I stayed at the Sugarapple Inn over the New Year's holiday (Dec o6/Jan07) and highly recommend it. If you're the kind of traveler who has already found your way to Bequia -- the kind who appreciates small intimate hotels or often rents your own house, meeting friendly locals, exploring on your own, likes an island that isn't overrun with large commercial properties -- this is the place for you. If you're the kind that likes big resorts where everything is catered to your every need and desire, don't go to Bequia.
This was my third stay on Bequia and my first at the Sugarapple. I will definitely go back. The Sugarapple is a cross between an inn and having your own apartment.
The owners and everyone who works at the Sugarapple from the the manager to the cleaning women to the gardner are the embodiment of the word friendly. My mother's luggage got delayed and the owner lent her her own clothes to wear. We asked for a lime from the tree for cocktails, the gardner Julien brought us ten.
The rooms are clean and cheerful, tasteful and simple. We had no problems with the mosquito netting (the trick is to tuck it under the mattress.) There's a ceiling fan. There was no need for A/C. The inn is on a hill and gets great breezes that keep the bugs away and the sleeping comfortable. The beds are very comfortable. Each room has a little kitchen and sitting area with nice views if you like to make your own meals.
(The person from Florida who who wrote one of the previous reviews clearly hadn't read the website or other reviews.) There's a lovely manager named Cilla who's in the office from about 8-4. She'll make restaurant reservations for you, arrange taxis, book sailing trips, arrange for food shopping to be done for you in advance of your arrival if you'd like, etc. The Sugarapple will also give you a cell phone to use during your stay and you just need to buy a sim card for a few bucks -- then you can do everything on your own. The phone we were given had all the restaurant and taxi numbers pre-programmed in it. EASY.
The pool is refreshing. It's a salt water pool which is more eco-friendly than chlorine.
A large part of what made our stay there so pleasant was meeting Lionel and Anna the owners, Cilla the manager, Yvonne the cleaning woman, and Julien the gardner. Wonderful people who are proud to share their island with you.
When I read these reviews, I always wonder about the POV and expectations of the people writing them in order to put the review in context. So to give you an idea: I live in Manhattan, work in a glamorous business, travel frequently domestically and internationally. Have stayed in 5 star and 2 star places. For business travel, I certainly prefer a hotel with lots of amenities for convenience. In cities like Paris, I vote boutique 3-4+ stars. For beach vacations, I like low-key destinations, un-Disney-fied. I like island hotels that don't have phones and TVs -- to me, that's the point of going.