Villa | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 20
A private, luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Bequia, just west of Barbados
Spring House Bequia is a private, luxury Caribbean resort located in untouched Bequia, the second largest island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Reserve the entire resort for an exclusive, dream Villa Vacation, go one step further in luxury and convenience with a large group and upgrade to an All Inclusive Resort Vacation, book one or more of our luxurious suites with complimentary breakfast under our Individual Room Plan or organize your perfect Destination Wedding. The choice is all yours and we are here to make each group or individual guest feel at home.
A stone's throw from its more famous neighbor Mustique, Bequia has retained its old world charm and small island friendliness. Come and join us and experience one of the last unspoiled islands in the Caribbean.
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 9 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Spring Bay 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bequia 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||9 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 9 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Spring House’s distinctive architectural style offers a quiet, sophisticated charm and elegance. With over 10,000 sq.ft / 1,000 sq.m. of space, members of a family or group can enjoy sharing a private villa while maintaining personal privacy. It is furnished to the highest level, including the use of many locally hand-crafted pieces. As well as all the usual conveniences one would expect. We have discreetly included modern technologies such as ultra-quiet air-conditioning, plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and hairdryers.
Accommodation features: Nine air-conditioned suites, three of which have limited mobility access. Child facilities (cots, cribs, highchairs, etc also available). The bedroom suites are generously sized with plenty of storage space, and enjoy spectacular ocean views from their verandahs. Tropical sunshine floods each room, with louvered hardwood doors offering shade and a pleasant through breeze just right for an afternoon nap. The crisp white linen and swathes of fabric adorning each four-poster bed give an exotic feel to the rooms, providing you with the perfect setting to unwind and relax. The large bathrooms feature individually designed mosaics, by a prominent local artist, depicting flora and fauna native to Bequia.
|Further details outdoors|
Set in two acres of private grounds, Spring House is situated on the Spring Estate, just above the Firefly Bequia Hotel. Its quiet hill-top location benefits from cooling trade winds and stunning views of the coconut plantations, Spring Bay and the islands beyond. The hustle and bustle of the main harbour and yachting centre, Port Elizabeth, is just six minutes away and offers a wide variety of shops, bars, restaurants and activities.
Main Level features: Private swimming pool (40ft / 12.2m), jacuzzi, gazebo and pool bar including fully stocked beverage cooler, TV and sound system. Separate lounge with 32in (81.3cm) plasma television with 50+ channels, DVD player, video game connections and stereo system. Large dining room. Spa deck, Rooftop sun deck, Breakfast patio. Semi-formal tropically furnished drawing room, with covered wrap-around mahogany verandah featuring extensive wicker seating and casual dining area. Fully applianced kitchen. Barbecue, table-tennis table, secluded garden patios, basketball and badminton court. Tennis court available nearby. Handicapped ramp from main level to swimming pool deck.
At Spring House we want you and your family and friends to have the holiday or vacation that best suits both your needs and your budget. For some, this means a basic, self-catering, villa rental package with limited extra services. For others, this mean an all-inclusive luxury package with every need, thought and desire taken care of from the moment you step off your international flight.
When you choose our Custom Rate Plan, you will still enjoy the exclusivity of your own private nine bedroom resort with a full range of features, while benefiting from the savings of providing your own meals, drinks, tours and flight arrangements. Should you decide there are some extra services you'd like to enjoy, you can customize your plan and pay for only the services you desire.
When you choose our All-Inclusive Rate Plan we will do everything we can to make your holiday as relaxing and stress-free as possible. From the moment you decide that Spring House is the place for your vacation all you have to do is book your international flight to Barbados or St Lucia, and then leave the rest to us. Onward flights to/from Bequia or St. Vincent are included, as are airport or ferry transfers, rental jeeps, a full staff including cook, maid, housekeeper, laundress, caretaker/gardener and more. We’ve included a meal plan that features an arrival "Welcome Dinner", breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail hour and late-night snacks every day, as well as an open bar. Or take a picnic lunch for your beach or day trip, if you prefer.
For dinner, we invite you to sample some of the 25 or more fine restaurants on our island where you can enjoy the nightlife and make new friends. But if you prefer to stay in for dinner, arrangements can be made with our cook to suit your needs.
The Bequia region
The island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines comprises thirty-two separate islands and is located in this group, 100 miles / 161 km west of Barbados, 21 miles / 34 km south of St Lucia and 60 miles / 97 km north of Grenada. The main islands are Bequia, Canouan, Mustique, Palm Island, Petit St Vincent, Mayreau, Isle D’Quatre and Union Island. All the Grenadines have soft white coral sand beaches and clear waters, ideal for snorkelling and diving and provide the best sailing waters in the Western Hemisphere and arguably the world.
Bequia, the second largest island, lies 9 miles / 14.5 km southwest of St Vincent. It is about 5 miles / 8 km long and 0.5 miles / 0.8 km wide and looks quite different from St Vincent, having rounded hills rather than mountains. There is a large difference between the coastlines on either side of the island: the windward (west) side is very rocky, while the leeward (east) side has many bays, most of them having white sand beaches.
Bequia remains one of the most unspoilt and natural of all the Caribbean islands with a population that numbers just under 5,000. The island was once a busy centre for whaling and boat building and Bequia still retains its traditions and skills based on the sea. Sailors have long known Bequia as one of the premier sailing and cruising destinations of the Grenadines and the Eastern Caribbean. The superb anchorages, coupled with the traditional nautical lifestyle, attract yachts of every size and description from around the world. The sailing season culminates in the annual Easter Regatta.
Bequia is one of the last Caribbean islands to retain its old-world charm. Not for us the mega-tourist resorts, high-rise hotels, timeshares, shopping malls, fast food restaurants, high crime rates or crowds. Bequia still retains its 1960’s flavour and small island friendliness. There aren’t any traffic lights or no-parking signs. The beaches are really empty like you see in the travel brochures. You don’t have to get up at 4 am to save a beach chair. You feel safe. By the second day you won’t have to tell the taxi driver where you are staying; he will already know you. By the end of the week you will have friendships that could last a lifetime. You will want to come again next year. Bequia… because…
Beaches: The island may be small, however one can be spoilt for choice when it comes to the number and variety of beaches. Bequia offers crystal clear waters and is also perfect for sports diving and snorkeling. Lower Bay and Princess Margaret Beach, rated one of the 10 best beaches in the world, offer white sands and calm waters. Friendship Bay has stronger waves and is ideal for windsurfers. Industry, Hope and Spring are on the east side and are more remote but almost always deserted. For more information on Bequia's beaches, see our Beaches page.
Island Tour: A perfect way to discover Bequia is on an island tour. Visit the Turtle Sanctuary, the Whaling Museum, and the Old Fort cannon station at the mouth of the harbor. See the remains of Sir Francis Drake's office when he was stationed on Bequia. Take a look at all of the white sandy beaches and stop for lunch at an ocean side cafe. Visit a pottery built into the ruins of one of the island's historic sugar plantations. Most open backed taxi drivers will be proud to show you their island and entertain you with their stories and narrative at the same time.
Wind Surfing & Kayaking: Bequia offers several protected beaches perfect for beginners to learn the basics, as well as fun and challenging locations for those with experience. Admiralty Bay is a good place to start discovering an abundance of water sport activities. Friendship Bay has the ideal combination of wind and waves for windsurfing. Spring House has two kayaks available for guests to use.
Boat Trips: No trip to Bequia is complete without a sail on The Friendship Rose, a wooden schooner built in Friendship Bay. The Friendship Rose was originally commissioned in 1967 and has served the islands as a cargo boat, mail boat and ferry. Today it operates as a tourist boat based in Bequia with daily trips to the Tobago Cays as well as other southern islands.
You can also charter your own powerboat for the day for outings to remote island beaches, Mustique, the leeward coast of St. Vincent to see the "Pirates" cove, or anywhere you choose. See our Useful Links page for tour operators.
Yacht Charters: Bequia is the sailing capital of the Grenadines and there is no better place to arrange a sailing charter than right here. Whether it's crewed or bareboat, a day sail or a weeklong charter, economy or luxury, there is something for every taste and budget. For something different you may decide to integrate a few days aboard a charter yacht into your vacation and visit the other Grenadine islands of Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union, Palm, Petit St Vincent or the famous Tobago Cays.
Snorkeling & Scuba: Bequia diving ranks with the best in the Caribbean. There are some 35 excellent dive sites around Bequia and the nearby islands. Full PADI-certified dive shops and dive masters are available. A great place to get open water dive certified during your visit, at considerably less cost. With water temperatures averaging 80°F / 27°C, the diving is comfortable and only a lightweight wetsuit is needed. Dive shops include all the equipment that you will need. See our Useful Links page for more information.
Hiking & Walking: Perhaps the best way to really get to know Bequia and its hidden treasures is on foot. Early morning or late evening is the ideal time of day to avoid the heat. Just exploring the winding roads on Bequia can be a revelation, but there are also smaller trails and disused roads to take you deep into the heart of the island. See the Bequia Tourism Association’s Tours & Hiking page.
Fishing: No license is required when fishing for pleasure. Sport fishing is a popular pastime and Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Marlin, Tuna, Bonito and Kingfish are just some of the many varieties available, often simply with a line and lure. It is also possible to try reef fishing – hand lining and trolling are the only methods of fishing permitted to visitors and catches are restricted to only enough for your personal use. Several local tour operators can arrange deep-sea fishing trips and provide everything from the bait to the rum punch to celebrate your catch. See our Useful Links page for more information.
Tennis: There are several tennis courts on Bequia where you can usually play with prior arrangement. Bring your own equipment or Spring House has a limited supply that you can use. Tennis courts can be found at the following locations:
Frangipani Hotel, Belmont Walkway: (784) 458 3255
Friendship Bay Hotel, Friendship Bay: (784) 458 3222
Plantation House Hotel, Belmont Beach: (784) 458 3425
Hotel Bequia, Spring: (784) 458 3414
Geocaching: If you know what this is then you may be surprised to learn that there are a few geocache locations on Bequia. Seek them out and leave your token, or start your own cache. For more information, check out the worldwide geocaching website The Global GPS Cache Hunt Site, or use this quicklink.
Evening Activities: When the sun goes down, the focus turns to the many fine restaurants and bars on Bequia. Each evening of the week different restaurants hold special activities or live music. Among the most well known is the Thursday evening "Jump Up" at the Frangipani Hotel in Port Elizabeth. This beachfront BBQ and buffet featuring excellent food and a lively steel band is a local institution. Consult our Local Dining page or ask our Housekeeper for recommendations when you are ready to hit the town.
There are a number of good Bequia bands like Phoenix, Upbeat, Farine, Elite Steel Band and the local string band J.Gool & De Buccaneers, who perform at various venues around the island almost every week. Check "Bequia This Week (PDF)", an informative weekly newsletter distributed island-wide, for up-to-date information on day and night time activities.