We were looking for a place that had two key features that often contradict each other. First we wanted a beatiful unspoilt island with plenty to see, eat at, swim, relax on and second we wanted the kind of luxury you normally find on the smaller resort islands.
We have always ruled out Bequia because there did not seem to be any high level luxury hotels there.
I guess the newish owner of the Bequi Beach (Bengt, a Scandinavian) saw the opportunity and did something about it because that is exactly what he is turning his hotel into. He is clearly investing big money and has even appointed a top GM who used to be at a major Maldives resort. This guy (Oliver) had only recently arrived but was already making his presence felt.
The place itself used to be a small 12 room hotel called Blue Tropic built up a slope away from the beach and this renovated unit is currently being used as the central part of the new resort whilst the rest is being constructed all the way down to the beautiful bay.
We were a bit worried before we arrived as we had been warned by the owners that construction was still taking place but we decided it was worth taking the risk. What we experienced was just that although to be fair they went to every means to minimise noise. Our problem, is that we arrived at an extremely quiet time just before the Xmas rush and they were trying to cram as much work in so that they could shut down the work over the holidays.
I cannot say the noise was not a problem because it was but the good news is that most of the big construction jobs are well advanced and certainly by next December the whole thing will be complete. When that happens we will be back like a shot.
From what I can see the end result will be amazing with beautiful suites, cottages and rooms. Some will have four poster beds and outdoor baths! They are building another pool, tennis courts, gym, spa and a beach restaurant and I can't wait to see it.
When complete it will full match up to anything Canouan, Peter or young Island can offer PLUS be located on the best island in the Caribbean. It will also be more peaceful than our visit.!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bequia Beach Hotel is situated in what many consider to be the premiere location on the Caribbean island of Bequia - Friendship Beach. Inspired by Oliver Messel's stylish Mustique villas and surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, this boutique hotel combines luxury, elegance and charm to provide a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. With two pools, reading lounge, Spa & Fitness Room, first-class Restaurants and its own secluded sandy beach area. The Bequia Beach Hotel accommodation offers: luxury Beachfront suites, spacious Ocean View suites, private Cottages, and Classic rooms which overlook the second hotel pool with views of the Caribbean sea in the distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bequia Beach Hotel Friendship