We don’t usually stay at any one holiday location for more than a week: but thought we’d give it a go on Palm Island.
Getting there is interesting, with an island-hopping flight that eventually reaches Union Island, and then there’s a very short boat trip to Palm. One of the first things we noticed was that the island is actually larger than we thought: it’s a pleasant walk around it, along totally empty beaches and with small hills that are great for taking photos.
Our room was in a block of four, set back a small distance from the sea. It was comfortably large. The room had a huge bed and a comfortable lounge area, plus a small kitchen corner with a fridge and all the basics. The bathroom was also very large, so overall we were very satisfied. It was very clean and room service was meticulous.
There aren’t many rooms in the hotel and so you get to know other guests very quickly. It therefore has a great social scene and we had plenty of fun evenings in the bar with various people. When we were there the guests seemed mainly to be friendly middle aged Brits, charming US honeymooners, and some trendy young Italians.
The food was excellent most of the time, well-presented and was mainly waiter service – which we much prefer to buffets as we tend to eat late-ish. The hotel obviously wants to make dinner a quality experience and requests a dress code – but it’s an uphill struggle with the men!
Staff members were all excellent. Obviously they have been chosen not just for competence but also for helpfulness and friendliness. Chris, the manager, was much in evidence and constantly checking that all was OK with guests.
Snorkeling was OK (but not fantastic) to the far right of the beach. If you attempt to swim beyond the headland you may find yourself in strong currents. I found it a struggle one day, even wearing fins. We enjoyed the boat trip to the Tobago Cays, although the Pink Lady sailing trip in a storm was more interesting! We partook of the rum punch, had a bottle of wine with two friends on a tiny island and then lost our (personal) snorkelling gear somewhere between the quay and our room. This is why having a drink in the daytime is not a good idea.
An interesting quirk is that the island has lots of iguanas: from bright green youngsters to big, grizzled grey adults. They are everywhere, and usually scuttle away if you get too close. And as there’s a lagoon, there are plenty of insects, despite the almost nuclear-strength fumigation that takes place every evening. It’s a gigantic smoke machine that creates a dense fog – for just a few minutes.
This is a total chill-out hotel – so unlike others managed by the same company, there are few planned activities. You make your own entertainment during the day, which was fine by us. I tried to run around the island a few times to counteract the food intake, but the 30 something temperatures and the perspiration running into my eyes made the bar and a cool beer a more attractive prospect.
So, in summary: this is a quiet and relaxing place and we thoroughly enjoyed it. After two weeks we felt we knew every nook and cranny of the island. The epic return journey which I had been dreading (20 hours for us) came and went. We would definitely return.
- 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