Accommodation Spotlight: The Frangipani Hotel, Bequia

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During our trip through the Grenadines, we spent 9 nights on the gorgeous island of Bequia, and would’ve stayed longer if we had the time.

Bequia Island is full of gorgeous, boutique-style hotels. During our stay on Bequia, we were lucky enough to experience a few different places, with the Frangipani Hotel being one of our favourite rooms to date!

Owned by the daughter of the former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, The Frangipani Hotel is well-known in this part of the world for being a popular yachtie hangout and for being recognized in the book, 1000 Places To See Before You Die.

If you’re planning a trip to Bequia, read on to learn more about what to expect from the historical Frangipani Hotel.

Checking In

We arrived at the hotel early in the morning in the back of a local taxi and were greeted by a smiling face at reception. Even though we were early for check-in, we were still shown to our room and were able to unpack and settle in.

The hike up the hill to our Deluxe Hillside King Room was steep and our backpacks began to feel extra heavy! However, the hike not only gave us some much-needed exercise, but it made for some fantastic views over the harbour from our large balcony.

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It’s a bit of a hike up to some of the rooms…but worth it for the view!

Our Room

We stayed in the Deluxe Hillside King Room and couldn’t have been happier. As we opened the door to our home for the next 5 nights, we were both blown away by its size and style.

A king-size bed sat in the center with an entertainment stand and t.v. near the foot of the bed. In the opposite corner sat a desk with chair, and a comfortable sofa chair and ottoman for relaxing. Stone walls helped to keep the room cool, as did the modern tiled floors.

Double wooden doors opened up to a giant balcony with a table and chairs. The views from the deck were superb, the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or an afternoon rain storm!

The room was divided by a tall stone wall. Located on the backside was the dressing room with a sink, lots of counter space, a closet, a safe, and another counter area with a mini fridge, coffee maker and kettle. Through a door off of the dressing room was a very spacious bathroom with another sink, toilet and shower.

The room included mosquito spray, mosquito coils, coffee and tea, a mosquito net for the bed, which is a must-have in this part of the world.

Even though our room was set just below the main road, we didn’t feel bothered by any traffic noise. A great feature was the barrier between us and the neighbouring balcony, it felt very private and we couldn’t hear anything through our stone walls.

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The Deluxe Hillside King Room

Other Rooms at Frangipani Hotel

The Frangipani Hotel offers a wide variety of rooms, perfect for all budgets.

Up the hill are four Deluxe Hillside Rooms, and two Air-Conditioned Deluxe Rooms. All of these rooms are large, with stone walls and have fantastic views over the water.

Not only is the air-conditioned room much cooler than the other rooms, but there is a four-poster bed with a draping mosquito net.

Lower down the hill are four Garden View Rooms with twin or queen-sized beds. These rooms have great views over the tropical garden and beautiful stone walls as well.

In the original family home, right above the restaurant and closest to the water, there are 5 economy rooms. These rooms are more basic but have a beautiful West Indian style to them.

All of the rooms share a bathroom and cold water shower, as well as a common balcony overlooking the sea. Guests have the option of twin, double or queen-sized beds. A great perk of these rooms is that the wi-fi signal is the strongest here.

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Other rooms at the Frangipani Hotel

The Dining

The Frangipani Bar and Restaurant is set in the perfect location, right at the water’s edge. The restaurant serves up delicious meals during lunch and dinner, and on Thursdays, they put on a fun BBQ and “jump-up” with a local steel band.

Unfortunately, the BBQ and live music doesn’t happen in the off-season, which was when we were there. I guess we’ll have to go back!

The outdoor bar is a very happening spot and even though much of the island was quiet when we visited, there were still many people congregating at the Frangi Bar. This is a great place to meet up with other travellers and locals for a sundowner.

For those on a tight budget, the dinner menu may seem a bit expensive, but it’s hard to find a cheap meal after dark on Bequia so the prices are in line with the rest of the island.

One of the great things about the Frangipani Restaurant is that they will offer you items from the lunch menu for dinner, which are definitely affordable and very tasty. However, it would be a shame to miss out on their popular BBQ night or any of their delicious seafood meals due to budget constraints.

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Us enjoying a meal at the Frangipani Restaurant

The Staff

Because we visited during the summer months, the hotel wasn’t fully staffed and unfortunately, we weren’t able to meet everyone. Those that we did meet, however, were friendly and welcoming. The servers, the cleaning ladies and the bartender all made our stay a memorable one.

The Amenities

There’s no pool here, but you wouldn’t need it. The hotel is set right on the water’s edge with the Belmont Walkway running right in front of the restaurant. This is a great area for walking and swimming. The bar and restaurant are the perfect spots for a sundowner after a day of exploration.

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Frangipani is in the perfect spot for watching sunset

Rooms here are cleaned each day and include coffee, tea and mosquito repellents. Wi-fi is available in the restaurant, but only works in a select few rooms. Next door you’ll find the Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant and Vintages Bequia wine shop, all owned by the same family as the Frangipani Hotel. The food at the Gingerbread is great and so is the wine selection at Vintages!

Room Rates

(Prices in US Dollars)

WINTER (December 15 – April 30)

AC Deluxe: $275

Deluxe Hillside: Single – $205, Double – $235

Garden View: Single – $180, Double – $210

Economy Room: Single – $75, Double – $85

SUMMER (May 1 – December 14)

AC Deluxe: $220

Deluxe Hillside: Single – $145, Double – $205

Garden View: Single – $110, Double – $145

Economy Room: Single – $55, Double – $65

The summer special at the Frangipani is pretty good, if you stay for 6 nights, you get the 7th free! There is only a small difference in price between AC Deluxe and Deluxe Hillside Double, in our opinion it’s well worth it for the AC (which is mosquito sealed).

Rates are inclusive of 10% VAT and 10% Service Charge. 

Overall Opinion

We weren’t ready to leave after our 5 nights at the Frangipani. The location is perfect, the rooms are spacious and modern and the food at the restaurant is very good.

We loved being able to walk right onto the Belmont Walkway and go from one end to the other. The Frangipani is also very close to Port Elizabeth, shopping and many other restaurants. We also loved the fact that this hotel caters to all budgets. It’s rare to find economy rooms in the Caribbean.

-Pros

  • Wide range of rooms and rates
  • Great food
  • Perfect location
  • Excellent views from every room
  • Friendly staff
  • Nearby walks / hikes
  • Gorgeous stone walls and massive balconies in rooms
  • Coffee machine and daily coffee refills in rooms
  • Walking distance to restaurants and town

-Cons

  • No screens on the windows = many mosquitoes
  • The wi-fi doesn’t work in the upper level rooms

The hotel isn’t right on the beach, but it’s right on the water and there is a dock if you want to jump in. For us, it was a pro to have the pier right out front, but some people may want to be on a sandy beach.

Check Out Our Accommodation Spotlight Video For The Frangipani Hotel!

A big thank you to The Frangipani Hotel for hosting us during this portion of our stay on Bequia Island. As always, all reviews, thoughts and opinions remain our own. 

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Accommodation Spotlight- The Frangipani Hotel, Bequia

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