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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Fort, Boutique Hotel & Estate is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines dating back to the eighteenth-century when the French first started settling the West Indies. Set high atop Mt. Pleasant with an estate that stretches over 28 acres all the way down to the Caribbean Sea, it features acres of orchards and views to beat anything you would find out on the open ocean. Its lush grounds are covered in traveller's palms, breadfruit, tamarind, banana and mango trees, surrounding one of the most beautiful pools in the world, happily slip sliding its watery way over the edge. Recommended over years by numerous international media, it has been transformed into the kind of hotel you never want to leave! ... more less
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