1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2. Beautiful accommodation and amazing views
Martin & Julie Mansfield
About Martin & Julie Mansfield
We originally arrived in the Caribbean in 1996 after making a 3 week transatlantic crossing aboard our sailing yacht 'Rainbow Spirit'. This was the beginning of another adventure and after sailing and exploring the Caribbean Islands for 2 years we eventually bought a 2 acre plot of land on the island of Bequia. Having already committed to a world circumnavigation, we set sail again in 1998, went through the Panama Canal and spent the next three years travelling around the world with our three daughters. Although we visited hundreds of white sand, sun-drenched tropical islands, we found none of them compared to the special beauty and charm of Bequia. We returned in 2001 and finally made a start on building our 'Tropical Hideaway'. Building in the Caribbean was never going to be easy and after the frustrations of 2 years turning into 3 years and 3 years turning into 4 years we finally finished construction in 2011. Eight years of full time building and a cost overrun of around 300%. The project was huge, far bigger than we ever imagined, but our hard work, frustrations, pain and suffering eventually paid off and we now have a remarkable property often quoted as having 'the finest views on Bequia, from the finest accommodation on Bequia'. Our daughters have now left to start their own lives and adventures, returning when time and funds allow. Our eldest daughter is now married and lives in New Zealand. Our middle daughter started the first Spa's and treatment centres on Bequia and is now employed by the rich and famous from all over the world. Our youngest daughter is currently working at a safari lodge in a remote part of Zambia and returns to Tropical Hideaway occasionally for the December to April season where she offers her spa treatments and therapy work. As you can see, our wanderlust lifestyle has left a lasting impression on our daughters and they are all enjoying an adventurous and exciting life as we have done.
Martin & Julie Mansfield purchased this Cottage in 1998
Why Martin & Julie Mansfield chose Belmont
Beautiful Bequia (pronounced bek way) is an undiscovered paradise, the Caribbean of 20 years ago. Covering an area of only 7 square miles, Bequia lies in the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is just a short plane hop from the ever popular Barbados and next to the renowned Mustique, both favourite islands of the rich and famous. It is the largest of the Grenadine Islands known also as the ‘jewels of the Caribbean’ and is blessed with several pristine, white sandy beaches many of which are totally natural and undeveloped. If you want resort hotels, nightclubs and beaches full of sunbeds, don't come to Bequia. If you want to discover the undiscovered, visit our beautiful Island, enjoy the uncrowded pristine white sandy beaches, swim and snorkel in our safe and warm Caribbean waters and experience the genuine friendliness of the local Bequian people. Bequia is an all year round destination with daytime temperatures consistently averaging between 24C (75F) and 30C (86F) throughout the year. A "chilly" evening in the winter months (January to March) might see a low of around 22C (72F) and in the summer months the temperature will occasionally reach 32C (90F). Trade winds bring cooling breezes for most of the year and the famous 'Christmas Winds' bring stronger breezes and livelier seas, perfect for the keen sailor. Bequia truly is a unique Island. Large enough to be interesting and exciting, yet small enough to retain its local charm and uniqueness that only a small 'off the beaten track' Caribbean Island can offer. It truly is an undiscovered paradise that some well known travel journalists are only just discovering and several well known newspapers and magazines have recently published articles and all describe Bequia as an undiscovered paradise, about to be discovered. What more can I say ............. Come see for yourselves!
What makes this Cottage unique
Tropical Hideaway and Palm Cottage have one of the finest hillside locations on Bequia and coupled with the incredible heated Infinity Pool, the spectacular panoramic ocean views & the beautiful evening sunsets, you soon realize you are enjoying, what many say, are the finest views on Bequia, from the finest accommodation on Bequia. The views are simply amazing and are forever changing as ships and yachts of all sizes and nationalities pass by on their journeys and adventures. Having two dive shops and around 24 dive sites, Bequia is a divers paradise. Our diverse marine environment includes relaxing reefs, wall dives, drift dives and even a few wrecks. You can still dive and snorkel away from the crowds in crystal clear waters with reefs that are still pristine. Our abundant and diverse sea life ranges from 100’s of species of Tropical Fish, Octopus, Sea Turtles and Sea Horses to name but a few. Bequia has it all and will satisfy beginners trying out snorkelling, scuba divers who wish to take a Padi course and experienced divers wishing to go on an exhilarating dive. Looking for an adventure? Try Discover Scuba with one of our two dive shops and enjoy a shallow reef dive with one of their experienced instructors. We now have available our brand new forty page 2016 guidebook about Tropical Hideaway and the island of Bequia. It has detailed information about local services, the fun things to do, our local restaurants, day trips to nearby islands and a wealth of other information invaluable for anyone intending to visit our beautiful Island. To read our complimentary guidebook please go to the very bottom of this page or visit our comprehensive website, read our latest 5* reviews, browse through our stunning photographs and download our complimentary 2016 40 page information guide for visiting Bequia and make your dream a reality.
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Julie and Martin certainly know how to make you feel welcome! As one of the guests said if James Bond was to do self catering he would do it here! Stunning property and lovely accomodating staff. A must for the discerning holiday maker.
The Absolute Best In The Caribbean
My wife and I have been regular guests at Tropical Hideaway since 2013. Bequia is by far and away our favorite Caribbean island. And Tropical Hideaway is the absolute best value for our money we have ever found in our extensive Caribbean travel. We go back again and again simply because the owners, Martin and Jule, set the bar so high we know we would be disappointed if we went anywhere else.
For us, the real beauty of Bequia is that very few outside the yachting community have ever heard of it. It is a small island that is somewhat difficult to get to for land crabs like us, which effectively eliminates the hordes of tourists who regularly deplane in St. Lucia and Barbados. Those are your two main gateways. To get to Bequia, you have to take SVG Air from those two islands. And for couples like ourselves, that adds another $1,000 to the total trip cost. But the cost is beyond well worth it!
Bequia has no casinos, no large hotel chains, no zip lines, no jet skis, no rowdy nightlife, no corporate junk food chains...in essence it is the Caribbean as it was 30-50 years ago. You can take sailing day trips, you can scuba dive, you can snorkel...basically you can have a "real" Caribbean experience and meet local people who are genuinely glad to have you there. The small shops and local bars/restaurants are very inviting and friendly.
As for Tropical Hideaway, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Basically a small luxury boutique hotel (without the usual $1,000+ a night charge), the landscaping is lush and vibrant with color. It sits atop Bequia Estates with wonderful views of Port Elizabeth and Princess Margret Beach below. And the infinity pool is THE finest we have ever found in all our years of Caribbean travel. Relaxing with a few of Martin's rum punches (the best on the island) and just enjoying the view from the edge of the pool can and does (for us) consume a large portion of our stays.
We've stayed in the Penthouse, the Pool House, and this time we spent part of our stay in the lovely Palm Cottage. Hibiscus Cottage in down the hill below the pool and is the most private. It is basically a duplicate of Palm. We prefer to be close to the pool and eliminate the walk down and up. But lots of people we've met there prefer the added privacy.
Everything...from the island, to Tropical Hideaway, to the owners are just beyond fabulous. If you go, you will hate leaving. And you will long to return. This we promise you.
Wow! What an incredible place! We had the most magical, relaxing, incredible time. Martin and Julie are excellent hosts and treated us like family. The Palm Cottage was private and spacious with excellent views and just a short walk from the pool. I would highly recommend staying there. The pool is the best one I've ever been in. Every night we watched the sunset from the pool. There is something so relaxing and peaceful about being there. You leave feeling refreshed. If you have the chance to stay here, don't hesitate to do so. You'll love it!
Absolutely stunning location. Superb , well equipped accommodation.
Fantastic pool and swim up bar
Everything you could desire has been thought of and supplied by the wondeful hosts - Martin and Julie
This property is as beautiful as the views !
Tropical Hideaway is a lovely place to stay, with wonderful hosts! We stayed in Palm Cottage, we had everything we needed, plus more than we could ask for in the scenery. Absolutely, come to Tropical Hideaway ! You won't be disappointed.
Fabulous tropical holiday
Outstanding in every detail. The property has a brilliant position, overlooking the harbour and catching the gentle winds. The sunsets over the infinity pool were amazing. Palm Cottage was brilliant for the two of us, with its own private terrace with views over a diffent aspect of the harbour. Would recommend without hesitation and we will most certainly return. For people thinking about booking their website is amazingly comprehensive and is very accurate and helpful.
Beautiful Bequia (pronounced bek way) is an undiscovered paradise, the Caribbean of 20 years ago. Covering an area of only 7 square miles, Bequia lies in the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. It is just a short plane hop from the ever popular Barbados and next to the renowned Mustique, both favourite islands of the rich and famous. It is the largest of the Grenadine Islands known also as the ‘jewels of the Caribbean’ and is blessed with several pristine, white sandy beaches, many of which are totally natural and undeveloped. If you want resort hotels, nightclubs and beaches full of sunbeds, don't come to Bequia. If you want to discover the undiscovered, visit our beautiful Island, enjoy the uncrowded, pristine, white sandy beaches, swim and snorkel in our safe and warm Caribbean waters and experience the genuine friendliness of the local Bequian people.
We now have available a free 24 page guidebook with information about Tropical Hideaway and the island of Bequia. It has detailed information about local services, the fun things to do on Bequia, our local restaurants, day trips to nearby islands and a wealth of other information invaluable for anyone intending to visit our beautiful Island. To read our free Information Guide please visit our website, scroll down the Tropical Hideaway 'Welcome' page and click on the guide book.
Barbados is the main International airport for the area and SVG Air have a late afternoon 40 minute flight into Bequia that connects with most International flights.
Jet Blue flies from Boston, New York, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. American Airlines fly from Miami and Charlotte. Delta flies from New York and Atlanta.
Air Canada flies from Toronto and Montreal. West Jet flies from Toronto.
British Airways fly from Gatwick. Virgin Atlantic flies from Gatwick and Manchester. Thomas Cook flies from Manchester in the peak holiday season.
Condor flies from Frankfurt. GOL Airlines fly from Sao Paulo. Avianca flies from Bogota. Airlines that fly within the Caribbean include Liat Airlines and Caribbean Airways. Liat fly Barbados to St Vincent.
SVG air also have flights from St Lucia to Bequia daily (except Wednesday). St Lucia is served by the same airlines above.