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Sugarapple Inn
Friendship Bay, Friendship, Bequia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Friendship B&B and Inns
Colchester, Essex.
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“Sweet!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

As promised last year we've returned to the wonderful Sugarapple Inn At Bequia's Friendship Bay. It's testament in itself that we've returned within a year, almost to the day. Here I sit in a light and airy studio apartment overlooking the bay, the caribbean sparkles and the islets of Batowia and Baliceau loom out to sea. Mustique, which we'll sail over to on Friday, will soon twinkle on the horizon when the sun sets. Fetching up Bequia and S'apple was like returning home, to a home in the sun, with lovely warm hugs of welcome from Cilla and Ronelle, both of whom do everything to make your stay comfortable. Our equally well-travelled friends have just flown over to join us for the final three weeks of our trip through the Grenadines and they too are pleased and impressed with Sugarapple, it's been a wonderful find and a place we'll return to, wherever elsewhere we might travel, during the year. And in a couple of hours time we're off to eat at Fernandos - much vaunted and recommended. Let's see how they do. Watch this space. But there's no doubting Sugarapple - a sweet treat in the Caribbean.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Northern New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We would not disagree with a single positive thing offered by the other reviewers here, but we would offer a couple of cautions. First, if you are annoyed by barking dogs, prepare to be annoyed. This is a Caribbean island and there are lots of families with dogs and their dogs sometimes bark. They are near the hotel. Second, if you have any mobility problems, be aware that the inn is on a steep hillside and there are multiple steps to get anywhere on, off, or within the property. For instance, there were 47 steps, up and down, between our room and the pool. Third, two sides of the inn front onto streets that have some traffic noise. If this is the sort of thing that wears on you, you should go elsewhere.

But those caveats offered, we found all the positives others noted to be absolutely accurate. The rooms are neatly maintained, the breakfasts filling, the breezes endless, and the people extremely pleasant. We are trying someplace else on the island next year, but that is only because we like to "shop around." The three items above aside, the Sugarapple is a great place to stay, with superior access to the finest beach on the island!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Cilla and the team at Sugar Apple are the best!!! We have stayed there for the past 6 years and will be back again and again. We love the Friendship side of Bequia as there is always a sea breeze. We hike and walk the island so we know all the secret/best places to hang out but the Sugar apple always is home for us. Bequia is not for everyone, no all-inclusives, no 5 star dining but absolutely the nicest people you will ever meet.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Cila - manager is very resourceful and helpful. Bequia is a hidden treasure in the Caribbean. Some mosquitoes though :-). The island is very affordable. This hotel is situated at the middle of it. Everything is accessible with small vans or taxis.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We stayed at the Sugarapple Inn for 12 days back in January 2013. Cilla and the gang made our stay very nice. The place is very clean and well kept. The view is nice of Friendship Bay but try to get the rooms on top for a better view. They have a nice place to BBQ in the evening. They provided a local cell phone already programmed with numbers of places on the island. We had beach chairs to bring to the Friendship Bay beach which is not more than a 5 minutes walk. The room was very bright. The only thing I would suggest is to bring bug repellent because when the winds die down, the mosquitoes get out. The a/c is great but it is always better to get a nice breeze from outside. They picked us up at the port when we arrived and Franklin was there and brought us to the bank. Which we waited over one hour but he stayed with us. Cilla even organized an island tour in St-Vincent for us since we had to wait over 5 hours before our flight back to Ste-Lucia. We will be back at the Sugarapple Inn. Last thing, you might not be close to town but there is plenty of taxis and local buses that passes by all the time so you hardly ever wait.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brockenhurst, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We got back this morning after a memorable 5 day stay at the Sugarapple Inn, which far exceeded expectations.

We loved the Sugarapple from the moment we arrived much earlier than envisaged (about 9am), and were told by the very friendly and efficient Cilla at reception that we could use our room immediately. She could have sent us away until the afternoon, but as it was we had just about a full extra day there. First impressions of the room were amazing. We had a big sleeping room with a huge bed, as well as a sitting room/kitchenette with shuttered/ventilated windows on two sides.

Each of the two blocks has four apartments over two floors, and each one has the same arrangement. Very airy and light. The Sugarapple is only 5 minutes walk down to what we feel is the best beach on Bequia. It is long, with lovely fine golden sand, and hardly anyone on it. The sand slopes down gently into the sand, and there are the occasional good sized waves to add a little fun. You can walk through the adjoining high-end Bequia Beach resort and stop at the bar/restaurant there if you like. The Sugarapple supplies excellent beach chair backpacks for guests (they are already in your room rather than you having to ask for them) to take with them down to Friendship Bay beach.

The bed was comfortable. The bathroom and kitchenette were clean and everything worked. A perfectly adequate complementary buffet breakfast is available every morning up on a raised, covered area, and we found this to be very sociable....we met lots of like-minded people there. There is no restaurant as such, which is probably right for the Sugarapple. They don't have enough guests to justify it, I guess. We ate out most evenings, and cooked at home once. We didn't use the pool, which seemed quite shady in the afternoon, but it was a good size and warm. We preferred the beach.

Frequent dollar buses stop right outside the Sugarapple. The fare is EC$3 for two people into Port Elizabeth or back. We took this into the town and back during the day, but as the buses stop after about 7.15pm, it's probably best to catch a taxi back after that time, and the fare was consistently EC$20.

All the staff at the Sugarapple are friendly, warm and helpful. They even have a delicate little cat, Nellie, who will visit for a cuddle if you like.

We loved the Sugarapple Inn. It represents great value. It doesn't try to be something it is not. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Usk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed with a couple of friends for 3 days in January and wished it was for longer. Cilla was amazing, looking after our every need. There were loads of thoughtful extras provided such as deckchairs with cool bag attachment. The rooms were well furnished spacious and bright. We enjoyed the pool, used the BBQ provided and found the breakfast delightful. Well done to everyone at the sugar apple inn.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Friendship Bay, Friendship, Bequia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Bequia > Friendship
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Friendship
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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