Petit Saint Vincent

Petit Saint Vincent, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Serenity is easy to come by on the private-island resort of Petit St. Vincent, a 115-acre property from the 1960s. It recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation but retains its original charms—there are no cars or in-room televisions (and don’t even think about WiFi) in the 22 cottages and suites, and anything you might need arrives at your doorstep with the simple raise of a yellow flag. A Balinese-inspired spa soothes the body, while two open-air yoga pavilions quiet the mind. If you’re looking for more action, you can explore the island’s pristine reef formations with expert divers through Jean-Michel Cousteau’s only Caribbean scuba center, or rent one of four yachts to catch local mahi mahi—then have the chefs prepare it for you beachside back at the resort.

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Dive like Jacques Cousteau

While scuba isn’t new to the islands, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Caribbean Diving Center—run by Jacque Cousteau’s son, Jean-Michel—definitely is. Opened in November 2015, the school is part of the remote Petit St. Vincent resort, which occupies an entire 115-acre island and offers access to some of the Caribbean’s least trafficked dive sites, including a sponge garden and a 100-year-old shipwreck. And you never know when Jean-Michel himself might drop in to offer an impromptu ecology lesson.

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