By RICARDO WELLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Grand Isle Resort and Spa in Exuma has been recognised by two leading international travel guides as a leading destination and for its excellent facilities.
The 78-villa resort and spa on Emerald Bay was recognised by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the best romantic restaurants in the Bahamas - for the Palapa Grill - while the Sea Star Spa was considered among the top spas in the archipelago.
Trip Advisor, which is considered one of the biggest travel opinion websites, rated Grand Isle Resort as one of the top 25 hotels in the Caribbean for family vacations. Travel + Leisure is a monthly international travel magazine based in New York with around five million readers.
The Palapa Grill, a thatched roof dining gazebo, combines the fresh taste of local cuisine and live music to create an unforgettable atmosphere for any couple looking to enjoy the food and sounds of Exuma, the magazine said. "The natural ambiance of this waterfront spot is both alluring and intimate. To turn up the romance, however, you can also arrange to dine privately on an overlook terrace that is secluded from the main seating area."
Described as an "ideal place to relax" by the magazine the Sea Star Spa offers "a one-of-a-kind experience with the illustrious treatments that are tailored to both soothe the soul and rejuvenate the body".
Resort general manager, Sandra Grissen-Clothier admitted that executives at the resort did not expect the recognition but said it was good feeling to see their hard work paying off.
"In a business like this you can never rest on your laurels. You can't get comfortable because your clients deserve the best," she said.
According to Mrs Grissen-Clothier the architecture, landscaping and interior design features allows the resort to deliver true island comfort.
"They don't just come for one thing, it's the overall package we deliver here that separates what we do here," she said.