Palm Island is a wonderful little island where you can get absolutely lost in the quiet and doing nothing. The dining staff and bartenders are absolutely fantastic. We have stayed at many upscale resorts and that staff may top any we have ever encountered. Many of the guests during our stay were honeymooners or couples enjoying celebrating an anniversary. Keep in mind that, before you book Palm Island, there are no telephones, one television and very limited internet. You are basically cut off from the world. We found that strange in today's world. Certainly that is what some people seek and, if that is what you want, this is the place.
The food at every meal was absolutely fantastic. Breakfast was always quite special with just about anything you could ever want. Two restaurants served lunch most days and their local fish selections were fantastic. Dinner was always a treat. You had vitually unlimited access to wines, beers, and coctails and the bartenders made some truly fantastic tropical concoctions that were to die for. A local entertainer came over from Union Island on two nights and that was really nice, especially listening to staff members Kevin and Madona crune.
As nice as everything was, there were some problems that I think need addressed:
The sheets were nubby and so thin you could almost see through them. Likewise, the towels were also quite worn and certainly not what you would expect at a top scale resort. The reception area was generally un-manned and you had to knock on a door, where someone would stick their head out of the door, listen to your request and then close the door while they addressed your request - leaving you standing there outside of the door. Of course, the mosquitos were so bad on the island that you really couldn't blame them for doing that. We went through three cans of OFF in one week. I would recommend taking something with a lot of deet. We were also surprised that there were no organized activities on the island. It would have been nice if one of the staff members would have organized something to do. The off-island trips were nice, but expensive.
The manager, Chris, was a great person and made some fantastic specialty drinks. I think that he may be a bit underfunded. I was particularly concerned over the hours the wait staff worked. It was beyond reson.
The ultimate question is whether we would go back? Frankly, no. There are just too many truly great resorts in the Caribbean. I wouldn't include Palm Island among those.
- 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