Bequia island

Suzanne Barney on 20 June 2016
I was on a triple centre work trip to the islands of the Grenadines, a part of the Caribbean I hadn't yet explored and was so looking forward to it. When we touched down in Barbados we had to pick up an internal flight to Bequia.

Customs was quite swift and we were through to our lounge before be picked up our 20 seater aircraft. It was a little tight on board and not designed for tall people as I had to stoop when I got on. One hour into our journey we stopped at Union Island and then flew over Canounan before finally landing at Bequia.

We were met with a rum punch and cold towels and had 45 mins to get showered and ready for dinner.

My room was divine - very art deco with a huge four poster bed, ocean front with a real 1950's feel. There were Elemis products in the bathroom, three pin plugs, and a powerful hair dryer - what else could a girl need?

Dinner was a sea food extravaganza with plenty of cocktails to wash them down. The new chef Simon Goodson was trying out his new menus (Caribbean with a twist) which was finished off with passion fruit crumble.

I woke in the morning to the sound of the ocean and the lapping of the waves and met my colleagues for breakfast which was a la carte before retiring to a sun lounger. The hotel has the most adorable cabanas by the pool. Again, very art deco. We then waited for our spa treatment. I had a lovely neck and back massage and then headed out to explore the island.

There is not a lot to Bequia. We visited a turtle sanctuary, learnt a bit about the whaling history (it was a whaling station) and walked along Princess Margaret Beach (we weren't too far away from Mustique). There is a lovely cliff pathway that winds past the harbour, along the beach and past the local restaurants in Port Elizabeth - the capital. The roads on the island are very steep and narrow but there is very little traffic at all so it isn't really a problem. From the top of the island you can see over to the other Grenadine islands such as St Vincent and Mustique.

Then it was back to the hotel for more food and this time we were going out for dinner to a local restaurant the hotel had just purchased in Port Elizabeth. Whilst the chef went through all his plans for the hotel and the theme nights and changes sounds amazing.

If you like great food this is the place to come as the food is amazing. The staff are lovely and friendly and the place is so peaceful. Not for people who want loads to do - this is strictly a switch off sort of place.

The island isn't densely populated and has very few hotels so there aren’t lots of tourists here. If you are looking for something a bit different it is ideal.