Young Island

St Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Virgin rating

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

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Babysitting service
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Young Island is 200 yards offshore from St Vincent. Fly to Barbados 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.

  • Book by 31 March 2024 to receive a complimentary room upgrade from Superior to Luxury with Plunge Pool & 20% rate discount. Available on stays between 01 Mar – 20 Dec '24. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types.  

Beachfront dining in open-air, thatched roof huts. Breakfast - served from 7:00am-10:00am. In addition, a limited room service breakfast menu is also available. Lunch - served from 12:30pm-2:30pm (Monday to Saturday is À la carte, Local curry buffet on Sunday's). Dinner - served from 7:00pm-10:00pm (4 course À la carte meal Sunday - Friday, BBQ and buffet dinner on Saturday's). 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, paddle boarding, 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.

3 nights from 1 Apr - 19 Dec

5 nights from 20 Dec - 31 Mar

* Denotes local charge. 

Please note: a climate resiliency levy of $3 per room, per night applies when staying at any hotel in St Vincent & Grenadines. Fee is payable upon departure.

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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Feb 21, 2024 stupotit Penaflor, Spain

This resort is a wonderful gem if you ignore its shortcomings.The beautiful gardens in which it is set make it feel very intimate.The cottages bordering the sea and beach are very special with the sound of the waves breaking on the shoreline.The staff are all super friendly and helpful. Now the downside -the hotel is in need of some refurbishment… Read more
This resort is a wonderful gem if you ignore its shortcomings.The beautiful gardens in which it is set make it feel very intimate.The cottages bordering the sea and beach are very special with the sound of the waves breaking on the shoreline.The staff are all super friendly and helpful. Now the downside -the hotel is in need of some refurbishment and is beginning to look tired.Some of the walks further away from the centre of activity show a neglect which is a shame as the views are quite stunning.Finally the bars opposite have some very noisy music which can be especially loud in a Friday/Saturday night.(Other reviewers have noted this -bring ear plugs) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5-day relaxing recharge

Jan 29, 2024 Dexit Canada

Really enjoyed our recent relaxing stay at Young Island Resort. The cottages are older but well maintained and clean; the grounds are lush with greenery - a treat especially for anyone trying to get away from winter; the food was freshly prepared, tasty and plentiful at all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner; the staff really are amazing -… Read more
Really enjoyed our recent relaxing stay at Young Island Resort. The cottages are older but well maintained and clean; the grounds are lush with greenery - a treat especially for anyone trying to get away from winter; the food was freshly prepared, tasty and plentiful at all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner; the staff really are amazing - absolutely everyone was friendly and helpful. The weekend evening mainland bar noise mentioned by a few reviewers might bother some people but didn't bother us. Read less
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Dec 22, 2023 Flintsar Calgary, Canada

My brother and I went on a day pass. The place certainly looks much nicer in the pictures. Beach chairs and loungers were all dirty, many broken. Beach was not raked as it appeared in the pictures, rather littered with garbage including used motor oil containers. Their swim up bar was just an empty wooden structure sitting in the water. At one… Read more
My brother and I went on a day pass. The place certainly looks much nicer in the pictures. Beach chairs and loungers were all dirty, many broken. Beach was not raked as it appeared in the pictures, rather littered with garbage including used motor oil containers. Their swim up bar was just an empty wooden structure sitting in the water. At one point it appears that someone sank a lot of money building the place, but upkeep is lacking. We ordered lunch, some bread was served as were were waiting, it was dried out, ordered some fish, ...WAY over cooked in a burnt batter, so we thought BLT's would be safe,..not really toasted, more warmed up, lettuce was old and wilty, and a mystery product that we determined was meant to impersonate cheese...outcome~inedible. We cut our losses and left. Read less
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Nov 28, 2023 Tessa H

I was really excited to visit Young Island for lunch with my husband after snagging two days off from the children. It looked beautiful, so we booked a table for lunch at 2.30pm, and were excited when we got to the pier at that time to be picked up and whizzed across. Unfortunately the dream ended there. The boat driver was mute and grumpy as… Read more
I was really excited to visit Young Island for lunch with my husband after snagging two days off from the children. It looked beautiful, so we booked a table for lunch at 2.30pm, and were excited when we got to the pier at that time to be picked up and whizzed across. Unfortunately the dream ended there. The boat driver was mute and grumpy as hell, 4 equally miserable staff members proceeded to get on the boat, as well as 2 frozen turkeys and 3 crates of groceries (presumably for the kitchen). Once we got there a few minutes later, no one was there to greet us, so we wondered into the resort, stepping over holiday makers on the beach strewed out on towels and smoking endless cigarettes. We finally found something that resembled a bar only to be told that 'lunch was finished' with no apology. We walked a little further, towards what I assume was the restaurant, and had about 3 staff members staring blankly at us. They confirmed lunch was indeed finished and when I asked them why anyone would let me book a table for lunch at 2.30pm, one of them responded, "I don't know" - no apology. Honestly, I wanted to cry. We swiftly decided to get the boat back to St Vincent and ended up having Tacos at Mangoz which was a silver lining as the food was great and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. So save yourself some time and go there instead! Read less
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Sep 27, 2023 Mrs B Walsall, United Kingdom

It was for us a real pleasure to be back at Young Island. We came over whilst staying elsewhere for lunch and Sunday buffet which was delightful. We then chose to book ourselves in for our last couple of days and which wrapped up our 3 week stay here in St Vincent very nicely. Our cottage was very comfortable and we appreciated the air… Read more
It was for us a real pleasure to be back at Young Island. We came over whilst staying elsewhere for lunch and Sunday buffet which was delightful. We then chose to book ourselves in for our last couple of days and which wrapped up our 3 week stay here in St Vincent very nicely. Our cottage was very comfortable and we appreciated the air conditioning! The outside shower is always special. The staff are wonderful and always make us feel like we are coming home. We hope to be back next year! Read less