Mayreau, Tobago Cays and Union Island

In usual Pete fashion, he had managed to find us amazing accommodation for 3 nights at Salt Whistle Bay on the Grenadine Island of Mayreau.  We also were the first guests in 8 years for the newly opened resort! 

It had been a very famous getaway from the 90’s, up until around 2008.  A very small resort, of 4 stone buildings with 8 rooms, hidden amongst the palm trees and overlooking the spectacular Salt Whistle Bay.  Only 2 rooms had been renovated so far, and the plan for the resort is to complete 8 rooms by November this year, providing additional accommodation with upmarket tents – glamping!  So, this time, adults got the lovely rooms, and the boys spread themselves out in 2 tents, each with solid beds. It was so nice to sleep in a bed, after almost 6 months full time on the boat!

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Our days on Mayreau were spent exploring the island, swimming, playing on the kayaks and stand-up-paddle board, and preparing for Tropical Storm Harvey, set to hit us on the Friday, our last day on the island.  We made a wise decision to stay an extra night, and had plenty of time to secure the boat, Pete will describe this all in another blog!

The co-owner of the resort – Justin, made our stay so special. Not only was he determined to make sure everything was perfect for our time on the island, but he was also an amazing chef, having trained in the Michelin starred La Gavroche restaurant in London. He cooked us all dinner each night, and on our last night, put on an open kitchen, allowing us to sit in the kitchen and watch him prepare our meals.  His food was simple, yet amazingly delicious and it was a treat to watch him effortlessly prepare the food!  Thank you so much Justin!  Fellow boaties reading this, if you need some time off the boat – book yourselves in for a few nights, you won’t regret it! Also, cost was about a third of all other resorts in the area, and the setting absolutely spectacular!

Justin also gave us access to his kitchen to prepare lunch at the height of the tropical storm – not many chefs would allow this!

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We took a day trip to the Tobago Cays, about 30 minutes from Mayreau, to check out the grazing turtles.  The area is a reserve, and we managed to see dozens of turtles, many just crawling around in the seagrass, totally oblivious to us snorkelling above.  We also saw some baby Lemon sharks, swimming off the beach.  Initially we all stayed on the sandbank, however, after seeing how small they actually were, we all started wadding amongst them, and Mei-lin and Ralph both had a snorkel with them!

 

After TS Harvey passed us by, we sadly left Mayreau, returning to the Tobago Cays for another night before heading to Union Island and the very beautiful Chatham Bay.  Sechie, from the Sun Beach and Eat met us as we anchored, and enticed us to his restaurant for dinner that night – BBQ chicken and ribs, roast potatoes and coleslaw.  Beach BBQ’s are common in this area, and it was fun to sit at their bar, feet in the sand, as we had dinner!

Another little gem in Chatham Bay, a small resort, this time only 3 rooms, and perfect for sunset drinks for the big kids before dinner.

Next morning we had a lovely snorkel in the north of the bay where we saw huge schools of fish and an octapus.

Then we headed to Clifton, the main town of Union Island, as it was time to fill up with water at the Anchorage Marina.   We tied up to the dock, a very pretty spot just on the outskirts of town.  Our crew decided to jump ship for the night, needing a good night’s sleep after a couple of hot nights at sea, and after dinner at a local restaurant, were very happy with the freezing cold air-conditioned family room and hot showers!

 

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