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Yoga has been one of the value added daily activities we have being offering at True Blue to our in-house guests and Grenadian community for a couple years now.
This November 2013, we are opening our new beautiful yoga studio called Sankalpa. We all are very excited as, aside from being a stunning Caribbean style building designed and built by owners Russ and Magdalena, the new structure contains a well equipped gym that complements the resort. Hotel guests are already taking advantage of the gym located on the lower level of the 2-floor building. The view and fresh breeze, flowing through the second floor, where the studio is located makes this space a fantastic inspiring place to practice yoga and meditation while contemplating the tranquility of True Blue Bay and Caribbean Sea.
Daily yoga sessions will be available soon but we are also looking forward to starting meditation sessions and other holistic and community orientated activities throughout the year. This is our first step to offer our guests more healthy sustainable choices at True Blue. Our Chef Gary Birkett, is in the process of creating and adding to our menu more Caribbean inspired, healthy vegetarian and Ayurvedic meals and drinks using local natural vegetables, fruits and spices.
Sankalpa studio together with other hotel facilities can now accommodate visiting groups for retreats. Packages can be tailored for groups and can be complemented by other sustainable tourism activities like visits to organic spice and herb gardens, Grenada chocolate organic factory at Belmont Estate, snorkeling or diving trips to underwater protected parks, yoga and meditation sessions around the island at amazing locations, Caribbean cooking classes taught by local cooks, kayak and sailing trips, visits to Jessamine Eden Gardens and Apiary, visits to Grenada goat dairy project, visits to the spice and crafts market, nutmeg tree and cocoa plantations or simply participating in community projects.
August is here, and that means Mas! For those who do not know Grenada celebrates Carnival every year on the second Monday and Tuesday in August. Strange and crazy things happen during Carnival, but it’s all fun and today the madness starts at Dodgy Dock with the start of the promotion ‘August is Mas’. Check out the video for details.
Thinking about ‘playing ah mas’ this Carnival Monday and Tuesday? Join True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in the Sapphire Sunset section of the Summer Crew band. For information about getting a costume contact Summer Crew or True Blue Bay Resort. See you on the road :)
Last week visiting Shaman, Energy Healer and Author Swami Sadashiva Tirtha guided some of our guests through a very interesting Ayurveda workshop here at the resort.
To begin the day, Swami conducted a serene yoga meditation session outdoors by the new waterfront deck, alongside the gleaming turquoise waters of True Blue Bay and the Caribbean Sea’s pristine horizon.
After a little break, drinking fresh lemongrass and moringa tea locally grown at the resort, all participants sat by the Dodgy Dock lounge area to commence the workshop. All participants learned about the Ayurveda basics, and took a guided quiz to define their Doshas. Then Swami explained about the foods, colours, spices and aromas that compliment each individual Dosha.
After this, all participants sat to enjoy a delicious Ayurveda lunch prepared by our local Sous Chef Esther, guided by Swami in the principles of Aryuveda cooking. Esther, although a bit nervous about the new experience, cooked an extraordinary lunch. This consisted of carrot and ginger soup, followed by a plate of aromatic, fresh, locally grown vegetables and grains seasoned with Grenadian spices and home made ghee. Raita and local chutneys where also available at the table. Fresh lemon grass ice tea and delicious locally made Lassi were the drinks enjoyed by the group . But the highlight of the meal was the pineapple and coconut ice creams prepared by Pastry Chef Luciann.
The workshop was followed, a couple days later, by a hands-on cooking class, conducted in part by Sous Chef Esther explaining the correct way to purchase (or pick) and then cook local Callaloo. Swami then explained the Ayurveda techniques of portion control and cooking. After the cooking session, the time came for participants to enjoy once again a scrumptious lunch prepared by themselves.
Swami Sadashiva Tirtha is the author of The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, & Longevity http://www.swamisadashivatirtha.com/
For more information about future Ayurveda workshops and yoga meditation sessions contact email@example.com.
We just got more exciting news! Last week we were delighted to learn that Caribbean Journal ranked True Blue Bay Resort third in the top ten Caribbean small hotels. This week we are again elated to share more great news. TripAdvisor has awarded True Blue Bay Resort with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.
According to TripAdvisor, this prestigious award places True Blue Bay Resort “in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor” and “is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers”.
We wish to thank all our guests for taking the time to rate us and provide valuable feedback that help us improve our service. Without you this achievement could not be possible. We also wish to thank and encourage our staff to keep up the good work and congratulate you all on a job well done.
Caribbean Journal has rated TBBR as one of the top ten best small hotels in the Caribbean for 2013. Factors including ambience, quality of food, luxury, quality of service, location, romance, affordability and design were taken into consideration during the decision making process.
TBBR is delighted with this news and wish to thank our hard-working management and staff for their efforts in making our resort a truly special place.
TBBR is happy to announce our partnership with Petite Anse Hotel. Now when you visit the spice isle you have the opportunity to stay at two resorts in opposing ends of the island allowing you to see and explore even more during your stay in Grenada.
With a one-week or two-week package option to choose from, your vacation begins in the south of the island at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort. There you will spend a few days in the popular tourist area of Grand Anse and indulge in the beauty and hospitality that the resort and staff offers. From there, you will be taken to the northern part of the island where your rest and relaxation will continue at Petite Anse Hotel in the scenic and culturally rich parish of St. Patrick.
Several years ago a lady called Liza Williams from a studio called Grenada Yoga came to my office at the hotel and told me: “Hello, I’m Liza, are you Magdalena? We have not met before, but something told me to come and see you and invite you to practice yoga with me”
Well, since then, I have tried to do my best to keep up the practice as I truly enjoy it and I have experienced the changes in my mind, health and physical abilities.
Unfortunately, my now very good friend Liza had to leave the island. I will always be grateful to her for changing my life in such an amazing way.
After some gentle persuasion, I have convinced my husband Russ to build a yoga studio at the Resort and construction is already in progress. In the meantime we have 2 yoga classes a week by our beautiful, new outdoor waterfront deck here at True Blue on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30am.
I writing this because I would like to share with you last Friday’s class, as it was “Absolutely Magical.” We have a new very young and lovely Grenadian yoga instructor called Dawnelle (from Grenada Yoga Fountain of Youth Studio) and she conducted a Yin Yoga class today. The class was, as always, excellent, but today there was definitely some very special energy around the place. The sound of the waves were in perfect harmony with our breath, the sea was shimmering with radiant energy and the pink bougainvillea tree was blessing us with a shower of pink flowers and green leaves falling ever so softly over our bodies. A gentle refreshing breeze kept us cool and when the time came to do Shavasana, looking at the combination of tree branches full of flowers, the perfect blue sky and the occasional feathery looking cloud passing by, made it impossible for the class to close our eyes. It was just not right to miss such a spectacular scene!
All I could think of was to be immensely grateful for such beauty and for being so fortunate to live in the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada and be the owner of such an amazing piece of paradise, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort.
If you are visiting or living in Grenada, we invite you to join these unique yoga sessions at our beautiful resort.
Being In Grenada for a year and a half now, I felt it was time that I submerged myself into the wonders of the Spice Isle. What was it that influenced the tourist to pack up, spend their hard earned money and fly 4 to 6 hours to land on a rock and bask in the sunshine? It was time to find out. So I batted some eyelashes and convinced my dear boss, Mary and my favourite True Blue Front Desk Staff, Kaylee, (shh I tell them all that!) to trade in those high heels for some flip flops and sunglasses, and jump on a full day tour with Kennedy Tours along with two of our in house guests, Jason and Melissa.
Coffee-ed up and ready to go, I took my spot on the shaded back seat of the bus, windows open, Coke in hand to control the motion sickness, all ready for my hair-down-in-the-wind day. It was the picture perfect day; the kind you see on the Caribbean brochures and think that it’s edited by some fancy pants computer guy. But this was as real as the clear blue skies, the salty taste that lingered on my lips and the rhythms of the waters and wildlife as though practiced for weeks.
First stop, after the breath taking view of the Carenage, was the Nutmeg Processing Plant in Gouyave. For a little ball of a fruit, that nutmeg sure takes a lot of time and detail to be ready for use. Our guide was a friendly expert of the nutmeg process, although I’m fairly sure half of what he said was lost in translation with our foreigners; he was one quick talking guide! The process, however, was very intriguing and somewhat creepy; from the fruit splitting open on its own to the sorting of the good and bad seeds, the manufacture of the mace to the drying and packaging of the actual nutmeg, it all seemed like a little magic factory tucked away in this busy colourful town.
Holding my breath, and to be quite honest, clenching my butt half the time on those narrow twists and turns and up and downs that make up the roads in Grenada, we made our way on; it was time to pay attention to the little food monsters in our bellies. Heading up to the parish of St. Patrick’s we stopped for lunch at Helena’s Ocean View Restaurant. Well my lord your belly could get full from the view alone! It was absolutely stunning. The dodgy pier jutting out into the crisp blue waters, the break of the waves against the almost strategically placed rocks and the caressing green of the coconut trees swaying in the sea drenched winds. It was like paradise – forgive my cliché, but no other comparison can begin to capture it. And the food?! Well ok, if you know me at all, you know I love food like a fat kid loves cake, literally. This buffet was scrumptious; the rice and peas, macaroni pie, plantain and breadfruit with fish; it was like I died and went to food heaven. As Mary rightfully put it, “Country people could cook!”
Bellies full and with that glazed-over-ethnic-fatigue look in our eyes, we settled into the bus and pushed our way up to Leaper’s Hill; a beautiful cemetery towards the back of a grand gothic Catholic church that stirred up the right amount of delightful creepiness. The story behind Leaper’s hill was that of the last forty Caribs to jump over the cliff to escape the colonizing hands of the French in 1651; see? I paid attention! After posing for some super model shots, we climbed back in and headed to the rum distillery.
The strong smell of molasses engulfed us as we entered Rivers Rum Distillery; the oldest on the island. I feel that, at this point, it is wise to insert a disclaimer; if you, like every other true Caribbean person and pirate alike, enjoy the sweet sweetness that is rum, please never think it a good idea to feed that curiosity you have to see how it is made. While questionable and smelly, the most amazing part of the whole distillery, in my opinion, was the water wheel; this working piece of history was simply marvellous. The fermentation and distillation processes were also interesting but yet still something that you never thought off on those Friday nights with a rum and coke in your hands. Good thing too, oui papa; just drink it and don’t think it! Naturally at the end of the tour was the best part – time to sample! With my very own bottle of Rivers Passion Fruit rum punch in hand, we bid adieu to distillery and got on our merry way. Merry because of the rum, clearly!
So after a few tales about the oldest trees on the island and some more colonizing bastard stories and funny looks from the locals as to why three local ladies riding around like tourists, we made it to Belmont Estate. Like vintage glory, this place is home to a cocoa processing plant, a dairy farm, a gourmet restaurant and a lot of animals. The reddened seeds of the cocoa beans told their own story of how they were processed, picked from the trees, striped from their pods and fermented, then placed on the racks in the sweltering sunshine to dry. Each seed tossed and turned for six to eight days until they are perfect for use in Grenada’s very own dark chocolate.
Grand Etang Lake was next on the list – a large crater lake nearly two thousand feet above sea levels with chilly temperatures was an odd sight after enjoying the brilliant coast lines for most of the day. The lake did not quite perk my interest the way those pesky little monkeys did though. Greedy and agile, they took three and a half bananas, and sat around waiting for more. They were funny little crazy creatures who are smart enough to know the tourists and when to hang around for more food; kind of like some people I know actually. Just kidding! Final stop was the Annadale Waterfalls. Just a couple minutes walk from the entrance revealed a beautiful waterfall hidden away like a secret fairy tale, gushing nearly twenty feet down into lush tropical life.
Exhausted at this point, we piled back into the bus and let the sloth take over. It was a glorious day, full of history, culture and incredible sights that we can proudly call our own. Finally I can truly say I’ve learned just a bit about this Spice Isle; there is definitely a great deal more to soak up. But seriously, taking things for granted needs to stop; we live in a Caribbean paradise that thousands of people pay good money to come for just a week or two at a time. Living here is a blessing that I will definitely be taking advantage off from now. Great company on a great tour; not bad for a day’s work at True Blue Bay Resort!
Front Desk Supervisor
The year climaxed beautifully at True Blue Bay Resort. Our schedule of activities highlighting various aspects of a Grenadian Christmas was a fun time for guests and locals. Learning about Grenadian chocolate was fun for all and tasty too!
On Boxing Day we had a wonderful time with the children from the Queen Elizabeth’s home. We love having them with us and enjoy seeing their smiling faces as they play and have fun with us.
Our New Year’s Eve dinner and ‘Firewuks’ party was also an evening well spent, thank you to everyone who celebrated the start of the New Year with us. We also wish to thank all our guests, patrons of Dodgy Dock, suppliers, friends and family for your patronage during 2012.
We wish all a successful 2013 and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!