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“Clean, quiet, & charming in beautiful natural surroundings!”
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The Sweet Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Lower Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 17, 2012

My wife and I scheduled a 3 night visit to Bequia on the way to a longer visit on Mustique, largely because of the wonderful reviews about the Sweet Retreat on Trip Advisor. We're adventuresome in our travels (I'm in my early seventies), as long we are in beautiful, natural surroundings, that are clean, quiet, comfortable and private. Sweet Retreat was just perfect! Owners, Robert and Shelby, are delightful & informative hosts who we would look forward to being friends with in any environment. Their on-site breakfasts and dinners were so fresh, organic and tasteful that there really is not much need to go eat elsewhere. All in all, we had a wonderful stay at the Sweet Retreat.

(P.S. Ask Shelby about "Molly," who has a stand in town where she sells necklaces, bracelets and jewelry that is exquisite and not at all expensive).)

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank etmd
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

We travelled for 3 weeks in the Caribbean, and stayed on St.Lucia, Canouan and finally Bequia.
In Bequia we stayed in the Sweet Retreat for 6 days with owners Robert and Shelby.
Next to the very nice location overlooking Admiralty Bay from the Lower Bay area, in the quiet far corner of the leeward side of the island, they offered us a very relaxing and personal stay.
Robert was our encyclopedia on what went on on the island, and who to contact for what (e.g. Ramblers hiking with Donahan for a great 5 hour hike on the southern part of the island, passing the blow hole natural geiser and the summit of mount Paget). Shelby was a wonderful cook using only organic ingredients resulting in for example the most fabulous brownie/espresso ice cream dessert we enjoyed so far.
If you are looking for a nice, small scale accommodation with a very personal touch, we would highly recommend The Sweet Retreat!

Room Tip: All 4 rooms have beach views
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JAMHH
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We travel to the Caribbean every year and never have we found such wonderful hosts, great views from large clean rooms, and excellent food. Shelby's creations are absolutely amazing - simple yet delicious. Robert and Shelby really go out of their way to make your stay personalized and wonderful. They recognize that we are there to be "away" from the craziness of life and they truly help that come true. This property is literally steps from one of the best beaches on Bequia. If you are planning on visiting Bequia, you must try this place out. You will love it! I can continue the review but it feels like the other guests have already said it all and I wholeheartedly agree with them. Kudos to Robert and Shelby who provide an affordable yet luxurious getaway geared to allow you to relax, have fun and enjoy the local Caribbean flavors.

Room Tip: Every room has a great view
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank marlyd71
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Our recent stay at Sweet Retreat was our first visit to Bequia - and after talking with other visitors, there is no doubt that Sweet Retreat is the truly the gem of Bequia. The setting is idyllic. And the owners, Robert and Shelby, as other reviews have praised, are truly the most kind and generous hosts you will ever encounter. Their attention to detail made our stay there very memorable indeed. We are already booked to return next year! Situated on a small hill only a minutes walk to Lower Bay (the best beach on the island) the Sweet Retreat also has views to die for. The view from our balcony was stunning and each night we enjoyed having a cocktail there while enjoying the changes in the evening skies. With only 4 rooms, each completely sheltered from other guests with your own private balcony, the rooms are a good size with a beautiful bed covered in mosquito netting (we quite enjoyed going into our 'tent' at night but never encountered any mosquitos!), a small fridge, a safe, big ceiling fans (no a/c is needed) and a gorgeous big bathroom with hot water. The main level of this villa used to be a bar called Coco's, but now it is just a restaurant for guests, with a great space to sun in hammocks, and a lovely sitting area for breakfasts and dinners. Meals at Sweet Retreat are quite special, as Shelby is a fabulous chef and Robert is happy to bring in your favourite wine by request. Only guests at Sweet Retreat can dine there which means there are never more than 8 people dining at a time, and the prices are sweet too - only $30US for a 4 course dinner. We definitely had some of the best meals on the island right there, from the fresh fish to Shelby's special chicken crusted with hummus, to the breadfruit appetizer (to die for!) with her spicy sauce, to the fresh avocado salad, mostly picked right out of their garden. And breakfasts (included in the price of your stay) are again, delectable, with Shelby making fresh muffins daily (my husband especially enjoyed the sausage and cheese muffins!) and fresh picked fruit salad and fresh squeezed juice. . The 'restaurant' is only open to guests, so you will never have more than 8 people dining, which makes every meal very romantic and special. While Shelby is tucked away creating magic in the kitchen, Robert takes care of guests with a wonderful style. He is always around and available to help plan your day, or arrange taxis, and his meal service is impeccable. For quiet guests he simply gives you what you need and disappears, however if you want to chat - you will enjoy learning more about the island from Robert, who is well-known and well-liked by everyone on the island. With a great sense of humour and great story telling abilities - he is the perfect host. And the few times we caught Shelby out of the kitchen, you see what a great couple they are and how very much they love their life - and love sharing this beautiful island with their guests. Other pluses are that the Sweet Retreat is near a great reef (a few minutes walk down the beach) and Robert supplies all snorkelling gear at no charge. We snorkelled every day. And minutes away on Lower Bay Beach are three bar/restaurants if you want to dine on the beach. They also have a 'house taxi' driver by the name of Lenci, who is a sweetheart, and will give you a wonderful island tour. Whatever time you need him, Lenci is there on time, day or night. If you visit Bequia you must spend time at the Sweet Retreat for a truly special Bequian experience.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally beautiful. The lower yellow rooms have less stairs to climb (if that is an is...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank camelot4
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We have been to Bequia several times over the years and love it .Apart from its beauty , as in all things in life , it's the people who make it and Bequia is full of really gracious and delightful people ,none more so than the recent incumbents of what used to be Coco's , Robert and Shelby.They have created the perfect Carrabean hideaway, high above the Lower Bays glorious beach, with a bit of extra luxury thrown in.Its like staying with friends at a country house in the the Carrabean . Robert , not only is a wonderful host , seemingly absolutely nothing is too much trouble, but he's also an immensely interesting man and Shelby has invented a fusion of Louisiana /West Indian cuisine, simply the best food to be had on the island (before you die you have to devour her bread fruit chips with a hot spicy dip! ).If you want boutique ,hotel , chic , contact your bank manager and go to Mustique . If you want the grace and flavour of magical West Indies life , stay on Bequia at the Sweet Retreat.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank Earsfield
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

This retreat could be described by many names but on my most recent visit to the island my stay at Sweet Retreat would be best described as "Wonderful"! Having read some of the reviews bring back fond memories: scrumptious breakfast muffins, exceptional view, gracious hosts and great location! This was my third trip to Bequia. I have tried most restaurants on the island and I can sincerely say that Shelby's cuisine "Reigns Supreme"! If you are planning a trip to Bequia, don't miss the opportunity of discovering this wonderful place.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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7  Thank 3RRR
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

The Sweet Retreat is just that SWEET. Shelby and Robert are one of the most gracious and accommodating hosts I have ever experienced in my travels. Our breakfast of scrumptious muffins, juice, coffee and fresh fruit each morning was one of the highlights of our stay. A great way to plan for the day and Robert was always willing to set up adventures for us! It was a delight to hear stories of island life, so well told by Robert. We all loved the option to dine for lunch or dinner and we did so three times during our stay and we were never disappointed. Shelby can cook and I still crave the bread fruit appetizer with Cajun aioli. The view from the balcony highlighted our dining experiences. Great food and a perfect atmosphere.

The lower bay beach, which is just a short, steep walk was a wonderful beach with great snorkeling. Of course, Sweet Retreat had free snorkeling gear which made it so easy to enjoy an entire day on the beach. They would even pack a cooler for you with water, beer, sodas, and lunch if you wanted and would make sure you had beach chairs for relaxing.

We hope to return, as this was a most memorable vacation due in part to Robert and Shelby's kind and warm hospitality and the beauty of Bequia.

Room Tip: All the rooms were very nice, as we occupied three of the four.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank annmarie97
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Additional Information about The Sweet Retreat

Address: Beach Rd, Lower Bay, Bequia
Location: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Bequia > Lower Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Lower Bay
Price Range: $59 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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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