Becoming a castaway with luxe benefits is possible at Petit St. Vincent, a five-star private island resort at the southern tip of St. Vincent and Grenadines. The resort, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, encompasses the entire 115-acre island, with numerous white sand beaches, a daily soundtrack of Caribbean waves, and a lush tropical backdrop.
Guests are transferred from nearby Union Island by the resort yacht (or can arrive on their own charter boat). A quick jaunt in a retro Mini Moke beach buggy leads to one of 22 cottages scattered around the island—then, the digital detox begins: Wi-Fi is only available at the Main Pavilion and cottages don’t have television.
The resort’s flag system also encourages a tech-free stay and is a key part of the lifestyle at Petit St. Vincent. At the cottage entrance, simply raise the yellow flag for service or the red flag as a “do not disturb”. Butlers circle the island regularly to check flags, as well as cottage mailboxes: a leather box inside the cottage contains pre-printed notes to request amenities such as room service, afternoon tea, cookie jar refills, or a ride to one of the island’s two restaurants.
Whether tucked into the hillside trees or at the water’s edge with a private beach, each mid-century cottage is a wood, volcanic stone, and glass construction, featuring multiple outdoor areas to relax on a lounger or nap in a hammock. Soothing earth tone decor encourages relaxation: a generous built-in sectional surrounds a coffee table made for board games, king beds are dressed in baby soft white linens, and an expansive bathroom includes L’Occitane amenities and wicker storage baskets to organize one’s island necessities.
Adrenaline-seeking guests can hike across the volcanic island, go diving with the prestigious Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Center, or charter a resort yacht to visit the resident population of sea turtles at nearby Tobago Cays Marine Park. The resort’s Balinese-inspired Hillside Spa offers a tempting alternative—a warm stone massage or coconut scrub is sure to erase any lingering effects of big city life.
Resort rituals at Petit St. Vincent include sundowner cocktails at the Beach Bar, a weekly oceanfront barbecue with pick-your-own, fresh-caught lobster, and sommelier-led wine tastings from the 4,500-bottle cellar at the Main Pavillion Restaurant.
Revelling in this pristine environment, however, comes with responsibility—and Petit St. Vincent is committed to being a leader in sustainable hospitality. The resort uses a reverse osmosis filtration system for drinking water, sources produce from its organic garden, and has a program to protect and restore the nearby coral reefs.
Private beaches, consummate service, and world-class accommodations—this is what barefoot luxury is all about.
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