The Caribbean is becoming more and more environmentally conscious as the tourism industry continues to further its knowledge of the necessity of a sustainable Caribbean tourism model. In line with this, Young Island, a totally private 35 acre island, 200 yards off the southern coast of St Vincent in the Grenadines, is working hard to achieve Green Globe 21 certification and become a fully environmentally friendly resort. The resort, comprising of 29 cottages scattered across the island, has introduced a series of initiatives including water and electricity conservation, recycling paper in offices, collecting rain water for use in the laundry and using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Trees and shrubs on the island have also been named and labelled and donations are being made to a local home for the poor.
A ‘Green Team’ has been formed at the hotel in order to drive the programme forward and an environmental policy has been developed which is posted at Young Island’s front office with a copy also left in each guest room.
The resort is hoping to be considered for Green Globe certification by the end of this year.
Young Island is an good base from which to explore nearby St Vincent, one of the Caribbean’s undiscovered islands of natural beauty, experienced snorkellers staying at the resort may well be fortunate and see one of the resident seahorses that frequent Young Island’s northern coastline.
Caribtours (www.caribtours.co.uk/020 7751 0660) offers a 14 night ‘Lover’s Fortnight’ stay at Young Island from £1,939 per person based on two people sharing a Superior Room on a full board basis. Price includes three free nights, four night ‘sail away’ on a private yacht with a captain and cook, flights and transfers. Price is valid from 3 June - 1st September 2005.