This private island just off the coast of St Vincent has watersports, great food and a boutique feel.
British Governor, Sir William Young exchanged his horse for this leafy Grenadines island nearly 300 years ago, and its name has stuck ever since. The eponymous and only hotel here is an exclusive retreat nestled in 13 acres of tropical palms and jasmine – it’s Robinson Crusoe-esque but never feels too remote, as you’re only 200 metres and a three-minute private ferry ride from St Vincent’s southern shoreline. Expect excellent service and a boutique vibe, with a 3:1 staff to guest ratio and just 29 cottages.
These cottages are dotted along the beach or on the hillside and enjoy plenty of natural sunlight, with rustic-chic features like wicker furniture, signature wooden blinds, local artwork and open-air garden showers. For a separate sitting room and a spacious private terrace, we’d recommend upgrading to a Luxury Room – some even come with a plunge pool. Follow the path to cottage #15 for the spa, where you can enjoy a Couples Special package of aromatherapy massages, bubbly and chocolate fondue with local fruit bites.
A stay on Young Island is designed to be restful and romantic, but there’s still plenty to do – head to the beach for complimentary watersports including kayaking and snorkelling. Dining is just as laid-back, in open-air thatched-roof huts near the beach – make a reservation to enjoy everything from freshly caught fish and lobster to local fruit and vegetables, before working your way through six flavours of freshly baked bread including banana, cinnamon and coconut. Enjoy the signature Coconut Delight Cocktail at the swim-up Coconut Bar and a sundowner at the quintessentially Caribbean Captain Bligh Lounge & Bar.
A private island just 200 metres off St Vincent’s south coast
Good to know
Minimum stay: 5 nights. Hotel is closed 01-30 Sep 2020. Hotel is subject to a room tax of US$3 per room per night, payable on departure.
29 charming hillside and beach cottages
• Go scuba diving around the island’s waters for the chance to see an incredible range of marine life including colourful fish and sea turtles* • Take the short boat ride over to St Vincent and visit Fort Charlotte, a British colonial fort built on a hilltop overlooking the harbour of the capital, Kingstown • Push the boat out and hire the luxurious Leopold 46’ catamaran Panthera for a romantic daytime or overnight sail, including visits to Bequia or Mustique*
Restaurant, 2 bars
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner served al fresco in gazebos close to the beach • Lunch: à la carte five days a week; barbecue buffet-style lunch on Tuesday and local curry buffet lunch on Sunday, subject to change • Dinner: four-course meal five nights a week; local buffet dinner on Wednesday and barbecue & buffet dinner on Saturday, subject to change • Welcome drink on arrival • All drinks including mixed drinks, beers and house wine by the glass during bar/restaurant hours (excluding bottled wines, Champagnes and premium liquors) • Fresh fruit and flowers in room daily • Watersports and equipment including kayaks, paddleboats, snorkels, masks and flippers • Night-time tennis • Simple laundry (no ironing) • Round trip transfers from St Vincent airport and Young Island’s ferry.
*Denotes local charge