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The Old Fort is the only fully restored historic plantation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, dating back to before 1763 (that's the earliest established date from ancient maps) when French settlers started migrating to the Caribbean. It is ideal for guests that seek something different to the ordinary, those that want utmost relaxation in a... special and magical location. We have been recommended by various international publications as the perfect place to go to unwind, boasting an exceptional venue that can also host any special events such as a wedding or romantic honeymoon.
Extremely private yet only minutes away from the best beaches, we are proud to offer hard-to-find classical ambiance in a beautiful natural setting. The Old Fort Historic Estate has a breath-taking location on top of a large undisturbed estate that stretches over several hillsides down to the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular views, one can only dream of, overlook the horizon and the numerous Eastern and Southern Grenadine Islands. Not only can one see Bequia's close neighbour, chic Mustique which according to many can be quite uninspiring, but on a clear day also distant Grenada, which lies over 50 miles away.
The Old Fort reflects plantation house roots and has a total of eight low-key lux rooms. Numerous indoor and outdoor sitting areas allows you to enjoy island living to the fullest. There are many activities to choose from, for instance hiking through one of the many nature trails that leads you through the estate down to a private beach, or simply just enjoy our grand pool, which according to Gully Wells, who is one of the senior writers for magazines such as Condé Nast Traveller, "is one of the most beautiful in the world".
Note: Kindly inform us if you need to accommodate fewer or additional guests so we can offer you a different rates package. Historic Plantation (which can accommodate up to 15 guests) and then the Sugar House which is located just next door and where another 4 guests can be accommodated.
Some of our Amenities:
Large plantation buildings rebuilt from an ancient ruin, a historic sugar mill restored and turned into luxurious accommodations, elegant suites located in various areas of the expansive property, an assortment of balconies and terraces from where one can enjoy sweeping views along all the Grenadine Islands, a grand swimming pool with waterfall, a separate kids pool with grotto, an open air & inside bar, a club room lounge with massive sitting area and fireplace, beautiful custom-designed showers, large lush inside and outside gardens, numerous patios and dining areas, grand living areas with high open ceilings, several different nature trails leading through the estate to several amazing viewing spots located just above the ocean, two beautiful beaches (one black sand, one white sand) only a short hike away, tame pet donkeys, dogs and cats (kids love them), and a trained courteous staff, including our recognized kitchen with its delicious menus and numerous international as well as local specialties.
Master Suite - This extremely large suite rests prominently above the living area and dining room in the second floor of the main section of the plantation house building. It consists of a master bedroom with a four-poster king-sized bed, and a additional games room and walk-in closet. It has a large custom-made en-suite bathroom (containing a natural pebbled bathtub), a large sitting room with it's own private library, and two balconies (one facing East, one facing South-West). From this suite one can just relax in the hammock and enjoy the stunning views overlooking the numerous islands and gardens surrounding the property. The Master Suite has beautiful hardwood floors throughout and comes with it's own large private fridge and a wireless Altec Lansing Ipod dock.
Top Tower Suite - Located in the very top of the main tower the Top Tower Suite features breathtaking 360-degree views on all sides. This room has been a favorite for numerous guests who have visited over the years. It has an array of windows on each side of which one section (the part overlooking the Grenadine Islands) can be fully opened from one end to the other.There is also a four-poster queen-sized bed, a sitting area, and an en-suite bathroom. Views are simply breathtaking. There is also a powerful ceiling fan which helps keep the room cool on windless days. This room has been mentioned in numerous travel magazines as one of the best, if not the best room, in all the Caribbean Islands.
Honey Room - This room is located in the middle of the main tower and evokes an incredible romantic atmosphere with its massive stonewalls surrounding the entire room. Honeymooners and romantic couples alike usually always adore this room. The Honey Room evokes a cool calm relaxed feel and is fully air-conditioned, although the AC is usually not necessary due to the constant fresh cooling trade winds that rise up from the Atlantic Ocean to the East. The Honey Room has a small balcony from where one can walk into the numerous terraced gardens and patios located around the property. This room has a sitting area next to a four-poster king-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom.
Planter's Room - The only room which was still partly standing when restoration of the over 250-year-old plantation began. It is fully air-conditioned and has hardwood floors throughout. It consists of a four-poster queen-sized bed and its own en-suite bathroom. The Planter's Room is located on the ground level of the main tower and can be accessed by two doors. One of these doors leads to a circular stone stairway into the main living area, whilst the other takes one through the numerous terraced gardens and patios located around the property.
Little Tower Room - This charming intimate room is located in the second floor of the Little Tower, which is just above the property's ancient thick-walled wine cellar. This room has a small comfortable sitting area and an intimate en-suite bathroom. It consists of a single bed downstairs and a twin-sized bed in the loft. It is ideal for young couples or kids and makes one reminisce of the story of Rapunzel who was rescued from within a tower by her prince charming.
Petit Nevis Room - This room is located just above the outside bar and grand pool area. It consists of a queen-sized bed, an en-suite bathroom, and has its own balcony from where one can enjoy majestic views overlooking the numerous Grenadine Islands that are located to the South. The outside balcony sitting area is excellent for just relaxing or enjoying the amazing natural atmosphere, especially in the early morning or late evening. The Petit Nevis Room has been decorated with various artifacts, and benefits from the gentle breeze that rises up from the Atlantic Ocean to the East, giving it an incredibly calm and relaxed feel.
The Sweet Room - This room is built within the foundation of the old ancient sugar mill, which is located next to the main plantation building. It is a very large comfortable room with a spacious en-suite bathroom and is surrounded by large round beautiful hand-made glass windows, which all have views into the property gardens. The Sweet Room consists of a king-sized solid-hardwood four-poster bed and a extremely large beautiful round open-air natural-pebbled shower, in which two persons can bath at the same time. It has its own walk-in closet and a beautiful hand-made sink vanity with a glass sink and high-end faucets. Furthermore, this room has its own office desk and a large glass door that opens up completely into the ancient sugar mill gardens.
The Black Room - This room is also built within the foundation of the old ancient sugar mill that is located next to the main plantation building. This room is very large with all furniture designed in elegant black. It has a large custom-made black king-sized four-poster bed, its own sitting area and a large en-suite bathroom. The luxurious bathroom consists of a solid hardwood vanity with high-end marble sinks and faucets and a custom-made open-air round natural pebbled shower. This bedroom has its own office desk and a walk in closet including two sets of large doors (one glass, one solid wood) from where one can walk into the ancient sugar mill gardens and also to its own private outside stone patio area.
Enjoy to be spoilt by the following:
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Complimentary pickup from the Bequia Airport or the Ferry Terminal upon arrival
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A delicious home-made rum punch or one of our freshly made juices as a welcome treat
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A large selection of spacious luxurious suites, all with custom made en-suite bathrooms
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Complimentary wireless broadband internet in all rooms and around the entire property
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A personalized full daily staff and maid service to help spoil you throughout your stay
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ The Old Fort's recognized kitchen offering a variety of delicious menus (guests are solely asked to pay shopping bills)
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A specialized chef and provisioning service during your stay (items can be ordered and stocked before your arrival)
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ The private grand swimming pool with its waterfall and separate plunge pool with grotto (ideal for kids and families)
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Exclusive use of the spacious property with its numerous tropical gardens and chill-out areas
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ The largest estate property on the island, stretching over several hillsides to the beautiful ocean below
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ A complimentary daily shuttle service to and from the nicest beach on the island
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ An astro-turf tennis court of which we have an exclusive membership
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Two ocean kayaks which can be used anytime and can be delivered to the beach for you
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Enjoy numerous nature trails, pasture areas and lookout points around the entire estat
Note: Rates are based on 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Guests. Depending on the size of your group, accommodations will be a combination of the Historic Plantation House and the newly built luxurious Sugar House (Let us know if you require fewer or more guests). Please contact for the best rates for your group.
The private scheduled plane service between Barbados and Bequia is US $230 per person one way and is arranged with guests arriving on any given day grouped for a common departure. An airline representative will meet and greet guests upon their arrival and assist with this private service. Flying time is 45 minutes (upon request we can arrange these flights and include them in the total invoice).
At first glance, Bequia may seem remote and difficult to get to but do not let this deter you from visiting this wonderful island. There are several international airports throughout the Caribbean that serve as "gatewaysÃ¢ÂÂ, from where you can then connect with a local carrier to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Some of the major international airports include Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Martinique, all offering daily flights to St. Vincent from where you can then take the enjoyable ferry trip to Bequia.
Most visitors find it more convenient to fly into BarbadosÃ¢ÂÂ Grantley Adams International Airport, as there are direct flight connections several times a day to Bequia. You can book either a scheduled flight or a private charter (which is a particularly attractive option for larger groups). The private scheduled plane service between Barbados and Bequia is US $230 per person one way and is arranged with guests arriving on any given day grouped for a common departure. An airline representative will meet and greet guests upon their arrival and assist with this private service. Flying time is 45 minutes (upon request we can arrange these flights and include them in the total invoice once you are booking with us).
Another popular route would be taking a flight into St. Vincent via any of the major Caribbean islands with Liat Airlines. From the airport, you can take a short taxi ride to the ferry terminal (approximately 5 - 10 minutes drive from the St. Vincent airport), followed by a ferry ride to Bequia (takes about an hour, port-to-port or 20 minutes with the fast ferry). The ferry is a wonderful experience and a number of visitors choose this way of getting to Bequia due to the beauty of the passage across from St. Vincent. Please note that the ferry runs on a fixed schedule, which means that you should give yourself sufficient time to arrive in St. Vincent and get to the ferry terminal before the last ferry leaves. You can also plan to spend a night in St. Vincent, which can be a great experience, or we can assist in arranging a boat that will pick you up and get you to Bequia in a short space of time.
At present, St. Vincent is constructing its own international airport, with plans to be completed in 2014. Once completed, travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines will hopefully be a much more straightforward experience. Feel free to contact us at anytime if you require assistance in making arrangements for your flight transfer to Bequia from neighbouring islands. We would be happy to manage your connection free of any charges.
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The Old Fort Bequia - The Only Fully Restored Historic Plantation In St. Vincent And The Grenadines. Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Additional Location Information
Bequia (pronounced bek-way) is known by many as \"the big little islandâ. Although it only measures 7 square miles (18 km2), it is the largest of the Grenadine islands in the country St. Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the Lesser Antilles, south of St. Lucia and west of Barbados. The islandâs population of approximately 5,000 is a friendly mix, which trace their ancestry back to Africa, Portugal, India, Ireland and the indigenous Carib Indians. Yet, the spoken language is English due to British colonial rule before the country gained its independence in 1979.
There are two seasons in Bequia, the dry season lasting from January â May and the rainy season (June â December), which always comes as a blessing due to the fact that Bequia is completely reliant on rain for its water. Bequia lies just below and west of the hurricane belt (the last hurricane that hit St. Vincent and the Grenadines with full force was in 1898), with temperatures ranging from about 75 Â°F (24 Â°C) to 85 Â°F (29 Â°C) throughout the year. The trade winds that blow in from the northeast to the southwest average about 14 knots, giving a cooling breeze to the island. The temperature of the peripheral waters is about 85 Â°F (29 Â°C) every day of the year, making it perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving year round.
While one reads all about the more visited Caribbean destinations such as the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Caymans, and St. Martin, it's often hard to find information about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. One reason is that St. Vincent, a bountiful island with vast coconut and banana plantations, in the past never primarily depended on tourism as a source of income, and another is that the Grenadines are remote and can only be reached by yachts or commuter airlines. As a result, these islands are the perfect haven for travellers searching for quiet, beautiful getaways surrounded in natural splendours, rather than islands full of glitzy hotels, casinos and jet loads of tourists.
The romantic island of Bequia was named the island of the clouds (although some now say it was named the crutch because of its shape) by the Carib Indians and has changed little with time. Due to its seclusion from the rest of the world, Bequia has built up a strong seafaring history, with age-old traditions in boat building, fishing and even whaling, being one of the few places in the world where limited whaling is still allowed by the International Whaling Commission. It has also been a sanctuary for sailors long before any other visitors discovered the Grenadines.
Gold-sandy beaches, many of which disappear into coves that are excellent for sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling, encircle Bequia. The centre of the island is hilly and forested, providing a dramatic backdrop to the bays and beaches. Admiralty Bay, the island's natural harbour, is a favourite anchoring spot for yachtsmen from all over the world, and here visitors can enjoy the quaint waterfront, lined with bars, restaurants and craft shops. Isolated enough to remain relatively unspoiled, yet lively enough to be stimulating and entertaining, Bequia provides a blend of the old and new that many find perfect.
On Bequia you will meet some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean that will welcome you to the island and make you feel at home immediately. It is also a great place to make new international friends from all over the world, go on a day sail, go hiking, or just \"lime\" under a coconut tree with your favourite beverage. Bequiaâs simple, unhurried lifestyle and beauty boasts a magical charm that leaves visitors wanting more.
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Liability - We cannot be held liable for injuries or damages to a guest or his/her possessions, unless damages caused are a direct result of gross negligence on our behalf. We assume that everyone using the pool can swim. Children and those who cannot swim have to be supervised at all times as there is no lifeguard on duty. Damages to The Old Fort or its contents should be reported. Guests may be asked to pay the cost of repairs if damages have resulted through negligence or abuse of property. Rates are subject to a additional standard 10% government tax & 10% service charge
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