Noise gives way to relaxation on Palm Island in the Grenadines, as TORI MAYO samples the
resort’s new series of ‘quiet’ discos.
Sweet dreams are made of this. As I sip on a frozen margarita and marvel at the moon casting its light on the inky black water lapping the island’s shore, the Eurythmics classic rings through my headphones.
And who am I to disagree, as I dance on the sugar-white sand on a balmy Caribbean evening?
Next, grinning so much that my face hurts, I’m dancing to DJ Maseo of hip hop group De La Soul’s beat.
It’s 25 years since the release of their seminal album 3 Feet High And Rising and he’s playing to a privileged few guests at Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines, at the launch of their silent disco programme, the Big Sssh.
Every month, guests at Palm Island and sister property Galley Bay, Antigua, can join a silent disco with local DJs and Maseo’s set. Maseo will also be making a live appearance at Galley Bay on September 28.
Listening to a DJ’s set transmitted wirelessly through headphones, so as not to disturb fellow islanders, fits aptly with Palm Island’s policy for encouraging peace and relaxation.
Guests of the 135-acre resort on the privately-owned island, one of 32 islands and cays in the Grenadines archipelago, are encouraged to literally switch off.
Bikes replace cars and there are no children in this adults-only haven. What’s more, you’ll find no TVs in the rooms, wifi is limited, and abandoning smartphones and devices is the order of the day.
Instead, guests are encouraged to sway gently in a hammock strung up between palm trees, or picnic in the turquoise crescent of a deserted cove. The island’s main beach even features signs saying, ‘Sssh, vacations at work’.
The journey here from the UK isn’t straightforward - a plane to Barbados, followed by a 50-minute flight on a twin-prop plane to Union Island, and then finally a 10-minute boat ride - but it’s certainly worth the effort.
Palm Island is, as the name suggests, covered in palm trees, and the spacious resort offers excellent hospitality.
On my first day, I’m joined at breakfast by George. A little bit ugly but very friendly, he’s the largest of the resident iguanas.
During the day, if you’re not ensconced on one of the five beaches, being pampered in the spa, or walking one of the nature trails, a day’s cruise on the resort’s boat is a must.
We’re welcomed aboard the sophisticated Yannis catamaran with a glass of champagne before setting sail for the Tobago Cays. Reclining on the mesh stretchers at the bough, I feel like I’m in a Duran Duran video.
Our first port of call is Mayreau, the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, where we stop at Saline Bay for a spot of snorkelling.
But the real highlight has to be Tobago Cays Marine Park, close to the tiny, palm tree-covered island of Petit Tabac – used as a location in Pirates Of The Caribbean.
We don snorkels and flippers and start hunting for turtles. Minutes later, I’m startled by a round blob - a turtle!
As the sun begins to set over the sandbars, we resume our horizontal positions on deck for the journey back to Palm Island, wondering why we can’t live here in paradise.
After a hectic day, it’s time to savour the quiet life once more. We head for sun loungers, armed with cosy blankets, toasted marshmallows, sweet coconut snacks and headphones for a silent cinema screening.
Tori Mayo was a guest of Virgin Holidays (virginholidays.co.uk) who offer 7 nights all-inclusive on Palm Island in the Grenadines from £1,675pp (two sharing), including flights with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick to Barbados, with transfers to Union Island. Price based on departures on November 27, 2014.
Virgin Holidays also offer packages to Galley Bay in Antigua, where DJ Maseo of De La Soul will be playing a Big Shhh silent disco on September 28.