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“Orchard Apartment in Bequia - Disappointing!” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Orchard House
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“Orchard Apartment in Bequia - Disappointing!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

We rented the apartment for 6 1/2 weeks. While the first several weeks were fun as soon as the owners arrived the stay went straight downhill. The Mrs. was extremely rude and we were made to feel completely unwelcome. We have travelled every winter and never have been treated so unhospitably. We were to have internet access and this disappeared as soon as the owner arrived because the set-up is meant for only one user. The owner claimed the bed was king sized it was a generous double at best. The owner claimed the apartment was recently renovated this would be true if one considers recent to be 1982. We met with other Canadians and Brits who advised us that they had similar experience with this property. A huge warning to folks who decide to stay in the apartment the rain water seeps in through the floor during heavy rains and on our last night we woke up to a lake. Very dangerous to walk in as the floor is tile. Would not recommend this rental to anyone. Our best advice is to shop around as there are many spots that are nicer and that are priced quite reasonably and where hospitality matters.

Bequia was beautiful and the people (other than Orchard Apt) are friendly and warm in no way did our bad experience with the Mrs. taint our vacation. We would love to return to Bequia one day.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2010

We rented the house and Apartment for almost a three week stay in Bequia. What a great place to stay!!!! There were two families. One family of four with two younger children and another family of 3 with one young child. Total 7 people. Plenty of room for everyone. The house was very clean and a house keeper came in twice a week to change bedding,do laundry( even our laundry),clean and make sure we were well looked after. The house keeper was a wealth of info for helping us with our vacation. Orcard house has air conditioning which was needed during our stay becuse the temperatures were in the high 90's. This allowed us to get a good night sleep so we could be well rested for our adventures the next day. The beds were all very comfortable, The kitchen was well equipted and cell phones were supplied ( prepay as you use) to help with getting taxi's for transportation around the island- we had young children.
The location of the house was great, you are walking distance to the main area of groceries and resturants. It does have a steep slope of staires that you have to climb to get to the house but the accomidations made it worth the climb as well as the jumping in the pool to cool off. The views on the deck were amazing!!!! hard not to relax with those views.
Orchard house gardens are well maintained and beautiful and if you hit it at the right time there is fresh fruit to be picked by the gardener. He even gets the coconuts down for you to try- the kids loved it!. The only draw back to this home was that the apartment was a bit dated , furniture needs to be updated and the climb up the stairs to get to the house. However with this in mind, Orchard House has too many positive features to pass up. This place was an excellant choice for our vacation in Bequia. We would return again. We loved Bequia!!!!

Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2007

Bequia and Orchard House we miss you already!!!!!! My husband and I just got back from our island hopping trip. Bequia was our second stop. We'd been to the island many times before however had never stayed on the island. I wanted a place we could call home for 4 nights, a studio apt. which would be in walking distance to town yet have the feel of a villa tucked away in the tropics. That is what you will find at the Orchard house. To clarify, the Orchard house is a charming house with an apartment on the lower level. We stayed in the apartment and lucked out because no one was staying in the main house at the time. The property has a bit of a steep climb up several steps to get to the house but the slow ascent gives you time to take in the stunning foliage and trees, including many fruit trees, just gorgeous!!! There is a large piazza-like area in front of the house with a pristine tile soaking pool - perfect for watching the sunset as we did every evening - even in the rain!!! The patio is lovely, perfect for dining al fresco. The apartment is spacious, furnished modestly yet adequately. The queen sized bed was comfortable with nice linens; we slept very well! This place just grew on us each day and we didn't want to leave when the time came. It is literally a 5 minute walk to the restaurants and shops in town. It is easy to get a cab or a water taxi to go wherever your heart desires! We will definitely stay here again and would love to rent the whole property with friends; that says it all. I also want to mention that the property owner responds promptly to email inquiries and that was comforting when planning such a trip.

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2007

There's 2 types of people who visit the islands of the Caribbean. Those who like big, brash resorts, with all the amenities of home and those who like small independent hotels/guest houses/apartments on a quiet rock populated by a few thousand people and nearly as many chickens and goats. If you love the 400+ room "All Inclusive " style hotel, then save yourself 10 minutes of your life, scroll to the bottom of this epistle and tick the unhelpful review box.

For anyone still reading, if you don't alraeady know Bequia, then a downloaded map of the island will greatly enhance your understanding of what's where on this delightful piece of the West Indies.

Anyway, Pennie (my wife) and I stayed in the Orchard Studio just outside the main town of Port Elizabeth.

As the name implies it's a studio apartment, part of a house with a three bedroomed apartment upstairs. It has a large double bed, bathroom, well equipped kitchen, lounge area with a small television carrying roughly 50 channels of cable broadcasts. The electrical sockets are the classic British 3 pin variety - those from outside the UK will need adaptors. There's a number of paperback books to read and a booklet containing useful information about the apartment itself and Bequia as a whole.

And, A/C.

Now I know "cooling sea breezes" are all the rage and far more enviromentally friendly. But after a hard day of eating, drinking and general lounging around in the tropical heat, what I really need is the delightful switch on and offableness of air conditioning. With the doors and windows shut and the mosquitos where they belong - locked outside. Sorry. I'll plant 3 trees in my back garden to make up for it.

Outside there's a private balcony with table and chairs overlooking the coconut palms, banana trees and other hummingbird visited fauna of the garden.

Shared facilities with the rest of "Orchard House" upstairs include a sun terrace, loungers, outdoor shower and plunge pool/jacuzzi. This latter overlooks the natural harbour of Admiralty Bay, so you can sit in it with a cold Hairoun beer and watch yachts of various sizes come and go. Since both sides of the property are shielded by trees and hedges, and you're 30+ feet above the road, the only people who overlook you are the upstairs residents. And, joy of joy, Pen and I were the sole occupants of the residence for 15 days. Say no more.

There's a maid Pam who comes in midday on Wednesdays and 09-00 on Saturdays, a very friendly, helpful taxi driver called Lubin who'll pick you up at the airport and get in some first night provisions for you. The property manager Dennis is available for any major house hold emergencies.

The property is a gentle 3 minute stroll downhill to the Belmont Walkway. This is a concrete walkway along the deliciously lapping water's edge. Turn right past a dozen or so eateries/bars/small bars and you'll be in the centre of Port Elizabeth in a further 5 minutes. Turn left, climb a slightly steep coastal path and you'll be on the secluded Princess Margaret Bay in 10 minutes. If you plan to stop at this point take a cool bag of drinks as there's no bar on this beach. However carry on a further 15 minutes over the next slightly less steep headland and you'll be on Lower Bay. A lovely beach, though it does get very busy around the cavernous and over rated De Reef beach bar on Sundays. Better to visit the next door bar "Dawn's Creole kitchen" - do try the fabulous fishcakes.

Some, but not all of the above, can be reached on the "dollar" minibuses which pass by the gates of the property, though these can be overcrowded and can involve a fair wait at times. The converted pick up truck taxis will take you anywhere you wish to go. A sample of their fares is as follows:-

Orchard to town centre - 10 EC dollars (2 GBP)
" to Lower Bay - 20 EC
" to Industry Bay - 30 EC

So, Orchard Studio is a well appointed, superbly positioned place to stay. And at 50 GBP a night in high season, very good value.

I have but 2 criticisms - and I'm being really pedantic here. Firstly the 30 or so steps from the road could be difficult for those with walking difficulties. Secondly a couple of umbrellas would have been useful given the potential for very heavy Caribbean showers.

I will write to the owner with this observation and I'm sure, given the well run nature of the whole venture, it will be addressed - the umbrellas that is - I think fat lazy tourists like me will still have to walk uphill every now and then.

So what's Bequia itself like then?

Some call it paradise, I don't know why.

The beaches are great. In addition to the already mentioned, there's the Atlantic coast. Friendship Bay is a beautiful stretch of sand. With the "World famous" Moskito bar on it. Quite tasty food, but way over priced. In fact anywhere which claims world fame, you can be assured will have Guiness book of World Record prices. Mind you Johan, the Swedish chef, is a real character when out on the pull - I can reveal no more.

Then there's Industry Bay a couple of miles up the coast. Really cute place with a delightfully friendly Inn, the Crescent Beach. Walk in at 10am say you want to eat at 1pm and sure enough it will be ready on time. For the intervening 3 hours you can just walk in and out and help yourself to beers/soft drinks from the fridge. Just tell the bar staff (if you can find one of them) how many you've had when you leave.

5 minutes walk along the road brings you to Park, home of the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Well worth a visit if for no other reason than off the rocky beach is the best snorkelling on the island.

But you know, these beaches don't make this place great. There's way better in Thailand, the Seychelles, Indonesia and the Maldives. And I'm sure other places I haven't been.

Sure the water's warm and crystal clear, but not a patch on the Red Sea, once again the Maldives, nor the outer Indonesian islands. If you've been to the South Pacific I bet you could add to this list.

So what about the restaurants then?

L'Auberge des Grenadines was the best (and most expensive) food we had - fabulous fish in green peppercorn and subtle ginger sauce for me, an amazing rare tenderloin with Bernaise for Pen. Both with exquisitely cooked vegetables.

The Devil's Table has great decor, excellent service and, twice weekly party people of the island drawing, reggae nights. Mind you, greedy pigs like me may bemoan the portion sizes.

Tainte Pearl's has the most amazing view over Admiralty Bay, particularly at sunset. Just don't mess with the huge maitre'D Garfield. He may throw you over the edge, or worse still serve you a second rum punch.

Fancy a well cooked meal, excellent service, sports ranging from Superbowl to Six Nation's rugby in air conditioned luxury?. Then look no farther than the Salty Dog the island's best sport's bar.

But you know that still isn't what makes Bequia. For example the food is more varied, much cheaper and, in the case of fish, much better cooked in most Far Eastern countries.

It's not even the sailing on the Friendship Rose schooner to Mustique, Saint Vincent or the Tobago Cays

Bequia is beautiful, from the beaches to the rolling hills of Spring. It's beautiful, but the people so much more so.

From the moment you are driven out of the airport, you're greeted by waves and smiles, you can just feel the laid back warmth of the island.

Sit for an hour in the Green Boley, drinking beers and take in a roti. Listen to Liston the owner tell you, through a whiskey induced haze, how he's going to give up tomorrow and leave the bar for his kids to run.

Watch the world go by outside the Porthole as the locals say "Hello Mr Taylor" to the proprietor as they walk past. And pity the children who are cheeky enough to say "Hello Lennox" to him. They'll be greeted day after day by "It's Mr Taylor unless I somehow managed to go to school with you".

Take your sorry butt that extra half a mile into Hamilton during one of the evening street services. Hundreds of people singing, dancing, raising their arms in a loud "Hallelujah". Trust me, uplifting and infectious no matter what or in whom you believe.

Make friends in the Sailors.

Be entertained by taxi drivers like Kenny and Creamskin.

Travel round the nightly parties including the Thursday night "Jump Up" at the Frangipani (though, trust me, don't bother with the buffet) and the Whaleboner on Mondays. You'll meet loads of locals like Soul Jah the water taxi driver (don't leave your wife/girlfriend alone for too long though) or Mike who does tours to neighbouring islands for lunch, snorkelling or people watching on Mustique.

Have a coffee and pastry in Lina's as Bequia walks past.

If you're really brave, take on Andre, the joint owner of the Salty Dog, at backgammon. You'll find him most late afternoons in De Reef. I still say the it's a soul less place, but possibly made significantly better by the lethal rum punches. I've anaesthetised people with less potent medication!! Anyway, Andre is one of life's throwbacks, a genuinely nice guy who'll be nice for the sake of it. He gave us a tour round half the island just because he wanted to be friendly. Cheers Andre.

But please, don't take him on at backgammon - ever seen the film "The Hustler"?

So Bequia.

Some people call it paradise. Nowhere's perfect to my mind. There's always a better mixes of people, culture and natural beauty to find. But they're few and far between. I would place Bequia easily in my top 5 ever holidays.

However.

I have been to this idyllic place only once and I'm worried. Creeping MacDonald'sisation is on the way.

Cruise ships are arriving. The wrinkly, fat, lazy, "just like we've seen on cable, and it's duty free" US dollar will soon drive the economy.

Don't believe me? Tommys Cantina (Mexican) and Macs (Pizza) outsell every local food outlet every single night.

Dawn's - she of the great fishcakes - has her prices in US dollars when the boat's in town.

So in summary, the Orchard Studio is a fantastic place to stay on a true West Indian gem of an island. Go now. But please DON'T tell anyone about it.

Don Henley beautifully observed in the Eagles "Last Resort"

"You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye"

Take care, DrMike.

PS. No one who's been there will agree with this, but, Fernando's is distinctly average. And don't whatever you do sit under what appears to be the serving hatch. Elbows in your ear at a rate of 3 every 5 minutes as people start paying.

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Property: Orchard House
Address: Belmont, Port Elizabeth, Bequia
Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Bequia > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Port Elizabeth
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orchard House is a newly restored, luxury three bedroom villa with spectacular sunsets and views overlooking the yachting paradise of Admiralty Bay, with a separate one bedroom studio, which can be rented as a whole or separately. Both are fully air conditioned and have WiFi and cable TV. Orchard House and Apartment is situated about 100metres from the white coral beach at Admiralty Bay where a five minute walk along the famous boardwalk takes you past the many beach front restaurants into the town centre. The house is set in approximately one acre of lush tropical garden dominated by mango trees and several coconut palms with oranges, limes, lemons, avocado and banana palms, hence it's name! The house is surrounded by a tiled terracotta terrace with a covered balcony for outdoor eating and for admiring the views and sunsets. The outdoor pool has a jacuzzi with lighting. Orchard house sleeps 6 guests in 3 rooms which are light, airy and very stylish (plus an additional two guests in the studio). ... more   less 
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Orchard House Bequia/Port Elizabeth

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