First the positive. Palm Island is in a gorgeous location with a beautiful beach and surrounding waters. It is also in close proximity to Tobago Cays, which is specia
However, The resort leaves alot to be desired. Many corners cut.
The beach is beautiful. But only 2 days out of 9 was there anyone serving drinks on the beach.
The food was good. Portions at dinner were small. There was no selection of breads. Just the same tiny roll every day. Service was slow. Water glass frequently ran empty.
If you are going there for water sports. Don't bother. There is 1 attendant who is absent 1-11/2 hrs mid day. The Hobie Cats were on a steep sand bar & required 2 guest's assistance to get it in and out of the water.
There is no supervision of the guests in the water. One day, I had to alert the property that 2 guests on a Kayak were in trouble and it took 5 minutes for any response. Likewise, No extra large life vests and only 2 large ones. In my opinion, this is totally inadequate. The snorkeling on the island was poor. The equipment is old & needs replacement. I brought my own. But my friends snorkel kept filling up with water.
The Yannis Catamaran is a great excursion to Mayreau & Tobago Cays. But incredibly slippery. My friend fell & injured his lower back. If you go, find out ahead of time what non slip foot gear you would be allowed to wear.
Sea Grapes room were spacious. Ground level rooms are water front with water views obstructed by bushes and trees. Room had safe with key and was not bolted down.
A tree in path to the bathroom impinged on the walkway. It is not illuminated at night. There are notches in the trunk for all the times people hit their heads. I suffered a minor concussion from walking in to it one night. Tree ought to be taken down or path repaved so that is not a hazard to patrons! (See picture).
If you do choose to visit Palm Island, make sure you obtain Inter- Island flights right away. A passport number will be required. Communication with my travel agent was poor & and the normal flight to Union was booked. The resort offered to fly us to Canaoun & 60 minute boat tranfer getting us there 2 hours later. Thankfully, a friend advised me the waters are rough and it would be unpleasant. Instead, we chose to spend a night in Barbados and arrive a day later. As it turns out, the boat from Canaoun broke. A new boat had to be sent & those guests arrived at 1 AM.
We has 2 blackouts during our stay. Last year their generators burnt out and the entire island was evacuated!
When you register, you sign a general waiver (not just for water sports) releasing the resort from any liability for injury. I've never experienced that anywhere.
If you choose to visit Palm Island, be warned..Do so at your own risk!
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