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Bequia Island Destination Guide

A true hideaway island, hidden from tourism's radar

Unspoilt by the trodden traveler’s curse of endless identical streets, this ocean jewel will make you feel as though it’s yours to explore for the very first time

Your inevitable love affair with the enchanting isle of Bequia will begin long before your weary limbs reach the iconic Bequia Beach Hotel. You’ll first set eyes on Mustique’s spellbinding little sister, Bequia, from up above the clouds that give the island its name, with far-reaching emerald ocean views poking through the candy floss skies aboard Bequia Air – the hotel’s own 9 seater aircraft. Relax into our bespoke guest-only experience, akin to a private jet, as you island hop - in style - from Barbados to wonderful Bequia. 

'...that knowing smile will creep across your face - you've arrived on island time'

Bequia (pronounced beck-way) offers a tropical bliss that remains one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets. As one of the windward islands, the clear, sun-drenched days are complimented by the warm, gentle daily breeze that dances through the palms. Unspoilt by the trodden traveler’s curse of endless identical streets, this ocean jewel will make you feel as though it’s yours to explore for the very first time. 

Despite Bequia being the second largest island in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, it is still petite in size at 7 square miles with a population of around 5,000. As deceptive as it’s size may be, there is plenty to explore within this elfin island’s local cultural and historical tapestry weaving proudly throughout, reminiscent of simpler times gone by. 

Welcome to Bequia

As Bequia Air touches down on to the hot rugged tarmac, the immediate juxtaposition between unbridled luxury and the genuine, laid-back island vibe hits you straight away. From the moment you feel that warm, balmy tropical air stepping off the luxury aircraft, you are utterly immersed the in local simplicities via an open back pick-up to climb into that takes you leisurely up the winding roads to Bequia Beach Hotel

En-route glimpse at the array of colourful homes, local food stalls, abundant with fresh fruits and coconuts, the lush greenery and the friendly faces of people passing by as you bumble along up the hillside. As you look out to the alluring crystal waters, you are reminded of the rich history of Bequia, focused on boat-building, inter-island trade and fishing; dependence on these trades mean islanders have been welcoming visitors to Bequia for generations. 
With each passing palm tree, you can find local Bequians honing their skills to this day, huddled in the shade busily tending to the hulls of vibrantly painted fishing boats or their beloved goats.  

Island Time

Upon arrival at Bequia Beach Hotel, you’ll no doubt be magnetised towards the stretching seafront that lines the lush grounds, twinkling beyond the pure powdery sands. As you breathe in the fresh, salty air and pad along the manicured pathways towards the ocean, that knowing smile will creep across your face – you’ve arrived on island time. It’s time to celebrate your escapism in true West Indian style, by sharing food, drink and laughter, in what is considered as ‘the art of doing nothing’ with old and new-found friends. 

The Bequia Beach Bar is the perfect place to indulge in a rum punch and practice this unique Caribbean art as you take in the playful décor of various plaques and kitsch artefacts adorning the walls. You’ll find there are many personal touches throughout the resort, all lovingly collected from the worldwide travels of the hotel’s owner, Bengt Mortstedt

You can often find Bengt setting a fine example of the embracing the unique island vibe to our guests at the bar, where you can also kick off your heels and dance the night away with the feeling of sand in between your toes, and the motion of palm trees swaying to the sounds of the live entertainment in our gingerbread adorned bandstand under the stars.

Get Moving!

One of our favourite vacation circuits is the pool – beach bar – sun lounger triangle which we’ve found is most effective when repeated several times a day! However, if you are looking for a little more of an adventure, the endless treasures of Bequia will not disappoint. 

For those looking to pair their exploration with a chilled sip of bubbly, the hotel’s luxurious classic Superyacht offers the perfect carriage. The stunning yacht, aptly named Star of the Sea, offers unforgettable sunset cruises or excursions for guests to the captivating Tobago Cays and neighbouring Mustique; sail in style and glide into Britannia Bay before an obligatory drink at the iconic Basil's Bar.

A little closer to home is the eponymously named Princess Margaret Beach, after the enigmatic Princess swam ashore whilst honeymooning in the Caribbean on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Here you are invited to while away the afternoon with a leisurely jaunt on a paddleboard before reclining on a lounger at Jack’s Beach Bar

Jack’s is perhaps most loved for serving up the best fish burgers on the island – in an unbeatable beachfront setting, offering magical uninterrupted sunset views over the sparkling waters. A particular delight is that guests can go baggage free, and simply sign their bill to their room at Bequia Beach Hotel – leaving your hands free for the cocktails and the photos you’ll feel compelled to capture to reminisce with back home. 

For those really wanting activate their forgotten muscles, there are numerous hikes with breathtaking lookout points throughout the island to explore. Pack some water and enjoy the rewarding hike up ‘Ma Peggy’ to the island’s highest point. Once you reach the top, take a moment to succumb to the unbeatable views of Admiralty bay, St. Vincent, Canouan, and other neighbouring Grenadine islands. On a clear day, the panoramic views even stretch as far as Grenada!

Other exciting island activities include diving, snorkeling, fishing, as well as plenty of rum shops, markets, local bars and even a rustic local turtle sanctuary to name but a few of the delights of Bequia!

Dine in Style

Bequia Beach Hotel is proud to be home to an array of talented local and international chefs that grace the kitchens of the two main restaurants within the resort. The hotel’s principal restaurant ‘Bagatelle’ perches in an enviable location overlooking the velvet beach, adjacent to the Beach Bar, which is perfect for a sundowner before supper. Bagatelle offers an internationally inspired menu with classic Caribbean influences and dishes, served with a side of sweeping ocean views.

Open seasonally, Blue Tropic offers a classic Italian-styled menu, blending the best of Bequia with the classics of Italian cuisine. Blue Tropic is nestled up on the hill, providing the ideal romantic evening setting to take in the elevated views, gardens and distant sounds of a Caribbean night. Both of Bequia Beach Hotel’s restaurants take pride in utilising the abundance of locally sourced produce on the islands, as well as the freshest catch that day.

Evening Explorations

If you are looking to dust off your dancing shoes - Caribbean style, truly immerse yourself by dancing under canopy of stars in a traditional ‘jump up’ on a Thursday evening at the Frangipani along the Belmont waterfront of Admiralty Bay. Admiralty Bay is one of the Caribbean’s most protected natural harbours – in the high season you’ll find it decorated with beautiful 20ft sailing vessels and impressive multi-million-dollar mega yachts. Whilst you are nearby, stroll along the waterfront to Mac’s – The Caribbean’s first Pizzeria, internationally renowned for their lobster pizza. 

Night-owls head to Bequia's only 'nightclub', the famous 'Penthouse', a local institution! Enjoy impromptu jam sessions at Papas, gorgeous views from Tantie Pearls or entertainment evenings at Bequia Beach Hotel and Jack's.

Take a Break and Pamper Yourself 

After all that activity, let your worries float away during your stay in paradise, and reconnect with your mind, body and soul at The Spa at Bequia Beach Hotel. Allow the expert team of massage therapists to truly calm your senses through a variety of specialist techniques to help relax the mind and indulge the body – the perfect revitalizer to ensure you are ready for the next day our hidden paradise.

Join us for your island escape

With a plethora of authentic island activities, long rejuvenating, sunshine-soaked days and glittering starry nights upon sugary sands await you at Bequia Beach Hotel.