The private island of Petit St. Vincent in the Grenadines has long been a favorite retreat of mine. For 30 years, I have relished its isolation, the sense of being somewhere that feels close to the end of the world. And the lack of air-conditioning, televisions and telephones in the cottages never fazed me at all. Over three decades, the resort has been perennially popular with Hideaway Report subscribers. And the property prospered under the enlightened ownership of Haze Richardson and his wife, Lynn.
For 30 years, I have relished its isolation, the sense of being somewhere that feels close to the end of the world.
Alas, tragedy struck in 2008, when Haze died in a swimming accident in Costa Rica. Lynn continued to run Petit St. Vincent until the fall of 2010, at which point she sold the property to Phil Stephenson and Robin Paterson. The new owners have since invested heavily, initiating an overhaul of the resort that has included a complete refurbishment of the cottages. (These were originally designed in 1966 by Swedish architect Arne Hasselqvist, responsible for many of the original homes on Mustique.) I had heard good things about the makeover, but wanted to see the results for myself. So I checked into PSV at the end of my recent sailing trip. What I found was reassuring: The resort has been upgraded in a variety of ways — among the less noticeable improvements are a new water desalination plant and the complete rewiring of all buildings — but its distinctive character has not been lost.