Caribbean

Savoring St. Vincent & the Grenadines

written by | Posted on October 1st, 2011

Those cozy little cottage-style accommodations offer big-time comforts with a sea view, open-air garden shower and private patio. Plus, all cottages include a small refrigerator, hair dryer, digital safe, ceiling fan, coffee maker and—in deference to the large U.K. market to those islands, no doubt—an electric tea kettle.

The superior cottages are king-bedded cottages nearest the beach and shoreline, or low on the hillside, and while most are free standing, some superior cottages can interconnect to accommodate families. The king beds can also be replaced with two twin beds.

Tell higher-end clients to go with the deluxe cottages, which are larger king-bedded cottages with either a sitting area within the bedroom, or a much larger private patio than the superior cottage. The luxury cottages are full suite with king-bedded bedroom, separate sitting room, and private plunge pool, or, book the Duvernette Suite, a 2-bedroom hillside cottage with spacious separate living and dining areas, all fully air-conditioned. The cottage is situated at the top of Young Island with incredible views of the sea, Fort Duvernette, St. Vincent and Bequia and surrounded by a private yard with a small private infinity-edge pool, and furnished deck with chairs, umbrella and hammock.

Dining is casual and meals are served in charming little thatched-roof kiosks amidst blooming gardens with a wonderful gardenia aroma wafting through the air. The fare itself is deliciously prepared but nothing fancy, offering both continental-style dishes and good, original Caribbean meals. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. with wonderful fresh bread and pastries and an a la carte lunch is served five days a week, with a BBQ and buffet lunch served on Tuesdays and a local curry lunch on Sunday. Five-course dinners are served five nights a week from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a local buffet dinner set for Wednesdays and a BBQ buffet on Saturday night.

In the evenings, guests head to the Captain Bligh Lounge and Bar for cocktails, beer and live Caribbean music, while daytimes should be reserved for the swim-up Coconut bar, set just offshore in the bay to enjoy its special “Caribbean” drinks. It’s a great place to take a break while enjoying the resort’s complimentary watersports equipment that includes windsurfers, kayaks, pedalos (water bike), sailing dinghies, snorkels, masks and flippers.

For guests who want to combine a resort stay with a sailing vacation, as well, Young Island Resort owns and operates two 44-ft. sailing yachts. Each crewed yacht includes two guest quarters that can be booked on a Sailaway package, a 7-night deal with five nights on Young Island and two nights aboard a yacht sailing the Grenadines, including the islands of Bequia and Mustique. Sailaways anchor for the night with optional sightseeing and snorkeling at each stop. A captain and cook prepares all meals on board and select drinks are included while on the yacht. A 10-night total stay will include a 3-night sail and day excursions can also be arranged through the front desk.

No Caribbean resort can go without spa services, of course, and guests will find all they need at Spa Kalina, named after the earliest inhabitants of St. Vincent, where the spa staff offers services that include massages, reflexology, Indian Head massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, paraffin wax treatments and waxing. The spa features products from Earth Mother Botanicals of Barbados, all made from natural ingredients that include a Bajan sugar cane body scrub, a sea salt body scrub, a Ylang Ylang hydrating cream, a vanilla bean body lotion, guava seed foot scrub and mint cool foot lotion, among others.

Just up the beach, visitors can take advantage of programs offered by Sailor’s Wilderness Tours with a variety of both half-day tours around the island of St. Vincent, as well as sailing and speed boat trips to the Grenadines. On this particular trip, the program included a day trip to the Tabago Cays by power boat. On the 2-hour ride to the cays, you’ll cruise by a variety of different small islets and cays, all set off by crystal clear waters. The snorkeling at Tabago is incredible with pristine waters that offer seemingly unlimited underwater views populated by colorful reef fish and during our stay, a sighting of a sea turtle that apparently dropped by for a look at the human creatures invading his turf.

st. vincent & the grenadines specialist program The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Specialist Program, available on edu.recommend.com, focuses on this pristine and diverse island chain. This in-depth program will introduce Caribbean-loving agents to a multi-island nation that boasts everything they admire about the region, from a rich history and colorful culture to a wide range of soft adventure activities and a myriad of accommodation options.