The Caribbean has often been the luxury holiday destination of choice for many holiday-makers. St. Vincent and The Grenadines is fast becoming the new and fashionable place for a luxury beach vacation. It’s easy to see why as there are over 30 beautiful islands to explore with a wide range of activities from trekking Volcanos to snorkelling with turtles. As you’d expect there’s a wealth of great places to go stay, each offering something a little different, so here’s our guide to the best places to stay in St Vincent and the Grenadines for a luxury holiday in the Caribbean.
Young Island – St. Vincent
When filming “Pirates of the Caribbean” a number of actors stayed at Young Island and they proudly boast its still Johnny Depp’s regular holiday retreat of choice. Just 200 metres from the coast of St. Vincent, this private island may not be as secluded as others but it sure looks impressive when you arrive at the jetty for your private ferry across the waters. Greeted with a Rum Punch and shown to your own private cottage is definitely a great way to start any holiday. The cottages here feel very exclusive and are beautifully styled, some even have their own plunge pools. All of them have a stunning view of the St Vincent coastline. Most of the cottages face the mainland but there are a few on the other side with more secluded views out in to the Caribbean Sea. The short trip to the mainland means you’re never short of nightlife and day trips to keep you occupied.
Buccament Bay – St. Vincent
On the mainland of St Vincent, along a winding road through villages and towns you’ll eventually arrive at Buccament Bay, an almost village sized resort with everything you’d ever need for the perfect beach holiday. They really are taking all-inclusive to a new level with their own football pitch, cricket training, sports and gym facilities, even their own amateur dramatics stage. If you’re looking for white sandy beaches the best place to find it is here. The rooms, villas and cottages are all generous in size and there’s a wonderful community feel to the entire complex. You could argue this place almost has too much but sometimes you just want everything close by and easy to access. It may lack a local Caribbean feel but it sure wont disappoint as far as accommodation goes.
Bequia Beach Hotel – Bequia
Bequia island may be small in size but its big on local Caribbean culture. Its arguably one of the best kept secrets in the region but that is starting to change as more tourists visit this little slice of authentic St. Vincent life. A fairly new kid on the block is the Bequia Beach Hotel, just a short taxi ride from the port.
With a wide range of accommodation types, all right by a beautiful sandy beach, you’re likely to find something to suit your taste and budget here. There’s some gorgeous colourfully painted cottages, beach facing apartments, hotel style rooms and even a family sized villa with its own private pool. It has all the modern comforts while keeping some of the local and colonial charm that makes Bequia so special.
Sugar Reef – Bequia
If you’re looking for something a little more boutique and rustic the the Sugar Reef is the perfect place for you. Nestled in a valley it has its own short stretch of pristine tropical beach so you’ll never be bothered while sunbathing. With only 8 rooms this is one of the smallest boutique hotels in St Vincent and offers two types of accommodation. The beach front rooms right next to the beautiful lobby with chandeliers made of driftwood & shells, a wonderful open space to try their fabulous cuisine.
For a more panoramic view there’s the old plantation house up on the hill, once built by the sugar plantation owner in a decidedly fortified style. While the rooms are very different from their beach front counterparts the views are nothing short of spectacular. They even offer a free ride up and down the hill between the two so you have no excuse not to enjoy the view and the beach. You’ll also find some great activities nearby like trekking, snorkelling and visiting the Turtle Sanctuary.
The American expat owners are really trying to do something a little different, something a little more “Bequia” and I think they’ve definitely succeeded at that. Don’t expect too many modern comforts but do expect to have a unique Caribbean experience.
- Location: Sugar Reef Caribbean Beach Hotel, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
- Website: sugarreefbequia.com
- Email: [email protected]
Palm Island – near Union Island
As the name suggest this resort is a private island a few miles away from Union Island where you can fly in or catch the local ferry. The private speed boat will whisk you from one island to the other and you’ll be greeted with friendly smiles and a Rum Punch of course. Palm Island is a wonderful collection of accommodation options, all generously sized and distinctly styled. Everything from coastal cottages to ornate Caribbean lodges. There’s even a private 2 bedroom villa with its own beach and pool if you’re looking for the ultimate in seclusion.
This all-inclusive resort is well designed with everything you need to relax and unwind. They also have sailing day trips that are well worth the money. Sailing out to the Tobago Cays just a few miles away, drinks and food included all day, you get the chance to swim with the beautiful Turtles that frequent the waters here. The coral is shallow and multi-coloured, the waters a beautiful turquoise blue.
Palm Island fill the gap between the more rustic boutique hotels and the exclusive accommodation on the island of Mustique. There’s a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and its easy to socialise with other guests at one of 2 bars. As you’d expect from a tropical island the coastal views are breathtaking and you’ll love the sunsets over Union Island as you sip rum cocktails. Perfect.
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