We decided to spend a few days here on our way to Bequia. Good idea. There's a nice beach out front and a pleasant pool before you get to the beach. The restaurant was good, and we appreciated the free breakfast. The rooms are beautiful with a deck out front and cable tv and ac. The diving in St. Vincent is wonderful (Dive St. Vincent).
The grounds are fabulous. There are exotic plants at every turn. The buildings are all painted bright, Caribbean colors and they make an extraordinary backdrop to the gorgeous vegetation.
My only complaint about St. Vincent and the Grenadines is that the beaches aren't long, strolling beaches. Villa Beach had 3 or 4 hotels/restaurants that you could walk the beach to, but it's actually dangerous getting over or under the main dock. It would be really nice to have that access.
The hotel is located in an old sugar mill. Very interesting look and feel.
Very friendly and attentive front desk staff. Housekeeping staff unobtrusive but efficient.
No elevator, front desk lobby up flight of stairs from entrance.
Could get money changed at the front desk.
Great downtown location, right on the main street. Kingstown is very walkable.
Large rooms with large comfortable beds.
High-Speed Internet access in the rooms, wireless and DSL connection.
Air conditioned, which comes in handy during hot, humid days and nights.
Upstairs restaurant offers simple, tasty selections for breafast and lunch.
Bar and restaurant at entrance from street (not hotel owned) has good selection of food and liquors.
Stayed in these appartments for a week in 2006.
Beautiful spacious rooms.
Very nice staff.
Great romantic hideout.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Lovely small pool.
Great views, especially from the upper rooms facing the garden.
5 min. walk to lovely beach.
Very quiet, but just by the road, easy to catch a bus.
Lovely decorated, colourful rooms.
List of different Guest Houses
Crystal Heights Guest House - Cane Garden - 4564386 - www.crystalheight.com
D'Chateau GH - Pembroke - 4567564-www.svgonline.com
Ferdies Footstep GH - Georgetown - 4586433
Fitness Quest GH - Villa - 4575898 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruthland Vale GH - Pembroke - 4560105 - email@example.com
Highfield GH - Lowmans Lwd. - 4577563
P'Tani Resort - Argyle - 4856118
Sea Breeze GH - Arnos Vale - 4584969 - www.vincy.com/seabreeze
James GH - Cane Garden - 4572600
Not checked any of these GH...its taken from the local tourist information
What can you say, a private island, with sail fish, snorkeling, swimming, sun, flowers, et al!
Talk about setting in the "lap of luxury". About the only thing that is not "included" in the rate is lunch and beverages.
Each cabin is selcuded from the other cabins, so your "activities" are your own. The outdoor shower at each cabin was sheilded from others view by only a bamboo screen, which tended to give one a rather unusual effect of naturism that might take some 'getting used to".
It's directly on the small Villa beach. The rooms are very nice, specially if you take one on the corner, with two terracies, absolutely with ocean view.
Brand new (and in this case that's a good thing) resort-type hotel without the attitude. Rooms are beautiful and have direct access to their own beautiful beach. Excellent restaurant on premises and these rooms are fully outfitted.
Only 10 rooms and they've got every amenity you could want and none that you don't ('fridge in room, internet access, small kitchen) and the place is spotless.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers some wonderful places to stay. In SVG you will not find the concrete monstrosities that blight more developed West Indies island nations. Instead, the resorts are small, and range from the elegant to the island paradise quaint.
On St. Vincent, Young Island is the best bet by far. A small beautiful island with bungalows in the hills, it is gorgeous, though the white sand beach is a little small and faces the main island - no sweeping ocean vistas here.
On Bequia, the Plantation Inn is what it says it is; an old plantation converted into an elegant hotel. Also, if you can do without a beach, the Old Fort Country Inn is a great choice. Made from an old French fortress, the Old Fort's best asset - a high hilltop - is also its only weak point: The lack of a beach. (Though a pool is available on the property and rides to the beach can be arranged.)
On Canouan, the Carenage Beach and Golf Club is magnifiecent. Four bars, four restaurants, a disco, the Big Point Casino, a smaller satellite casino, tours, a pool the size of Lake Superior, two knock-out beaches, a gym and health spa, several pretty good stores. The place is great, beautiful, and so huge that they give you a golf cart to drive around, which is a lot of fun.
On Mustique, the Cotton House Hotel and the Firefly B&B, are both gorgeous. Top notch service especially marks the Cotton House as an excellent choice. The downside is that its two beaches are not great - odd for an island with beautiful beaches - so you will need a ride to Macoroni beach.
Finally, Petit St. Vincent is the gem of the islands - but only for couples. You never have to see another human being if you do not want to. The island is small, but the beaches are virtually private. (Truth in advertising: I sent some friends to PSV for a birthday present. I am going by their word of mouth and photos.)
The price for all of these resorts tends to the high side, but off season discounts can ease the pain if money is an issue.
Petit St. Vincent's system of flags is very unusual. Send up the yellow flag over your cottage post box, and leave a message asking for anything from room service to a day trip to the other islands. With two staffers for each guest, you will not have a long wait. Send up the red flag, and your cottage - house really - could burn down and no one would bother you. Also, as regards Young Island, although its beach faces the main island, you can climb - and it IS a climb - to the back of the island or rent the highest cottages for some brilliant ocean views. Also, Sunset Point, on the island's western edge, will offer you the best sunsets you will ever see ANYWHERE!!
We stayed at the Sea Breeze Guesthouse just south of airport, a few kilometers from downtown Kingstown (local buses every 30 minutes).
It's definitively a family-run house with the mum in charge of rooms/cooking and the sons helping. One of the son being a captain and Grenadines specialist. He is having 2 boats (speed one and slow one) and organize trips wherever you want for fishing, diving, snorkelling, beach sightseeing...etc...even dolphin watching. He is very famous all over the country and he knows everything. Still, those trips are not cheap.
But the guesthouse is definitively a very good value by Carribean standards thus it's not 4-star comfort. You have access to a dining-room with TV as well as a kitchen. You may get your own bathroom depending how much you pay. Next door from guesthouse is a big supermarket where you can buy all kind of stuff.
During the day, it's a bit noisy due to the main island road just in front, with noisy traffic (lots of motorbikes).
The Blue Bay Village on Oriental beach was a very classy hotel, I don't really have anything to compare it to as far as St-Martin goes, but it's definately one of the nicest hotels I've been to
$$$ Damn expensive, look for specials during the down season and take the all inclusive trip
Number 4. There are only 22 units on this Island and it would be hard to get a bad one. It is a matter of personal preference. I couldn't decide whether to go for one set on the beach or one up on the hills that roll around the island. You can request a specific room before you go, but they do not gauruntee that you will get it. After dong some reading about PSV, I requested #4 which was approx. 150 feet up on a bluff with a bout a 3 minute walk to a private beach below. All of the rooms are situauted on the windward side of the island so you don't have to worry about that. All of the units have a seperate living and sleeping area and huge decks with strategically placed hammocks, table and chairs, and lounge chairs. The interiors have exposed rock walls and wood beamed ceilings. The living areas each have two day beds a coffee table and a dining table with a sisal rug on the floor. Cute little barrel shaped lamps made of wicker hang from the ceiling. They provide a decent cd/radio player, which was key. I always pack little speakers that can be plugged into a small disc or mini disc player but, it was nice to have a more authoratative sound system. The sleeping area has two double beds in each unit and the bathroom has a shower made of stone and two sinks with plenty of counter space. No bathtub. I thought this was kind of a bummer before we went however, it wasn't a problem and I learned that the island has to process all of it's own water from the sea by reverse osmosis. The units on he beach are in a horseshoe configuration so your living and sleeping quarters are seperarated by a large deck in the middle that is partially shaded by the natural surroundings. All of them were built in the late sixties by the owner with materials indigenous to the area. Stone walls and blue birch wood account for most of this. All of the units also have sliding doors for most of the facade. You can open them all up and let the breeze blow through day and night . I scoped out alot of the other units while hiking around the island and just out of curiosity. Number 4 semmed to be the best for the view, huge deck, and privacy. Although all the units are very private, the ones down on the beach are afforded less because people can see in if they happen by while walking on the beach. This can't happen with the ones up on the Hills. You can laze around naked out on your deck and no one can see in. All of the units also have an area of beach in front that I would consider to be private. Some one might walk by but it is rare and they would never linger. I heard from someone else that # 18 was also a standout.I tried to check it out but it was occupied the whole time we were there.
Check their website for current rates> It is expensive but I am telling you it is worth it. I have since tried to put together a vacation similar in feel. Sure you can find cheaper accomodations on an even more lush and beautiful island but you will not have a more perfect set up, privacy, or service. This place is really special. I know Young Island is similar in feel but there are more units, on a smaller island, and a very small beach.
The best thing about this resort is the service and the privacy. It is all inclusive except for cocktails. It isn't cheap but it's definitely worth it. You can bring your own spirits if you like and there is a duty free on your way down. I am not saying lug a ton of booze down if you like to drink. We brought a couple of nice bottles of wine for dinner and a bottle of Campari. We ordered other drinks while we were there and it didn't add up to much. Whenever you want something whether it be food, drinks, transportation, extra towels, afternoon tea, etc... You write a request, place it in the bamboo flagpole outside of your room, and raise the flag. Someone in a little fantasy Island type mobile (which I found ot the owner builds himself) circles around the island and collects your request. You just let them know in avance what time you would like to have your request met. They are generally very prompt but if you are uptight or used to 5 star service you could be a tad bit disappointed now and then. They also offer an early morning coffee or tea service that arrives outside the walls of your heavenly little compound if one of you is an early riser or if you like to relax over a cup before your brekfast arrives an hour or so later. Same goes for afternoon tea service hot or iced accompanied by fresh baked goods. They will usually turn down your bed at this time also if you like.
THIS IS A SHOT FROM OUR PLACE OF LODGING ON ST. VINCENT, LOOKING OUT AT THE ISLAND OF BEQUIA.
Young Island. Cannot say anything negative about this resort. On a private, secluded island off the mainland. Polynesian style setting full of lush green plants and colorful flowers. Everything and more of what you would expect.
Approx. 450 night US
It has a coconut bar a few yards out off of the shoreline. Great place to sip on one of their famous 'island' drinks. Strong and good.
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