The 2021/22 Winter season has begun .
We are so happy that finally after 18 months of lockdowns and covid protocols that made it near impossible to come down to the islands, as of November 1st 2021, St Vincent made it a lot easier to fly here, as long as one is fully vaccinated there is no more PCR testing on arrival and no quarantine. One still has to arrive with a negative PCR test but then you can come straight to The Dove and no more restrictions. Free to go sailing amongst the beautiful unspoilt Grenadine islands.
So our first guests arrived first week of November from Texas, what a joy it was to have life back on The Dove and go exploring the Grenadines. Three days after them leaving our second charter with 2 sisters from New York and North Carolina (who in the past had come as teenagers with their parents), brought their partners along to have a Dove experience.
Third charter, our guests first went and spent 2 nights at the beautiful resort called Young island from where we sailed over from Bequia to pick them up. We then sailed over to Bequia, Mustique, Tobago Cays and Union island before sailing back to Bequia where they stayed for another 5 days at the beautifully refurbished Plantation Hotel right on the beach.
Bequia: A favourite of yachts people. Isolated enough to remain unspoiled, yet lively enough to be stimulating and entertaining. It provides a blend of the old Caribbean and new that many find just prefect. Its only an hour and a half sail over from Young island cut (from where we pick up our guests). Fresh red snapper and live lobster can be bought at the fishermen's dock in the mornings, to the sound of the blowing of a conch shell horn. The walk way around the bay waterfront is littered with rum bars, and little local restaurants, with two stunning white sandy beaches.
Mustique: In 1958 Lord Glenconner, Colin Tennant, arrived on Mustique and bought the island for just £45,000 despite the fact it had no roads, no jetties and no running water. Having gifted his good friend Princess Margaret a plot in 1960, and Mick Jagger buying a plot at the opposite end of the island, in 1968 he formed the Mustique Company to develop a private island hideaway for the rich and famous. There were two architects who helped shape the island during its early years; Arne Hasselqvist, a resourceful construction engineer from Sweden, who was employed by the company to bring Tennant’s vision to life; and Oliver Messel, a leading British theatre set designer who had developed a reputation for the houses he had designed on neighbouring Barbados.
Royalty, rockstars, fashion designers, artists and private investors flocked to the island to create their fantasy dream houses and to be part of something unique. – the quintessential private island paradise. With Basil's bar being made famous by Princess Margarets shenanigans.
Tobago Cays: A jewel of the Caribbean is a marine reserve consisting of a group of small islands protected from the ocean by a horseshoe reef. No one inhabits these islands, and you can only get there by boat, during the day there are locals coming to sell you T-shirts or a BBQ lobster dinner on the white sandy beach under the coconut trees and the stars.
Pristine waters to snorkel, lots of beautiful coral, tropical fish and turtles to be seen. White sandy beaches, short trails to the top of the islands with spectacular views of the turquoise waters surrounding the reefs. Ile Tabac a desert island to the east of the horse shoe reef is where they filmed part of Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp) dancing around a fire on the beach with a cask of rum and Keira Knightley.
Mayreau island: Saltwhistle Bay is a spectacular bay with a beautiful sweeping half moon beach, dotted with coconut trees and rum shacks/restaurants.
Union island: Is a great island to visit with mountainous peaks that can be seen from far away, clear pristine waters, some of the best snorkelling and some great trails to hike with a nature reserve forest to the west. Clifton being the main town is very picturesque and colourful, with market stalls surrounding a green, very lively with a number of restaurants and bars.
Chatham bay on the west coast is a spectacular large well protected bay, with steep cliffs, dense forest, and a long sandy beach with a few local fishermen shacks, and very local restaurants famous for their BBQ lobsters and fish. Great snorkelling, sea is always calm and lots of birds, Pelicans, Frigate birds, Booby birds. Goats can be seen walking along the beach
Other islands in the Grenadines are Petit Saint Vincent, Mopian island, Palm island, Canouan island.
Our guests having fun.