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Petit St. Vincent: Luxurious Seclusion
Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Writer: Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Petit St. Vincent: Luxurious Seclusion

On Petit St. Vincent, you can be completely, blissfully alone—just raise the red flag on your villa and no one will bother you. But a yellow flag quickly brings staff, eager to assist, whether to bring a piña colada to the beach or to schedule an afternoon seaside massage. There's nothing but a resort on the 113-acre, privately-owned island, which is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It's just you, the staff, and the other guests staying in the 22 guest cottages tucked deep into the landscape, surrounded by white sandy beaches. You can dine in your villa, on remote beaches, or in the restaurant, which is about the only place you'll see people.

It's a journey to reach Petit St. Vincent, but it's worth it for the rejuvenating solitude. Most visitors fly to Barbados, then take a short flight to neaby Union Island, where they meet a boat for the brief trip to the resort.

Good to know: Petit St. Vincent's dock house offers guests sailboats, windsurfing boards, and glass-bottom kayaks at no extra cost.

More islands for blissful solitude: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Andros Island, Bahamas; La Desirade, Guadeloupe

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