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New Location for Blue Haven Spa

Great news! We have a new hideaway to unwind, relax and pamper yourself when visiting True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in Grenada.

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Our Blue Haven Spa has a new beautifully-appointed location, surrounded by swaying tree tops and sparkling views of True Blue Bay. This much improved space will inspire you to enjoy our signature and caring treatments.

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Our spa now includes 3 spacious exquisitely designed treatment rooms including a romantic couple’s room with walk-in shower and calming lighting, a wax and facial soothing room and a beautiful wet room with a free standing luxurious tub and a private view of the tree tops by the bay. The new pedicure station has the best view in the house. Just sit there, relax and let the sea view take you away while our therapist tend to your overworked feet, sip a cup of comforting herbal tea, a refreshing glass of our special naturally flavored water or your favorite wine or cocktail.

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Our skillful therapist have also designed new, luxurious treatments to accompany this newly opened retreat; full body therapies like the calming “Grenada Cocoa Soak” and the “Fresh Ginger Detox Soak” will help you get in the mood for relaxation. This is the perfect way to start off your holiday and wind down. Blue Haven Spa specializes in chocolate and cocoa treatments which has been proven to have many beneficial agents for rejuvenating and nursing your skin. Treatments including a “Cocoa Coffee Body Scrub”, “Grenada Chocolate Facials”, “Dark Organic Chocolate Body Wraps”, and even “Chocolate Mani/ Pedi’s”.

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Our best selling and highly raved about treatment is our “Full Body Blue Haven Signature Massage”, so if you simply need to relax your body, there is no better way than to indulge and try one of our therapeutic massages. Our spa therapists, Kisha, Rachel, Shadi and Nerissa will always ensure you leave the spa feeling rejuvenated, happy and ready to tackle your holiday at our Island of Spice.

Blue Haven Spa is located at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in South coast of Grenada, opens daily from 9am to 6pm
http://www.truebluebay.com/activities
For appointments spa@truebluebay.com Phone 473 443 8783

Happy January 2015

2015, the year of the sheep; International year of Light; International year of Soils and perhaps another year of great things here at True Blue Bay is well underway, and it seems to be picking up some speed! We’re already halfway through January and before you know it you’ll find yourself collecting roses and chocolates on Valentine’s Day.

As per usual we brought in the New Year with a bang with our New Years Eve dinner party and spectacular fireworks show. Everyone came out in their classy outfits to enjoy the live entertainment and scrumptious dishes from our own awesome Chef Gary. If you missed it there’s always New Year 2016.

As the month moves on we’re here planning for an amazing year and we’ll need you to stay tuned so you can come have fun with us.

Happy New Year!! Happy January!

Christmas Bazaar 2014

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By now you should have your shopping list ready, and you should be out and about looking for the perfect gifts and the best deals. If not, get started! And add our 15th Arts and Crafts Christmas Bazaar at True Blue Bay Resort as the first place to shop for the Christmas Season.

Find yourself here on Sunday 14th December for arts, crafts, jewellery, island wear, wooden arts and ceramics from Grenada’s finest artisans and businesses. Even baked goodies and fresh produce would be on sale. It will be a great place to get all your shopping done in one place, and also to spend the day with the family. So come on down to have some fun, and support local culture by shopping till you drop! Have a True Blue Christmas!

Here is a video from last year’s bazaar.

Champagne Jewellery Party 2014

You can always depend on True Blue Bay Resort to present you with the most unique experiences and events on the island. Our Champagne Jewellery Party is just one of those experiences.

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What is this Champagne Jewellery Party you ask? It’s simply a fancy party where we invite local jewellers and vendors to show off their stunning crafts and jewellery while you shop and sip complimentary champagne in a delicately created sumptuous atmosphere. This year, on the 21st November, vendors from our own TrueBluetique and Too Kachi boutique, to Mama Bois, Tambran by Tamara, Art Fabrik, Caribbean Naturals and Dragonfly among others, transformed the main restaurant into a jewellery fanatic’s heaven. Turquoise and grenadite(semi precious jewels found only in Grenada) stones, gold and silver, even tambran seeds you name it we had it.  Apart from the gorgeous jewellery that was there, batik printed scarves and fabrics, spices, candles, massage oils and other arts and crafts were also on display. The evening was perfectly complimented with clear pink skies and a warm sunset, plus the official launch of the only nutmeg festival in the world.

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With Grenada being the ‘Spice of the Caribbean’ and the nutmeg being an essential character to our culture, we just had to be part of the Pure Grenada Nutmeg Spice Festival. The festival continues for the next two weeks with a long list of spicy activities and events. For a schedule of the events you can check out puregrenadanutmeg.com.

GCIC Awards

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The hard work we’ve been putting in for the year here at True Blue Bay Resort isn’t going unnoticed. One reason why we can say that is because we’ve just received two awards from the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s 26th Annual Business Awards 2014! The Environmental Excellence in Tourism Award and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award came home with us this year, and the team is exceptionally pleased with this achievement. The Green Team especially is proud of the environmental excellence award, because they have done a great deal to ensure that True Blue Bay remains an environmentally friendly resort and to encourage the community to join the movement. The corporate social responsibility award reflects our high standards in our practices and involvement with staff and the community.

We wish to thank the GCIC for this recognition, and our staff for their good work without you this achievement could not be possible.

Treat Yourself at Blue Haven Spa

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These days not only are people interested in the simple pleasures that the sea, sand and sunshine give, but a little pampering in the mix also. The team here at True Blue Bay Resort is always striving to fulfill every need, and just for pampering luxuries we created a neat and cozy corner called Blue Haven Spa.

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Blue Haven Spa provides such a unique experience when it comes to spa treatments, because we believe in harnessing the natural healing powers that Mother Nature provides. Treatments use natural products like coconut oil, honey, clay, cinnamon, almond oil, sea salt, Grenadian chocolate and mint to soothe and revitalize the body and mind, and stimulate the senses.  Apart from waxing, manicures and pedicures, the list of treatments includes delicious chocolate body wraps and facials, invigorating body scrubs and mint blast massages. The therapists Kisha and Rachel are professionally trained and are blessed with magical healing hands.  They are well known around the island for giving the best full body massages.  So if you ever have the need to get in touch with you inner self, or capture a few moments of bliss Blue Haven Spa should be the first place to check out.

Grenada Celebrates Chocolate

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Last week the small island of Grenada in the Caribbean celebrated very successfully their first Chocolate Festival. Grenada Cocoa and Chocolate are making a name around the world for being one of the best organic and ethically produced chocolates and cocoa.  magdalenaThe Festival was created, designed and organized by Magdalena Fielden, owner of True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Honorary Consul of Mexico in Grenada and great fan of Grenadian Chocolate. Mrs. Fielden was inspired by Mott Green, creator of the now renowned Grenada Chocolate Factory and his devotion to produce a sustainable, ethical chocolate that involved the whole community. The festival was also supported by the Grenada Chocolate Factory, Belmont Estate, the Mexican Embassy for the OECS and Mount Cinnamon Beach Resort.

The week of celebrations started on Monday August 18th themed “Getting in the mood for Chocolate” with a visit to Crayfish Bay Organic Farm located near the town of Victoria on the West Coast of Grenada. There visitors experienced a historical tour of the beautiful estate conducted by owner Kim Russell and his farm manager “Vicky” and learned about organic farming and making delicious Iced Cocoa Tea with fresh coconut milk from scratch.

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Later on, a few miles down the road at Rosemount Estate, Mr and Mrs Duncan, the Estate owners prepared a delicious farmer’s lunch and show us around their flower, herb and tropical fruit plantation.posing-with-cocoa-pods-

The day ended at the Art and Soul Gallery owned by local artist Susan Mains and her family, where professional and new island artists showcased their cocoa inspired artwork. From beautiful batiks to extraordinary paintings and sculptures, this amazing exhibition showed very successfully for two weeks.

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Tuesday continued at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort with the theme “Chocolate Indulgence”. It started with a Yoga-Chocolate Mediation session at Sankalpa Yoga Studio instructed by teacher Malaika Brooks. After a yoga routine, yogis learned a meditating way to appreciate the texture, smell and taste of chocolate and hot cocoa tea.

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chocolate-beauty-workshopA chocolate inspired breakfast designed by Chef Gary Birkett at Dodgy Dock Restaurant was served after the meditation; this was followed by a hands-on workshop conducted by expert Mexican Chocolatier, Architect and creator of the Mucho-Chocolate Museum in Mexico City, Ana Rita Garcia Lascurain sponsored by the Mexican Embasy for the OECS. Ana Rita taught an audience of kids and adults about “chocolate-facialThe Healthy Benefits of Chocolate” and how to make chocolate skin treatments using only natural ingredients like avocado, vanilla and cocoa butter. Families enjoyed making and applying the treatments to each other, and some of the kids discovered very quickly that the mixtures where edible and tasted delicious. Blue Heaven Spa located at True Blue, announced the offering of a series of chocolate facials and body treatments that would be available for the whole of August and September. Tuesday ended with a fabulous “Sunset Chocolate Champagne Cruise”, sailing the beautiful crystal blue waters of Grand Anse and Saint George’s harbour.

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Wednesday started at the well established and pioneer on Agrotourism, Belmont Estate. The group of chocolate fans where welcomed by owner Shadel Nyack Compton and directed to the cocoa-dancingEstate museum to the opening of a very emotional art exhibition containing pieces created by artists living on the plantations to the North of the island. The love of farming and especially cocoa farming was perfectly portrayed in the work shown at this exhibition. Each artist had the opportunity to explain his or her work and one even read some poetry specially composed for the event. After the exhibition, the “Bean to Bar” tour started by visiting the plantation and learning about cocoa farming and cocoa processing on the estate. Then guests visited the Grenada Chocolate Factory and received a special tour by manager Edmon about the making of chocolate bars. rum-tastingLater on guests where invited to experience a delicious lunch featuring Chocolate dishes back at the estate where they were entertained by local drummers and demonstrations of the traditional cocoa dancing and walking the cocoa.  A delicious brief workshop about making bon bons was offered by the Grenada Chocolate Company before leaving the estate. In the afternoon, back at True Blue at Dodgy Dock Restaurant, bartender Akim conducted a Rum and Chocolate Tasting session showcasing all local rums including the famous “Under the Counter” traditional Grenadian rum sold at the local rum shops. A surprise chocolate fountain with lots of goodies to dip in chocolate was enjoyed by all.

Thursday was time to “Cook with Chocolate” a cooking class was prepared by True Blue Bay Resort’s popular cooks Esther and Omega showcasing a chocolate lunch after the class. Ester and Omega where at their best making all laugh when preparing a delicious chocolate sauce to be served with fish or pork.

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Later that afternoon, craft chocolatiers and professional chefs competed for the best amateur and professional chocolate sweets title and some very talented local and international chefs were discovered. Chocolatier Ana Rita did a demonstration on how the Mayas make the first chocolate drinks and all got to enjoy the delicious Mexican version of cocoa tea.

Friday morning was a rest day to enjoy the beach and visit the local spice market and Saint Georges town. bonfireAt sunset, families and couples meet at Mount Cinnamon Beach Cabana to enjoy a spectacular beach bonfire and danced barefooted on the beach to the sound of local drummers, all enjoying delicious and affordable chocolate dishes and drinks created by chefs from well-known local restaurants.

Saturday was  “Glamour Day”, at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, starting with the first Arts and Crafts Chocolate Bazaar where around 30 local artists, artisans and fashion designers showcased their creations inspired by chocolate, cocoa and other locals spices like nutmeg. chocolate-history-workshopChocolatier Ana Rita worked her magic again and conducted a talk about “The History of Chocolate”. She taught kids how to crush cocoa beans the old fashioned way using a “Metate” (a Mexican mortar used by the first tribes that populated Mexico) and taught them how to make simple chocolate paste and invited them to taste and appreciate the aroma of freshly crushed cocoa beans.metate Cocoa and chocolate beverages and food where served at Dodgy Dock Restaurant with festive music. But the highlight of the day was the glamorous and colourful fashion show organized by Marie Fielden showing designs by Modesty Grenada, Art Fabrik, and Veronica’s Vision. The clothing designs where exceptional and will be available at Art Fabrik, Too Kachi Boutique and Veronica’s Vision Boutiques from September.

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The day ended with a sold out gourmet “Charity Auction Chocolate Dinner” at Mount Cinnamon Restaurant where Chef Gary Birkett  from Dodgy Dock Restaurant, True Blue Bay Resort served the first course consisting of a Cajun and smoked duo of mahi mahi with white chocolate hummus and sweet and sour vegetables. Chef Nehanda Campbell from Le Phare Bleu served the main course consisting of chocolate spiced duck breast with wilted fennel & orange carrot salad and cardamom pure and Chef Andrew Sloley from Mount Cinnamon Resort served an outstanding dessert called Chocolate Decadence, a mousse, caramelized bananas, almond nut chocolate biscuit.

The silent style auction was a great success as several well know local businesses donated items like dive courses, day passes, jewelry, tailored made designed clothing, yoga classes, airline tickets, massages and gift certificates. All monies raised for dinner and auction came to a total amount of approximately EC$ 16,000 and will be donated to create a new Library and sick bay for Vendome Primary School in Grenada. http://www.truebluebay.com/donatetovendome

Sunday the last day of the festival was celebrated by families back at Belmont Estate where fun kids activities like dancing, walking the cocoa and scooping cocoa beans out of pods were enjoyed by kids and parents. A delicious Grenadian Style Lunch with live Caribbean music was served and a small farmers and vendors market was interesting to visit. Of course no one left without paying a visit to the Bon Bon shop and stocking up with Bon Bons created by the Grenada Chocolate Company and Chocolate Goat Cheese from the Grenada Goat Dairy Project, a beautiful ending to a week of Pure  Chocolate excitement.

The first Grenada Chocolate Fest concluded being a great success for all, participants, farmers, vendors and artists. Mrs Fielden looks forward to making it into an annual event that will benefit different sectors of Grenada’s community and entice future farmers and chocolatiers amongst the youth of Grenada. Dates have not yet been determined for the next year but hope to announce them soon.

Looking forward to enjoying some chocolate with you next year.

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Internship Awards 2014

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Over the past 10 years, True Blue Bay Boutique Resort has been participating in internship programs with schools and organisations such as T.A. Marryshow Community College, Program for Adolescent Mothers (PAM) and the government Imani Trainee Program. During this time, we had the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the lives of several young people some of whom are employees today at our hotel.

On June 13th, 2014, another group of trainees completed their stint with us and an award ceremony was held in their honor.  Human Resource Manager and Owner, Marie Fielden congratulated the group on their achievement and indicated that not all persons make it to the end of the program and that she was very proud of them. Guest speaker Honorable Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister of Tourism also commended the interns on their achievement. She gave them sound advice, by encouraging them to keep themselves informed by learning something new everyday and to be “positive and confident” in their job search.

The interns received a pleasant surprise as it was announced that the “Best Overall Intern” would be offered a full time job to work at the hotel. We are happy to announce that Joanie Archibald will be joining the True Blue team! We welcome her and wish her and all the other interns the very best in their future endeavours.

Spice Isle Martial Arts Seminar 2014

The Grenada School of Martial Arts and Taekwon-do together with the Al Hikmah Kung Fu School International of Trinidad and Tobago held a martial arts seminar last weekend which climaxed with a session at True Blue Bay Resort’s Sankalpa Yoga Studio.

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The three day seminar highlighted various styles of martial arts including: Tai chi, Taekwan-do, Kickboxing and Kung Fu. Visiting Professor, Davanand Samaroo of the Al-Hikmah Kung Fu School, in his presentation at the opening ceremony, urged parents and invited guests to encourage children to join a martial art school. He proposed that a mixed martial arts competition be organized every two years as a way of getting youths to focus on something positive and to set goals to achieve.

 

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It is always commendable to see young people using their time to develop skills that foster attributes of hard work and discipline, and in this regard we encourage all to support the movement.

 

Hats Off to Grenada’s First Ever Honorary Consul of Mexico!

The team at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort compliments Magdalena Fielden and family (owners of the hotel) on her recent appointment as Honorary Consul.

 

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On May 23rd, 2014, the opening ceremony of the Honorary Consulate Office of the United Mexican States in Grenada was held at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort. The event was graced by Grenada’s Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Cécile La Grenade, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Business, Honorable Nicholas Steel, His Excellency Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, Ambassador of the United Mexican States for the OECS and Mr. Juan Jose Salgado, Consul of United Mexican States for St Lucia.

 

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We anticipate that this new position will strengthen existing ties between Grenada and Mexico and we wish Mrs. Fielden all the best in her new position, we know she will do well.

The new Mexican Honorary Consul Office for Grenada is now located at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort.

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