Spa + Wellness

Off the Grid

by Sarah Tuff


The hideout: Never will ESPN or wet T-shirt contests sully private, 133-acre Petit St. Vincent (view slideshow). One of the few Caribbean islands still untouched by a resort chain.

Low-tech lowdown: PSV is more a home than a resort—owner/resident Lynn Richardson and her six yellow Labs just happen to welcome outsiders to its 22 stone cottages. There's no check-in, no keys, no TV, no telephone. There are, however, two staff members for every guest. Hoist the yellow flag up your cottage's bamboo pole, and someone will suddenly appear to grant your wish for food, drinks, or whatever. Hoist the red flag, and you'll be left exquisitely alone.

Your new "to do" list:
• Go deep-sea fishing with Capt. Chester Belmar at the helm of the 28-foot Jahash
• Cruise through the Grenadines (view slideshow) on the wooden schooner Jambalaya
• Om out during a private yoga session on your terrace

The road less traveled: Fly to Barbados and take a Grenadines Airways flight to Union Island. After the adrenaline-stirring landing on the tiny strip between mountains and sea, gather your wits on the short boat trip to PSV.

Don't forget: Your teeniest bikini. The even more private Petit St. Richardson, a small island off the shore of PSV, has just two sun chairs and a hammock, and is open only to PSV guests.

Petit St. Vincent
Tel: 954 963 7401
Doubles from $675, including meals

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