Palm Island - History & Culture
Palm Island was first known as Prune Island. In 1966 the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines leased the island to John and Mary Caldwell for a period of 99 years with an agreement that they will build a hotel on the island to create employment for the local population on nearby islands. At the time the island consisted of a swampy, low-lying interior that made it near uninhabitable. However the unspoilt, white sandy beaches on the shoreline were irresistible. The Caldwells planted an abundance of coconut palm trees to help stabilize the soil and they leased a few building plots for private homes. The money generated from the private home owners were then used to build a 10 room hotel, The Palm Island Beach Club. The Palm Island Beach Club operated for 30 years. In 1999 the hotel was bought by its current owners James Lane and Robert Barrett. The hotel was then developed to the now 41 luxurious rooms and suites, spa and ancillary guest facilities and became known as Palm Island Resort.