My husband and I traveled to Sweet Retreat for our honeymoon in June. This trip, island and hotel were perfect for us!
Bequia is a great island to visit if you don't want to be inundated with tourism. It’s a very simple, beautiful island. There are a few small beaches scattered across the island – Sweet Retreat was by far in the best location to access the beach AND the beach at Sweet Retreat was the best quality beach on the island. They have snorkel gear available – which we used every day to experience the small reef right at our beach. Since we went at the beginning of rainy season, we essentially had the beach to ourselves for our entire stay.
The hotel itself was very charming, clean and the views were spectacular. Robert and Shelby went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable and special. We ate every meal with one exception at Sweet Retreat – Shelby’s cooking is phenomenal (she’s traveled the world and picked up culinary expertise along the way) – each meal was better than the last!
The one ‘problem’ we had amidst our entire stay was the mosquitos. They were relentless. Robert and Shelby helped arm us with repellants and we finally mastered a technique to keep them at bay while we slept (close all doors and windows and ensure the mosquito net is tightly tucked before nodding off) (and, yes, these rooms have mosquito nets and no A/C – which we were fine with, but, definitely a detail every traveler should know).
My husband and I enjoy traveling and have visited several countries. Bequia is a unique slice of heaven and the Sweet Retreat is the best place on the island to soak it all in!
GO to Bequia/Sweet Retreat IF: you want to get away from it all (there are no tv’s at Sweet Retreat), you want to relax (there’s really no nightlife on Bequia), you want to experience the Caribbean for its natural beauty (I can’t imagine Bequia has changed/progressed much over the past 50 years - and it's stunning!)
DO NOT GO to Bequia/Sweet Retreat IF: you’re traveling with children/elderly (Sweet Retreat is at the top of a small but VERYsteep hill), having no A/C is a deal breaker, you want to go to fancy/familiar restaurants (there are none on the island, but, you won’t need them thanks to Shelby)
If given the opportunity, we will absolutely return to Bequia and wouldn’t even consider staying anywhere other than Sweet Retreat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco friendly boutique style hotel, tastefully appointed rooms, California king platform beds, private balconies, stunning views great service and dining. owners live on property and we run it personally, a minute from beach. Property was formally CoCo's Place and has undergone an extensive rebuild...but 'that' view is still here! We believe that the price you see should be the price you pay. All prices shown are inclusive of all taxes and service charges, continental breakfast. We also offer complimentary use of snorkeling equipment and beach towels as well as free secure wi-fi, parking and the gift of a Sweet Retreat beach bag. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sweet Retreat Bequia/Lower Bay