When you approach St Vincent (most people fly across from neighbouring Barbados) its striking just how verdant and mountainous it is; it soon becomes clear that this volcanic island punches well above its weight when it comes to natural beauty that is so unspoiled.
If you reach Buccament Bay at dusk like I did you’ll love the arrival experience; tiki torches light the entrance bridge and the team provide a warm welcome and you instantly know you’ve found somewhere special. Buccament Bay is the only substantial hotel on the island and proudly serves an abundance of local produce, breakfast was one of the highlights for me as the possibilities seemed endless for fruit smoothies, the restaurant had such a fabulous view of the bay and to my sheer delight they served pots of Yorkshire Tea – what better way to start each day.
The local staff (known as ‘Vincies’) are charming and really go out of their way to ensure everyone is happy and getting the most out of their stay. It’s an all-inclusive hotel with a choice of restaurant options (we adored Jacks, the fine dining steak restaurant, make that a priority to book as space is limited!) and don’t miss the day excursion to sail to the Tobago Cays – that part of the Grenadines is incredibly beautiful and you’ll be able to snorkel alongside turtles.
One of the unique things about Buccament is the free master class events during school holidays coached by athletes from the world of football, tennis, netball, rugby and also performing arts. Check the dates to see when it’s a sporting legend in resort doing the coaching – this year John Barnes and Sally Gunnell will be on-property. If all that sounds a bit too energetic then don’t worry there’s everything you need for a wonderful relaxing Caribbean beach holiday – large stretch of beach gently shelving in to warm turquoise waters, delicious ice-cream, cakes and pastries served at an air-conditioned coffee shop and a full-service spa. Treat yourself to one of the villa options they are truly sumptuous and have their own private plunge pool.
There were people from all walks of life staying at the hotel each enjoying their own individual holiday but what we all shared was the view how decent the Vincies were and how fantastic the hospitality was at Buccament Bay.