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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Spring Bay, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Sandra-Ey...
Tiverton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply Magical”
Reviewed 5 November 2019 for a stay in October 2019
3
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The villa was perfect in every way. Being all on one level made it very easy to get around. It is decorated to a very high standard and all the family agreed the beds were super comfortable. The pool is a welcome relief from the midday heat as was the cooling breeze coming straight off the sea.
After a long trip we were pleasantly surprised to find a meal waiting for us on arrival.
The owners, John and Dianne, went out of their way to ensure we had the best time and made us feel so special.
We will be back !

Date of stay: October 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Wanderer2...
2 reviews
“A wonderful, tranquil villa and a fantastic island: highly recommended”
Reviewed 7 January 2019 for a stay in December 2018

Tamarind is on the very peaceful and well-kept Spring Estate towards the top of the island with fabulous views from the bedrooms, terrace and pool. Going to sleep serenaded by cicadas and tree frogs is special and rising to sunrise and an early dip in the pool just so relaxing. Being quite high, the villa benefits from the cooling breeze. It is very well appointed, equipped and maintained with a lovely cleaner and pool cleaner coming in every few days.
Diane and John (the owners) live next door (out of sight) and are very careful not to intrude but very kind and generous (home-baked bread, shopping and a prepared meal in the fridge, all there on arrival) and pleased to give advice about where to go etc. It is very quiet, but only an 8 minute drive or 30 minute walk into Port Elizabeth. There is a lovely, tiny hotel and great beach much closer (Sugar Reef) but the whole island is really accessible (and unspoilt). Taxis abound but we hired a car (small 4x4) which we would recommend (Noel's taxi and car hire - lovely couple). You can do as much or as little as you wish - diving, snorkelling, hiking (with a guide), trips to other islands, boat charter, relaxing on the several wonderful beaches or just enjoying Tamarind villa. Great bars and restaurants (simple but good food and seafood), good music etc. The locals are really friendly and the whole island feels really safe and very chilled. I hesitate to write this as we really don't want too many people to know about Bequia and Tamarind! Book really early (Tamarind – available direct, flights and flight / boat transfers) – and don’t expect to make tight connections – just relax.

Date of stay: December 2018
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Jan 2019
Thank you both for such a great review both for Tamarind Villa and for our small Island of Bequia.
I hope you will both return in the not too distand furture.
Kind regards Dianne and John White
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Traveller...
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
Reviewed 23 April 2018 for a stay in January 2018
1
person found this review helpful

We have been visiting Bequia for the last ten years and this is by far the best villa we have stayed in - and we were lucky (with forward planning) to have booked it for four months. The situation is very quiet and peaceful and the view over the bay is beautiful. The villa is exceptionality well equipped and maintained. John and Dianne are the perfect hosts, nothing is too much trouble. You arrive as visitors, leave as friends. We will return!

Date of stay: January 2018
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Apr 2018
Thank you Jenny and Bob for the very positive review , we always try to give our guests the best holiday ever on Bequia and having a nice place to stay is top of the list.

We hope to see you in the future.

Kind regards

Dianne and John
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missliss1...
New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“best swimming pool vista ever !”
Reviewed 4 April 2017 for a stay in December 2016

Bequia is a lovely little Caribbean island, still with the painted colorful houses and vibrant flower filled yards of old. Very charming and quaint. Its is small with lots of curvy hills, and this villa sits about 3/4 of the way up one of the hills less than 10 minutes from the main town.

The villa starts on the second story with the garages,pool room and laundry underneath, and so the extra elevation affords one a sweeping view of the countryside below, and the endless ocean vistas. You enter around the rear of the villa down a lovely flower lined pathway and into the kitchen and living area. The entire villa is done out in soothing Caribbean colors, light tile floors, pretty soft turquoises and creams and so although compact, is very soothing to the eye and seems spacious and uncluttered. The kitchen is well equipped with every bowl, plate or glass you may need, including serving and Tupperware (not always a given in these rentals) and so was a pleasure to cook in.

The bedrooms are on either side of the great room, with one being reached through the extensive bathroom and walk in closet, which is great if you are travelling with kids as it gives you more separation at night. Both bedrooms lead out to the verandah as well. The bedrooms have very pretty mosquito canopies and very traditional wood beds. The netting is imperative as there are tons of grasshoppers and whatnot at night and it is best to put all the netting down before sunset. We also learned to give a good spray of bug spray behind the furniture and in the closets during the day, when the mossies would be looking for these cool areas to rest in. Once one has a plan in place, it is all quiet manageable -but be aware- you are in the deep tropics here, and there is lots of insects. They are often quite pretty, giant moths and multi colored beetles, and so we really enjoyed seeing them....just as long as they weren't in bed with us.

The exterior of the villa, which is almost 50 percent of the space, is magnificent. There is a generous roof overhang for shade and protection from the little rain showers, which happen sporadically, just long enough to cool everything down. There are a couple of seats under the overhang for perching in when one needs respite from the heat. The huge dining table is located in a deep alcove, so it remains cool and dry and a perfect spot for alfresco meals.There are good sun loungers next to the pool. Not in any of the pictures, is an excellent couch and table set at the end of the long verandah under a ingeniously rigged umbrella, where my husband and I enjoyed our morning coffee and watched the sunrise over the ocean- brilliant way to start !!! The pool was a miraculous temperature all day and night- so perfect for swimming at all hours, no waiting for it to 'warm' up. It is cantilevered over the hill, and so the effect is that you are swimming out to sea. There is an underwater ledge at the deep end, ideal for sitting and sipping a cold beer or cocktail and admiring the view. The sky is fantastically large, and watching the little puffs of clouds transverse the sky and cast shadows over the ocean and the out lying islands, was enough to fill all our days. Even our teenagers were taken with how many shades of blue developed as the sunlight played through the clouds and how the ocean glistened, it was truly enthralling.

The hosts were lovely people and made us feel welcome immediately, explaining how everything worked. Their house is next door, up a hill and separated from the villa by an extensive and lush garden. They keep a very respectful distance but are there at the drop of a hat if one needs fresh linens or any other thing. The house keeper and grounds man kept the villa crispy clean and were friendly but unobtrusive.

One of the highlights of the holiday was the fresh tropical fruit and veg from the "rasta" market down in town- a great bunch of folks who love to haggle and cajole. They will offer you tastes of the sweetest melons and sour sops and mangoes -delicious ! Make sure you walk to each booth first to see who has the best of each item and then try buy a little from each -this keeps it equitable and everyone happy. We never did find the fisherman, which was a disappointment.

Beaches and restaurants were lovely, as is the stone walkway along the cliffs in town where all the restaurants were, but honestly our best time was spent on the lovely verandah, eating our day's "catch" of fresh fruit and watching the clouds whizz across the ocean. This villa is better than its pictures and highly recommended.

Date of stay: December 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 Apr 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review, you and your family were an absolute delight and we look forward to welcoming you back again .
Bequia is such a special place and still unspoiled by commercialism , lets hope it stays that way a long time to come.

Thank you again for your kind words.
John and Dianne White
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BJH888
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“First class location and hospitality”
Reviewed 12 March 2017 for a stay in November 2016

Location is stunning. The facilities reflect the degree of personalised attention given by Dianne and John. Their preferred taxi driver, Noel was always on hand to take you wherever you wanted if you did not want to hire a car. We would highly recommend the villa for couples or families who want that extra special holiday.

Date of stay: November 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
12 Mar 2017
Thank you for your kind words, Tamarind Villa is a special place for every one to enjoy this unspoiled Island in the Caribbean
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