Grenadines resort offers private island getaway

PETIT ST. VINCENT, The Grenadines -- What is a hungry guest to do at a resort with no telephones?

Raise a yellow flag, of course.

At Petit St. Vincent Resort, a private island near Union Island in the Grenadines, each of the 22 guest cottages has a bamboo flagpole with a red and a yellow flag.

"The yellow flag summons room service; the red flag means do not disturb, something we take seriously," said owner Hazen K. Richardson.

The resort has no telephones or television, which are some things guests don't miss, according to Richardson.

The staff-to-guest ratio at the resort is almost two to one -- 80 employees for 44 guests.

Richardson and his wife, Lynn, have owned and operated Petit St. Vincent since 1966. Along with their seven Labradors, they are the only permanent residents on the 113-acre island.

Guests have a wide choice of other toys, such as Hobie Cats, Sunfish, windsurf boards and snorkeling equipment. Fishing and day sails can be arranged.

A 20-station exercise and jogging trail winds along the beach and around the two-mile perimeter of the island. Tennis also is offered.

Cottages are scattered near the beach and in the hilly areas of the island. Each has a separate sitting area, a bedroom, a living room, a dressing room and a bathroom with shower.

Nightly rates through August are $530 per room, double. Each additional adult can stay for $155; children under the age of 6 for $45 additional, and children ages 6 to 16 for $100.

The resort is closed in September and October.

Barbados is one gateway for flights to Union Island, where guests board a private launch to Petit St. Vincent. There also is service to Union Island from Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada.

Petit St. Vincent Resort
Phone: (800) 654-9326 or (513) 242-1333
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E-mail: [email protected]

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