Our Story

The Calabash is owned and managed by the Garbutt family who bought the hotel in 1987. Since then the Calabash evolved into the world class luxury resort it is today.

Having only 30 suites and 5 Estate Homes means that we are able to get to know our guest by name rather than by room number, and build friendships that last long after guests leave.

Family is one of  life's greatest treasures and this is a philosophy that the whole Calabash family passionately believes in. The team here are one large extended family and when you arrive, you'll immediately feel part of it.

Family

  • Leo Garbutt

    Leo Garbutt

    Director

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  • Adele Garbutt

    Adele Garbutt

    Director

    Click to read an interview with Adele

  • Zack Samuel

    Zack Samuel

    Resort Manager

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Leo Garbutt

Leo Garbutt

Director

Click to watch an interview with Leo

Adele Garbutt

Adele Garbutt

Director

Click to read an interview with Adele

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Adele Garbutt (pictured 2nd from the right), Director of Calabash, a delightful boutique hotel in Grenada, which we recommend on 101 Holidays. Adele’s father, Leo (right), bought the hotel in 1987 and the entire family has dedicated itself to creating one of the Caribbean’s little treasures. Calabash was one of the first hotels to introduce the “celebrity chef” concept, with Gary Rhodes heading up the cuisine in the main restaurant. Lovely touches include breakfast cooked to order and served on your private terrace or balcony each morning plus canapés delivered to your suite each evening.

Q. Please tell us about a great holiday memory from your childhood.

I grew up in Grenada and my dad is from the UK, so as a family we used to spend our summers in Norwich, where my dad is from. I always loved going to a proper English park with landscaped flower beds and people sailing miniature boats in the pond. It all seemed so neat and well put together.

Q. What three items are always found in your hand luggage?

Passport, headphones and moisturiser.

Q. If you could spend next weekend anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?

Honestly, it would be in Grenada. I am lucky enough to live “on holiday”, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Q. Please tell us about a particularly challenging booking your hotel has handled.

We had a guest who complained – she said that if she knew that there would be ants in the grass and sometimes on the sand (harmless black ants which don’t bite), she would have never have booked a holiday in the Caribbean! She also mentioned that it was ludicrous that we hadn’t cut down all the trees on property so that there were uninterrupted views of the sea. It was very difficult to know quite how to respond...

Q. What has been your most enjoyable holiday in recent years?

It’s a tough choice between Grand Cayman and Barcelona – both are wonderful places in very different ways.

Q. And what has been your all-time worst holiday experience?

It has to be Paris. It’s most people’s dream city but my trip there was a surprise holiday on a budget and the sacrifice was made on the hotel.

Q. What luxury would you take to your desert island?

I’d take a boat – is that allowed?

Q. What one thing would most improve people’s overall holiday experience?

Attention to detail. People love the service at Calabash – it’s all about being observant and paying extra attention to make someone’s holiday truly special. We always try to go the extra mile and it always helps when guests tell us if they have a special occasion to celebrate.

Q. Tell us your favourite hotel – one for business, one for pleasure.

I love The Pelham in London’s South Kensington for business and, for pleasure, it has to be Cap Maison in St Lucia.

Q. What is the most exciting project your company is working on right now?

We’re currently planning the upgrade programme for our Pool Suites, which is very exciting. It’s a big project but it’s always so rewarding to see the results and hear the feedback from our guests, many of whom are regular visitors year after year.

Thanks, Adele.

Zack Samuel

Zack Samuel

Resort Manager

Click to read an interview with Zack

Zack has been at Calabash since October 2013, picking up from retired General Manager, Clive Barnes. Zack’s enthusiasm and love for the resort is infectious. Below he shares five minutes with us so that we can get to know him better.

What’s your favourite thing about Grenada?

Without sounding too cliché, it’s the people. Their attitude ad the vibe that it creates makes Grenada truly stand out among other places around the world.

What makes Calabash so special to you?

The staff and the obvious amount of love and attention that has been put into this resort. The size of the resort is so conductive to relaxation and individual attention that i feel that we offer an almost unparalleled product.

What’s your favourite place on the property?

Rhodes Restaurant is an a mazing setting, with the flower canopy overhead and the generally amazing ambiance in the evenings. The food is simply to die for, but een when I an not dining. I enjoy watching Michael and Sherlynn managing the restaurant with exceptional confidence on a full night. The restaurant seems to hum with efficiency and comfort.

How do you motivate yourself?

Our policy is to continually upgrade our product, and I always tell myself that every day must be an improvement on the day before, so that we are always moving in the right direction. I try to learn from mistakes and harness my strengths so that I can make both myself, and the resort, the best we can be.

This year I will be working on…

Staff efficiency. We want the staff to shine as much as behind the scenes as they do when in front of our guests. The little things matter so much, and we need to impress upon all member of staff that no matter how insignificant a task may seem, it is there for a reason for it, and the task must be given 100% effort.

  • Gabriel Strachan

    Gabriel Strachan

    Rhodes Restaurant

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  • Asanti John

    Asanti John

    Front Office

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  • Stephen La Croix

    Stephen La Croix

    Housekeeping Supervisor

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Gabriel Strachan

Gabriel Strachan

Rhodes Restaurant

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Gabriel ahs been a core member of the Calabash family for many years. Gabriel constantly makes us proud with his wonderful attitude and the care he shows our guests. Below are a few words that he wrote to remind his colleagues why their role is so important to the hotel.

 

Calabash’s guests are the most important visitors to our property.

 

The are not dependent on us, we are dependent on them.

They are not an interruption of our work; they are the purpose of it. They are not outsiders to our business; they are a part of it. We are not doing them a favour by serving them; they are doing is a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.

 

Therefore, it is very important to make the Calabash guests feel comfortable at all times.

Asanti John

Asanti John

Front Office

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She's one of our Front Office Co-ordinators and is also our Employee of the Month for April.

Asanti is an extremely dedicated and outstanding member of staff. Her attitude is second to none and her dynamic way of thinking has brought lots of great new ideas to Calabash.

We'd just like to take a moment to thank Asanti for her loyalty and her hard work - none of which has gone unnoticed.

Congrats Asanti and keep up the good work!

Stephen La Croix

Stephen La Croix

Housekeeping Supervisor

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Stephen is one of our housekeeping supervisors and also our Employee of the Month for March.

Stephen is extremely dedicated and an outstanding member of staff. He's a visionary when it comes to the floral arrangements around the hotel and we couldn't be prouder of him. Congrats Stephen.