Petit St Vincent is a privately owned island 40 miles south of St. Vincent in the Grenadines. It consists of softly rolling hills spread over 113 acres otherwise surrounded mostly by two miles of white sand beaches.
Petit St Vincent Resort consists of 22 cottages and a central dining room, with staff housing and other support structures. Some villas are tucked away in secluded areas of the island. Others can be found high on the hill with breathtaking views. In addition, others are right at the beachside.
In 1963 Haze Richardson and Doug Terman chartered their yacht, JACINTA, to Mr. H.W. Nichols, Jr. and his family. Mr. Nichols expressed interest in purchasing an island and building a small hotel. Then Haze and Doug helped Mr. Nichols find and purchase Petit St. Vincent Grenadines. They oversaw the construction on the island. Hence, Haze was to stay on as manager temporarily. He did and never left, becoming the owner of Petit St. Vincent Resort after Mr. Nichols’ death in 1985. Owner Haze Richardson died in a swimming accident in Costa Rica in 2008. Today Phil Stephenson and Robin Paterson own the island/resort. They added a beach restaurant and a children’s treehouse center. As well as a spa pavilion with six treatment rooms. Their refurbishment theme is with attention to natural simplicity.
There is no bad time to visit St Vincent, Petit St Vincent, and the Grenadines. These islands’ close proximity to the equator guarantees steady year-round tropical temperature. In short, highs are around 88-90 F and the temperature rarely dips below 75 F. The dry season runs from December to June, and the rainy season from July to November. Due to mountains, St Vincent has a slightly wetter climate than the Grenadines. But most of the rain usually falls at higher altitudes.
Places to See
TOBAGO CAYS – The beautiful Tobago Cays are the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Southern Grenadines. It is a group of five small, uninhabited islands surrounded by an extensive horseshoe reef. Most significantly, the Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP) is located here. Without question, this protected marine park is snorkeling heaven. As a matter of fact, you can swim with schools of colorful fish and turtles in crystal clear and calm waters. It contains a series of significant habitats. Above all, it includes coral reefs, mangroves, and sea turtle nesting and feeding areas. TCMP surrounds five uninhabited cays, three islets, and the populated island of Mayreau.
MAYREAU – This small island is ‘oh so the Caribbean.’ Walk up the hill to the charming old church and you are rewarded with stunning views.
CARRIACOU – This enchanting island has some of the most hospitable people in the Caribbean. Significantly, it is home to hundreds of rum shops and one gas station! A favorite lunch outing is sailing over to the Lazy Turtle Restaurant.
CANOUAN – Canouan has the allure of a quiet, sleepy Caribbean small town. By all means, stroll around, or just stop for drinks at the hotel by the beach.
Things to DO Petit St Vincent Grenadines
Deep-Sea Fishing – Can be arranged with reputable local providers
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. In this case, locally caught fish and lobsters are cooked Buccaneer style on a barbecue grill. And the rum flows freely. Guests can take the helm if they so desire.
Snorkeling – Gear available at the boathouse by the main dock
Scuba Diving – Can be arranged with reputable local providers
Kayaks, Hobie Cats, Sunfish – available at the boathouse. Trained staff is happy to assist.
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
Tennis – The lighted court is available complete with rackets and tennis balls
Golf – The 18-hole course is accessible on nearby Canouan Island. Petit St Vincent staff will make all the arrangements for you.
Spa Treatments – 4 open-air (but optionally air-conditioned) treatment rooms. From a simple facial to a deep tissue massage, a score of treatments are at hand
Yoga – 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.
Petit St Vincent Resort consists of 22 cottages and a central dining room, with staff housing and other support structures. To emphasize, this a resort for a particular kind of person. The cottages are air-conditioned but do not and have televisions or internet service. However, the food, service, and other amenities are of very high quality. Guests can take all meals in their cottages. But total privacy is guaranteed if so desired.
Main pavilion restaurant – Alfresco dining in a wonderful alluring setting. The perfect place for a romantic dinner while watching the sunset.
Beach restaurant and bar – Open-air restaurant located right on the beach. Savor chargrilled local seafood. And between November 1 and April 30, all guests can feast on complimentary fresh lobster.