Petit St. Vincent Resort

Old Apr 23rd, 2000, 04:53 PM
Lee Hempel
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Petit St. Vincent Resort

Can anyone tell me anything about PSV Resort? Which house to get and any tips or other advice would be wonderful! Thanks!
Old Apr 24th, 2000, 09:26 AM
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Read scubamom's report at
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 08:11 AM
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I wrote this e-mail a while back & just thought I'd copy & post it here for you.
Have a wonderful time!
We went to PSV for 8 days in late April 98. We flew into Barbados from LAX via Miami. Stayed overnight in Barbados & then on Mustique Airways to Union Island to be picked up by PSV boat.
Palm Island is 5 minutes from Union Island & you motor right by on your way to PSV. Looks flatter, a little more busy (yacht people) & rustic than PSV. But very inviting. I'd go! At PSV they meet you with a drink & a song & wisk you off to your cottage in a mini-moke. We were in cottage #5. I thought the location was perfect. I had requested a cottage that was not way up on a hill nor flat on the beach. This was in between. A little ways up the hillside gives you a panoramic view & wonderful breezes (which you may need in August) but it was still just a short (1 minute) steep descent down the path, around a large boulder & you were on the beach. Cottage #1 is the highest, followed by 2,3 & 4, then 5. I believe 6,7,8 through about 11 are scattered in trees along the beach. It may get a little stagnant down there. ? #17 or 18 is the one pictured on the brochure on the north end with a private little beach & just a few steps up from the beach. I really don't think you can go wrong with any of them. At first from the outside I thought they looked a little austere but once you walk through the large wood door & see the huge private patio, outdoor hammock, 2 walls of sliding glass doors, you love it. They are all designed to be hidden amongst the vegetation & no one can see from the little road or beach onto you patio & you feel you are the only ones on the island! Wonderful at night.
Weather was great. Some rain squalls which were fun to watch come in across the Caribbean, hit really hard & then be gone in 10 minutes. It was very comfortable. Not humid, no bugs.
Food was great. The best is their service. We'd have "early morning" coffee & tea delivered (left outside the door at a specified hour) & then later breakfast; you fill out your request (huge selection) the night before, is brought whenever you requested. Open up the glass doors & seat & enjoy! The birds come to join you. Little yellow bananaquit birds try to steal the sugar. It is a glorious way to spend a morning. No hurry.
Lunch can be anywhere you want. They always have a buffet set up in the restaurant but we would have them bring it to the beach or patio. When you want anything you just write it down, put it in the flagpole outside your cottage & run up the yellow flag. Within 15 minutes it will be at your door. Run up the red flag & you will not be disturbed. We left notes to bring beer, sodas & lunch to us down on the beach below our cottage & they'd come with baskets of goodies & a cooler of ice (always ask for your drinks to be in a cooler of ice). One day a week they have a hamburger BBQ on the beach for lunch; but we were snorkeling further down on the west side where they have spots carved out of the seagrape trees on the beach every so often with hammocks, table, lounge chairs & bamboo shelter, and we didn't want to leave so a porter came by in a mini-moke, asked what we wanted & he brought it to us! Perfect! One travel specialist listed the spots I'm talking about in Caribbean Magazine as the best remote beach in the Caribbean. Well that really is an impossible call but it really is nice.
Dinner was the only meal we "dressed" for (just long pants, summer dress, sandals) & went to the hillside restaurant They usually have 2 choices of types of soup/salad, entrées & dessert. One was fish (lobster, crab, mahi-mahi etc/ one non-fish (beef, chicken, lamb, pheasant). But with good presentation & sauces. There are tables in open pavilions behind the indoor restaurant on the hillside that we liked the best for dinner. You can order drinks or a bottle of wine. Wines ranged from about $12.00 to hundreds of dollars. In other words they had everything anyone could ask for. It was quiet & enjoyable. People would come down to the bar before dinner to mingle (some nights more lively than other just depending on the mix of people) or if yachts were anchored they would come ashore for drinks & dinner. Yachters are allowed in the bar, restaurant & little provisions shop & at the main harbor beach entrance but at off limits to the rest of the island where the cottages are. I thought that was pretty cool since Haze Richardson who owns the island & is usually at the bar at night if he is on the island knows most of these sailors from years of living there yet he does keep the island private for his guests. A lot of other "private" islands can get overrun by "daytrippers" & yet you're paying the price for privacy. One night a week Haze has a cocktail party at his house on PSV if he's there. With drinks, food, champagne & caviar. I was impressed!
During the day, they have windsurfing & Sunfish & paddleboats with clear bottoms available & of course snorkeling gear. I'm not sure about diving because we don't. There are fishing trips & day sails to Tobago Cays (extra). Past guests get updates from the resort every couple months in the mail & I think they have added more water sports equipment & a new fishing boat since we were there. They even send out Christmas cards every year! There is plenty to do & plenty not to do. I think it is perfect for a honeymoon or romantic vacation. We seem to seek out smaller, remote destinations.
I think our bill for liquor, soft drinks (ask if those are included now!), T-shirts, souvenirs, extra film sunscreen, etc. came to about $500.00 for 8 days. I only thing that bothered me & it seems silly is to charge for soft drinks (coke, 7-up etc.) Since we stopped in Barbados first we did buy a bottle of rum & brought with us.
The day to leave, Haze was at the dock to say farewell, give us a boxed lunch for the journey & rode the boat back to Union Island with us. We've met people in his position before & he just seemed so sincere & down to earth.
After that we went back to Barbados for 4 days & did the sightseeing, shopping, nightclub thing. We had a good time & would return to Barbados. Sandpiper Inn has beautiful suites.
Also read scubamom's review as the earlier post suggested. Lots of info & pictures. Enjoy!
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 02:42 PM
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Thanks so much for the trip report! We are leaving for PSV in just 8 days!! It sounds great!

Old Apr 25th, 2000, 03:52 PM
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Ana, when you get back from PSV, please e-mail me and tell me all about it! Thanks!
Old Apr 27th, 2000, 12:08 PM
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I'd love to hear your trip report also when you return. We travel alot & PSV is a place we do want to return to, which is something we seldom do, so I'd like to hear if it is as great as we thought it was. Have a great time! We are leaving for Fiji May 20th so I'm getting "island fever" also!
Old Apr 27th, 2000, 02:57 PM
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I'll be sure to post a report. Look for it in a few weeks. Ana

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