Sunday, April 12, 2009

Grenadine Vacations

Here are three articles by Gordon Stevens that I ran across on the 'net,

Great Caribbean Accommodation On Bequia In The Grenadines
by: Gordon Steven

If you are looking for great Caribbean Accommodation on unspoilt Bequia then here are good reasons for choosing the Frangipani Hotel

Caribbean Accommodation can vary from the five star ultra deluxe to a bed and breakfast. It is difficult to get a compromise between the top of the market hotel where you are in a cocoon, and somewhere that you can enjoy the real Caribbean. Well Bequia in the Grenadines is a real old fashioned Caribbean Island, and the fifteen roomed Frangipani Hotel is a real home from home good old fashioned Caribbean Accommodation.

The original house was built by a Bequia sea captain for his family almost a hundred years ago, and overlooks, in fact is very much at the waters edge of Admiralty Harbour a popular anchorage for the many yachts that visit Bequia.

You can observe all the comings and goings from the open sided dining room or the sundeck upstairs, and they are part of the original building.

The original building rooms are one of the four different types of accommodation available in this Caribbean hideaway, and whilst they are perfectly comfortable, simple and charming, they have shared bathrooms and a common balcony.

The new build rooms are off a path which winds up the hill behind the hotel, so this may not be ideal for the elderly or infirm.

The Garden Rooms rise behind the old house, with private bathroom, and balcony overlooking the garden again with a fan but with separate dressing area.

Deluxe Hillside Rooms are large and spacious, private bathroom, separate dressing room, and some have TV/DVD.

Top of the range are the air conditioned DeLuxe Rooms with king size bed, private bathroom, separate dressing room, balcony with loungers, fantastic views of the bay and flatscreen TV and DVD player.

The Frangipani has a great reputation as Caribbean Accommodation partly because of its fine food, with fruit and vegetables from Saint Vincent, and fish, lobster from the sea around the Grenadines.. People come from far and near for the Frangi Barbecue on a Thursday night with a quite superb buffet and live music, so that is something not to be missed. By the way don’t miss out on the bar menu either which has a lot of very tasty choices.

When choosing your Caribbean Accommodation on Bequia or anywhere for that matter, situation is all important and the location of the Frangipani is a very good one. It is an easy walk to town with lots of dining choices on the way, and if you feel energetic you can walk to Princess Margaret or Lower bay beaches which are well worth the effort.

The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and in fact you will find that the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are all the same, so you feel pretty safe here.

Frangipani Hotel is great, true, old fashioned Caribbean accommodation, probably best described as a Caribbean Inn on Bequia a proper Caribbean Island. It is safe to say that if it is five star frill you are looking for then bequia isn’t the place. If you want beauty, relaxation, lovely people, and no need for a watch, then Bequia is the place for you.

A Caribbean Honeymoon On A Small Island Off St. Vincent
by: Gordon Steven
Why you should consider Young Island Resort off the coast of Saint Vincent as the
destination for your Caribbean Honeymoon
A Caribbean Honeymoon spent on Young Island off the south coast of Saint
Vincent could be just the little piece of heaven you are looking for.
Young Island resort comes heavily recommended by everyone who has stayed
there because this is a resort where you will get top class service, fantastic food, a
very good wine selection, and last but not least peace, quiet, and tranquility. Be
warned this wonʼt be a Caribbean Honeymoon full of the nightly Jump Up, or even
television in your room. Young Island resort is definitely not like that, but caters
instead for honeymooners, and discerning guests.
For your Caribbean Honeymoon it is recommended that you have a cottage right
on the beach, so that you can just walk out, go along a path and you hit the very
nice fresh water swimming pool, which unusually for the Caribbean is open 24
hours a day every day.
The back door takes you across the patio and onto the beach, which is cleaned
every morning, and so it is absolutely spotless. You can snorkel off the beach,
having borrowed the gear from the man who looks after guests down there,
probably best described as the beach attendant.
If you can book Cottage Number six which is a luxury cottage on the beach with a
plunge pool, and behind the cottage hammocks and a gazebo.
One of the best things in an hotel on any holiday are waitress served meals, in
other words non buffet. This always denotes a quality resort which Young Island
certainly is, and this type of service should give the reader a big tip if they are
thinking of making a booking on Young Island for their Caribbean Honeymoon. The
food generally speaking is amazing, and you can expect a lot of beautiful seafood
including freshly caught crab, lobster, scallops, as well as lamb, steak, poultry.
Meals are taken in little thatched gazebos, and the view from the tables is
incredible. The meals were described by someone recently as absolutely
scrumptious, including and especially the home made yoghurts at breakfast
You may wish to be completely idle if this is where you are spending your
Caribbean Honeymoon, but one bit of exercise you should take is to walk up to the
top of the island. It may not be very energetic but the view is worth it, as is the walk
along the beach at sunset and watch dusk at what is aptly called Sunset Point.
The staff at Young Island have ready smiles, and are friendly and very helpful.
The real beauty about Young Island resort is that it is small with not so many guests
so you do tend to engage more people in conversation. This means you do meet
some very interesting people, who are much like you because they too have
chosen this superb Island resort.
Young Island is beautiful and the perfect spot for a Caribbean Honeymoon. There
are masses of brightly coloured flowers which only adds to the romantic

A Luxury Private Island Resort In The Grenadines
By: Gordon Steven
If you are looking for a luxury private island, why not check out Palm Island in the
Grenadines for your honeymoon
A Luxury private island is a dream vacation for many, and to have a private island
honeymoon is what seems to be an impossible dream. In the island group of Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines lies Palm Island, where you could make this dream
come true, although you will have to share this private tropical island with other
hotel guests.
Palm Island is about a mile from Union Island in the Grenadines, and there are just
forty guest rooms which are scattered amongst the palm groves across the island.
The island itself has five beaches inside coral reefs, and perfect for some relaxing
Most people fly into Union Island and then take a boat across to Palm Island where
you are likely to be greeted by the manager with a rum punch.
Palm Island resort has two restaurants serving top quality cuisine from locally
caught fish to international dishes. The Royal Palm Restaurant has one buffet
night, and one barbecue night a week, on the other five days you order off the
menu. Dinner then is five courses meal with some very interesting soups and
desserts. If youve never eaten shark or swordfish then now is a good time to try!
If a buffet isnt your thing, then you can go the the Sunset restaurant and although
the menu is small it is very good.
You may feel the dinner service is slow, well what is your hurry. This is a luxury
island, but it is a Caribbean Island, and the pace is slow. Isnt that the point of a
dream vacation, that youre not in a hurry? Just relax, drink a bit more, and enjoy the
sound of the waves in the background, you havent anywhere to go except the bar,
a walk on the beach or bed. If this is your private island honeymoon, make sure you
tell the resort when you are booking, and you may get upgraded to the honeymoon
The honeymoon suite is at the end of the resort, so its very secluded without any
passing traffic so to speak, with your own hammock under some palm trees. Nice
room, huge walk in shower, permanently stocked fridge and a shaded deck with
sun loungers and a table. There is even a foot shower to rinse off the sand before
going into the room.
There is no air-conditioning, because frankly you dont need any. There are
beautiful cooling tropical breezes, just allow them in!!
Palm Island is very definitely a place for the dream vacation, a real luxury private
island honeymoon spot, meant for couples who just want to get away from it all,
and just enjoy the feeling of seclusion that only a private island can give you.
Having said that the atmosphere is such that of you choose you can easily make
friends at the bar, where you will find that most of your fellow guests are either from
the UK or the USA.
Palm Island is very beautiful with soft white sand and the sea a shade of blue that
almost looks like paint. You can go exploring every day, climb the hills, snorkel off
the beaches, and never see another soul. It does really feel like your own luxury
private island, and the perfect spot for a dream vacation or a private island
honeymoon. Go to Palm Island in the Grenadines your Caribbean Island
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About The Author
Gordon Steven writes exclusively for as
well as and has visited personally many of
the places he reports on, and has done extensive research on the others