After seven nights on Palm Island, we arrived at Young Island after a very short 30 minute flight and a 200 yard boat ride. The island is relatively small and an All Inclusive option is available. I would recommend going that route as our experiences on St. Vincent mainland leaves it seriously lacking. It did include all our cocktails, which is always welcome.
We discovered that some of the rooms on the beach and lower flat level have A/C. We chose a hilltop Villa option with it's own plunge pool for it's privacy. We were not disappointed on the privacy front. Villa 30 is the last room and up a fitness inducing 120 handmade steps of varying twists and turns. This room didn't have a/c. I was initially worried about this fact, but it proved to be of no worry. In April the trade winds are very strong and the room has over half floor to ceiling windows. We slept well. A note of serious consideration is the noise form the very close mainland. We were treated throughout the day with various road noises and dogs barking. Not such a concern during daylight hours, but nighttime was another story. There is a nightclub or two on the beach across from the resort that plays music, loud base, preaching sermons on Saturday and Sunday, and generally makes an irritation of itself. I don't know if the closed up a/c villas are better because they are closer but windowed or if we got more up the hill due to location or open windows. I travel with a noise machine and we used it-we needed it. Don't let this deter you from a visit, just be ready. This room, with brick floors, lots of windows and wood rafters, is in some serious need of furniture updating. A minibar would also be nice. They fill your ice bucket early in the day and it melts quickly. If you want more ice, the machine is by the bar. The room is huge and the deck and pool area are great, although with some weird roof lines. The bathroom is big but weird. Lots of step downs that get precarious in the dark. The towels are plush but non absorbent. Since we had our pool, we didn't use the large pool but it looked nice.
The food is so delicious. I think the chef was trying to kill me with the large variety of cream based soups. My husband thought they were attempting death by bread! They make their own and have at least six choices at every meal. The mahi mahi was to die for. Everything was so good. They seem to run the same two lunch menus for three days each with Sunday being a buffet. But dinner always varied. Such great food. Don't visit on a diet.
The resort could be run tighter and the front desk is a hit or miss on information. Be prepared to have to ask again later to get info that makes sense. Example: When we were asking about our departure time/schedule, the first pleasant lady we spoke with told us that we would need to be there two hours before our 6am flight. We were only going to Grenada. Technically international, but still less than a 30 minute flight. There was no way that we were going to such a little airport to fly at 4am. When we questioned this, she asked us when we were thinking of going. When we said 5.15 she said "well, if you're not going to go the requested two hours early you might as well go at 5.45am." We opted to leave the resort at 4.45am. Later that evening the next pleasant lady was in confirmation, and agreed that plan should be fine, although two hours is requested! A stock answer, I'm guessing, but she did take the early time into account. Absolutely unnecessary. We checked in by 5.10 and waited for 50 minutes in an empty unentertaining airport.
The hotel needs to advertise more and better. They seem to be relying heavily on word of mouth and returning middle aged Brits. The bartender runs between the bar and the eating tables, so if you're in the bar you will have to wait sometimes . I laughed one night when his tux shirt was unbuttoned about three buttons and his undershirt was in full view all evening. It is a little stuffy and reserved, but the scenery is well worth the trip.
Lush, green, flowering, and running with all variety of island animals it is just like your own private rainforest. It is beautiful. We got several rain showers, but it kept it pleasant and relaxing.
We took a taxi into Kingstown with the intention of doing some little souvenir shopping and maybe getting some lunch. We used Smokey to shuttle us everywhere. He's great! We left the town in 30 minutes and returned to Young for lunch. Inland St. Vincent has several excursions I'm sure are lovely, but we weren't in the mood to drive a few hours so we were very disappointed by Kingstown. We stayed five nights and really enjoyed it, but are unsure if we will return.
- Also Known As:
- Young Island Hotel St. Vincent
- Young Island Resort St. Vincent, St. Vincent And The Grenadines