Petit St. Vincent Island History

Using lumber from Trinidad and hand-quarried, native volcanic stone, workers build cottage #2 up on the bluff overlooking Conch Bay, circa 1966.

Petit St. Vincent Island History

Petit St. Vincent resort began with hard
work and a bold vision.

Our story begins in 1962, when the late Hazen K. Richardson II., (known as Haze to his friends), fresh out of the Air Force purchased a 77-foot schooner JACINTA along with his flying buddy Doug Terman. Together they went into the charter business.

En route, they met an agent who agreed to sell charters on their boat. Their first customer, Mr. H.W. Nichols of Ohio, expressed interest in purchasing an island. The following year Haze and Doug sailed the Grenadine chain in search of that perfect island. Anchoring at Petit St. Vincent, which was then uninhabited, they learned that the island was owned by a woman who lived on the neighboring island of Petit Martinique. Though it was rumored that she would never sell, Haze and Doug persisted, and were eventually invited into her home to talk. A deal was struck, and arrangements were made for Haze, Doug and Mr. Nichols to purchase the island and to build
a small hotel.

In May 1966, Haze and Doug returned to Petit St. Vincent to clear the necessary land. There was no water, electricity, food or communication. They lived on JACINTA for seven months, plucking their meals fresh from the sea. In need of an architect, the Swedish architect Arne Hasselqvist, who just so happened to be sailing in the areaat that very time, met with Haze and agreed to design the 22 cottages and main pavilion. Hasselqvist also created many of the first homes on Mustique. Though the initial plan had been to find a manager for the hotel before completion in December 1968, Mr. Nichols asked Haze to stay on as a “temporary” manager. He did, and as time wore on, he eventually became the full owner of Petit St. Vincent.

From the start of the resort, PSV received rave reviews and became the place to go for well to do guests looking for that quiet getaway. For years, it has been home toa loyal, repeat guest base longing for the simpler days of the Caribbean before hotel chains made their mark. PSV became the first hotel in the Caribbean to be a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and one of the first hotels to be featured in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

Two more adventurers discover Petit St. Vincent

In January 2007, Robin Paterson was sailing through the Grenadines on his yacht ZANZIBAR when he first spotted Petit St. Vincent, and fell in love with the island. By coincidence, two years later Robin’s friend Philip Stephenson sailed past the island on his yacht GALILEO and also became infatuated with its charm and beauty.

Phil and Robin resolved to purchase this spectacular island in 2010 and to further invest in it to continue the legacy and integrity of PSV while adding to it with their own vision. Some of the new additions are renovated cottages, a new beach bar and restaurant, and hillside spa.

Already described in many “Top 10” lists as the perfect hideaway, the two friends have continued to keep the island in the ranks of an “ideal escape for successful people whoare secure enough to leave things behind for a while” and for those who enjoy the independent nature of life that only Petit St. Vincent can offer.
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