KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent -- Nature lovers and travelers in search of
soft-adventure trappings will delight in the accommodation choices
on St. Vincent.
Properties range from charming, five-room guesthouses to
cobblestone inns, plantation houses set amid tropical gardens and
the deluxe, private Young Island resort.
One property, in particular, is a standout, accessible only via
the water with no intrusions of telephones or televisions.
Petit Byahaut, situated on 50 acres on the leeward (Caribbean)
side of St. Vincent, is located about an hour up the coast from
Guests are transported from the airport by taxi and then travel
by water taxi to the bay next to Byahaut. There they are picked up
in a boat by on-site managers Brian and Nicole Durbin and taken to
The 12-year-old property features five unobtrusive garden
"dwellings" that blend into hillside gardens.
"These are not cottages, cabins, units or sites," said Nicole
Durbin. "We think the term 'dwelling' aptly describes the
The dwellings are completely secluded, although just a short
walk up the hill from the beach and restaurant. Each features a
screened-in porch; outdoor, solar-powered showers that use
collected rainwater; a large deck with a hammock; and a queen-size
Solar power also provides the electricity used for lighting,
refrigeration and water pressure. Eleven reservoirs on the property
collect and store rainwater.
Activities mirror the tropical setting. Among them are hiking
and birding in the nearby rain forest, kayaking along the coastline
and stargazing at night.
The property provides scuba and snorkel gear for self-guided
tours, Brian Durbin said.
Petit Byahaut's open-air restaurant, which overlooks the beach
and the bay, is overseen by Chuckie the Chef, formerly of the
Firefly Villa in Mustique.
"We serve three meals a day, but we will open up any time a
boater drops anchor and wants a drink and a meal," Durbin said.
Petit Byahaut -- the name comes from the parish on St. Vincent
-- is open from November through August.
Nicole said most of the property's guests are from the U.S., and
many are repeaters. The resort pays 10% to travel agents.
Daily rates through May 14 are $140 per person, double, for a
minimum three-night stay. Rates include all meals, airport and
water-taxi transfers, unlimited water sports and 17% tax and
Low-season prices, from May 15 through August, are $112 per
person, double, for three nights.
A five-night Hang Out package is priced from $1,350 for two in
high season to $1,070 in low season.
Hiking and scuba packages also are available. For more
information, visit http://outahere.com/petitbyahaut.
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Another option on St. Vincent
Room key: YOUNG ISLAND
Address: P.O. Box 211, St. Vincent
Phone: (784) 458-4826
Reservations: Ralph Locke Islands at (800)
Location: 200 yards off St. Vincent's southern
shore. Resort launch runs every five minutes.
No. of rooms: 30 cottages.
Facilities: Pool, beach, hammocks, dining in the
restaurant or in private thatched-roof gazebos.
Rates: From $345 to $560 per room, per night,
double, MAP April 1-Aug. 31.
Packages: Honeymoon, Sailaway, all meal plans.
Noteworthy: Cottages are large, airy and private.
Walls of stone and glass have louvered windows; spacious bathrooms
have garden showers, plush towels, top toiletries. Coffeemaker,
mini-fridge and glorious views -- no TV, phone or radio.
Not worthy: It's a hike from the lobby and beach
to the upper units -- older clients should be warned. Stone steps
are slippery in the rain.