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We are located on the caribbean ocean side to the North of St Vincent. It is 5mins walk down the hill to the beach which you will often have to yourself. We are an Academy, Diving & Hiking Center teaching students from all over the world.

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Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Private room


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Miro User Profile
March 2017
My stay at this place was kind of a mixed experience. The location: it's in the northwest of the island (closest village: Chateaubelair), so when coming from airport, you need to take a taxi (40 USD) to Kingstown, the capital of SVG, from where you can take a minivan to Chateaubelair (approx. 1,5hrs, 6 XCD + double charge for luggage). From there, it's a particularly steep walk to this place, approx. 45 minutes, so if you come with a lot of luggage, better be prepared. Once I made it there, I was welcomed directly and lunch was offered to me, which was very nice, as it was around 1:30pm and I haven't had a bite yet. It felt like a warm welcoming, so I just dropped my bags and went to the main house for the lunch. I was kind of surprised on check out, when I was asked whether or want to pay by cash or credit card - meaning: I had to pay for the lunch. Definitely, it should have been communicated that this nice "offer" is not for free (as it felt like). Guess, no good things come for free, haha. During my stay, the Wi-Fi was not working (at least not for me, as I couldn't connect with none of my 3 devices). I pointed out that problem, but no one was willing to restart the device, which sucked, as I had to do some further trip planning and could not do so. On check-out, no one could give me a lift to the village to catch a minivan back to Kingstown (though I could see a car standing there), so I had to walk with all my luggage again 45 minutes to Chateaubelair (which would have been just 6-7mins by car). Furthermore, not all the hike possibilities are good to go, as there were some cases of robbery around and the weed planters are not happy about "visitors". On the other side, the room was very clean and the bed comfy.

Johnathan User Profile
November 2016
Richmond Vale lies at the north end of St Vincent. It is about an hour or more drive from Kingston. The bus made it in 1:10 and cost 6ec. By comparison, the taxi upon departure was 70USD. The accommodation is modest and efficient. It is clean and secure. The window opens on both ends and has screens, so it gets cool at night when the fan is on. There is a drying line just outside the windows under the eve, so wet clothes will dry overnight. The main area is large and open. The architecture is mindful of Scandinavian minimalism. The high ceilings and open wall allows for grand views of the ocean and ocean breeze. We did a two tank with Jesper on the north coast. It was a simple affair and reasonably price at 120$. The reef is healthy and visibility good! There is not much diving pressure on the north coast, so chances are you will have the place to yourself. Jesper and Tyson will tailor a dive to your liking. I suspect a significant wall dive will be found soon as much of the area seems to undocumented. But given Tyson's local knowledge and Jesper's enthusiasm, this dive area will be better documented in the future. Overall, the place is more or farm stay/backpackers than a hotel or resort. The students engaged in sustainability studies do all of the cleaning, most of the cooking and provide an international feel to the place. It is a large farm and has several buildings to accommodate very large groups. David gave us a tour of the gardens, orchards and water systems. The solar system provides all of the electricity in conjunction with a massive battery bank. The views are amazing and since you're at the end of the road, there is no traffic. The meals are simple and completely organic, often with vegan/vegetarian options. Carolyn & John
Jesper User Profile
Response from Jesper:
Thanks very much John and Carolyn for your wonderful review. It was great to hear stories about what you do and that you enjoyed your time with us during your stay. We look forward to your visit again in the future.
November 2016

Paul User Profile
October 2015
Had a great time at the Richmond Vale Hiking Center. The place looks a bit different than on the photos and St. Vincent isn't touristic at all but everyone there will welcome you and you'll meet a lot of new friends. The food was also great!

Jonathan User Profile
August 2015
The host John was very welcoming and a couple other ladies that worked there sat and briefly talked to me, other that that, i felt like I was an inconvenience to them. I had booked a diving class with them, and they cancelled on me two days befroe I was to get there. The hike I did cost me $75 american, which everyone i talked to said is way too hich for some water and a couple a plain cheese sandwichs. THere was a cute pamphlet in my room that highlighted all they offer, learn about their horses ( the horse lady would barely speak to me ) massage )there was no massage available , falls hiking guide (they pointed and gave me verbal directions ( scuba diving which i already said was unavailable) . I also sat in on a somewhat interesting lecture on poverty and education that I wanted to discuss with the lady that gave it, and asked her to come talk to me about it cause its a topic I am interested in, but she never did after ample opportunity. I was stuck down in the far wing by myself and felt like an outsider. You would think that residents would be encouraged to talk to guests to spread the word on what they are doing there, if nothing else, then to raise awareness and maybe money for their cause.

Richard User Profile
April 2015
Richmond Vale Academy/Diving and Hiking Centre has been the highlight of my time in St Vincent and the Grenadines. For many of you who do not know what the academy is, it's a school that trains volunteers to work as humanitarians in developing countries. (URL HIDDEN) Not only that, it is a certified PADI dive centre, who offer some of the best and cheapest dive certification in the Eastern Caribbean. The reef is right off the beach, so there is no need to boat to offshore reefs. Hence, costs are reduced significantly. I am a solo traveler that likes to venture off the beaten path and meet new people. When I decided to bike tour through St Vincent, I wanted to hike La Soufriere, an active volcano on the north end of the island. Richmond Vale is located in a remote area at the base of the volcano. They offer guided hikes of the volcano with a local guide who has summited the mountain more than 300 times. There are many other options to hike on your own through rainforests and to cool waterfalls right from the centre. Or if you want, you can just relax on a deserted black sand beach, go bird watching or explore the neighbouring village of Chateaubelair, where you can eat, drink and meet very friendly locals. The food at the Academy is simply amazing. I haven't eaten this good in a long time. All food is organically grown by students and volunteers at the centre. They offer an inexpensive set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, creating an opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world. The private rooms are basic, clean and quiet with shared bathrooms. Laundry and filtered drinking water is available for free. Jesper and all the volunteers were all very friendly and welcoming making my stay an unforgettable experience.

Victor User Profile
January 2015
Nice accommodation for those who enjoy a few days in magnificent nature. The volcano tour is highly recommendable. The food available in the accommodation is too expensive at $20 a day.

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Richmond Vale Academy's Nature and Hiking Center is located at the North Leeward side of St. Vincent, Eastern Caribbean.
The Nature and Hiking Center is part of Richmond Vale Academy, a Non Profit Organization. Here, we train voluntees to go to development help projects in Central America. Also we are engaged in different activities involving sustainable farming, education and enviromental protection in St. Vincent. We live a collective life in an international enviroment. Teachers, volunteers and workers from all over the world, with different backgrounds and cultures work and live together. Guest are welcome to socialize with our group but it's not a must. You can also come to immerse yourself in the peaceful nature surrounding us. When you choose to stay with us or enjoy one of our activities you help us to fund our current humanitarian efforts.

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