25 October 2007 | La Sagesse
Happy Thanksgiving Granada! I decided to take half a day off today seeing as how it was a holiday. The boat yard is pretty out of the way and unless you have a car and are ready to go for a considerable drive there are few dining options. You can eat at the bar and grill on the boat yard beach but I can't recommend the food, the beach or the smell in the general vicinity. Stuck up American? Perhaps. You can get good food there sometimes, I just wouldn't count on it.
There is a very nice restaurant in the little resort, Bel Air Plantation, a short walk down the bay. This is a great place to eat but pretty pricey and not a place to go in your painter's suit. Your third option is to hit up one of the local folks that bring in sacks of rotis and whatnot to sell at lunch time. You typically have to be on the list or they won't have anything left for you though. Instead I had breakfast at the resort that we were staying at and left early enough to have dinner at a reasonable time with Hideko and Roq. The yard is not a good place for a dog to hang out so Hideko and Roq have been staying at the hotel while I try to get the boat back in the water.
Due to the short notice on the haul out we were scrambling a bit to find a place to stay. Getting a room somewhere is not too difficult unless you introduce a quadruped into the equation. The Bel Air is very nice and a very short walk to the yard, but no dogs are allowed.
After a few more calls we came across La Sagesse. The add read: private bay, beach front open air restaurant and bar, large rooms, dog friendly and free transportation to and from the boat yard at your designated interval. It sounded too good to be true. Hideko and I were both amazed when we got there. It was better than too good to be true. The owners were fantastic and made us feel like part of the family. The bar and restaurant are casual but elegant and beautifully situated. The secluded beach and bay is one of the prettiest in Grenada. The two resident dogs and one cat wander the grounds greeting everyone and taking people on beach tours (if you go for a walk on the beach one of the dogs will escort you). The rooms are gigantic with huge showers (nice for soaking after a nasty hot day at the yard). This place has got to be the best kept secret on Grenada.
After being picked up from the yard by John the La Sagesse bar tender, I enjoyed an exquisite Thanksgiving dinner overlooking the ocean with Hideko and Roq. La Sagesse almost makes me like being in the boat yard... not quite though.