Are you looking for a holiday to the Caribbean that is off the beaten track and different ? Then you may want to consider a holiday on the magnificent St Vincent and The Grenadines.
This jewel-like chain of 32 islands is home to some of the Caribbean’s most alluring hideaway hotels and undiscovered gems; the journey alone is spectacular as you fly from Barbados over the clear turquoise waters speckled with lush green islands.
For such a small country, there’s an outstanding choice of resorts – whether you’re looking for relaxed glamour or barefoot simplicity – and an equally surprising range of natural attractions aside from the ocean. As you might expect, watersports are superb and it’s a sailor’s paradise. Honeymooners will find it hard to find a more romantic escape – and beachcombing hedonists need look no further! Some of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed in St Vincent & The Grenadines – and the stars stayed at Young Island.
CARIBTOURS’ PERSONAL VIEW
Francesca is still talking about her stay in the St Vincent & The Grenadines: “I just loved the diversity and individuality of each island, not least St Vincent itself which has so much natural beauty inland. I had only thought that the Grenadines were strictly for sun worshipping on the beach but the diving and snorkelling is excellent, there are rainforests to explore and colourful markets.
“DID YOU KNOW…?
The cannons in the forts are turned inward rather than out to sea – the British were protecting themselves from the native Caribs who lived inland.
With 32 islands to explore the options are endless. Here are some suggested activities on just a few of them:
Don’t miss market day (Friday and Saturday), the Botanical Gardens, the fertile Mesopotamia Valley, the Petroglyphs and rock carvings at Layou, St George’s Cathedral and the Falls of Baleine which can be reached either by boat or hiking expeditions.
The Tobago Cays are a must-do when you visit St Vincent & The Grenadines. Dive or snorkel at Horseshoe Reef or swim with turtles in the marine lagoon.
Visit Brother King and his turtle sanctuary at Park Beach and join a tour of the bizarre and extraordinary resident community of Moon Hole – something like the set of The Flintstones.
FOOD AND DRINK
The national dish is breadfruit served with fried Jack fish – there are dozens of local varieties of avocado and mango as well as sugar apples, sapodilla and the Bequia Plum. Spices are also grown for export including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed and ginger.
The quality of cuisine in all of our resorts is superb but whether you are visiting the islands for a day or longer, you might like to visit the following restaurants: The Old Fort on Bequia, Basil’s Bar and Firefly on Mustique and Petit Byahaut on St Vincent (they will send a boat for you from Buccament Bay!).
Getting to St Vincent & The Grenadines
The most convenient route is via Barbados with onward connections with Grenadines Airways shared or private charters to Bequia, Canouan, Mustique and Union Island; flight times are approximately 40 minutes. Caribbean Star operates daily flights to St Vincent from Barbados.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for an ideal balance between desert island escapism and a luxurious base, Palm Island has the perfect recipe.
Sister hotel to the wonderful Galley Bay in Antigua, the resort has some of the most glorious white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters that we have seen.The peace and seclusion is accentuated by the fact that all the guest rooms are scattered across the island, offering even greater privacy.
Accessed by air from Barbados to Union Island followed by an 8 minute boat ride to the resort.
Children under 16 yrs are not permitted between 3 January – 14 April.Children are not accepted at any time in the Southern Cross Villa.
Facilities at Palm Island
2 restaurants and bars featuring a variety of outstanding cuisine. There is a library, TV/internet room, fitness centre, tennis court, non-motorised watersports, bicycles, massage room (extra charge) and nature trails.Scuba diving can be arranged from nearby Union Island.There are 5 glorious white sand beaches to choose from with excellent snorkelling just off-shore.
All-Inclusive Features– Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily- Unlimited premium brand drinks by the glass (excluding bottled wine and Champagne)- Watersports including sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking- Tennis, table tennis and bicycles
Accommodation at Palm Island
There are a total of 41 guest rooms. Palm View Rooms are set well back from the beach and have air-conditioning, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with a bath and separate shower, terrace and a garden view.The Beachfront Rooms enjoy the same facilities (but with a shower only) and directly overlook the beach.The spacious Plantation Suites have garden views and are well-suited to families whilst the Island Loft Rooms are especially light and airy with vaulted ceilings.The two bedroom Southern Cross Villa features marble bathrooms, kitchen, dining terrace, private infinity pool and stunning ocean views.
The three bedroom Sea Feather Villa offers direct beach access, private plunge pool and a golf cart to get around the island.Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights with onward Grenadines Airways shared charter or LIAT scheduled flight connections.
Call Global Holidays on 0845 299 4450 for a holiday to St Vincent & The Grenadines
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