Curated exclusively for National Geographic
Settle into a private island fringed with pristine beaches and spend a week exploring every way you can think of. Venture out by glass-bottom kayak or sailboat, or simply stroll the beach to find a perfect spot. Dive or snorkel coral reefs, sail a sloop, and enjoy excellent cuisine delivered to you wherever you are.
Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.
Catch a charter flight from Barbados to Union Island in the Grenadines. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by a lodge representative for the ride to Petit St. Vincent aboard the lodge’s private yacht. Settle into your secluded cottage and unwind with a sway in the patio hammock. This evening, head barefoot down to the beach restaurant for a barbecue dinner accompanied by steel pan music.
Get acquainted with Petit St. Vincent by sea and by land. Skirt the coast on a paddleboard or in a glass-bottom kayak, on the lookout for an enticing stretch of sand. Bring your vessel ashore for a break from paddling and a refreshing dip in the turquoise shallows, where you’re likely to come face to face with puckering fish. Later, scale the island’s 275-foot summit and savor rewarding views over the forest canopy, bordered by the dazzling Caribbean Sea.
Spend two days exploring the Petit St. Vincent undersea on private snorkeling or diving excursions with a seasoned dive instructor from the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre. Discover rainbow-colored coral reefs that surround the island, and enter a marine world filled with tropical fish and sea turtles. Sail in a hand-built sloop to the Tobago Cays Marine Park, home to sea turtle nesting and feeding grounds and a submerged World War I shipwreck. In between sunken excursions, find your own private nook on one of the island’s beaches and have your lunch delivered to you.
Take to the sea in a kayak, or learn to windsurf or sail a Sunfish with the help of island boatmen. Once you’re practiced at handling your vessel, try some solo steering and opt to go island hopping. You may also choose to charter a fishing boat and cast your line into the Caribbean, angling for Spanish mackerel, giant barracuda, and mahimahi. Reel in your catch and bring it back to the lodge kitchen, where chefs will work the seafood into your evening meal.
Sink your feet in the sand and settle into a day relaxation. Raise a flag to signal lodge staff for a fruity cocktail or a picnic lunch, and then take a break from doing nothing with a yoga session in the lodge’s open-air studio. Or unwind even further with a massage or Balinese treatment at the Hillside Spa. This evening, savor gourmet Caribbean fare in the elegant Main Pavilion Restaurant and Bar.
Enjoy a final beachfront breakfast before transferring to the airport on Union Island.