Our recent stay at Sweet Retreat was our first visit to Bequia - and after talking with other visitors, there is no doubt that Sweet Retreat is the truly the gem of Bequia. The setting is idyllic. And the owners, Robert and Shelby, as other reviews have praised, are truly the most kind and generous hosts you will ever encounter. Their attention to detail made our stay there very memorable indeed. We are already booked to return next year! Situated on a small hill only a minutes walk to Lower Bay (the best beach on the island) the Sweet Retreat also has views to die for. The view from our balcony was stunning and each night we enjoyed having a cocktail there while enjoying the changes in the evening skies. With only 4 rooms, each completely sheltered from other guests with your own private balcony, the rooms are a good size with a beautiful bed covered in mosquito netting (we quite enjoyed going into our 'tent' at night but never encountered any mosquitos!), a small fridge, a safe, big ceiling fans (no a/c is needed) and a gorgeous big bathroom with hot water. The main level of this villa used to be a bar called Coco's, but now it is just a restaurant for guests, with a great space to sun in hammocks, and a lovely sitting area for breakfasts and dinners. Meals at Sweet Retreat are quite special, as Shelby is a fabulous chef and Robert is happy to bring in your favourite wine by request. Only guests at Sweet Retreat can dine there which means there are never more than 8 people dining at a time, and the prices are sweet too - only $30US for a 4 course dinner. We definitely had some of the best meals on the island right there, from the fresh fish to Shelby's special chicken crusted with hummus, to the breadfruit appetizer (to die for!) with her spicy sauce, to the fresh avocado salad, mostly picked right out of their garden. And breakfasts (included in the price of your stay) are again, delectable, with Shelby making fresh muffins daily (my husband especially enjoyed the sausage and cheese muffins!) and fresh picked fruit salad and fresh squeezed juice. . The 'restaurant' is only open to guests, so you will never have more than 8 people dining, which makes every meal very romantic and special. While Shelby is tucked away creating magic in the kitchen, Robert takes care of guests with a wonderful style. He is always around and available to help plan your day, or arrange taxis, and his meal service is impeccable. For quiet guests he simply gives you what you need and disappears, however if you want to chat - you will enjoy learning more about the island from Robert, who is well-known and well-liked by everyone on the island. With a great sense of humour and great story telling abilities - he is the perfect host. And the few times we caught Shelby out of the kitchen, you see what a great couple they are and how very much they love their life - and love sharing this beautiful island with their guests. Other pluses are that the Sweet Retreat is near a great reef (a few minutes walk down the beach) and Robert supplies all snorkelling gear at no charge. We snorkelled every day. And minutes away on Lower Bay Beach are three bar/restaurants if you want to dine on the beach. They also have a 'house taxi' driver by the name of Lenci, who is a sweetheart, and will give you a wonderful island tour. Whatever time you need him, Lenci is there on time, day or night. If you visit Bequia you must spend time at the Sweet Retreat for a truly special Bequian experience.
All rooms are equally beautiful. The lower yellow rooms have less stairs to climb (if that is an is...
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