16 July, 2012

Petit piece of paradise

Some years ago, I went to an island resort called Petit St. Vincent, a stunning private resort in the Caribbean. I visited while on a trip with the Scaramouche (if you missed that post, click here) and feel I'm due a return trip!When I heard it had undergone a multimillion-dollar facelift, I knew I had to check in with them and see what's new. It turns out a lot has changed on the 115-acre private island, but it has maintained the crucial chill out factor it always had. 

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Petit St. Vincent calls itself a private island for private people, and with only 22 cottages, it does always feel like you have your own little piece of paradise. You can find your own spot of beach or reef to snorkel on, but you can also find seclusion in your beautiful cottage. With it being a private island, food is all inclusive, and while that's not always a good thing it's perfect on PSV. 

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If you're looking for gadgets and mod cons, then you are in the wrong place - the wood and stone cottages are without phones, Wi-Fi and TV's. This renovation is about making improvements, while maintaining the charm of the "get away from it all" island. They have equipped the wood and stone guest cottages with air conditioning and Bose i-pod docks, and have remodelled the bathrooms and furnishings. They have also added a barefoot bar/restaurant, and a thatched roof spa.


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One of the things I remember about PSV was their quirky little flag system - red means do not disturb, while yellow means you need something. I'm pleased to report this local code remains in place even after the transformation - some things should just remain as they are. This is a stunning hotel to stay at anyway, but also a fantastic option for anyone who would like to spend some time on dry land after a sailing trip around the Grenadines.

Mike Toy Photography
Those of you who are regular visitors to the Caribbean will be able to appreciate that it's not always possible to get unspoiled paradise in the Caribbean. Sometimes it's slow service, sometimes it's a resort that's not quite the five stars it promised, but every now and then a place gets it just right. 

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