A Caribbean world away

Be­quia Beach, St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines

Country Life Every Week - - The Great Escape -

AS we wind our way across the is­land, goats trot along­side the open pick-up and reg­gae mu­sic and laugh­ter float in the air above the colour­ful houses on the road from Port Elizabeth. Here on Be­quia (pro­nounced Beck-way), you are step­ping into the un­spoilt Caribbean of old— a Bar­ba­dos of 30 years ago.

Our des­ti­na­tion, Be­quia Beach Ho­tel and its sparkly new yacht, ap­pears be­fore us. Sym­pa­thet­i­cally built across sloped trop­i­cal gar­dens, owner Bengt Mort­st­edt’s ex­clu­sive hide­away runs down onto the white-sand beach. The Swedish busi­ness­man sourced the vin­tage fur­nish­ings for the 56 rooms—clas­sic vil­las, cot­tages, oceanand beach­front suites, pent­houses and a staffed es­tate villa—all po­si­tioned be­tween lantern walkways, lend­ing a vil­lage feel rather than that of a re­sort. The style is one of colo­nial el­e­gance and touches such as reception desks made from hot-air-bal­loon bas­kets are charm­ing.

This at­ten­tion to de­tail is par­tic­u­larly clear in the fine cui­sine on of­fer. At Ba­gatelle, you can en­joy al­fresco din­ing on the beach. Blue Tropic is nes­tled on the hill, with breath­tak­ing views. Both boast in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed chefs. Beach yoga or a spell in the spa are both on of­fer, but in or­der to truly re­lax, I highly rec­om­mend at­tend­ing a Caribbean bar­be­cue—lis­ten­ing to the band with a Blue Ocean cock­tail in hand, you’ll for­get that you’ve ever had a care in the world. EM From £1,585 per per­son, based on two adults shar­ing a Clas­sic Pool and Sea View Room for seven nights, in­clud­ing break­fast, re­turn econ­omy Bri­tish Air­ways flights and pri­vate trans­fers in June 2017. Book with ITC Lux­ury Travel (01244 355600; www.it­clux­u­ry­travel.co.uk)

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