L’anse Aux Epines, Grenada

Photo: The Calabash Hotel

The dog days of summer are here. Mornings are slow and quiet. Long lunches let you linger in the shade. Hot afternoons are spent in the water. Evenings begin with cold showers and even colder drinks. Your only worries are sudden downpours and rogue waves. You never want your favorite season to end.

It will, all too soon, though. In only a few short weeks, vacation will end, the days will start to get shorter, and a slight chill will creep into the air. You’ll hold on, well into September, as long as you can. But sweatshirts will inevitably replace bikinis. That’s when you’ll be glad you have a fall getaway planned.

This year, you’re returning to Grenada. The Spice Isle—the air really does smell like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg—has somehow managed to remain under the radar. St. George’s, the little capital, is picturesque; its harbor is dotted with sailboats from around the world. To the south, L’anse Aux Epines separates the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. One of your family’s favorite beach resorts sits here on Prickly Bay.

Photo: The Calabash Hotel

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel—and its owners, the Garbutt family—is also on vacation right now. The hotel closes every year, from August until the beginning of October, during hurricane season. But their reservation system never takes a break. You can book a trip for October or November while you’re still enjoying your summer vacation.

This hotel is colonial, classic, and comfortable. Ten cottages—plus five individual villas and lots of palm trees—are scattered across the hotel’s eight acres. The two-story, horseshoe-shaped cottages house 30 bright suites. Each one features a high ceiling, a sitting area, and muted shades of blue and gray. Large bathrooms include walk-in showers, freestanding bathtubs, and Elemis skincare products. Plus breakfast—crêpes with cinnamon and nutmeg sugar are a favorite—is served on your ocean-view balcony each morning.

It’s hard to leave your suite with service like this. The rest of the resort is just as relaxing, though. Prickly Bay’s white sand and calm water are just steps away. The poolside spa offers yoga classes and calming treatments (rose mud wraps). Tapas-style plates (spicy fishcakes, shrimp ravioli) are served at the Beach Club. There are plenty of lawn games (croquet, shuffleboard, a putting green) and watersports (Hobie cats, kayaks, paddleboards). Pre-dinner canapés are delivered to your room at sunset. Rhodes, an open-air restaurant, is lit by torches and covered with vines. While one last drink is served in the Piano Lounge after your elegant meal. You suddenly can’t wait for fall to arrive.

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