My trip to Grenada was for an organized swim, a 10km. Though there was a "race hotel" with special rates available to me, I opted for a smaller (27+-rooms), more personal hotel, the Kalinago. The Kalinago is located in a cove less than a mile from town. The views, the cove, the hills that surround it, and the wonderfully thoughtful and gregarious employees made my stay an all time favorite.
I traveled alone and was far enough away from the race hotel that there were no other swimmers to befriend. The staff at the Kalinago filled the void. They listened to my stories of my river swims: Danube, Tennessee, Ohio with interest, educated me on "the best places" for a vegetarian to eat, and even searched out coupons for discounts. If my high maintenance requests or my never-ending questions irritated them, they never showed it.
The secluded cove offered a quiet, comfortable beach and a gorgeous place to swim without the fear of boat traffic...or sharks! The water was clear enough to watch the sponges, starfish, and other aquatic life as I swam. Since it was a smaller, secluded hotel, I was able to meet and converse with the locals who came to the cove for rest and relaxation.
In the afternoons and early evenings, Kalinago's beachside bar was the meeting place for locals and hotel guests. We told stories of our travels
and shared in laughter.
It is my desire to go back next year to do the 2nd annual 10km swim and will once again stay (longer) at the Kalinago.