Jet-setters looking for sleek retreats and trendy outposts may have skipped the southeastern Caribbean island of Grenada in the past, but that’s about to change. Silversands Grenada opens in December, adding a new level of minimalist appeal to the Spice Isle’s two-mile-long Grand Anse Beach – it’s the first new development on this stretch in 25 years. The 43-suite, nine-villa hotel offers amenities more typical of a megaresort, including a centerpiece 328-foot swimming pool – the longest in the Caribbean – and a refined spa. Guests can choose between the Asian-influenced Asiatique restaurant and the Grenadian Grill, which specializes in locally caught seafood; both are sustained by produce from a network of local female farmers. After dinner, Puro stocks premium rums and cigars, and a resident DJ holds court at the low-key, oceanfront lounge.
“It’s a very modern hotel that will put Grenada on the map,” says Danny Akhtar, a London-based Virtuoso travel advisor, who recently previewed the property. “It’s intimate enough to be exclusive, but large enough to have a lively ambience.”
Airy rooms mix blond-wood paneling, headboards, and floors with sheer white drapes and couches upholstered in earth-tone fabrics. Panoramic glass doors slide open onto patios, and suites and public spaces are decorated with ceramics, wood carvings, and paintings from the hotel’s more than 700-piece collection. For all its modernity, Silversands cedes the spotlight to Grenada’s natural assets, with views that frame the sea in foliage. “Nature is primary, and greenery is everywhere,” Akhtar says. “Much like the best safari resorts, it delivers luxury and authenticity.”
Top photo: Magda Biernat