When you ask people to name places they’ve visited in the Caribbean, Bequia isn’t the first name you hear. This is an advantage. Especially if you want to enjoy all the beaches, beauty and local charm of an island vacation without feeling surrounded by more tourists than sandy beaches. If you’re looking for the ultimate escape, look no further than the newly opened hotel. Grenadine Villas Views of Friendship Bay Beach from the island’s top resort Bequia Beach Hotel.
Bequia Island It means “cloud island” in the indigenous Arawak language. It is part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, just south of the country’s main island, Saint Vincent. Although it is only seven square miles and has a population of just over 5,000 people, it has beautiful beaches on both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts, and lush rolling hills inland. While nearby Mustique is best known for its celebrity homeowners and guests, including Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger and the late David Bowie, Bequia’s more laid-back charm is best known for its Queen’s namesake. You can be satisfied with the picturesque Princess Margaret Beach, named after. A younger sister who came to visit from that star-studded island.
Bequia Beach Hotel was opened in 2009 by Swedish entrepreneur Bengt Mortstedt after several visits to the island. He first purchased the now-closed bed and breakfast and then purchased other adjoining properties to begin creating the resort it is today. Initially he had 10 rooms, but now he has 60 rooms on 10 acres of grounds, cottages and his villas are also attached to the estate. What could be more fun than having your own resort? Owning your own airline. Guests staying at the resort can arrange ‘Bequia Airlines’, his 9-seater King His Air B200, which can fly to the island from Barbados or St. Lucia.
Grenadine Villas is the latest addition to the Bequia Beach Hotel family and is located on a hill just a short drive from the main hotel building. Villa ONE and Coral Hill are scheduled to open in 2022, and The Rock (no relation to the movie star) is scheduled to open in spring 2024.
It has six bedrooms and more than 7,000 square feet. Villa One is the largest of his two and offers stunning views of Friendship Bay as well as the nearby islands of Petit Nevis and Catre Island. The design is modern and comfortable, with large indoor and outdoor spaces offering luxury without being flashy. With a long sundeck flanking a private infinity pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi and gym suite, it’s the perfect retreat for large families. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, and our chefs will prepare special dinners. This is a great opportunity to make use of the villa’s wine cellar. The indoor area is fully air-conditioned if you want to beat the heat, and a dedicated butler and housekeeping staff are on hand to take care of your every need.
Upstairs is the smaller but no less stunning Coral Hill Villa, with five bedrooms spread over 6,000 square feet and offering the same amenities as Villa One. Both villas also feature a master suite with a private terrace (Villa ONE also comes with a private study) and private access to Friendship Bay Beach. Villa residents have access to all the facilities of the main Bequia Beach Hotel.
The main hotel building features a beautiful beachfront, main pool, cabanas, and a saltwater infinity pool just steps from the sand. Friendship Bay specializes in non-motorized sports, and the hotel provides complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, surfboards, and snorkel equipment. The spa offers a standard range of massages and beauty treatments. There are two restaurants on site. Bagatelle is the hotel’s main dining venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering classic Caribbean dishes and an abundance of fresh seafood. The attached Bequia Beach Bar is his main spot for evening cocktails. Also available is the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Blue His Tropic, which, despite its name, is located on a hillside. A short walk down to Princess Margaret Beach is Jack’s Beach Bar, also owned by the hotel, where you can enjoy cocktails and beach chairs with stunning views.
Star of the Sea is Bequia Beach Hotel’s 114-foot Italian yacht that guests can charter individually and is perfect for day trips, sunset cruises, special dinners, or even multi-day trips . His six suites include a master cabin with a king-sized bed, a Jacuzzi on the top deck, and plenty of underwater toys, including a Zodiac, wave runner, snorkeling equipment, kayak, and fishing equipment.
Getting out of your hotel (or villa) is a must. The island is easily traveled by car in the afternoon, and taxis are easy to arrange for any excursion. Hikers can climb “Ma Peggy” to the highest point on the island, or climb the Cinnamon Gardens and Bequia Head trails. If you want to spend time on a secluded beach, why not explore Hope Beach and Lower His Bay.Enjoy a cocktail bar 1 – The only floating bar on the island. Port Elizabeth is the island’s capital and is full of shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as boats and fishermen to wander around and chat about the day’s catch. Nightlife includes ‘Jump Up’ on Thursday nights. plumeria Enjoy Caribbean-style dancing along Belmont’s waterfront or spend the night at the Penthouse Night Club or with a live band. Papas.