Where do I begin ? I suppose at the beginning when we were met at St Vincent airport by Smokey (our guide and freind for the week) A warm smile and a quick call to the Island alerted them that we had arrived and after a short taxi ride (about 6 minutes at smokey pace) we arrived at the jetty where the little boat to the island was waiting for us. Luggage was loaded and a few minutes later we were welcomed to Young Island by Bianca, the manager and a nice cold rum punch. Evenn though it was 10.30 at night Bianca said she had kept the chef back incase we would like a meal but after a long days travelling we were happy with our rum punch and our beds. Bianca quickly showed us the facilities and then took us to our cottage. On the way she said "I hope you don't mind but I've upgraded you". Don't mind, we were extatic, we had our own private cottage suite with a plunge pool, double hammock and our own private gazebo where many a night was spent watching the sun go down with a cocktail or two. Our suite had a separate lounge with fridge, tea/coffee facilities, fresh fruit daily and ice replenshed daily. Our bedroom had a large comfy bed and all the windows were louvered so you could let in the beautiful warm caribbean breeze. Our bathroom was small but then the outdoor private shower was fantasic no sweaty bathroom to get changed in and a fantastic view to the beach if you stood on your tiptoes. Next morning we wandered down to breakfast to be given a beautiful gazebo for two overlooking the beach. You had a choice of all meals all of which were fantasitc, from locally caught fish to Lobster and crab backs and they were served to you apart from the barbeque on Saturday night which was great. The food was fantastic, the staff where fantastic and the bars where fantastic. My husband and I could not believe we had been so lucky in our choice and our luck continued as we got to know the staff and made the island our home for the week. James and Ivan got to know our tipple and there was always a welcoming drink (and smile) when we needed one. We were on the all inclusive package so we had everything we wanted, whenever we wanted. You can go half or full board but then you pay extra for your drinks and the supermarket is near the airport so it's a long way to get your supplies. The nearest shop is 25 minutes walk away uphill so we felt it was worth it. The beaches are cleaned daily and all the whole island (St Vincent aswell) is spotllesly clean. Other people have mentioned the noise from the bars across the water and yes we did have this issue aswell but it's bearable and it's not every night and it certainly didn't spoil our stay. We felt so at home here, it was like living in a little bubble for the week and we certainly had a job getting back to civilisation when we arrived in Barbados for our second week. How I wish we had booked Young Islaned for 2 weeks. ~All the staff had a smile and a good morning, from Bianca and her daughter who was on the island some of the time to the gardeners and the ferry man. The Island was not busy during our stay so sometimes it felt like we had our own private island, it was heaven. I mentioned Smokey earlier, he is the best taxi driver/guide you could wish for, his pace is slow, his knowledge is good and his mini-van is luxurious. Big leather seats and air-conditioniong meant our guided tour of the island (which we booked privately with him) was a pleasant distraction from lazing around on the beach. We also took a day trip to Bequai which was quiet but we really should have taken a taxi to the other side of the island where the best beaches were. The ferry was cheap and a bit rough but ok. The journey can be a bit rough so if you are a bad sailor it may be better to take a liat plane ride or maybe the fast ferry.
The coconut bar wasn't open every day as the island was quiet but it was fun when it was, swimming from our private cottage across for a drink and back was great fun, the ultimate swim up bar,
Wifi is located at the bar but you can have the best of both worlds as it reaches out to the beach just infront of the bar so you can surf or chat to your poor unfortunate friends who had to stay behind in the cold.
I really can't express in words how wonderful Young Island is, it has been the best holiday we have ever had and we can't wait to return next year. If I could go back sooner I would.
Thanks again to everyone on Young Island for making this our best ever holiday. See you next year.
- Also Known As:
- Young Island Hotel St. Vincent
- Young Island Resort St. Vincent, St. Vincent And The Grenadines