Originally called Prune Island, the land was leased from the government for just US$1 a year with the condition that a hotel was built to provide employment for locals. Fifty years on, the accommodation has been replaced and stylishly updated but almost all of the staff are still from the local area, which is reflected in the welcoming service.
Rooms are finished with traditional touches, maintaining a truly Caribbean feel and surrounded by secluded sandy coves and aquamarine waters. It’s an idyllic place to relax and the resort encourages guests to completely switch off, with no Wi-Fi or TV in the rooms.
Please note that there is a Climate Resilience Levy imposed by the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines that has to be paid directly to your hotel for any stay in the country. This tax is subject to change but is around US$3/CA$8 per night and will need to be paid upon your departure.
With a serene ambience, this is a wonderful choice for honeymooners and couples looking for relaxed seclusion. There’s a laid-back, community feel to the bars and plenty of hidden spots to enjoy by yourselves.
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Rooms are spread across the northwest coast of the island. Each has its own private terrace or balcony, air conditioning, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. There is no Wi-Fi or television in the room to enable you to switch off from technology and enjoy island life. Furnished with Caribbean fabrics, wooden furniture and exposed beams, they encourage a laid-back, Caribbean ambience.
Palm Island is a 135 acre island in the south of the Grenadine Archipelago. The resort is centered along its west coast, running alongside Casuarina Beach, the largest of the island’s silver-white sand beaches. Open to day-tripping sailors from yachts exploring the Caribbean, the beach is home to a small marina and beach bar.
Other than a handful of privately owned villas, the rest of the island is only accessible to resort residents. Smaller, secluded beaches line the southern coast, accessible by hiking trail, bicycle or boat.
The small town of Clifton, on Union Island, is a 15-minute boat ride away with a range of shops, restaurants and bars.
Food and drink
There are two restaurants with menus focused on fresh produce with an eclectic mix of Caribbean and international dishes.
The Royal Palm restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and à la carte lunch and dinner. Open to hotel guests only, it provides an elegant dining experience. A dainty afternoon tea is served daily and the romantic lamp-lit bar stays open until the early hours.
Set on the beach, the Sunset Grill is open to guests and visitors from yachts moored offshore, serving à la carte lunches. It stays open until sunset, a perfect place for a sundowner. It’s also possible to book a private dinner on the beach.
To maintain a relaxed ambiance on the island, there is an age restriction of 16 years old from 3rd January to 23rd April each year. At other times of the year, this is reduced to 12 years old. It’s worth noting there are no children's facilities available.
The area is a paradise for sailors and the hotel’s concierge will be happy to arrange one of the many sailing trips available. Sail to the nearby islands of Union or Mayreau for lunch and a spot of shopping or explore one of the many snorkeling sites. A day sailing on a traditional 60 ft schooner is particularly unique.
There is no on-site PADI dive center, however diving can be booked with a nearby local operator.
The island’s spa facility opened in 2016. With two treatment rooms, it has a spa menu that includes massage, facials, manicures and hair styling.