We chose Palm Island as somewhere I could celebrate my 60th birthday and what a good choice it was. After flying into Barbados we were met by the Palm Island Rep who immediately took us to the connecting flights desk and arranged for a member of staff to collect our luggage for the onward flight. We only had just over an hour between flights so this assistance was much appreciated. After a 45 min flight and a 5 min ferry trip we were greeted by the Manager and other members of staff with a Rum Punch on the jetty and taken straight to our room. We had booked an Ocean View Room which was fabulous. The rooms are rustic in nature but large and well equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, a mini bar, and good quality toiletries. They also provide insect repellent spray for the room and for personal use. The beach area is uncrowded and very quiet which made for a very relaxing stay and the sea clear blue and lovely to swim in. It takes about an hour to walk all the way round the island and along the way there are three uphill trails which give marvellous views over the island and surrounding islands. I would recommend good walking shoes though for these climbs. There are loads of iguanas and hummingbirds to see. You can also hire bikes to get round the island which were quite fun. Apart from 2 buffet nights, the rest of the time the dining is al a carte and the food quality is excellent as is the house wine. On buffet nights they open the Sunset Bar and Grill for al a carte dining if you prefer this to buffet but you do have to book. We booked a private picnic lunch on one of the remote beaches for my birthday and this was lovely. We also booked a trip on the Pink Lady sailing boat across to the Tobago Cays. Unfortunately it was very windy that day which made the trip over quite rough and we did get soaked. But once you got to the Cays it was much calmer and we were able to snorkel with turtles which was fabulous. We were then given a bbq on the beach with more food than we could eat and fortunately the trip back was much calmer! Unfortunately the snorkelling off Palm Island was a bit disappointing. Most of the staff are lovely and very friendly and nothing seems too much trouble. There is some low key entertainment most nights. When we left, the manager and some members of staff were there to wave us off on the jetty which I thought was a nice touch. One little moan is that Palm Island is very popular with returning guests and we were told that January was particularly popular with these guests. Unfortunately some of these guests did seem to take over somewhat and made their presence more than felt but this is not the fault of Palm Island but a consequence of its popularity. So all in all we had an excellent holiday and Palm Island is beautiful and idyllic.
- 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