Petit St. Vincent – A destination for wellness
This private island offers an informal luxury Caribbean experience, with 22 spacious cottages and villas privately situated over 115 acres of lush forest and cliff-tops, with views of practically deserted pristine beaches and surrounded by clear-blue seas.
The aim of the brand is to be as sustainable as possible, with a large organic garden, growing an array of vegetables, tropical fruit and produce, as well as housing 400 chickens. There are also a number of conservation initiatives underway, such as coral regeneration programmes, water recycling and sustainable fishing campaigns.
All cottages are purposely free of telephones, wireless connections and televisions, allowing guests the chance to detach from the common tech-heavy distractions of every day modern life, freeing them to focus on the natural beauty and tranquility of the island.
For room service, island transportation, or to simply be left alone to take an afternoon nap, the island’s signature driftwood flagpole system is a simple way to communicate with our attentive staff.
Scuba for Mindfulness
Mindfulness has taken the world by storm and is now practiced in all manner of settings. Defined as ‘awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally’ (Jon Kabat-Zin), scuba diving provides a perfect backdrop for training the mind in this way.
Matthew Semark, General Manager of Petit St. Vincent and experienced diving instructor said of the initiative:‘mindfulness is now huge above land, so we believe it is time to take it under water. We have really excellent diving here and our Cousteau-trained instructors ensure a calm and seamless experience throughout, leaving the mind free to focus on the breath and spectacular underwater scenery.’
PADI Discover Scuba – from classroom to reef in two hours
Many believe that to dive a reef, you need to spend days training. However at Petit St. Vincent, it is possible in just a couple of hours. After an in-depth training session from the PADI Diving Instructors in the centre and then the shallows, it is off to a nearby reef; here guests can dive up to 12 metres, with an instructor by their side at all times. They can then continue to dive throughout their holiday.
Petit St. Vincent has two open-air yoga pavilions, one facing Conch Bay overlooking the Atlantic and the other on the leeward side facing Caribbean Beach. Both offer guests a peaceful and scenic space to practice yoga, either on their own or with the island’s instructor. Yoga mats and accessories are also provided.
The island houses an incredible treetop spa, which is located on a hillside overlooking the water, and has been designed to blend into the island’s surroundings, constructed with local wood and materials. Each of the four treatment rooms are accessed via wooden steps/pathways that wind up the hill and into the trees and has sliding louvered walls that can be opened or closed during treatments, depending on the guest’s preference.
Originally designed in cooperation with Swedish architect Arne Hasselqvist, who built many of the original homes on the nearby island of Mustique, all 22 of the island’s cottages and villas were constructed in the traditional West Indian style. Walls are built of native bluebitch stone with traditional arched doorways and peaked roofs, sliding glass doors open onto wide decks and terraces offering unparalleled views.
Visit website: www.petitstvincent.com