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Young Island Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in St. Vincent
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Young Island resort is a throw back to a simpler time...when one went to a place to relax, enjoy, eat and drink a little...to enjoy fine food (really quite fine), the weather and just relax...as in chill to the max. Other reviewers are correct, if you are going to Young Island for night life or shopping adventures, you have chosen the wrong island.

The employees of Young Island are island friendly, hard working and earnest. The close staff and island wonderful. Remember, they are working on island time not New York time...but they are happy to assist and caring.

The food choices are wonderful. The cuisine is unlike most islands and is much more upbeat and stateslike. This is meant to be a compliment. One never loses weight while visiting... never.

Young Island resort will not be around forever...enjoy it while you can...my wife and I have gone there for our "honeymoon" many many times. Once there, you will wish to return again.

Room Tip: The beach rooms and fantastic and if you do not mind the walk and the steps...the cottages on the to...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Wife and I took a long weekend off on Young Island to celebrate a big anniversary at end of August 2013.

We ended up in an upgrade (cottage29) near the top of the hill. Views were spectular: district of Villa to the north and island of Bequia to the south-east.No AC, but at that level ,the breeze is always blowing. Downside: 123 steps, so be careful if you are a cardiac case.

Menu selection is small: admittedly it's low season, and the hotel is far from full. but you do get four courses. Fish is well prepared - almost never overcooked. Bread is not as "artisanal" as in past years.Soups are consistent, if not exciting. Red meats will be well done, unless specified. Desserts a little dull, save the "molten lava chocolate brownie" and the ginger sorbet. For something different , try the lime yogurt in the morning. Cocktails are good value on Young Island.

Rooms are well maintained, but have that "60's" look and feel. Actually, that's the attraction for us. If we have one recommendation, put a bottle of wine in the room fridge.

Staff are well trained and effective, in all areas. The "friendliness factor " is best in reception/front office and the ferry to the mainland ( two areas when you want staff to be welcoming). The restaurant staff need to smile more, as service is so critical in this area. Bar service can be inconsistent.

All in all, not a perfect "10", but dammed close. Real good value compared to similar lodgings in the Grenadines proper.

Room Tip: If you have a special occasion, spring for the cottages with the plunge pools. If tropical humidity...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

I went to Young Island twice for lunch and to spend the afternoon with family and friends. A minute ferry ride across from the mainland, it was perfect as we were staying in the Villa area. The beach is beautiful and you immediately feel relaxed and in a special retreat once you step foot on the island. The prices for lunch was reasonable and you can also order smaller snacks such as french fries and sandwiches. The bartenders are friendly and make delicious cocktails which are also at a great price. The beach, the hammocks, the drinks, the scenery, the view. Definitely my favourite place in St. Vincent now. I can't wait to go back, a must visit every time I'm in St. Vincent from now on. Note it is advisable to make reservations in advance. Also note lunch ends at a certain time so inquire about that if you are interested in having lunch.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

I took the ferry across to Young Island from the mainland just to have lunch. Since the hotel is made up of private villas, it was not possible to explore the island. However, since my only purpose for going there was to have lunch, it did not matter. The buffet style lunch was excellent, service was great and the staff very pleasant.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

After a terrible journey due to delays and lost luggage we arrived at young island in the dark to a great welcome, the restaurant had been kept open especially for us and we were instantly upgraded from a luxury suite to the Duvernette cottage, although it wasn't until the next morning that we really appreciated it. Walking out of the door to our private decking and infinity pool over looking the aquamarine Caribbean sea was jaw dropping, the cottage was lovely and well equipped set in stunning tropical gardens and for the whole of our stay the food, staff & service were second to none (being a chef I am always the first to complain if the foods not up to scratch) but I found every meal fresh and really tasty. Lots of fresh fish, amazing fruits and totally yummy breakfasts! One of the most important things was that we were given the space to totally chill out and we did big time! From our fantastic taxi man Rik who took us absolutely everywhere to captain Orlando who took us sailing in a luxury catamaran to the Tobago cays, Our stay on Young island was just perfect. If you want to experience the real Caribbean St Vincent has it all and tourism is a very small part of it. It is still real life there. I really can't recommend Young island enough and will 100% be returning whenever possible

Room Tip: the duvernette suite has the sun from dawn to dusk with views to die for
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

After seven nights on Palm Island, we arrived at Young Island after a very short 30 minute flight and a 200 yard boat ride. The island is relatively small and an All Inclusive option is available. I would recommend going that route as our experiences on St. Vincent mainland leaves it seriously lacking. It did include all our cocktails, which is always welcome.
We discovered that some of the rooms on the beach and lower flat level have A/C. We chose a hilltop Villa option with it's own plunge pool for it's privacy. We were not disappointed on the privacy front. Villa 30 is the last room and up a fitness inducing 120 handmade steps of varying twists and turns. This room didn't have a/c. I was initially worried about this fact, but it proved to be of no worry. In April the trade winds are very strong and the room has over half floor to ceiling windows. We slept well. A note of serious consideration is the noise form the very close mainland. We were treated throughout the day with various road noises and dogs barking. Not such a concern during daylight hours, but nighttime was another story. There is a nightclub or two on the beach across from the resort that plays music, loud base, preaching sermons on Saturday and Sunday, and generally makes an irritation of itself. I don't know if the closed up a/c villas are better because they are closer but windowed or if we got more up the hill due to location or open windows. I travel with a noise machine and we used it-we needed it. Don't let this deter you from a visit, just be ready. This room, with brick floors, lots of windows and wood rafters, is in some serious need of furniture updating. A minibar would also be nice. They fill your ice bucket early in the day and it melts quickly. If you want more ice, the machine is by the bar. The room is huge and the deck and pool area are great, although with some weird roof lines. The bathroom is big but weird. Lots of step downs that get precarious in the dark. The towels are plush but non absorbent. Since we had our pool, we didn't use the large pool but it looked nice.
The food is so delicious. I think the chef was trying to kill me with the large variety of cream based soups. My husband thought they were attempting death by bread! They make their own and have at least six choices at every meal. The mahi mahi was to die for. Everything was so good. They seem to run the same two lunch menus for three days each with Sunday being a buffet. But dinner always varied. Such great food. Don't visit on a diet.
The resort could be run tighter and the front desk is a hit or miss on information. Be prepared to have to ask again later to get info that makes sense. Example: When we were asking about our departure time/schedule, the first pleasant lady we spoke with told us that we would need to be there two hours before our 6am flight. We were only going to Grenada. Technically international, but still less than a 30 minute flight. There was no way that we were going to such a little airport to fly at 4am. When we questioned this, she asked us when we were thinking of going. When we said 5.15 she said "well, if you're not going to go the requested two hours early you might as well go at 5.45am." We opted to leave the resort at 4.45am. Later that evening the next pleasant lady was in confirmation, and agreed that plan should be fine, although two hours is requested! A stock answer, I'm guessing, but she did take the early time into account. Absolutely unnecessary. We checked in by 5.10 and waited for 50 minutes in an empty unentertaining airport.
The hotel needs to advertise more and better. They seem to be relying heavily on word of mouth and returning middle aged Brits. The bartender runs between the bar and the eating tables, so if you're in the bar you will have to wait sometimes . I laughed one night when his tux shirt was unbuttoned about three buttons and his undershirt was in full view all evening. It is a little stuffy and reserved, but the scenery is well worth the trip.
Lush, green, flowering, and running with all variety of island animals it is just like your own private rainforest. It is beautiful. We got several rain showers, but it kept it pleasant and relaxing.
We took a taxi into Kingstown with the intention of doing some little souvenir shopping and maybe getting some lunch. We used Smokey to shuttle us everywhere. He's great! We left the town in 30 minutes and returned to Young for lunch. Inland St. Vincent has several excursions I'm sure are lovely, but we weren't in the mood to drive a few hours so we were very disappointed by Kingstown. We stayed five nights and really enjoyed it, but are unsure if we will return.

Room Tip: For privacy go for a hilltop villas, but consider the season and the lack of a/c. I don't think...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Young island is a beautiful resort with cozy cottages and excellent dining. BUT, the ocean water between Young Island and the mainland of St. Vincent has sewage contamination from boats and beach front hotels dumping their septic into that area. Several cases of Giardia, ear infections, and other illnesses have occurred from persons swimming in the water. Since the Governed General of St. Vincent is one of the Young Island owners, maybe he needs to rectify this problem to avoid hurting his business with sick travelers!

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Young Island | 1 Young Island Crossing, VC0100, St. Vincent
Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > St. Vincent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in St. Vincent
Price Range: £191 - £383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Young Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 200 yards from St. Vincent’s mainland lies the private, romantic Young Island Resort. Unwind in one of only 29 charming, airy cottages. Lounge on our sun-kissed beach. Explore the lush island and its 13 acres of tropical gardens. Or, venture out on the glistening Caribbean waters for a sailing adventure. Whether you’re visiting Young Island for a destination wedding, honeymoon, relaxing getaway or even renting the island, the vacation of a lifetime awaits. ... more   less 
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