Palm Island Resort, St Vincent & Grenadines | UK WEDDING BLOG

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Part two of SYGM in the Caribbean. Oh, Palm Island…  A private, all inclusive, island set in St Vincent and The Grenadines. It’s in the middle of the Caribbean Sea with just 43 villas. There are five postcard perfect beaches to explore and enough staff for 1-2 guests per member of staff! It’s a truly special place where you can spend beachy days soaking up the sunshine, go sailing to Tobago Cays, swim with turtles, go on sunset cruises, cycle around and spot the iguanas, watch a movie under the stars and drink from coconuts all day lounging in a hammock {spiked with rum if you desire!}. Seriously, this place is a one of a kind and regularly tops Conde Nast’s Gold list and wins awards for the best place to stay in the Caribbean.

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To get there was an adventure, one filled with excitement rather than the usual travelling stress. We took a short flight {on a tiny plane with just sixteen seats} from Barbados Airport across to Union Island, passing archipelagos surrounded by turquoise reefs on the way. The colour of all the water in the Caribbean is just insane, even on a cloudy day the shades of blue are incredible. At Union Island we were shuttled to the dock by golf buggy for a few minutes to then get a boat across to Palm Island just across the water. There was a group of 12 of us who had been on the same little flight, most of whom were American and were returning to Palm Island for the third, even sixth time!! Everybody shared their stories, there were just two pairs of us that hadn’t been before so I loved hearing what they all had to say about it before we even got there. Five minutes later on the boat, we had arrived!

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We were greeted with a rum punch whilst our bags were taken to our rooms. It was twilight when we got there, just after the sun had gone down so there wasn’t much light for exploring. I quite like arriving at that time though, you have dinner, go to bed and then get to wake up to true paradise the next day. The whole island has an area of 135 acres and there are only forty rooms plus two private villas, meaning that you have a huge amount of space without anyone to disturb you for the week. There are various different room types, we were incredibly lucky that nobody had booked the Seafeathers Villa during our stay so we were upgraded to a three bedroom beach front villa complete with a golf buggy to get around. It was amazing to have that much space, including a kitchen and fridge filled with treats {and all the alcohol you could ever wish for} plus a lounge and outdoor terrace. The golf buggy was a very fun addition too and made us lazy for the week! There’s one other villa which looks even more special, The Southern Cross is set out on it’s own at the very top of the island and has it’s own private plunge pool. Honeymoon heaven right there. Of course, the villas are more pricey so if you’re on a budget the rooms and suites are perfectly lovely too. I will say that the Caribbean as a whole has quite a rustic feel about it decor wise compared to say Mauritius or The Maldives which are a bit more on trend and modern. It adds charm and you’ll still find all the luxuries you’d expect like toiletries and white robes.

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Not a bad view from our room!
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The next day, armed with a resort map, we set about covering the island on the way to breakfast. You can do a big loop of it on bikes or with the golf buggies and discover the five different beaches around Palm.

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Stepping outside, we could see where the island get it’s name from. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of palm trees everywhere you look. If that’s not paradise then I don’t know what is.

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Did you ever watch Lost? It felt like we were on that kind of island, but without the scary polar bears. At traditional beach resorts I tend to get itchy feet after a few days, wanting somewhere to walk or go. Here, you’d never be bored with all the different surroundings and coasts to cycle around. The resort will even provide you with a picnic if you want to pack one up to take to one of the more isolated beaches on the north of the island.

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Sometimes with tropical islands like these you’re wary of insects or sharks, well I am anyway. At Palm luckily the only wildlife you’ll come across are friendly Iguanas, tortoises munching the grass, pelicans flying overhead and fish and turtles swimming in the sea. It’s refreshing compared to places like Australia where everything is a predator waiting to eat you.

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After our lap of the island we arrived at the main part of the resort for breakfast. Most of the rooms are at the front of the island as well as the two restaurants, main beach, jetty and lawn to pick up your bikes. You can see a map of the island here if you’re interested in the layout of it all.

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The Royal Palm Restaurant serves breakfasts and dinners. There’s a buffet for breakfast as well as a menu to order a la carte. There was tropical fruit, cereal, toast, pancakes & french toast made fresh everyday, cold cuts, croissants and a coconut special each day hidden in a wicker picnic basket. Being called Palm Island they make sure to use the abundance of coconuts by either turning them into cookies or cakes! Then you can order eggs or porridge – the coconut porridge was my favourite. You’ll never go hungry here and as it’s all inclusive you don’t need to worry about bringing a purse. There’s even afternoon tea served every afternoon with sandwiches and cookies. All we did was eat the yummiest food!

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As I said in this post, it’s a nice feeling when your only decision for the day is pool or beach. Well actually, lounger or hammock goes here too.

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The hammocks got my vote most days. And yes, the colour of the water is real and unedited! All the blues. It’s a cliché but you really do have to pinch yourself the whole time, everywhere you turned it looked like something straight out of a holiday brochure.

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The beaches were just so beautiful and the sea like a warm bath to swim in. We didn’t actually go to the swimming pool during our stay as we couldn’t drag ourselves away from the sea.

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But there is a pool if you desire. It’s set back behind the beach and being adults only, it was so quiet. That’s one thing I would say, this resort is perfectly suited to honeymooners who want to relax. If you’re into partying then it probably isn’t the place for you. That being said, there’s still lots going on to keep you from going crazy. Every Sunday there’s a staff cricket match you can join in with, and there’s always something going on near the bar with different cocktail nights or rum tastings.

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Lunches were served right on the sand at The Sunset Restaurant. We mainly ordered Caribbean fish but the burgers and the fish tacos were really good too. Followed by coconut ice-cream and coconut water, cut down from the palm trees that morning. Why doesn’t the bottled stuff we have over here taste the same?! 🙁

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The resort map outlines where is best for snorkelling, in the afternoons we’d go to the watersports centre on the beach to get our snorkels and then try a different spot each time to spot hundreds of fish. All of the beaches were just too gorgeous, I couldn’t stop taking photos the whole time I was there.

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Everyday there are boat trips that go out to the world famous Tobago Cays, we went out on Pink Lady the sailing boat. Unfortunately the day we went was rather choppy and rainy so I didn’t get the best photos from it. Other people that went earlier in the week raved about it though, and it was amazing being able to snorkel with turtles while lunch was being cooked on a tiny island. They filmed Pirates of the Caribbean there.

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Tobago Cays on a sunny day, look at that water! ^

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I’d definitely recommend going out on a boat, even just on one of the hobie cats you can sail from the beach to see the island from out on the water.

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On other nights we swung in a hammock waiting for the sun to set. Normally it takes us a while to really switch off when we go away but you can’t be anything other than relaxed at this place. We took a massage at the spa and read books for most of the day. The rooms are wi-fi and TV free zones which forces you to unwind properly and focus on where you are. Of course if you really need wifi {to post photos those all important beach photos!} there’s a library and reception which have it.

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For honeymooners there are so many ways to make the trip more memorable. There’s a gazebo you can book for a private dinner which is super romantic at night.

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Even if you don’t book the gazebo, dinners were special every night in the main restaurant. Hell, everything is special at Palm Island. Cheers to that!

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One thing that I really loved was the outdoor cinema. Every week the team set up a big screen under the stars! It’s a silent one so you collect headphones and then watch a movie on the beach. Such a fun idea.

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Honeymoons aside, why not get married here too? Wedding wise, Palm Island would be a dream. Getting married on a private island with these beaches! When talking to the team there, they really are super flexible to whatever you want to plan. Some couples exchange their vows then jump straight on a sailing boat with a crew who could take you on a sunset cruise or take you to Tobago Cays and cook you a special dinner. All details like a photographer, flowers and cake can be pre-arranged in advance. Location wise there are two gazebo structures on the beach to choose from or a spot of your choice around the rest of the island. There’s lots more on all the wedding info here, including the documents you’d need to take with you.

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One other thing I really wanted to mention is the staff. We’ve been lucky to travel around the world but this island just has this feel about it that is different to anywhere else we’ve ever been.  They really can’t do enough for you and having fab staff really makes a place special. It’s so laid back, Caribbean Island life at it’s best. Weddings, honeymoons, or just because. You’ll remember Palm Island forever. I was so sad to leave, those beaches will take a lot of beating from now on! If you’re looking for something special and unique, Palm Island is your place.

Need to know:

October, when I visited, is officially hurricane season {although hurricanes in St Vincent & The Grenadines are rare due to it’s position}. As I said back in this post on where to go and when,  prices are cheaper in low-season from August to November but you do have a higher risk of stormy weather and it can be very humid. We had a fair bit of heavy rain and some grey skies whilst we were there which you should be prepared for. But we did still see lots of sunshine and came back with a tan! By contrast, from December to May the days are full of sunshine and the humidity drops, but you will pay more for going during the high season.

You can find more info, and details about booking with Hayes & Jarvis here. There’s a special offer on at the moment with Hayes & Jarvis (01293 735 831) who are offering a seven night trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines with prices from £1,899 per person. The offer includes a week at Palm Island Resort on an all inclusive basis, transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick. Based on departures on 16 May 2016.

There’s also more on Palm Island’s website here and Elite Island Resorts here.

{I was a guest of Elite Island Resorts and Hayes and Jarvis but as always I would never ever promote something that I didn’t love. All opinions are my own. And a huge thank-you to Karen Tippett and the team!}

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Catherine Lux //

Fab write up! I’m still dreaming of my stay a coupla weeks ago, I want to go back ASAP, it’s such a special place. We were really lucky with the weather and only had one day out of the week when it was overcast. I’ve finally written all of my blog posts on my trip and feel quite sad that I don’t have anymore to write and relive the week 🙁

C x | Lux Life

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