Petit St. Vincent Reopens After Refurb

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You may have read in this very magazine that Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines island chain of the Caribbean was closing down to upgrade its facilities. (If you need to refresh your memory, see this year’s August issue of Luxury Travel Advisor.) We are happy to report that the resort reopened on November 1, sporting renovated cottages, a new spa and a new beach restaurant. The island was purchased by business partners Philip Stephenson and Robin Paterson in November 2010, and the renovation and refurbishment started not long after.

Each cottage has a wooden sundeck, a living room, a bedroom, and one or two bathrooms and dressing rooms. (Nice Touch: Those bathrooms use ultra-swank Molton Brown toiletries.) The two daybeds in each living room can be made up to accommodate children, making this a great retreat for families.

The private island is just as notable for what it has as what it doesn’t: There is no airstrip (guests fly into nearby Union Island and are picked up via boat), no telephones or TVs in the rooms, no reception desk and no keys.

In lieu of a telephone, each cottage has a small bamboo flagpole with a message box. Guests can raise the yellow flag and a member of the staff (there are two for every guest) will come and pick up any messages (think room service or beach service requests).

Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Janine Cifelli ([email protected]), the resort’s North American sales and marketing representative, for more information.

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