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 '19 only.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolute paradise - a honeymoon of dreams that exceeded expectations

Sep 13, 2019 SoloSWTraveller London, United Kingdom

I booked a four night stay at PSV as part of a wider St.Vincent and the Grenadines honeymoon itinerary and it exceeded all expectations. Working in the luxury travel industry I have been fortunate enough to stay in some fabulous hotels with my career and am always intrigued to see if luxury hotels like PSV live up to the hype. This was… Read more
I booked a four night stay at PSV as part of a wider St.Vincent and the Grenadines honeymoon itinerary and it exceeded all expectations. Working in the luxury travel industry I have been fortunate enough to stay in some fabulous hotels with my career and am always intrigued to see if luxury hotels like PSV live up to the hype. This was definitely one of our honeymoon highlights, the resort is not only in one of the most spectacular settings in the world, tucked away in the Grenadines by the Tobago Cays, it feels entirely authentic and not incongruous to its surroundings. The beach villas feel totally private and tucked away and the wild atlantic views offer beautiful sunrises when you wake up at 5am with jetlag! The whole island is very tropical with lovely walking, hiking and running options. It's much less fake and manicured than some of the resorts I've stayed in in the Maldives. On the other side of the island the views of the neighbouring island and yachts bobbing in the harbour make for a blissful lunch spot. Like any brilliant luxury resort what makes the holiday is the people and the staff here were absolutely fantastic. We felt totally spoilt and looked after, but in a very relaxed and authentic Caribbean way. This island is a little piece of heaven and somewhere that you can escape the world, turn off your phone (there is no wifi, meaning no other guests watching videos on the phones at the next table during dinner - the dream!) and reconnect with nature and really unwind. Highly, highly recommend! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not one of those places where pictures are better than the actual experience. It’s even better!!!

Jul 29, 2019 Izzone21 Daytona Beach, Florida

Our experience at PSV was beyond all of our expectations. We absolutely fell in love with the resort and staff. It is difficult for us to travel in the winter due to the nature of my spouse’s business, thus we made the trip down to PSV from Florida In early July. Expecting the weather to be the same as home, what a treat we experienced with the… Read more
Our experience at PSV was beyond all of our expectations. We absolutely fell in love with the resort and staff. It is difficult for us to travel in the winter due to the nature of my spouse’s business, thus we made the trip down to PSV from Florida In early July. Expecting the weather to be the same as home, what a treat we experienced with the warm arid climate. Petite St Vincent. My 7 year daughter can not stop talking about our experiences at the resort, we are looking forward to returning next year. The food is very good, the accommodations rustic elegance, yet the service from the lovely staff simply put our family vacation as our best trip to date . There is snorkeling, hiking, enjoying the stunning scenery, a world class spa, &&& no tv! I am extremely prone to motion sickness & even though the last couple legs of our journey to this piece of paradise was bumpy— I would do it all again several times over. We CAN NOT wait to return. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect anniversary trip

Jun 12, 2019 DivingGal34 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

If I could give PSV 6 stars, I would. It exceeded our very high expectations. We booked a weeklong trip for our 10th anniversary and our entire stay was perfect. If you want high end luxury as defined by extremely high levels of privacy and a remote, unspoiled setting, this place is for you. We were placed in cottage 3 and absolutely loved it. We… Read more
If I could give PSV 6 stars, I would. It exceeded our very high expectations. We booked a weeklong trip for our 10th anniversary and our entire stay was perfect. If you want high end luxury as defined by extremely high levels of privacy and a remote, unspoiled setting, this place is for you. We were placed in cottage 3 and absolutely loved it. We spent most days just relaxing together on the deck and sunbathing in complete privacy. The views were panoramic and stunning—sunrise out the windows/back deck, sunset on the front deck. We ate in the room frequently and loved the flag system for ordering. The morning coffee was fabulous. We spent a few afternoons at the beach, and ate dinner a few nights at the main restaurant, which was very romantic. We loved the beach barbecue too. The fresh lobster was amazing. The Thai massages are some of the best we’ve had—we went back for seconds! We also enjoyed the day sail to Tobago Cays. This resort is perfect for you if you want near total privacy, romance, rustic elegance, stunning views, and time to unplug and focus on your loved one. We didn’t try the scuba shop so can’t comment on that, but heard other people say the dive sites were very good. We are definitely returning. PSV, so far, is the only place that rivals our honeymoon experience in the Maldives, and is much easier to reach from the US! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is THE place to get away from it all

Jun 4, 2019 Floresv

My husband found this place by accident while searching for a quiet week away and it was intriguing enough that we decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did. Getting to this island takes some time. Since we had the time, we split the outbound trip up because sometimes flights run on "island time" and sometimes the flights are on time. We… Read more
My husband found this place by accident while searching for a quiet week away and it was intriguing enough that we decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did. Getting to this island takes some time. Since we had the time, we split the outbound trip up because sometimes flights run on "island time" and sometimes the flights are on time. We went from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados and spent the night. The next day, we were back at the Barbados airport to take a 20 seat plane to Union Island. If you have issues with little planes, take non-drowsy Dramamine, works really well. Be patient, sometimes the plane makes stops at other islands as it is essentially a taxi service. From Union Island, there is a car that will take you to the docks. The Petit St. Vincent speed boat picks you up and goes across the channel to the island. It can be rough. At the island, you are greeted with cold scented towels (much needed) and a cold drink. The staff knows who you are as soon as you get off the boat, and they know which cottage you are staying. You don't have to go to the office, everything is done for you. We had cottage 3, at the top of the bluff with no close neighbors. Absolutely spectacular views, good breeze and listening to the waves. I did read some reviews around hot water..... if there is a problem with the hot water, have the staff come and check to make sure the water heater was turned on. Once we had that checked.... plenty of hot water to take a very hot shower. Bug spray and other essentials are under one of the sinks in the bathroom.... use the bug spray if you are going to hike or run. AC worked fine, we had it set to 16C and actually needed to turn it up a few times as it was too cold. The nice thing about this island is you can do lots of stuff...... or nothing at all. I am a runner, so I ran the island's trails and did the fitness trail several times. All the equipment is in very good condition. I thought the trails were in good condition, obviously you need to watch your step. My husband and I did the Marni trail which brings you to the highest point of the island (275 feet), we did it in sneakers but I would suggest hiking boots because of the rocks. Bring water. Or, you can find a secluded piece of beach and take a nap in one of the very comfortable lounge chairs. Water is located at every beach station around the island. My husband is a sailor so we took the HobieCat out a few times, great fun going around the island. If you are a beginner, take some lessons and understand the layout of the island as there are plenty of rocks around. You can play tennis, learn kite surfing, take a scuba class or snorkel. The speedboat will take you to a reef where you can snorkel. I have read reviews that you need to really like who you are with..... truth. The first couple of days, we saw no other guests on the island, which was fine for us but if you are very social....bring your own friends and rent a two bedroom cottage. There is no cell phone service on most of the island. If you are on the beach, you will pick up a local carrier (FLOW). If you really feel like you need cell phone service, I would suggest getting a local SIM and dropping into an old phone. We travel to Europe a lot and that's what we do. You do have internet at the main pavilion.... fast enough to check mail and post pictures to Facebook. The flag system at the beach and the cottage works very well. Red for do not disturb, yellow for service including questions. We had coffee delivered each day at 6:30 AM; they leave it on the shelf outside your cottage door. We had breakfast delivered by 7:30 AM and ate it on our porch with the birds. All of the food is unbelievably fresh..... you really can taste the difference. My husband caught a bit of flu while we were there; the staff was nice enough to bring him whole-made ginger tea to ease his throat and chest. It was a nice touch and definitely above and beyond. We ate dinner every night in the pavilion.....again the quality of the food was simply unbelievable. I took the opportunity to eat seafood every night. The portions are European so you do not feel like you need to be rolled away from the table. I thought the beer, wine and champagne were reasonably priced, although given the opportunity I would broaden the wine list a bit. There are plenty of wines from California (Napa, Sonoma), South Africa, New Zealand and Europe with better price points than what they had on the menu. If you love who you are with and enjoy spending time together, this is the ultimate in getting away from it all. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolute paradise

Jun 4, 2019 OliveStock

We just returned from a week on PSV and wanted to provide a review to say how wonderful the island is. The cottage, food, staff and the island itself were beyond anything I could have hoped for and made for a genuinely perfect trip. I'd hugely recommend sailing to Tobago Cays on Beauty: it was the undisputed highlight of our stay. We were lucky… Read more
We just returned from a week on PSV and wanted to provide a review to say how wonderful the island is. The cottage, food, staff and the island itself were beyond anything I could have hoped for and made for a genuinely perfect trip. I'd hugely recommend sailing to Tobago Cays on Beauty: it was the undisputed highlight of our stay. We were lucky enough to swim with nurse sharks, rays and turtles. Read less