Petit St. Vincent Resort
Located in Petit St. Vincent, Petit St. Vincent Resort is within the vicinity of Anse La Roche Beach and Belair National Park. This 5-star resort is within the region of Tobago Cays and Sandy Island.
Make yourself at home in one of the 22 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and shopping on site. The beach shuttle (surcharge) makes getting to the surf and sand a breeze.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
How to Get There
I am writing this review to help people who aren't sure what to expect from staying on a private island like PSV. Hopefully sharing what I learned can help people decide if it's for them and/or how to plan for their trip. The bottom line is that PSV was phenomenal, the staff could not have been more helpful and gracious, and we had a terrific time there on our vacation.
Some quick notes, finding the weather forecast for PSV is difficult, but Barbadosweather.org had radar that covered the area and seemed to be the best predictor. I found one site that forecast it would rain the entire time we were there but it was very wrong, it rained most days for less than 30 minutes, and just helped to cool things off. Electrical outlets are US 110V.
I used the scuba dive center there, and Dan, Sabine, and Gillan (apologies if i'm spelling names wrong!) were fantastic teachers and every bit as interested in the natural surroundings as I was. Would highly recommend it if you are interested in exploring underwater. I snorkeled several spots around the island as well. My favorite two were nearest the beach bar and off the beaches on the west side of the island. The only bad one was off the beach nearest the yoga pavilion, which might be the prettiest spot on the island in my opinion but is not clear enough and too wavy to lead to safe swimming (at least while i was there). The coral is being rehabilitated and you can see some great areas and some dead areas, but there are a lot of fish and lobsters around, and even the occasional eel if you look closely enough.
I learned to sail one of the hobie cats they have for use, the teacher was great and took me around the island and then i was allowed to go on my own. I was going to sail to Mopion Island but the weather prevented us from making it all the way there. We asked the staff to take us via motorboat instead for about an hour, and it was well worth it for the uniqueness and some stunning pictures. There were quite a few times where visiting yachts were on Mopion island as well during the week, so if you want it to yourself just keep a lookout for when it is vacant (you can see it pretty easily from the western side of PSV).
Hiking up Marni hill was fun and not too challenging (just a little slippery after a rain). The best views are actually close to the beginning if you don't want to go all the way to the top. Very pretty around sunset.
The staff played soccer a couple of times while i was there and it was fun to join. They play barefoot so no need to bring cleats, and seemed to be happy to have me join in the informal game.
My partner visited the spa a couple of times and enjoyed it. It is partway up the hill where there are some great views into the channel between islands.
The food was unexpectedly great, both at the beach bar and the sit down restaurant. We had our breakfasts delivered to the cottage and typically did lunch at the beach and dinner at the restaurant. Pretty much everything we tried was good and we ate a good deal. Don't be afraid to try a bunch of different items, even things like the cheeseburger are surprisingly good.
We had a beach cottage located close to the pier on the north side of the island. The view was spectacular and the sound of the waves was soothing at night. The cottage itself is spacious and comfortable. There is a small refrigerator that is kept stocked with drinks and an ice chest for ice. The bathroom is large, but not especially private if that's something that's important to you (there is only a curtain and the walls do not go all the way up to the roof). The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of space for suitcases and other items to spread out.
Other than that I would recommend the ginger tea in the afternoon, bringing something to change into on your way over (we did not get our checked luggage until the morning after we arrived) and to explore the island as much as you can. It was an incredible experience and I couldn't thank the staff at PSV enough for making our time there so wonderful.
One of our favourite destinations we have ever visited. If you like seclusion, privacy and quiet surroundings by the sea with only horizon to see, then this place will tick all your boxes.
The small plane ride from Barbados and then boat ride means your experience here starts with the journey to get there!
The management meet you off the boat with cocktails and cold towels and then drive you in the golf buggy to your beach cottage. There are only 22 cottages/villas on the island and you really do feel like you are in paradise when you look out over your grassed garden to the seafront.
There is no wifi in the villa which is a lovely break from life but there is wifi up in the main building.
The food was phenomenal and the service incredible.
There is a drinks evening with the owners once a week for you to meet the other guests and staff if you want to and we loved the BBQ on the beach.
We can't wait to return.
The only comments I would make would be that there is no 'kids club' or swimming pool if you have kids who love the pool but you are right on the beach.
Spent one incredible week during the July 4th holiday for a needed vacation with my wife for life. Part of the journey is getting there. It took the better part of our first day to arrive. Philly to Miami, to Barbados, to Union Island by plane, and a 40 minute boat ride from Union to Petit St. Vincent.
To say we were whisked through customs in Barbados and Union would be an understatement. We were not supposed to depart by puddle jumper from Barbados until 4:30 but were in the air on our 47 minute flight an hour early at 3:30 pm.
The highly anticipated welcome by the manager, Matthew was brief and pleasant. We were given an adequate description of the property's layout and amenities. The brevity of our welcome tour was more than fine for us, as we were there to detach from everything and could not wait to get started. Too bad we are not drinkers as we received just as much information on the wine list as we did the property. Having had our eye on this destination for more than 15 years, there probably was not much Matthew could tell me that I did not already know. To the reviewer who was disappointed by the lack of attention and time Matthew spoke to him and his wife compared to the "other" couples; we can assuredly say, you only get what you give. With detaching and reconnecting as our main menu of activities, we chose not to go to the Manager's welcome reception. I would be broadcasting my DSM V diagnosis for all to see if I even suggested that our absence from the Manager's reception in any way influenced Matthew's no show at departure to "see us off", as all other reviewers have reported . Heck, even the reviewer who counted the minutes he spoke with the manager was graced with a brief "thanks for coming." Matthew, we liked you. You were cordial, informative, and did exactly what we wanted, gave us cherished time to detoxify and enjoy your awesome island! Had you only popped on board for a quick goodbye....Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru 1990 (Cote de Nuits, France) would have been yours....
If you are wondering which cottage to request? Cottage 3 period. It is the highest of them all, has full view of both sunrise and sunsets, and among the properties on the bluff, it is the one that is farthest from the others. You actually have to walk up a small hill to walk into the cottage. The expansive views of the Atlantic are hypnotically captivating and will give you a sense of calmness. Great for stargazing as well. We woke up few mornings at 5:00 am just to catch the full sunrise.
The only other aspect that made it memorable besides being in paradise 100% of the time? The people: Gussy, Cleon (Dramamine is not just for boating anymore.) Clive is awesome as well!
Pick yourself palapa and have an incredible time!!!
From our first email to Lisa inquiring about the possibility of staying here until the final, dreaded departure trip to Union Island airport with Maurice, PSV was the best vacation experience I’ve ever had. Our 2 bedroom beachfront cottage (#9) was perfectly located and not too close to the cottages around it, offering excellent privacy. The beach on this side of the island is not really good for swimming due to coral & rocks. We found that the 3 huts next to Goatie’s, the one near the dive shop, and “A” on the west end had the best beaches for swimming. We were told upon arrival that the island was at capacity but we never saw more than 6-8 guests a day, except at special events in the evening. The staff, service, and food were all incredible. There are a ton of details that make this place so special, like the never-empty cookie jar. One night after dinner I wanted ice cream to bring back to the cottage. However, I couldn’t carry it on my bike, so they delivered it, in a glass dish, in an ice bucket. On that note, there are bicycles you can request at reception to be delivered to your cottage! We rode them everywhere, so fun. Watch out for the hill in front of 5 & 6 (tip from Matt & Anie, the managers, who warned us of this as we zipped past them)! We chartered a boat from the resort one day to the Tobago Cays. The water was too rough for me to snorkel, but my husband did and said it was great. There are so many turtles there, it was really cool to eat lunch on the boat and watch them. The charter also went to Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau & Happy Island, which is a bar built on an island made of conch shells. I recommend doing this if it’s your thing & is in your budget. It was a great way for us to see the other islands in the area, as we eventually plan to bareboat charter here. My husband went diving twice and said it was incredible. PSV, for us, was exactly what we were looking for in this vacation – laid back luxury that didn’t feel stuck up or over-the-top fancy. They even packed us a lunch to take on our departure morning! It was a long travel day even from D.C., but getting to this remote island was half the fun. We loved it here, and I hope one day soon to return!!
We spent 2 weeks at Petit St Vincent with my wife and 10 year old and I write this unusually with 3 days to go as the experience has been exceptional. It is a long way to travel from Scotland so we wanted somewhere really special and we found it at PSV. Firstly the transfers from Barbados was very smooth and we were welcomed at the airport from a representative acting for PSV and whilst the short 45 minute flight was on time it added to the excitement when we fly through a storm but all was well and spectacular scenery on landing. Short boat trip and we were at PSV.
We were welcomed on to the Island by Matt the Resort Manager given a cocktail and tour of the Island by Matt - a nice Personal touch. Our cottage for the first 8 days was a one bedroom cottage which was by the ocean and was superb with great views and a cool breeze. Everything is in the cottage for you including insect spray which is you needed more you simply asked. The only thing I would say about the one bedroom if the child is sleeping in the living area it is a little warm as there is only aircon in the bedroom, a small issue and did not effect our sleep at night. The second part of our stay was a two bedroom villa again right on the beach and this was superb as it had more room and aircon in both bedrooms and obviously more space but in truth to me all the cottages are excellent. We spent some time during the day at the west end beach and around the Island sunbathing and snorkeling but most of the time we could do this equally at the cottage.
The reefs and fish around the island make snorkeling a must and our 10 year says he does not want to go in a swimming pool again as the sea and snorkeling here was so much more fun.
We tried both restaurants and every meal was exceptional, we tended more to eat at the main restaurant and drink at the bar there as the evening menu changed daily and you just did not get any menu that looked the same the time we have been there and great variety which for such a small island is a credit to the food and beverage team. The beach bar has a very large menu so even through it stays the same its more that enough choice and beautifully cooked and they do a great weekly BBQ. The flag system at the cottage worked brilliantly and we mostly eat breakfast on the deck outside the cottage, is was nice and Private and great views to wake up too.
I think the thing that makes PSV different is the staff, they are attentive, friendly and genuinely want you to have a great holiday and if that means you want Privacy they respect that or can be at the bar at night for a chat. There is a weekly managers cocktail party where you can meet Matt and his wife, as well as Dan the Dive Manager and others as well as the other guests and most people seemed to be happy to do that but again you choose how much you want privacy or to mingle.
As for activities we did all of them.My wife said the facial and massage at the hill top spa was a unique setting and the treatments were memorable so she gave that 10/10. My 10 year old son did his first scuba dive and Dan the manager was excellent with him and he has not done 2 more and wants to keep diving here until I run out of money! Dan would also meet him at night in the bar and download the underwater photo's and video to his phone so Scuba diving with Dan gets 10/10. We also did tennis and kayaking and had snorkeling equipment and bikes for the period of our stay so for a 10 year old plenty to do for 2 weeks. The bar staff both the beach and main bar are friendly and nothing is too much, I mostly spent time at the main bar and I would give all the bar staff 10/10 also.
If I had one thing that would maybe have helped would have been a fitness room, that said I was dropped off dumb bells and I am not sure how widely it would be used for me I use a gym daily at home but its a personal thing and in no way effected my holiday.
In summary Matt and the team have a special place here with a great team and we will return as most guests we met had been before some many times as it is a Private, Personal, Paradise.