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Tour the islands - Bequia, Canouan, Mustique, Union Island, Palm Island, Tobago Cays. Sailing between the islands of Union Island, Palm Island and Tobago Cays - soft gentle waves, winds to ruffle the hair and lots of sunshine.
Take NO notice of the Feb 11 review and go to Palm asap !
As seasoned travellers to the caribbean for the last 15 years, we have just returned after a very relaxing week on palm island.
In spite of a previous review, we can vouch that this is an 'island paradise'.
There is absolutly no sign of poluted water anywhere on the island let alone on the main beach. The closest to seeing anything other than crystal clear waters was on union island at the dock side which is 15 mins away by boat !
As for 'motor' traffic, the only noise you will hear is the 'whosh, splash and shhh' of the sea as well as the birds in the trees.
There were about twice as many sun loungers on the beach as needed as well as acres of space to sit and not be close to anyone.
We would agree that the rooms are a little dark for reading at night and if anyone goes to this sort of location to watch tv then they might have 'lost the plot' !
After a couple of days the vegetarian food became a little repetative but a few words with lennus (the restaurant manager) sorted this out. Ask for a curry, they are fantastic !
The restaurant service was prompt and efficient and the size of portions were enormous and we found it quite difficult to finish most meals.
All drinks are premium brand including excellent rums, brandys and ports !
The house wine selections are quite limiting and were a little dry for our pallet.
The flight to union island was great fun and we flew on a plane that was definately not held together by super glue !
If you are looking for a place to go where you can truly relax and make time for each other, then go to palm island - soon, its not poland ....
a little piece of paradise
Having just returned from my wedding in palm island I thought I would take a look at some of the reviews most of which I heartily agreed with. Except for the opinion of the disgruntled gentleman from london who was there in feb 2005. I could hardly believe what I was reading.
We chose Palm Island as we did not want a the conveyor belt wedding that is offered in some resorts and we definatley made the right decision.
The wedding co ordinator really made the day feel special as did all the staff. The food on the island was superb and plentiful and the cocktails went down a treat after a day relaxing on the beach.
This island really is 'a little piece of paradise 'and we will definatley be returning in the future.
We spent 12 nights on Palm Island in April and had a wonderful holiday. The food was great and the menu changed each night (it was not repeated the second week except for the beach BBQ on Friday which is delicious- don't miss the lobster!).
Having read a couple of negative reviews we were worried and expected the service to be fairly poor but the staff was very helpful and efficient.
Our "island loft" was very spacious and, as it was on the east side of the island, we had our own private beach and there was a nice breeze all day so we never needed to turn on the air conditioning. The island had been going through a dry season so there were no mosquitos at all.
The only downside is that the coral surrounding the island was badly damaged during the hurricane last September and the snorkelling was not as good as expected (we went to the Maldives and expected the snorkelling around Palm Island to be as spectacular). There is plenty to do around the island and although the hotel was full when we went, it never felt crowded and you do not have to reserve a chair by the pool or on the beach.
My favorite place in the world!
I visited Palm Island back in March of 2004 and then again in March 2005. Despite horrific trips there (lost luggage, missed flights, a tiny plane that looked like it had been built in 1947), I'd say both visits were perhaps the best of my life. This place is a real gem -- a perfect, private place to laze on the beach and sip fruity drinks in the most lovely Caribbean surroundings. True barefoot elegance.
- Fantastic, uncrowded white-sand beaches that are perfect for swimming
- Surprisingly good food for an all-inclusive -- the Sat night beach BBQ is quite simply fantastic, complete with lobstertails
- Amazingly nice staff (they recognized us on our second visit a year later, and would bring me a fruit smoothie on the beach every morning without me even asking)
- the room and bathroom were a nice standard
- if you ask, the staff will prepare you a private table at dinner on the beach and next to the "heart" tree
Cons (I had to struggle to come up with these):
- Captain Yannis' catamaran docked almost every afternoon, which did affect the laid-back vibe a bit
- I would have liked some more healthy options at breakfast
- the Internet connection, which is free, is almost too slow to even use
We routinely stay at 5-star hotels, and though the facilities here are not at the same level as a Ritz Carlton, etc., my husband and I both agree that we'd chose to go to Palm Island every year of our lives if we had our druthers.
We have just come back from Palm Island and loved it! From the moment you step off the launch onto the jetty, to be welcomed by rum punch and smiling staff to the moment we left, we had no complaints. The staff are brilliant and do all they can to make sure your stay is just as you want it. Very very relaxing - just lazing around, swimming, snorkelling, wandering round the island - even playing golf 'island style' and tennis. We had a picnic on two occasions on the beaches and didn't see anyone else all day except the guy delivering the picnic! Bliss! You can of course go to the Tobago Keys - which shouldn't be missed - and also take a boat out reef fishing for barracuda - again great fun. But most of all Palm is for relaxation. If you want somewhere with lots of nightlife - forget it. Most people tend to drift off to bed early after dinner, after a few cocktails mixed in the bar by Osten, Jason and Paul. Would we return? Yes, of course. And hope to in the future. It will be hard to match elsewhere the qualities we found in Palm Island.
The only downside was coiming back through Barbados - which was a nightmare. They haven't got any further in the building from a year ago and then the computer systems went down too!! We only caught the plane back to London because it was delayed!! But once on the plane, all was fine.
Don't take any notice of the bad reviews - if you are thinking of going to Palm - then go. It's an experience not to be missed.
"The price was right, too!"
I won this trip in an Internet sweepstakes. It's a private all-inclusive resort, costing about $750 per day. A tropical paradise. Hurricane Ivan inflicted lots of damage here but the resort plans to re-open in December 2004. You can explore the entire island on foot in an hour or in 20 minutes on bicycle, if you don't terribly mind the melting handbars (gross!).
Sunset are pretty nice on Palm Island, although the nearby Union Island, west of here, gets in the way. The resort has its own generators as well as the desalination plant. The ratio of personnel to guests is roughly 3:1.
"No walls in the restaurant"
As you eat breakfast, the astute black birds dive right in front of your nose and scoop bits of your food from your plate. There is a French doctor living on the island with his family. He also happens to be a painter and his very brightly-colored pictures of marine life decorate all the budgalows.
Gateway to Palm Island
"Union Island, stopover for the trip to Palm Island"
This is the mode of transportation from Barbados to Union Island in the Grenadines. From Union, Palm Island will send a small boat to pick you up. The trip across the channel to Palm takes about 10-15 minutes. Click on the Hotels and Accomodations button below to see Palm Island page.
Palm Island, Grenadines
Palm Island sunset
Our yacht from Palm Island
Help me choose an island!
Hi, I'm a first time visitor to the Caribbean and need to pick an island. Which one is small, where I can motor scooter around the island and snorkel off the beaches? Thanks!
RE: Help me choose an island!
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RE: Help me choose an island!
I propose you check out THE GRENADINES - these tiny islands between GRENADA and ST VINCENT would be ideal and there are over 10 from which to choose - PALM ISLAND, BEQUIA, CARRIACOU, UNION ISLAND, MUSTIQUE, etc
RE: Help me choose an island!
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