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Stay at Petit St. Vincent
Tough question. This place is into privacy so, you can have your meals brought to you just about anywhere on the island. Having dinner under the stars every night out on the deck of our bungalow with the perfect breeze, fabulous food, my favorite tunes, and my favorite gal gets the prize.
It's Not Easy, but it's Worth It!
Getting to SVG is somewhat difficult. American Airlines flies to San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there, a direct flight goes to Canouan. (It used to go to E.T. Joshua Airport in Arnos Vale, St. Vincent - and may again some day.) If you are not staying on Canouan, you will then either need to charter a flight to your final destination, or if the schedules work, you might be able to get a regularly scheduled flight by one of the inter-island airlines.
On the islands, hire a cab! Getting around in a rental car is expensive and not easy. Getting lost is not an issue, getting stuck is! Bus service, in the form of mini-vans, is also available on St. Vincent, Bequia, Union, and Mustique - where you can also rent small pick-ups called 'mules.' (Note that, with the exception of the golf carts they give you to use at the Carenage resort on Canouan Island, the renting of cars and 'mules' requires a Vincentian drivers license, which can be obtained at police stations throughout SVG for a rather pricey $40 US.) It is also possible to charter sailboats and motor boats to get around the islands, but sailing in the northern Grenadines - principally St. Vincent, Bequia and Mustique - can be VERY rough and is not really for the squeamish. (The southern Grenadines, by contrast - Canouan, Myreau, Union Island, the Tobago Cays, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent - are a beautiful sail.) Also, a ferry runs between St. Vincent and the main Grenadine Islands. One last note: Taxi drivers in St. Vincent can be hired as tour guides. I strongly recommend Ricky Gill - 'RickyTaxi' - for anything you do on the mainland, except for a Trinity Falls trip, where 'Andrew' is your best bet. The Young Island Resort can arrange for these two folks to take you around.
We were married on petite St....
We were married on petite St. Vincent , a wonderful romantic island.
Unspoiled ,beautiful relaxing privacy is what this island is about .
The whole island is incredibly pruned , raked ,and kept clean.
The staff at petite went so far out of their way to help with the wedding .
From organizing, decorating, finding ,and fulfilling those ' got to have this at the wedding ' requests .
They are the reason the wedding worked so beautifully!
Areas for Improvement at PSV
We just returned from a week's stay at Petit St. Vincent. We are "repeaters" and have been to the resort many times. As such we naturally love the island, the resort, and just about everything about the place.
However we feel there is room for significant improvement in the following areas:
1. King Sized Beds - it just seems that King Sized beds should be standard in all cottages. You travel all the way around the world on a romantic holiday and then have 2 Queen Beds to deal with - it's something we've never understood. Many people can't even sleep together in a Queen Bed - the beds are simply too small. At a minimum they should be able to tie the 2 queen beds together to make an extra large King if so desired. Other than that be prepared to make love in a Queen Bed then sleep separately in 2 Queen Beds.
2. The Bohios (thatched shaded umbrellas) along the Atlantic Beach for Cottages #6-11 and 12-15 should be marked. Sometimes we found that other couples would take "our" Bohio...even when several other non-cottage Bohios are available for anyone's use. But if you pay for a beach cottage you shouldn't have to worry about "saving the bohio" every morning. And for newbies it is patently obviously which bohio is specific to each cottage. Still that didn't stop a few clueless people from taking the wrong bohios on occasion. And for goodness sakes they mark the West Side bohios A, B, C, etc. so why not simply mark the Atlantic Beach Cottages Bohios as #6, #7, #8, etc thru #15?
3. Room Service. This time we noticed that they had switched to Wicker plate covers. And while attractive they absolutely do not hold any heat. We were served many cold lunches and dinners. They should at a minimum go back to the more common metal plate covers which at least retain SOME heat in the food by the time it reaches your cottage. Still a better solution would be to use mini-ovens and bring the food to your cottage in one so that it is still essentially fresh from the oven/stove. Four Seasons uses these "mini-ovens" and your room service meals are ALWAYS hot. But the nature of driving your meals to your cottage guarantees a non-hot meal..And you're lucky if it has any real heat left in it by delivery time.
4. Again Room Service - we notice each time there are always small annoyances. For instance they forget spoons with afternoon coffee/tea. Or they forget cream for coffee. Or they only bring 1 Orange Juice in the morning instead of the 2 requested. Or they bring a serving from the Buffet and it's cold...always cold food is simply not 5 star - even if the food is good which it was. The new chef is GREAT.
5. Showers in Cottages - again small annoyances. They've tried to make these bathrooms better over the years, but the reality is the showers are simply too small. The new sinks, mirrors, cabinets, faucets, are all great improvements but the shower curtain is kind of dumb. It was new this time and at least set a bit further out from around the stone so that it didn't constantly drape into your body while showering, but now it drips all around the bathroom and basically floods the floor with water. In my opinion they should eliminate all the cabinetry in the toilet/shower area, expand the shower to encompass the back half of this room, and eliminate shower curtains all together. You don't need the sink in this room anyways as there is one in the adjacent dressing room. (And for that matter there are even 2 more sinks across the way beside the living room) In the dressing room, they could add more drawers instead of baskets for holding clothes and you'd never miss the removed cabinetry in the shower area.
6. Redo the tile floors in cottages. They recently retiled the Bar/Pavillion/Dining areas and it looks superb. The old red tiles are close to 40 years old in the cottages now (1968) and they look really rough. Redoing 3-4 cottages each season for 5-6 seasons would really make them look great.
7. Transportation - Getting Transportation is a hassle. If you want to go to the West Side you can basically walk there before you'll ever be picked up by a Moke. They circle the Moke Path every 10-15 minutes, but by the time they process your request (bamboo mail slot), pick you up, and deliver you it will have taken them 30-45 minutes. I suggest giving each guest a golf cart - solar powered. They'd be easy to maintain, and give the guests total flexibility and control of their stay at the island. Heck even when it's time to leave the island and go home, you never know if the Moke is going to pick you up on time or not. This time around they picked up our luggage, but left us at the Cottage. We walked to the Dock. Just a bit off-putting you know?
Summary: As always great island, great staff, great place, decent food. But LOTS of room for improvement. They say everyone says don't change a thing, but if they don't start making some of the above changes it will not be a place we'll continue going to - even though we've been numerous times.
PSV Heaven on Earth My husband and I stayed on psv for seven nights, and it was the most awesome vacation we have ever had. We have been other places in the caribbean and in the South Pacifac, and nothing holds a candle to the high standards of psv. My travel agent asked us if there was anything that could have been better, We honestly could not think of one thing. We were treated so well here, and the staff are an amazing group of native people from local islands that were so much fun to be around. They would do absolutely anything for you. Our bungalow on the beach was the most perfect accommodation for us, since we snorkel and swim constantly. Everything was kept perfectly clean and the linens were always fresh. The food was to die for!!!!not one bad meal. We even had real maple syrup with the pancakes, which was amazing to us because we come from the Northeast where maplesugaring is huge, and it's a long way from here to there for that syrup to travel! Loved having no phones ringing or tv either, although some people could not handle this, I definately think everyone should try it. Life would be so much less stressful.
We too have just returned from what we consider the best vacation imaginable. The reviews say it all. The service, the attention to detail, the romance of the place is boundless. I even hestitated to write a review that would only encourage more people to discover this bit of heaven, but from the looks on peoples faces when we describe it, I know the solitude would frighten most people off. However, we stayed entertained the entire week. Snorking, walking the beaches, windsurfing and a daily hobie cat tour of the island.....reading, games, interrupted only by pina coladas and lobster twice a day. We've already booked for next year, joining the legions we met who were recidivists. If only that fact woild keep us from this obsessive nightly review of every blessed moment we spent there.
Where shall I even begin?
My wife and I stayed and returned from PSV on May 13th after 9 days of peace and tranquility. We returned with our minds and bodies refreshed. Easily the best vacation of our lives....
I had been looking at going to PSV for the last seven months or so and the research and planning paid off. Our expectations were met quite easily, as the island has to be one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
The 14 hour door to door trip from Long Island, NY was quite long but the PSV staff at the Barbados airport, Union Island, and lastly on PSV were A+. We were met at the Barbados airport by a PSV representative who had our bags picked up and thoroughly explained our remaining itinerary. The plane from Barbados to Union Island was quite small - a twin propeller prop plane. There were 12 passengers and thank goodness the flight was less than one hour as we were tighly packed in the plane. Don't be suprised to see that the plane doesn't have a cockpit door - it made for some great pictures landing on Union Island.
At Union Island we quickly made our way through customs and were met by Maurice of PSV who assisted us with our bags and drove us via a golf cart to the boat dock. Maurice then took us on the PSV boat which was then 25 minutes to PSV where we were met by John and Eric who had Pina Colada's waiting for us.
During the course of nine days at PSV we quickly destressed and our daily activities included the following: Waking up at 5:30am to watch the daily incredible sunrises, going for a walk, hike or run, having early morning coffee delivered before 7am.....We had breakfast delivered by 8:30, followed by reading and relaxing on the beach, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and using the Hobie Cats available. We had lunch delivered to our cottage by 1pm, followed by more water sports and more relaxing..drinks delivered to our cottage during the mid-afternoon...watched the incredible sunsets daily....pina colada's by 7:15pm, and dinner around 7:45pm. The food is very good by the way....if you like fish, you've come to the right place.
The weather was amazing as it rained just once during our stay and the temps in the upper 80's. From our Atlantic side cottage the coral wasn't much of a factor as long as you wore aqua socks....the water was clear and warm. Snorkeling was a lot of fun as well as kayaking around the island.
Although we had a cottage on the beach, it was a bit warm at night, but you get used to it after a few nights...
The island is a mere two miles around and it seemed as though we had our own private island at times. If you are looking for peace and relaxation, then PSV is the place you're looking for. You can make the experience as busy or relaxing as you wish. The staff for the most part was very friendly and courteous. Eric and Hazron bent over backwards to make our stay at PSV a great one.
The bottom line is the staff at PSV kept it simple....sure they might forgotten to bring some sugar, spoon, or cup every now and then but you're on vacation in the Caribbean.....are you going to make some missing sugar ruin your vacation?
Although we didn't go fishing, sailing or go to the Tobago Keys, we did go to Petit St. Richardson which was fun.....We had a few massages by Lisa during our stay and she worked wonders on our backs......
We are looking forward to going back to PSV next year for some additional destressing and relaxation.
A Unspoiled Touch of Paradise
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a small multi-island nation that has been independent since 1979, is the Caribbean as it is supposed to be. The main island is lush, mountianous and tropical, and frankly does not much cater to tourists, although it has some spectacular sights. (I make it a habit to spend one or two days every trip visiting the mainland.) The Grenadines are everybody's idea of a beach paradise. I have visited all of the main inhabited Grenadines save the resort on Petit St. Vincent, which I am saving for the proverbial "special someone." In addition, the Tobago Cays - four uninhabited islands - offer some of the most unspoiled beaches and snorkelling you'll ever want to see.
To be sure, the islanders are poor, but they are friendly and all of the resorts are elegant and unique, not the mass produced concrete monstrosities you see in more developed islands.
My strongest recommendations are:
On St. Vincent -
Young Island - a great resort and the best launch point for exploring the mainland. (Do not stay at the resort on Saturday nights if you are a light sleeper, as it is right across from the beachfront bars that start late and play loud and long. An option if you plan to stay over a Saturday night and are really bothered by loud music is the Grand View Beach Hotel, but it really is a second best, though less expensive, choice.)
In the Grenadines -
The islands of Bequia, specifically the Plantation Inn, and Canouan, specifically the Carenage Beach Resort and Golf Club, are the best bets. Mustique, with its Cotton House and Firefly Hotels, is wonderful, but somewhat confined, with only one bar - the world famous but somewhat overrated Basils - for evening entertainment. Finally, for couples, the resort on Petit St. Vincent is unmatched!!
In any case, forget about the rest of the Caribbean, SVG is the best of the West Indies in one package.