds/amenities: there is a pretty cool historical info about the hotel in the lobby on how Coyaba after being hit in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan started rebuilding but never stopped taking care of their grounds - and it shows! It's so pretty and green all over the place with variety of trees/plants and flowers all over the place - very pleasant environment! The beach is separated from the property by a little wooden fence that actually adds the charm to the property as opposed to the other places along the beach - some just look too much like a "inner city hotel" whereas the more sophisticated ones charge crazy prices for their version "charm," I think Coyaba maintains really well the balance (it's cozy and you feel like you like are on an island - it reminds me a bit of mediterranean style). You have the swimming pool in the middle of the hotel which in my personal opinion is somewhat a miss as you can't really see the ocean/too much of sunset either if you wanted to chill in the evening as it's all screened by the two restaurants on the way but if you don't like it then Grand Anse Beach this is always here :). There is a diving shop on the property which seemed to be very busy despite us visiting in June, a slower month on the island. There are plenty of umbrellas, and few bigger cabanas on the property if you wanted to be outside but completely covered - the sunbeds are really nice with very comfortable cushion - though each day they are being pulled back into the property so the next day in the morning you need to take them out again, not a big deal rather just an FYI Beach: see my other review for Grand Anse Beach but all will say here is that the beach is great; sand is soft, water nice and calm without any seaweed and there are actually some fish on the shore if you like to see some life in the water, it drops somewhat gradually so you never feel out of your comfort zone. Now going back to the beach; what I love the most about it is the locals participating in the every day life here, like playing football=soccer and other games, and the beautiful almond trees - if someone ever asked me if I could imagine the trees like that on the beach I would say it's impossible :) we have seen divi divi trees growing in the sand in Aruba and I have seen plenty of almond trees in general but never in these conditions and providing such a beautiful view/and also shelter from the sun :) though be careful the almonds do fall from them! There are some occasional vendors passing through but a polite NO, THANK YOU is all you want to say. Also, if you actually are interested in local vendors about 10 minutes walk on the beach going east is the Grand Anse Craft & Spice Market (see my other review) where you can find some locally made goods etc. Restaurants & Food options: we ate only twice Arawakabana (1 of the 2 restaurant on the Coyaba property) and was both time for breakfast - it's buffet and it worked out perfectly for us (not too many breakfast options in the area unless you are willing to drive). There are some strict dress code requirements for the restaurant for the dinner etc. so that in itself pushed us away as we come to Caribbeans to relax and even though we like to dress up for the special occasions, when it's so hot outside it's a no go for us. On the other hand I can say that you have some amazing options literally across the fence in the form of Umbrellas Beach Bar & Commin' Up (west), and going east you have also about 15 minute walk the new 61 West restaurant - we enjoyed all of them and it worked out for us. If you have a car you can always drive easily 10-15 minutes for a great dinner or lunch as well so options are plentiful - see my other reviews if you are interested. Attractions: this is the far southwest of the island and most of the unusual places are in the north so you would need to drive about 1.5h or so to get to them (we stayed 3 nights for that in the north) one way but it's worth it - make sure to either rent a car (roads are fine) or book a full day excursion. What's in the more daily manageable schedule is the forts (we did Fort Frederick and liked it), Westerhall Estates (good rum and nice plantation) and Clark's Court Rum (did not do that one though), Underwater Sculptures (an absolute must while in Grenada), some history in St. George. We also did a day trip to Carriacou, since you are next door to the airport it's super easy, and enjoyed that as well (see review if interested as the company we did it with basically sets up everything for you). Overall: after being in the north of Grenada for 3 nights at first Coyaba did not steal my heart, it took me a moment to get used to the "more crowded" part of the island - compared to the north the southwest of the island is a "concrete jungle" as crazy as it sounds :) however the nice and welcoming staff at the resort, the charms of the grounds and foremost the beauty of Grand Anse Beach made me feel like at home - we even joked with my wife that it feels like we returned home and that the north was our trip and the southwest is where we live, and to express something like this about a place says a lot - Coyaba is a very nice and "universal" place and for us it just functioned like a home :) TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Style and Service.
Jul 2nd, 2019
Always a pleasure to walk into a place which breathes welcome. From check in to the welcome drink. A cozy room and many reasons not to stay in it. Tennis court option is a plus and I had a game with locals on a good level. Breakfast has variety and dinner no equal. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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