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Reviewed February 24, 2012

The weather in the Grenadines is the very best in the Caribean. Combined with the beautiful sea, we spent a perfect week at PSV in January.

Rooms - well furnished, well designed, pretty views

Food - some of the best in the Caribean. Love the new beach bar and restaurant!

Beaches - plenty of surf and large spans of sand

Service - everyone kind, eager to please.

Sailing - great boats and water sports staff

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank MWSWashingtonDC
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Paradise is the only way to describe PSV! We had the most amazing and special week with our children, one of whom is late teens and the other early 20s. The island offers something for everyone and a total and well needed change from hectic London life. Its beauty and unspoilt natural charm is breathtaking. We all loved the fact that we could potter around and hardly bump into anyone – or be more sociable if we chose at the beach bar – a great family favourite where the rum punches extinguished any vestige of stress! The newly refurbished cottages have been done beautifully and the use of natural materials from the island gives them a local feel rather than that bland feel you often get in international hotels. Even the beach bar is constructed from drift wood and feels as though it has always been there. Dotted around the island are secluded cabanas where you can sit undisturbed by the waters edge and happily while away the hours.
There were plenty of water sports on offer for those who wanted to be more active and walking around the island and climbing to the hilltop are perfect ways to gently work off the delicious food. The beach barbecue is a must – excellent conch fritters, fresh fish and crab cakes. Service was friendly and efficient without being overbearing or sycophantic – just how we like it. Technology is there if you want it but not in your face – so for the first holiday in a long time we relished the peace and tranquillity of it all and totally forgot about work. I cannot recommend PSV highly enough and we will most definitely be returning.

Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
6  Thank markwell11
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Returned to PSV after 12 years absence. Wonderful, wonderful.
Upgrades to cottage are terrific. AC great, especially for nite so no aliens can come in. Brighter decor. Better amemnities (auto expresso coffee makers). New King sized beds.
We stayed in #4 with sweeping views of the Atlantic.
Flag system still in effect and works well. Have WiFi and computers to use in reception, not in rooms. Rooms with 120v electricity so can charge ok. Used cell phone (with international plan) and it worked well. No TV (good) etc but do have an IPod dock for music.
New beach bar restaurant great. Had grilled lobster many times. Same menu but lots of options. Salads, sandwiches, pasta, grilled items (steak, lobster, burgers, etc). Great appetizers. All inclusive so entire menu an option. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Dining room "upstairs" still in use for dinner. Very good food. Different menu every day. In 2 weeks did not repeat. Chef uses local items. Salads and veggies enhanced cause they have their own garden.
Service outstanding. Staff stay on island so you see them everyday and get to know them. After awhile, they knew to bring us Ice tea when we sat down, without asking.
Routine of early am coffee pot delivery to cottage, breakfast on our terrace, off to West End beaches for morning, beach bar for lunch. Afternoon at cottage, napping, reading and "whatever"....
Shower, dinner.
Next day repeat.
Getting there made easier by their staff who meets you in Barbados to assist with transfer to SVG air plane. Maurice meets you at Union Island airport and escorts to boat. We overnighted in Barbados so we would not have to get up at 3am to get a 6am flight to make it in one day (from Boston).
Did a sail trip to Tobago Cays. Beautiful blue water sail.
They have a beach BBQ on Sat nite with steel drum band playing mood music, not loud reggae.

Room Tip: 2 types of units: beach units and bluff units. We chose bluff unit for view and breezes.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank prospecthill
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

We first visited the private Island of Petit Saint Vincent in April 2010; at that time we had never seen such an unspoiled, naturally beautiful island, and we immediately fell in love with the place; the kindness of the staff and the charm of the cottages did the rest. When my husband, our two children and I returned this past Christmas following the refurbishment, however, we had our best holiday ever! It was perfect: the new beach bar and restaurant became the new beating heart of the island, integrates very smoothly into the landscape and provides a delicious menu with grilled lobster, crab backs, excellent Italian-style pizzas, and PSV’s classic cocktails at any hour of the day! Listening to the steel band, savoring a fabulous cocktail while looking at the sunset became a daily routine!
During the day, our children went sailing with the boathouse crew, snorkeled endless hours in search of a rare fish or shell, played tennis, painted watercolors, read, ran around with other guests’ children, participated in a scavenger hunt, and went body-boarding, to name just a few of their activities. They were happy as clams and the island is so safe that it was never a problem to let them do their own thing while we enjoyed our time off. The new spa was a great addition, and I had several excellent massages there! Our days would start with a nice morning walk through the beautiful gardens listening to the birds, which would lead us to the morning breakfast in the main restaurant, where Beckway, Rolland or another friendly, big, smile would welcome us and remember our preferences, the names of our children, and make sure I got my coffee right away! We would then head to the west end of the island where our family has its favorite hide away “private” beach and palapas for a swim, a lot of reading, and maybe a snooze. In the afternoons we would wind surf, go kayaking, play tennis or simply relax on the beach around our cottage. And every night the exceptional view of the stars…no light pollution there, the sky is yours! We had an exceptional day of sailing on the sailboat Beauty, with Captain Jeff taking us to Tobago Cays and where we snorkeled with Manta rays, Eagle spotted rays and marine turtles…it is unforgettable!

The refurbishment of the cottages has been done with taste and returning guests like us will appreciate the difference: a little air-conditioning when needed (but the big great fans are still there), new beds which are very comfortable, and the tap water even tastes excellent. PSV is one of the rare places in the world where you can actually enjoy a quality family time and live for once in the present moment, completely connected to nature and without a watch. We will go back again and again. Thank you to all the staff for contributing to making PSV so special!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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11  Thank Marianne H
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

When you book a vacation on an exclusive island resort, it’s hard not to get carried away with fantasies of beauty, luxury and privacy. Throughout the Caribbean, resorts, hotels and other ventures know how to market their assets – they post the prettiest pictures, tap into our profound need for peace and quiet, and tell us it’s OK to indulge in pampering, decadent meals and personal service.

If you’re lucky, the actual vacation provides a reprieve from the grind of every day life, some quality time with your travel mates, and a few experiences interesting enough to share with the folks back home. This is all well and good. Probably worth the money and the effort. But if you want much more – without feeling like you’re working too hard to get more – try Petit St. Vincent. It does not disappoint in any way.

It’s such a cliché, but from the moment the boat pulls up to the island, you know you’re about to embark on something special. For us, the magical thing is that nothing about our PSV trip let us down. It just kept getting better and better.

The staff is incredible. I’ve never felt so cared for on vacation. Yet it was also extremely comfortable – they laugh and smile and you feel like you’re the best guest they’ve ever had the privilege to care for. You can see that they love PSV and take great pride in their work. They want you to love the island as much as they do.

The rooms are effortlessly perfect. The original owners were very wise with the placement and design of the cottages – they blend into the environment so nicely, and they’re quite private. The new owner has positively nailed the renovations. The space is contemporary, comfortable, and high quality, yet it has retained the spirit of a tropical island experience. And, well, the air conditioning is awfully nice! (and quiet!)

The food was fantastic. I have to say I’m confused by the mixed reviews on this topic. Our experience was first rate at every meal. We’re not foodies by any means, but I’m a bit hard to please in that I don’t eat any kind of sea food or fish. I had plenty of options at every meal, and I enjoyed everything I tried. Everything was fresh, and it felt like a lot of effort went into preparing interesting and varied menus. Furthermore, the staff and management are there to make you happy – if your meal is less than satisfactory, I’m sure they’ll bend over backwards to make it right. My favorite: anything grilled on the pit at the beach bar. So good.

We loved the beach bar. On one hand, it’s great because it has that ‘pull up a chair and hang out’ vibe that’s so nice when you’re kicking back on vacation. And on the other hand, it’s spacious enough that if you want to eat quietly with your spouse or family , you can take your own table away from the other guests. We mixed it up: we ate at the restaurant a few times, sat at a big table with a group of new friends at the beach bar, and pulled away for a quieter dinner at the beach bar with just the two of us.

When we visited in November 2011, they were putting the finishing touches on the spa. They offered to provide massages in the new tree-top treatment rooms, but they were up front about the possibility of construction noise related to the final spa built-out. We opted to have a couples massage in our cottage, and both the therapists were first class. My sister owns a spa, so I’ve got ridiculously high standard s for massages. The PSV spa services did not disappoint.

Even at a place where you’re doing ‘nothing,’ we managed to stay busy (that good kind of vacation busy). We loved exploring the island – beaches and jungle. In particular, I was in awe of the trees and shrubs. They’re mature and luscious, yet you can tell the owners have paid a lot attention to details such as managing the greenery in a way that showcases the landscape and buildings without being too sculpted or too jungle-like.

We had a fabulous time. PSV is the only place I’ve ever visited that was better in person than in its marketing materials/website. It far exceeded expectations – and we’ve been throughout the Caribbean to Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and St. Thomas.

We loved our trip so much that we’ve decided to share this special place with our three children. We’ve booked a return visit for March 2012. We’re already planning the snorkeling trip with the sea turtles and sailing lessons. I think they’re as excited as we are!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank bbaut
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