St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Among the “Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012” By David Swanson

hottest travel destinations of 2012: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A string of 32 islands just south of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has long been an under-the-radar getaway for the jet-setting elite. But recent developments—including a $240 million airport set to open on St. Vincent next year—are making the region accessible to a broader audience. Built on volcanic black sand, the new Buccament Bay Resort (St. Vincent; 877/502-2022; doubles from $1,024, all-inclusive, three-night minimum) has 90 light-filled villas that gaze out on a secluded white-sand beach. Twenty miles south, tiny Mustique remains a playground for the likes of Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger (and was a runner-up honeymoon pick for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

A handful of new villas are now available to rent from the Mustique Company (villas from $7,000 per week), including the four-bedroom Mimosa, a contemporary affair with a pebbled infinity pool, private chef, and dedicated utility vehicle for exploring the isle. A more affordable option is the four-bedroom Liselund, on a hillside overlooking the sea.

Nearby, the 44-year-old private-island resort of Petit St. Vincent (doubles from $1,050, all-inclusive) has reopened after a top-to-bottom makeover: 22 stone-walled, thatched-roof cottages are done up in earthy tones and driftwood palapas now line the beach. There’s also a waterside restaurant and a tree-house-style spa, where an open-air hot-stone massage is the perfect end to the day.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by urlan on January 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    We have won such accolades before but sadly the powers that be never took advantage.


  2. Posted by Saadiss on December 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    This is definitely a feather in the cap for SVG TOURISM…my only concern is with a little misinformation in the mentioning of the 240 million airport set ” to open next year”…to those outside of SVG…pay attention, the cost of the airport is in excess of 240 million whether you put it in US or EC…and the “open” is not next year but rather an indefinite date in the future.


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