Petit St. Vincent
If the idea of powder-soft beaches, warm service and all-inclusive Caribbean dining is calling you, then start planning your stay at the private island resort of Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines.
Spread over 115 beautiful acres on the private Caribbean island of Petit St. Vincent, this exclusive hotel will insist that you to relax, recharge and be pampered while here on holiday in the Grenadines. The islet itself was uninhabited until the 1960s, when it was then bought and transformed into the much-loved Petit St. Vincent; today, one of the original employees – Goatie – continues to work here, more than 50 years on!
Over time, the owners have maintained Petit St. Vincent’s natural charm, ensuring that each cottage, villa, restaurant and facility does not encroach on the beauty of the island. This means that guests get all the virgin beaches and pristine woodland to themselves, with plenty of opportunities to try your hand at outdoor activities and of course, relish the views too. There’s complimentary watersport equipment – including kayaks, hobie cats, windsurfs, snorkelling gear and stand-up paddle boards – and trails for hiking that allow you to ramble around the island. If you still have energy to burn then the tennis courts and football pitches, golf at nearby Canouan Island or a yoga class overlooking the turquoise seas beyond should fit the bill. When the time does come to explore a little further, opt for day trips from Petit St. Vincent to some of the neighbouring Grenadine Islands, or visit the Jean-Michel Cousteau Caribbean Diving Centre on the island, founded by the son of explorer and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau himself!
Rest and recuperation comes aplenty at Petit St. Vincent too; retreat to the Hillside Spa for a soothing al fresco Balinese massage amidst nature, or to the privacy of your guestroom. There are two types of accommodation here at Petit St. Vincent: the One-bedroom Cottage or Two-bedroom Beach Villa, both tastefully designed to maximise the natural light and views of the sea, island, or both. In fact, there’s a purposeful lack of Wi-Fi, televisions and phones in the resort accommodation, encouraging you to enjoy a break from modern-day distractions and instead surrender to the paradise setting all around you. Then, when the time comes to communicate with hotel staff (for example ordering room service or a transfer), simply raise up the yellow flag provided on arrival and a member of the team will be with you promptly. There’s also a ‘Do Not Disturb’ red flag if you’d prefer to be left alone.
Another excellent string to Petit St. Vincent’s bow is the food and drink, with all meals and non-alcoholic drinks included in your room rate. Wander down to the main restaurant for classic Caribbean dining amid frangipani and hibiscus out on the terrace, relishing dishes made with organic produce from the kitchen garden or freshly caught fish straight from the waters of the Caribbean. There’s also the beach bar, Goatie’s, and adjacent restaurant for more casual meals and sundowners with uninterrupted views of the sea, as well as weekly barbecues where you can mingle with other guests. Otherwise, why not request private dining and savour a picnic on a nearby island, or a candlelit supper on the sand, sundeck or gazebo? Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed at the delightful Petit St. Vincent private island resort.
Petit St. Vincent Facilities
16 One-bedroom Cottages and 6 Two-bedroom Beach Villas. All 22 guestrooms are standalone hideaways strewn along the bluff, with views of the Caribbean Sea and/or island. Each features an indoor living room that opens out onto a sundeck, and comes equipped with an espresso machine, Bose speaker and air-conditioning, but no television, Wi-Fi or phone. And, while the Cottage has one king bedroom, the Villa has a king-size bed in the master bedroom and two queen-size beds in the second bedroom.
Petit St. Vincent is found on a private island of the same name, in the southerly part of the Caribbean Grenadines Archipelago. Guests tend to arrive by flying first into Barbados, then getting a connecting flight to Union Island followed by a 20-minute boat ride to Petit St. Vincent.