Vegan B&B on 3 acres of landscaped gardens with panoramic views of hills, valleys, rain forest, mountains, the Caribbean Sea. more-less
PO Box 3540
St Georges, Grenada
473-440-2330
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First Review by PetteriP
writerman
writerman
  • vegan
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Great food + unparalleled beauty = paradise

5
Posted on 12 / 13 / 2014

The Lodge is a truly wonderful getaway for the vegan who appreciates delicious food, warm hospitality, and glorious scenery. I put "delicious food" first because host Mark Hardy is a culinary artist whose varied concoctions remind one of the finest jazz in which improvisation is married to reasonable calculation.

The accommodations are comfortable and quiet. The breeze is consistent and refreshing. The views are spectacular. In short, The Lodge is the perfect place to relax and forget the hurried, troubled world that seems far away.

The best and most memorable way to see Grenada is to travel by the improbable, consistently entertaining bus system, which has an internal logic and color that defy description. Using the buses and then spending a day on a tour with Mandoo, which Mark can arrange, provide one with a real flavor of the small island nation.

Without hesitation, I would recommend The Lodge to anyone who appreciates food, beauty, and the slowing down of time.

Updated from previous review on Saturday December 13, 2014


pansypuss
pansypuss
  • vegan
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All we had hoped for and more.....

5
Posted on 05 / 04 / 2014

We spent two weeks at The Lodge as a celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary and without doubt it was one of the most wonderful holidays we have had. Having read all the reviews I would just be repeating all the good things everyone has written. Mark and Matthew were wonderful hosts, The Lodge was the most beautiful place set up on the top of the hill with the trade winds keeping us cool. The inspirational food was fantastic and such a treat to know it was all 100% vegan, the room was very comfortable with the most beautiful balcony and view (great for yoga practice every morning!) and we slept for sometimes 9 or 10 hours so the bed was amazing! The tours with Telfor and Mandoo were real experiences, the snorkelling (first time for me) was magical. All these trips arranged for us by Mark. We were also so lucky to be there when the other guests - Katharine and Kevin - got married. They very kindly invited us to be there for the ceremony. I just hope that we will be able to return for another holiday.

Pros: Excellent vegan food, Fantastic location, Friendly and helpful hosts
Cons: Noisy kites (EasterTradition!)
Katharine S
Katharine S
  • vegan
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Perfect Vegan Wedding Spot

5
Posted on 04 / 29 / 2014

Our fourth visit to this vegan tropical paradise in April 2014 was The Big One: we got married at the Lodge on the Water Terrace, overlooking the lush hillside, picturesque harbor, and ocean.
From our visit to the Lodge in 2011 as a new couple, we both thought to ourselves, This would be a perfect place to get married! And three years later, it was. Our lovely host, Mark, provided us with wonderful wedding-day food, as well as engaging conversation if we sought it. The wedding planner he recommended, Lucille from Grenada Weddings, made our day run smoothly and better than we could have dreamed. We had a steel pan duo, a flowered archway, beautiful bouquets/ button-hole flowers, a great photographer – and, of course, the perfect setting! Mark’s son Mathew even kindly agreed to video the ceremony when I decided last-minute that I wanted a recording. After the ceremony we went to BBC beach for more pictures.
Our week leading up to the wedding and the week that followed were just as lovely. We had island tours featuring the Grenada Chocolate Co (lots of amazing vegan chocolate!), delicious vegan (and in my case gluten-free) lunch at Belmont Estates, a fancy pre-wedding dinner at the Calabash (which can accommodate vegan and gluten-free with panache), the spice plantation at Dugaldson Estates, La Grenade and its nutmeg garden (the company makes yummy jams, jellies and syrups from the island’s spices and fruits), and a long walk with our guide Telfour through plantations. He fed us mango, almond, palm kernel, and more straight from the tree! (He is a legend on the island, with good reason – the personable 75-year-old hiking dynamo is fitter than most 20-year-olds and knows everything about, and everyone on, the island – try to keep up!)
Some days we just relaxed at the Lodge, pampered with three delicious vegan (and gluten-free) meals per day, reading on terraces with spectacular views, or just sunning down by the lap pool with the occasional swim to cool off. So peaceful and beautiful…!
We are so glad we chose the Lodge as our vegan wedding destination. We can’t recommend it enough!!

Pros: Delicious food!, Gorgeous setting!, Lovely host!

MARIEBURT
MARIEBURT
  • vegetarian
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A True Vegan Paradise

5
Posted on 02 / 01 / 2014

A wonderful experience from start to finish, I am a vegetarian who occasionally dabbles with veganism my hubby is an Omnivore, but we were both blown away by the wonderful food provided by Mark, every meal was beautifully served and filled with good, wholesome, interesting and tasty food, so enjoyable but at the same time healthy, the variety was great.

As for the Lodge it self, such a beautiful house, just the two guest rooms, with big four poster beds and on-suite bathroom, open the doors and onto a large balcony area, west facing for magical sunsets and one of the most beautiful views you will ever see, high over the 'city' of St Georges looking out on to the Caribbean Sea.

No Air-con, you don't need it the gentle trade winds keep you cool and no TV, just WiFi and marks great music collection during dinner, heaven so restful and rejuvenating.

Mark arranged several trips for us, a tour of the island, a Trek and a snorkelling and a trip on a 45' Trimaran, what a wonderful day that was and the beaches were wonderful, Grand Anse, La Sagesse, Magazine all wonderful but our favourite, especially on 'cruise ship days' was Morne Rouge, the beach bar did a fab Veg Roti and Ginger Beer.

Travel around the island is easy on the local buses and the locals are very friendly and helpful.

All in all it was a holiday of a life time for us, a rare eating experience and total relaxation

Pros: great food, good portion size, friendly helpful owners
ElissaBill
ElissaBill
  • vegan
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The Lodge is Magical!

5
Posted on 01 / 12 / 2014

We just returned from 10 days in paradise, aka The Lodge in Grenada.

I will start by saying that all of the rave reviews on Happy Cow and elsewhere are 100% true!

The Lodge itself is beautiful and comfortable, with breathtaking views at every turn. For those who like to exercise (or just splash around), the rainwater lap pool is a special treat. The atmosphere at The Lodge is conducive to total relaxation and great sleeping. We must have slept at least nine hours every night.

And the food is absolutely delightful! Not only is it delicious, healthy and plentiful, it is presented artfully. I found myself taking photos of every course - it was that beautiful!

Mark and Matthew are gracious hosts who looked after us perfectly, including driving us to our favorite beach (BBC/Mourne Rouge) on Sunday when the buses weren't running. And, like others have noted, Mark’s orientation tour on the first day was extremely helpful for getting our bearings and finding vegan lunch options. Taking the local buses turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. It’s an experience like no other!

We are grateful to Mark for arranging a wonderful afternoon snorkeling trip on a catamaran, which included the underwater sculptures and another beautiful bay. He also set up excursions with the legendary Talfour (a walking trip outside of Grenville, which ended up at Belmont Estate for lunch) and a day trip around the island with Mandoo, which included a second lunch at Belmont, with delicious vegan options. We loaded up on Grenada Chocolate Factory chocolate bars in the shop at Belmont. Other great gifts to take home are spices of course!

I suggest you run -- don’t walk -- to make your reservation at The Lodge. You will be so glad that you did!

Pros: Excellent food, Stunning views , Wonderful lap pool
vegetariangirl
vegetariangirl
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the most amazing and relaxing vacation

5
Posted on 12 / 30 / 2013

We stayed at The Lodge December 15-29, 2013. Let's start with the Lodge. The Lodge sits on a breathtaking lot overlooking St George's. You are surrounded with lush garden and trees on an immaculately kept property. The lodge itself is gorgeous, a tropical cabin. There is a great common room with couches, a big stack of vegan magazines, books, and binoculars to watch the abundant beautiful birds. Our room had great double doors which opened up to view St George's. We kept them open all night to watch the stars and enjoy the breeze. The Caribbean breeze is amazing. The four poster bed is enveloped in a sparking white canopy which cleverly doubles as an extremely effective mosquito net. The on site pool is an oasis. It is clean, cool and refreshing. A great place to hang out or do laps. After we visited the beach we always had a dip in the pool to cool off. The very affordable and regular bus stops right in front of the lodge and will quickly take you to St George's, and from there you can catch a bus to Grand Anse beach, Spice Land mall etc. The trip to the beach is quick. The hosts, Mark and Mathew are great. Mark is a fantastic chef. Each morning we enjoyed a huge fresh fruit salad, toast, muesli, soy milk, coffee etc. Each might was a wholesome, delicious homemade dinner of soup, bread, salad, main course and desert which was generally a fruit sorbet. We also lucked out and had his amazing chocolate mousse one night. The main courses were creative and we were never bored with the food during our 2 week stay. Some meal examples include; seared polenta with vegetables, homemade sietan roast, Caribbean oil down, tempura vegetables, quinoa and vegetables etc etc. so many dishes I can not even recall the list. Mark is a lovely, kind, and fascinating person. On our second day he took us on a tour of St. George and the beach area, telling us how to use the bus, tips on lunch spots etc. Mark also helped us to arrange a lovely catamaran ride and snorkelling trip plus a wonderful day long island tour, which were both worth the cost. I highly recommend The Lodge.

Pros: vegan, physical environment , the pool
ayosgood
ayosgood
  • vegan
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Happy Honeymooners!

5
Posted on 12 / 04 / 2013

How can we even begin to describe The Lodge?! All I can say is, you MUST visit to believe that it's true. We ventured to Grenada October 19-26, 2013 for a one week honeymoon and stayed at The Lodge for the duration of our time on the Isle of Spice. Mark, the owner, is just wonderful. He helped us out tremendously before we even arrived by promptly responding to our inquiries about packages, pricing, flight times, etc. Our flights even got canceled by the airline a few months before the trip and Mark was extremely accommodating and allowed us to change the dates! The booking process was very easy, and the wire transfers were a piece of cake due to Mark's clear instructions. He was truly a gracious host and made us feel so welcomed. His son Matthew provided transports to and from the airport and Mark gave us a personalized tour our first morning on the island, including of the best local beaches and where to find veg food. They were also extremely accommodating on the Sunday and holiday we were there, recognizing that local buses were not running, they drove us down to the beach - so kind! Mark is an extraordinarily talented cook and does what he calls "inspirational cooking," or rather, he cooks without recipes! Some of the fresh fruits and veggies he used were from his land - THE most delicious meals!! Typical breakfast was: toast, 2 fruit spreads and peanut butter, meusli, soymilk, fruit salad, tea or coffee, and a super yummy smoothie. Dinner was four courses every night...soup, salad, entree, and dessert - there was not one dish that we didn't like. In fact, we loved everything so much, we may have licked our plates clean once or twice! Everything is made from scratch and is so full of flavor. Also, more than half of the time on our trip, we didn't even eat lunch because we were still full from breakfast, and knew that a big dinner was coming our way every evening. Breakfast and dinner are served on the porch, with views of the Caribbean and St. George's. This place is so romantic! We must have said, "Wooooooow!!" about a million times during our first few hours at The Lodge. The rooms are clean and really sweet - we slept with the doors open every night and it was wonderful to get that cross breeze on top of the mountain; not to mention waking up to a view of the Caribbean ocean from our bed! The bed was incredibly comfortable. The lap pool was nice to swim in (very clean!), especially after a long day at the beach. We even swam in it during a li

Pros: Excellent hospitality!, INCREDIBLE meals!!!, Gorgeous views
Sonja and Dirk
Sonja and Dirk
  • vegan
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heavenly

5
Posted on 11 / 29 / 2013

We stayed at the Lodge the week before Thanksgiving. It was such a lovely experience that I'm not sure I can even capture it all in a review. The hospitality is exceptional. We were picked up (and dropped off) at the airport by Matthew, Mark's son and whisked up into the mountains. Even though our arrival was after regular dinner hours, Mark had prepared a lovely 3 course meal for us to enjoy, a wonderful way to start our vacation. Breakfast is more continental style with fruit, muesli, and toast, but it's a great way to fill up to begin the day. We even asked Mark to chill our leftover coffee for the next day and he added coffee ice cubes to them the next morning! We also forgot to bring an outlet adapter, but they let us use one of their charge cords for our Kindle as well as charging our camera batteries in a North American outlet in the main house.

On our first day, Mark gave us an orientation tour around St. George's and helped us plan our activities for the week as well as pointing out restaurant locations that had vegan options for lunch. I usually like to plan everything ahead of time, but I'm glad I didn't as his recommendations for hiking, an island tour and diving were excellent. We rounded out the week with a day at the beach as well as a snorkel tour of the underwater sculpture park. Based on his advice, we were able to get around with the local bus system with no problems. Grenadians are very friendly and helpful people as well. We truly enjoyed our experiences around the island.

We looked forward to a candlelit dinner every evening outside under the porch with cool trade winds or a refreshing rain shower (it was still rainy season) to end our day. There was a lovely soup and salad to start each time followed by a delicious dinner with a different international flair each night. Most desserts were tropical flavored sorbets, but we also had chocolate mousse and a caramelized plantain with sauce. It was so hard to leave as it was so heavenly. Just standing on the patio off our room was breathtaking or just enjoying a cool dip in the pool. The views are amazing and the entire lodge overlooks St. George's. I can't recommend enough a trip to the Lodge. It's everything you could hope for.

Pros: exceptional hospitality, gorgeous location, fabulous food
Snowfox
Snowfox
  • vegetarian
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The Lodge at Christmas

5
Posted on 04 / 04 / 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Lodge over Christmas 2012.
During our 'orientation' trip around part of the island on our first morning, our host Mark told us a little of the history of the place, and explained why the ridge on which the Lodge sits is called - Morne Jaloux' which means 'jealous hill'. The reason why other residents have always been envious of this location is the lovely cooling breezes that are a feature.
That is not the only reason why visitors to the Lodge should be envied!
This really is the most delightful place, a quite unique holiday experience, from the comfortable and characterful accommodation, to the wonderful views all around the island, the exotic gardens, lovely company of our hosts and fellow guests, and of course the fabulous vegan meals, taken on the terrace. Dinner is a highlight of every day, by candlelight and to a soundtrack of cicadas, tree frogs, and an amazing selection of Mark's music.
The Lodge comes highly praised by previous visitors, and it does not disappoint, from the moment you are collected at the airport and whisked away to Morne Jaloux, high above capital city, St Georges.
Grenada is a beautiful tropical island, and many visitors come to the hotels along the beach or arrive for a brief visit via the large cruise ships that regularly appear in the bay.
But staying at the Lodge is a way to experience more of the real Grenada and its lovely people. It is situated among private houses, and the neighbours greet you whenever you go out for a walk. Staying at the Lodge also means that you probably need to use the local buses to get around, and that is an experience not to be missed!!
If you want a restful, interesting, exotic, romantic, friendly holiday, with delicious vegan food, the Lodge is for you. Oh, and we didn't even have much trouble from the mosquitoes!

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Wonderful views, Unique atmosphere
ischrijver
ischrijver
  • vegetarian
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Better than excellent!

5
Posted on 04 / 22 / 2011

The Lodge is an exceptional place in every respect and even though the beautiful island of Grenada has a lot to offer, the trip is worthwhile even just for staying at the Lodge (an old plantation mansion)! We stayed there in April of 2011. Mark and Mary are gracious, warm hosts, who do everyting to make their guests as comfortable as possible. Mark took us on an orientation the first day to show us additional veg-friendly restaurants and gorgeous beaches, took us on an interesting half-day island tour on another day, and into town on several occasions. He also organized an excellent hiking guide for us. Mary cooks amazing three-course meals which will appeal to anyone, meat-eaters included. We are vegetarian, and enjoyed the organic, local and innovative dishes, that nourished both the body and our souls. Apart from the delicious and nutricious food, the location of the Lodge provides almost 360 degree views over the island and the lovely town of St. George's. It has beautiful gardens. The room was very clean and comfortable, with a huge private balcony. There also is a terrific exercise pool. This truly is a perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries, to be inspired to cook healthful organic meals, and to enjoy outstanding hospitality. It is a gem! Don't miss it.

Pros: delicious, healthy, plentiful
PetteriP
PetteriP
  • vegan
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Excellent food and beautiful accommodation

5
Posted on 02 / 07 / 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed at The Lodge for 2 weeks in January. Our number one criteria for choosing the place was availability of vegan food. There aren't many options to choose from in the Caribbean for vegan travelers. Secondly we wanted to be away from tourist masses and to experience something in the nature.

Everything worked out perfectly for us. The food was excellent. We had lot's fresh organic fruits daily which are difficult to get or really expensive in Finland where we live. Optional pasta lunch was also very good on the days when chose to stay at The Lodge and just chill out. Each night we had something new for the dinner. We came back home with lot's of new ideas how to cook tasty and healthy vegan food.

And the nature. We got what we wanted which was to see and walk in rainforest, cool our feet in water fall, snorkel and just to relax on quiet beaches where we didn't many or any other tourists at all.

The Lodge itself is situated on a hill top with view to both Atlantic ocean and Caribbean sea. The room was really beautiful with the view from the huge balcony. And something we found as a bonus was the 25 meter swimming pool where you can get good excercise and cool down during the hottest hours of the day.

Hospitality and helpfulness of Mark and Mary are above the service you get at bigger resorts. Grenada, The Lodge, Mark and Mary made the best holiday ever for us.

Petteri, Finland

Pros: Variety of food, Room and balcony with a view, Not too many tourists

 

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