Petit St. Vincent, Secluded, Quarantine Free, The Perfect Winter Escape

(Forbes) – The islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have traditionally been particularly serene havens on their own—a string of low development islands tucked away at the southern stretch of the Caribbean between St. Lucia, Barbados and Grenada involving more of an effort to get to than the more famous islands.

In the era of COVID-19, that seclusion is even more of an advantage and it’s an especially significant one in the case of one of those islands, Petit St. Vincent, a private island containing just that resort.

When it reopens on November 1st, PSV, designated a “Bubble Resort” by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government, will be exempt from the quarantine rules required for other islands within the group and elsewhere in the region: guests require only a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival and arrival on a private charter which is the customary means of arrival arranged by the resort.

But the space remains the same: 115 acres, giving guests two acres to themselves. And so does the communication system: poles on which guests hoist specific flags keyed to requests. (There is internet, however, around the bar area.)

extra privacy, the resort is also offering a new “Private Peninsula” option this season: guests can book up to four cottages on the island’s eastern peninsula with its own dining area and beach. Full island buyouts are also available.

Activities naturally revolve around the water. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Center, a PADI 5 star center founded by the son of famed explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau helps all levels from beginners to experienced divers to explore the rich collection of fish and coral in the waters surrounding the island.

Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing are also available. So are day trips to other islands in the chain—to observe traditional West Indian life in the markets, colorful houses and lobster shacks on Union Island,  the upscale villa life and social scene at Basil’s Bar on Mustique or with prior notice, play Canouan’s 18 hole course.

But many guests just take up residence on a lounge chair or hammock and spend the day blissfully doing nothing on the beach.