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Just 50 years ago Petit St Vincent was a scruffy and run-down, uninhabited island. Queue Haze Richardson, a legendary Caribbean sailor, and the island was transformed into one of the most exciting of the Caribbean islands. Since his death in 2008, it has enjoyed further restoration, putting it on the map as one of the most illustrious and exclusive Caribbean hideaways.
Located in the beautiful Grenadines, this private island resort has just 22 cottages and villas dotted around the beaches and hillsides, and as the island covers 115 acres, this makes for a peaceful and secluded stay! The spacious cottages are made from regional stone and wood, blending well with the surroundings. The charm of the hotel is the limited mod cons - the rooms have no television or wifi but instead huge panoramic views onto the ocean and countless outdoor activities to entertain. Should you need anything - use the hotel's flag system to catch the attention of the staff who often outnumber guests 3 to 1.
The two restaurants on the island provide delicious cuisine and there is also a fabulous beach bar and barbeque - we love the lobster pot which is available for guests during lobster season (September - April.) Enjoy romantic starlit dinners or eat on your terrace for the utmost privacy.
For divers the Jean-Michel Cousteau dive centre that opened in 2014 is a real draw. With guided dives in the surrounding reefs, there are many opportunities to see sea turtles, eagle rays and lobsters as well as a great diversity of hard and soft corals. They also have boats for charter, yoga sessions and a gorgeous tree top spa. We would recommend hiking up Marni Hill for panoramic views across the archipelago.
The hotel's emphasis on sustainability is core to everything they do - the dive centre focuses on ocean protection and education and the hotel itself is aiming to eliminate plastic bottles from the island as well as using waste for compost.
Why we love it
The Jean-Michel Cousteau dive centre that is located right on this island is some indication of the high quality of the diving found here.
Neill, Original Diver