More about Petit St Vincent
Charming Choices and NO Suburbia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers some wonderful places to stay. In SVG you will not find the concrete monstrosities that blight more developed West Indies island nations. Instead, the resorts are small, and range from the elegant to the island paradise quaint.
On St. Vincent, Young Island is the best bet by far. A small beautiful island with bungalows in the hills, it is gorgeous, though the white sand beach is a little small and faces the main island - no sweeping ocean vistas here.
On Bequia, the Plantation Inn is what it says it is; an old plantation converted into an elegant hotel. Also, if you can do without a beach, the Old Fort Country Inn is a great choice. Made from an old French fortress, the Old Fort's best asset - a high hilltop - is also its only weak point: The lack of a beach. (Though a pool is available on the property and rides to the beach can be arranged.)
On Canouan, the Carenage Beach and Golf Club is magnifiecent. Four bars, four restaurants, a disco, the Big Point Casino, a smaller satellite casino, tours, a pool the size of Lake Superior, two knock-out beaches, a gym and health spa, several pretty good stores. The place is great, beautiful, and so huge that they give you a golf cart to drive around, which is a lot of fun.
On Mustique, the Cotton House Hotel and the Firefly B&B, are both gorgeous. Top notch service especially marks the Cotton House as an excellent choice. The downside is that its two beaches are not great - odd for an island with beautiful beaches - so you will need a ride to Macoroni beach.
Finally, Petit St. Vincent is the gem of the islands - but only for couples. You never have to see another human being if you do not want to. The island is small, but the beaches are virtually private. (Truth in advertising: I sent some friends to PSV for a birthday present. I am going by their word of mouth and photos.)
The price for all of these resorts tends to the high side, but off season discounts can ease the pain if money is an issue. Petit St. Vincent's system of flags is very unusual. Send up the yellow flag over your cottage post box, and leave a message asking for anything from room service to a day trip to the other islands. With two staffers for each guest, you will not have a long wait. Send up the red flag, and your cottage - house really - could burn down and no one would bother you. Also, as regards Young Island, although its beach faces the main island, you can climb - and it IS a climb - to the back of the island or rent the highest cottages for some brilliant ocean views. Also, Sunset Point, on the island's western edge, will offer you the best sunsets you will ever see ANYWHERE!!
Conservative, Except (ahem!) when they're not!
Vincentians, with their British colonial history, are a fairly conservative lot, though generally informal. For men, anyway, touching your clenched fist to someone else's is a form of informal handshake. Swimsuits are not appropriate away from beach and pool areas, except at some of the beachfront bars. Topless swimming and skinny dipping are out, except for Hope Beach on Bequia Island, Macoroni Beach and parts of some of the other beaches on Mustique, and unofficially, because no one will ever see you, on the beaches at the Petit St. Vincent resort. Shorts are not appropriate for church services, which are nevertheless more rollicking - and longer - affairs than their American counterparts. Similarly, men are expected to wear collared shirts and long pants to dinner, nor should women wear pants to dinner. Also, the Vincentians are sensitive about their image, so photography should be done with discretion. Cab drivers will sometimes tell you that they have a better picture for you when they don't want you photographing something that they think makes them look poor or otherwise unimpressive.
PSV - Secluded but beware the flies
Just spent two great weeks at PSV. This is a great hideaway Island but is nowhere near a 5* hotel. Our holiday was spoilt by being badly bitten by sand flies on the seocnd day. The patch of beach, between cottages 6 & 7 was alive with them. Unfortunately my wife always reacts badly to insect bites. The staff of the hotel seemed to take this for granted but did spray the area the following day. The cottage was well appointed 3 - 4* standard, samll stone shower, no tub, 2 queen beds and sitting area, ceiling fans, mosquito nets at all windows, cd player and radio. The room service only works during daylight hours, the meal choice is limited and breakfast and lunch always the same and time limited. Dinner always had three starters, five main courses and three sweets - never any fresh fruit or cheese. Some little irritations - fresh fruit juice is available at breakfast but not in the evening; menus are available inside the dining room but not in the bar. The beaches were generally very good but the aqua shoes provided by the hotel helped get over the stony shores, although it was possible to find sandy access. Cottages 1 & 2 on the little bluff are high up and some distance from the beach. cottages 3,4,5 on the bluff are aslo high up but about 100 metres from the beach, cottages 6 -15 are on the main beach, cottages 17 & 18 are above a small cove with sandy beach, cottages 16 & 19 overlook the main harbour and cottages 20, 21 & 22 are high up, near the main pavilion but with 72 steps down to the main beach. Transport is avaiable to take you round the Island to the west end beach. Staff were not overly friendly and few of them wanted to chat. Some seemed very inexpereinced and nervous. So 5* for seclusion and privacy but 3 - 4* for everything else.
A very special place
Having just returned from PSV I wanted to share my opinions.
Travel. It is a long haul from the UK but the transfers at Barbados and Union island were very smooth. We were met at the dock and ,carrying cocktails, were given a quick tour of the island & taken to our cottage by mini moke. Despite the time difference & exhaustion from travelling we made the cocktail party and then dinner. We felt relaxed immediately.
Accommodation. We spent our week in #17. We didn't realise until day 3 that it is attached. We didn't hear or see our neighbours. The cottages are beautifully appointed with bedroom, sitting room, dressing area & bathroom. The stone shower was certainly adequately sized. The large decks with mini bar, double hammock, loungers and table & chairs all have stunning views and are very private. From the steps of our deck was a small path leading down to a private sandy cove, again with loungers & thatched shade. Before our trip I was concerned about which cottage we would be allocated, but having looked around they all seemed lovely. The only ones I would hesitate over are the cottages on the hill in the centre of the island, but the guests staying there seemed to love the total privacy. We had an endless supply of clean towels & linen. The hotel provides umberellas, rain coats (we didn't need them) and also insect repellant & mosquito coils (which we did need).
Beaches. Having read other reviews I was concerned about the rocky beaches. Aqua-shoes are provided but we didn't use them at all. The beaches are white sand, palm fringed and stunning. The reef comes close to the shore in some areas, but there are many place that offer access to easy swimming and lazing about in the warm turquoise waters. The best snorkelling seemed to be off the Atlantic beach. We saw a (harmless) Nurse shark one day. We spent the mornings on our private beach & the afternoons on West End beach where you can watch the sun set.
Food. Morning coffee is delivered early, which allows time for a walk or game of tennis before breakfast between 7.30 & 10.00. The choice is enormous including all sorts of fruits, cereals, bacon & eggs, pancakes and waffles. Most guests seem to have their breakfasts on their decks. The lunch menu, for the beach or your room, is more limited but included different rolls & fruits. On the two occasions we had lunch at the dining room the buffet table was full with a selection of hot & cold dishes, cheeses & desserts. The dinners were good, with plenty of choice. The lobster was wonderful.
Service. This is what makes PSV so special. The flag system works brilliantly. We always received the correct food order & never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a request. We found all the staff to be friendly, professional & genuinely wanting us to enjoy our holiday.
Activities. There is plenty to do as well as lie on the beach. The tennis court is well maintained with Wilson rackets & new balls. We took a Hobie Cat out daily for a sail round the island. The trip to Tabago Keys was well worth if for the snorkelling. My husand caught a Barracuda which the chef cooked for dinner. The massages with Lisa (on the deck) were excellent. The breakfast trip to Sandy island was wonderful- we had the island to ourselves & only wished we'd requested longer. The bar offers great views & good cocktails & is the place to meet other guests if you wish.
PSV is not for everyone. If your idea of luxury is an infinity pool, happy hour & casinos you would be disappointed. If you fancy deserted sandy beaches, smart rustic accommodation & a large degree of privacy it could be you best trip yet.
A Little Slice of Heaven
My husband and I have just returned from PSV and absolutely loved it. It is extremely well run, efficient and we loved the flag system. We never had any problems with the service. Breakfast started early at 7:30am, lunch at 12pm and dinner at 7:30 with afternoon tea at 4:30pm. It felt like we were constantly eating. The food was great. We had lunch and afternoon tea brought several times to different areas on the beach with never any problems. The Saturday night barbecue is not to be missed. The rooms are beautiful and well maintained. We snorkeled every day, and kayaked several times which was quite the experience. The staff was always very helpful and friendly. It definitely is a secluded island so expect to entertain yourselves. There is no night life and that suited us just fine. Even though all the cottages were booked we saw very few people during our stay. I enjoyed just spending time alone with my husband. If you are looking for a relaxing, romantic getaway with your spouse, this is the place to go.
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Petit St Vincent is a 113 acre one resort island with 22 units situated about a 20 minute boat ride from Union Island. It is considered to be a "Caribbean Classic". Some of the units are smack dab on the beach, while others are perched up on bluffs but they all have a couple of things in common, splendid views and total privacy.This photo is of what they call "Petit St. Richardson" named after the owner Haze Richardson. It is the only picture I could find for now.
St.Vincent... a little history
Caribs were the first inhabitants of St. Vincent. Columbus marked the presence of the island on his third voyage in 1498, but didn't go ashore. The Caribs were tenacious, keeping the European conquistadors at bay longer than on any other island. In 1763 a treaty allowed the British to take control; 16 years later, they fought the French for the island, but the Treaty of Versailles in 1783 returned St. Vincent to England.
In 1787, Captain William Bligh set sail from England on the Bounty, bound for Tahiti. The purpose of the voyage, which ended in mutiny, was to collect breadfruit plants and transport them to St. Vincent for use as food for slaves. In 1793 Bligh eventually arrived in St. Vincent on another ship loaded with breadfruit seedlings. The fruit would make the island famous. In 1795 the indigenous population sided with the French and burned British plantations during a ferocious battle. A year later the British quelled the rebellion. At that time, the British decided to deport the rest of the island's native Amerindians to British Honduras (now known as Belize), where their ancestors live today.
In 1979 St. Vincent and the Grenadines achieved independence as a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth. A governor-general is appointed by the British Crown on the advice of the prime minister. The Parliament's House of Assembly is elected every five years.
The island of St. Vincent and the string of 32 islands and cays in the Grenadines compose a single nation. Each island is, in its own way, a refuge for demanding
escapists. You will be hard put to find glitzy resorts, discos, or duty-free shopping malls. Rather, these islands dazzle you with their lush mountains, fertile valleys, quiet villages, secluded beaches, and fine sailing waters.
Nature lovers can spend days walking or hiking St. Vincent's well-defined trails, perhaps sighting the rare St. Vincent parrot in the Vermont Valley, or climbing La Soufrière, an active volcano that last erupted in 1979. Below sea level, snorkeling and scuba landscapes are similarly exciting. Tourist facilities are varied and reasonably priced, and Vincentians are welcoming.
Just south of St. Vincent is Bequia, the largest of the Grenadines. With superb views, snorkeling, hiking, and
swimming, the island has much to offer the international mix of backpackers and luxury yacht owners who frequent its shores. On the exclusive, private island of Mustique, just south of Bequia, posh villas are tucked into lush hillsides. The appeal of Mustique is its seclusion. Boot-shape Canouan is an unspoiled island where you can relax on the beach, snorkel, or hike. Tiny Mayreau has less than 200 residents and one of the area's most beautiful beaches:
the Caribbean Sea is often mirror-calm; yet, just yards away, on the southern end of this narrow island, is the
rolling Atlantic surf.
Day-tripping cruise passengers like to lounge on one or another of Palm Island's five palm-fringed, white-sand
beaches. Union Island isn't really a place for landlubbers-surface transport is limited, and to see the island you really need a car. Petit St. Vincent is another private luxury-resort island, reclaimed from the jungle. The resort's stone houses are so far apart, that you can spend your entire vacation here without ever seeing another human being.
You can charter yachts and catamarans for day sails from any of the Grenadines to the four tiny, uninhabited
Tobago Cays. Avid snorkelers claim that these cays, which have been declared a wildlife preserve, have some
of the best hard and soft coral formations found outside the Pacific Ocean. The beaches here are perfect for secluded picnics.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is a true unspoiled tropical paradise!
The islands that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines are all different, beautiful, and relaxed.
This place is not a tourist mecca, no hard Rock, pooka shells or pesky salesman .
We stayed five nights on Young Island,three on PSV (Petite St. Vincent)we got married on PSV,and ten nights bareboat sailing and scuba diving.
we had reserved a beach front cottage on Young I.but switched to a hillside cottage with a huge deck and beautiful view.
PSV Island is as good as it gets. Words cannot describe it. Well worth the price . Visit W W W. Scuba mom . com ( http://www.scubamom.com/grenadines/psv/ ) for more info.
Four of us chartered a 41 ft. catamaran from T M M and scuba tank rental from Dive St. Vincent ( you pick up and drop off tanks about three blocks away )
We have sailed the British Virgin Islands two times before , and find St. Vincent and the Grenadines , much less crowded, bigger water , prettier bays , but less provisioning selections.
Very much enjoyed chatham bay at Union Island(good diveing too) , Tobago cays,
Bequia, Petit Byahaut bay at St. Vincent .
Photo's by Jen underwater&Young I. by rob
The Regular Menu for the Day
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Trail to La Soufiere
where ca I get married in st.vincent looking for a small ceremony and very private
I propose a church wedding - just to make sure that you get ALL the blessings from God. In that case 3 months preparation is required from the catholic church.
Then for the honyemoon, tour all the lovely islands. However make sure that Bequia, Palm Island and Petite St Vincent are on your list.
Bequia is a super place for an intimate wedding. visit www.bequia.net for information on licensing requirements and wedding organizers on the island. I note that the Plantation House is reopening in December and offering wedding specials. It would be a very pretty place for a small ceremony (go to www.bequia.net and click on 'what's new".)