Petit St Vincent
Petit St Vincent is a privately owned island 40 miles south of St. Vincent island in the Grenadines. It consists of softly rolling hills spread over 113 acres surrounded mostly by two miles of white sand beaches.
History of Petit St Vincent
In 1963 Haze Richardson and Doug Terman chartered their yacht, JACINTA, to Mr. H.W. Nichols, Jr. and family. During this three-week cruise, Mr. Nichols expressed interest in purchasing an island and building a small hotel. Haze and Doug helped Mr. Nichols find and purchase Petit St. Vincent from a woman on the neighboring island of Petit Martinique. Haze and Doug oversaw the construction on the island and Haze to stay on as manager temporarily. Haze did and never left, becoming owner of Petit St. Vincent Resort after Mr. Nichols’ death in 1985.
Petit St Vincent Today
Petit St Vincent Resort consists of 22 cottages and a central dining room, with staff housing and other support structures. It is a resort for a particular kind of person; the cottages are not air-conditioned, and have neither televisions nor telephones. However, the food, service, and other amenities are of a very high quality. Guests can take all meals in their cottages, and are otherwise guaranteed total privacy should they wish it.
Owner Haze Richardson died in a swimming accident in Costa Rica in 2008. Today the island/resort is owned by Phil Stephenson and Robin Paterson. They added a beach restaurant, a children’s tree house centre, and a spa pavilion with six treatment rooms. Their refurbishment theme is natural simplicity.
Petit St Vincent Grenadines – Island Activities
Splash or paddle away, have a laugh, teach your kids to snorkel: water is the element of choice in the islands and at Petit St Vincent you have a vast array of activities to choose from. Non-motorized equipment such as kayaks, Hobie Cats, Sunfish,windsurfs, and snorkeling gear are available free of charge at the boathouse by the main dock; and trained staff are happy to assist if you need someone to “teach you the ropes”. For the more adventurous types deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available with reputable local providers.
Swimming is of course the thing to do as our waters are always warm. The almost 2 miles of white sand beaches surrounding the island offer plenty of opportunities to frolic in the surf.
Hiking to the top of Marni Hill (275 feet up) or jogging around the perimeter of the island is a great way to start your morning and for a game of tennis the lighted court is available complete with rackets and tennis balls. For golfers, an 18-hole course is accessible on nearby Canouan Island. Petit St Vincent staff will make all the arrangements for you.
Like everything else on the island, things are pretty simple and relaxed at the spa. With 4 open-air (but optionally air-conditioned) treatment rooms, many choices await. From a simple facial to a deep tissue massage, a score of treatments are at hand. Also available are daily Yoga sessions at the yoga pavilion facing Conch Bay. Or simply meditate and transpose yourself into another realm on the relaxation deck surrounded by lush vegetation and all the quiet you can get.
Boat Charters and Yachting
Sail on a classic island sloop and discover the charm of nearby islands, bays and reefs. A popular destination is the Tobago Cays, a group of five small, uninhabited islands surrounded by an extensive horseshoe reef. Without question, this protected marine park is a snorkeling heaven where you can swim with schools of colorful fish and turtles in crystal clear and calm waters.
Sloop sailboat “BEAUTY” is available for private or shared charters for up to six guests and can also pick up or drop off on neighboring islands. The skipper, Jeff, is well known to guests who have visited before.
Lunches are a special feature as locally caught fish and lobsters are cooked Buccaneer style on a barbecue grill and the rum flows freely. Guests are encouraged to take the helm if they wish. Other sailing and powerboats are available for day charters in the area.
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As much as we trust you’ll love your time on Petit St. Vincent, there is plenty to explore beyond these shores to keep new and repeat guests marveling at the natural beauty and special character of the Grenadines islands and its people. Feel free to venture out and bring back your impressions to share around the bar in the evening with fellow travelers.
- (7 nautical miles). The Tobago Cays Marine Park are picture perfect, tiny, uninhabited islands fringed with sugar white sand surrounded by coral reefs. The kaleidoscope of marine life here make this the spot for snorkeling and diving expeditions.
- 6 nautical miles). Chatham Bay, on the leeward side of Union Island, is unique in that it is off the beaten track. Only a few lobster shacks and one restaurant occupy this large bay, which is great for beach combing and snorkeling.
MAYREAU (8 nautical miles). This small island that is ‘oh so Caribbean.’ A walk up the hill to the charming old church will be rewarded with stunning views.
CARRIACOU (5 nautical miles). This enchanting island with some of the most hospitable people in the Caribbean, is home to hundreds of rum shops and one gas station! A favorite lunch outing is sailing over to the Lazy Turtle Restaurant, which boasts the best pizzas away from our own beach restaurant.
CANOUAN (13 nautical miles). Canouan has the allure of a quiet, sleepy Caribbean small town, where you can stroll around, or just stop for drinks at the hotel by the beach.
MUSTIQUE (28 nautical miles). This world famous retreat has the glamorous image of fabulous villas and celebrities, with some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches. The legendary Basil’s Bar is a must for a cocktail and maybe a glimpse of a rock star.