I've just returned from my first trip to Bequia (won't be the last!)
and stayed at the Old Fort Inn for the beginning of the vacation
(had also booked a week in a cottage and wanted to try another
location on the island).
First of all, the location is fantastic - it's away from the main village of Port Elizabeth, high up on a hill that affords a spectacular view of Bequia. That said, w/ Bequia being so small, getting around from Old Fort Inn is painless.
Ton and Lydia, the new managers, are fantastic -- very charming and accomodating. I also met Otmar, the owner, a warm and friendly fellow who many years ago had the vision to transform a derelict site into the special beauty it is today.
The Old Fort Inn is a very comfortable place to stay. The rooms are clean and well appointed, with great cross breezes. Take a look at their web site to get an idea of the interesting stone archtecture (oldfortbequia). The dining room is gorgeous -- it's a semi-enclosed stone patio/loggia w/ tablecloth service. Breakfast is wonderful but I do think the dinner & wine menu could stand some improvement -- most meals were fine but uninspired. If the kitchen could be ratcheted up a bit, you'd have an unbeatable destination.
All in all, you can't miss staying at the Old Fort Inn -- it's one of the best places on Bequia!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Fort Natural Hotel 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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