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All reviews beach front friendship bay bequia beach lobster night half board lovely hotel high season beachfront suite atlantic side laid back perfect caribbean sound of the waves st vincent half mile large balcony main restaurant the ground floor
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is a beautiful and high quality hotel on a truly lovely island.

It was our first visit to Bequia and we were most impressed with the place, people and the hotel.

The hotel is the ‘retirement project’ of a private owner, and he has done a great job in turning his vision into reality. The grounds are lush and spread out and the rooms and facilities are all first rate.

Our room was one of the least expensive (OK, cheapest) and that meant a climb up quite a few steps. One older couple found it too much and were moved. The advantage of our garden view room was that it was on an elevated position and therefore more private than most. There was no-one either side of us, so it was quiet, too. The hotel was less than half full and most of the sea front rooms seemed unoccupied. Alas – as is our luck – an upgrade didn’t happen.

The room itself was much smaller than the one we’d occupied the previous week on another island, but it was of an excellent quality and very stylish. The bathroom was very modern.

We had a half board week and the dinners were invariably excellent. The food from Emmanuel’s team was always exquisitely presented. Breakfasts began with a platter of carefully prepared mixed fruit. It was mainly continental, with a choice of eggs. The menu was a little odd, though. For example, you could help yourself to tomato from the buffet, but if you ordered one with your eggs than there would be a charge – as for hash brown and other accompaniments.

If you book bed and breakfast and eat other meals at the hotel (and like wine), then you’ll need a reasonable budget. Drinks are moderately priced – and the bar staff are great fun.

For the first days we really missed having a morning tea or coffee in the room – as the facility wasn’t there. Then we noticed on the hotel’s website that it was available in all rooms. We asked why we didn’t have it and were told that we had to request it first. Pointless and a little annoying: if you advertise it, then it should be there. There was a room fridge which kept water at a steady 17C. We never found out how to cool it.

All staff members we encountered were charming, friendly and helpful.

Friendship Bay is quite large and there rarely seemed to be many people about. If you like to snorkel, then there’s a reasonably interesting reef to the west of the bay. However, the Atlantic’s influence means there are usually waves – sometimes quite powerful ones – close inshore right in front of the hotel.

We spent a day or two on Princess Margaret Beach (lovely) and Lower Bay (even better, in our opinion). Lunch and a few drinks at Keegan’s on Lower Bay is pleasant and very inexpensive. You can walk from Princess Margaret Beach to Lower Bay by climbing a few steps at the south of the beach that leads onto a short path. The water at Lower Bay was as clear as crystal, with much sea life to view around the reef.

Port Elizabeth has something of the old Caribbean about it: small, and relatively quiet but with several supermarkets and shops. There are good restaurants and bars alongside the harbour. We usually used taxis to take us into Port Elizabeth ($10 inc tip each way). However, if you don’t mind the local experience you can go from the rear entrance of the hotel, flag down a local bus and squeeze in with the locals. It depends on whether you value comfort and have a preference between paying either $20 or $1.50 for the return journey for two.

A trip to the turtle sanctuary was a pleasant way to spend two hours or so.

There was one issue that may not bother many people, but caused us huge irritation: the hotel’s so-called ‘wifi service.’ We needed to exchange emails on a daily basis with our business, and I also like to download my newspaper and get other information. But it rarely worked. We spent hours trying to get and send messages – sometimes wandering around the hotel to find a router that was working. It was irritating and cost time we didn’t want to waste while on holiday.

If you are leaving Bequia by air, don’t spend too much time ensuring that your bags are packed carefully: your clothes are all going to come out at the security check in the airport. They are very pleasant about it, though.

In summary: The Bequia Beach is a lovely hotel that we recommend. It’s on our ‘go back to’ list – and will move up the rankings once we know for sure that we can communicate with the outside world.

Room tip: If steps aren't your thing, make sure you make that clear when you book.
Date of stay: March 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Cardiff2
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We did a day pass to the hotel after working in St. Vincent for the week. We were warmly welcomed, sipped delicious rum punch on a beautiful relaxing spot on the beach, and enjoyed a 20 minute massage. I look forward to visiting again (hopefully for more than a few hours!!)

Date of stay: February 2014
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Thank Deborah M
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Recently spent a week at this resort. We received a very warm welcome which included a lovely rum punch and were personally shown to our amazing room. It overlooked the beautiful gardens and the ocean and our veranda became one of my favourite places to sit. We thoroughly enjoyed meals at both the Bagatelle and the Blue Tropic restaurants on site. We felt the service, particularly at breakfast, was a bit 'hit or miss' as sometimes the staff were very attentive, other times you felt a bit ignored. Perhaps a little more management of the waiting staff would be beneficial. Loved the fresh fruit platter at breakfast and it was so wonderful to sit and eat right next to the ocean, with a view of Mustique just across the water. The pool area is stunning as is the private beach. Enjoyed jogging on local roads most mornings, felt very safe. Taxi drivers are real characters and it's a short drive from this resort into Port Elizabeth, which is worthwhile. Also, very much appreciated the delicious birthday cake and chilled Prosecco in our room on arrival.

Date of stay: February 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank JuJD
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

After traveling the island you learn that this hotel is the only property which has a walkable beachfront, easy swimming and a lovely view of Mustique across the bay. The rooms are tastefully decorated and very well maintained. Breakfast was included and service was above par. We chose to have dinner most nights at the hotel and were pleasantly surprised with the quality of both service and food despite the fact that the dinner menu is limited. The staff was always helpful and Florinda graciously arranged our request for a rental vehicle at the last minute.

Room tip: We would definitely recommend a beachfront room for the ambiance and the view.
Date of stay: January 2014
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2  Thank maggie44113
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

This was our first visit to the Caribbean for a very long while, we were looking for winter sun in a relaxed atmosphere with no hassle and we found it at this wonderful hotel on this lovely small island in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
We were met at the airport by a taxi and a member of the hotel reception staff and by the time we arrived our drink of choice was waiting for us, our cases disappeared and we relaxed. It continued in this way for the rest of our stay.
Dinner in one of the two restaurants was always good with an interesting menu, breakfasts were included with a good range of fruit, meats bread and cheese and/or cooked at no extra charge. the main restaurant was right ion the beach, an unspoiled crescent of pale sand disappearing into an azure sea.
The rooms were extremely well appointed, with quality bathroom fittings, plenty up furniture, air conditioning and a comfortable balcony/patio.We looked out onto beautiful well attended gardens leading to the beach.
All staff were so friendly, smart, welcoming and helpful; nothing was too much trouble for any of them.
We stayed for two weeks and with a few trips to other parts of the island and other restaurants, usually booked for us by the hotel and with music and dancing in the sand some evenings, we had plenty to occupy our time. Thoroughly recommended.

Date of stay: January 2014
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1  Thank Roger S
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