was for many years an uninhabited island called Prune Island.
John and Mary Caldwell, sailed here, fell in love with it, built
a small hotel, and planted palm trees. John was a real
character, and his early sailing experiences are outlined in his
famous book, Desperate Voyage. John had a long and interesting
life. After he died, Palm Island was bought by a big hotel group
and upgraded to a first-class resort.
The anchorage is off the docks, and holding is fair in 15 to 20
feet, with a sand bottom. The anchorage can be rolly, so try it
for lunch, and if you feel comfortable there, stay overnight.
You can use the dock for your dinghy, but use a stern anchor to
keep it from riding underneath where it will be damaged. Leave
plenty of room for local boats to come onto the outer end and
south side of the dock.
Palm Island’s Casuarina
Beach is one of the most
beautiful beaches in the Windwards: a gorgeous expanse of golden
sand, lapped by translucent turquoise water ~ the ultimate
picture-perfect Grenadine beach. When you step ashore, turn
right and you will find a boutique that sells essentials, casual
wear, and souvenirs. The Coco Palm beach bar and restaurant is a
few steps farther on. It is open to the sea and serves both
elegant light lunches and heartier dinners. It is pleasant, but
geared to the well-heeled in secluded surroundings.
Patrick Chavailler has an art gallery on Palm Island. He is the
Palm Island doctor and helps yachting people in an emergency
(458-8829). He does great underwater and boating scenes and
undertakes yacht commissions. He also prints his work on tiles
(fabulous) and offers limited edition prints. Ask reception for
directions, or visit him in the Anchorage Hotel in Union.
Yachts are welcome to enjoy the beach area around the Coco Palm
and the shoreline to the south. You can also walk along
Casuarina Beach, if you stay fairly close to the water’s edge.
(One chain above high water is public.) Please respect the
privacy of the hotel rooms and facilities. If you think you
might want to stay here someday and want to look around, talk
with a security guard; he may be able to arrange a tour.
since August 05
Review showing Patrick's work