Palm Island, The Grenadines
Palm Island, the idyllic, luxury resort just south of St Vincent and the Grenadines. A short flight and boat ride take you away from the bustle of Barbados to an exclusive, tropical paradise. The weather is sultry, the greeting welcoming and set at a leisurely pace, settling you into a holiday of escape, hedonism and relaxation. The hoteliers here are used to tempering the fussy frivolities of guests who have yet to let go of their lives half a world away, and within the day there is a new feeling of freedom which lingers in the warm evening air.
Swaying palm trees gently kiss the thatched roofing of beachside cottages. A couple re-affirms their vows by the light of a fairy-lit, heart-shaped tree; a gentle reminder of the island's magical sense of romance and peace. Slowly but surely, familiarity forms of the staff and guests who are unable to ignore the wonderment of sharing such paradise.
However, all is not set in meditative calm across the island. By the pool, kids play under a waterfall whilst others form friendships through beach volleyball and football. There is a consistent buzz at dinner about the iguanas sighted on a biked nature trail, revealing a wealth of life on the island which is at first hidden to the guest's eye, but is gradually discovered. Tennis, golf, table tennis and all manner of fitness facilities to guests of all ages, making the island the perfect landscape for families with mixed holiday agendas; providing a lifestyle set at your own pace. What better way to calm the energies of the day than by visiting the tranquility of the spa and pampering yourself to a state of zen relaxation?
At sea, guests can freely swim, snorkel and dive; exploring the crystal white seabeds and wildlife hidden in coral-laden shores. A trip to Tobago Cays is highly advised for sea-lovers keen to see a greater breath of sea-life. For those whose hearts call to sail above the seas, Hobie Sails are readily available for guest access, and day boat trips are available, with options appealing to all. For a unique experience, the 'Scaramouche' schooner day trip to Mayreau and Tobago Cays brings a touch of Pirates of the Caribbean energy to any holiday; and moments of explorative excitement to kids (of all ages).
Palm Island is an immersive Caribbean experience, providing privacy and company, serenity and vitality, a taste of the Caribbean that enfolds your senses and makes you wish that you could stay infinitely; sipping on rum cocktails and dancing to the vibrant beats of the steel band, as the sun sets over the pearly white shore and turquoise sea.