I want to preface this review with a disclaimer: my husband and I are in our late 20s, no kids, and typically view vacations as an opportunity for adventure.
Given that standard, Palm Island really wasn't for us.
We visited using a 1/2 price promotion, and still question how great a value we got. The rooms were nice, the food was okay, the drinks were good, and the staff were entertaining. But it was pretty solidly 3-star quality. Our beachfront room was comparable to a mid-range hotel, both in terms of size, furnishings, and linens. One of the biggest disappointments for us was the lack of activities on the island. We aren't huge golfers, but I don't know how they could possibly claim to have a golf course. The tennis court and shuffleboard court (we were getting desperate for things to do!) were in states of disrepair. The kayaks are only available at certain times of day, and have to be scheduled ahead of time--you can't just take them out for a spin. Also, there's only the one beach that's really good for swimming (we expected we'd be able to swim pretty much anywhere). By day 3 we had hiked, swam, and snorkeled around the whole island, and we were bored! I thought there would be much more to do. Our favorite parts of the stay were our off-island excursions--but these aren't included, and they're expensive.
In fact, the "all-inclusiveness" of the rate is a bit misleading. In addition to excursions requiring an additional fee, picnics at hammocks are US $25, and they charge more if you want alcohol. At dinner, specific wines are also charged by the bottle if you want anything more than the house offering...and it's not like the house wine was selected to pair with the meal. For a place that advertises its luxuriousness, we were disappointed by these limitations. Don't expect to be waited on with drink service, either--there aren't waiters strolling the beach asking for your drink order. If you want it, you have to go to the bar and get it.
There is no denying that the setting is GORGEOUS--it's the Caribbean! If all you want is a week to lay on the beach, and don't have high expectations of luxury, this may well be the place. But we won't be going back.
*Note--we don't have kids, but this really wouldn't be a great beach for them. It has a steep drop off at about shin-deep that would make it really tough for kids to wade and play.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Island Resort & Spa is a spectacular 135-acre private island resort in the heart of the Grenadines. All-Inclusive. Perfect for couples, honeymooners, and weddings. Incredible white sand beaches surrounded by brilliant turquoise waters. This dreamy, romantic resort offers a true escape from everyday life. Freshwater swimming pool with waterfall, relaxing spa offering massage and beauty treatments, wide array of water sports, Scuba diving, beachfront dining, and so much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Island Hotel St. Vincent And The Grenadines
- Palm Island Grenadines
- Palm Island Resort & Spa St. Vincent And The Grenadines/Union Island