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The Old Fort
Historic Estate | Bequia, Mount Pleasant, Bequia (Formerly Old Fort Country Inn)   |  
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“High quality guesthouse, full of character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

From the first moment we arrived we loved this guesthouse, high on the hill of Mount Pleasant and with breath-taking views. We would recommend it to anyone. We chose to "hedge our bets" with a 4-day stay at The Old Fort and a 5-day stay at the Bequia Beach hotel, so that we got plantation style character as well as a bit of hotel luxury during our time on Bequia. The Old Fort was better than expected. Clearly this is not 5-star luxury, but the bedrooms are beautiful, spacious and have everything you could want - and it all works. We had a gorgeous Caribbean-style four-poster with the ubiquitous mosquito net, plus two sofas and a little kitchenette. Our daughter's room was also very attractive with its dark wood and white nets over the bed. They look like rooms you might read about in a novel. Even the wifi was reliable (and that can be a problem on Bequia). You can choose to eat in, at their small dining area on the verandah where crickets and birds serenade you under the moonlight (ahhh!) and they will cook excellent meals to your request, within reason. Our only slight quibble was that it was quite a task to find out how much anything cost - there are no price lists! So we approached each meal with trepidation, unsure how much we were adding to our bill. In fact, the costs were in line with a meal in a normal restaurant in town, though we thought the wine was a bit more expensive. The pool at The Old Fort is fabulous, with flat sunbeds which are fixed in the shade, and some deckchairs in the sunshine. Note to Quirin from my sunworshipping daughter though - some proper moveable sunbeds would be nice!
If you are wanting to stay at one of the plantation hotels, and don't know which one to choose, then here's some advice, as we checked out the other two visually- Sugar Reef and Firefly. First, they are all lovely places and you wouldn't be disappointed at any. The accomodation at Firefly is definitely the best - it's in a different league, but also more costly. Sugar Reef has two completely different types of accommodation. There are three new rooms on the beach, small, but with stylish driftwood furniture and lovely beds, so if you don't mind having no pool they are a good option. The beach is very pretty, but be aware that this is the Atlantic side, so in windy weather (fairly common on Bequia) you can get big waves. Then they have the French House, which is a huge old house on a hill with five refurbished rooms and wonderful views. The place oozes plantation character, with enormous verandahs and a big sitting room and library. If you were visiting with other friends (eg at Christmas) we thought this would make for a very atmospheric holiday. But bear in mind that the restaurant, bar, and reception are all by the beach, so that's a three-quarter mile walk or drive away. If you were just one couple staying at Sugar Reef's French House then you might have to share the common parts of the house with strangers, (be aware that the windows of the master bedroom open onto the shared terrace) or if there were no other guests you might feel a bit isolated...? For the comparison of pools, both Firefly's and The Old Fort's pools are pretty equal, but Firefly has lots of good sunbeds. Sugar Reef has a small pool, not much bigger than a plunge pool, at the back of The French House and does have one or two sunbeds. Both Sugar Reef and Firefly have full restaurants, atmospheric, with lots of tables which attract quite a few outside guests. The Old Fort's restaurant is much smaller, more intimate, with more of a "guesthouse" feel, but we can vouch for the excellent meals. Hope that helps you make up your mind!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

The Old Fort was delightful for our group of 20. We really enjoyed the panoramic views. The staff was polite, competent and provided for every need including gourmet meals on site. The rooms are nicely appointed with comfortable furnishings. The owner checked on us frequently, telling us about the Old Fort and the rest of the island. He arranged several outings for us which we found to be worry free and exactly what we were looking for. A short car ride to the beach provided some breathtaking views as well. The beaches are lined with cafes and bars. The crystal blue water was very warm and proved to be excellent snorkeling. The island is small and easy to get around. The Old Fort seemed ideally located on a secluded, breezy mountainside but still very near all the other island attractions.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Lymington, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

To stay at the Old Fort at the top of Mount Pleasant, is to experience a different side of Bequia that is unique. Its a part of Bequia that most people don't experience, and to enter the Old Fort is like going back in time and being a part of a different life style. The views across the waters on this Windward side are beautiful and there is a peace that enriches the soul. King King and his family have lived here for years and they give one a different aspect of Bequia that is totally different from being down by the beach and near to Port Elizabeth. I loved the feeling of being part of their family and the history of their restoration of the Old Fort.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Immingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

I was at the old fort in january with friends and i have to say it truely was life changing.
my holidays in my younger days were nightclub orientated but i feel like i have finally found my niche and grown up,the old fort in Bequia is my target destination next jan and probably now will become an annual institution.
The accomadation is stunningly located high in the hills of Bequia where owning a Landrover is pretty important.
The rooms are stunning and no brochure could possibly do it justice it ,is heaven is a place on earth.
My room was the bridal suite and the views were magnificent.
During our stay we made friends with a local taxi driver called Donavan who became a friend and he was our chauffer for the whole week which made things so much easier.
The kitchen area was brilliant for preparing meals,just like home from home.
I relaxed so much by the beautiful pool and what a fantastic start to the year after xmas festivities.
I would recommend Bequia and specifically the Old Fort to everyone who wants a truely caribean adventure however if you like things lively then maybe stick to Barbados.
Anyway enough from me and i will be back in jan 2013

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

This was a week to remember at the Old Fort. We were there for a wedding and it was by far the most memorable vacation I have ever had. We had the sunroom on the top floor, and the view was amazing. This place is charming and very private, there are no TVs for a restful vacation, there is WIFI available though if needed. I think I can speak for the rest of our family staying there that we all would highly recommend it. Quirin is a very sociable, knowledgeable host that checked in with us every couple days to see how we were and if we needed anything. The food was excellent, there is a pool that felt wonderful to go in every day to quench the 26 degree day and night warmth. It is a ways from the quaint little town, but it can be walked to, just a bit of an uphill trek to get back. Donavan was our weeklong taxi driver that took us wherever we wanted to go, we recommend him also. This was a vacation I will always remember as the most unique place I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Located among the beautiful and unscathed Grenadine islands, the Old Fort sits atop Mount Pleasant on Bequia, the most charismatic of them all. I wanted a private, quiet, romantic, non standard, warm, totally relaxing, fun but very interesting place to visit on our very special 11-11-11 vacation. My research brought me to the Old Fort as fitting the entire expectation list.

If you want all inclusive, crowded beaches, in your face merchants, countless run of the mill excursions, shopping, loaded buffets, exotic hotel rooms or villas with jacuzzis all sitting on an ocean, for a few thousand dollars, then DO NOT GO TO BEQUIA or any Grenadine Island for that matter. You do not want the above things as per my wish list for the ideal getaway vacation.

Would you like to fly into Barbados airport, jump a 19 seat twin otter plane for a ride with a view you only see on television, beautifully treed islands with golden beaches surrounded by turquoise waters, a prearranged private open air taxi when you land, an enchanting historical drive on a narrow roadway lacking traffic, where the driver knows every one of only 5000 inhabitants on the island, where the temperature is a constant 30 degrees day and night with a magical palm breeze and set foot above a mountain top as you stare at a magnificently restored 19th century small historical charming and very private old fort nestled among the most romantic and absolutely gorgeous flora and fauna you have ever set eyes on? Then GO TO BEQUIA, or St. Vincent or Mustique, or Canouan, or Union or Palm Island but you can ONLY stay at The Old Fort on BEQUIA, the Big Little Island, as it is affectionately known.

My new fiance and I (got engaged at the enchanting and magical fort) stayed 11 days and have recorded it as the getaway vacation of a lifetime.The host Quirin (the residents only know him as Kingking) treated us like family; whatever our little need was, he immediately had a solution or was quick to retrieve something. Kingking is one of the charming sons of the founder, Otmar Schaedle, They found a place in Paradise and unveiled it for all of us to see and experience. You do not stay or visit the Old Fort. You "live it".

Yes the Fort is a little away from the major beaches, restaurants, bars and shopping such as it is. That's a good thing. The island is less than 30 square miles so you get around it in no time. You can easily go to the places you want during the day by easily accessible taxis (or walk) and retreat to the Old Fort for the absolutely beautiful setting of the evening (I loved the dining ambiance). the Old fort provides a very special opportunity to do the things you love to do in the Carribean but have all the peace, beauty and romance of a fairy tale. Bequia itself is charming and beautiful and has one of the world's top beaches, which we shared with never more than a dozen patrons in this off season (yes I am serious). It is not very developed as in much of the Caribbean but the friendly people and charm of the island made us feel welcome and comfortable.

Nobody I have spoken with since our return has ever heard of Bequia, let alone seen it. The visitors we met said sssshhhh, don't tell anyone. But hey, I love sharing and The Old Fort and Bequia is a place that every person should experience at least once in your lifetime.
Kingking, his brother Robin, even their dad Otmar whom we got to meet, along with Shara the everything lady, Josiah, the master chef and handyman, and Sheldon, the groundskeeper, along with Nera the cat who slept with us several nights, the friendly dogs and two donkeys all made our experience at The Old Fort, Bequia, and the breathtaking Tobago Cays a memory of all time. (DO NOT VISIT THE ISLANDS THERE AND NOT SEE TOBAGO CAYS; BIG MISTAKE!).

Of course this trip was an "11" out of 10!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

After visiting over 40 islands in the Caribbean, Bequia offers the "true Caribbean experience." This is not your average getaway with an ocean view. It is a crafted space, filled with character at every corner. I had the pleasure of staying for three weeks and enjoyed every bit of space I could explore. If you have a choice of islands and places, this is one you should not miss.

With the fairytale, fort-styled, stone buildings, filled with rooms that defy description, there never was a dull moment for the imagination. The Old Fort is a tranquil place too, away from the hustle and bustle of the harbor. The infinity pool, with hidden hot tub tucked into its private "cave", puts the perfect finishing touch to this unique place.

The Port Elizabeth harbor, on the opposite side of the island, is warmer, too warm in fact, and lacks the westerly breeze of Mt. Pleasant. Cool breezes and open spaces start each day and mid-day entertainment includes watching ships sail by on the open sea below the balcony overlook. The full moon only adds to the beauty and I highly recommend being there for that, or a new moon night for counting stars.

The walk to town is virtually all downhill and makes for a pleasant stroll. Taking a taxi back is by far the easiest, although catching a ride is not impossible for one or two travelers. For convenience, the Sugar Hill Store and restaurant is only about 10 minutes away from the Old Fort by foot; they have enough to meet your basic needs and snacks (just check on their hours of operation).

The history of the Old Fort is unique and you would benefit by asking Otmar and Quirin about it (father and son). Be sure to check out the display of artifacts found on the property, from its earliest inhabitants. There are many paths and places nearby to explore on foot.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Historic Estate | Bequia, Mount Pleasant, Bequia (Formerly Old Fort Country Inn)
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Location: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Bequia > Mount Pleasant
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Mount Pleasant
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Large plantation buildings rebuilt from an ancient ruin, a historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, elegant suites located in various areas of the expansive property, a selection of balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views of the turquoise ocean, a grand swimming pool with waterfall, a separate kids pool with grotto, an open air & inside bar, a club room lounge with spacious sitting area and fireplace, beautiful custom-designed showers, large lush inside and outside tropical gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, grand living areas with high open ceilings, several nature trails leading through the estate to amazing viewing spots located just above the ocean, two beautiful beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys, dogs and cats (kids love them), and a trained courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen with its delicious menus and numerous international as well as local specialties. ... more   less 
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