|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Sights 'n Sounds is one of the most elegantly designed and furnished villas on Bequia. It has an open floor plan that marries outdoors with indoors and allows family and friends to easily migrate from the pool to the verandah to the kitchen and living room with ease.
The home is furnished and equipped as a permanent residence, not a rental. King plantation poster beds, the finest linens, 2 over sized linen sofas, palecek love seats, and solid teak outdoor lounge chairs and rockers.
The chef's kitchen leaves no tool to be desired. A 48' Viking range with double ovens will cook for any size party. Dine indoors or al fresco under the stars. A large stainless outdoor gas grill is conveniently adjacent to the kitchen and pool.
Each guest room is distinctly private. The lower guest suite has an adjoining half bedroom with bunk beds for families that like to keep young children in close proximity at night. The detached guest cottage has its own kitchenette, private verandah and outdoor rainwater shower. Each bedroom is air conditioned but has two sets of doors and windows, one set with plantation style louvers and one set with glass panes,thereby allowing guests flexibility to chose their preferred sleeping environment and mix of views, ocean breeze, security and/or air-conditioning. Two bedrooms are adjoined by large double sink bathrooms and private dressing rooms with ample built in closets and drawers for the most well packed traveler.
The expansive grounds are exquisitely manicured with an abundance of tropical foliage, flowers, plants, flowering trees and fruit trees. Pick fresh papaya, mango and grapefruit every morning directly from the property for breakfast or a snack. Oranges, key limes and avocado are also grown on the property and available to pick depending on the time of year.
The entire home is constructed from natural materials. The ceilings, doors, windows and living room floors are hand milled from stunning Brazilian Ipe' wood. Elegant coral wall finishes and tiles complement the rich wood grain to provide a bright clean and crisp island vibe. A massive wrap-around verandah and partially covered pool deck provide almost limitless options for lounging in sun or shade at any time of day. Ceiling fans adorn every single interior room and every square foot of covered verandah.
Angela and Tom live in Baltimore MD with their two sons ages 8 and 2. Our oldest son loves, loves, loves coming to Bequia and made his first trip to Bequia when he was 2 months old. He enjoys being at Sights'n Sounds so much that many days he refuses to leave for the beach, as he prefers to stay at the house and swim/play in the pool.
Angela and Tom designed, built and furnished Sights'n Sounds over a period of about 4 years. We christened Sights'n Sounds over New Years 2006. Every decision and detail was meticulously scrutinized and managed. Tom even made an on-site visit to the rain forests of Brazil to hand-pick the Ipe' lumber for construction.
Angela's sophisticated eye for design and attention to detail is evident in the harmony of the home and its furnishings. The home is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Caribbean festive colors are used as accents and not overpowering. Colonial plantation style hardwood pieces are mixed with coastal living style slip covers and wicker.
We love for guests and families to be able to experience the special joy that Sights'n Sounds and Hope Bay bring to us.
Thomas Smith purchased this villa in 2005
The first time Tom visited Bequia he was a guest of the owners of Hope Estate. It was, literally, love a first sight. He decided the first morning he saw the sun rise over Hope Bay that he would own a property on that very spot. Several years later he purchased the land under Sights'n Sounds. He struggled for an entire week to decide between buying on the leeward side of Hope Point which overlooks Hope Bay, or the Windward side of Hope Point that overlooks the north side of Bequia island. Each day, he spent hours traversing from one side to the other, walking the property and gazing over the horizon. Finally, on his last night, after consuming possibly an entire bottle of rum, he decided it might be a good idea to survey the properties at night. At 1:00am in the morning, he inspected both lots, and as he was navigating the steep terrain he tripped and broke his glasses. He realized the next morning that perhaps breaking his glasses was a sign, and that instead of just looking at the lots, that he should focus on using his other senses to make a decision. So he went back out to the lots his last day on Bequia, stood on each parcel, closed his eyes and listened. The choice became immediately clear. The soft breeze rustling the tall trees that adorn the leeward side of Hope point. The steady cadence of the surf crashing on Hope Beach 350 feet below. The birds in the trees. And the peaceful silence.......Sights'n Sounds.
Sights'n Sounds on Hope estate is very private, yet convenient to town and Bequia's leeward beaches. We have not seen another home on Bequia which is furnished and equipped in quality that rivals Sights'n Sounds. The home is also designed to be family friendly and safe for young children.
Finally, there is no better staff on Bequia than Joy and Felix Hutchins, and Kelson. Joy will pamper you as if you were staying at the Four Seasons. Felix will insure that everything works and if you break it, he'll fix it. Felix actually built the house; really. So there is nothing you can break that he can't fix.
This house is wonderful in every aspect- the view, the staff(Joy,Felix,Kelson), the pool ,the kitchen, the veranda. The pictures don't do it justice and I tried to capture the beauty of the place by taking my own pictures but you have to be there to fully appreciate it. We would love to go back .Bequia is a charming country,very laid back,not swarming with tourists -our kind of place. About the staff,they were exceptional ! From getting fresh fish(barracuda ) to preparing our dinners and baking a delicious banana/coconut cake we felt very special and taken care of so thanks to Thomas and Angela for allowing us to experience their house in Bequia.
Sight N' Sound is amazing in every aspect. From the owners, to the setting, privacy, location, staff, decor, bedding/linens, furnishings, gardens, and home itself we couldn't have had a better experience. Price was quickly forgotten.
VRBO owners are either "investors" maximizing profits by minimizing quality, or true owners who create something wonderful and are willing to share as Tom and Angela do They love Bequia and the many years and dollars they've invested planning, designing and building their dream family getaway is evident in the attention to detail and how well it all works. Their focus was on us having a wonderful time and responded quickly to our initial query, readily answered any questions and frequently asked "how can we make it better?" A big binder about the property and the island gave us lots of suggestions. Whatever else we needed to know Joy, Felix and Kelson had the answer.
We've never had "staff" before and to us they were Tom and Angela's island family and our hosts. Having them on-site in the guest house at the top of the driveway ensures the house and gardens are constantly maintained, you have a sense of security (even though Bequia is super safe) and you learn a lot about the local culture. Joy is a great cook who works with fresh local ingredients and makes the most amazing bread in the best equipped kitchen we've ever seen. Felix is a master joiner who built the amazing Brazilian Ipe wood shutters, doors, ceilings and floors to perfection. There are 110 and 220 outlets everywhere, WiFi and a complex system of light switches/dimmers to create the ambiance you want inside and out.
The main room is a massive 70'x30' opening completely to the wrap around veranda and pool deck which we always did thanks to the prefect Bequia temps. The pool is surrounded by flowering shrubs with the waterfall and different levels of built-in seating... we spent many hours floating, reading and gazing at the waves crashing on Hope Beach below and Mustique in the distance. At night we laid on the big chaise lounges looking for constellations. We especially loved the outdoor stone rainfall showers in the 2 equal master suites and fancy bath robes. Although the property will accommodate more, it is ideal for 2 couples. Note: those with mobility issues will not like the 43 stone steps down from the driveway to the villa entrance. For all the things to do on island read the Bequia forum on TA.
Splurge and GO!
This villa really has it all--most importantly, a truly spectacular view over Hope Beach, which is a lush deserted beach that lies several hundred feet below the villa, with the constant sound of waves breaking on the beach and against the rocks that guard the entrance to the cove. (It's not for swimming, but there are plenty of beaches to drive to close by.) The villa itself is situated and opens in such a way so as to maximize both the breeze off the water and the astounding views. In addition, the villa itself is extremely well-appointed (the linens, furniture, kitchen), so that even the most discerning traveller will be satisfied with the level of luxury. To top it off, the staff at the villa is extraordinary, especially Joy, who cleans every day, is a font of knowledge about the island, and is available to cook simple but tasty meals for a reasonable additional fee. Finally, Bequia is a really special island: there are beautiful beaches, very limited development, and a nice and friendly vibe. We were there a week and loved it.
We are a family of four, with two kids ages 14 and 11. The one thing to talk through with the owner, depending on your group, is the layout. For a group of adults or a family with young kids who would sleep in the downstairs bedroom adjacent to their parents, the house works well. I think the same is true for a family with teenagers, who would be happy to be in their own separate space. For kids in between its worth talking through the options to be sure everyone is happy.
This is the second time that we've stayed here and we will be back again. This place has it all - from the elegant décor to the friendly and welcoming staff to the amazing disappearing edge pool to the views and sounds. If you're looking for a place where you can kick back, disconnect and relax, than look no further than Sights n Sounds villa. The first time we travelled here, it was just my wife and I. This time, our family grew by 2. The optional black gates around the entire upper deck and pool are an excellent touch and help put your mind at ease about toddlers falling. Miss Joy is amazing and so are Felix, Kelson and the rest of the staff who welcome you daily to make sure that your experience lives up to every expectation. Oh and the showers are outside (very private of course) - but the experience is very calming and tranquil (worth noting that all running water in the house is rain water, pretty neat.) There is a beach directly below the villa that is accessible by a fairly rigorous walk (or run). If you're into running - don't expect to leg out an easy 5 miles - the elevation changes are dramatic but while catching your breath don't forget to take in the views - spectacular!
This place is secluded, but is no more than a 10 mins drive to numerous restaurants and beaches (give Friendship Beach a try! and for Dinner - don't miss De Reef or Devil's Table). If you're in to scuba diving - go with Dive Bequia - Bob and Cathy are extremely helpful and the boat and equipment was all up to date and clean.
Would highly recommend Sights n Sounds - we will definitely be back!
We have been so impressed with the property and staff, they are always available to help. Everything is spotlessly clean and very well maintained. The grounds are lush with beautiful flowers, trees and fruit trees. There is so much to do here, that we need more time to see everything. So far we have gone to DeReef beach and had terrific fresh tuna sandwiches and sat on the beach, took a trip on the ferry to see the Montreal Gardens, walking along the harbor in Bequia to look in the shops, and we still have much more to do. Spendings several days on the property relaxing in the Pool, just enjoying the quiet. We will go to Bequia beach and have lunch and enjoy their beach and eat at their restaurant. We also enjoyed cooking several meals in the terrific kitchen here and eating on the veranda while enjoying the ocean sounds and view.
This is a wonderful place to be, especially to escape the cold winters and just enjoy everything this property and island have to offer.
The best thing to do on Bequia is nothing. Relax by the pool at Sights'n Sounds, at your favorite beach or beach bar, and take plenty of books and all those journals that you don't have time to read at home. WIFI broadband access at Sights'n Sounds means your Kindle or IPad will keep you stocked with all the reading materials you can digest.
If you get bored or tired of relaxing and basking in the sun and cool Caribbean trade winds (Sight'n Sounds is on the windward side of Bequia, which is key for repelling mosquitoes and other island insects), there are plenty of outdoor activities on Bequia and the surrounding islands.
We enjoy hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, gathering sea-shells, beach-bar hopping, sampling the local cuisine and exploring the numerous untouched beaches. Visiting the Turtle farm is a great experience for kids and adults.
From Bequia, there are many exciting excursion opportunities to neighboring islands and marine parks. Take the morning ferry to Saint Vincent, the largest island and heart of the Grenadines. On Saint Vincent, nature lovers will love visiting the rain forest and the Mesopotamia Valley. Take a half day to climb La Soufriere, a 4,000 foot high active volcano that was the birthplace of the Grenadine islands. On the trip back to Kingstown, visit the Montreal Gardens. They are some of the most spectacular tropical gardens I've ever seen, set in a totally natural and secluded environment. They are well worth the drive, which is also very scenic. But make sure the gardens are open before making the trek. If you don't have time to travel to Montreal Gardens, visit the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown. These are the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere.
For snorkelers, divers, sightseers and sunbathers, a day trip by boat to the Tobago Cays are an absolute must. The Cays are a 50 square kilometer marine park that house some of the most pristine and richly populated tropical marine environments in the world. The Cays are surrounded by 5 small uninhabited sand capped islands that are fantastic for sun bathing or an afternoon picnic. On your way to or from the Cays, stop by Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau Island for lunch at the beach-front Salt Whistle Bay Club. Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, with an area of about 1.5 sq. miles and a population of about 300. The population is centered in the village of Old Wall, located on a hilltop in the south-west of the island.
We always enjoy spending a day on Mustique. Have lunch at the Firefly hotel, which serves perhaps the best food in all of the Grenadines. After lunch, ask owners Stan or Elizabeth to phone a cab to take you exploring beaches on the island. On of our favorites is Macaroni Beach. If you have interest to explore homes of the rich and famous, visit the Mustique Company rental offices and tell them you have interest in renting a villa next season. They will escort you on tours of a few homes. Some are truly over-the-top. You can also arrange to ride horses on Mustique, which includes beachfront and inland trails. Stop by at world renowned Basil's Beach Bar for a drink and snack before boarding your boat back to Bequia.
For golfers, Canouan Islands boasts a Fazio designed championship course. Canuoan is about 20 miles from Bequia and is accessible by boat of air.
There are numerous uninhabited islands and secluded beaches throughout the Grenadines. Charter a speed boat for a day and ask your guide to explore beaches or snorkeling sites. There is always something new to find and interesting to see.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
High Season 2016
Jan 4 2016 - May 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Low Season 2016
May 2 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
Use of the guest cottage is subject to incremental fees as follows:
High Season: $1,000/week ($7,500 total weekly rental including main villa)
Low Season: $500/week ($5,500 total weekly rental including main villa)
Holiday Season: Christmas and New Year require 2 week min. rental at $12,500 per week for the entire villa and guest cottage
All rates subject to change until confirmed.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.