Palm Island Resort is an oasis of tropical serenity located on the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This adults-only resort provides guests with personal service and superb cuisine which has been carefully crafted to highlight the best of local Caribbean specialities and international flavours.
The Palm Island Resort includes three superb meals a day with your choice of two restaurants, daily afternoon tea, weekly manager's cocktail parties, top-shelf beverages and beach barbecues. Night and day, you'll enjoy the social, house-party ambience at Palm Island's two bars.
The resort features complimentary tennis, croquet, table tennis, Palm Island style cycling, shuffleboard and an array of non-motorized water sports. Palm Island Resort also offers an air-conditioned gym with cardio-fitness exercise equipment, a lending library filled with an array of past guests' favourite novels, a boutique for both forgotten as well as remembrance inventory and a satellite TV lounge.
Palm Island makes it a point to keep its guests entertained with the best local musicians, who bring island-inflected live music to the resort each night. Steel pan, reggae and island adaptations of classic popular music combined with beautiful sunsets create a romantic milieu for unforgettable evenings at Palm Island.
Palm Island Resort boasts a wide variety of accommodations to please any and all tastes and style. Whether you choose a guest room or suite with a garden view, a beachfront suite with sand and sea just steps away, a private island loft or elegant villa, no matter what the choice, you are guaranteed to delight in the beauty and serenity that is Palm Island. All accommodations include air conditioning, cotton bathrobes, mini-fridges with complimentary soft drinks, quality teas, safes, hair dryers, tea kettles and coffee makers.
Island Lofts. Providing an abundance of charm and privacy, our five Island Lofts say the Caribbean at its best. With peaked roofs and louvered windows for a gentle tropical breeze, each loft boasts 514 square feet of living space for ultimate comfort. Three of the Island Lofts perch above the ground on stilts set back from the beach amid lush gardens and are furnished with rattan furniture highlighted with bold, colourful fabrics. Each loft is furnished with queen size beds, sitting areas, deep-soaking tubs, separate showers, private terraces and boasts panoramic ocean views.
Beachfront Rooms. Interesting architectural touches, like the exposed beams of the peaked roofs, woven rattan ceilings and rustic ceiling fans, all combine to create the utmost in serenity and Caribbean charm in our 20 spacious Beachfront Rooms. With about 450 square feet of living space, each room features louvered windows to allow the soothing Caribbean breeze to pass through. Each room is air-conditioned with private terrace and breathtaking views of the Caribbean and Union Island. Ideally suited for two people, each room boasts a comfy king-size bed along with small sitting area and elegantly appointed bathroom and shower.
Palm View Rooms. Set slightly back in our lush tropical gardens, Palm View Rooms feature sitting areas and private furnished terraces overlooking either the pool or gardens. Rooms featuring a king size bed include a spacious bathroom equipped with a deep-soaking tub and separate shower. Rooms with two queen beds include bathroom amenities with a double shower. All rooms are air-conditioned and include complimentary beverages in a refrigerated mini-bar, daily housekeeping service, nightly turndown service, hair dryer, coffeemaker, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. With 560 square feet of living space, many of our rooms have sitting areas as well as furnished terraces.
Seagrape Suites. Seagrape Suites top the charts with their 560 square feet of living space, and are identical in their amenities to the Palm View Rooms. Each air-conditioned Seagrape Suite offers elegant appointments, beautiful rattan furnishings, separate sitting area, bathroom with double shower and a covered, furnished trace or balcony with beautiful views of the gardens or ocean.
Southern Cross Villa. Set high in the cliffs, our Southern Cross Villa offers stellar panoramic water views. With two bedrooms and four timber decks this villa exudes luxury in paradise. Each bedroom features in-suite marble bathrooms with spacious step-in showers. A tiled dining terrace, an arbor patio and private, infinity edge swimming pool make this an idyllic home away from home. To top it off, we’ll stock your villa with must have items such as cereal, coffee, tea, fruits and snacks as well as soft drinks, beer, spirits and two bottles of Champagne.
Sea Feather Villa. Sea Feather Villa is our newest villa and is situated on Palm Island’s northern Shores. This magnificent villa boasts three bedroom suites, living room and vast covered deck for entertaining immediately adjacent to the water’s edge.
Please note that guests must fly into Barbados where they can take a connecting flight to Union Island in the Grenadines. The property will pick up guests at the airport and take them by boat to their private island.
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Most amazing couples trip!!!
My wife and I went on a vacation to Palm Island with another two friends. I have been to a lot of places but Palm Island was by far one of the most incredible resorts I've ever been to. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted with warm, smiling faces. From that moment on, every staff member that we had introduced ourselves to remembered our names. All of the food was amazing and we would usually end up sitting at the restaurant 1-2 hours just talking, eating, and enjoying the beautiful views. There are bicycles on the island which anyone can use.
2nd Trip even better
This is our second trip to Palm Island with the last being at the same time last year. As before they had just opened from being closed for two months while doing renovations. As last time the renovations were not completed when we arrived. The main restaurant the Royal Palm was being upgraded this time. This was the only negative on our whole trip as the construction did interfere with the enjoyment of the main beach. The construction was more or less completed by the end of our 10 day visit but when we left there was still some work needing to be completed.
The management however provided compensation by arranging multiple catamaran trips for the guests. All the trips that we took advantage of were great. We did two of the three offered trips. The trip to Tobago Cays with Yannis is a definite must for anyone visiting. The waters were great and the food was excellent at lunch. We ended up seeing the sea turtles, and stingray's and a variety of fish. The other trip was a sunset cruise that was very good as well. Even though it didn't equal last years sunset cruise (and to be honest last years one was special with a full moon with the sunset that year) it was still a fun and enjoyable trip with the management staff of the resort.
This year we were also upgraded to an island loft room that was one of the two rooms on the northern beach. This was an amazing room where we heard the surf each night making for great sleeping conditions. We also got up early one morning to watch the sunrise and it was enjoyable and romantic (however, if you do that make sure you put on some insect repellent as the no see ums were out in force). For us the privacy and location were perfect so thank you Palm Island for that upgrade. The housekeeping team did an excellent job on keeping the room clean and they were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
The food this time around was even better than last time. The chef and the cooking team have improved their already excellent skills over the last year. They were able as well to meet some special requests from my girlfriend that really made our vacation even more special. We also did the picnic lunch and the food for that was excellent and the location at hammock 4 was ideal for this. The bar staff were also excellent and on a few occasions had drinks ready for us when we went to the bar after dinner. The wait staff were allot of fun and professional throughout our stay and made meal times more enjoyable as a result. The whole group deserve a very well earned thank you and kudos for their work.
The watersports team were also excellent. They took us out on one of the hobbie cats and we had a very enjoyable sail with them. They also maintained the equipment very well while we were there. I did some snorkelling from several locations both off the main beach and off the northern beach and found some fish on each trip out. Also the area around hammock 4 has fish that don't need snorkelling to see.
The landscaping on the island is wild and this year everything was in bloom so made for some beautiful areas to be in. Also the wildlife was more active this year so we saw even more types of birds than last year. The landscaping team did an excellent job of keeping the trails maintained which helped make the trip to the island even more enjoyable.
We did several spa treatments while there and the two members of the spa team did an excellent job. Their massages helped release tension and relaxed both of us. The sun treatment that my girlfriend received also helped deal with a bad sunburn she had on her back. The spa itself is a nice soothing location with a great view of the ocean.
The travel to and from the resort was excellently handled in Barbados with the team there meeting and guiding us through the airport. This made the transfers seamless and stress free.
Overall we had an amazing nine day vacation here and will be looking to return again. The staff and management are excellent at this resort and well deserving off all the great reviews they are getting. We didn't mention specific staff because they were all amazing and are an excellent team. If you are looking for a place for rest and relaxation the resort does an excellent job of meeting both. Both of us like to visit new places and rarely visit a place more than a few times until we have seen everything to be seen. Palm Island will be different, This is a place we will look to visit more often as they have well deserved another visit. We look forward to seeing them again at some future date.
Thank you Palm Island for a Second great visit.
For our annual “girls” trip we bought a package for Palm Island. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but we were absolutely blown away. Having been to several “all inclusive” resorts before, this one is head and shoulders above. The staff is fabulous. They truly go to great lengths to make sure you are happy, have everything you need, and really make you feel welcome and like family. The food was outstanding. The chef came out and chatted, was truly interested in our opinion. We even talked him into sharing a couple of recipes. One of our crew left a bag on an excursion. They went back, got it and delivered it to us. All with a smile, AND with the money still there!!! We can’t say enough wonderful things, and will definitely plan to make another trip. It is small enough to get to know the other guests if you choose, but not required. There were days when we truly didn’t see anyone else except for meals. If you really want to relax and unplug, this is your place.
Palm Island Resort - WOW!!!
Just returned from Palm Island Resort and....WOW!! Palm Island has caused me, in my 20+ vacations, to actually write a review. This place has got it figured out. My wife and I (in our mid- 50's) spent eight wonderful nights there. Kudos to the owner, Mr. James Lane.
To the review:
Starting at the beginning. Call Elite Island Resorts and make a reservation. The staff is courteous and friendly, and takes their time to listen to be sure to get your reservation perfect. Shout out to Travis, nice buddy, calling you soon to schedule our next one. They have other great resorts. Galley Bay is also really nice, call it #2, but Palm Island is definitely #1!
Traveling from California to Palm Island is a long travel day, 20 hours, and at least three plane rides. Not a bad idea to stay over in Miami for a break.
When we arrived, the staff met us at the dock with a cold towel and a cold drink. Ed, the Assistant General Manager, and Alaska are some of the nicest and accommodating people I have ever met, which became very obvious to us as our time passed. Thanks guys, you helped make the trip wonderful.
We stayed in a superior beachfront room, Unit #1, a very nice, spacious, remodeled unit near the dock. (Units #1 - #6 have recently been remodeled.) The standard beachfront units are also very nice (Units #7 - #19), Unit #19 being especially nice, but far from the "action". And when I say action, it is the hub of the resort that caters to only approximately 100 guests at its peak. There's not a bad room in the place. The interior bungalows are also very nice, more private, and Units #43 and #44 are very secluded, with their own private beach.
There are two restaurants on the island. The main restaurant serves your daily breakfast and dinner, while the second restaurant serves lunch and dinners by reservation only. The Food and Beverage Manager, Cyril, does an excellent job. All of his staff, especially Glenroy, were always friendly and happy to assist. Although the meals are all-inclusive, the menu was never repeated during our stay, and was delicious. The Chef, Bacca, actually has made it so you eagerly await your next meal.
Both restaurants have a bar, which were stocked with top-shelf alcohol. Their main bartenders, Trevor and Johnny, made us some killer drinks. (You have to try Trevor's Cosmo, as it was one of the best we had ever tasted.) The nightly social hour before dinner is a great place to meet new friends.
In addition to their snorkeling, paddle boards, and Hobie Cats (which somehow we never could find enough time in the day to try), you need to go on the Yannis Catamaran sail to the Tobago Cays- an amazing place. The beaches and waters are exceptionally beautiful. However, in high season, they can be quite busy with yachts and sail boats. Be sure to take a bike ride or leisurely walk around the entire island, on its trail, which takes about thirty minutes to walk. You are guaranteed to see many iguanas roaming the grasses. Then, take a short hike up the tallest hill to take-in the stunning vistas.
Not much to say here. If you are looking for a high-paced, action-packed vacation, this is not the place for you. The private island is not totally private. Local laws allow boaters to access the beach, which sometimes brought children. The security did a very good job keeping them from entering the resort, but the hotel did allow boaters to eat at the restaurant for lunch, with their children. Also, although Union Island is only a short 10-minutes water taxi away, the fee was ridiculous - $20 per person round trip.
Palm Island Resort is awesome, and all of its staff are friendly, super accommodating, and do an excellent job. The rooms are kept clean, the grounds are immaculately kept, the food is delicious, and if you don't have a wonderful and relaxing time here, you have nobody to blame but yourself.
Paradise in the Palm of Your Hands!
This place is ABSOLUTELY amazing. We just came back earlier this week and my friends and I are still dreaming about this place. From the friendly staff that constantly goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome and relaxed, to the stunning beaches featuring private hammocks, to the water sports, to the wildlife, I am so glad we experienced Palm Island. We did a private lunch for 4 at Hammock 4 on our last day (there's a private lagoon with swings where you can dip your feet over the water!) Highly recommend! The Yannis catamaran trip to Tobago Cay where you swim with sea turtles is a must! The spa is also insanely beautiful, and the masseuses weave a crown on your head at the end. We also visited Sparrow Beach Club on Union Island, where the food was AMAZING. We ate Tuna and Marlin caught fresh THAT morning, and the Sparrow driver was SO sweet and proud of his island! Finally, we took a trip to Happy Island, which was a trip in itself!
If you are searching for an island getaway that is off the beaten path, Palm Island is perfect! I don't recommend for children -- simply because this resort caters to an adult crowd. Older teens and adult children will also enjoy.
Relaxed Island Getaway
Visited Palm Island in June 2018 for 7 nights and overall had a wonderful experience.
As is mentioned in many reviews the journey to the island itself is an adventure especially if you are not a fan of small planes (8 seater from St Lucia). However, In actual fact the 30 min flight across St Vincent, Mustique etc on the way to Union Island served only to heighten the feeling of a secluded tropical island getaway which we were looking for despite the trepidation we felt at St Lucia airport seeing the puddle jumper pull up!
The staff at the resort were excellent. Friendly, professional and accommodating to the needs of the guests and we very much enjoyed our conversations and general interactions overall. I think it unfair to name check all the wonderful staff at the chance of leaving someone out.
Accommodation wise we had no problems whatsoever. Our room was great for what we needed in terms of comfort and a good nights sleep. We have stayed at the Parrot Cay's, Gansevoorts etc of the world that some guests would consider to be a bit more chic or luxurious but i dont think that it is really the vibe that Palm Island is going for. It is a very simple and understated type place that is undergoing some updates with superior beachfront rooms as well as our favorite restaurant 'sunset grill' that we ate lunch at each day with its fantastic view.
I have to admit we are not typically all-inclusive type people but this place was outstanding in regards to food options with the majority being a la carte rather than a mass production buffet we typically associate with all-inclusive resorts. Every meal we had was excellent with a variety of options.
Beaches and the island as a whole were wonderful with clear waters and swaying palms as well as easily navigated pathways around the island for walks or bike rides. It really is a wonderful place location-wise. Also be sure to take advantage of one of the boat trips to the tobago cays, Mayreau etc as the grenadines are beautiful islands and being able to swim with turtles was a great experience.
Prior to visiting the island i read many reviews on tripadvisor and the overall great reviews are consistent with what we experienced. The negatives that i read revolved around 'lack of beach service/older accommodation/forced niceties from the staff'. In reality i managed to walk the twenty steps to the beach bar for a drink if needed, slept comfortably each night and enjoyed all my chats with the staff from management to the gardeners managing the island. Only thing that needs improving/updating at this place is the website. It simply does not do Palm Island justice and is pretty average in all honesty.
It is difficult to please everyone all the time but we loved this place and look forward to returning next year and we never return anywhere. See you next year.
Laid Back Caribbean Gem
My wife and I stayed 8 nights in Palm Island during June 2018. Ignoring the somewhat difficult travel to and from, the stay was the most relaxing vacation we’ve ever had. The pace of the island is slow. There are few organized activities and excursions. This is a place for sitting in the sun, enjoying the beautiful water, snorkeling with the fish and eating delicious food.
The resort decor had an 80’s or 90’s feel. It’s not intended to compete with some of the super-luxurious hotels in the BVIs or nearby St Lucia. Instead, the focus is on comfort, with large, comfortable furniture and nice beds. Don’t expect wonderful tile work or outdoor showers. The architecture is cozy but understated, with the owners clearly trying to fit in with the beautiful environment instead of overpowering it.
The resort is managed by Katie, a gregarious and fun loving french woman who runs a tight ship. She clearly trains and vets her staff well, because the service provided is incredible. The staff is always ready with a drink refill and a big smile. The restaurant wait staff are managed by Cyril, a young, friendly and ambitious gent from Madagascar, who may continuously forget your first name, but will more than make up for it with his conversational skills and knowledge of travel and the island itself.
Our biggest concern before booking was the snorkeling and we were not disappointed. The island has 5 beaches which are all available to guests. Three of the beaches contain some form of coral reef, although many of the reef spots around the island are mostly rubble. That said, they are filled with beautiful fish and we saw numerous sea turtles, eagle rays, and several nurse sharks. A day trip to Tobego Keys is a must, where we saw dozens of sea turtles and snorkeled all day in the beautiful offshore reef, which is more alive than the reef surrounding Palm Island.
Overall, we had a wonderful, laid back trip. We didn’t go for a party and were glad we didn’t find one. While some of the guests viewed the bar and restaurant as a sort of summer camp where they could engage in nightly drinking and meet-and-greets, we were able to avoid that scene. In other words, if you want to make friends you can, but if you’d rather get away from the world and spend your time talking to iguanas (like we did), you can do that.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a visual kaleidoscope of colors; a land so beautiful that it’s hard to take it all in. Palm Island strips away most of the man-made distractions and allows you to surround yourself in the beauty of a very special place.
What a fabulous resort! This was my first time here. The location is absolutely stunning and is everything you picture about a tropical getaway, but that isn’t the best part of your trip. The best part is the resort staff.
From the moment they greet you when you arrive to the moment they see you off, they are the warmest and friendliest people you will ever encounter at a resort. The general manager Katie has put together an amazing team of people who truly do everything they can to make your stay amazing. There are too many wonderful folks to name, but Cyril (the restaurant manager) and his staff are simply the best.
As far as the accommodations and the island are concerned, we stayed in a beachfront room. The inside of the room was well appointed, but it was the walk out the front door that made it out of this world (pic below). As a side note, if you have the resources check out the Southern Cross Villa. It is truly a special accommodation on the island. The fact that there are only a limited number of rooms on the island makes it simple to find a place for yourself on the beach. The waters are crystal blue and perfect temps. They have a good amount of activities if you’re like me and want to be active (hike, bike, kayak, snorkel, etc) or like my travel companions, you can simply relax in the sun with very few people to bother you. If you like fishing ask them to arrange a trip for you with Sebastian of Grenadines Fishing. It’s a separate cost, but he’s a fabulous guide for all the different fishing options.
Union Island is the major island across the water and had some shopping and some restaurants, if you’re so inclined. I would recommend Sparrows restaurant as they have some great local dishes, like the Smoked Marlin.
Finally, if you’re that person that mosquitos find no matter how many other people are around (like me). Make sure to use the insect repellant provided or bring some of your own and also bring some Benadryl itch cream. I have this issue no matter where I go in the tropics (Tahiti, Hawaii, etc) and it also happened here. The staff seem to do a good job of doing what they can to limit the issue, because most of our group didn’t get bitten once. Even though the bites were annoying it certainly didn’t take away from this truly amazing experience. I only put this here so that if you’re that person (and you know if you are) that you go prepared.
Thank you to all of the Palm Island staff for a truly memorable experience. I certainly see why they have so many return visitors. We will certainly be one of them.