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Review of Petit St. Vincent Resort

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Petit St. Vincent Resort
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Poquoson, Virginia
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best Honeymoon Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2007

Truly an amazing honeymoon. To describe every little detail would be to rob you of some of the joy of discovery, but let's just say that everyone I met there had a smile on their face like I'd never seen on vacation before.

In June, expect to see a lot of young honeymooners (20s to 30s in age range). According to the owners (who were present almost every night at dinner and opened their home to all visitors for a cocktail party the first night we were there), over 40% of PSV guests are repeat customers. For us, this meant that about 6 of the couples were lovely folks celebrating 25th anniversaries or 50th birthdays. The atmosphere exuded quiet elegance everywhere we went, and it's easy to either make friends with other couples or to stay in solitary wedded bliss for the duration of the visit.

The food was 5-star all the way. We stayed seven nights and never saw the same thing twice on the dinner menu (which includes a choice of three appetizers, 5 or 6 entree options, and at leats 4 or 5 desserts). The barbecue on the beach, however, was my favorite meal - grilled lobster and t-bone steaks, can't beat it.

We took two trips off-island, one to Carricaou (pop. 7,000) to visit the local culture, and one to Petit Martinique (pop. 950) for their Sunday Catholic church service. Transportation by speedboat is complimentary from PSV. The Carricaou visit was beautiful and worth the visit, but shopping for "local" goods is abysmal. The shops at the Barbados airport had more traditional items than this tiny island. The church service at Petit Martinique was phenomenal - easily one of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful, spirited singing, and we felt very welcomed by the congregation.

A couple of helpful tips - bring bug spray or lotion. There aren't too many bugs, but getting bitten can still mar an otherwise perfect experience. Also, if you're at all athletically inclined, hike to the top of the island with a pre-planned picnic lunch. The view is lovely, but more interesting are the trees and other plants on the way up and down. Be careful, though, becuase the hike is fairly steep and rocky. As for cottages, we were put in Cottage #1 on the bluff and I think it's by far the best. Great view, lots of privacy. It's one of only two with a birds' eye view of the island. But - it's a hike to the beach and to meals, so if you don't like walking 5+ minutes to get to where you're going, it's not for you. And finally, ask Ken at the dockhouse to make you a necklace. He'll charge you less than they do at the boutique, and it's about the closest thing you'll get to an island souvenier.

The trip there and back is a bit long, depending on where you're comig from, but the prop jet experience is not as bad as you think :) All in all, you won't regret choosing PSV - we're already planning our 5-year anniversary return.

  • Liked — Great service, amazing food
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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49 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2007

PSV is one of the very few places where we are counting the days for our return trip. If you want to be alone with someone and enjoy absolute stillness and quiet, PSV is for you. it is an incredible place to recharge your batteries and remember why you are together with your travelling companion. It is not for children, it is not for people who need to be entertained, it is not for loud talkers and it is not for high maintenance travellers. There is no pool, no night club, and no sports pros, no kids club, no TVs or phones in the room, no evening entertainment. There are 20+ cottages on 113 acres so you are not talking about a lot of guests.
My husband and i went for a "second honeymoon" almost 20 years after the first one. The trip down was crazy because of snow delays but we were met in Barbados by a PSV rep who couldnt have been nicer, then again upon arrival in Union Island, and then onto PSV, the staff was wonderful. We were met at the dock upon arrival at PSV and taken to our hillside cottage (#4). The cottages are beautifully maintained. Showers only, no tubs but lots of hot water for a quick rinse or longer shower. Every cottage is private, the hillside ones more than the beachside ones. They are Elegant, well appointed but not ultraluxurious. There is no air conditioning, but there are fans and the breeze was constant.
The flag system was great. We filled out requests the night before to ensure we hadnt forgotten anything -- Early morning coffee arrived at 6:30 am, we had bfst in the room about 7:30 and walked around the island, rested, read books, did yoga, and swam. We had lunch and dinner at the main area, also very quiet. The food was excellent, esp. the fish dishes. Tried sailing but the wind was crazy. The snorkeling was okay by the hammocks on the west side, better on the inlet to the north and best off the gazebo on the cottage side of the island. every evening we had tea in our room and relaxed before dinner, then would watch the stars come out on the deck before bed. The stars were amazing. We saw the Southern Cross at about 2 am one night. The other guests were friendly and the staff was amazing. it was quiet but the last night a host of families with children on spring break arrived and disrupted the ambience with loud, inane discussions at dinner. There is nothing to do there as far as formal activities so please leave children at home. There is one tennis court, some boats, etc. As we were without our kids, i was probably more sensitized to having children around, who were playing DVD players and gameboys at the restaurant and complaining (loudly) about the lack of entertainment. There are so many amazing places to go as a family, i cant see PSV as one of them, unless you rented out the whole island.
Definitely bring walking shoes as you walk everywhere. Snorkel gear is avalable as are swim shoes. You may want to bring your own mask or some defogging stuff. We brought a portable IPOD player, power is same as US. That was nice. There is a CD player in the room for music so again, you can borrow CDs or bring your own. You can buy pretty much anything at the boutique which was great as one piece of luggage went AWOL on our trip down. Bring good books although there is a lending library. Bring someone you want to be alone with. Leave with a stillness in your soul. Its a wonderful place to get away.

  • Liked — peace and quiet
  • Disliked — we had to leave to return to work
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank rysdale
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Hong Kong, China
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24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2007

Petit St Vincent (PSV) is a beautiful island tucked away in the South Caribbean. It is in the winward islands so a great breeze always blows through.

PSV is a very upscale destination and is well appointed. There is a system of flag poles for each bungalow that signals if you want service or want to be left alone. A red flag means "do not disturb" and a green flag means you have left a message in the little message center at the base of the flag pole requesting "something". That something could be drinks, food, etc.

The island is beautiful with tons of trails to walk. The beaches are gourgeous. The food is above average, but you are a captive audience and there are not other options if you do not like the menu.

You can take day trips on local ferries to Grenada, Carriacou or take a sailboat charter to the local Cays for snorkeling, scuba, etc.

The island is pricey. $940 per night for double occupancy during the busy season. So make sure you are ready to stay in one place for awhile before bookng.

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8 Thank jlapierre
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2007

One of the highlights of our first visit to PSV in November 2005 was our day sail on the schooner, Jambalaya. We had a wonderful day, sailing and snorkeling at Tobago Cays. Beautiful scenery, lobster lunch on the boat, and the delightful crew convinced us we had to do this again. We returned in December 2006 for a longer cruise. We were met at the St. Vincent airport by Captain Jeff and quickly wisked away to moonlit solitude and champagne aboard the Jambalaya. We cruised for four days with Captain Jeff and First Mate Tim visiting quaint island villages and secluded coves. The scenery was great, but the hospitality of the crew made our time on board truly memorable. We ended our trip at PSV; and although we love the island, we were sad to see our time on the boat end. We are now anxiously awaiting our return to Jambalya during Christmas 2007,

  • Liked — privacy
  • Disliked — insects
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank FirstTimeSailors
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Seattle
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2007

After a great holiday at Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos in November, PSV was a few steps down on the resort ranking ladder. Okay, I made the mistake of booking last minute for the New Years Holiday, so my family was placed the 2 most undesireable cottages on the island, #16 and 17. Both cottages did not have a view of the ocean, so at $2600/night, we felt it was a little steep for the quality of product. The wind noise at night was so loud at times that I thought the roof was going to fly across to Petit Martinique. Perhaps a tiered rate structure is appropriate for the less desireable cottages on the island? To be fair, management makes it clear when you make a reservation that they cannot guarantee you will be assigned a particular cottage, but my advice is to get them to guarantee you will NOT be assigned #16 or 17.

The staff at PSV, excluding the front office, is wonderful. They are understaffed occasionally at meals, but we were not in any hurry. Order breakfast to your room if you want to get an early start to the day. The staff and guest soccer games at 5 pm were good entertainment and the highlight of the trip for our boys. The snorkeling trip to Tobago Cays on the speedboat was good fun. Early morning hikes on the trails and roads around and to the top of the island were a great way to start the day.

There were some aspects of PSV that just don't put it in the 5 star category, however. We were passed several times on the roads by the resident owners riding on their ATV's, but it was odd they never stopped to talk or inquire about our stay. Their office staff was disorganized, at best. There were problems when the staff arranged scuba diving for us. One day we sat on the dock for 45 minutes waiting for the dive boat. The office staff failed to forward the message that the dives had been cancelled. On another day, a message was delivered to us late and we missed an opportunity to dive. The independent dive outfitter is a nice fellow, but he did not check our C-cards, and that always makes me nervous, particularly when taking teenagers diving. The diving was average, with limited visibility. The strong sewer smell at the tennis court was interesting and I declined to retrieve balls hit over the fence into the "mud." Okay, I admit I'm not a great player. The PSV beaches are average for the Caribbean, but below the waterline is coral, not sand. Internet access would be a helpful option, but the old timer repeat guests will have a fit if it is installed (you don't have to check e-mail if you don't want to).

Given a choice, I would go back to Amanyara or even Peter Island many times before coming back to PSV. PSV is nice, but not great.

Stayed January 2007
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Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2007

It is a year to the day today, that we left for our late honeymoon to PSV. The memories of our stay remain as clear today as the day we arrived.
We loved our private boat ride to the island through a tropical shower, the people we met especially the staff, the beaches which were as perfect as you had hoped, the food, the walks, our cottage, the list goes on.
Anyway, with the weather finally getting colder here in the North East we have these memories to see us through.
Let the seclusion smother you, you won't find many places where it can, in such a perfect way.
We were sad , very sad to leave.

  • Liked — Secluded
  • Disliked — Nothing, they were wonderful.
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank billben99
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Frederick, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2007

I was lucky enough to come across a brief description of this resort entitled "Seclusion", while searching ---.com for the perfect honeymoon spot for my wife and I. The resort delivered exactly what we were looking for. Complete and total seclusion/relaxation with exceptional service.

If you're looking for a place with a lot of "bells and whistles", do not book here. You will be treated, however, to unbelievable caribbean scenery, outstanding food, and an unforgettable time. Although they've been doing this for years for many guests, we were always made to feel special.

If you can get a cottage on the south side of the island, I would highly recommend #17 or #18. There is a lot of privacy on this side of the island. Make sure to bring your bug spray if you're going in the summer months...I didn't have so much of a problem but my wife is a bug magnet! The strong breeze coming off the water makes up for the lack of air conditioning during the night but be prepared for a little warmth at night. It's all part of the island charm!

The food was fantastic and we were able to try a number of things that we'd never had (or even heard of) before. We made great friends with some of the wait staff and the bartenders. All are extremely friendly and always willing to share stories.

Make sure to take a hike to the top of Marni Hill and, for the athletic types, take out one of the Ocean Kayaks and paddle around the island (How often can you say you kayaked around an entire island!??).

We had a lot of fun visiting with the island labradors who were at our porch every morning to greet us. We are dog people and loved having the visitors and getting to play 'fetch' with them on our beach.

We will definitely travel back here as soon as we have the opportunity!

  • Liked — The seclusion. Wonderful not to hear a TV or a phone ringing!
  • Disliked — My wife would probably say the bugs.
  • Tips/Secrets — Must bring: Bug Spray, Water shoes, Sunscreen (not the kind of place you want to have a sunburn!)
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank 2ndLargest_MD
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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
Amenities:
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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