From afar, you may not be impressed. Petit St. Vincent (PSV) looks like a green hump of land as you approach it by ferry from Union Island, about 6 miles from the destination. Then, a series of cottages emerges, built into the hillside and bluffs and along the beach. That’s when things begin to look promising. And, once you’re whisked by golf cart to your stone-and-hardwood abode through a whorl of sweet-scented tropical blooms, you realize you’re in for something special.
Welcome to your own nearly private island. There’s no town on this 115-acre volcanic isle, just a single resort with a practical name that reiterates its location: Petit St. Vincent. It’s been called “one of the world’s most enchanting hideaways.” Part of the island country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, lying between St. Lucia (to the north) and Grenada (to the south), Petit St. Vincent is not easy to get to. For many U.S. guests, it involves a day of travel — a flight to Barbados, a shorter flight to Union Island and then a ferry ride to PSV. Any travel-induced crabbiness vanishes once you see this place up close: a collection of 22 rustic one- and two-bedroom cottages and villas, ringed by 2 miles of white sand and lapped by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Do the math: “Every guest has a couple of acres each,” says Matt Semark, general manager of the resort, which owns the island.
This is peaceful luxury: vibrant artwork, teak furnishings, a wood-paddled ceiling fan and — of course — a hammock tied between two palm trees. (There’s also air conditioning, but you probably won’t need it thanks to those ocean breezes.) Cottages and villas have king-size beds, Italian linens, Bulgari toiletries, Nespresso coffee machines and Bose MP3 docks.
What you won’t find in your room: Wi-Fi, TV or locks on the doors.
Guests are often taken aback when they learn that the only connected spot is at the resort’s main pavilion. (Rooms do have intercoms in case of emergency.) “At first, some guests panic,” Semark admits. “But the following day, they appreciate it. You can see the weight shift off people’s shoulders when they are unplugged from their devices.”