My wife and I stayed at Sugar Reef in February 2013, and we're sure it will always be a vacation getaway we will never forget. The primary aspect that drew us to Sugar Reef was its location abutting a nature preserve on the northeastern of the island. Nestled in a cluster of green hills with a panoramic view of the turquoise ocean (Industry Beach) and rolling green hills, the closest neighboring property to the French House was barely in earshot. In fact, the only thing you could hear was the steady murmur of breaking waves and tropical birds. And this is exactly what we wanted - nature, peace and privacy.
Granted, we happened to be the only guest staying at French House at the time (other than Sugar Reef's super talented interior designer, Jonathan Berger, who happened to be doing some finishing touches on the nearby restaurant). Nonetheless, considering the layout of the house and open terrace, there is plenty of shared space to accommodate several guests....not to mention our super accommodating house attendant, Rosie - who served us breakfast every morning, made our bed and answered all of our "tourist" questions with a warm smile.
Having stayed at both the beach house and French House (Baliceaux), we really got to experience Sugar Reef inside and out. On arrival, we were greeted by Christine and Devon, who were brought in to run Sugar Reef during it's initial launch. On a side note, if you run a hotel and need someone to run it better, Christine and Devon know what they are doing! I wish I remembered their last names, but I'm sure Sugar Reef owners (Heather and Emmet) could get you that info.
Our first night there we stayed in one of the beach rooms - the perfect transition from Brooklyn, NY!!! The sound of the waves rocked us both to sleep like babies. Getting to walk out the back door, just steps from the beach, is an amazing experience and feeling.
First day, we laid out, did some snorkeling (there is snorkeling gear available to use....and a kayak) and had a wonder lunch at the restaurant. Keep in mind, Industry Beach is on the windward side. By no means is it like the north shore of Maui, but it can be a little rough. The day we were there, it was a little too windy to kayak...and a little too stirred up for snorkeling.
We settled for laying under the palm trees with a rum punch from the bar and a good book to read at Industry Beach.....an excellent first day in paradise.
For nights 2-7, we stayed at the French House, which as mentioned, provides stellar views and nature-induced peace and quiet. Yoga on the terrace, dip in the pool, nap in the hammock, star gazing at night....it's the ideal life for lounging...or as they say in the Caribbean...liming.
Now, with all this praise, keep in mind that Bequia is not for everyone.
We really appreciated Sugar Reef website's "Go or No" section, as it's easy to see that Bequia is not for everybody. In other words, if you can't live without A.C. (not that you need it anyway) and television (there is wifi) or don't like mosquito netting over your bed, then Bequia is not for you. But, as mentioned, this is exactly the kind of getaway my wife and I were looking for.
You will want to get out and explore the island (something which we will do more of for our next visit). You may want to consider renting a car. You will definitely need to take a cab if you want to go into town ($30EC one way) or Princess Margaret Beach ($50EC or about $20US one way). I'm not sure what the daily rental for a car is, but I imagine you will save in costs for an extended stay. We wanted to explore Moon Hole, and probably would have if we had rented a car. Not that it wasn't suggested, it was simply our choice to be more homebodies this time around.
Also, keep in mind that the walk down from French House to the restaurant/Industry Beach is a 10 minute walk (roughly half a mile). While it's no problem going down, it's a workout going up. No problem for my wife and I (we're pretty fit), but you should keep this in mind. Lucky for us, our hosts were super kind and offered to drive us back to the French House. If you stay in one of the beach rooms, you need not worry as much about transportation, unless you're going into town....
If you are staying in the French House, buy some food in town. The Sugar Reef restaurant is amazing, but since the French House has a kitchen, you might as well buy some odds and ends (i.e. rum and punch). The continental breakfast is definitely better than your typical "continental" breakfast (fresh fruit, banana bread, yogurt/granola), but after 7 days straight, you're probably going to want some variety. I personally recommend mixing your passion fruit with the yogurt and granola :) The honor bar (beer and soda) was very appreciated. $5EC Hairoun beers isn't bad at all!
I did hear that you can enter the water by the turtle sanctuary (not really worth visiting on its own, imho) and drift snorkel around the north tip leading into Industry Bay. This is not for sissies, though. While it always looks scarier standing from the shore, you don't want to do this if it's your first time snorkeling.
My advice is to definitely spend a day out at Princess Margaret Beach and adjacent South Bay. The waves are super calm and the snorkeling (southern end of Princess Margaret) is fantastic. Had a great dinner at a restaurant on the Lower Bay (forget the name!) right on the beach, but I heard that several of these "Locals" restaurants on Lower Bay are good. Jacks (on Princess Margaret) just seemed like an overpriced trap for the sailboat traffic.
I also hear the Friendship Rose boat to Tobago Kays offers the best snorkeling (something we will do next time). Be sure to book well in advance (they only sail a couple times each week). You can do so at their office on Port Elizabeth. On that note, I recommend taking a walk around Port Elizabeth (on the seawalk) by the water. Nice setting to grab a drink and do some liming.
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