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Palm Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Union Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 February 2011

This was our second trip back to Palm Island & it was even more enjoyable than our first. Chris Ghita has worked diligently to make this resort just perfect & it is! We arrived after the long flights & were greeted so warmly by Chris & his wonderful staff. We were glad to see so many of his staff have remained there from the previous year. It is relaxation all the way.......... from the moment you arrive & the excellent staff work really hard making sure your every “whim” is taken care off. We thought special mention should go to Kail, Cleon, Anthony, Kevin, Kenroy, Luke, Margaret, Olive & Ping the gardener. As this resort is small the atmosphere is very warm & intimate, the staff greet you by name each day & you will soon slide into "island time"................your stress levels just fade away. We travelled in a large group with family & friends & everyone loved it..............quite a feat with so many of us. The food is excellent lead by Chef Bakka & Chef Nikki, each day we had fabulous fresh fish, excellent salads, steaks, pastas even lobster. We were all very happy !! The island is fun to explore with so many deserted beaches & trails. You can swim,boat, bike, play tennis or jog..................or simply do nothing but indulge yourself, reading under the shade of the many trees surrounding the stunning main beach. We do recommend you take a private charter on the Yannis to the Tobago Cays. It is a perfect day out, they pick you up on the beach at 9am or so & you have the entire day at sea......including lunch & drinks. Its “bliss on a boat”...you get to see turtles ..........visit “Petite Tabac”..........but alas not a pirate in sight, they filmed “Pirates of the Caribbean “ here! Quite simply the Tobago Keys & surrounding Islands are stunning & not to be missed.
The rooms: Beachfront are simply that, “right on the beach”. The Garden rooms are larger & have big bathrooms & are literally about 50 feet from the beach. The Seagrape suites are new & very luxurious. The Lofts are well situated & roomy.
It’s a long trip to get there so pack very light .........as it is warm & tropical you do not need much..... one pair of beach shoes & one for evening & you are all set! Forget your heels ............this is the islands. Cool cottons & light silks will suffice!! Although they "fog " the resort on a regular basis, do not forget your bug repellant, yes it is tropical so the mosquitoes are on vacation with you!! Also I highly recommend you stay for longer then one week, for two reasons. 1. You won’t want to leave. 2. It’s a long trip so make it worth your while & spoil yourself! Would we go back? ............We are already booked again for our third trip & are literally counting the days until we return & our friends are all booked also!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

Still a beautiful resort! We feel so pampered when we stay here! If they agreed to allow me to stay forever, I would. Different staff faces met us at the dock this time and the fruit punch is a little smaller, but a still a great experience, that's for sure!

My husband and I arrived on a Wednesday afternoon and we couldn't wait to stroll around the lovely grounds again. But first we went to see our room. We decided to stay in the Seagrapes suites this time around. The room is nice, but the bathroom is HUGE! We had tons of space for the both of us. It had two sinks and a shower so big that my husband could have washed his BMW in there! The staff stocked the mini fridge full of Carib beer for my husband and we had a nice outdoor area. The beds were super comfy, too.

It rained two of the days that we were there, once when we were walking around the island, but even a rainy day in paradise....We saw the greenhouse and love that Palm Island is becoming more and more green all the time. Oh, and much of the food was amazing! We enjoyed all of the fresh vegetables, the breakfasts, the burgers and fries (yeah, I know, but what can I say? I love burgers and I don't eat fries at home!) The salads that they have added prior to eating lunch are also nice. Particularly the pumpkin and the hearts of palm!

Our whole vacation was so relaxing, we were taken care of very well and it was a completely delightful vacation. I hope that we will be blessed enough to go back many times! Well done Palm Island! BTW, we were completely overjoyed with Chris, the GM. Rob Barrett hit the jackpot when employing him.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2011

Very far from our home in San Francisco, but worlds away in every respect. My husband and I were badly in need of a respite from our hectic jobs, and we found it on this tiny island. Palm Island Resort is an ecologically sensitive, beautifully managed and low key haven.
Our beachfront cottage was literally on the sand, and simply appointed; not luxurious but quite comfortable.
Food was excellent and surprisingly varied, with delicious local flavor, and wine and other drinks generously offered by caring and friendly staff. Chris Ghita, the GM, seems to be everywhere at once, with a friendly and helpful hand.
Palm Island is not perfect (e.g., the tennis court needs a new net and resurfacing), but it comes pretty close!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Margiesanfrancisco11
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

Travelled to Palm Island with my husband in Jan 2011 for some much needed winter sun and a very special birthday treat.
We arrived via Barbados, and were met at Bridgetown airport by Palm Island staff, who ensured our luggage was transferred for the 45 minute plane journey to Union. This was a welcome relief as we were very nervous about the short transit time, and could be better advertised, but that was soon forgotten once we reached Palm.
From Dinner on the first night, to Breakfast on the morning we left, all meals were tasty, plentiful and cooked with a lot of local produce. Drinks in the bar were all premium spirits, and there was loads of choice (the strawberry daiquiris were a favourite)
The room we had was a beachfront bungalow. Waking up each more to the birdsong and the sounds of the waves was great. All amenities were provided if required, and the fridge is re-stocked daily.
For a weeks relaxation, the resort is ideal, there are a few things to do, with a nice library/TV room, snorkelling equipment, bikes and of course, the wonderful beaches. However I think any longer, and anyone would become a bit bored. The spa is okay, a little pricey for what is essentially a beauty salon.
What makes the place really special is the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. Chris and his front of house team (especially Monica and Andrea) work really hard to ensure nothing is too much trouble, and a special mention is needed for Kevin, Anthony and Kenroy in the restaurant and bar, who have so much enthusiasm.
I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday here, and the staff pulled out all the stops to make sure I had an excellent day.
All in all, a really great place, not super-luxury, but very relaxing and really well managed.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

great food and wondeful breach front room . simpe but adequate.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank PhyllisM97
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

My husband and I went to Palm Island for the second leg of our honeymoon in October, 2010. We started our trip in Barbados knowing that Palm would be the "quiet" island. We did all of our sight seeing and activities in Barbados and were ready for relaxation. We met Sharon at the airport, and she walked us through everything we needed to know about the island She helped us out with a snafu with a Barbadian cab driver. It was great that she was there to help smooth the situation. My husband is not a fan of heights, so the small plane from Barbados to Union was a little nerve wracking for him. I thought it was fine, got a kick out of the retro plane, and admired the beautiful scenery.

When we got to Palm, we were met by Chris and Tom on the dock. They knew it was our honeymoon and promised to make it amazing. We cannot explain how amazing the staff was. Kenroy was a great bartender (willing to make any sort of concotion), and Cleon was our favorite staff member. We had rum punch from scratch- so good. Everyone knew us by name and were just really nice people. It was fun to talk to them and learn about life in the Grenedines. Chris was genuinely interested in making our stay as perfect as possible. We were in a loft, so there were 2 beds... We just pushed the beds together- problem solved. However, they did ask several times if we were ok our room, and we said yes. Honestly, we didn't feel like repacking and unpacking again. Having beers and soda in the fridge every day was a nice touch, and a bottle of champagne and a fruit plate in our room upon arrival was awesome.

My husband is not a beach person, but I think this vacation changed him. He was initially excited about the golf course, but we never played. We managed to stay fairly active. We played tennis, went to the gym several times, hiked around the island a couple times, hiked up the trail to the highest point, and went snorkling. We logged in a lot of hours on the pristine beach. I am the type of person who can be on the beach for the whole day and be completely relaxed and content. We felt like we were the only people on the beach or the pool. There was a small gnat problem, but they fumigated almost every day, and honestly, who can complain about bugs? We were on an island, there is nothing anyone can do to control bugs- it's part of nature.

We only did 1 excursion- the Scaramouche, which we were lucky to get one. It only goes out on certain days, and there has to be enough people signed up to go. It was a really fun day, about 10 people total on the boat. A few people flew in from Granada, so it was interesting to hear about that island. We weren't so lucky in spotting turtles, although some other snorklers around us did see some. Lunch was really good- chicken, rice, and some veggies, and of course endless rum punch.

The food was amazing. I was surprised at the variety of dinner every night. The menu completely changed and each meal was fantastic. Being from the US, we are used to huge portions. We loved that we were pleasantly full after dinner but not over sated. We went to the beach restaurant a few times for lunch, which was a nice change. Both bars were fun both before and after dinner. It was nice to meet other people, although there were about 27 guests on island! The rum tasting was fun, especially the "Really Strong Rum"- 84% alcohol! If you are looking for an active social scene, this is not the place for you. We knew that it was going to be a very laid back atmosphere, and it was exactly what we were looking for on our honeymoon.

We had such a great trip and were sad when we had to go. I thought 7 days would be too much for my non-beachy husband, but it was perfect and we could have stayed longer. Anything less than 7 days would have been way too short.

Thank you so much for an amazing trip. I hope we are able to make it back someday.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CYSheehy
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Reviewed 30 January 2011

Since we are repeat guests let me start by stating that the beach is the biggest draw to this private island resort. If you want to "chill out" or on a honeymoon this is the place to go as the pace is slow and easy with very little interference with the outside world as there are no phones or TV's in the rooms. General manager Chris who is in his second year at the resort is very visable and attentive to any request you may have. The food has improved thanks to Ansel (aka Bakka) the head chef where our meals were very good to excellent however the service is still erratic (island time). The staff are very friendly and special note to Kenroy and Anthony. The black birds in the dining room for breakfast are a pain as management installed fishing lines around the outside open walls but the birds just fly in through the entrance area. Each room has a small refrigerator that is stocked daily with beer and soda pops which is nice feature. The resort needs some upgrading as the some of the beach lounges were broken and some needed new webbing. The cushions on the patio wooden lounge chairs need replacing as they are not comfortable at all. The rain gutters at the waterfront cottages leak at the seams and at our unit the leak was right over the entrance door. The straw thatched umbrellas on the patios need replacing and I was told by management that new thatching has been ordered and will be arriving next month. All the rooms now have ample new air conditioning units which is especially needed during the summer to fall months but not during the winter and spring months as the breeze keeps you cool at night. The downfall is that the units are now being glassed in with sliding windows (replacing the wooden slats) thereby reducing the amount of potential outside airflow in half. Our unit still had the wooden slats so we were very happy but other guests requested to be moved from their units that were glassed in to the units that still have not been converted to glass. I spoke to management about this issue and asked why can't the sliding glass windows be made so that they are removable during the season when air conditioning is not necessary (about eight months of the year) as most of the units have three walls of windows for cross ventilation. I was told they would speak to the engineer next week about this issue and see what can be done. The trip to Tobago Cays for snorkeling is not to be missed and you have a couple of options in getting there from the hotel. One is a small wooden single hull sail boat named the Pink Lady owned and operated by the resort which includes a very nice picnic lunch on one of the islands at the Cays however it can be a rough ride going to the Cays in high winds and a few times during our stay they cancelled the trip for the comfort and safety of the guests. The other option is to take one of the Yannis catamarans either public or private charter which is a smoother ride and you have a nice lunch on-board while you are moored at the Cays for snorkeling. There is now a fast ferry service that runs between Union and St. Vincent so it is much cheaper to visit another island for a day or two rather than taking a plane. I wrote a review back in January of 2009 in case you want to compare.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Bill246
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Address: Palm Island, Union Island
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Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Union Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Union Island
Price Range: £391 - £929 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Palm Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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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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