10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great staff, great place
"We, a family of four, kids 14 and 12, thought Grenada was great and that Blue Horizons is a good base for exploring the island.
Best aspect of the hotel is its very efficient management ... things get repaired quickly if they go wrong, for example, and its staff, one or two of whom were exceptionally kind and thoughtful.
We had a large unit for the four of us ,,, the sofa bed we had hoped would serve for our two kids was too small for that which meant we didn't have the privacy we had hoped for in the main bedroom as we ended up sharing it with the kids every night. LIke our experiences of other places in the Caribbean, you need to adjust to the speed of life here but that is the reason we keep coming back to these islands.
We used the sister hotel, Spice Island, on the beach on a few occasions but don't really understand why you would want to spend their prices for the sake of a 100metre walk. We've stayed at lots of 5star places and find them generally bland and felt pleased we had a more genuine experience at Blue Horizons. (I also think the 25$US that they were asking at Spice Island for four local beers is excessive and that there is very little privacy in the terraces of the rooms.)
Comments : Food service is very relaxed and takes a while which is fine if you know that and order before you are hungry. Food at lunchtime poolside is good value. Our first impressions were a little reserved but the place grows on you and by the end of two weeks we were reluctant to leave. Being as we are, we managed to leave a suitcase behind without even realising it:; we were contacted by the hotel within a couple of days and they helped to arrange its return. We booked with Just Grenada who were great in the Uk although we had some minor reservations about their agents in Grenada."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of February 2007
"We stayed in a deluxe suite which was clean,light and comfortable.tThe bathroom was big with a lovely powerful shower(always hot water).Well equipt kitchen and a lovely view of the gardens .The pool was small but always empty and our kids loved it.They loved swimming at 9pm while we played backgammon.The location was great,we hired a car and enjoyed going to various beaches especially mourne rouge(5 mins drive) and our favourite sargasse beach,absolutely stunning.We found good ,cheap local restaurants our best being,La boulangerie and the creole shack,both very cheap and great food.Great supermarket 5 mins away for all your needs.Grenada is stunning and the people very friendly.We went on 3 trips.A tour of the island which was so interesting,fantastic lunch at a plantation house.A boat trip including snorkelling with multi coloured fish.And the highlight a boat trip where we saw 200 dolphins swimming round the boat for 45 mins.We had such a great time and blue horizons was a fantastic base,if you like doing your own thing and getting out and about."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
Good quiet hotel
"In the past we have stayed at LAE Cottages and True Blue. This time we decided it would be nice to be near Grand Anse so we chose Blue Horizons. We like the space offered by self catering cottages which is important with children.
Blue Horizons proved a good choice with plenty of space. One comment is that there is only 1 bedroom so we had to share 2 double beds and 1 bathroom with the kids. Not a problem for us but others may think so. None of the cottages have 2 bedrooms. The kids were happy playing in the pool the gardens ( very well kept and impressive ) or the playground
BH is a very slow 10 minute walk from the supermarket / shopping centre for stocking up on Carib and food ice creams etc and restaurants. We eat at Le Chateau at the Marquis complex. This is a simple restaurant which offers a limited menu but is excellent value and the food is good. We eat there a couple of times. We tried La Boulangerie which was OK but nothing special. Walking at night to the hotel from here was not a problem and we did feel threatened in any way.
We also visited a few old favourites - True Blue ( disappointed the dodgy dock was so dodgy it was closed for refurbishment as this is our favourite spot for a drink ) Da Big Fish and best of all The Beach House. None disappointed and in my opinion the Beach House continues to excel. We did not have time to revisit the Aquarium
We had promised ourselves to do the trip on the Scaramouche in the Grenadines. All I will say is that it was expensive but worth it. I will not forget the look on the children's faces when they went snorkelling and saw all the fish.
One of the reasons for choosing BH was proximity to Grand Anse. Access to the beach is a slow 5 minute walk via Spice Island Hotel where there are shared facilities. The walk itself is not very attractive past scrub land and the police station. Whilst you are restricted to using certain beach chairs ( the ones without cushions - 2nd class citizens obviously ) no-one came and stopped us when we sat elsewhere on the blue chairs in the shade. Grand Anse beach was very quiet as were all the hotels and Island generally which was very welcome.
We only actually went to the beach once as each morning we asked pool or beach and the pool won - closer to the fridges for the beer !
BH offers good value rooms close but not on the beach within easy reach of restaurants shops etc. The Island is a fantastic place to go for a quiet break. The people are friendly and I felt very safe. If you are after thumping night life then this is not the place but for a taste of the real Caribbean then Grenada is the place. BH is a good choice for someone wanting somewhere different and are prepared to be independent. Do not expect to be pampered with 5 star facilities and if sharing a room with children is a problem then look elsewhere. All in all a good value hotel with excellent standards of cleanliness. Only marked down due to location away from the beach."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
Well appointed, well run and overall nice place
"My wife and I spent a week at Blue Horizons in late May, our 4th stay over the last dozen years or so. Rooms are clean, comfortable and well taken care of by the maid. They have been recently renovated. We had a separate sleeping and living area, kitchen and balcony, all very well furnished. The staff is friendly and helpful, but it is not a resort where you will be pampered, and you have to make your own activities. It is located on a quiet road, separated by a narrow strip of undeveloped land used partially a pasture (with real animals) from another quiet road that runs behind the hotels along Grand Anse beach. Spice Island is immediately across, and you have use of beach chairs there; it is an easy walk, maybe five minutes. Shopping centers, including a modern supermarket, and public busses (minivans) are in walking distance. The hotel restaurant, La Belle Creole, is quite good but expensive. A couple of other restaurants also are within walking distance, but it would be a very dark walk at night. Grounds are nice, and upper level cottages have a pretty view of St. Georges in the distance. The pool is also good, but with limited shade. This hotel is an excellent choice for people who want a bit of independence and for families. Having a car is nice, but not necessary. Taxis are easily obtained and the front desk staff is helpful if you want to arrange tours etc. We have always found this hotel to be well run and it is our standard spot on Grenada."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of June 2006
Low-key and Comfortable
"I agree with the recent reviews. We stayed at Blue Horizons for two weeks at the end of January/beginning of February. This is a low-key but very comfortable resort. The many photos on the hotelâs web site are an accurate visual portrayal of the rooms and the grounds. The rooms are excellent. We stayed in a deluxe suite (a semi-detached cottage) with a spacious living room, separate bedroom and fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The basic structure of the cottage withstood the force of hurricane Ivan but everything else was destroyed. Therefore, there are new windows, appliances and furnishings. The units are decorated in complementary shades of soft pastels . . . very restful and soothing. The beds are extremely comfortable. The unit was spotless with maid service every day, fresh flowers in the sitting area and an abundance of clean towels (including beach towels). The grounds are very well kept and have recovered nicely after the hurricane. There is a small, but adequate, pool, and a poolside bar for lunch and drinks.
The staff is generally friendly and helpful. We had two dinners in the restaurant (La Belle Creole) and both were good with an emphasis on local produce and cuisine. Like the rooms, the restaurant decor is pleasant with an excellent view but the menu is limited. Therefore, you would probably not want to eat there night after night. There is virtually no entertainment although there was a pool side buffet and steel band one night while we were there. The buffet was excellent as was the band. In contrast to a previous posting, this event was publicized and attracted a good crowd. I encourage the management to consider more of these events.
As noted in other postings, there is a reciprocal arrangement between the Blue Horizons and the more upscale Spice Island Resort on nearby Grand Anse beach. (They are owned by the same family) This worked well for us. Spice Island is only a 3-5 minute walk away. Beach chairs were readily available and we did not feel uncomfortable using the facilities at Spice Island. The staff is both welcoming and professional. Guests at Blue Horizons can set up an account at Spice Island and receive a ten percent discount on food and beverages. Dinner at Spice Island is expensive but extremely good. For better value I recommend the Sunday noon buffet. The short walk between the two resorts is not particularly attractive but reflects post-hurricane reality and the nature of Caribbean infrastructure.
Blue Horizons is within easy walking distance of a well-stocked supermarket, good restaurants and other stores. The surrounding area is not particularly attractive but seems very safe. We did not feel uncomfortable. For restaurants, Coconut Beach and La Boulangerie are very good. La Boulangerie is both an excellent bakery and Italian restaurant serving outstanding pizza. The restaurant at the Flamboyant was a bit of a disappointment. Overall, restaurant food in Grenada is extremely good and considering quality perhaps a little less expensive than some other Caribbean islands. To get a good overview of the island I recommend a full day guided tour. It is also worth spending time in St. Georgeâs (frequent and inexpensive local bus service from nearby Blue Horizons) and taking the fast ferry to Carriacou.
As noted in previous reviews the only real problem with the Blue Horizons is the rather dismal state of the grounds between Blue Horizons and Spice Island Resort. It appears that much of this area was used as a construction site during the rebuilding of Spice Island. While we were there an attempt was being made to clean up this area, but it will take time. The result is that the views from the units at Blue Horizons are highly variable. We were on an elevated site at the north end of the property so our view was wonderful. Guests who occupied units at the south end and lower down the terrace were probably not as fortunate since they looked directly towards the police station and the remains of the Spice Island construction site. If this is of concern choose your room with care. I would particularly avoid deluxe suites 31 and 32."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of February 2006
Nice Resort, pity about the position
"We stayed at Blue Horizons for 10 days after 4 days at the Rex Grenada beginning of Feb 2006. The cottages are set in beautiful gardens which have a wide variety of birds. We had booked a Deluxe One Bedroom Suite for the two of us. We were first shown a Suite high up the hill but near the road. The view of the dump and police station was not particularly attractive and the suite felt dark and uninviting. Mnagement were very helpful & after a short wait changed us to a suite overlooking the pool and gardens. This Suite felt light & airy with a large bathroom and was well furnished. It was kept immaculately clean daily as was the rest of the reort including the pool area. The pool and pool bar were adequate without being special. In general the staff were friendly & helpful - some more than others. We only ate in the restaurant once. One of us had a good meal and the other not so good. We would have tried it again as it was an attractive restaurant with a lovely view over the bay to St Georges but the comments of the other guests who had eaten there two or three times put us off. The BBQ round the pool with the steel band was an excellent night & well attended. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the food and the music. We did walk across to Spice Island (only 300yds but not a nice walk) to use the sunbeds and have a drink & we certainly weren't made to feel like "second class citizens" as mentioned in one of the reviews but if you could afford the price of the drinks or to eat there you probably wouldn't be staying at Blue Horizons. The sun beds allocated for Blue Horizon guests were quite limited & shade of the trees was mostly taken by the beds with pads on indicating that they were for Spice Island's use only. It's not the best part of Grande Anse beach anyway so we preferred to do the walk to Morne Rouge beach which is beautiful with a bar & restaurant but there is a really steep hill to climb both ways. Blue Horizon's web site indicated that there are several restaurants within easy walking distance but this isn't quite the case. The Chateau was the nearest & the food was good but it is on a busy roundabout with no view or atmosphere. The Flamboyant is the other walkable restaurant with a beautiful view but is the dining room for the hotel & some nights is a buffet. The Cocoanut Beach was very good & is walkable during the day but not in the dark. If you have a car or willing to pay for taxis of course there are lots of excellent restaurants. Blue Horizons is a beautiful haven but the surrounding area is not particularly nice. Whether this is since the hurricane I'm not sure. The mosquitoes loved the waterfilled ditches at the side of the road you had to use each time you went out. We booked direct through Blue Horizon's web site & for what we paid we think it expensive considering the position but I believe booking with a tour company works out much cheaper & you may feel it reasonable value for money. The Resort recommended & booked tours for us with Carribean Horizons and Sunsations and they were both really wonderful days out. We also booked ourselves with Jeep Adventure Tours but this was very disappointing and wouldn't recommend it. They cut the tour short from what was advertised with no explanation but still charged the full price which was not cheap. We wouldn't choose to stay at Blue Horizons again but only because of the location and the price."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of February 2006
Grenada, don't change!
"My husband & I stayed at the Blue Horizons Garden Resort for 3 weeks which covered Christmas & New Year. This is our 5th trip to Grenada although our first stay at the Blue Horizons.
We booked a deluxe suite, and bearing in mind that this is a 3 star accommodation, found it airy & quite comfortable & the surrounding gardens were well kept. We found all the staff friendly & helpful.
There were quite a few mosquitos at night due to an unusual amount of rain for the end of the rainy season, it was never as wet on previous trips, but as in most tropical countries you expect tropical weather & insects. Mozzies are not usually too much of a problem if you put electric repellents in the room & use lotion on the body. I found sand flies to be more of a pain!
The guests were given a printed itinerary of the holiday entertainment but I think the rain, which was mainly evening/night, put a damper on it. We stay at places such as this because we don't want to be entertained preferring to enjoy the peace. With more and more huge hotels springing up all over the world places like this will soon be hard to find.
I agree the views from the apartment weren't great but you must remember they are still rebuilding after hurricane Ivan & they are using the waste ground for building supplies etc. It might seem slow but how fast would you work in 90F? It is dark before 6.30 year round so they cannot work evenings.
I find it very amusing to watch the cows & goats grazing around the Police Station. They were there when we first visited Grenada & we found it part of why we love the island, it is natural & I hope it remains that way.
I will post some photos later if anyone is interested"
- Travel date: Fri 27th of January 2006
"I must endorse everything the last reviewer has said about Blue Horizons and Grenada. This was our first visit and hopefully not our last. We went on the spur of the moment with LastMinute and although the UK end of the operation was lacking the tour operators in Grenada were charming. Thank you so much Bently and Cindy you certainly added to our holiday enjoyment.
Grenada is a gorgeous bite sized little country and although evidence of hurricane damage is apparent, it is still beautiful and bursting with colour everywhere you look. The island is full of courteous friendly people with smiling faces who are ready to share a joke and whose lovely optimistic nature shines through (despite their recent problems). This sounds a bit corny but it is how it is!!!
The Blue Horizons is an extremely comfortable place to stay in a lovely garden setting. We had a huge comfortable bed; comfortable sitting area and a fully equiped kitchen including a large fridge freezer and full sized gas oven. The suite was kept spotlessly clean everyday.
We did not try the restaurant except for breakfast and I have to say this was the sort of breakfast you would have had 20 years ago in an English Hotel. I think a buffet would be more popular but this is just a suggestion. My husband's request for plenty of bacon was met with a promise to bring the pig and a huge plate full of bacon duly followed!
All of the staff were friendly and very helpful.
The hotel is short drive from a whole array of beautifully located restaurants (often on a secluded beach) which are a delight to visit either for lunch or dinner.
One criticism not directly about the hotel was the way in which during the rebuild of the Spice Island Hotel concrete has been dumped in the field opposite Blue Horizons. This eyesore was part of what should have been a wonderful view. Shame on you!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of January 2006
Garden of Eden
"Grenada,a nostalgia-laden island offering gorgeous scenery, tranquillity and, perhaps, the most civil and friendly population in the Caribbean. Imagine standing on two-mile long Grand Anse Beach at 10:30 on a weekday morning and looking down the beach to see one lone jogger and, perhaps, another half dozen people on the entire beach. This on a planet of 6.3 billion people and amidst a Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico tourism destination region of hundreds of thousand of all-inclusive resort rooms that disgorge throngs of tourists each day to heavily populate the beaches.
Just a few hundred yards off Grand Anse Beach, resting against a hillside, lies Blue Horizons Garden Resort, a haven of tranquillity in a world gone mad. The gardens, main building, restaurant, cottages (it is a cottage colony style property), walkways, pool deck all show the attention to detail of Arnold Hopkin, owner/manager of the property.
One of the key features of Blue Horizons is the sharing arrangement offered to guests to use some of the facilities of the renowned five star plus Spice Island Inn as a courtesy and the other services and facilities for a fee. The Spice Island beach chairs, on Grand Anse Beach are one of the courtesy offerings. It is truly a two-for-one resort opportunity. Spice Island Inn has been almost totally rebuilt after the hurricanes of September of 2004 and July of 2005 and reflects an open and airy approach to modern-day luxury tourism.
The cottages at the Blue Horizons have all been completely refurbished after the hurricanes. Most of the accommodation is of roomy suites all having kitchenettes and the latest in mattresses and coverings in the bedrooms. Bathrooms are modern with latest shower heads. Water pressure is excellent most of the time. Daily maid service. All of the appliances needed to cook at "home" if so desired. Dozens of television channels, British/ Spanish/ German/ American even CBC for Canadians to enjoy. With the generally quiet evenings of Grand Anse and St. George's, the tube can be useful.
The Blue Horizon's Belle Creole restaurant is among the island's leading eateries. All meals served with emphasis on seafood, lamb, pork, locally grown vegetable specialties, fruits in season and truly superb desserts, some of which would pass muster in the finest Paris cafes.
Resort staff at both the Blue Horizons and Spice Island Inn most welcoming and friendly, if a little reserved. The island has a lengthy British history background that accounts for the reserve of the Grenadians. That reserve can erupt into smiles and warmth that lifts the human spirit.
This is not all-inclusive country. This is not stress break vacationing. This is a holiday destination to take the time to savour the scenery, population, local happenings and many activities that enhance a week or a month away from the madding cry. We thoroughly enjoyed Blue Horizons, Spice Island Inn and Grenada.
Superior value for money."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of January 2006
"We have just returned from a Christmas/New Year break at the Blue Horizon Garden Resort, Grenada but we would not recommend this hotel.
The staff were not helpful and many had a generally sullen and surly attitude, with a couple of exceptions in the Reception.
The meals in the "renowned" restaurant were of poor quality and took an absolute age to arrive - they were also greatly overpriced.
The whole place lacked atmosphere and friendliness. The only entertainment - a steel band by the pool one evening - was not promoted or advertised to guests and was, therefore, very poorly attended.
We were bitten by midges in our accommodation and awoke to find a dead cockroach in our kitchen area one morning.
There was no welcome pack in our "deluxe" suite which meant that we had to spend half the holiday with no bottled water, bread etc. as all the shops were closed for Christmas.
The reciprocal arrangements with Spice Island were virtually non-existent and Blue Horizon guests were definitely made to feel like second-class citizens over there.
The view from our "deluxe" suite was appalling - a JCB, some cable coils, a police station and a dump!
Grenada is a great island and we found most of the Grenadians we spoke to, to be very open, friendly and welcoming but we would not recommend spending your time or money at the Blue Horizon."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of January 2006