Antigua Resorts launches Palm Island's first property

Secluded beaches are part of Palm Island's charm. Nagel said that Palm Island plans to draw upon the success of its sister resorts on Antigua by sharing packages with the 70-room Galley Bay and with St. James's Club, which reopened Feb. 8 with 113 rooms and 70 villas. St. James's had been closed since September for a $10 million renovation.

The Exotic Two Island Holiday offers free flights on scheduled interisland air service to guests staying seven nights at Galley Bay and seven at Palm Island.

Palm Island is included in Antigua Resorts' Tropical Temptations wedding and honeymoon package. Antigua Resorts pays 13% commission on bookings at its properties.

Located at the southern end of the Grenadine chain, Palm Island is about six hours' flying time from New York.

Most guests fly to Barbados and take a 55-minute charter flight to Union Island, where they are transported by golf cart to a dock for a 10-minute launch ride to Palm Island.

The regular charter fare between Barbados and Union Island is $320. Charters also are available to Union Island from Grenada and St. Vincent.

Palm Island boasts five separate beaches, according to Nagel, and three room categories. Dotting the beaches are multiple, single-level dwellings containing the resort's Beachfront rooms.

Each building contains two suites, consisting of one bedroom, a living area and a patio. These structures make up about 80% of the resort's accommodations, according to Nagel.

The resort's Palm View rooms, also called coconut tree houses, perch six feet off the ground on stilts. Each features a balcony and a four-poster bamboo bed.

These rooms are between a lagoon and a freshwater swimming pool and are situated just yards from the beach, Nagel said.

A two-story, plantation-style structure, with a wraparound veranda, houses the four oversized Plantation Suites. Each suite features two queen beds, a pull-out couch and a private bath.

Two restaurants hug the shore and are the first structures seen from the launch.

The beachfront Royal Palm restaurant and bar serves classical and island cuisines. The dress code calls for casual elegance and collared shirts for men.

The beachside Coco Palm restaurant and bar offers grilled dishes and is casual until 7 p.m., when appropriate attire is required.

Decor at the upscale resort includes original oil paintings that hang two to four to a room. The art is the work of Patrick Chevaille, a local doctor widely known on St. Vincent, according to Nagel.

The Royal Palm is the center of the island's nightlife, which consists of traditional Caribbean music played by local musicians.

Activities include table tennis, horseshoes, tennis, bicycles, a game room, nonmotorized water sports, walking trails, picnics and boat trips to nearby Tobago Cays.

In-room facilities include air conditioning, ceiling fans, louvered windows, rattan and bamboo furniture, an in-room safe, a minirefrigerator and room service for continental breakfast and afternoon tea.

Nightly double rates through March are $730 for Beachfront and Plantation suites and $670 for Palm View units. Rates from April 1 through Dec. 20 drop to $610 and $550, respectively.

Agents and one guest are offered a complimentary three-night stay, excluding transportation.

For longer stays, the resort charges agents $300 per room, per night, double.

Agents interested in a fam should contact Nagel directly at (561) 994-5640, Ext. 252.

Palm Island
Phone: (800) 345-0356 or (561) 994-5640
Fax: (561) 994-6344

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