PSV (VHF: 16,
closed September/October) was probably the first Caribbean
boutique hotel. It is a quiet and exclusive resort, where the
guests get pampered in secluded stone cottages. Each cottage has
a flagpole that is used to summon the room service, which soon
appears in a mini-moke. The hotel does well at top Caribbean
rates, probably the Caribbean's most successful small hotel.
It was built by the late Haze Richard son, who operated it from
its inception until 2007. The island and resort were purchased
in late 2010 by Phil Stephenson and Robin Patterson. The new
owners have invested heavily in renovating the entire island and
all the cottages. New additions include the yacht-friendly beach
restaurant Goaty’s Bar, and a new spa complex.
It is managed by husband & wife team
Matt & Annie Semark, along with an excellent local crew. The
main anchorage is shown on the chart. The current changes with
the tide, and if the wind drops, yachts swing about. The reef
off the dinghy dock extends farther than some think.
When you go ashore, keep in mind that this is a very exclusive
and luxurious resort, so please be respectful. If we are to
continue to be welcome, this is essential. You should only come
ashore by the dinghy dock on the leeward side. You are welcome
to walk along the shore and use the beach from the hotel dinghy
dock to the new beach bar and boutique. All other areas and
beaches are private, for in-house residents only, which include
the guest cottages and the western end of the beach, past the
beach bar. Private areas are clearly sign posted.
You are welcome to visit the main bar and restaurant upstairs,
though smart casual attire is expected for this (no bathing
costumes by day, or shorts and t-shirts for dinner).
Reservations are essential for dinner.
The hotel bar, with a great view of
the bay, is open all day, and it is a pleasant place to take a
drink ~ especially those frozen daiquiris and fruit specials
they are so good at.
Goaty's Beach Bar is more casual and built with visitors in
mind, so shorts, t-shirts and even bathing togs are fine, up
until sunset when slacks and a sports shirt or similar attire
are appropriate. It is open 1030-2200. Their menu includes
tapas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta, and grilled
seafood and meat.
On Fridays, the regular menu closes down and they have a beach
barbecue with a steel band. Come for the barbecue or just to
listen and visit the bar. On Tuesday night Barracuda's band
plays great reggae music. On many Mondays, they have a classic
movie night, with a big screen set up in the beach bar.
The spa is also open to people visiting on yachts, offering all
kinds of massage and beauty or health treatments. Guided island
and cottage tours are available on request after 1030. Book by
radio, phone, or ask in the bar or office.
since august 05