The private island of Petit St.  Vincent reopens under new ownership

The private island of Petit St. Vincent reopens under new ownership

Petit St. Vincent Resortthe 115-acre private island getaway in the South Grenadines is ready to welcome guests back on November 1, 2022, under both new ownership and a new general manager.

Inspired by new owner Tanja Ellis, founder of Culture Home, the resort’s 54th consecutive season will unveil a series of renovations, additions and refreshed programming designed to elevate the guest experience. Ellis, an American entrepreneur, designer and philanthropist, will oversee the property’s improvements that promise to impress both new and returning guests while maintaining the inviting appeal of the private island.

“I have long admired PSV as one of the most authentic and truly classic Caribbean resorts, with a reputation among knowledgeable travelers as one of the world’s finest retreats,” Ellis said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the team to upgrade and improve the resort. Longtime repeat guests and new guests alike will be thrilled with the changes we have planned.”

Initial renovations will soon include a new spa and wellness center, refreshed interiors and amenities in cottages and villas (including Terres d’Afrique and local spa products), and an updated wine cellar.

The resort will also welcome Chorten Wangyel as general manager. Wangyel brings to Petit St. Vincent an impressive background in the luxury hospitality industry, most recently as GM focused on the development and pre-launch operations of Kisawa Sanctuary in Mozambique. He previously served as GM at The Dunmore Hotel & Residences in the Bahamas and The Cove Eleuthera, and has held several other roles with COMO Hotels worldwide.

“I am delighted to return to the Caribbean to lead one of the region’s most sought-after resorts,” Wangyel said in a press release. “Petit St. Vincent is an incredibly special place, with a rich history. It’s an honor to be part of the team and help elevate the Petit St. experience. Vincent as the resort begins a new chapter.”

With just 22 cottages and villas scattered across scenic spots high and low—from windswept beach perches to secluded hillsides with stunning views of the island and beyond—the property often gives guests the enviable feeling of having the entire resort to themselves. themselves. All accommodations are constructed from hand-quarried volcanic stone and feature vaulted hardwood ceilings, spacious living rooms, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Predictably, PSV spoils guests to choose sea-centric activities. In late 2014, Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of legendary marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau, opened the resort’s state-of-the-art dive center, which offers a range of diving certification courses, as well as diving and snorkelling tours. Sailors can also board a resort boat and head to the Tobago Cays Marine Park, a refreshing 30-minute ride away. Designated an official wildlife sanctuary in 2006, the crystal clear waters of the 19 square mile park are home to an array of exotic fish, as well as endangered green sea turtles.

The main gate of Petit St. Vincent is Barbados’ BGI airport, served by direct flights from New York, Miami, London and Toronto. Rates for the 2022-2023 season start at $1350/night for a 1 bedroom cottage, based on double occupancy. An additional fee of $200/day includes all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited room service and all non-motorized water sports.

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