|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The two suites- Jasmine on the ground floor with three ensuite,air conditioned bedrooms-one king,one queen and one double queen , and Amaryllis on the first floor also with three en suite air conditioned bedrooms-, one king , one queen and two doubles are completely separate and linked by an external stairway. Both have full air conditioned kitchens, open plan dining, bar, and lounge areas with entertainment facilities(flat screen TV, cable, DVDs, secure wi fi internet, IPod docksand home theatre systems). The cottage, available only with Amaryllis, is also air conditioned with en suite bathroom and a kitchenette. Amaryllis has a covered patio and two large open decks, one with BBQ and outdoor range for open air dining. Jasmine has a private covered patio off the master bedroom and exclusive use of the pavillion with its outdoor kitchen, al fresco dining area and open deck .The freshwater meniscus edge pool and shower and its open, umbrella covered deck, is shared. The units are not wheel chair accessible and the pool area is not fenced off.
The property and booking: Both units are equipped with gas ranges,two burner electric cooktops, microwaves, toaster ovens,fridge freezer, separate chest freezer, large cooler,dishwasher, washer/dryer, a full range of small appliances, glassware, plastic glasses for poolside use, cutlery,crockery and table and bedroom linen including beach and house towels. Guests need only bring their clothes, personal entertainment and themselves. Maid service is provided five days a week and a non resident property manager is always available to help with requests, information and reservations. The units can be booked separately or jointly on weekly or monthly terms, substantial discounts from the published weekly rates are given for joint and extended bookings. Although a car is not necessary to enjoy this property, rental cars(small SUVs), motor scooters and bicycles are readily available and the local taxi services and shared 'dollar' vans which follow set routes, but pick up and drop on demand are safe and excellent.
Bequia and its people: Bequia has a population of about six thousand, made up of descendants of Scottish and Portuguese whalers, a mixed group and some one thousand expatriates, some of whom live permanently on the island. Without exception Bequians welcome visitors and are friendly, helpful and courteous and earn their livelihood from seafaring, fishing, shipping and tourism. It is customary to extend a formal greeting before doing any business and most people are known by their nicknames rather than their given names. Clothing is very casual and shorts, light shirts and sandals are the norm even in the fine dining restaurants. The island is still very much a community and is large enough to have a range of services and activities without the mass tourism, high rise buildings, large hotels and over development common in the larger islands. It is possible to kick back and do nothing or enjoy the many activities available, particularly those associated with the beach, sea, and boats.
Sevices and access: Most of the Christian churches are represented, there are two banks with ATM services, a hospital, and private medical practitioners and a government complex which houses customs, immigration , postal service, driving permits and police.(serious crime is rare and the police are on top of their job). Electricity is 220/240 volt single phase and generally uses UK type plugs ( 110 volt supply and European and USA converters are available in Ylang Ylang). Supermarkets and deli shopping, a beer and soft drink wholesale depot and fresh vegetable and fish markets are all located in Port Elizabeth although St Vincent provides a larger range at slightly lower prices.
External access is usually by major airline to St Lucia, Barbados or Trinidad and then LIAT , the regional airline to St Vincent and a one hour ferry ride to Bequia. Local airlines fly directly into Bequia from St Vincent, Barbados and the lower Grenadines which are also connected by fast catamaran ferry to Bequia.
Villa Ylang Ylang nestles above the Mount Pleasant Road in the hills just above Admiralty Bay, facing West with spectacular marine and sunset views. Enjoying a central location in Bequia, it is a five minute walk to the famous harbourside boardwalk leading to the main village of Port Elizabeth and its banks, churches,supermarkets, restaurants, bars, shops and the St. Vincent ferry dock. Bequia's two main beaches, Princess Margaret Bay and Lower Bay, with their clear water ,fine sand, beach bars and restaurants are a short distance in the other direction. Friendship Bay, and the villages of La Pompe and Paget Farm, leading to the airport lie just over the central hill. In the other direction the windward areas of Spring, Hope and Industry with their wilder beach fronts and strong breezes are a short ride away as is the northern side of Admiralty Bay where the fine dining restaurants are mainly situated.
Other Activities: turtle sanctuary
Golf: Golf and Casino gambling are available on the island of Canouan, approximately 16 miles south of Bequia,which can be reached by fast catamaran ferry or island airline. Eco tourism activities including the rain forest, volcano and botanical gardens are located in St. Vincent.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rental rates are per unit, The Cottage(only rented with Amaryllis) is an additional $750, high season and $500 low season per week.
Hand over days are flexible subject to other bookings, Part weeks may be accommodated on a pro rata basis but minimum rental period is one week.
Christmas and New year bookings will usually require a two week stay to include both days.
Deposit to secure booking is 20% of rental with balance due one month before commencement of visit.
No security deposit is required but guests are responsible for major damages and losses.
Substantial discounts are given for booking Amaryllis and Jasmine together and for stays of more than one week- please see our website or contact owner for details.
Payments to be made by wire transfer to owners' bank accounts in either USA $ or Pounds Sterling. Euros will be accepted subject to exchange rates at time of transfer.
On arrival in St Vincent you will need passports, the house address, and possibly a copy of the booking contract together with your return ticket for immigration. By and large no visas are required by St. Vincent for citizens of first world countries.
The taxi fare from the airport to the ferry dock is EC$ 30.(exchange rate 2.7EC$=1 US$)
The ferry ticket (just walk on, no booking required) is EC$35 return or EC$20 single.
The government exit tax on departure is EC$40 or US$ 16.is now included in the air ticket price.
Payment can be made in EC$ or US$ but, except in restaurants and hotels, credit cards are not widely used in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Once we know your incoming travel arrangements you will be met at the Bequia ferry dock (or airport) , taken to Ylang Ylang and given a full orientation.
A starter pack of groceries is included .
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.