The glowing reviews are here for good reason! I look for consistency in reviews and evidently Palm Island Resort follows through. If you don't mind the extra hop in a cramped, twin-prop plane (45 minutes from Union Island), or even if you do, trust me, it will be worth the extra sweat (small airport, no a/c).
We flew with Air Canada to Barbadoes, and waited about 2.5 hours for the connecting flight. Everything was on time, but it is a long day travelling (5 hours from Toronto). A large golf cart picks everyone up at Union Island Airport and carts passengers to the dock (about 2 minutes) for the short water taxi ride. Staff handed us cool towels and bottled water to refresh our weary bodies. Upon arrival at Palm Island, Chris the general manager greets each guest personally right at the dock; then guests are offered a refreshing punch. We were then whisked away quickly to our rooms, as it was late, and we were happily spared the exhaustive routine of many resorts, where one must queue up, sign forms, wait for room keys, etc., before one is allowed to take refuge in the comfort of one's room, to freshen up or get ready for dinner. Check-in was so swift and painless.
The room itself is not huge, but a good size, but with a king bed, and large bathroom. A kettle, coffee maker, and mini bar, all stocked constantly with coffee, tea, soft drinks, and beer, made relaxing more comfortable. We don't like a/c but there was one in the room. We simply turned it off and let the trade winds blow through the windows which were screened. Coming from a closed-up, cold environment in the north, this was heavenly.
We also appreciated the fact that the resort is environmentally friendly, which I think is so important today. I have been in countless hotels where room service changes sheets and towels daily. Really, this is so wasteful! However, it was up to the individual guest to decide how much he/she wished the linens and towels changed. I quite enjoyed having a cotton bathrobe to wear, as it meant less packing. We pack very light in any case to avoid luggage problems; we pack carry-on bags only, and simply rinse out what we wear. The hotel does have laundry service though, so that could be a viable option.
The resort is a perfect antidote for those who want a unique location, a quiet "chill out", a glorious beach holiday, an opportunity to join sailing excursions to snorkel, swim or expolore: as for my husband and I, we were so happy to simply enjoy the myriad of bird songs, to languish on the beach soaking up the turquoise views, or leisurely working our way through fabulous meals. The grounds are as fabulous as the website portrays: not only palm trees, but a host of other flowering tropical delights such as frangipani and bouganvillea. Adorable creatures such as gekkos, lizards and iguanas roam freely. We became fond of our little neighbours and would watch out for them, climbing the trees near our windows, or scurying along the paths. Normally, I am somewhat squeamish of reptiles, but I was the least bit uncomfortable when I discovered how disarming and gentle they are!
Both the pool and the beach are very "swimable". The pool is long enough to do laps in and the ocean is calm and clear. The pool area is also stocked with a minifridge with soft drinks, and a water cooler. One can have drinks delivered at one's palapa on the beach.
What I wish to stress here is that this is truly a resort that is in a class by itself. It is neither large nor raucous, certainly not pretentious but meticulously managed. The staff is accommodating in absolutely every area, but one feels that they do so as if it were the most natural thing in the world. The General Manager, Chris, deserves to be noted. So many reviews have described Chris in such glowing terms, that frankly, I thought they were a bit overdone - but they are all true - Chris is exactly as he is described.
My husband and I took in too much sun one day, and we were so impressed with Chris's personal attention and care. He was right there, offering us assistance, and personallying delivering cool drinks, aloe, etc. In some resorts, you might be a lucky to have a staff who shows any concern, but to follow through, and so quickly, by the manager himself, is enough to make my husband and myself return.
We have been to many Caribbean islands, and have stayed in a variety of hotels and resorts, from self-catering boutique hotels to five-star luxury all inclusives.
What sets Palm Island apart is that it offers the amenities, service and privacy of a large, first-class resort, but with the service and personal attention of a small, private hotel. No one is "in your face" yet the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. One could be as private or as sociable as one wished. For us, it was the perfect holiday, and we are not easy to please. We are going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Island Resort & Spa is a spectacular 135-acre private island resort in the heart of the Grenadines. All-Inclusive. Perfect for couples, honeymooners, and weddings. Incredible white sand beaches surrounded by brilliant turquoise waters. This dreamy, romantic resort offers a true escape from everyday life. Freshwater swimming pool with waterfall, relaxing spa offering massage and beauty treatments, wide array of water sports, Scuba diving, beachfront dining, and so much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Island Hotel St. Vincent And The Grenadines
- Palm Island Grenadines
- Palm Island Resort & Spa St. Vincent And The Grenadines/Union Island