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Grenada: Party in paradise

RELAX: True Blue Bay Boutique Resort offers everything you need for a refreshing getaway in the Caribbean

GRENADA OFFERS an intriguing balance of unspoiled natural beauty full of colourful flowers and fragrant spices, rich history with French and English influences and luxury lifestyle without compromising its distinct Caribbean vibe and purity.

A great time to visit is during the Pure Grenada Music Festival (www.grenadamusicfestival.com). The third annual edition took place last month in the elegant Port Louis Marina.

This multi-stage event provides a unique platform for local acts and international stars. If you fancy a chilled out date night or family vibe, soul night is the one for you.

With a relaxed atmosphere against the backdrop of Carribean sea and super-yachts, Grenadian artist Sabrina Francis had us mesmerised alongside British up- and-comer Daley and Grammy Award-winning diva, Chrisette Michele.

Soca and reggae lovers were in their element on the second night where Protoje and Morgan Heritage among others brought that distinct Caribbean flavour that the entire island came out to enjoy.

On Caribbean night we were reminded of what Pure Grenada Music Festival is all about: Swiss artist Adrian Stern collaborated with local artists such as Nekoyan Bain, Tammy Baldeo, Jasmine and Loxton Mitchell.

Queen of soca, Alison Hinds, closed the festival putting all our dance moves to shame. We’ll have to keep practising!

Throughout the evening, festival village invites you to try a large variety of food and snacks sold by local vendors. The Wine Lounge had a VIP vibe with its elegant decor of sofas and chandeliers but was unpretentiously open to everyone.

During the festival, I stayed in Kalinago Beach Resort where I had the best Grenadian break- fast of saltfish, bakes and plantain, overlooking the calm and stunning BBC beach (named after a former nightclub) before moving to True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, which has a luxurious village feel and excellent facilities for diving and yoga as well as children’s playgrounds and daily events for a dynamic vacation.

Their Blue Haven Spa is an excellent reflection of ‘the Spice Island of the Caribbean’ infusing spices and chocolate in their treatments.
An island tour is a must: learn how to make chocolate at the Belmont Estate, hike inside the extinct volcano crater in Grand Etang National Park and bathe in Concord or Annadale Waterfalls.

Snorkelling in the marine-protected Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park that houses a unique collection of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor is awe-inspiring.

Tick off a bucket-list experience and cruise the impeccable Tobago Keys for a week with Dream Yacht Charter (www.dreamyachtcharter.co.uk).

Luxury private yachting is made affordable by offering full board, ‘by the cabin’ special offers leaving from Port Louis Marina, starting from £864 per person depending on when you set sail.

Tropic Breeze (www.tropicbreeze.co.uk, tel: 01752 880880) offers seven nights at True Blue Bay from £1,055 per person, based on two adults

The Voice Traveller: Are you looking to travel this year? Planning a family holiday, a working excursion or trying to find a way to combine the two? Take a look at/download, the Voice Traveller for a bit of inspiration. Available to view here: http://voice-online.co.uk/supplement/voice-traveller-2017

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