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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are home to some of the world's greatest private-island resorts -- places with magical names like Petit St. Vincent and Mustique that gently demand that you switch off your phone, take a deep breath, and plunge headfirst into a relaxing getaway where the cares of the real world quickly retreat.
With relaxation and ultimate private intimacy and luxury in mind, here is our list of the best private-island resorts that St. Vincent and the Grenadines have to offer...
Located just offshore from Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent, Young Island provides a lush private sanctuary to its guests but remains a three-minute boat ride from the mainland and its many attractions. The property is compact but lovely, with guest cottages located both along the waterfront and hillside overlooking the beachside restaurant and bar, as well as a small selection of suites. Amenities include a lighted tennis court, a lobster and fish pool you can swim in, hiking trails, and a tiny offshore bar. Ask to stay in the cottage where Johnny Depp stayed during filming of Pirates of the Caribbean and enjoy a soak in your private outdoor pool while you watch the boats cruising to and from Kingstown.
Palm Island has a variety of accommodations and is rich with amenities, including superb dining and beaches. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful resorts you will ever have the pleasure of visiting, with impossibly blue skies contrasting with brilliant white beaches, and leaning palm trees strung with inviting hammocks. There's plenty of room to roam on this 135-acre island, and strollers, hikers and bikers will quickly discover the island's tennis courts, croquet lawn, and pitch-and-putt golf course. Their 43 beautifully designed rooms have louvered windows and sliding doors to allow al fresco dining and dozing.
Petit St. Vincent
Most distant from St. Vincent in the Grenadines, Petit St. Vincent is a remote island paradise that has a unique collection of stone-walled villas spread out for maximum privacy. Traverse the island by golf cart or simply stay put and hang your flag out for in-room dining or other services, including spa treatments or yoga. PSV has 22 cottages scattered over 113 acres, so meeting your neighbors is truly a matter of choice here -- probably why it is a popular hideaway for celebrities. Tennis, fishing charters, scuba, and hiking are options for more active days.
This 1,400 acre island is home to a variety of fully staffed private luxury villas as well as the Cotton House hotel. Mustique covers 1,400 acres and has 71 villas for rent, including 13 historic homes designed by Oliver Messel. A stay here is more like being part of a community -- complete with a church, stores, tennis courts and a stable -- than being a guest at a private resort, and there are nine beaches upon which to while your days away.
Home to the Tamarind Beach Hotel and the exclusive Grenadines Estate, Canouan Island is located in the southeastern Caribbean and is as lush and picturesque as they come.
The Tamarind Beach Hotel is a four-star property with 36 beachside rooms and 8 seaside suites, nestled in among tropical gardens and beautiful views of the seashore. Combining Italian design and elegance with warm Caribbean vibes, the Tamarind sets a standard of excellence for luxury lodgings.
The Grenadines Estate, an ultra-private property, features a brand new, $200 million 26 suite, 6 villa hotel as well as a selection of beachside residences, from 1-8 room capacities, at The New Hotel and Residences. Guest staying here can enjoy playing a round at the 18-hole golf course on site, observing and participating in services at the resort's 17th-century English Church, and wining and dining at any of the property's 6 restaurants and bars.