Petit St Vincent

St Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean

The hotel

This is unplugged paradise. Completely off-the-radar, this 115 acre island’s like the private retreat of the rich and famous. Dotted with 22 cottages and beach villas, made from local hand-quarried stone, there’s no internet, TV, or phone in the cottages, however WiFi is available at reception. You beckon your Butler by flag – red for ‘do not disturb’, and yellow for anything from hammock-side cocktails, candlelit dinners, or even lifts in their Mini Moke to one of seven private beaches. You may be ‘castaway’ but this is no rustic retreat – a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Petit St. Vincent presents exquisite dining (with locally caught fish and lobster) in its pavilion and barefoot beach restaurants, and island experiences like starlit beach barbecues as steel pan bands play, yoga and Balinese-inspired spa treatments, and complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, and snorkelling.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Yoga
  • Anniversary and special occasions
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Hobie Cats

Where is it

On a private 115 acre island at the southern tip of the Grenadines. After flying into Barbados (conditions apply), you’ll be met by a representative and an onward 50-minute flight* from Barbados to Union Island. Transfer time from the airport: 15 minutes by boat from Union Island.

Hotel information

22 cottages and villas. All with a sundeck with gardens, teak sun loungers, and hammock, a lounge area, indoor and outdoor dining area, air-conditioning, a Bose iPod dock, and a Nespresso coffee machine. One Bedroom Cottages are in a variety of locations, from the hills to the beaches. Each has 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Full Board includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and all non-alcoholic beverages. Use of non-motorised water sports and other hotel facilities. Unlimited room service including early morning coffee and afternoon tea, complimentary lobster (November—April only). Snorkelling trips and picnic lunches at nearby Mopion Island and Reef, and yoga.

Two Bedroom Beach Villas are more than 1,500 sq ft, are on the beachfront, and have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and ocean views. Each has 1 king-size and 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 children.

The Beach Restaurant (Mediterranean and Caribbean menu, with weekly beach barbecues with steel pan band music). Main Pavilion Restaurant and Bar (refined dining menu with cocktails, aged rums, and extensive wine and champagne cellar). Goatie’s Beach Bar. Room service* (for drinks and meals, including afternoon tea). Picnics* (including wine and transport). Private dinners* (in spots across island).

Culinary and beverage events (seasonal). Weekly beach barbecues (with steel pan music, barbecue room service delivery available).

Approximately 2 miles of sandy beach. Spa and wellness centre* (Balinese-inspired treatments*). 2 yoga pavilions (instructors available*). Water sports centre (with non-motorised equipment including kayaks, SUPs, hobie cats, sunfish, windsurfs, and snorkelling gear). Dive centre* (introductory and advanced scuba diving courses*). Boat trips* (including trips to Tobago Cays marine reserve*, and deep sea fishing*). Tennis court (lit). Football (join hotel team training, at least 3 times a week). Calisthenics fitness trail (20 station circuit, fitness coach available). Hiking path (up Marni Hill).

Boat transfers from Union Island airport*. Mini Moke valet (island transportation). Butler service (with flag system: red for privacy, and yellow for drinks, food, treats, transport, and other requests). WiFi available in reception.

* Denotes local charge

Please note: All Inclusive is available between 1 Jun-31 Jul '20 only.

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Mar 15, 2021 Q2508WRnataliak London, United Kingdom

We had such an amazing stay at Petit Saint Vincent! It was definitely one of our best holidays so far and we have been travelling quite a lot! We were a bit hesitant on booking at first as some reviews here were negative but we are SO glad we didn’t follow them. We will certainly be back! I will go through all elements of our stay to provide you… Read more
We had such an amazing stay at Petit Saint Vincent! It was definitely one of our best holidays so far and we have been travelling quite a lot! We were a bit hesitant on booking at first as some reviews here were negative but we are SO glad we didn’t follow them. We will certainly be back! I will go through all elements of our stay to provide you more details😊 Getting there: Most visitors arrive in Barbados (although I know transfer from St Lucia is possible too). You then take a small (and I mean it!) plane that takes you to Union Island in 50mins. The transfer was arranged in a very efficient way – representative of Mustique airlines was waiting for us as we got off the plane and navigated us through the airport (very helpful!) as well as took care of our luggage. In no time we were on the small plane, on your way to paradise. For those of you a bit hesitant on flying small planes, it might be a bit stressful experience but both pilots were very professional and friendly which calmed my nerves down😊 When you arrive at Union Island, the car awaits to drive you to the port (2mins drive) and then you are on 15 mins beautiful speed boat to the resort😊 Rooms& Hotel: There are 22 cottages on the island. Some are one bedrooms and some are two bedrooms. We have booked one bedroom and have kindly been upgraded to a bigger, two bedroom villa which we appreciated a lot! The villages are scattered across island, so some of them are in the hills and some are on the beach. It depends what you like more but I think beach cottages are more easily accessed i.e. you can easily cycle to and from your villa without ordering the cool little car😊 If you are in hills cottage, it gets quite difficult to cycle up hill so you will probably need to order pick up drives more often. However, the views are beautiful! Obviously it’s a matter of your preference which views and room you prefer. The rooms themselves are really comfortable. If you are looking for super luxury modern villas this is not it. The style of cottages is more authentic, and classic and we loved it. There is everything you need there and it just fits so well with the Caribbean vibes! Whichever room you get, the views are amazing! Food: Food was really good. There are two places where you can eat – beach bar with a wide selection of pizza, pasta, wraps, burgers, steaks, fish, poke bowls, starters etc. and main restaurant which daily changing dinner menu. All meals can also be delivered to your room. I guess a little improvement that could be made is wider selection for breakfast menu – we have stayed in PSV for a week so at the end we could use a bit more choice. Having said that, each meal was delicious so big complements to the Chefs. I think both of them are Asian so there is a bit of Asian influence in the menus😊 Activities: We haven’t done too much as we just needed to relax but my husband has been kitesurfing every day and said that has some of his best sessions in PSV!! Being new to those waters, the hotel arranged a chaser boat with him every day (thank you Clive!!) and he also got some help with launching etc. This was much appreciated and felt very safe! He has brought his gear from London though – I don’t think kiting gear is available in the hotel. You can however rent a catamaran, do diving, rent kayaks etc. We have also taken a sail boat to Tobago Keys day adventure which we loved! It takes an hour to sail there, then you can get off an explore islands, snorkel and have surf &turf lunch on the boat. For those of you who get sea sick – be careful as waves can get pretty intense (even though sea looks calm from the island), but ask Jeff (the captain and owner of the boat) to take a more relaxing route😊 We loved chatting to Jeff about Caribbean culture and sailing and that felt like a very authentic experience as well. I have spent quite a lot of time in the SPA as I was pregnant during our stay and couldn’t do too many water sports. The SPA is absolutely great – it is Balinese, but not only in name, which a lot of those SPAs are, but there are Balinese therapists who definitely know what they are doing and are very experienced! I loved the island facial and couples massage! Covid safety: We felt 100% safe on the island and during our travels. In terms of travel from the UK to Barbados – everybody on the plane needed to be tested, only about 10% seats that were taken and everybody was wearing masks during the flight. When you arrive in the hotel you are tested as well. Before you get your results back, you can’t go into the main restaurant which is partly inside as well as can’t do SPA. The results are back in 48h, but our actually arrived much earlier which meant that we could check out all the places sooner. Staff is wearing masks, although we also know that they have been vaccinated during our stay (March 2021) which means even more safety for them and tourists too. Overall – you won’t find batter place to isolate😊 You spend vast majority of time outdoors, there was no covid case on the island at all, you’re tested and so is the staff. And you can finally take off your mask! Oh gosh…. that felt good!! We have been extremely careful due to pregnancy but could not recommend this place more and especially during covid times! Just to add, the restaurants which are normally opened to general public (i.e. people from boats sailing around, not hotel guests) are now closed for non hotel guests, which again makes it super safe. Others: PSV doesn’t offer wifi in the room which we were initially concerned about (being addicted to our phones of course). However, this was such a good idea! We relaxed sooo much more without constantly looking at our phone. Wifi is available in the reception area so you can go there as much as you need but not having internet in the room allows you to switch off more and simply relax. What could be improved?: I guess one thing that could be improved is pool. There are no plunge pools in the cottages but there is also no general pool on the island. I guess for those who prefer swimming pool swims to sea swims, or simply those with more sensitive skin, it can be problem. There is plenty of space for a pool so certainly something that could be done! Overall, ignore old negative reviews – this place is absolutely amazing and you will not be disappointed! Thank you PSV team for an amazing time! Read less
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Oct 12, 2020 Shore-handed_travel

..... the more they stay the same. Reading the reviews here I am transported back to my own Honeymoon in 1987. In what sounds remarkably like a recent traveler's account, the then owner Haze Richardson (must be a plaque somewhere) picked up my bride and I at Union Island explaining that his Captain was at the Carriacou Regatta. Several guests… Read more
..... the more they stay the same. Reading the reviews here I am transported back to my own Honeymoon in 1987. In what sounds remarkably like a recent traveler's account, the then owner Haze Richardson (must be a plaque somewhere) picked up my bride and I at Union Island explaining that his Captain was at the Carriacou Regatta. Several guests have commented here recently that it seems the effortless hospitality they experienced was ingrained in the staff. Indeed it is; ingrained in the place itself as well I would assert. I have commented that vacationing at PSV with it's natural beauty and the staff whizzing around delivering stuff was like finding Fantasy Island. The reference to Fantasy Island; however, was being made in real time. I'm booking some travel to another somewhat remote destination right now - N. Captiva Island. It looks really cool and laid-back; an antidote for a time that has not been either of those things. Nice to reminisce though; as PSV has been and always will be the standard against which all other all other Paradises are measured. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Even better than we anticipated!

Feb 22, 2020 zimmouk West Down, United Kingdom

We landed on 28 January 2020 in Barbados and were met by a resort rep who guided us through arrivals and almost immediately on to the small 'plane to Union Island. Again a smooth arrival and a taxi was waiting to take us to the jetty. We were welcomed by Maurice the captain of the boat to take us to PSV and off we set. Matt the manager was… Read more
We landed on 28 January 2020 in Barbados and were met by a resort rep who guided us through arrivals and almost immediately on to the small 'plane to Union Island. Again a smooth arrival and a taxi was waiting to take us to the jetty. We were welcomed by Maurice the captain of the boat to take us to PSV and off we set. Matt the manager was waiting with Otnel, his right hand man, complete with obligatory blue moke and pina coladas. We were given a guided tour of the island and then were taken to our cottage, our home for the next 2 weeks and one day. We can honestly say the holiday far exceeded our expectations. The kindness and first class service that we experienced was second to none. There is great attention to detail and a strong desire to ensure that you enjoy your stay. Nothing is too much trouble. Thank you to all of the PSV family, you have a unique formula, long may it continue. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Delightful Private Island Retreat

Dec 7, 2019 tcoyote rural Virginia

Spent six nights at PSV after Thanksgiving. We were given a lovely and very private cottage with its own (rocky) beach on the eastern end of the resort. PSV has a caring, sweet tempered staff, and felt empty even though most of its cottages were occupied. There are gorgeous beaches all over this small island where you could really kick back and… Read more
Spent six nights at PSV after Thanksgiving. We were given a lovely and very private cottage with its own (rocky) beach on the eastern end of the resort. PSV has a caring, sweet tempered staff, and felt empty even though most of its cottages were occupied. There are gorgeous beaches all over this small island where you could really kick back and relax. We had great massages by the Balinese massage staff, great meals and, best of all, an amazing sail/snorkel expedition on the resort's 52 foot sloop Beauty to the not-undiscovered Tobago Keys. Captain Jeff and First Mate Simba cooked us an amazing lunch and showed us some of the most beautiful coral reef we've seen anywhere in the world. PSV does so many things well without seeming to break a sweat. It is a really special place to which we will be returning soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Anniversary Trip!

Dec 2, 2019 Kim L Lakewood Ranch, Florida

We have stayed at this resort multiple times (last time 4 years ago). The resort provides much privacy both in your cottage as well as on the beach. The cottages are semi-modern with excellent AC and large bathrooms. I don't care about not having a TV but would personally prefer having wi-fi in the rooms but that is not the case. Food was… Read more
We have stayed at this resort multiple times (last time 4 years ago). The resort provides much privacy both in your cottage as well as on the beach. The cottages are semi-modern with excellent AC and large bathrooms. I don't care about not having a TV but would personally prefer having wi-fi in the rooms but that is not the case. Food was generally very good with some highs and lows. The chef prepared a special dinner for our anniversary which was fantastic. Lunch items for my wife were great but just ok for me. The fish of the day was baracuda the entire week (a little odd) and I would have preferred some mahi or snapper in there. The beach on the west end is nice and you can get your own secluded spot and spend the whole day there as they deliver food and drinks. Service all around was excellent, especially (sure I have forgotten someone) Sudar, Selwyn, Small, Kennedy, Avonel, Kyella, and Maurice. They all helped make our stay very memorable. Music a couple nights was nice. On the suggestion side the resort could use some new beach chairs and loungers on the west end. The furniture is a bit beat up with loose arms and missing cushions. All in all highly recommended! Read less