Seclusion thy name is Petit St Vincent. This private island in the Caribbean is the ultimate luxury antidote to the chaos of modern day life. Formerly discovered by US airman Haze Richardson whilst sailing in the Grenadines in 1963, the island has since been bought by business moguls Phil Stephenson and Robin Paterson, who have reincarnated the property to a rather sublime state for its guests.

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Petit St. Vincent was one of the Caribbean's first private-islands, where hotel rooms were a thing of the past, and each guest had their own cottage set amongst the beaches, hillsides, cliffs, and coves of the 115 acre retreat. There are 22 cottages on the island, either with one or two bedrooms, all built with stone and wood in order to blend in with the surroundings.

There are no televisions or telephones in the cottages - so this really is a place for a digital detox. Communication on the island is done via colour coded flags - hoist up a yellow one when room service is required, and red to signal no disturbances. There are a few creature comforts to make guests feel at home, rather than literally on a desert island, such as Nespresso coffee machines and Bose I-pod docks.

Fortunately such seclusion does not mean that the quality of food has been sacrificed. Belgium chef Frederic Cougnon heads up the main kitchen and the food is terrific. There is also a beach bar and barbeque, and the staff would be more than happy to create a picnic for guests wanting to explore the nearby coves.

There are plenty of activities on offer on the island, such as yoga and water sports, and not forgetting the new hillside spa which has four open air treatment rooms. The neighbouring islands can easily be reached by boat, and there is an 18-hole golf course on nearby Canouan. Charter a boat to explore the neighbouring islets, or simply lay low with a good book and hopefully not hear a peep from anyone.

Why we love it

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The old age flag system is as good a communication tool as any - Haze Richardson and co didn't need telephones or internet, so why should we?

Will, Original Traveller

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Key Info

Number of rooms

22

Eco Rating

2

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The Frangipani

The Frangipani

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