Your Home Away From Home
True Blue Bay is a family-owned and operated, climate-smart boutique hotel, located on the south coast of the beautiful island of Grenada. Created and designed by the Fielden Family, it offers a Caribbean-chic ambience and a colourful and relaxed tropical atmosphere.
The hotel is on the coast, a short drive from Maurice Bishop International Airport, St. George’s University, the beautiful white sand Grand Anse beach, and restaurants, shops and banks. Located in the True Blue area, it is also well connected to the rest of the island including the historic town of St. Georges.
The family story by owner Magdalena Fielden
Luckiest People in the Caribbean
Russ and I met sailing in Baja California Sur in Mexico, he was from England trained as an engineer and I was from Mexico, a qualified architect. Life was a great adventure; we married and worked together in the hospitality industry, managing yacht charter companies, marinas, boutiques, and hotels throughout the Caribbean and South Pacific. The world was our oyster; however, we wanted to settle down and find the best place for our daughters, Marie and Renatta, to grow up healthy and happy. We remembered the best places we had visited and worked on our travels and Grenada was at the very top of our list. We knew that it was beautiful, safe, and had some of the friendliest people we had met in the Caribbean. When we had the opportunity to buy the True Blue Inn in 1998 (the hotel’s name at the time) we could not believe our eyes. From that moment on, we knew we had arrived in paradise and considered ourselves the luckiest people in the Caribbean.
We are very proud of our daughters, Marie and Renatta, who both studied at St George’s University, Grenada, and have spent time abroad studying and enhancing their education. In 2018, our daughter Marie became the General Manager of the resort and has excelled in her role working closely with staff and management to create a thriving business. Renatta is now our Marketing Manager and she brings her exceptional focus on business management and environmental issues to the resort.
Russ has led the Grenada Hotel Association for several years both as President and Vice President. In 2014, he received an OBE (Order of British Empire) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding work in the tourist sector in Grenada. He has also served on several committees advising the Government and different island organizations.
I have been the Honorary Consul of Mexico in Grenada since 2014 and honoured to be named “Mexicana Ilustre ” (Illustrious Mexican) by the Mexican Government in 2019. In 2014, I founded the Grenada Chocolate Fest and have continued to lead the promotion of the Tree-to-Bar ethical chocolate produced on the island, as well as creating the House of Chocolate mini-museum and chocolate experience in the historic town of St George’s.
The four of us are fortunate to be able to work together and complement each other’s skills. We are all strong believers in community and environmental sustainability and constantly work together to improve the sustainability of the resort, our community, and the livelihood of our resort team members. Although Russ and I are still closely involved with the hotel and business, we are thrilled to support our daughters to take an increasingly greater role in its operation and development. Our granddaughter Lila is 7 years old in 2022 and she is already showing signs of her managerial skills by telling all of us what to do. I’m sure you will enjoy meeting her when you next visit us!
Owner Russ Fielden’s story
We hope you enjoy it as much as we still do
I sailed with my sister to the Caribbean in 1981 on a small sailboat. We made landfall in Bequia and made our way down through the Grenadines to Grenada. As we sailed south the mountains of Grenada slowly emerged between the rain squalls. We were joined by dolphins and thousands of flying fish and as we came closer we could see the small fishing boats catching the flying fish in their nets overhanging the sides of their tiny boats. But the most amazing part of that trip was that we could smell the island before we saw it. The nutmegs, cinnamon, cocoa all blended into a really exotic fragrance. Of course, St Georges just bowled us over. What an incredible town set around the semicircular Carenage! The trading vessels offloading on the wharf, the hustle and bustle of the market, and the vendors selling fish, vegetables, fruits, and other strange foods.
Eighteen years later Magdalena and I bought True Blue Inn, and even by 1998 not much had changed since 1981. The island traders still plied the waters, the fishing boats no longer caught flying fish or used sails but they were still here fishing the waters, the market was as vibrant as ever.
Over the past 20 plus years, we have seen a lot of changes, especially in the south of the island, but Grenada has never lost its soul. You don’t have to look far to find the same characteristics, culture, and ambiance as I experienced nearly 40 years ago. There are of course a lot more cars but a short drive from St. Georges into the country and you will find beautiful communities with well-built houses and carefully tendered gardens. The island was extremely poor in 1981 but 40 years later the standard of living has improved immeasurably and not spoiled the soft and gentle nature of the people. As you get further north, you can even find roads with virtually no vehicles at all. The smells of Grenada are still as prevalent as ever with nutmeg and cocoa fragrances dominating the senses. Grenada may have moved into the 21st century but its soul and culture are still the same. We as a family love this country and are always amazed by how lucky we are to live here. When you come to Grenada you can still find the original culture of the Windward Islands you might have to look a little harder but it’s still there. We hope you enjoy it as much as we still do.