Bequia Beach Hotel is a delightful hotel occupying spacious gardens, with a unique style that combines modern colonial furnishings with 1950s influences and friendly staff who instantly make guests feel at home. The beach feels very natural, while the pool area is a lovely place in which to relax with convenient poolside cabanas providing shade.
There are various accommodation options, from villas with private pools to a family room on the hillside - I would highly recommend upgrading to a Beachfront Suite if budget allows, as these luxurious rooms have wonderful views over the beach and out to sea.
Dining at the hotel is a treat - the Caribbean barbeque buffet evening at Bagatelle Restaurant is a great opportunity to sample local dishes while a live band plays, while breakfast includes a selection of home-baked breads and freshly squeezed fruit juices.
The island itself is utterly charming - small enough to feel typically Caribbean yet large enough for guests to get out and explore the many beautiful beaches and plantations inland. Jack's Beach Bar, a laidback restaurant owned by Bequia Beach Hotel, is well worth a visit for the picturesque views over Princess Margaret Beach and the exceptional food.
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Children: Children are welcome. A kids club is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and offers complimentary activities for children aged 4 to 12 years old. These include cookie baking, jewellery making and outdoor games, while excursions are available at a supplement. Babysitting is available and payable locally (approx. US$15 per hour).
Distance from the airport: Bequia Beach Hotel is approximately 10 minutes from Bequia Airport by car, reached via a flight from Barbados or St Lucia.
Location: Bequia Beach Hotel is located on the southeast coast of Bequia at Friendship Bay, just 10 minutes from the capital Port Elizabeth.
Facilities: Guest lounge with plenty of board games, 2 swimming pools (one with pool gazebos), air-conditioned gym, spa with 3 treatment rooms and a steam sauna, boules pitch, table tennis and darts. Guests can take part in yoga twice a week and enjoy a range of complimentary non-motorised water sports at the hotel including kayaking, surfing and snorkelling, while sunfish sailboats are available at a local charge.
Activities nearby & local excursions: Activities on Bequia include hiking, biking and guided island tours with visits to Old Hegs Turtle Sanctuary, Hamilton Fort and Mount Pleasant (highest point on Bequia). Water sports include windsurfing, snorkelling tours and scuba diving, with 2 PADI dive shops providing access to over 30 dive sites. Other water-based excursions are available such as deep sea fishing, whale watching and sailing trips on the schooner ‘Friendship Rose’, perhaps visiting the Tobago Cays for diving and snorkelling with turtles followed by a lobster barbeque on the beach. Guests can also hire a car to explore the island - a local drivers license can be obtained on presentation of a full and valid UK license and is obtainable at the revenue office in Port Elizabeth. (Cost approximately EC$65 - the car hire company will accompany the guest to obtain the license).
Meal Arrangements: Stays at Bequia Beach Hotel are on a bed & breakfast basis which includes a full English breakfast plus many delicious options from the menu. Half Board and All-Inclusive package are available. The all-inclusive package include all house wines, spirits, house rum punch plus all soft drinks such as water, juices and smoothies.
Restaurants and Bars: There are 2 restaurants and bars at Bequia Beach Hotel. For al fresco dining, Bagatelle is right on the beach and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Blue Tropic Restaurant & Bar is open seasonally and serves Italian and Caribbean dishes. Bequia Beach Bar is open throughout the day and evening, with a casual snack menu available at lunch.
Entertainment: There is live entertainment three nights a week including a BBQ evening with live reggae music, lobster fest with live string & calypso music and lazy Sunday lunch on the beach with live music.
Dress Code: Informal dress is the norm, however, after 6pm swimsuits and beach attire should not be worn in the bar. For dinner a collared shirt/polo shirt and casual slacks or smart shorts are acceptable for men and elegant casual dress for women.
Check In/Out: Guests are kindly asked to check in at 3pm and out at 12 noon.
56 rooms, suites and villas mostly with sea and beach views set in the hotel grounds. All accommodation has air conditioning, ceiling fans, an en suite tiled bathroom and shower, a hairdryer, mini cooler and safe. All are beautifully appointed with contemporary colonial interiors and private terraces with rattan furniture. Tea and coffee making facilities plus an iron and ironing board are available in-room on request.
Classic Room: These 8 rooms are in one of the hotel's elevated 2-3 storey buildings set on the hillside overlooking the pool. Some rooms have views to the sea and all have a spacious double bed with twin beds available. (Approx. 400 sq. ft.) Maximum occupancy: 2 persons.
One Bedroom Cottage: 3 garden view, private villas are set in the hotel's gardens with spacious accommodation made up of one large bedroom area (available with twin beds or a king size bed), a luxury bathroom with 'rain' shower and a walk-in closet. The outside terrace also has a small garden area. (Approx. 681 sq. ft.) Maximum occupancy: 2 persons.
Junior Plantation Suite: 11 split-level Junior Suites are in an attractive 3 storey building with lovely views over the gardens and towards the ocean. These spacious suites
feature a king-size bed or twin beds, a sitting area and an oversized bathroom. Interconnecting suites are available on request. (Approx. 700 sq. ft.) Maximum occupancy: 2-3 persons.
Note: Some of the Junior Plantation Suites have a separate small room at the back suitable for a 3rd person sharing comfortably. (Confirmed on request.)
Classic Family Suite: The Family Suite is similar in location and style to the Classic Rooms but with an additional interconnecting separate twin bedroom. Both bedrooms are en suite. This suite is ideal for families and features a large balcony overlooking the hotel's hillside pool and sun deck with the sea in the distance. (Approx. 785 sq. ft.) Maximum occupancy: 4 persons.
Beachfront Suite: 29 spacious split level suites occupy a fabulous location overlooking the beach and the sea, close to the main pool and beach restaurant. King, queen or twin bed options are available. (Approx. 700 sq. ft.) Maximum occupancy: 2-3 persons.
Note: Some of the Beach Front Suites have an extra bedroom at the back. (Confirmed on request).
Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool: 3 private villas are located in the beautiful gardens a short stroll from the pool and beach. There are two en suite bedrooms which can be made up as a double and twin, a living room, a kitchen area and lovely covered terrace with sun deck and private plunge pool. These villas are ideal for families. (Approx. 1,120 sq. ft.) Maximum occupancy: 4 persons.
The Estate Villa: A large, fully-equipped villa set on the hillside with four bedrooms and a private pool. Maximum occupancy: 8 persons.
The Palm Villa: A large, fully-equipped villa set within the gardens of the hotel grounds, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private pool plus a large outdoor terrace and a cabana lounge area. Maximum occupancy: 7 persons.