Petit St Vincent, known as PSV, is a private island in the Grenadines. The resort was originally built in the Sixties and though its current owners have recently added a new spa, beach bar and restaurant as well as updating the guest cottages, PSV remains much the same understated hideaway it was 40 years ago. The 115-acre island is fringed by two miles of white sand, edged with gently swaying coconut palms strung with hammocks. Inland, rolling hills are swathed with tropical woodland and indigenous flora. There’s plenty to do here, including a 20-station calisthenic fitness trail and football training three times a week, but the real attractions are the deserted beaches and the warm, turquoise ocean. Kayak round the island in a glass-bottomed boat, snorkel over the coral reef just a short distance from the shore, or try your hand at kite-surfing then order a picnic, hop on a bicycle and peddle off to your own private piece of paradise.
Accommodation at PSV comprises 16 one-bedroom Cottages – eight on the beach and eight on the hillside – and six two-bedroom beachfront Villas. Made from native bluebitch stone, the freestanding Cottages have vaulted ceilings of purpleheart hardwood, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto majestic views, large wooden sun decks with plunge pool and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Beachfront Villas have a similarly tranquil feel. Like the Cottages, Villas don’t have TVs, Wi-Fi or telephones, but they do have an ingenious way of attracting attention: raise a red flag for ‘do not disturb’ and a yellow flag for room service, delivered by Mini Moke.
PSV doesn’t have a dedicated kids’ club but welcomes children of all ages. The two-bedroom Cottages are particularly well suited to families, with extra beds available on request, though be prepared for initial complaints about the absence of Wi-Fi. While there is no pool at the resort, the dive centre, run by Jacques Cousteau’s son, Jean-Michel, is particularly good for children, with a course combining snorkelling and scuba for kids aged five years and older and a beginner’s scuba course for those aged between eight and 10 years. Or how about a family picnic on a deserted atoll, reached by a 15-minute ride on a powerboat? Back on dry land, PSV is home to more than 200 organic chickens and little ones are welcome to help collect the eggs, many of which end up in the resort’s delicious homemade ice cream.
FOR WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
With two miles of sugar sand to choose from, PSV is the ideal destination for a beach wedding and you can book the resort on an exclusive basis for up to 56 guests. The resort also lends itself perfectly to romantic dinners à deux – in the gazebo at the end of the Windward Dock, in the open-air yoga pavilion, on West End beach, or on the Atlantic Beach pier. Or take a gourmet picnic out to Mopion, a tiny deserted atoll furnished with a single thatched umbrella. The hillside Cottages are beautifully secluded and the ingenious flag system means you’ll never be disturbed by staff clamouring to replenish your towels or refill your cookie jar.
- Tennis court, fitness centre & yoga pavilion
- Non-motorised watersports
- PADI dive centre managed by Jean-Michel Cousteau
OUT & ABOUT
- Snorkel the nearby protected coral reefs
- Check out the local marine life in a glass-bottomed kayak
- Catch your own supper on a deep sea fishing trip
- Hike to the top of Marni Hill, the island’s highest point
- Play golf on nearby Canouan Island
WINE & DINE
- Fine dining in the hilltop restaurant overlooking the harbour
- Home-grown organic herbs, fruit and vegetables
- Toes-in-the-sand beach restaurant
- Extensive wine cellar with more than 4,500 Old and New World wines
- Beach & in-room dining