Going solo in Grenada

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 February 2013

Going solo in Grenada

Going solo in Grenada

Travelling solo can be a daunting prospect but single traveller Maggi Digby found the perfect holiday for one in a luxury spa on the paradise island of Grenada

Travelling solo can be a daunting prospect but single traveller Maggi Digby found the perfect holiday for one in a luxury spa on the paradise island of Grenada

A few weeks of grey cold early summer weather, together with training for a marathon and the loss of my beloved dog, made me think of sunshine and warmer climes to help recharge the batteries. I had heard about a spa in Grenada called La Source The Amazing Holiday and thought that was just what I needed. Within a few days I had booked my flight and was jetting off to the sun.

Grenada is one of the Spice Islands nestling just above South America. It is less busy and commercial than Barbados, St Lucia and Jamaica and is unspoilt, quiet, safe and the climate is temperate (although early September to November is the hurricane season, so best to go from February to June.) La Source is based on Pink Gin Beach, St Georges and as I entered reception after a nine hour flight, I looked through to the wonderful vista of pool, beach and azure sea and knew I had come to the right place to recharge body, mind and spirit!

Travelling solo can have its drawbacks and some people might find the experience rather daunting. I have travelled extensively alone and learnt that you always take a book to dinner with you! Nothing worse than sitting at a table for one looking into space for the time it takes to eat a three course meal. Well, for anyone wanting to travel on their own with these worries, La Source is the place to go.

I was immediately welcomed by the manager who gave me a tour of the gardens and facilities and after a cool rum punch I was shown to my room a beautiful air conditioned space with king size bed and marble bathroom. The view from my terrace was idyllic, palm trees, beach and wonderful sea. Peace at last.

After unpacking and showering I made my way to the Terrace Lounge for a pre dinner drink. There is always the option to join fellow solo travellers at a table for dinner which is hosted each night by one of the staff. However, I never actually managed to do this as almost immediately I fell into conversation with a couple and joined them for dinner. Several drinks and much chatting later, we discovered that we had both attended the same school (some years ago!) and that was that new friends made. I also met another group of people who were there for a wedding and by day two we all remarked that the place had taken on a kind of house party atmosphere.

I took three books to read but confess that I only managed to nearly finish one, there was just so much to do.

Each evening the hotel newsletter was delivered to my room with details of the following days activities. Everything from Tai Chi on the beach at 6.15am, yoga, relaxation to watersports, archery, tennis, golf, gym classes, a daily dive should you wish or an introductory dive, in fact there was so much to do you could have been on the go all day. Or, you could do absolutely nothing, lie on a sunbed and soak up the rays, the choice was yours and there was absolutely no pressure to do anything if you so wished.

As well as all these activities there was a daily spa treatment. I was given a schedule when I arrived and each day enjoyed one of the relaxing treatments which were wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the Full Body Massage and the Point Salines Wrap a seaweed wrap that made my skin feel fantastic. The only effort was the struggle to drag myself off the sunbed to get to my appointment such a chore!

The great thing about La Source was it was truly fully inclusive, the cost covering all food and drink, activities and spa treatments and this made my trip extremely good value.

I had never done all inclusive before and had tended to think of these hotels as places where everyone over indulges having heard some dreadful horror stories.

Not so here, everyone just enjoyed the wonderful food in one of the three restaurants, sipped the daily cocktails and just chilled out and relaxed. I did venture out of the hotel twice in the week. Once to go on a trip to the local market in St Georges where I purchased spices to take home and for a look at the port and also Fort Royal, renamed Fort George after we Brits took it from the French back in the 1700s.

The other trip I took with Virgin on their fabulous catamaran, Shadowfax. We sailed down the coast, stopping to snorkel in the National Maritime Park where we saw many fish and also the underwater Sculpture park 67 sculptures at home on the sandy sea bed. After sailing onwards and downing a few rum punches that was the tough bit we went on shore at Hog island for champagne and lobster, cooked over coals followed by fresh pineapple and mango. Another tough day at the office. Again I met so many interesting people some of whom may well read this account.

My holiday at La Source went all too quickly a week went by in a flash. Oh yes, I did attend a wedding and was very honoured to be invited to the wedding breakfast afterwards, a great end to what had been one of the best holidays ever.

I would emphasise to any single person who is reading this, and perhaps is a little nervous about taking the plunge and travelling along that you will love La Source. Whether you want to rush about being energetic or just chill out with a cool drink in your hand, this is the place to go its fun, friendly and you feel a million dollars after a week of hospitality and pampering.

Maggi travelled to Grenada courtesy of Virgin Holidays flying Virgin Atlantic. It is worth checking out special deals with various operators that go to Grenada or you can contact La Source direct www. The Amazing Holiday.com Tel+1(473)4442556/Fax +1(473)4442556

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