It was 10 years ago when I last visited the tiny Caribbean island of Petit St Vincent (PSV) and knowing it was now under new ownership, new management and with financial investment having been made, I was excited to be returning to a place I had very much loved.
However, I confess that I was a little apprehensive to see what changes had actually been made and whether the authentic Caribbean experience had remained.
The Captain onboard the boat transfer refreshed my memory by pointing out which island was which as we motored toward PSV. There was Mayreau with that enviable stretch of beach, and the incredible, tiny dot of Petit St Richardson was still there….it was all falling back into place quickly. On arrival the lovely personal touch of being met by General Manager, Matt Semark himself, along with a bougainvillea decorated Pina Colada to sip during my golf buggy transfer to my cottage, began to reassure me that this picture perfect tropical island had indeed not lost any of its laid-back Caribbean charm.
Cottage 3 was up on the hillside, benefiting from constant, refreshing Atlantic trade winds and stunning views of the Tobago Cays and Canouan beyond. It was heaven! Built from native stone, simple yet comfortable and with lovely touches such as homemade cookies, a large hammock to laze away the hours and the no phone, TV or Wifi policy which remained from before (although the latter was available at the main building) certainly supported the resort’s goal and intention of allowing every guest the chance to relax, unwind and reconnect. Although the upgrades which had been slipped in were noticeable and welcome enhancements - including an intercom system to the Duty Manager for emergencies and an iPod docking station - on the whole, the simple, natural and comfortable style remained and essential additions had created larger, lighter and warmer cottages. So far so good.
Aaaah and the flag system was still in place – wonderful! But again, noted upgrades so that you could now pre-order a golf buggy to pick you up at your cottage, along with any meal at any time and of course the traditional afternoon tea were welcome new features.
A very welcome new amenity was the gorgeous and very tranquil spa, set back just a short stroll from the beach. I enjoyed a fabulous Balinese massage with a cooling trade wind breeze passing through the treatment room and the distant sound of the ocean to soothe me. Now I really was in heaven.
Every day has 24-hours, fact, but for some reason at Petit St Vincent it seemed as though someone had pressed fast forward! A sign of having a great time I’m told. My day’s would start with an early morning at the yoga pavilion – a good hour of stretching and re-energising with the resident yogi who also threw in some Tai Chi moves as added value. A delicious breakfast and then beachcombing and swimming for the morning. A late lunch at the beach restaurant – the local fish of the day was simply delicious and back to my cottage for a rest (!) - usually a good book in the hammock before strolling down to Goatie’s beach bar for the most perfect end to a perfect day…feet in the sand, sipping a rum punch, soft reggae playing and a cheery barman checking in with me for a refill…why would I want to leave?
I have most definitely fallen head over heels back in love with Petit St Vincent, it feels as if I reconnected with a childhood sweetheart and rekindled the fire. I’ll definitely be going back as soon as I can.