My wife and I won a coupon in a blind auction at a local theater. Bidding for Good was the auctioneer, and some of the proceeds helped our little theater company, First Folio Theater. Getting to Palm Island from Chicago was not simple. We flew to Miami, spent the night there, flew to Barbados, changed planes to an island hopper that flew us for an hour to Union Island, and then by boat we arrived at Palm Island just as the Caribbean sun was setting. We were greeted on the dock by the general manager, Horace, and some staff with tropical drinks. We were then shown to our Island Loft. OMG. By the light of a full moon we stood on our deck overlooking the Caribbean. The surf was hitting the beach literally 30 feet from our front door! The loft we stayed in was beautiful, with a California King bed, a sofa, a desk, a small refrigerator and bar sink with coffee maker all in one large room. The bathroom was huge with toilet, double sink, closet for hanging clothes, a walk in shower, and a very large tub with jets.
The amenities were just right. We did not run our AC once during our 7 days on the island- it was a bit warm at times, but why would you shut out the sounds of surf, tropical birds, and crickets?
After the room, the island has a main hub of activity with the office, two restaurants and bars located fairly close together. They are also right by the main beach where snorkeling, kayaking, and hobie cat sailing take place.
The food was just right. The menus were a perfect blend of Local and International food. Every menu also included a vegetarian offering which was thoughtful. Fresh caught seafood, pasta, lamb, beef, chicken and pork with fresh vegetables were excellent. Breakfast is served buffet style, with a menu for eggs as well. The staff at the restaurant and bar were spot on. Our favorite waitress' were Hulda and Shanique. Our bartenders were Johnny and Kendol.
For activities I mentioned the beach offerings. There is a pool and a library/game area, but we felt that was kind of silly with the perfect Caribbean lapping the beach- the water was perfect! Other amenities were a golf course which is pretty primitive with no putting greens or tees, just mown grass. Bicycles were available and we rode them numerous times. There are secluded hammocks dotted around the island that translate into your private beach to spend an afternoon just swimming and relaxing. When I say secluded and private, I am not joking. I don't think there were more than 50 guests on the island at one time.
We did not avail ourselves of the spa experience, but it looked to be full service.
The main office was a hub for day trips. We took the snorkeling day trip on the cattamaran yacht Yannis. The main office (Assistant Manager Anthony rocks!)also helped us set up a day trip to Bequoit, an island that was about 1.5 hours by boat. If you want the resort experience, there is no reason to leave Palm Island. Bequoit was a true island experience. We hired a guide for the first half of our day (Gideon was excellent). The second half we walked and shopped the local shops and ate at a nice restaurant, The Porthole.
Back on the island, we took the Botanical tour with Tosh, the head groundskeeper. If you like plants, this is really a fun way to spend the afternoon. Even if you don't, it is a way to get a look at the grounds of the few private residences on the island, which are stunning. We also met Gadwin, a groundskeeper that has been there since the island began.
To sum up. Palm Island fulfilled all of our wishes and desires. The food was excellent, the staff was courteous and attentive, and the island was just stunning.
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