Long a prime destination for savvy sailors and in-the-know yachters, the Grenadines is a chain of small islands in the Lesser Antilles. The northern two-thirds consist of 32 islands and cays (of which only 9 are actually inhabited) that belong to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, while the remainder in the southern portion is associated with Grenada. This magnificent archipelago has been blessed with phenomenal natural scenery in the form of deserted islands with white-sand beaches and azure waters, as well as bountiful tropical forests and refreshing waterfalls. Being far off the beaten path, the island chain is certainly less spoiled by mass touristic development which has left the lush landscapes untouched. Life in the Grenadines is slow-paced and carefree, an ideal spot to let all the stresses of modern life melt away in your own secluded slice of paradise. It’s a favorite among elite travelers who moor their private yachts off of remote shorelines and attracts a discerning crowd looking to avoid traditional overcrowded Caribbean getaways.
Where to Stay
The Petit St. Vincent is a luxury resort located on its own 115-acre tropical island where you can enjoy unpretentious luxury and complete tranquility. Located on the southern tip of the Grenadines, this exclusive hideaway has just 22 spacious beach villas, each of which are wonderfully secluded and scattered over hillsides, cliffs and beaches. In addition to the calmness that comes with an exclusive private island, the property has limited WiFi, and is free of TVs and phones for a complete invitation to privacy and relaxation. Instead, the property operates according to its signature flag system to communicate with the attentive staff: a yellow flag at your cottage signals for room service, transportation or a special request, while the red flag is for privacy. The atmosphere across the Petit St. Vincent is one of understated luxury and it gives a new meaning to the term escapism. After feeling the warmth of the tropical sun and gentle breeze from the comfort of your terrace, head to the Balinese-inspired luxury and wellness spa and yoga pavilion for the cherry-on-the-top of the ultimate pampering experience. There are two restaurants located on the island, one hillside and one beachside, with an emphasis on regional seafood and traditional Caribbean fare, while beach barbecues at sunset and local musicians make for intimate evenings under the stars. The Petit St. Vincent is far more than simply an extravagant holiday; it’s perfect for creating lifetime memories. For an expanded list of accommodation options, take a look at our Luxury Hotel Guide for the Grenadines.
Where to Dine
Located on its own tranquil strip of beach, the Royal Palm Restaurant & Bar takes full advantage of the idyllic natural setting with a beautiful open-air design and terrace. The establishment offers à la carte breakfast, lunch and drinks where you can immerse yourself in the 360º views and warmth of the tropical sun in a friendly, warm and laid-back atmosphere. When the sun goes down, the romantic candlelit atmosphere and soothing sounds of the sea take over. Executive Head Chef Baka and his skilled team of international cooks have put together a dedicated menu of culinary delights that includes freshly-caught fish, traditional Caribbean cuisine and international gourmet plates. The Royal Palm Restaurant & Bar also hosts authentic rum tasting events where you can try the establishment’s excellent selection paired against atmospheric music and a sophisticated crowd. Check out the Restaurant Guide for St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a complete breakdown of fantastic options.
What to Do
With an abundance of secluded accommodations and pampering experiences, the Grenadines is a real get-away-from-it-all travel destination. The rich and famous have been drawn to the Grenadines for the unmatched tranquility and privacy, whereas island hopping is an obvious must. Set sail to Bequia for the quintessential slow-paced Caribbean island where you can immerse yourself in local culture and friendly smiles. You’ll have the option to swim, tan, dive or hike through the stunning natural beauty by day before enjoying from a large selection of gourmet restaurants before heading back. For some adventurous exploration, head to the Tobago Cays, an uninhabited and protected marine park surrounded by a remarkable barrier reef. The warm, shallow waters filled with hard corals and marine life make for some of the best snorkeling in the entire Caribbean. With such a large selection of islands to choose from, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find one that perfectly matches what you’re looking for in a tropical getaway. It’s easy to fall into the spell of the Grenadines, as it’s a destination that’s whatever you want it to be.
What to Wear
This idyllic island chain is where you can enjoy unpretentious luxury, unspoiled Caribbean beauty and pure relaxation without care. This Patricia Padrón Floral Stellium Dress features an A-line silhouette and deep v-neckline for a for an airy and buoyant fit. The premium fabric allows a lightweight feel and top-notch comfort as you whiz between islands with the wind in your hair. When it comes to the hours and even days spent on the sand and in the water, this Tori Praver Lulu One-Piece is simple yet eye-catching in all the right ways with its vibrant cranberry color, while the tailored fit will have you luxury resort ready. Elsewhere, the center front snap detail, inset mesh back and cheeky coverage provide up-to-date details without going too far out of the box. These Tabitha Simmons Heli Leather Slides are the perfect blend of comfort and style that will easily take you from the villa to the beach and back. The bow-embellished suede strap is a nice touch, whereas the slightly elevated heel gives you a bit of lift without any discomfort.