Young Island

St Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean

The hotel

An enchanting island paradise, once the home of a Carib Indian chief according to legend, Young Island is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Virtually a tropical garden, it consists of 13 acres, home to giant almond, mango, coffee and breadfruit trees. At the heart of it all is the Young Island Hotel, overlooking a beautiful stretch of golden sand. Here, hammocks hang under thatched roofs and the cooling trade winds are ever constant. As is only right when residing on a Caribbean island, non-motorised water sports are offered, including kayaking, pedaloes and dinghy sailing. Just offshore is the Coconut Bar where drinks are served in fresh coconuts — you can swim there and back. Dining at Young Island is a truly romantic experience with meals taken under thatched kiosks near the beach. A sumptuous four-course meal is prepared five nights a week by award-winning chefs with fresh seafood always on the menu. On Wednesdays, it's a local buffet meal and on Saturday, you'll enjoy a barbeque and buffet. Each meal offers six loaves of freshly baked bread — white, coconut, banana, raisin, cinnamon and wheat — it’s a real treat and one they are justly famous for. A fabulous freshwater swimming pool is perfect for cooling dips and there is tennis available day and night on a floodlit court. Spacious, cottage style accommodation is either close to the beach or on a hillside with breathtaking panoramic views.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis

Where is it

Young Island is 200 yards offshore from St Vincent. Fly to either Barbados or St Lucia and onwards to St Vincent. Transfer time from airport: approx 25 minutes by taxi from St Vincent to Young Island ferry dock, then an onward 3-minute boat ride across the sea from the island of St Vincent to Young Island.

Hotel information

29 traditional Caribbean cottages and suites. All with ceiling fan, private patio with ocean view, open-air garden shower, fridge, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Superior Rooms are nearest the beach or low on the hillside, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Some Superior Cottages have air-conditioning.

All Inclusive of: welcome drink on arrival. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. All drinks including mixed drinks, beers and house wine by the glass during bar/restaurant hours (excludes bottled wines, champagne and branded liquors). Fresh fruit and flowers in room daily. All activities unless otherwise stated. Simple laundry (no ironing). All taxes and service charges.

Deluxe Rooms are more spacious with a sitting area in the bedroom or very large private patio, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Luxury Rooms with Plunge Pool have a separate bedroom and living room and private plunge pool. 2 Luxury Cottages overlook the beach and 3 are hillside, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

The Duvernette Suite is a 2-bed hillside cottage with spacious separate living and dining areas, a private infinity-edge pool, furnished deck and situated at the top of Young Island with incredible views of the sea, Fort Duvernette, St Vincent and Bequia. Sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Room upgrade: book by 15 Feb '20 and receive a complimentary room upgrade when staying between 1 Mar–19 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking bonus: book by 15 Feb '20 to receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost between 1 Apr–19 Dec '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

Dining (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is in thatched roof kiosks. Breakfast - served in the kiosks from 7:00am-10:00am. In addition, a limited room service breakfast menu is also available. Lunch - à la carte 5 days a week from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Buffet lunches: Tuesday, barbecue and buffet lunch, Sunday, local curry buffet lunch. Dinner - à 5-course menu is served 5 nights per week from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Dinners on the other nights are as follows: Wednesday, local buffet dinner (subject to change without notice). Saturday, barbecue and buffet dinner. 2 bars: The Coconut Bar (offshore) and The Captain Bligh Bar (main bar).

Freshwater swimming pool with furnished sun deck. THE SPA offering facials and massages*. Non-motorised water sports include sailing dinghies, pedaloes, kayaks, snorkelling (snorkels and flippers). Floodlit tennis court. Scuba-diving* is available nearby from Dive St Vincent.

Limited room service*. Concierge service. Simple laundry service included. Babysitting* and early kids meals (on request). Complimentary WiFi generally throughout the property.

5 nights at all times.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages are up to and including 16 years.

Please note: the services of a babysitter are required in the evenings for children under 6 years and early dinners can be arranged.

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Jan 16, 2020 Karen G Ewell, United Kingdom

We have just returned from Young Island, where we spent a wonderful week. The hospitality ( welcome drink on arrival ) was wonderful. Our cottage was in the hillside and we really didn’t have any neighbours to speak of! The views were amazing across the sea to the mainland. The nature walk was equally breath taking, either during the day or… Read more
We have just returned from Young Island, where we spent a wonderful week. The hospitality ( welcome drink on arrival ) was wonderful. Our cottage was in the hillside and we really didn’t have any neighbours to speak of! The views were amazing across the sea to the mainland. The nature walk was equally breath taking, either during the day or sunset. A bar set up at the top would be an added pleasure; which has happened in the past.The food was exceptional, a la crate every night, except for one buffet night, which was still lovely! The drinks menu is good and a variance of cocktails. All staff were very helpful and friendly. We only have 3 negatives about this island:- 1. The mini bar did not contain any drinks, not even bottles of water, but the ice bucket was filled every door. There is no shop on the island and would mean going to a store to stock up. We did mention this to the reception staff who said that drinks could be bought to our room,but we thought that would be very lazy, though there are some tricky steps to manoeuvr, if you have had a few rum cocktails! 2. Be warned, if the cruise liners are in dock in Saint Vincent, there maybe an influx of passengers and spoiling your very quiet day! We were extremely lucky as there were hardly any residents, during our week, no fighting to towel draping over the 14 sun beds, but this was a very different story, when we had a ‘ mini invasion’ last Friday! A difficult situation, it is a private island, but as often the case a public beach... 3. The noise from the night club across the sea ( bearing in mind it is only a 2 minute ferry ride) was booming until 2am or beyond on Sat/ Sun night and on our last night, I had to put cotton wool in my ears, Again, not sure what can be done about it, When all is said and done, we would definitely return again, a few tweaks here within the complex ( a coffee making machine would be a nice addition in the room and the swim up bar in the sea to be manned more often ) it will deserve 5 stars! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Total relaxation

Jan 6, 2020 Anne-marie28 Bedale, United Kingdom

Booked through Virgin. 30 minute drive to the boat. Two-minute boat ride, greeted by Island Manager Bianca. Quick check in. Were located in one of three cottages on top of the hill. Climbed 90 steps-it was like being alone in the rain forest! Rooms are huge, large bed, lots of cupboards, his/hers basins, separate toilet, and shower. Living area… Read more
Booked through Virgin. 30 minute drive to the boat. Two-minute boat ride, greeted by Island Manager Bianca. Quick check in. Were located in one of three cottages on top of the hill. Climbed 90 steps-it was like being alone in the rain forest! Rooms are huge, large bed, lots of cupboards, his/hers basins, separate toilet, and shower. Living area contains settee, coffee making facilities, sink and fridge (ice bucket filled daily). Large patio area with a large swimming pool (with bubbles), loungers, chairs, table and hammock! Loved our time out here. Meals served outside under thatched roofs, are A la Carte and very tasty. BBQ every Saturday evening (meat cooked to order). Enjoyed the famous freshly cooked bread. Good variety of drinks, named spirits and the local beer (Hairoun). The employees were very friendly, and hard working. but a special mention to the waiting staff, as they made our stay so special. There is a spa on site-but we never used it. There’s not a lot to do on the island. You could stroll round the island, watch the wonderful sunsets (we could watch the sunrise from our bed), snorkel, swim in the sea, swing on the hammocks or loungers on the beach, visit the sea bar swim in the Resort swimming pool or watch the wildlife - we had 3 ft Iguanas sun bathing on our patio! The only negative thing I have to mention, is the noise from across the water – which did get too noisy. I would definitely recommend this if you want to relax and unwind…..and do nothing! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay!

Jan 2, 2020 2mcs Ontario

Amazing laid back property was a first class experience. Bianca and her team always make you feel valued and do everything they can to make your stay wonderful. Food was excellent and it was so refreshing to have a relaxed AI experience with no lineups, problems finding chairs etc. The accommodations are great as well. Be sure to hike up to… Read more
Amazing laid back property was a first class experience. Bianca and her team always make you feel valued and do everything they can to make your stay wonderful. Food was excellent and it was so refreshing to have a relaxed AI experience with no lineups, problems finding chairs etc. The accommodations are great as well. Be sure to hike up to the top for some amazing views and take boat ride over and climb up the fort to see even more amazing scenery! Shout out to Jason our favourite bartender and Meesha and Patricia who took great care of us at meals. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unique, Laid Back Place to Unwind

Dec 17, 2019 MargotRudy Toronto

Friends had assured us that Young Island was "not as it used to be." Indeed, it has been around for ages and some units show this more than others. But the resort has the best of the old time Caribbean vibe: exquisite cleanliness and - for the most part - high service standards and staff who will literally do anything for you. Fresh flowers… Read more
Friends had assured us that Young Island was "not as it used to be." Indeed, it has been around for ages and some units show this more than others. But the resort has the best of the old time Caribbean vibe: exquisite cleanliness and - for the most part - high service standards and staff who will literally do anything for you. Fresh flowers every day, along with ice delivered to your unit and maid service twice a day are examples of an old fashioned pride in hospitality. Vincentians are awesome and friendly. The housekeeping supervisor and staff here are easily the best we have experienced in the Caribbean over the past 30 years! The unique thing about the resort is its setting: botanical, bird and animal life are endlessly fascinating. Some units are up steep paths - and stone steps with no handrails - so not good for people with mobility challenges; best to request a suite on the beach or close to the pool in advance if this might be an issue for you; the staff will do everything they can to accommodate your needs. If you do end up in a hillside suite, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and the feeling that you are in a tree house! Breakfast is included and is absolutely first rate, as is the table service. They bake their own bread and there is abundant choice - we fell in love with the cinnamon bread. Other meals range from first class to very good; if you enjoy fresh fish prepared in imaginative ways, you will love the meals here. A quick ferry ride takes you to St. Vincent, and taxis can be arranged to tour and/or shop. Other islands in the Grenadines are a ferry ride away. I would suggest that management consider stocking the refrigerators with soft and/or alcoholic drinks (there is no shop on Young Island, though you can take a quick taxi ride to a grocery store if you like.) There is no real room service as such. Generally, it is very quiet; however, noise travels across the water and boats are docked opposite the island, so it is a good idea to bring ear plugs (our first two nights were characterized by VERY loud music and partying until 2 am or so, which we were assured was unusual.) The resort is recently under new management and one has the feeling that they are still trying to decide whether it is a luxury property or a bohemian retreat. Once they figure it out, I expect it will thrive because there is just nothing like it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Welcomed back like family!

Dec 8, 2019 bedgehog Somerset, NJ

When we dive in St. Vincent, we always stay at the Young Island Resort which is actually a separate small island off the coast of St. Vincent. It is easily reached by a small boat which ferries passengers back and forth and it is also right across the channel from Dive St. Vincent. Divers are picked up at the dock each day at 9am and depending on… Read more
When we dive in St. Vincent, we always stay at the Young Island Resort which is actually a separate small island off the coast of St. Vincent. It is easily reached by a small boat which ferries passengers back and forth and it is also right across the channel from Dive St. Vincent. Divers are picked up at the dock each day at 9am and depending on where you go to dive and how long the dives last, you'll be returned each day between @ 12:45-1:15pm - plenty of time to rinse gear and then enjoy lunch. The resort has individual cottages, some deluxe ones with small plunge pools and a central area overlooking the beach and gardens where meals are served. A very nice pool area, separate beach area with lounge chairs, hammocks and a swim up bar, and even a friendly resident parrot named Misty. FYI, Misty would like you to bring pistachios in the shell...Plantings are lush and meticulously cared for. We can't say enough about the staff at Young Island, many have been there for over 10 or even 25+ years. The manager, Bianca Porter, has also been there for many many years and is a most gracious host. They all welcome us like family, even ask to see our dive pics now, so welcoming and polite and truly make your stay memorable. When is the last time you were hugged goodbye by the waitstaff at your resort? The meals are consistently excellent; always a variety of choices on the menu. After the first day at breakfast, they'll remember how you like to start the day and bring your coffee/tea/juice right out! WiFi is great if you need to stay in touch but no TVs in your room which is the best way to truly unplug. You can stroll down to the tip of the island to Sunset Point which is an excellent way to end the day before cocktails and dinner and the evening tree frog chorus. One tip - choose a cottage with an outdoor shower if you bring your own gear and like to rinse after diving daily - makes it so easy! Forgot to mention there is also a spa for massages, etc. One other note: we always spend our days diving as much as possible, but St. Vincent is a beautiful island with botanical gardens to visit and hiking trails and waterfalls and other attractions. So far, one cruise ship arrives each week on Fridays, but otherwise you'll have the island to yourself to explore. If you also sail, you can arrange that too. Read less