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Winner of Foder's Choice Award 2011 !!
10 Best - The Grenadines
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Marie Claire UK - June 10, 2008
Sitting a mere one minute boat ride from the shores of St Vincent , Young Island is considered one of the most exclusive, and secluded, of the Caribbean's many luxury resorts.
With 35-acres of tropical gardens and white sandy beach, Young Island is entirely exclusive to guests, which even at full capacity never reaches beyond those inhabiting its 29 individual cottages.
On arrival, a sight will greet you that many would consider an encapsulation of paradise; a stretch of white sandy beach, interrupted by the odd sun lounger or hammock spans the island. Beyond the sand, lush greenery abounds, and the island becomes a tropical jungle of tranquility.
Aside from the stunning natural beauty, the resort offers what is perhaps the most desirable luxury; complete privacy. Cottages are individual and at the top level feature private plunge pools and large verandas, although all benefit from secluded seating areas and stunning sea views.
A true retreat, this is a place to entirely escape from the world, and many would be satisfied to get lost for a week, with nothing but the white sand beach, sparkling pool, and perhaps a spot of tennis for entertainment. Guests can take advantage of complimentary use of windsurfers, snorkeling equipment, pedalos and kayaks, all available at no charge. Snorkeling in particular is a must, as the island is famed for being the ideal spot to see sea horses.
For those looking for more, the island of St. Vincent is accessible at any time by the island's 24-hour scenic ferry. Here options abound for those wishing to indulge in a spot of sight seeing.
Known to locals as honeymoon island, Young Island really is the ideal getaway for newlyweds, or anyone simply in need of some sun, sea and luxury.
Details : www.youngisland.com . This summer Young Island is offering families a 'Just the Kids and Us' package that includes a boat trip to the set of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. Caribtours (020 7751 0660 www.caribtours.co.uk ) offers seven nights at the resort from £1,808 per adult and £900 per child staying in a superior cottage on an all-inclusive basis. The price includes flights with British Airways, transfers and the motor boat trip to the set of Pirates of the Caribbean. It is based on two adults and two children travelling and is valid for travel from 1-18 July and17-31 August 2008.
Review by Lucy Hutchings
Release date: Tuesday 10 June 2008
Islands Magazine - February, 2008
At some point 15 years ago when I first stayed here, Young Island became my fountain of youth, a good-luck stop whenever I found myself in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (which was often). As I swing in a hammock beneath a thatched-palm overhang, getting sleepy, I trick myself once again into thinking that, when in reality losing years. Or rather, perhaps I just lose track of time. Days move so slowly that I do silly things to fill them, like make a sport of going to the end of the road in St. Vincent to a town called Fancy.
But that's tomorrow. Now I'm keeping myself young on this 35-acre private-island playground of hibiscus, palm trees and frangipanis by swimming up to Coconuts, a bamboo floating bar just offshore. I dip into the warm Caribbean sea and make it to the bar stool, where I order a Coconut Delight, an elixir served in a coconut shell. I sip and float.
The next morning I catch the resort's water taxi from Young Island to the mainland of St. Vincent, perhaps a three-minute shuttle. On the other side, a driver waits to take me to the end of the road. It's a long ride, but the journey keeps me entertained: Buried in a green tangle of foliage in a spring where, during the full moon, the driver says, water is effervescent and is drunk for its youth-inducing qualities. We pass by banana fields and mango, guava, and papaya trees; we stop for a dip in the Owia Salt Ponds and then bump off the paved road to dirt, and to Fancy, where it's wild Caribbean: A goat and a donkey are taking a siesta in the road.
When the driver drops me at the St Vincent dock, it's past dark. I pick up a phone at a booth, and it starts to ring immediately. Security picks up and dispatched a water taxi to come for me. I see the boat, with its single light bulb, speed towards. There's something romantically outdated about this method.
When I reach Young Island again, I climb the more than 60 stone steps to my cottage perched on a hill. A couple minutes later, the lights on Young Island all seem to go out - as if now that I'm home safe, it's bedtime. I fall asleep to the gentle chorus of tree frogs, feeling younger. Rates from $448. Youngisland.com - CHRISTINE RICHARD
It's hard to understand St. Vincent unless you see it by water, mostly because much of the coast of the rugged volcanic island is inaccessible by car. That's why the Falls of Beleine trip is a good primer. You get picked up by boat and whisked up the leeward coast to the falls, seeing much of the coastline. It's about a 10-minute, slippery walk to the pools from where the boat anchors. The resort also arranges trips to Fancy, on the windward coats.
Book a room with a private plunge pool. Cottage 30 at the top of the hill has great views of Mustique, Bequia and St. Vincent, and the walk will work off the seven breads you will undoubtedly want to try during one of your meals at Yong Island. Cottage 6 is on the beach. Both have private pools.
TOUCH OF ROMANCE
Book a sunset cruise that skirts the coast of St. Vincent on the resort's 52-foot yacht. Have the chef pack you a picnic basket with cheese and the home-made breads that Yong Island's kitchen is known for. Add wine, a captain and scenic views of the Grenadines for a romantic evening.
As printed in ISLANDS Magazine , (http://www.islands.com/article/News/Young-Island) February 2008 issue. Article by Christine Richard
St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
A Pirate's Dream
I believe that there were sequels to "Pirates of the Caribbean" just so Johnny Depp and the film crew could return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I don't blame them.
The huge revenues might have helped, but believe me, any time spent on the SVG is priceless. Many rockers and stars have for years hunkered down on Mustique, but the truth is anyone can feel special in SVG without an income of ten figures.
However, if you do fit the big buck circuit, feel free to rent Mick Jagger's bungalow on Mustique. I, a mere mortal, found the Islands to be the perfect place to relive long-ago memories of a carefree Caribbean; slip on some topsiders and cast away.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an island for everyone and for me several were perfect fits. Most guide books call it sleepy, but I prefer pliable. If jetsetting is your thing, fine. It is doable, but most head down to reconnect with the pirate or child inside all of us. You can even return with some doubloons if you play your cards right.
A few hundred feet off of St. Vincent is a 35-acre island that is also a resort, with that special "back a bit in time" feel. Young's Island need not change one bit; it is paradise personified. The island is filled with trees such as mango, almond, coffee and nutmeg, below grow ginger, hibiscus and ferns. The cottage-style lodgings are very comfortable in a homey style that modern resorts just don't have anymore.
A great sign of a resort is when everyone meets at dinner after checking in and all are raving about their rooms -- this was the case at Young's Island. We even got a tour of Johnny Depp's room, which one of our party stayed in. All rooms have enclosed outdoor showers, a fantastic way to shower.
Privacy prevails throughout except maybe for the swim-up bar on the sea just past the beach. As with all legendary places, there is a legend behind Young's: it was once owned by a Carib Indian chief who traded the island for a black stallion. It rivals the Manhattan legend of being sold for twenty-four dollars.
If you are a fan of Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean there's a website about his experiences on SVG .
Excerpts from the article "St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A Pirate's Dream"
by Kent E. St. John, Senior Travel Editor for GoNOMAD
Their Top Picks
January 15, 2006
The Caribbean honeymoon getaway on the southern coast of St. Vincent is a romantic idyll with tropical accommodations, private pools, island sports, spa treatments, gourmet cuisine and table-for-two dining under thatched kiosks along the beach.
Martin and Liz Poole of New York have vacationed in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, England and West Africa, but their favorite place is Young Island.
"It's really beautiful, every inch of it. It's romantic and fabulous in every way with amazing food and scenery," says Liz.
-- Kathy Witt, for The (Nashville) Tennessean
Dream Weddings: Realized at Resorts
For The Young and Young at Heart
January 15, 2006
When the Molins of Marlton, N.J., got married 10 years ago, Jerry Molin knew exactly where he wanted his wedding to take place: Young Island Resort, an exclusive, 35-acre private island retreat off the southern coast of St. Vincent.
"It's our favorite place in the world and the perfect place for us," he said. "My wife has a huge family and the best way for us to get married was to invite nobody and have a great time and not make it a social obligation."
Each cottage has an ocean view with some offering private plunge pools and gazebos. Guests choose between hillside and beachside suites. Dinner is served in the privacy of the couple's suite or beneath thatched kiosks along the beach.
"It speaks for itself that we go back every year," said Molin.
Taken from "Dream weddings realized at resorts" By Kathy Witt for the Tennessean
Elegance in the Wild
Young Island - A Taste of Tahiti - In the Caribbean
April 5, 1992
If painter Paul Gauguin had stopped here after leaving Martinique, he might not have pressed on to the South Seas in his search for the totally exotic: The lush, volcanic terrain of undeveloped St. Vincent is a dead ringer for Tahiti 30 years ago - and still teeming with mystery.
Much of the interior of this Caribbean island is not only undeveloped but still unexplored - and uncannily like Tahiti, according to Bill Tewes, who lived in that South Pacific island until he came to St. Vincent 10 years ago. Mystery and superstition, St. Vincent's people say, thrive in St. Vincent's backcountry, where the black Carib Indians live.
There's no mystery, though, about Young Island, a 35-acre private island resort just 200 yards off St. Vincent's southern shore: It's luxury amid tropical profusion, a fantasy version of Polynesia in miniature.
For resort visitors, the adventure begins when they board a Grenadine "African Queen" for the ride across the channel to the island, which recently was designated as a wildlife preserve for its small population of agouti (a Caribbean cousin of the guinea pig).
Lord of the isle Vidal Browne meets his guests at the dock to lead them through a maze of greenery to their island quarters a thatched bungalow of Brazilian hardwood and volcanic stone, either tucked on the beach or hidden on a hillside. Vidal used to greet guests with a rare St. Vincent parrot perched on his shoulder, a pet left behind years ago by actress Vivien Leigh. Misty, the parrot, has since retired to a spacious cage near the pool, but still musters a perky hello to anyone passing by.
Guests partial to bird's-eye views and aerobic hikes always choose the hillside aeries. They feel like treehouses - but with enchanting island decor and unexpected amenities (a huge bowl of local fruits plus a refrigerator stocked with cheese, fabulous homemade breads, and for those making a return visit, a bottle of Roederer champagne). Indeed, in recent years the only guest who could ask for more was the late Leonard Bernstein: For the maestro's visit a grand piano was hauled across the channel and up to his lofty bungalow.
Inside the bungalow, it's as if one is outside. Wooden louvers let the outside in and sliding glass doors open onto a huge deck or balcony suspended above the bush, where a seductive hammock for two awaits - along with a splendid view of the mountainous mainland or the Grenadine islands dribbling south toward Grenada. Even the shower, cleverly appended to the dressing quarters with its jungle canopy and shoulder-high bamboo "curtain," is al fresco.
Somewhere down below, a free-form pool and night-lighted tennis court hide amid the breadfruit and banana trees. Water sprites head for the dock to go snorkeling, diving, windsurfing or sailing (Young keeps a couple of sailing yachts at the ready, including a captain and chef, for day or overnight trips to Bequia, Mustique and the Tobago Cays). But most guests tend to plop on the beach under a bahia. Occasional thirst may propel them out to the Coconut Bar, perched on stilts a few laps off shore. Breakfast and lunch are taken in shaded garden nooks bounded by a moat and overlooking the beach (unless you want room service).
By night, the 40-odd guests (at most) gather in the bamboo-vaulted bar - or if it's Thursday, in launches that ferry them to the nearby uninhabited islet .of Fort Duvernette for a torch-lit cocktail fete, complete with the "Bamboo Melodians" band and smoking grills on the rocks. Then it's back to Young to dine on West Indian fare with a Continental dash in a candle-lit grotto carved out of the hillside. Served with aplomb and a proper wine list, the menu changes daily according to the whim of the Argentine chef and what's available. For starters, you might choose papaya soup laced with garlic and then an island-grown avocado brimming with caviar and just-caught lobster. To follow, perhaps, a fillet of red snapper swatched in a cream and pepper sauce.
What really catches guests off guard is the selection of French cheeses that make their way to Young via Martinique. But just to remind you where you are, try the banana flambe or the coconut gateau for dessert - the fruit could well have been" picked off Young's own trees.
It's only when you hike back into the bush and up the hill that you may regret the many-course dinner, nurtured with spirits of cane and grape. But at least there's no need to worry about leaving behind the key to your bungalow. They don't even give you one.
Text and photo by Jennifer Quale
Originally printed in the Miami Herald 4/5/92
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