|First and foremost, this island is about beaches! Two miles of
them wrapping almost continuously around the shoreline. The Atlantic
"cottage beach" shown above has a small pier to enter the water for a
swim and snorkel over coral reefs, or for just sitting and enjoying a day
PSV is also about garden walks and hiking - it has stone stairways to hidden trails, mini-moke paved roads winding along cottage flag poles, and delightful evergreen tunnels pruned from tropical trees.
One day we decided to do some exploring and first walked along the beach toward West End. On the far side of Conch Bay, we could see Cottage 1, secluded at the end of a trail on top of a foliage covered bluff.
At the end of the road, we found a mini-moke turnaround with a well placed bench for viewing panoramic ocean vistas and most of the hillside and beachside cottages. We thought it was a great spot for taking lots of pictures too!
From this location, the cottages are numbered from left to right starting
with #1 that was on the other side of Little Bluff. We noticed that
Cottage 2 is on the same hill and has beautiful views across PSV and Conch
Cottages 3, 4, and 5 are also high on a hill and overlook the Atlantic. The picture above shows 2 on the left and 5 on the right; 3 and 4 are hidden behind the hill. These are near the Atlantic beach shown below.
Cottages 6 through 15 are scattered along the beach as shown above. Thick tropical foliage separates one from another. Numbers 16-19 are on an east side beach near the main dock and watersports equipment. This cluster of accommodations have an adjoining small beach located at the end of a short walk.
Cottages 20-22 are set on the side of Telescope hill near the dining pavilion and have vast panoramic views of the southeastern part of the island.
Husband Kenneth, the serious hiker in the family, decided to walk to
the top of Marni Hill which rises 275' above sea level. He said that
the path is well marked, but is steep in places, so wear your sure-footed
He was rewarded with a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean and entire east side of PSV. For reference, Cottage 1 is on the leftmost land point jutting out into the sea and Cottage 18 near the main dock is at the rightmost point.
While Kenneth was hiking, I strolled a short distance down the road to the terrace bar and ordered myself a pina colada (or two - it took him awhile). The resident parrot entertained me by snacking on some fruit and chattering to everyone who stopped to watch him.
By the time he returned, we were ready for the beach. We walked
back up Telescope Hill Road and took the stone steps near Cottages 21 and
22 down to sea level near Cottages 8 and 9 - you'll see that this is another
way from the main dining room and bar to the Atlantic beach if you
check the map.
And so, thus ends one of our walking tours at PSV. We've barely touched the surface of the whole island and surrounding beaches - so many places to explore, reefs to snorkel, waters to windsurf, and tennis games to play. Or sometimes, we just did nothing but sit and enjoy relaxing in paradise.
|Getting There: Most guests fly to Barbados and then take
an afternoon one hour commuter airline to Union Island where PSV will have
a boat waiting to take you to the island.
We always use Ulf Carlson of Olson Travel, a Caribbean specialist, for all our airline, resort, and transfer reservations - visit his website for more information. My Grenadines Travel Tips can be found at this page.