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“An amazing luxury private island with only about 20 cottages, pristine beaches and two great restaurants.”

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Petit St. Vincent Resort
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

A beautiful little island with superb beaches and there are only about 20 secluded cottages all with magnificent views over the ocean. The cottages are large and sumptuous. There are two restaurants, one actually on the beach and the food is absolutely superb - oh and there is a large wine cellar which you need to go into! In the lobster season, as it was when we went a few weeks ago, you can east as much as you can as often as you like!!
The service by all the staff is absolutely amazing and nothing is too much trouble. They have a number of boats available but Geoff's hand made 49 ft yacht is a great experience as the sun goes down.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2015

First off, I have to say the service and facilities on PSV are incredible. First Class all the way. From the luxurious appointed villas to the quick room service deliveries of meals and cocktails (Hint: while the flag system is cute, use the in-room phone and service response time kicks up a notch).

We took the full day sail on Beauty and it was the highlight of our stay. Simba, the Captain, is such a lovely young man and a very good sailor!. Don't miss if you decide to stay here!

I'd give this resort 2.5 stars. Not poor, but not exactly Average for what you'd expect for the price, especially given how they market themselves. So why only a below-average review then??

In a word, Location, Location, Location. The resort is built in the 'Windward Isles' which means everything the name implies. It IS WINDY! It BLOWS 20kts almost everyday. Windows rattle every night (which you get used to ).

When I asked many members of the Staff, " is it always this windy, here?" The answer was "No, it's much windier usually"... Geez?? Really? Well, I guess there are strategies you could use to beat the wind, but the design of the island compounds this wind issue, the Villa's are almost entirely set on the Windward Side of the island. Right in the teeth of the wind.

Which means any type of using the beach outside your villa, including hammocks, beach lounges or any type of romantic beach activity is totally out of the question unless you enjoy being sand-blasted raw. Don't even THINK of trying to read a magazine on your deck.

My family during our holidays enjoy the seclusion and privacy that many higher-end resorts offer. This was one of the things that attracted us to PSV. Taking advantage of the secluded private villas and their private beaches is high on our very critical list. But being a very experienced waterman, the first thing I noticed upon my first beach walk is that there is NO WATER ENTRANCE along the half-mile beach. It's fully lined with sharp volcanic rock and coral shards washed in from the lagoon reef.

I told my 21yr old stepson not to try and enter the water from the beach, but being 21, he wanted to swim and what the hell do I know anyway (lol). But he got no more than 4ft out into the water before stepping on a coral shard and needed his foot debrided (fortunately his mom is experienced with this procedure and the necessary antibiotics). So the only real impact was him limping a bit all week.

Yet, if for some reason the wind miraculously drops and you want to actually go into the water, you have to call the front desk to arrange for a 10 min ride to the Leeward side of the island with all your beach gear and share the beach with all other guests who actually came to the island to enjoy the warm clear carribbean water. Bit of a bait and switch from what the website and promo literature implies.

We enjoy scuba diving, so of course diving the Mayreau Gardens was on our Short List. Thus having the Cousteau Dive Center being located on the island and experiencing the Gardens with Cousteau Dive Guides was a huge part of what swung us towards PSV from Jade Mt and other upscale resorts. But it seems that the location is the only thing that the resort and the Dive Center have in common.

Upon arrival, the two Dive Guides weren't taking any divers due to their boat not running for the past 6 weeks. In fact on our 3rd day there. Both Guides quit and left the island closing the Dive Center in everything but name. Fortunately there was an off-Island outfitter who we arranged who could fit us in their (now very busy) schedule for a few dives. Much less than we were hoping given what we've read and about the Southern Caribbean diving. While we understand the Center and the resort are not formally associated, we felt that was disappointing, and we weren't the only divers on the island then that felt the resort was less than entirely truthful about this arrangement.

Lastly, this resort has many hidden expenses that can add up very quickly. Being on an island, there is obviously a premium that you'll need to pay for goods that have to be shipped in. Very understandable. But having 2 loads of laundry was put on my bill at USD $425. No Dry-cleaning or suit pressing. Simply t-shirts and cotton things. When I inquired about this amount possibly being in error. I was told quite firmly that the amount was correct. Wow. OK.

Add in that the resort complimentary drink menu is rather limited to your basic draft beer, rum punch pina coladas type. so if you go off the list (which is very easy given their extensive and detailed menu offerings) You're going to be charged the full island visitor rate (including additional 20% food and drink tax not included your room tax charge) which is a steep premium and adds up really fast if you're traveling with a family for a week or longer!

My advice depends on what you're looking for in a resort vacation. PSV is very good at some things, like making you feel welcome and superior service.

But in the end, if your budget is deep, you can go anywhere you'd like, and you're looking for the ultra luxury secluded tranquil island experience advertised by PSV..... this is not the place. Head to Jade Mountain.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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16  Thank Rob M
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Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Fantastic holiday, actually good value if you eat as much lobster as we did. Ask for cottage 19 - private beach and fabulous views. A bit of a hassle to get to, 1 week wasn't enough. Would definitely go back. Don't be lured in to going on a trip on 'beauty' - was bloody awful and a monumental waste of money.

Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Durkey1
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

Having spent our honeymoon 18 years ago on PSV we returned recently to find improvements such as a new beach bar and restaurant and private view tables on the main dining room patios, But thankfully no added units, only the original 22 cottages, each with a magnificent view. The full day trip to reach the island by commercial flight, private plane and resort boat is well worth it.They have retained the flag system for room service, maintenance requests and transport requests to any place on the island by mini-moke..The beach bar and restaurant also service local yachts thereby keeping th main bar and dining room virtually exclusively for hotel guests. The service (3 employees per guest) is excellent and food outstanding. No need for locks or keys although each unit has a safe. There are numerous virtually private beach front locations with tiki hut, lounges, chairs table and hammock. Many of the current supervisors were here 18 years ago as employees. A truly great get away to revive the soul.

Room Tip: Only difference is on the beach or hillside - all with a magnificent view.
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank 2wise
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Our first room was on the "windy" side of the island. We could not sit on the loungers and read because the sand was stinging our legs and we could barely hear each other talk. Also, the pier on that side of the beach was poorly maintained with no warning signs. The wood was slick with slime and I fell. We asked to move and they were very accommodating. Now we had less wind, but there were bitting no-see-ums. i had been told that due to the trade winds, bugs were not a problem. not true. This side was also windy, but not as bad.
We like to snorkel, getting in to the water on the windy side was very difficult due to the boulders on the shoreline. But on the other side, the water was filled with seaweed. They had someone removing the seaweed from the shore, but when you swam it stuck to you. further, there wasn't anything to see anyway. Very few fish. We even took a day trip to the tobago cays and saw very few fish. We found kayaking difficult due to the wind. The relentless wind. Apparently in the southern Caribbean, it is very windy. Finally, this is a resort that promotes privacy. Unlike other resorts, group activities are not promoted. Mostly everyone stayed to themselves.
What was good? The room was very comfortable, very well decorated and very clean. Room service was readily available and friendly. the staff were very nice. It was relaxing. They even accommodated my husband's gluten allergy.
So far away from California. From the West Coast, it took about 15 hours to get there. Fly to Miami, then to Barbados, then transfer to a small plane to Union island, then a launch to Petit St Vincent. On the way back, about 26 because we had to stay overnight in Miami due to minimal connections. If the snorkeling, beach, swimming and kayaking had been great, it would have been worth it. but they weren't. :(

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Caroline C
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Address: St Vincent and the Grenadines, Petit St.Vincent
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Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Petit St.Vincent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Petit St.Vincent
Price Range: RM 3,579 - RM 8,038 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Petit St. Vincent Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Petit St Vincent is a luxurious private island paradise, tucked away in the Grenadine islands of the West Indies, a tropical barefoot hideaway offering guests the rare chance to unplug from the normal day to day urban technological clutch.Aside from offering opulent comforts, ultimate privacy and an understated yet attentive service, there exists a conspicuous and deliberate absence of connectivity to the outside world: no TV’s, phones or internet in the beach front villas and elevated bluff cottages, encouraging you to unwind, relax and enjoy each other’s company without any unwanted distractions. With 115 acres of natural tropical woodlands and just 22 guest cottages, seclusion is guaranteed. Each beautifully designed guest cottage is decorated in marine shades and tangled driftwood furnishings reflecting the island’s uncluttered vibe. This elegant but unpretentious boutique island resort is surrounded by clear turquoise waters, rich tropical reefs and 2 miles of stunning white-sand beaches. ... more   less 
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