A TOUCH OF LUXE AT PALM ISLAND RESORT
Towards the end of last year, I was invited by Elite Island Resorts to experience their most exclusive of locations; Palm Island Resort. An adults-only, 135-acre private island situated at the southern tip of St Vincent and the Grenadines, this all-inclusive resort is not only one of the most secluded and remote in the Caribbean, but also without doubt one of the most beautiful!
Over the next four posts in this series, I’ll be sharing my experiences of this hidden gem; from exploring the uninhabited nearby islands, to my tips for planning a unique destination wedding, tempting you with tales of the spa and today, taking you on a tour of this most beautiful resort. Follow our BLOVED Loves Palm Island series here.
After a long flight from London, it was quite the adventure to be whisked out of the queue of disembarking passengers and on to our awaiting (tiny!) island-hopper flight. The crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean sea stretched out beneath us as we soared over pretty islands and coral reefs below. It wasn’t long until we were scaling the top of Union Island and into the airport, sea glittering below us.
Grabbing our bags we were greeted by our Palm Island rep and hurried into a golf cart to speed us the few hundred meters to the sandy harbour and waiting boat to whisk us over to Palm Island itself. With the sun setting behind us, a much-needed ice cold rum punch in hand, we were welcomed by Resort Manager Katie and her team with beaming smiles. As the sun dipped below the skyline, we settled in our Beachfront Suite enjoying the warmth after leaving a dreary London winter’s day, and slept off the jet lag in our giant kingsize bed.
Waking to the sound of waves crashing on the beach, and the sun already high in the sky we were certainly ready for breakfast in the Royal Palm Restaurant – a feast of Caribbean treats and traditional offerings that were sure to fuel a day of island exploring! Armed with a map, sunscreen and bottle of water each, we set off along the beach in the scorching sun. The main beach overlooks Union Island where we landed the night before, with soft white sand stretching as far as you can see. Dipping our toes into the warm water we were greeted by a friendly stingray seeking out his mid-day snack in the sand below.
Peppering the beach, a selection of kayaks and sailing boats await energetic couples looking to work off breakfast exploring the coastline of this stunning island, stopping off along the way for a spot of snorkeling over the rocks, or perhaps a picnic at one of the island’s hammocks. Continuing our journey inland, through the lush tropical gardens, we spotted a pathway leading down the sea. The view at the end of the path was pure Caribbean perfection – soft white sand, clear blue sea, waves gently crashing on the shore, and a sweeping coastline of palm trees against a perfect blue sky. And not a soul to be seen. Paradise, found.
Here, set a story high in the canopy of the trees, timber-clad suites offer spectacular views of this unspoilt beach whilst offering seclusion for honeymooning couples. Closer to the beach, rooms and suites open directly onto the sand offering stunning views and the sound of the sea. With just 43 rooms the resort never feels crowded, with guests littered along the beaches, picnic spots, enjoying the spa (more on that later!), exploring the island by bike or venturing further afield by boat or catamaran to snorkel with turtles in the protected waters of Tobago Cays.
Set in the middle of the island, the cool green pool is such a welcome sight. We certainly spent a few hours a day here reading, lounging and cooling off under the waterfall and helping ourselves to an ice-cold drink from the pool fridge.
At the South of the island, the landscape dramatically changes. Facing the Atlantic Ocean sandy beaches transformed into rocky pools marked on either side by hills looming high above the water. Venturing up the steps of Iguana Trail we saw not a single one of this long-tailed lizards, but were greeted along the path by the clattering of hermit crab shells as they scuttled away to hide in the undergrowth! Despite the steep climb in the midday heat, it was worth it! The view from the top of this rocky outcrop is nothing less than stunning – looking straight down on that sandy strip of unspoilt beach and into the clear blue waters, you could certainly while away a few hours here with your beau and a bottle of champagne.
Each day, lunch is served in the newly-refurbished Sunset Grill, where you can sit on the beach under the shade of a palm leaf parasol and enjoy delicious dishes created by the resort chef and his team. From fish tacos to spicy nachos and light salads we sampled it all, and were never disappointed. Our only challenge was not to leave twice the size we arrived! This was also the perfect spot to enjoy the early sunset each evening with a drink in hand before freshening up for dinner. Most evenings this is served in the smart Royal Palm Restaurant; where one night we were treated to freshly barbequed lobster (the best!) and chose from a menu of European classics and Caribbean specialities all accompanied by a bottle of red.
For special occasions, or a holiday treat you can book dinner in one of the island’s most romantic spots – the Gazebo, Bamboo Pergola or Heart-Shaped Tree. We opted for the Gazebo one evening for a personal experience, being served by our own waiter and enjoying the privacy and seclusion of the setting away from the main restaurant on the beach. For honeymooning couples this is a must!
As well as relaxing and enjoying the resort, there’s a brilliant choice of trips, excursions and treats for couples staying at the resort, which I’m going to cover in my next posts!
But, whether you’re looking for a secluded honeymoon spot or special location for an intimate wedding of close friends and family, Palm Island should certainly be on your list!