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Doug Wallace

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Editor and publisher of TravelRight.Today, Doug Wallace is a habitué of hip hotels worldwide. Current clients include the London Telegraph, Fairmont Magazine, Trivago.ca and Today’s Bride.

Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant is a 13-room “little cove” on Sauteurs Bay that makes you feel like you have the whole north coast of Grenada all to yourself. Hosts Annie and Philip Clift deliver a warm and welcoming–somewhat Bohemian–environment that includes a tropical garden, pool, whirlpool, bar and restaurant, all just a few steps from a wild palm-studded beach.

Street cred: It’s all about location

This sweet little retreat is miles away from the neighbors and that’s exactly how you want it. Near the town of Sauteurs in the St. Patrick parish and facing the Caribbean Sea, it looks out to Ronde Island and Carriacou, and their surrounding Lower Grenadine islands. The resort is a six-minute walk from the beaches of Sauteurs Bay. By car, you’re six kilometers from Levera National Park, 11 kilometers from Belmont Estate which has plantation tours and museum, and 45 kilometers from Maurice Bishop International Airport.

Who hangs here: Is this hotel for you?

Visitors here are after peace and quiet. With the feel of a local inn—the restaurant is a noted gathering place—you fit in with the locals in a way that you wouldn’t in the larger centers. This is a good honeymoon spot, and a good place to escape to after you’ve spent some touristy time around the southern peninsula and the fancier resorts around the country’s capital, St. George’s.

The straight goods: What’s in the room?

Eleven stand-alone, air-conditioned bungalows feature decks or terraces and hammocks, perfect for snoozing. Wooden flooring and simple colonial-style wooden furniture is unfussy and functional. Canopied beds have netting to surround you, though the steady ocean breeze here works equally well to keep the bugs away. Spacious ensuite bathrooms are more open to the elements and to the front deck. Two rooms in the main part of the hotel are also well-equipped and comfortable.

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Bragging rights: What else has it got?

Conference space can be used for meetings, yoga or weddings.

Good eats: Cocktails and cuisine

The European-inspired dining room is a destination restaurant that draws many locals, elevating the insider experience. Fruit and vegetables come from the owners’ gardens or are sourced from local farmers. Fresh fish comes from anglers in the area. The menus change daily and may include steaks, chops, chicken and fresh salads—and homemade ice cream. A traditional breakfast of fried bread and salted fish will stick to your ribs. A lounge area is equipped with a library and stacks of board games to while away the occasional rainy afternoon.

A few of our favorite things: What stood out?

Annie is famous for her love of animals, which roam the complex and befriend guests. She sometimes rides down from her nearby plantation house atop Darius the donkey. I played with a mischievous teenaged cat for a half-hour in my room each night at turndown until he got bored and wandered off.

Parting shot: If we could change one thing

Loose hibiscus blooms and ubiquitous towel sculptures left on the beds feel a bit “mumsy.” We’d still adore this place without them.

Standard rooms from US$134. Breakfast included.

Doug was a guest of the hotel during his stay. The hotel had no editorial input for this review.

(Photos courtesy of Petite Anse Hotel)

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