10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great Time Off Season
"We found this fabulous Inn on the Internet before learning about Trip Advisor. To our delight the web site representation understated just how wonderful a choice we had made. Grenada is a very interesting island to visit. The people of Grenada were warm & friendly. Our choice of 12 Degrees North far exceeded our expectations. Joe is a great host he was available whenever we needed help. The concept of our very own maid/housekeeper was new to us. It was most enjoyable the service and especially her cooking! The location is a bit of paradise right on a cove with a private dock and making for easy access for swimming and snorkeling. We enjoyed kayaking out into the bay and exploring other beaches along the way. All in all a new discovery and one we plan to go back to next year. It was a very restful, quiet vacation which we enjoyed immensely."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of December 2003
More than we had hoped for!
"Both Grenada and Twelve Degrees North were more than we had hoped for.
Definitely worth the longish trip from California. 12 Degrees was the perfect spot for my business travel-weary husband and myself, a full-time mom. The scenery incredible, the hospitality superb, the suite very comfortable, the food fabulous! I loved not having to do a single domestic chore, yet feel at home, and my husband really enjoyed above-average cuisine without having to go to a restaurant for every meal. It's a unique place. We have great memories of dining on our terrace while taking in the natural beauty around us. We also prefered the location in Lance aux Epines to Grand Anse, away from the tourist scene. To Joe, our host, and Yvonne, our housekeeper - Thank you for an outstanding holiday!"
- Travel date: Mon 15th of December 2003
Exceeding our expectations
"We were looking for something different, something quiet and not in the cookie cutter style of traditional hotels. We got that and much more.
When we arrived, Joe was waiting as promised, sitting on the bench out front. His two dogs, Boomer and Jasmine were quietly attendant. The dogs were a nice addition to the place...quiet and very well behaved.
The rum punch was awesome, taking the "travel edge" off immediately.
The suite was very clean and comfortable. Of course the first thing we did was walk out on to the terrace. Wonderful view of the grounds and the water. The property is very pretty and maintained on a daily basis.
What was most astounding was the quiet. With no television, phones, or radio, you can't help but relax. Joe does a nice job of giving a little guidance at first to help ease into the vacation, and lets you manage on your own after you get your feet wet. He helped us with restaurant choices, and arranging for a car rental. Getting used to having someone come in to cook and clean for us didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. All in all, we were extremely pleased with the value we received for our money."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of December 2003
Twelve Degrees North - a special place
"When I picture the view from our veranda at Twelve Degrees North, my shoulders relax, my breathing deepens, and I sense a faraway, contented look in my eyes. This is a magical place, the creation of a perfect host. The setting and the grounds are beautiful, and the eight spacious apartments are designed for privacy. I particularly appreciated having a float in the bay for diving, being able to relax on a shaded lounge chair or hammock (while my friend was in the sun working on a tan.), and the lovely flowers around the swimming pool. Having a housekeeper dedicated to each apartment leaves no possibility of holding on to the smallest care! Donna appeared each morning, so quiet we hardly knew she was there, and before long, the aroma of coffee was wafting from the kitchen. Breakfast and lunch on the veranda featured local produce and delicious Granadan specialties. We enjoyed some very good restaurants, but none had food better than Donna's. Laundry or ironing disappeared, to be returned perfect on the following day. Thanks to Donna, we went home with almost no laundry. Oh, how she spoiled us! The owner, Joe Gaylord, is the soul of hospitality, available but not intrusive, endlessly helpful, and full of information about the island. In Twelve Degrees North, he has created a very special oasis. Thank you for two wonderful weeks."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of November 2003
"The hotel is fantastic. Our housekeeper was great (very friendly, helpfull and a great cook), the snorkling from shore was great, we could walk to the dive shop down the beach. Couldn't be much better."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of August 2003
Beautiful, quiet, and relaxing!
"We stayed at Twelve Degrees North last november and had a magical time.
The Grounds were well maintained, the staff beyond hospitable, and our host Joe Gaylord, a wealth of information on the islands history. We came for peace and quiet and thats exactly what we got. With only 8 apartments, and no public facilities, we felt we were special and were treated as such. We've already made our reservations for next year!"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of June 2003
Nature Lovers' Paradise
"What a special place! Let me try to do it justice.Outside our pretty & beautifully appointed cottage was a large tree where green iguanas basked in the sun just yards from our balcony while we breakfasted daily. It became a game ... "I know where the iguana is & you don't." Later, after a sumptuous breakfast cooked to order by our dear housekeeper, we'd make our way down to snorkel off the dock. I spent three days in the company of an octopus who was feeding on the reef - what a treat! A few days later I was lucky enough to see three lobsters nestled in crevices right there just feet from the dock.Night-time brought out the tree frogs who seranaded us as we sipped our rum punches (provided for us by our gracious host, Joe Gaylord). As the last rays of sun faded & the garden lights came on, I could see several types of insect-eating bats swooping silently through the garden keeping down the mosquito population.Occasionally, a screech owl would fly past us during cocktail hour. We slept wonderfully in a huge king size super-comfortable bed, lulled to sleep by the breaking waves & tree frogs.So, if your idea of a perfect holiday is: the shrieking laughter of 5 year olds plunging into the hotel pool at 6AM, daily parasailing from your hotel, weekly manager's cocktail parties serving bottle-made rum punch in plastic shot glasses, the sounds of TV's blaring through the screened windows, then you should not go to Twelve Degrees North. You won't find any of these things there.If you love peace & quiet, very special individual attention & being spoiled to death by your Hosts & housekeeper, woderful snorkling & a dreamy, romantic stay, then you've certainly found the right place."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of April 2003
Great stay at Twelve Degrees North
"We just returned from a fantastic stay at Twelve Degrees North. We have traveled extensively and have never felt so cared for as we did here. The housekeeper/cook was just great and every meal was fantastic. In fact, we took most of our meals in after we discovered that her cooking was as good as the of the restaurants. This is a place if you want to truly relax. It is not a place with lots of activities or for those who like that atmosphere. We did nothing more than relax on the shaded deck, stare at the ocean, enjoy looking at the reef just off the dock and all the incredible fish, read lots of books and meet some terrific people. We did take a couple of sightseeing trips around the beautiful island to enjoy the sights and people. Mr. Gaylord arranged a couple of trips with Selwyn Maxwell as our guide who is a joy to spend time with and so knowledgeable about the island, its history and people. Well worth the time and money spent. The trade winds and ceiling fans do keep the unit comfortable without a/c. The dog problem has been resolved. We'll be back again next year!"
- Travel date: Wed 26th of March 2003
Relaxation at 12 Degrees North
"This was our first trip to Grenada, so we were unsure what to expect. We ended up loving Grenada and being totally charmed by 12 Degrees North.
We stayed at 12 Degrees North from December 20 until December 31, 2002, in a spacious two-bedroom apartment, with one half and one full bathroom, kitchen, living room and large porch where we at and lounged. The main bedroom is very large with a king-sized bed; the second bedroom was smaller, but still far larger than one would expect in a hotel. Floors are tile throughout. The temperature in Grenada is steady and perfect, and with the trade winds and the overhead fans, we were never uncomfortable or wished for A/C. Bathrooms were clean and well-appointed, with nice touches like dispensers with shampoo and conditioner and night lights. Flowers were in the living room on our arrival, and the refrigerator was stocked with food.
The place is ownded and run by Joe and Pat Gaylord and has been operating for over 30 years. There are only 8 to 10 apartments in series of low, connected buildings built into the side of a hill just above the water. The place is very nicely landscaped with a wonderful touch added by Joe's collection of ancient stone carvings found in Grenada. The hill slopes steeply down to a pool, bar and terrace, then a small lawn, ending in a wide wood deck that extends out over the water. Hammocks are strung between palm trees. At once side of the deck is a small, sand beach. A long, narrow pier goes out into the bay until it is deep enough for good swimming in aobut fifteen feet of delicious, warm water.
The Gaylord's idea is to make your stay as low-stress and relaxed as possible. From the moment we arrived, we felt well-taken-care-of. Joe paid the cab from the airport, since we arrived late without time to change money; he had arranged for a jeep rental; and the next morning the maid assigned to our apartment arrived, asking us what we wanted for breakfast. Having one person assigned to take care of each apartment is one of the strokes of genius of this place. The Gaylords have taken particular care to find pleasant, competent women, who are well-paid and seem genuinely to enjoy their work. They cook and clean from about 8 am to 2pm daily. They make you breakfast whenever you choose to get up, will prepare a lunch: a salad, fried flying fish, fresh fruit, whatever you choose. They will even prepare dinner and leave it for you to heat up later (although we usually chose to eat out; there are some seriously good restaurants on the island.) In between they clean the apartment and wash your clothes. You do your own food shopping at one of the nearby supermarkets, but otherwise you are completely free to relax.
I'd been a bit concerned about noise, having read an earlier review on this webside which talked about barking dogs. This turned out to be no problem at all. Apparently there was one neighbor who was starting a kennel or dog-breeding operation without proper authorization. This has been taken care of. In any event, noise was no problem; the loudest thing we heard was the sound of a tropical rain storm on the roof.
We also found the setting lovely. The view is out across a large bay. If you like watching sailboats, it is heaven, since Grenada is a serious sailing island. During our stay we watched a 100-foot racing sloop cruise out of the harbor. And a beautiful old steel-hulled Hereshoff schooner, about 80 feet long and built in the 1930's, anchored several hundred yards off the pier. The bay has a nice breeze, so I had great fun in the Sunfish available for guests.
What negatives? This sounds too good. I guess if you are looking for high-style, fancy accomodations, with gold faucets and marble floors, you might be disappointed. You also will want to rent a car, since it is a short drive but a long walk to restaurants and shopping. But all in all this was one of the most pleasant Caribbean vacations I've had, having been visiting various islands for more than 40 years. I plan to return to Grenada and to 12 Degrees North."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of January 2003
Not so Quiet Grenada Apt
"We stayed at 12 Degrees North from October 25 to November 2, 2002.
The apartment was well-appointed and spacious, including a large balcony overlooking the ocean and resort grounds.
The bathroom was clean and spotless with tile floors and walls throughout. Water pressure for showers was a problem though, particularly in the morning. Although not air conditioned, the room was kept reasonably cool through the use of ceiling and floor fans.
The high point of the resort was our maid, Agatha. She cooked our meals, cleaned the room and did our laundry on a daily basis. She was a great cook, fixing food in a genuine Grenadian style, using local fruits, vegetables and fish. This was a real treat.
Another positive was the taxi driver Selwyn Maxwell, recommended by the resort owner, Joe Gaylord. Selwyn is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Grenada, and demonstrated such on a tour of Grenada we took with him. That the resort does not allow children was another plus, not having a bunch of screaming toddlers around.
The preceding would seem to comprise a pretty ideal vacation, but there were some serious drawbacks.
One downside of 12 Degrees North was the noise, mainly from barking dogs, which was fairly continuous. The resort is located in an affluent residential area and just about all of the surrounding neighbors own dogs. Not just one, but several, up to a half-dozen eachÂ ...big ones and little yippy ones that have nothing better to do than bark at the slightest provocation all day and in to the night. The resort owners own three large dogs themselves, which have the run of the property and contributed to the problem. We go on vacation to get away from this kind of stuff. A second concern was the acoustics between apartments. Every time the guy in the apartment below us coughed or used the toilet, we could hear him, as though he was in the room with us. Thirdly, the complex does not really have a beach, per se, but rather a sandy area that ends in a wooden deck that meets the ocean. Fourth, we didnÂt really feel that the resort was that secluded and private, being in a congested area of several residences. Even when swimming in the ocean off the resortÂs pier there were a good number of live-aboard boats anchored in view right off the shore. The place thus had a Âhemmed inÂ type of ambience. In summary, although 12 Degrees North has some strong positive features about it, they are outweighed by the negatives. We would not stay there again."
- Travel date: Sat 9th of November 2002