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Petit St. Vincent Resort
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Reviewed May 15, 2005

My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon and it was everything and more that we expected. Getting to the island itself was an adventure in itself but to be expected in order to get to paradise.

We were concerned with the fact that there was no television in the rooms (or main house as we found out once we arrived) but once we were there, we did not miss it. The stay at PSV made us closer, as we had to talk and take part in activities together.

To be completely cut-off from the real world was refreshing.

Every morning we were up at sunrise, since there were no alarm clocks. Coffe was ready for us when we finished dressing for the day and we always took a morning walk. When we returned breakfast was ready for us.

Each day was spent on the west side of the island laying in hamocks or in beach chairs. Heaven.

Every evening, we took part in the cocktail hours in which we met up with other guests and got to find out what they did that day and what they found while exploring the island. The greatest treat was to meet new guests as they had the latest news about what was going on in the world and back at home.

The food was delicious and the choices were unbelievable- breakfast, lunch and dinner. To get the best selection of food- go to the main house to eat.

The only drawback we had was the beach- tons of rocks. But nonetheless I got my wife in the water (albeit on my back). Once out the water was warm and clear as any I have seen in the Caribbean. On ou stay we did not have any problems with bugs.

The staff were pleasant and would do whatever requested. One night my wife and I met another honeymoon couple our age and we stayed up until 2:00 in the morning and the bartender stayed up with us- dooling out the drinks as we passed the time talking of our wedding, smoking cigars, and playing cards.

Our overall conclusion- We can't wait to go back, and try the Mango Daquiries (the best I have ever had- to this day).

  • Stayed: April 2004
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13  Thank hobgoblin77
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Reviewed May 1, 2005

This was absolute HEAVEN. We stayed in complete seclusion in a hillside cottage (#5) –Hillside is MUCH more private than beachside. You get total privacy, an amazing view, and the beach was only a one-minute walk down the path. The sunrise from our deck was amazing. We slept with the doors and windows open and it was a perfect breeze. It was quiet and relaxing with nothing but the sounds of waves and wind blowing.

For some reason, bugs love to bite me no matter where I am, but I didn’t have any problems with that here!! Maybe it was the time of year we went. PSV does provide bug spray and coils in the room, but we never once had to use anything. They also provided 2 beach totes so no need to bring your own unless you want.

Staff was extremely friendly and very accommodating – the flag system is easy. It does take some patience, but you are on vacation to relax so just go with the flow if things don’t happen as quickly as you would like.

Because we wanted this to be all about us, we opted to have room service for breakfast, lunch on the beach, and room service again at dinner. We are picky eaters, but the food was great and a good variety (eggs benedict, omelets, french toast, etc for breakfast; grilled ham and cheese, lobster rolls, etc for lunch; and fish, chicken, lobster etc. for dinner). Remember you are on a small remote island so you can’t really expect 5 star, but we were extremely satisfied. Dessert was incredible too especially the nutmeg ice cream! We do recommend bringing in some liquor from Barbados since drinks are not included. They provide all the ice you need, as well as mixers. We did, but it still didn’t stop us from getting Pina Colada’s every day!

We especially loved the secluded beach huts on West End Beach with a hammock, 2 lounge chairs, and a small table and chairs. We rarely ever saw anyone else. Snorkeling was incredible here, but also great off every beach we were on.

Getting there from Dallas was long but the charter flight to Union Island was actually very smooth and it was great to take pictures from the air! The boat ride to PSV was quick and when greeted with a Pina Colada and then driven directly from the docks to our cottage, we fell right into total relaxation.

We have been to every island you can imagine, but this is by far our favorite. This is not for people wanting a major nightlife atmosphere. Is it perfect? No. But what resort ever truly is? This is for those who want a truly romantic, beach castaway vacation with gorgeous turquoise water, and I wouldn’t recommend anything else.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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29  Thank txproducer
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Reviewed March 25, 2005

Thought I'd drop a quick line on PSV while looking over reviews for the Caribbean for a trip. We were at PSV for eight days last June. Perfection. A wonderful place, wonderful food, very nice help, very nice food, great snorkeling, wonderful beaches. If you want a feel for an authentic Caribbean island, like St. Martin, Jamaica, etc., don't go to PSV. But if you want a wonderful, first class, tropical get away (from everything) this place is great. How anyone could rate PSV less than a five is beyond me. If you wanted night life, it's not PSV's fault, it's yours. The place is a five.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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10  Thank StarSoul
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Reviewed November 28, 2004

PSV is a beautiful island and we had a great time but there were some areas that fell short of what you'd expect from a leading hotel of the world.
Before arriving we received luggage tags and a confirmation letter that told us we'd be met at the Barbados airport by a representative who would take us through customs and arrange our connecting flights to Union Island. There was no representative and the airport is a little chaotic - one small desk with two (sometimes three) people to deal with all travellers wishing to make connecting flights. We finally made it through customs and confirmed our flights but it wasn't the easy, welcoming arrival we'd expected from the letter. A PSV rep at the airport would have been a nice touch.
Once we reached PSV, Lynn, the owner, personally greeted everyone and welcomed us with pina coladas. Our cottage #14 was great - right on the beach - we found out later it was one of the smaller ones but it was still quite spacious and we loved it.
There was a beach barbecue on our first night. We went to the beach bar for a drink first and had to wait a bit for service even though the only other customer was the owner Haze and a couple of his companions. He didn't greet us or even acknowledge us though we were standing a few feet away at the same bar and at one point he said quite loudly, 'Yes, I made a lot of money on that deal.' Not especially pleasant.
Dinner on the beach was great - fresh, delicious food and wonderful service from Roland and Andrew (he drove us there).
Overall negatives on our stay: rocky, rocky beaches everywhere - not what you might expect from the pictures. Bring beach shoes or buy/borrow some from the resort - they are essential.
Mosquitoes everywhere - we were eaten alive even though I used bug repellent.
The flag system - quite charming but at times we wondered if it was to make things easier on the resort than to make our stay more private. Frustrating not to be able to call room service back after they've dropped off your lunch and mixed up the order or left a thermos of breakfast coffee that's broken and won't open.
The lunches are very small and not very good. The only beach/room service lunch options are smallish sandwiches with a few pieces of carrots or cabbage as a 'salad.' Afternoon tea was coffee or tea served with a plate of six store-bought cookies (no sandwiches, cakes, fresh items) - not what you'd expect at these rates.
There was a younger woman, Sarah (?) who was somehow involved in running the hotel. When we were in the office settling our not-insignificant bill the day of our departure, she didn't say hello, how was your stay, thanks for choosing PSV, etc..
Our few encounters with Haze (beware of flying scotch) left us with the impression that we should thank him for letting us stay on island.
The positives: wonderful staff!!!! Hazron, Michael and Bert the bartenders were amazing, our waiter Bequia was very kind, Andrew did just about everything, housekeeping (arthurlynn, kirl and janet) were lovely.
The setting is beautiful - day or night - we saw two shooting stars.
The dinners were delicious - great fresh ingredients (the lamb is superb), presentation and a small but tempting selection of entrees.
PSV was very relaxing, romantic and idyllic. There are some glitches but our overall impression was pretty positive.

27  Thank wooster
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Reviewed July 4, 2004

We spent months reading reviews before our trip to PSV in June, 2004. That, and watching the look on our relatives' faces when we told them we were going to a resort without a television. PSV creates the illusion of stepping back in time. The views are spectacular. The villas are beautiful and not in need of upgrades. The minibar prices are high, but less than a typical hotel chain. $3.75 for a beer and a couple of bucks for a soda. We felt no need to take a boat looking for local grocery stores. Beach totes, night lights, bug spray, and umbrellas were provided in the villa. The service is excellent, but you must remember that you're on an island. Certain things are only available at certain times of the day. If you want to order pizza at 2am, try your local airport Marriott instead. The food was excellent, not the best we'd ever had, but it was close enough. We were told that lobster was not in season, but we had plenty of fresh fish. Also, the red meat was better than expected. The beach itself is surrounded by coral, so you must enter strategically. Water shoes help. We also saw people use the rafts to float past. PSV comes so agonizingly close to perfection that it stings when they miss. Our only glitch came during a visit to Petit St. Richardson. We were given the impression that it was a private island reserved for us. It was, therefore, quite a surprise when 10 local teenaged boys showed up to share our romantic isle. Go ahead and go for the beach, but be forewarned. The bottom line is this. Four hours after our arrival, we were laying arm in arm in a hammock overlooking a deserted beach, with the lights of Petit Martinique twinkling in the background. It was a magical moment that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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