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Uncommon Envy: Introducing Sugar Reef Bequia, the Caribbean’s Sweetest New Boutique Hotel

Uncommon Envy: Introducing Sugar Reef Bequia, the Caribbean’s Sweetest New Boutique Hotel
Starting December 15th, you can enjoy this view at Sugar Reef Bequia

New is always news when it comes to hotel development in the Caribbean, but when the corner of the Caribbean in which said new hotel is opening just happens to be Bequia, well, that’s a cause célèbre on a whole ‘nother level. This isn’t Aruba, Jamaica, Nassau, or any other mecca of mass tourism where new hotel openings are as common as the swaying palms. Bequia lies in St. Vincent’s corner of the Grenadines, an unbelievably paradisiacal heaven on earth where superlatives, no matter how exalted, never really seem to measure up.

By all indications, the new Sugar Reef Bequia will similarly defy description.

Like Bequia herself, Sugar Reef promises to be beautiful, welcoming, comfy and romantic, with a flair of authentic Grenadines history and elegance completing the package.

Oh yeah, there’s also this amazing beach

Sugar Reef's Beach
The beach at Sugar Reef Bequia

The property consists of just eight guest rooms, each one named for Grenadines islands.  Accommodations are housed at the property’s Beach Club and French House, both nestled on a 65-acre working plantation estate (coconuts, bananas, guavas, papaya, etc.) in the center of the amazing reef-protected bay pictured in the lead photo above.

Though brand new in most every respect, Sugar Reef’s original structures date back a good 30 years, so you know there’s pride and traditional island craftsmanship in its walls, roofs and foundations. Whether down on the beach, or at the French House further up the hill, guests will enjoy deep verandas, cathedral ceilings, and French doors and windows specially designed to create cooling shade and capture island breezes.

Local stone, mahogany and other natural materials sourced in the original construction are also complemented nicely by furniture, art, textiles and other design elements all carefully cultivated by designer Jonathan Berger and Sugar Reef’s owner, Heather Evans. Suffice it to say, most uncommon travelers would be quite comfortable in surrounds like these…

Sugar Reef Bed
Guestroom at Sugar Reef Bequia

At the same time, though, Sugar Reef doesn’t promise to be all things to all travelers, be they uncommon or not. From the hotel website:

Sugar Reef Bequia maintains the Caribbean tradition of living in sumptuous luxury open to the views and breezes–as well as lizards and the occasional bat.

If your dream Caribbean experience requires air conditioning, television, trendy boutique shopping and the type of round-the-clock activities and entertainment schedule found at those mass tourism spots we cited above, then Sugar Reef is definitely not for you.

Still think you might like it, but want to be 100% sure? No worries. Sugar Reef has a handy Go or No Go Test on its website to help you decide. I just took it and I can say wholeheartedly that this place is absolutely ideal for me!

Sugar Reef Bequia opens its doors for the first time December 15, 2012. For reservations and more information, visit the Sugar Reef website.


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  • Jack Sparrow

    The beach in the photo is on the other side of the island…it’s not the beach at Sugar Reef!!

  • okole kine

    Happy to see the Sugar Reef is back up and running. Many years ago, I walked to the turtle conservancy from town and had a wonderful lunch there. I think they used to have full moon bbq’s which I always wanted to attend but timing was just not right.

    • Steve Bennett

      Indeed, Full Moon BBQ’s were a staple of the Beach House location. I think we’ll see similarly fun regular party nights coming back to this spot soon. Stay tuned…

  • angelique berger

    Hi, lovely article! You mention my brother, Jonathan Berger as the designer and I just wanted to throw a heads up that he has a new website other than the one you link to it’s atelierjonathanberger.com

    • Steve Bennett

      Thanks for the kudos and the heads up on the new website, Angelique! We’ve made the update. Cheers!

      • angelique berger

        Awesome Steve, Thanx!