BEQUIA - THE ULTIMATE GET-AWAY-FROM-IT-ALL DESTINATION

Forming part of the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the island of Bequia lies approximately 9 miles (15 km) south of St Vincent (the nation's largest island) at the northern tip of the Grenadines island chain, one of the world’s top diving and yachting destinations.

Bequia is the second largest of the 32 Grenadines islands. It features 7 square miles (18 square km) of lush, green rolling hills which descend to meet pristine platinum white sand beaches.

Unlike other Caribbean destinations, the island’s sun-drenched beaches are not overcrowded with people. While popular with those “in the know”, Bequia remains undiscovered by mass tourism. There are no large hotels, shopping centres or cruise terminals. The island is quiet, peaceful and ideal for relaxation. Bequia is, as the UK’s Independent newspaper put it, “the Caribbean’s best kept secret.”

Its landscape and barefoot chic lifestyle have attracted visitors from around the world for decades. During high season, the crystal clear, warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea which surround Bequia are filled with sailing boats and the occasional super yacht.

For numerous visitors, the island’s pull is too strong to resist. Many have chosen to stay, creating a small but well-established real estate market which has attracted discerning buyers from Europe, the USA and beyond.