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Petit St. Vincent Resort
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Dana Point, California
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Petit St. Vincent for 2 nights in May. We spent the rest of the week at another nearby resort and wish we had stayed longer at PSV instead. The reason we didn't book longer at PSV was because of the price, however I now wish we would have stayed longer because although expensive, I feel we got our money's worth and more.

ARRIVAL
PSV picked us up on their boat at a neighboring island and provided cold water. There are quite a few islands close together in this area and as we approached PSV, I was really hoping that was it. The boat ride was short and we were met by the manager with a welcome cocktail. We were given a tour in one of the little cars the staff uses to get around the island and then we were brought to our room. All I could say once we arrived was "I'm so happy!"

ROOM
We booked a 1 bedroom cottage, but were upgraded to a 2 bedroom cottage. This place is fabulous! The resort had finished rennovations recently and everything is high quality from the furniture to the linens to everything. There is a fridge, coffee maker (one of those fancy kind by the cup) and a jar of home made cookies. The outside living area was even more impressive and this is where we spent much of our time. There was a couch, chairs, 2 sets of tables/chairs (do you want sun or shade?) a sunbed and our very own palapa. I wish I could move in and live here. There are no phones or TV in the room and a flag system is in place should you need something from the staff (yellow flag means you need something, red flag is do not disturb). This is the one area I would have preferred something different. A phone to the front desk to order room service or wine would be much more convenient. Also, if we had some kind of emergency in the night, it would be a long dark walk to the front desk.

ISLAND/BEACHES
The island has a narrow beach going almost all the way around it. There are palapas and chairs strewn throughout, but none too close together. PSV calls itself a private island for private people and seclusion can be found either at your cottage or on the beaches. With only 22 cottages, it never feels crowded. One side of the island had peaceful calm water and the other was choppier (it had been quite windy). There are reefs off many of the beaches, but the choppy waters made it less than ideal for snorkeling while we were there. There are paths to walk everywhere or the staff will give you a ride. We were told the island was exceptionally green for May and we found it to be absolutely beautiful.

FOOD/DRINKS
It's a private island so food is all inclusive. All inclusive food doesn't tend to be all that good in my opinion, but the food here was outstanding!!! Everything was excellent with big portions. They grow their own produce and also have a chicken coop (think fresh salads and fluffy omelets!) My husband still talks about the shrimp/scallop ceviche. Drinks were not all inclusive, but they were good and prices were very reasonable.

OTHER GUESTS
We didn't see too many other people. I think most people stayed in their cottages quite a bit. We like to eat early so we ate at the beach bar for dinner one night and had room service the other so maybe the main restaurant had more people at night. On the second day a number of yachts did drop anchor and used the bar/restaurant/beach. This made for some good people watching from the beach restaurant, but I didn't like how they took over one of the beaches.

STAFF
The staff was amazing. Extremely friendly and helpful, which I do not think I've ever seen consistently at a resort in the Caribbean. The staff seemed genuinely happy.

Overall it was an amazing stay and now my husband and I keep debating if it is our favorite place or second favorite. Our prior favorite was Caneel Bay on St. John (we like spread out places with lots of beaches). PSV would win easily, but the only down side is that it is a very long day getting there and getting home. PSV knows this and even packs a lunch for you to take with you on your journey home.

I cannot wait to return...although I want to keep it a secret so it doesn't become too difficult to get a room.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yaphank, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

We recently returned from nine days of peace on PSV. Our latest visit was our fifth and a memorable one.

Based on our trip on the island in April of '11 we saw some of the changes that we're being planned and now implemented.

Our typical mornings: Run four miles or walk once around the island, have some early morning coffee, lobster and spanish omelets delivered to our cottage - number four - at 8:30am every day, going to Mopion/Sandy Island every other morning, going to West End beaches, or simply relaxing and reading a book with some rum punch.

Our typical afternoons: Have lunch and drinks at the new restaurant/beach bar, visit the west end beach and vegetate by staring at the gentle water lapping up against the shoreline, walk back to our cottage and have a nap, read a bit more on our cottage deck, kayaking or using the hobie cat, and having afternoon iced coffee with cookies.

Our typical evenings: Pre dinner drinks and dinner at the main restaurant.

Drinks of choice: mango daiquiri, papaya daiquiri, rum punch, pina colada,and malibu rum and pineapple juice.

Best island changes: Beach bar and restaurant, new deck for outdoor seating at the main bar/restaurant, spa that was built like a tree house, removal of brush throughout the island, and the addition of Monday night movies on the beach - we watched the Maltese Falcon under the stars.

The food in our opinion was very good with fish clearly being the star of the food menu although we had steak one night and it was excellent. After days at PSV, both of us gained a few pounds.

The weather was a mixture of sun and clouds with a temperature in the 80's every day. When the sun was out it was very warm. Thankfully there was nice breezes that made it very comfortable.....it excellent trip and an island that I'd recommend folks visiting. Almost forgot the addition of a/c, new cottage furnishings, and lighter colors in the cottage we stayed in. Dale, Kong, Conrad, Bequia, and there teammates made our trip a pleasant and memorable one.....

Room Tip: Cottage 4, a/c was great, keep doors closed
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Dean-USA
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Golden, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2012

This was definitely one of the best vacations we ever had. PSV should be congratulated over and over again for doing an amazing job in providing ultra-deluxe service and amenities while preserving the natural beauty of the island and protecting guests' privacy and desire for seclusion. The staff were amongst the most friendly, helpful, and kind people we have encountered. This is well worth the visit, and then many more after!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

Petit St Vincent is truly an island paradise and exceeded our expectations on every level. From the luxurious accomodations with spectacular views, to cruising on the wonderful sailboat "Beauty" to the Tobago Cays with Captain Jeff, to the gracious hospitality of all of the staff (who truly do know you by name), to learning how to windsurf and sail--this was one of the best vacations ever. We'd like to make special mention of Chef Sean who (as per the previoius post) newly took over the kitchen and is doing an exceptional job at providing world class, fresh, local dining delights even on a small island. He excelled at meeting our dining requests (vegetarian/vegan) and created delicious meals from breakfast to dinner. Other guests raved about the quality and tastiness of the meat and fish offerings as well. Finally, the management (Matt and Annie) are attentive to any request and staff greet you with a genuine smile all over the island. I couldn't recommend this resort more highly for those who want to unwind and enjoy the pleasures of the Caribbean in a laid back, yet luxurious setting.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Felicia S
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

We traveled to PSV with very high expectations. As the trip down to The Grenadines was for our honeymoon, we wanted it to be perfect. Our time on PSV surpassed all expectations by a longshot. The stay was way more than anything we could have ever hoped for! Now, we can only wait until we get the opportunity to travel to this very special and private island again.

If relaxation, privacy, and the need to disconnect for a while is something you are looking for, then PSV is the place for you. After a whirlwind of a wedding weekend, PSV gave us the peace and solitude to reflect on our wedding and enjoy our time together as a"just married" couple. The island is everything you could ever want and imagine: gorgeous beaches, amazing swimming and snorkeling in the Carribean and Atlantic Oceans, updated and comfortable private cottages, picturesque sunsets, and attentive and friendly staff who know you by name and really make you feel like family. The one aspect of the island which was more of an afterthought after we made our booking deposit was the food. We figured the cuisine would be satisfactory and nothing more or nothing less. Satisfactory is an understatement.

Having been raised in Manhattan and now currently living in Los Angeles, I've been exposed to some of the best food the U.S. has to offer. So after our first dinner prepared by the young Executive Chef of PSV, Sean Kuylen, we knew were in for a culinary experience that would make this trip one of the best of our lives. Sean is a native of the Caribbean; he was born and raised in Belize. Formally trained in San Francisco, Chef Sean's style mixes classic techniques with local Caribbean ingredients. Very much like the farm-to-table trend that has become the norm in fine dining, Chef Sean relies on local ingredients (they have a vegetable and herb garden on the island) and fish caught right off the island every day. Sean's dishes actually define "fresh." Whether it's Mahi Mahi, Snapper, or Spiny Lobster, everything is caught that day and never hits a freezer. It goes from the ocean, then to a cooler with ice, and finally to your plate where one night it could be a Blackened Mahi Mahi with coconut curry pumpkin and spinach. Or perhaps a thin sliced smoked Blue Marlin with beetroot gazpacho and aged balsamic. I could go on and on about the food. In the seven nights we were at PSV, we never had the same meal twice for lunch or dinner. Quite simply, Sean Kuylen is one of the most talented chefs in the region and is creating dishes that the rest of the world will notice very soon. I wouldn't be surprised if he is nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Young Chef within the next year. His food added a dimension to the trip that we were never expecting. Sean's cuisine alone is worth the trip.

The island was very well maintained and the vibe and energy of those that lived and worked on PSV was very evident. You were their guests and they treated with with kindness and respect. The flag system is still in operation and provides an unobtrusive way to communicate when in need of service or wth the red flag, just be left alone with your loved ones or family. You can turn off your mobile phones and just....relax.

The honeymoon package included a sailing trip to snorkel at the Tobago Cays Marine Park. Jeff, the Captain of the sailboat called Beauty, was an affable and truly sweet guy who had lots of stories and history about PSV and the surrounding islands. We also went on a sunset sail cruise with Jeff for 1.5 hours which was absolutely gorgeous! Our private dinner on the beach, the private picnic on Mopion Island, and the newly built Spa gave us enough to do without ever feeling too busy or in need of doing something more that lying on the beach. Lastly, we really wanted to visit Happy Island and the ladies at Reception made this happen with ease.

Overall, I feel a great amount of appreciation for everyone at PSV (Alex, Conrad, Sean, Jeff, Shirlan, and Dale just to name a few) for making my new wife and I genuinely feel very well looked after and not needing to worry about a thing. Thank you for making our honeymoon more than anything we could have ever dreamed of! We look forward to tasting Sean's food again under the bright starry sky of PSV very soon.

Room Tip: Cottage 10 is where we stayed. A beautiful beachfront cottage. Wherever you stay on the island, you...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Augusta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

As frequent visitors of PSV, yearly for the last 7 years, my husband and I were more than a little concerned about the planned changes. We were so afraid we would not love it as much, and we knew that there would be no way to replace it - it's truly our favorite place to be together. We just returned from our week stay, and it was just wonderful!!!

The changes have been kept to a minimum: the beach restaurant was delicious and such a great spot that we had a hard time every day getting back up after lunch. The lunch buffet has always been our favorite, and we missed it (would love to see it back a least once a week), but we were much happier with the new restaurant than we thought we might be. The spa is amazing, both the services and the placement on the hill like little tree houses. And the air conditioners, which we were the most unsure of (no ocean breezes, noise) turned out to be the best update for us. They truly are silent, and made sleeping on still nights much more pleasant. The new decor in the cottages is also very nice and more comfortable. We loved Chef Sean and his creative dinners too on the expanded deck of the main dining room.

Everything we treasure about the island is still there - the wonderful staff, the private feeling, "our" cottage, the west end palapas... it still feels like our happy place, with just the right amount of updating. From someone who has a very hard time with change this is high praise!
We can't wait for our return visit next year.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank jen2715
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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

This was a great little place. Everyone was wonderful and friendly. Everything was great................except the lunches were a bit on the "rough" side. It is quite a trip to get to the island but once there all is forgotten.

Room Tip: The houses are all on the ocean side. the main house faces the large island. that is not a great vie...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Vermonter05
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Property: Petit St. Vincent Resort
Address: St Vincent and the Grenadines, Petit St.Vincent
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Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Petit St.Vincent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Petit St.Vincent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Petit St. Vincent Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Petit St Vincent is a luxurious private island paradise, tucked away in the Grenadine islands of the West Indies, a tropical barefoot hideaway offering guests the rare chance to unplug from the normal day to day urban technological clutch.Aside from offering opulent comforts, ultimate privacy and an understated yet attentive service, there exists a conspicuous and deliberate absence of connectivity to the outside world: no TV’s, phones or internet in the beach front villas and elevated bluff cottages, encouraging you to unwind, relax and enjoy each other’s company without any unwanted distractions. With 115 acres of natural tropical woodlands and just 22 guest cottages, seclusion is guaranteed. Each beautifully designed guest cottage is decorated in marine shades and tangled driftwood furnishings reflecting the island’s uncluttered vibe. This elegant but unpretentious boutique island resort is surrounded by clear turquoise waters, rich tropical reefs and 2 miles of stunning white-sand beaches. ... more   less 
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