Locally referred to as PSV, this is a beautiful, privately-owned, 113-acre island with one of the Caribbean’s best resorts, the Petit St Vincent (rates vary during the year from US$510d to US$800d, FAP, includes room service and all facilities, plus 10% service and 7% tax, closed September/October, no credit cards).
The island is owned and managed by Hazen Richardson, with help from his wife, Lynn, a staff of 80 (for 44 guests) and seven labradors (who seem to be in charge of entertainment). Accommodation is in 22 secluded cottages, there is a tennis court, fitness track and a wide range of watersports (sunfish, hobie cats, windsurfers, yacht day sails, snorkelling) is available, T4588801, F4588428. You can have room service (especially nice for breakfast) or eat in the central building. Once a week dinner is moved to the beach with music from a local band. Communication with the administration is done with coloured flags hoisted outside your cottage. Picnics can be arranged on the tiny islet Petit St Richardson. US reservations: PSV, PO Box 12506, Cincinnatti, Ohio 45212; T513-2421333 or 800-6549326, F513-2426951. The island can be reached by the resort’s launch from Union Island. The resort will charter a flight from Barbados to Union Island for US$130 per person one way, children half price. The one anchorage is off the bar and restaurant, protected by a reef. The bar is open to visiting yachties or charter boats and reservations can be made for dinner if space is available. There is a credit card pay phone for international calls. You can snorkel and dive off the Mopion and Punaise sandbar islands to the northwest, where moorings are available.