I have reviewed Sadewa before and I believe my biggest testament is that I returned.
Bequia in my eyes is the crown of the Caribbean and Sadewa the Jewel..
If I were being paid to do a “ringer” review it wouldn’t be this effusive. I just don’t want too many people finding out about Bequia or Sadewa.
Nitty gritty, the place is wonderfully appointed. Take a device that can “cast” thru blue tooth. You will always need a car. With that, pick folks up. You can give them 45 mins out of their day back. I had an arrangement with Pam, who took care of the house to call me, so I could pick her up.
Kwesi and his team always strive to make your stay the best it can be.
Trying to work on dates for next year.
The photos are right on target. The place is very large and well furnished. Hilltop location with views of the water. You will need a car (drive on the left). They will arrange for the car at a good price if you want. Everything on the island is a short drive away. Notice I said short, not easy. Drive slowly and you'll have no problems. Beep at blind turns.
The villa did not disappoint. A hideaway screen projection TV (6x8 or so) which links to your laptop is nice. Bedrooms and living room have individual A/C. Baths are better than most villas offer (all tile, high end fixtures, and in one case coral scrap and stone floor). Patio areas are spacious. Gas grill (we used it, same as home).
We've been to Bequia a number of times. Now that it's been written up in Conde Nast
it could become crowded. Go while it is still quaint and laid back. The beaches are very nice. Be sure to eat at Mac's Pizza, and Sugar Reef restaurant (you could throw pebbles into the water from your table at Sugar Reef, candlelight dinner on Saturday night.
Would stay there again.
PS re mosquitoes, there are some depending on the weather, but bug spray and A/C kept them at bay just fine. Pool is about 4.5-5' throughout, keep an eye on little kids.
Oh how I wish I was back at Sadewa in Bequia instead of freezing in the cold. We had a fabulous time. Bequia was the perfect destination for us. Slow with a vibrant nightlife and lots of great places to eat. The beaches are excellent, be sure to visit Princess Margaret beach.
Sadewa was the perfect location for us on Bequia. While only 5-10 minutes driving from everything we wanted to access, it was in a very quiet residential area where I couldn't see or hear our closest neighbor. It's definitely finished and cared for like a private, up-scale home. From the very first day it felt like we could stay there forever.
We hope to go back tomorrow, if not then sometime soon. :-)
We were a little hesitant to stay at Sadewa considering the reviews of bugs and aging decor, however I'm so glad that we did. The property was recently renovated and everything was absolutely immaculate. The host was pleasant and the very responsive to all our requests.
We love the completeness of the house. It doesn't feel like a rental property at all and feels more like a very comfortable, well-appointed home. The pictures doesn't do it justice because there have been a number of upgrades since they were taken. For example, we loved using the home theatre with the projector screen and invisible in-wall speaker system. We also loved the convenience of having an SUV at our disposal for the entire trip as taxi fees to add up.
If you plan to rent Sadewa definitely order ahead for some groceries so you don't feel rushed to go shopping when you arrive. Also get the SUV, it's worth it. The beaches are about 5-10 minutes away and the town is 5 minutes away.
Mixed feelings - the villa was obviously built and furnished to high standards however the awkward layout and lack of recent proper maintenance means that the facilities aren't as you'd hope and expect. For instance, there is no access to the beautiful balcony you see in the photos as both sets of doors are too weather damaged to open, some of the outdoor furniture is seriously dilapidated, wear and damage to interior furniture and fittings hasn't been rectified, some doors have fungus growing on them, indoor furnishings are becoming grubby, curtains don't fit, mosquito nets are yellowing and ripped, the audio visual system wasn't working on our arrival (we fixed it) nor was the washing machine or the water/ice dispenser mechanism on the fridge freezer. The fridge was warm and insect infested when we arrived. Not all bedrooms have air conditioning. The car we paid to use was untaxed. On the plus side, the pool is great and well kept, the view is beautiful, all the rooms are large and airy, the bathrooms are well appointed and the kitchen is fully equipped. We were here in the low season and paid a reasonable rate but even so we were a bit disappointed. The maid was fully aware of some of the issues and I also mailed the owner at the beginning of our 3 week stay, however his only response was to request a review after our departure. I have photos to back up this review.
We cannot say enough how much we both needed this vacation and had what we needed met in spades! From the time of booking through to our departure, Kwesi was attentive, responsive and flexible...ensuring that the fun of planning and the relaxation of vacation were our top priorities. We arranged ahead for groceries - which you can choose to do or not as there are several good grocery stores in Port Elizabeth...but at least we didn't have to worry about it on our first day. Having a car to use was a serious plus - gave us flexibility, air conditioning and good horse power to get up the hillside roads! The villa just was a perfect location and great place to "lay roots" on this gorgeous island.
The house is just as pictured and described by others, but let me share just a few observations and suggestions. Firstly, the house has everything you need as far as appliances, kitchen tools, towels, a bug zapper, sun screen, air conditioning, fully furnished, etc. But the most thoughtful thing - there are both U.S. Type B and U.K. Type G outlets...and they're everywhere. Yes, we're on vacation, but the devices are a constant presence, and this detail is very welcome! Also, a new projector system (screen hidden above Marley ;-) ) with Chromecast was recently installed. Being avid baseball fans, we were able to keep up with the games and also play some music. Not every app supports it, though, but a good system nonetheless. And we loved the pool. A nice size, very refreshing, and I will be dreaming about the views for months to come!
Now...the bugs. Yep...everywhere. So, it's hard to tell from the pics, but the house has two wings separated only by the breezeway with the outside dining table and grill. We slept in the MBR in the west wing where the living room is also located. So we kept all windows and doors shut there, had the AC running the whole time, and this meant a bug-free, humidity-free zone to comfortably retreat to and sleep in. Would I have loved the Caribbean breezes at night? Sure...but that came with buzzing in our ears (the fly nets only keep out so much), so keeping things shuttered was a good solution for us. The other wing has the kitchen...no AC but gets the better breezes. I'll just say that we had to spray a lot of bug repellent around the cooking and sink area in the morning so we wouldn't get bitten just washing dishes. Also, we had brought a lot of our own bug spray and a bug zapper. It helped, and we got into a routine. But we found the beaches not to be that buggy, so splitting our time between there and the house also helped.
Places we loved: Princess Margaret Beach was just perfect - clean, not busy and Jack's just steps away with delicious run punches and great Caribbean style food. We also liked Lower Bay Beach and had a wonderful dinner at Sugar Reef (which has the best rum punch on the island).
This was a California House in the Caribbean. It's gorgeous and well appointed, but not everything may go as planned. Kwesi was just a text message away, and we are very thankful to him for the use of his beautiful property.
This property far exceeded our expectations and our expectations were high. This house is extremely private and the view is beautiful and relaxing. A big thank you for everything.