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Reviewed July 7, 2005

We just returned from a one week visit (late June 2005) to Petit St. Vincent Resort (PSV).

Overall – This was our first trip to PSV. We had very high expectations given all the favorable reviews and extensive research we had done through travel sites and via other travel sources. Although we had a nice time and the resort is very well done, we did leave a little disappointed. To put things in perspective, we have recently visited One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, Meridian Club at Pine Cay, and Parrot Cay resort. For us, PSV, although very nice, would be at the bottom of that list. Below we’ve outlined some of the areas that others may be interested in as they plan their trip to PSV, or not.

Cottages – We found that PSV’s website and the other reviews accurately portrayed the cottages. The bedding/mattresses are very thick, comfortable and plush. The linens are also high end. It was unclear to us why the rooms all had two queen beds if they cater to honeymooners and couples, but it was fine. The bathrooms are spacious and also nicely appointed. In our cottage (and we believe they are all the same), there was no separate tub and, be aware, that the “stone shower” is very small – the shower curtain that surrounds it tends to attack you. The designers should have doubled or tripled the size of the shower for more comfort.

As advertised, there is no AC in the rooms. Yes, there are breezes but we still found our room rather warm (but not unbearable) for sleeping. Airflow could be better in some cottages vs. others. Admittedly, we lead a pampered life with air conditioning involved in most everything we do but, nonetheless, we did sweat when getting ready for dinner and it was warm for sleeping. Although the Meridian Club is also without air conditioning, we found the breezes to be much stronger and cooling at Pine Cay.

The windows in the bed rooms do have screens. However, the 4-6 sliding glass doors that surround the sitting area do not have screens. Although this is very picturesque and increases the air flow, it does provide the bugs and birds easy access. We would frequently have little birds buzzing in and out of the room when we left the doors open.

Regarding location of the cottages, based on our many laps around the island, we would recommend Cottages 17 or 18 -- - they share their own private beach which appears to be one of the nicer beaches. Cottage 3 on the Bluff also appeared to have a nice view and good beach access. Any of the cottages on the Bluff (#s 3-5) seemed like a good choice. The beach front cottages are less secluded but do have direct access to the Atlantic Side Beach. They did seem rather close together. The most secluded cottage may be #19 – and although it does have a private “beach” – the beach is very small and mostly rocks.

Beaches/Water – This was the area of our biggest disappointment and an area that was not apparent to us from prior reviews or even pictures we had studied from the resort and others. First of all, the beaches are sand. We had seen reports that suggested the beaches were rocky. The beaches are nicely covered with sand. It is not the fine white sand you will find at Turks and Caicos but the sand is not the issue. The issue is the water. You can only enter the water at a handful of very small locations and you cannot enter the water without aqua socks. The ocean floor is very rocky and/or a coral reef by the beaches and much of it is covered with seaweed. Consequently, very few places have the light crystal clear water you might expect in the Caribbean. Rather, much of the water directly off the beaches is a darker blue (almost black) due to the coral and rocks. If you don’t mind the aqua socks – then this is not an issue. In fact, PSV provides each guest with free ones. However, this was not at all what we expected and if we had read any reviews that suggested aqua socks were required, we would not have gone to PSV in the first place. You can swim in this water, but few people seemed to do so – we chose only to go in to cool off when necessary (and it is necessary). If swimming in crystal clear water is important to you – PSV is not your place. There is a small sand spit just off the island (Petit St. Richardson) that does have a very nice beach and excellent swimming. (More on that later.) As an aside, the best beach/water on the island appeared to be a small area right next to the dock where the boaters are allowed to come ashore and where the beach barbeque is held each Saturday evening. This area was not at all private and there was no seating or other amenities provided for guests, so it was not used.

We like to walk on the beach. From a walking perspective, the beaches are ok --- although neither the West Beach (which houses about 10 private beach cabanas) nor the Atlantic Beach (where the cottages reside) is very long. The West Beach is probably the longest and (guessing), it may be one-third to one-half mile.

We spent several days in the cabanas on the West End Beach. They are rather private and the beach service from the bar and restaurant works well. The hammock and beach chairs are new and in good shape. The tiki huts provide complete shade if you like. If you like to read on vacation – the West End Beach will be perfect for you.

Food – The restaurant/bar is gorgeous and the ambience is very romantic. Stone walls, dark, and candle lit. It is very well done and very elegant. However, you should know – it too is not air conditioned. If there is no breeze blowing you can break a sweat at dinner.

With respect to food, we are not big “food people.” We have simple tastes and are generally easy to please. A grilled piece of chicken, fish or beef and we are happy. Surprisingly, we had a number of food issues at PSV. Dinner at the restaurant each night consisted of a choice of 5 entrees - - and best we could tell, no deviations/special requests were allowed. It appeared they were attempting to please the gourmets – everything was highly seasoned, sauced, or covered and smothered. Our efforts to get things “plain” with no seasoning or sauces were always rebuked and generally not accommodated. The first night we requested a salad with no dressing and the waiter shook his head no and told us “we would not like it that way”. Other nights trying to get a plain piece of fish or chicken also came up fruitless. The one dinner we did enjoy was the Saturday night beach barbeque. They served simple grilled food, right on the beach with a local steel drum band. It was very well done and nice. Lunches were also not to our liking. Although they had a grilled cheese sandwich on the “beach menu”, when we ordered it for lunch, it consisted of a hot dog roll with melted cheese inside. The next day the grilled cheese sandwich came in a hamburger roll. There were no chips, french fries, no nothing available with the sandwich. We learned to eat a big breakfast--the best meal of the day at PSV in our opinion.

Most people seemed to eat in their rooms for breakfast and had lunch delivered to the beach or cottage as well. Several days we were alone in the restaurant for breakfast and only a handful of folks for lunch. Dinners were a little more crowded but not any where near capacity. PSV did do a very nice job with the room service, and the cottages were very romantic, so it was easy to imagine why people would eat in their rooms or on the beach. It was sometimes easier to communicate special requests in writing using their room service request sheets. We believe some of the issues with special requests at meals may have been due to a language barrier with the wait staff.

The Bar area was very nice and had some nice views. Few guests seemed to visit the bar area except before dinner. We did notice a table or two of yachters in the bar most every afternoon. They were always very pleasant and should not alarm any one.

Service – Generally the service was very good. The flag system was relatively effective and efficient. The employees were good intentioned and pleasant. We did find a couple of the waiters to be less accommodating and not particularly focused on client service and the office staff at times seemed a little confused; however, the overall service was fine. We don’t think the service would make or break anyone’s experience at PSV.

Activities – There really is very little to do other than read and relax and snorkel in the reefs just offshore—which for most should be an ideal vacation. If you like boating activities, kayaking, sunfishes, etc, they seem to be well equipped and offer excursions to Tobago Cays and other areas if you like.

There is no pool. There is no spa. There is no fitness room. There are no tvs. There is a tennis court. The primary activities are reading, swinging in a hammock, listening to the water and taking walks. There is a lot of walking/hiking that can be done around PSV. We walked a couple laps each day.

They advertise Petit St. Richardson as an excursion for a private beach picnic lunch. It is a small sand spit accessible only via a 5-minute boat ride. They will pack you a lunch or take you at other times throughout the day. It has much nicer water than PSV and is readily swim able without aqua socks. The water here is what we expect with the Caribbean. All of this sounds nice and it is a fun little excursion but you should be aware of several things. 1) Although there is a tiki hut for shade– there are no chairs provided. (We have done private beach drop-offs in the Turks and Caicos and were always provided chairs to relax upon). They bring whatever food/drink you request, but you are responsible for towels and anything else you might need for several hours. 2) Don’t expect to be alone – we did and were not. Yachters seem to enjoy this small spit as do other private tour groups. While we had our “private” beach experience, another boat of 8 people pulled up (the entire spit is only 25 yds long by 10 yds wide). From where we sat on West End Beach each day, we could see that there were generally multiple groups of people on the spit. Again – all of this is fine – just be prepared.

Clientele – Like us, most of the resort guests were couples in the 25-40 age range and many were honeymooners. We saw two families during our stay, but none with young children. We could not imagine this as a family destination, but suppose there are some this might appeal to.

Communications – There are no phones in the cottages and we expected this. There is also no TV’s or Internet access anywhere on the island and no newspapers or daily newsbriefs to keep you informed. This sounds charming and some may prefer to totally unplug from the rest of the world, but we felt a bit disconnected. A little world news would have been nice. The resort office has a phone and fax and you are able to use it if necessary. We needed to make several calls and while pricey, it was easy to do and they were very accommodating.

Travel/Connections – It took us quite a while to get to PSV from the Eastern U.S. (14 hours door to door). We flew from the states to Barbados and had quite a long wait for our flight to Union Island due to a delay in the shuttle flights that run between Union and the other islands. Upon arrival at Barbados, the commuter airline folks do take care of your luggage and expedite you through immigration. It worked fantastic – other than the 3 hour wait in the departures area that ensued. At Union Island, PSV folks take over and escort you to the boat and care for your luggage retrieval. Use the PSV luggage tags. They did serve a very useful purpose.

In closing, we had a good time. We fell into a rhythm and pace that allowed us to really relax and enjoy each other. PSV is a true nature and wildlife preserve. The owners do a fabulous job of maintaining an unspoiled paradise for all types of interesting flora and fauna. If you appreciate nature and prefer to completely disengage from the rest of the world, then PSV could be an ideal place for you. PSV is very private. The flag system and decent food/beverage service to virtually any location on the island ensures that you can spend as much or as little time with other people as you desire. You also are assured of spending a lot of quality time together with your spouse/partner, and in the end, that was the most important thing to us for this vacation!

  • Stayed June 2005
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2005

I almost did not go to PSV for my honeymoon because of some of the reviews here. Thankfully I listened to my (now) husband and off we went.

We had no problems at the airport in Barbados - we sailed through with the representative there to greet us. We took a small plane (which island hopped a bit) which brought us to Union island, where we were immediately met and put on a boat to PSV.

Our cottage was wonderful. Nice view of the sea, very comfortable etc. We did NOT get bitten by any mossies while on the Island - and I must say that they love me (as was proven when we went back to Barbados).

Some people on this site complain a lot about the food. I thought it was good and had choice. The fish/shellfish is always excellent. People also complain about the portions - being european, we thought they were huge - for the Americans, unfortunately PSV does not have a "supersize me" option.

Also I've seen complaints about the tardiness of the service. Again, this seems to be predominantly a US problem, where people are more used to fast food. In Europe, 20+ minutes between courses is normal.

Regarding the theft someone on this site reported - tragic - but who leaves their diamonds in the open air? All the cottages are unlockable, so we put our valuables in the safe at reception. You don't need diamond earrings at PSV.

People here also complain about mixed up room service orders. We ordered most meals in our room or on the beach and everything came just as ordered.

Also I've seen some complaints about the staff. These are usually made by people who mention the "good" staff by name. Honestly, I couldn't remember the name of one staff member. I tend to go on holidays to relax and enjoy my partners company - not to make friends. I think that this is at the root of some problems appearing on this site - i.e. that some guests at PSV want to make friends with the "locals" - the only locals are the staff, and by and large they don't want to make friends with Katie-Lee from Chattanooga. Anyway, I thought the staff were fine, I had no complaints and I did not come home with any phone numbers.

Regarding activities - it was clear to me before I went that there was no TV etc. I did not expect activites or constant entertainment - I got that from my new husband!

Go, enjoy! It's the perfect place to escape.

  • Stayed April 2005
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39 Thank lawchick
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Reviewed June 25, 2005

PSV is truly a one of a kind escape. My husband and I flew direct to Barbados from NYC (we were even bumped up to first class on BWIA) where upon we were helped by the airport staff, who immediately recognized our PSV luguage tags (use these, they are not just for show). We had been told that we were not going to make the 12:30 flight to Union Island and would have to wait until 4:30 (it was meant to be at 1:30). But the staff did everything to help us make the 12:30, and we did. The flight to Union is, in and of itself, worth the price of admission. You get a great bird's eye view of the Grenadines.

We were greeted by Maurice who took care of our bags and refreshed us with bottled water. Once we reached PSV we were welcomed by Lynn Richardson (Haze's wife) with drinks and swept away to lunch. I back up many of the other reviews here by saying that this is truly a place of beauty. The decor (which has been updated) perfectly suits the natural flow of the island by using local woods and blue--- stones. This also reflects Haze Richardson's wise decision to do the least amount of manipulating to the island itself. The beaches, both Caribbean and Atlantic, also remain unruined by the human hand. It almost feels as if it is a luxury eco-resort. True beach lovers will look beyond the rocks/coral (they ARE sand beaches btw), slip on their aquasox, and soak in the laughably-easily accessable reefs and pure undisturbed water. There is great snorkeling on the Atlantic side, as well as off of the small sandbar that is refered to as Petit St. Richardson.

We are huge foodies and did not come to PSV to explore the food, but so enjoyed the fresh and local seafood, fruits, and veggies. The lamb was wonderful and the lobster and shrimp (although often overcooked) was some of the sweetest we've had. As for sizing of portions less is more. Americans may expect bigger plates, but I'm sure that the guests of other nationalities find the amount just fine. The flags worked wonderfully for us, quicker than some horrible roomservice that we've had elsewhere. Most of our requests were met, and if not, the next best thing was substitued. We did encounter mosquitoes, a hazard of being on any tropical island. Ok, no there are no tv's and phones. And sometimes you run into people who don't feel like chatting. But if you are climbing the walls from boredom and lack of compatriots, then you came to the wrong place. Otherwise, thank you're lucky stars (which you really can b/c the views of the sky at night are breathtaking) that you can finally finish that book you've been reading and that you neeeevvvver have to hear a phone ring!

Two huge recommendations are visiting the Tabago Cays by motor or sail boat. Great reefs and turtle watching. And making a point to get a massage or a private yoga lesson with Lisa, the marvelous body worker there. Hopefully you won't be disappointed!

We have noticed that many people have commented on the on again, off again warmth of the staff here. We would like to point out that when you travel to PSV you are in a different country with a very different culture than your own. Although there is no language barrier (even though we had our fair share of asking people to repeat themselves b/c of heavy accents- and this went both ways), that does not mean that one should expect the same kind of reactions that one might receive at resorts in the US or other parts of the Caribbean. Keeping this in mind, the catch phrase that we most often heard was "no problem". It took us uptight New Yorkers a couple of days to figure out that this is the basic premise that this beautiful resort is based upon. When we got to know some of the staff they were the most sincere people with a keen sense of humor, and clear sense of thankfulness. It is also a remarkable thing to be witness to the community and mini-economy that Haze Richardson has built up to support the staff and their families. As one of our soft-spoken waiters, Bequia, pointed out to us, the Grenadines have 40% unemployment. You would never know it from the 2:1 ratio of staff to guests at PSV.

Go to PSV to give yourself the gift of peace, quiet, and beauty.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2005

We just returned from our third visit to PSV(2001,2002) and will return for our 4th!!!! Since 2002, there have been many upgrades...a West End Beach House, new Beach Lounge Chairs, New Patio Furniture, Upgraded Wodd Counter Tops in the bathroom's, Headboards with reading lights added to each bed, new lighting, etc..... The resort survived hurricane IVAN quite well and the beach on the Atlantic side is now wider and the unsightly erosion has been replaced with some very well placed stone walls. They blend right in and are made up from the island volcanic rock. The food and service was outstanding!!!! You can't find in room service like you have at PSV at any other resort in the caribbean. Before you book with PSV, you need to understand that this resort is for R&R as there is no nightlife, no phone, no TV......what a fabulous way to get reaquainted with the one you love!!!

Martha, we'll be back!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Property: Petit St. Vincent Resort
Address: St Vincent and the Grenadines, Petit St.Vincent
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Location: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Petit St.Vincent
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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