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The Prune House on Palm island is an amazing place on many levels. First off, it is relatively hard to get to... which essentially means it is beautifully secluded and feels very private. We saw few other people on a day to day basis, which is what we were hoping for... to feel like we were part of a tiny island community. We had an entire beach to ourselves most of the time. The trip there, though it takes time, is amazing... flying in little planes low over the islands, then water taxi across a channel to the Palm island dock.
The house is fantastic, beautifully designed with outdoor space and indoor space completely overlapping. It is very open, meaning whatever exists (email hidden)eeze, hummingbirds, hermit crabs, geckos and mosquitos are all free to come and go. We personally enjoyed this rustic, beach pavilion vibe, but one should be aware of this if you're looking for an air-conditioned, glass enclosed box...
There are a few details of the house that could use some attention, but I imagine it's hard to maintain something so close to the salt water.
We had coffee every morning looking out over the beach, The housekeeper, who was amazing and very helpful allowed me to borrow a machete to access the abundant coconut crop growing all around the house... We only wore shoes once in 7 days (that was for cocktail hour at the Palm Island resort).
This is really the perfect place for a few people who have an adventurous taste in travel, who enjoy being off the beaten path, and who are willing to trade a bit of travel time to get away from it all. It is also perfect, in that we were able to use the tiny store, the bar and the restaurant of the Palm Island resort, and I'm pretty sure we could have accessed other services of theirs for a fee, even though we were not staying there... We chose to bring our own food and cook, which was fun and easy enough because we didn't have much else to do, but one could also have meals at the resort, or hire the housekeeper to cook.
This is one aspect that requires a bit of prior planning if you do plan to cook for yourself. It is a bit tough to get things on Union (pretty expensive and limited options) We packed the basics and purchased some produce, and it worked out fine.
Our host was great, in getting us all the information we needed, and getting us situated with travel advice and necessary contacts... the only bummer was that we did not get to meet her in person...
I have not even gotten to the good parts... Iguana trail, sharks, eels, turtles, rays, a million types of fish, all within reach of shore... but I've run out of space.
A beautiful, simple, rustic, secluded place to truly relax. I hope to return in the future.!
We had a truly fabulous time at prune house. After a bit of a challenge getting there, it all worked out well. Be careful if you plan to take the ferry from any island to union island. It doesn't run everyday (as we thought) nor is it terribly reliable when it does. Transfers aside, Marie was lovely to work with and we'll certainly be back!
We just returned from an amazing stay on Palm Island! The villa came as advertised, as did the views...
Anne Claire was extremely responsive and helpful prior to our trip in answering questions and providing all necessary information regarding travel, the island, and the house.
There is a housekeeper available to open and close the villa, and will check in daily. She is available to prepare meals at an additional fee if of interest.
This is the first vacation where we didn't eat out once...we obtained groceries and drinking/cooking water on nearby Union Island prepared simple meals daily at the house. Selection is very limited at the local market, and groceries can be delivered (depending on day of the week) from St. Vincent.
The only thing to mention regarding the listing is that the villa is rustic in every sense of the word...which was what we happened to be looking for. If you are seeking modern amenities, you may want to search for other properties. For us, we found the escape and tranquility that we were looking for and enjoyed the charm of staying in an open villa.
Snorkeling in Tobago Cays is a must. There are several other day trips that are accessible either on Palm or Union Island.
We purchased an international plan for our U.S. based phone, but were not able to receive any service (which was not a huge problem anyhow).
Weather systems seem to move in and out quickly. We experienced quite a bit of wind, but likely helped keeping the sand flies and mosquitos away.
Our only complaint is that we didn't have more time...thanks again to Anne Claire!
Anne-Claire's house is a unique place. Imagine: the sounds of the waves wakes you up. You have a coffee in front of the see, under the coconut trees. You live barefoot. While you go for a walk, you cross the other islanders : turtles, iguana, hummingbirds...You have a tipunch on your private beach, you swim in a cristal clear water...We had a great time here, thank you Anne-Claire for this amazing experience!