Summary. An exceptional place. Casual sophistication is a good way to describe it. Young Island is called a resort but that doesn’t really do it justice as it is significantly different than others. While it is ‘separated’ from outside by the 200 yard sea channel, it doesn’t have the same gated feel that most other resorts have. The food is amazingly good. The rooms (cottages) are spacious, very clean and comfortable (not capital city chic but we don’t want that on a holiday). There is a casual, relaxed feel about the place – again just what we want from a holiday venue. We plan to go again. Read on for more detailed analysis… and by the way, I rarely give maximum marks.
Overview. Not everyone’s choice: what suits us, wouldn’t necessarily suit everyone else. If you are looking for pampering, “yes Sir, no Sir service” and very formal attention, strict formality at dinner and elsewhere it is not for you. The place has a serene informality about it – no rush but everything gets done. Although just offshore and private, it feels much more part of the community than a gated resort stuck miles from the nearest town or village. Just a couple of minutes by resort ferry and you can sit on a ‘locals beach’ or drink it nearby bars. It is older than most resorts, thus everything may not be as modern as elsewhere, but this actually gives it an aged and mature feel, in the best sense of the terms. If you want lots of lively activity, don’t go… if you want to relax, enjoy your own and other guests company, eat splendidly, then this may just be the place for you. 10/10
Staff. Relaxed and friendly. Most have long service and it shows why. Yes, there are a couple who might perhaps smile a bit more - the same anywhere. 9.5/10
Food. We were astounded by the quality and choice. The place is up to date with worldwide trends. These chefs know how to cook. Every meal surprised. Portion sizes were sensible – not too big, and if you are on full board you can always ask for more. This place is close to Michelin standard (though probably wouldn’t get a star as it would probably be marked down for lack of frills and gimmicks –no problem there for real food lovers). Our only suggestion would be a few more Carib/St Vincent local dishes – those that were offered sparkled. 9.5/10
Drinks. Sensibly – reasonably - priced if you are not all-inclusive. (Too many hotels rip you off – not here). Wine prices are not cheap (Jan 2012 starting at $31 for decent (branded) ‘house’ wines) but that is true of the Caribbean generally and mainly down to the cost of shipping and storage. Reasonable selection. 9/10
Rooms. Fabulous views from ours – waking in bed looking over the wider sea and some of the coast – magnificent. Clean, spacious, comfortable, perfect. 10/10
Sailaway. We did the two night sailaway and had a fabulous time with Orlando and Rikky on the resort’s new catamaran. This is more stable than a single hull, but note that there are some big swells between the islands, if you aren’t that good a sailor. Highly recommended. 9/10
Negatives and other issues. We would disagree with the negatives posted here – either they didn’t affect us or we believe them to be wrong. The noise did not affect us, so no comment. Do be warned that the best cottages are probably higher up, so if you aren’t good with steps, go for lower.
Tips. In the late afternoon when the sun went off the beach (4.30 ish, January) we went across to the beach opposite most days. Gets quite busy on Sundays mostly with locals who are friendly, though nobody bothers you (they will try and sell you loungers but that’s about it! Never saw any sellers, apart from the makeshift bar where you can at least get a drink including rum punches in fresh coconuts, plus beer and sodas). Other days were very quiet with perhaps 20 or so people about.