LaSource is a breathtaking beachfront property located on the Caribbean island of Grenada.(on the island's West Coast). Facing Pink Gin Beach and surrounded by forty acres of lush tropical garden and a golf course, the resort is all-inclusive with multi-generational appeal.
Most of the beautiful buildings look new because they are. In 2004 a freak hurricane named Ivan passed the Spice island, then abruptly turned back and wreaked havoc. LaSource was one of the properties affected. Ironically, in the wake of Mother Nature’s wrath the resort expanded, creating an even more luxurious, more comprehensive destination.
Listed among the property upgrades are the new beach bar and restaurant, an additional swimming pool, a new dive center, an enlarged gym, and a complete renovation of the “Oasis Spa”. |
Beach front dining at Oscars
features local ingredients.
Since I was going to be writing about the spa I booked a Day Pass that entitled me to a complimentary buffet breakfast starting at 9 a.m., lunch at several excellent restaurants, drinks, and tea. I could go snorkeling, water skiing, sunfish sailing, ocean kayaking, hydro boarding or Hobie Cat sailing, play golf or tennis. Or I could lounge by the sea or the pool and wait for my massage.
Since LaSource is all-inclusive, the fact sheet states that guests receive complimentary spa treatments based on the length of stay. Guests 16 and older may book treatments at the Oasis on the day after arrival. Additional treatments can be purchased based on availability.
I began my visit with breakfast made to order — scrambled eggs with home grown diced tomatoes and cheese. Organic ingredients are noted at all LaSource restaurants.
After breakfast it was a restful sojourn on a lounge chair watching Andy “Zingah” Grant, a buff Grenadian who exemplifies the heart and soul of the Caribbean, lead a high-powered water-aerobics class.
“You can do it! Higher! Come on, now, you can do this!” His tone and the rhythm of his voice made young and old work harder while still having fun.
I tried water volleyball and discovered just how much I enjoyed it. The clear blue Caribbean water was inviting, however, reading a book was one luxury I couldn’t resist.
Lunch is served in the dining room and drinks are available all day. I dined on fresh marlin, something I never thought I would find on a menu. Marlin is difficult to catch and, in the States it’s considered a delicacy. I also ordered a Caesar salad. Since everything was included in my Day Pass I enjoyed more food than I might have otherwise. Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic are also part of the program.
Fresh caught marlin with
organically grown vegetables.
Finally, it was time for my 30 minute back massage.
I arrived at the spa and was led upstairs to a Moroccan themed waiting room. It was perfectly pleasant, although the usual attention to soothing music and aromatic cues did not seem to be a priority.
The yoga, pilates, fencing
and meditation space.
Abby, my Grenadian masseuse was proficient at eliminating travel stress from my back muscles. The spa is well run, and judging from my observations, guests are quite happy with their treatments. The all-inclusive selections include: a full body Swedish massage, Point Salines seaweed wrap, Arawak head massage, foot massage, exfoliating body polish, restorative facial, aromatherapy massage, and a salt and oil loofah body buff. Obviously, the longer one stays the more variety one experiences.
In the future, I would opt for one of the longer, a la carte treatments, such as hydrotherapy, reflexology, Vichy showers, or a hot stone massage. On my way out I noticed the treatment rooms on the lower floor. Obviously those had been reserved for the longer, more specialized offerings. Tipping is not expected.
As an overall travel/spa recommendation, LaSource, located close to the Grenada airport, provides guests with more bang for their buck. Tony Suttile, the American General Manager told me his goal is to make guests so happy and comfortable that they return frequently. Many of the families I met from England and Scotland visit LaSource every year. Americans who want an exciting, relaxing, all-inclusive Caribbean vacation can fly from Miami directly to Grenada where they are picked up and driven to the resort. No muss, no fuss.
A luxurious ocean view suite.
LaSource is a magnificent property and, I found the personnel warm, friendly, and incredibly helpful. The food is exceptionally delicious. There is nothing generic about the place. It delivers a perfect Caribbean vacation for those staying at the resort, or for guests visiting on a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Day Pass. The Day Pass does not include spa treatments, scuba diving and room facilities. Prices vary according to the time of year.
LaSource offers a spring/summer/fall special from April 1st through December 16th. Check online for specials, as the whole travel industry is interested in wooing holiday seekers.
Taichi is one of many daily activities.
Editor's Note: In addition, the resort offers a range of holistic activities including yoga, t’ai chi and meditation. Guests can also participate in the resort’s holistic master classes in May and June at no extra charge. With just 100 guest rooms, LaSource offers a personalized first-class, luxury-inclusive holiday experience that imaginatively combines the best of an active beach holiday with a relaxed spa retreat. Note that the minimum age for guests at LaSource is 16 years.
For more information or reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-527-0044 or visit www.theamazingholiday.com
— Feature by Linda Lane, Jetsetters Magazine Spa Editor.