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Sugarapple Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Friendship B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

I did a lot of research before choosing the Sugar Apple Inn for our 8 nights on Bequia. I was looking for an affordable place that wasn't too far from town or a beach, with a pool that would be convenient for our family with two small kids. Cilla and her staff were amazing-- they greeted us with hugs when we arrived and our beautiful room was bright, clean, and decorated with fresh flowers. The staff was wonderful with our children, and anytime we had a question or a need there was someone there to help us out. A really nice touch was the cell phone that was included with our room; as we had other friends staying on the island it was wonderful to be able to stay in touch with them. I highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay there again if I am back on Bequia.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Anyone who is looking for value for money on the island paradise, would do well to consider the Sugarapple Inn, overlooking Friendship Bay. This is our fourth time to Bequia and first at Sugarapple. We would not think twice about returning to Sugarapple only unless we opted to rent a private home. All of the staff are very friendly and accommodating wanting to be sure that you are comfortable and well looked after. Inn Manager, Cilla, is very thoughtful and conscientious about all of her responsibilities to you as a guest. Her husband, Franklin, is available to provide taxi service as needed and arrange car rental if you wish through them. Tilla is responsible for preparing and laying out the extensive continental breakfast that is provided every morning from 7:30 a.m. in the lovely patio overlooking the property. Tilla prepares the home baked goods fresh everyday and you can count on a good cup of coffee or special tea if you prefer. She is very kind and thoughtful and wants to be sure that you are satisfied with what is made available to you. The small salt water pool is a wonderful feature that is not available everywhere. The kitchen facilities in the porches of the units are sufficient for preparing your own meals with fridge, stove and oven, toaster, blender, kettle and french press for coffee making. Ceiling fan provides an alternative to the AC which is provided. TV is satellite. WiFi included is appreciated. While 220 volts is the norm for the island, each unit has one outlet which is 110. This is pretty remarkable and very helpful for Canadians.

The location of Sugarapple is ideal for those who wish to be on the Friendship Bay side of the island. It is a 30 minute walk into harbour but not everyone will want to do this. Buses are readily available morning til dark for $1.50 EC (.75 CAN) and of course taxis are available for hire for $20 EC to harbour. Being just above Bequia Beach Hotel, dinner is available at Bagatelle with just a 5 minute walk through the property. It is quite beautifully developed though more sophisticated than the usual for Bequia, which has its pros and its cons. The appeal of Bequia is that it is unspoilt by westernized resort development. We did find that restaurant staff were reluctant to give us better seating as they want to hold it for the hotel guests though occupancy is low and most dine after 7:30 on Bequia. We did persuade them and enjoyed being close to the crashing surf of Friendship Bay. Meal was fine though, as with most places on Bequia, fish is your best bet.

Just one major consideration when choosing Bequia as your vacation destination: it is habit forming. If you like this kind of simple island living you will not be able resist returning. And Sugarapple will offer you a warm welcome with any return visit, I am certain. They are that kind of people there.

Room Tip: I would try to get an upper suite with a view of the Bay next time but am not sure whether there are...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Kathy P
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

This is the kind of inn you dream about when you're at your desk at 4:00 p.m. on a dreary Monday in Janurary. I've stayed at $450/night resorts and have been to 11 other islands in the Caribbean, and this is the kind of place you're always hoping to find. You can see the waters of Friendship Bay, swaying palms, green hills and brilliant blue skies from the kitchen/patio windows of rooms 1 & 2. We always kept the shutters wide open so the breeze continually kept us cool in the room without that awful too-cold feel of the a/c. Cilla and inn-cat Nell were as wonderful as all the reviews said. And they just started offering a free continental breakfast! The coconut/pineapple muffins, banana bread and fresh baked bread were heavenly, but the best part was meeting the other guests every morning over coffee or tea while everyone got their slow start to their slow day! The walk into town is perfectly doable and good exercise. Lower Bay is only 1/2 hour walk away and is definitely the "place to be" for hanging out at the beach. The Bagatelle restaurant, the closest to the inn, is expensive with small portions but very, very, very good food. We ate there twice and were very impressed with the quality of the food. Fish cakes, mashed potatoes and peas sounds about as plain as you can get, but they made it gourmet! The Devil's Table, behind Coco's in town, has the best atmosphere and food. The Frangipani's Thursday night steel band/bbq is definitely popular but the steak was so tough is was inedible. Great atmosphere, though. De Reef and Papa's were also very good. The taxi into town is only $20 EC each way (about $8.00 US), and we never had trouble getting a taxi, although we were never out after 9:00 p.m. You'll be on first name basis with several taxi drivers and have their cell numbers within days of arrival. The location isn't in the "heart" of the action, but I liked being on the Friendship side of the island rather than the "Lower" side because of the breeze--the harbor side could get awfully hot when the wind stopped. Bequia has a loyal group of Canadians who come year after year, generation after generation, who are friendly and welcoming to a fault. They'll talk your ear off! And I absolutely have to say that the locals were the friendliest I've ever met in the Caribbean. There's not the tension between tourists and locals that you often find in the big cruise-ship islands. I think it's because the tourist population isn't so transitory, but tends to rent houses for months at a time instead of just coming and going in waves every few days. Every song Jimmy Buffet ever wrote was about Bequia!

Room Tip: The incredible views are best from Rooms 1 & 2.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

We stayed for 10 days from 11.01.2012 having booked very last minute the weekend before. Cilla sorted everything for us and is a delightful person and host. The combination of Cilla looking after or residential needs and her husband Franklin looking after transport was perfect for us. The Sugarapple Inn like the island of Bequia has everything you require for a relaxing, fun and comfortable holiday. Great beds, excellent and quiet aircon (if you prefer cool to the windows and doors open approach), very well equipt, airy authentic Bequian design and setting with a wonderful outlook over Friendship bay which is a two minute walk from the garden gate. For people that like to experience the real thing when they are away the Sugarapple and Bequia provide it in spades.

Room Tip: All suites are similar and have a lovely outlook, but the higher ones also offer views of the bay.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Boxerjacko
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

i stayed there for three nights in august 2011 very nice view was clean but one of the air condtions would switch of which could be very annyoing and we also found a cockroach in our bed!! while sleeping and when i was about to shower there was also another cockroach!!!!! eww but overall it was really nice and quiet would go again.

Room Tip: higher floors a definatly quieter espically if you have kids
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank shaniceidowu
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Vincie, Owner at Sugarapple Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2012

Thank you Shaniceidowu for your review, and we are happy to hear that you would visit us again. Your review comes 5 months after your visit, and I wish you had brought your issue with the AC and the bug to our attention right away so that we could have dealt with it immediately. What you encountered was a water bug which looks like a roach. These critters will occasionally fly through the windows at nights and if not discovered will eventually make their way to the bathroom where it is cool, and where there is water. If you do visit us again, we trust that all will be well. Cilla or any of her staff will be very happy to help you with anything you may need.

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Reviewed 21 January 2012

We stayed here for a week in May. The apartment was great and the pool was lovely. The owners are very helpful and friendly. The Friendship Bay (big hotel next door) was closed and having building works when we visited so the area was very quiet and the beach hadn't been cleaned so there was a lot of vegetation washed up on it. We went into Port Elizabeth to eat and go out every day.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

I stay at the Sugarapple Inn on August 19-20,2011. The staff is excellent and the manager was so nice. I love the color s and stuff in the room. Franklin was excellent Tour Guide he is married to manager there at Sugarapple Inn. I love this place and plan on come back next year. Its a gem in bequia and nice place to set back and relax.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Friendship Bay, Friendship, Bequia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Bequia > Friendship
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Friendship
Price Range: £72 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sugarapple Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Introducing Sugarapple's newly refurbished beach cottage, and exciting additions to the Sugarapple Inn. Adjoining two bedroom apartments steps away from the water at Friendship Beach. Each unit sleeps four with one king sized, and two double beds. ... more   less 
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