Spring Hotel Bequia
, Spring Estate, Port Elizabeth, Bequia.
Spring Hotel Bequia, otherwise known as Spring House, sits in the centre of the Spring Estate on the little island of Bequia. The small boutique hotel blends an authentic plantation house style with a touch of modernity and lots of elegant charm on a two acre garden and estate. With ten spacious suites, Spring Hotel provides guests with a real Caribbean experience and proper personal attention.
Standing by the pool, the Bridge Bar features a well stocked and roomy bar with music and sports TV as well as a large seating area where you can enjoy light lunch, or even a board game with friends. The stage features local music from time to time and resident barman Kong is waiting to serve one of his famous Spring Hotel Rum Punches. Be sure not to drive after a couple of those! Not just the hub of the hotel, the Bridge Bar has a lively local vibe, and guests and locals alike can enjoy the sea views and the tropical breezes wafting through.
The Spring Hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch at the poolside bar, English style afternoon tea in the drawing room (with a little advance notice) and dinner in the dining room. Fresh local food is deliciously prepared and it’s claimed to be the best value on Bequia too!
Even though the nearest beach is less than a mile away, some guests find the hotel environs provide everything they need. As well as the bar and restaurant, there is a gym, badminton and shuffleboard courts, a table tennis table, pool table and giant chess board. For those who do head for the beach, kayaks, snorkelling gear, beach chairs and towels are available.
Each of the ten suites (all named after a Grenadine island) is fully furnished with pieces created by local craftsmen and decorated with extravagant fabrics and paintings by a local artist. Almost all suites feature a four-poster bed with romantic netting, air conditioning, plenty of space, and beautiful ocean and/or garden views. They also include large showers, some decorated with beautiful mosaics, plasma screen television with 50+ cable channels, wireless internet access, phone charging points, hair dryers, and a wall safe.
Bequia remains one of the most unspoiled and natural of all the Caribbean islands, with a population that numbers just under 5,000. Small, lush and quiet, Bequia has its own unique culture. The island retains an old-world charm and small island friendliness, but with modern touches like internet cafes and ATM machines. There is no need for traffic lights and no-parking signs. The beaches are uncrowded, a private coastal retreat just like in the travel brochures.