Petit St. Vincent (PSV)
PSV (VHF: 16, closed September/October) was probably the first Caribbean boutique hotel. It is a quiet and exclusive resort, where the guests get pampered in secluded stone cottages. Each cottage has a flagpole that is used to summon the room service, which soon appears in a mini-moke. The hotel does well at top Caribbean rates, probably the Caribbean’s most successful small hotel.
It was built by the late Haze Richard’s son, who operated it from its inception until 2007. The island and resort were purchased in late 2010 by Phil Stephenson and Robin Patterson. The new owners have invested heavily in renovating the entire island and all the cottages. New additions include the yacht-friendly beach restaurant Goaty’s Bar, and a new spa complex.
It is managed by husband & wife team Matt & Annie Semark, along with an excellent local crew. The main anchorage is shown on the chart. The current changes with the tide, and if the wind drops, yachts swing about. The reef off the dinghy dock extends farther than some think.
When you go ashore, keep in mind that this is a very exclusive and luxurious resort, so please be respectful. If we are to continue to be welcome, this is essential. You should only come ashore by the dinghy dock on the leeward side. You are welcome to walk along the shore and use the beach from the hotel dinghy dock to the new beach bar and boutique. All other areas and beaches are private, for in-house residents only, which include the guest cottages and the western end of the beach, past the beach bar. Private areas are clearly sign posted.
You are welcome to visit the main bar and restaurant upstairs, though smart casual attire is expected for this (no bathing costumes by day, or shorts and t-shirts for dinner). Reservations are essential for dinner.
The hotel bar, with a great view of the bay, is open all day, and it is a pleasant place to take a drink ~ especially those frozen daiquiris and fruit specials they are so good at.
Goaty’s Beach Bar is more casual and built with visitors in mind, so shorts, t-shirts and even bathing togs are fine, up until sunset when slacks and a sports shirt or similar attire are appropriate. It is open 1030-2200. Their menu includes tapas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta, and grilled seafood and meat.
On Fridays, the regular menu closes down and they have a beach barbecue with a steel band. Come for the barbecue or just to listen and visit the bar. On Tuesday night Barracuda’s band plays great reggae music. On many Mondays, they have a classic movie night, with a big screen set up in the beach bar.
The spa is also open to people visiting on yachts, offering all kinds of massage and beauty or health treatments. Guided island and cottage tours are available on request after 1030. Book by radio, phone, or ask in the bar or office.