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Palm Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Union Island
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hemel hempstead
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“More tales of the Naughty step gang”
Reviewed March 11, 2008

Returned from Palm Island a couple of weeks ago, having enjoyed a most relaxing holiday on this exquisite island. We were totally relaxed from the moment we reached Barbados, everything was taken care of for us, we did not have to deal with our luggage until we got to our room. We stayed in a palm view room which was very spacious and had an excellent large shower and a bath which we did not use. Food was varied and well presented and we never had a complaint except for the buffet night. All the staff from management to the gardeners were polite and helpful and made us feel very welcome on their island.
We spent days during the whole fortnight doing nothing but laying on the beach or by the pool and had to force ourselves to take the trip on the Captain Yannis to Tobago Cays, but once we tried the Hobie Cats we were hooked and could not stop. The evenings however were a little more lively, the bar staff and the new friends we met made the evenings around the bar and the meals on the naughty step very special.

We think that Palm Island is the Maldives in the Caribbean.

  • Liked — great location and relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — no light in the wardrobe
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2008

We have recently returned from a two week holiday at Palm Island, and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We had a wonderful time, and would certainly consider returning in the future.

We had to miss our first night on the island, as Virgin changed the flight from Gatwick to Heathrow and we didn’t arrive in time to get the connecting flight to Union Island, and we were put up in a grotty hotel in Barbados. However, when we finally arrived at Palm at 2.30 the next afternoon we were greeted, as are all guests, by the management team and two cold drinks. We found all the staff were really friendly, specially Trisha and Asha in the Palm Restaurant, Anthony, Jared and Kimroy in the bar, and the lovely Cecilia who cleaned our room so well each day.

We had booked a Beachfront room, and would recommend Room 8, right across the path from the beach, and facing the right way to reap the benefit of the breeze through the shutters at night. Quite often, we didn’t even need the ceiling fan, let alone the air conditioning unit (which was rather noisy) to keep cool overnight.

The food was good and plentiful, although we were not very impressed with the Caribbean buffet, so the second week we booked dinner at the Sunset Restaurant on that night. The Caribbean barbecue on Friday nights was great though, lobster both weeks, as well as chicken, steak fish, ribs, etc.

The island was great to walk and cycle round and the various lookout points gave good views over the resort and surrounding islands. Bikes take a bit of getting used, as you stop by back pedalling. First time out I managed to fall off into the flowerbed outside the library (which has a great selection of books)!

We booked a trip on Captain Yannis to the Tobago Keys, and as there were only three of us on board, it felt like a private charter. Would strongly recommend this trip. We saw loads of fish, reef sharks, swam with turtles and also a ray. Snorkelling was not really possible off the suggested beaches at the hotel as the sea was too rough.

The icing on the cake for us was to be asked to be witnesses at a wedding, which took place on the beach right opposite our room. We didn’t know the couple until we met them on the boat coming back from Union Island. All the best for the future, Nickie and Simon.

I expect the management were glad to see us go, as we met up with other couples and had a riotous last couple of nights together! Thanks Sue and Phil, Rab and Debbie for making it such a great holiday. Most of the time though, Palm was an oasis of peace, and we felt truly rested on our return home.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Dim light in bathrooms
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2008

I am very sorry not to have written this review previously as it has been a while since my husband and I vacationed on Palm Island. We have booked another vacation there this spring and I will gladly review it when we return. I can only offer to you rave reviews. We so enjoyed the peace and great beauty of this little paradise. True, if you are looking for fabulous entertainment, then this is NOT the spot for you. The food was wonderful, service impeccable, very clean and neat. Fri night bar-b-q was great ! Each night the wine flowed and the atmosphere is wonderfully casual that you get to know the patrons and the servers, as well. We made our own fun ,swimming ,snorkeling in the Tobago Cays, hikes etc. But I think that the best times are spent in a hammock with a good book, palm trees rustling in the breeze and the waves lulling to off to sleep. (Don't bring your own they have a lovely library as everyone seems to leave a book! ) Just go and enjoy! Don't concern yourself with the lack of A/C, gnats or slower service. In perspective it's really not important- you don't have to rush off to go ANYPLACE! Pack lightly, I brought WAY too much! This is a tropical island in every way. We made friends there we will keep forever and we will always have a soft spot in our hearts for Palm Island. My saddest day was watching the isle grow smaller as our boat pulled away. Just GO and enjoy each other! Isn't that why you chose Palm Island in the first place? I know I did!

  • Liked — Beachfront, sounds of the water, large shower
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2004, traveled as a couple
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Reviewed January 29, 2008

We traveled to Palm Island for our honeymoon in August of 2007 and it was absolutely the PERFECT place to go for a honeymoon. We had to fly from Tampa to Miami, Miami to Barbados, Barbados to Union Island, and then took a boat from Union to Palm Island - but it was WELL worth it. We were greeted on the pier at Palm Island by the island manager with rum punch. She personally escorted us to our room - which ended up being the honeymoon suite - which we were unaware of until we got their. They 'upgraded' us to their best room because they knew it was our honeymoon! If you go - we RECOMMEND this room. It's at the very END of the resort - the last bungalow on the front beach. It was super quiet because their were no guests passing by and we had our own hammock under some palm trees. The room was very nice - we had a HUGE walk in shower (which we loved), a fridge which was always stocked with an assortment of beer and soda, decent bed and our own lanai with wooden loungers and table. Our room also had it's own foot-shower outside so you can rinse the sand off of you feet before entering. The staff also added a bottle of champaign and fruit plate when we arrived (because it was our honeymoon). My only semi-complaint about the room would be the lack of AC, but it did not bother us. Hello people! - it is a tropical island with tropical breezes! We allowed the breeze to flow through our room the entire time and it was GREAT! If you're going to stay in your AC room all day, why would you stay on a beautiful tropical island then! Dinner every night was GREAT. I've been to many other resorts and on a couple of cruises - and the food here was A+. Five course dinner every night with interesting desserts and great soups. We tried shark, swordfish, you name it. Some people may have stated that dinner 'took a long time' but this is because this island is SUPER slow paced - which is why dinner takes a while. We ENJOYED the slow pace - and besides, it allowed us to drink more wine and enjoy the sound of the waves in between! The music was relaxing, a little corny sometimes, but still relaxing and slow paced. The bartenders were great. Our favorite, Anthony, even created a 'breakfast' drink for us (and yes it had liquor in it). Peanut butter, rum and crushed goldfish crackers. Sounds crazy but it was the perfect way to get an 'early start.' The island itself is ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING, BEAUTIFUL. You feel as if you're marooned on an island, like in the movies. The beaches are clean with soft white sand, the water is so blue. If you like to EXPLORE things, the island has enough to keep you busy. My husband and I brought our snorkel gear along with us, so we walked the entire island every day and snorkeled on all of the beaches. We also climbed all of the little 'peaks.' There are lots of native palms, cacti and flowering plants. We even found the islands two goats. Someone told us that their were two goats on the island - we didn't believe them - but we found them living in some shrubs! We took some BEAUTIFUL photos from the tops of the island's volcanic peaks. We would explore the beaches and NO ONE else was on them! It was like we owned the beaches, owned the island. I'm telling you, it is SO secluded. And eco-friendly too. All of the bungalows heat their own water of the roofs through solar power. The island also has it's own cistern, which collects and distributes rain water. They also have flush-friendly toilets, etc. There's a great little library, AC'd workout room, a computer with internet (but who wants to use that on vacation), massage parlor, pool and other added bonuses. I could go ON and ON about our trip, but I need to end it somewhere....

A quick list of the BEST things:

-Food - eggs benedict, french toast, squeezed orange juice, chili over nachos, any of the soups, shark, pretty much any of the food!

-You MUST go to Tobago Cays on the Pink Lady (which they also threw in for us because it was our honeymoon). We had the Pink Lady all to ourselves the day we went. We snorkeled with some sea turtles and then our guide took us "off the charts" to a reef on the edge of the Caribbean where it meets the Atlantic Ocean (a 400 foot drop) and we snorkeled some CRAZY reef. Not sure if he was supposed to do that...but GLAD he did!

-Snorkel right off the front beach of Palm Island. You need to be a little gutsy though and go out a ways to see lots of fish. Bring your own gear if you have it - you can literally walk out of your room, walk into the water and see reef/fish.

-EXPLORE a little. There are 3 more beaches other than the one the bungalows are on. You'll get some great views if you climb a little, come upon some private hammocks and see tons of iguana's, birds, plants, etc.

-Grab a book in the library, grab a drink at the bar, find some loungers and CHILL.

We WILL go back. It's a little pricey, but well worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who needs or wants to RELAX. It is very slow paced and quiet. Do not go if you want to party it up or find someone to hit on, because it's not going to happen! It's mostly couples who want to CHILL.

  • Liked — Seclusion, beauty, wildlife, water, food.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed January 25, 2008

I booked Palm Island for a secret honeymoon destination on the back of the Trip Advisor reviews. It really is very good, and not just because it was our honeymoon. I've been to a very nice all-inclusive 4* in St. Lucia and Mexico before and this is definitely better.

I am not a good flyer but I actually loved the little flight over on the twin engined plane. There was just 3 of us plus the 2 crew. It's like a taxi - we were second stop of 4 islands. My top tip is to sit up front and watch the pilots - there is no cabin door so you can see what they are doing and that everything is alright.

We couldn't see the island properly when we arrived because we were caught in the tail end of a tropical storm but we were met with umbrellas and drinks on the quay and settled into our room nicely. The next day we had the chance to explore this beautiful piece of tropical paradise.

Room. We had a beach front cottage. It was spacious, airy and kept very clean. The was a reasonable shower (with a view out to the sea - lovely) but no bath. When we stayed the temperature was fine so there was no need for aircon at night - just the (very quiet) ceiling fan. As another reviewer has said, it's not cutting edge design but it was rustic and lovely. There werent as many of the usual little hotel bottles of shampoo etc. (no shower gel - I hate soap) but it didn't really matter. The fridge is stocked up with soft drinks and beer. There is no TV and no phone - bliss.

Service. The staff are very friendly and the service was very good. When we arrived the resort was very quiet but towards the end of our stay it got a little busier (although busy is not the word - less quiet I suppose) and orders took a little longer for breakfast.

Food. The food is good but not so good that you want to make a sond and dance about it. The food is cooked well enough and was of a consistent quality. Certainly no tummy upsets or anything like that (the water is 100% drinkable too). The breakfasts were good. Lunch at one of the cafe bars was always good (burger, catch of the day, pasta, etc.). For the evening meal there was a fairly wide choice from an a la carte menu. What was strange was the lack of any real local dishes. Plenty of roasts, steaks, French-style food to choose from which always had vegetables like cauliflower, carrot, broccoli, etc. If anything, I would have preferred less choice but of locally sourced, locally styled food rather than the rather generic (tasty though it was) international cuisine. The desserts were almost all bought in pre-made. Still good quality for what they were. The fish was always good and I agree that the lobster at the barbecue night was fantastic.

There were no sand flies when we were there. Very few mosquito bites (until the last night when I sat on the porch in the evening). The birds can be a little annoying at breakfast as they descend upon the table the second your get off your seat. The iguanas are tame and add a bit of interest to your hectic day on the beach. The evening picnic (go to Table 4) was lovely.

The beach was so quiet. With some guests off on day trips there were probably only 12 or so guests strung out over 300 yards of sand during most of our stay. The loungers were absolutely fine, no problems with them.

Overall, it was a fabulous stay. You don't go there for the entertainment, to watch TV or go to the gym (not the best facilities and the tennis court was water logged - but who cares). If you want to relax on a beautiful beach with crystal clear water, have a few cocktails, enjoy a bite to eat, chat to a couple of other guests then go to bed, get up and repeat - fantastic.

  • Liked — Location and service
  • Disliked — More effort on the food - local dishes please
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2008

Had a wonderful 2 weeks in Palm. Short flight from Barbados is a bit hairy, if your not a great flier, but not as bad as expected. Fantasitc boatride from Union Island over to Palm. Greeted by the manager with cocktails. Quiet, wonderful island, iguanas strolling about, beautiful birds, beaches, good restaurant. Don't go if your looking for the fast and furious, and lively evenings. Go if you are looking for rest and relaxation, with great staff, and in a beautiful spot.

Stayed November 2005
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2008

What a great little hidden place in this world. Stayed here for a week back in 05 for our honeymoon. Anyone wanting to get away from the world for a week, this would be your place. Besides the "TV Room", there is really no communication with the outside world, which is exactly what we were looking for.

Stayed May 2005
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Property: Palm Island Resort & Spa
Address: Palm Island, Union Island
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Location: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Union Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Union Island
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Hotel Class:4 star — Palm Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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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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