There are giant all-inclusives and there are tiny ones: Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines is blessedly in the latter category with just 22 cottages on a 113-acre island, making it a most romantic Caribbean getaway. There are no TVs or phones in the cottages, each with private sundeck. This gem is 40 miles south of St. Vincent, part of the Windward Island chain. The main gateway is Barbados, where guests are met by staffers, guided past immigration formalities and whisked to the launch Hera for the ride to Petit St. Vincent, where they are welcomed with a pina colada before being taken directly to their cottage.
All-Inclusive Petit St. Vincent Cottages
Remote, secluded and beautifully appointed, the cottages conform to the exacting standards of the Leading Hotels of the World trade group. Each is built from native blue bitch stone (yes, that is the name, it’s a stone indigenous to the islands here, volcanic in origin and of exceptional hardness) that is quarried on the island. There are terra cotta floors and peaked ceilings of purpleheart hard wood, and all blends with the island’s terrain.
Each cottage has a sundeck, living room, bedroom, one or two bathrooms and dressing rooms. Baths have a shower, loads of counter space, robes, and a medley of Molton Brown toiletries. The two daybeds in the living room can accommodate children.
The cottages are sited to make the most of their surroundings; some are notched into the hills and bluffs that catch the breeze and offer stunning views, and most are just steps from the beach. All are naturally air-conditioned with ceiling fans, louvered windows, cool stone flooring and, of course, the ever-present ocean breeze.
The resort’s way of keeping in touch: In front of your cottage is a small bamboo flagpole with message box. Hoist the yellow flag and a staffer (two per guest) will come by and pick It up. Hoist the red flag and you will absolutely not be disturbed.
All-Inclusive St. Petit Vincent Meals
Meals of continental cuisine featuring fresh local seafood and superb meats are prepared by the resort’s chef of 25 years experience, who regularly expands his menu. The truly hermitic guest doesn’t have to meet another visitor; room service is available for all meals, either in your own cottage or indeed, anywhere on the island you wish to dine. Most guests do make use of the resort’s bar and dining area for some of their meals, and the opportunity to socialize with other guests.
All-Inclusive St. Vincent Activities
Activities abound, including sailing, kayaking and snorkeling; steady breezes here make perfect sailing weather. At the dock house are Hobie Cats, Sunfish, windsurfers and glass-bottom kayaks. Tennis is available at lighted courts surrounded by flagrant flowers and bushes; tennis is best confined to the cooler ends of the day.
Hiking is popular here as well, and a hike to the island's high point is a must, the path winding through tropical jungles and past banyan and rubber trees with local orchids nesting in the branches. At the summit, the views are breathtaking of the surrounding islands and ocean.
Activities available at extra cost are day charters, scuba diving, massage, facials, meditation and yoga. On the West End Beach is the new yoga pavilion near Conch Bay, set back from the beach with hardwood floor and thatched roof, an ideal open-air place to practice yoga.
Another great place to meditate is the new pier (the former one was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004), jutting into the ocean and used by many guests for plunging into the turquoise waters or to relax and read a book.
All-Inclusive Petit St. Vincent Resort Information
Petit St. Vincent Resort
P.O. Box 841338
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33084
Phone: 954- 963-7401
Rates start at $525 per night