I was lucky enough to recently spend a full week of bliss on Palm Island, a private island in the island chain of the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. If you stay on Palm Island you can make yourself a tailor-made holiday doing pretty much whatever you like. However, if you like to mix up a bit of relaxation with a bit of fun and activity, I’ve put together a Grenadines itinerary here that combines a bit of everything from spa to swimming with sea turtles to rum tasting.
Day 1: Swim with Sea Turtles in Tobago Cays
I’ve put this on the top of my list because it’s a must-see and do activity whilst in St. Vincent and The Grenadines and especially if you are staying on Palm Island, the Tobago Cays is a must-visit spot. And because you are super excited at the start of your holiday it’s nice to make this day 1 – I mean why not jump right into it?
Some scenes from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed here and there are sea turtles swimming about so it makes it a non-negotiable on your Grenadines itinerary that you would visit here. Tobago Cays is an archipelago located in the Southern Grenadines of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines comprising five small islands and extensive coral reefs. So please wear your ocean-safe sunscreen! I spotted 4 sea turtles here and a huge barracuda whilst swimming here which was incredible. The water is so clear as well – it’s like you are swimming in a pool, but much better of course. You can do a full day out on the sea with lunch included and it’s a great day, not to be missed. Sting ray and puffer fish sightings to be found as well!
Day 2: Mayreau Island
We did a quick stop at Mayreau Island on our way to Tobago Cays so you can combine a quick stopover here as part of that trip on your Grenadines itinerary or you could spend a day here yourself on the calmest, swimming pool waters one has ever seen (you can charter boats from Union Island). The population of the island is around 300 so it’s a lovely place to do a bit of a stopover or spend a few hours here swimming and having some drinks at the beach bar.
Day 3: The Gazebo
If you are staying at Palm Island you can arrange to have a private dinner on the Gazebo overlooking the sea which is a fantastic experience if you want something romantic. There’s lots of champagne, a separate menu that you can choose from and incredible food. Again, how often do you get to go to a private island in the Caribbean? Soak it up while you can.
Day 4: Picnic at Hammock #4
There are several other beaches scattered around Palm Island as I’ve mentioned and one of them is an incredible natural swimming pool at Hammock #4. There are four hammocks spread around the island, some on deserted beaches that you can simply zone out at but if you wish, the staff will organize a private picnic at one of the beaches just for you which means you get an entire beach to yourself. No, really. A whole beach to yourself along with a fabulous spread of food for a whole afternoon. If you are on a honeymoon or just want to get away for a private escape this is a really lovely experience.
Day 5: Union Island
We took a trip to Union Island to do a bit of exploration. There are a few restaurants and bars on the island that you can rock up to and you can actually book an entire day trip around the island as well. We didn’t book a day trip however, it was more about just wandering around which we really enjoyed. If you want to stock up on some of the local hot sauce as well (it is DIVINE) then I would highly recommend doing it here. Just note that the shops only take US Dollars or local currency so change your money before you go (from any other currency).
Day 6: Rum Tasting
We had so much fun at the rum tasting night at Palm Island where you can taste a variety of rums from around the Caribbean and learn all about the history and the different tasting notes in each variety. I have to say the rums from Grenada were some of my favourites. Don’t miss this night – it’s so much fun and a great way to learn more about rum.
Day 7: Sports
You can do so many sports at Palm Island – it’s an activity-lovers paradise. I loved taking the Hobie Cat out on the water so if you want a more relaxed activity, I would recommend that. If you want something more intense, I would recommend a pilates class. There is an instructor on site and I was the only one in the class due to the low season so it was like having a personal training session – WINNING. You can also do yoga classes and cycling.
Day 8: Relax
Head to the spa for the Hibiscus package which I’ve talked about extensively or go to Movie Night which is hosted on the beach with a big screen. They give you headphones so you can just relax on a bean bag on the beach and watch a movie which is really fun too!
The key point is you can create your own tailor-made holiday on Palm Island and/or Grenadines itinerary and whether that includes lots of activity or lounging on the beach all day drinking rum punch it’s up to you! You decide what kind of holiday you want and how you want to unwind – that’s true bliss.
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*This post was a press trip with Elite Island resorts but all words/opinions/images/views are my own as always!