Petit St. Vincent Private Island Resort: About

Located in Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A paisley of green amid swirls of turquoise seas, Petit St. Vincent—called PSV by its regulars—was founded in the early 1960s by sailors who discovered this uninhabited Grenadines gem and decided to make it a place guests would never want to leave. Nearly a half-century later and under new ownership, their mission still holds true. Its 22 spacious villas and cottages are discreetly tucked into volcanic hillsides or along the isle’s pristine beaches, and you’re likely to forget that there are other people here unless you seek them out. The outside world is all but nonexistent on this island paradise, and the greatest decision you’re bound to make during your stay is whether to take out the kayak or the paddleboard, whether to head to the beach on the Atlantic side or the Caribbean side.


  • Head barefoot down to the beach restaurant for a barbecue accompanied by steel pan music.
  • Snorkel the coral reefs bordering the island, or go scuba diving with dive masters handpicked by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
  • Set sail on Beauty—a traditional sloop—for a day of island hopping, breaking for a picnic lunch on a neighboring isle.
  • Learn to windsurf or sail with the help of the island boatmen, or charter a yacht for a full-day cruise.
  • Play castaway for a day on a deserted beach, where the only passing soul has a refreshing drink for you in hand.

Why We Love This Lodge

Considering how many tiny islands are sprinkled across the Caribbean, it says something about Petit St. Vincent that Jean-Michel Cousteau—a leading ocean conservationist and son of diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau—chose to establish his dive center here. This is a Caribbean resort ahead of the pack, where sustainability matters and subtle elegance coexists with wild splendor.

The Petit St. Vincent management has teamed up with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society to develop conservation initiatives that range from eliminating plastic water bottles on the island to creating education programs to teach local students about marine conservation and resource management. The lodge has also worked in partnership with National Geographic Explorer Bob Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust to organize field trips, community projects, and beach cleanups on nearby islands.

Lodge Features

  • 22 newly renovated cottages and villas
  • Hillside Balinese spa surrounded by trees and a yoga pavilion
  • Two world-class restaurants and bars and a well-stocked wine cellar
  • Fleet of Sunfish, kayaks, Hobie Cats, paddleboards, and windsurfing boards for guest use
  • Boutique and art gallery featuring the works of acclaimed local artists
  • Computer and Wi-fi connection in the main lodge

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Petit St. Vincent, National Geographic guests are treated to a private snorkeling tour with one of the stellar dive instructors from the island’s Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre. Don your gear and head out from the shore for an up-close, insider’s view of corals, fish, and other marine wonders that surround the island.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Andrew Harper Readers' Choice, Top 20 International Hideaways, 2015
  • Andrew Harper Readers' Choice, Top 20 Beach Resorts, 2015
  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Hotel in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, 2015 & 2014; Top 20 Resorts in the Caribbean, 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler: Gold List 2014; Hot List 2012
  • Frommer's: 7 Best Secluded Beaches & Romantic Hideaways, 2013
  • Islands: Editors' Picks: Top 5 Best Luxury Resorts in the Caribbean, 2013
  • Travel + Leisure: It List: The 50 Finest New Hotels In 2012

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