2 bedroom, 2 bath, independent apartment with wow views from the balcony...
About Monica Harper
Originally from Cornwall and Birmingham. Have lived for many years in the USA, primarily Florida. Loved the Caribbean islands as soon as we discovered them and have visited many. Decided to build an active retirement home in the Caribbean in 2003.
Monica Harper purchased this Apartment in 2010
Why Monica Harper chose Belmont
Bequia was our choice because of the friendliness of the local people - and the absolutely beautiful Princess Margaret Beach, perfect for swimmers. We had to be At The Beach.
What makes this Apartment unique
For us, the ability to go for a swim in the warm Caribbean Sea at Princess Margaret, one of the World's most beautiful beaches, whenever you feel the urge, without the need for transport or long walks was so very, very special. And we love the views - bring binoculars if you like watching people on boats!
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Guests with vehicles must use A Shade of Blues private car park. Driveway is for use of approved taxis, owners and trades persons.
Air conditioning is limited to use only when the windows and doors are shut up. Extra monies are requested should guests not comply...
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Great spot lovely position
Absolutely gorgeous spot, well equipped, comfy bed and linen. Mosquito nets but hardly necessary. A/C but tried not to use it. Balcony can be short of breeze and a bit overly warm late afternoon but that’s the tiniest criticism. Pool really gorgeous, views stunning. Great hosts, would recommend this spot to anyone as long as they can climb steps. But honestly this Two bedroom two bathroom good kitchen amazing balcony is probably the loveliest rental on the island. Top top marks all round. Our hosts were super helpful in providing anything we needed!
Thank you Helen. Currently listening to the sweet sounds of Kyron at Jack's and the magical lights of Sea Cloud from our balcony. mx
Property setting is high with great view below of beach, boats & beautiful sunsets.
We stayed at Shade of Blues for one night prior to sailing & will return for a few nights post sail. Accommodations are lovely! 2 bedrooms each with private showers & bathroom areas. A/C available but we preferred the open air breeze. Owners are super! Julian was the taxi service recommended by the owners and was reasonable, punctual, friendly & delivered much appreciated assistance taking our belongings to the top of the stairs.
Thanks for niceness Marie. Would love to see you all back at A Shade of Blues again. Happy travels.
A month on Bequia
We stayed in Shades of Blue apartment for the month of October. The view from the balcony is incredible and you can never tire of waking up to Princess Margaret beach. The apartment is high up on the hill so will only suit reasonably fit travellers as there are a lot of steps up to the property but once there it is worth it. The Belmont walkway is a bonus for walking into Port Elizabeth and is by far the prettiest walk into a town that we know of. If coming back if loaded with shopping a taxi was a good choice. October was extremely quiet and only a couple of restaurants were open so we self catered for nearly all of our holiday. Lots of options for interesting meals from Barracuda bought on the beach to anything you could ever require from Doris's, but at a price. We shopped at knights grocers and Darkes fruit and veg stall. The apartment is lovely with wonderful comfy beds and luxurious cotton sheets. 2 outside showers which were a lovely treat. The infinity pool is just gorgeous and a very welcome treat after managing the steps. Princess Margaret beach awaits you at the bottom of the steps and the lovely Fay who sells drinks, souvenirs and t shirts will watch over your bags whilst you swim. On cooler days we walked to Friendship bay, Paget Farm and also Crescent beach. You can use the taxi services which are quite unusual and driven by some wonderful characters Elvis, Fatman and Elson to name a few. Most charge 20 ECD (£5) for the short ride out of town and the nominated taxi driver for the apartment Julian charged 25ecd and on our departure 40ecd as it was a 6 am pick up. We used the ferry to St Vincent 25 ECD per person each way. An interesting tip we heard about but would consider is to hire a car in St Vincent as it is cheaper and you can stock up at the supermarket before the ferry across. The staff Cass and Ottley at the property are lovely and are very knowledgable. The garden is fascinating with lots of different fruit trees, mangoes. plantain, passion fruit, pomegranate to name a few. Thank you to Monica for sharing her home.
Best vacation at the blue shade in bequai.
Staying at the blue shade was the best choice,we had such a great time,the place was incredible,a real treat,David and monika were amayzing .i loved all the small detail and the comfort that we been serounded by.i can wait to go back to the blue shade.
Great place - didn't want to leave!
My husband and I stayed at A Shade of Blues in January 2015. The fact that we plan to return in 2016 is a testament to how much we enjoyed the wonderful accommodations and the hospitality of our hosts, Monica and David.
A Shade of Blues is ideally located right above Jack's Bar on Princess Margaret Beach. We were able to walk into town for dinner or groceries and to other beaches as well. The view from the balcony is magnificent! The rooms are comfortable, clean and well-appointed with luxury bedding and attest to a great attention to detail. The outdoor shower was a nice touch!
One thing to note is that there is a bit of a walk up from and down to the beach - about 75 steps from the house to the road and another 75 through Jack's Bar to the beach. We usually broke the trek up with a refreshing dip in the infinity pool.
There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars on the island, all very good. We particularly enjoyed L'Auberge and Fernando's.
The snorkelling off Devil's Table is not to be missed, neither is an excursion on the schooner Friendship Rose.
We can't wait to get back to Bequia and to A Shade of Blues.
A week in the "Shades of Blue"
We spent a week in June in the "Shades of Blue" apartment. It was the perfect location in a lovely apartment sensitively designed to reflect the effortless serenity of this beautiful Caribbean island.
The location is directly above one the beach - capturing the stunning views of the bay, the idyllic surroundings with its lush landscaped coast and its transparent waters.
We didn't even need a car for the whole time we spent there - we strolled into town one day, the other we took a sea taxi and another we took a mini-bus. If we were searching for tranquillity we found it here in its location; when we wanted privacy - we took a dip in the generously sized infinity-edged pool or sat in the cool veranda looking down on the gorgeous scenery; if we wanted good food we popped down to Jack's bar on the beach or sauntered down to the bars and restaurants on Lower Bay.
There is a bright, light and breezy feel to this apartment. The well executed detailing is evident from the en-suite facilities, to the polished hard landscaping of the infinity edged pool (seeming to plunge into Admiralty Bay), right up to it's well equipped kitchen/diner and perfectly located veranda. I would highly recommend this apartment wholeheartedly and would definitely choose to come again. I've been to Bequia countless times but had never stayed in an apartment before that has complemented the surroundings as much as this.
Located at Princess Margaret Beach on Bequia, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in The World. Walk to and from the beach and Jack's Bar - an exceptional Caribbean beach bar & restaurant - in your swim gear.
Bequia Tourism web site has information on boat trips, diving and other activities, or ask the owner.
There is a beautiful cliff-side Trail into The Harbour (Port Elizabeth) or over to Lower Bay.
The island is a favourite destination in the Caribbean for sailors from all over the world. It is common to see the world's most expensive yachts moored offshore. Yachties love restaurants and bars, so Bequia offers an excellent choice. The island also has some good musicians.
Popular with divers and walkers; the most experienced divers are not disappointed. Bequia has undeveloped countryside with majestic views when 'out and about'. There are no big resorts.
Swimming is wonderful at Princess Margaret. The water is usually clear for snorkelling around the headland and there is a sophisticated beach bar with great food. Jack's Bar provides a jetty to catch water taxis to the harbour where the dive boats, shops, and more bars and restaurants are located.
Facing west, the views are wonderful and the sunsets magical.
Day trips to Mustique, St Vincent, Tobago Cays, or to a deserted small island for picnics and snorkelling via yacht or motor boat offer special travel experiences.