Travel: 24-Hour Room Service - The Frangipani, St Vincent
Saturday 24 July 1999
In the garden are spacious en-suite cottages: cool stone hideaways from the steamy Caribbean sun. Bequia gets very busy from December to April, and the hotel gets its share of celebrities (recent visitors include David Bowie, Robert Plant and - somewhat less rock'n'roll - several British MPs).
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
The Frangipani, PO Box 1, Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies (00 1 784 458 3255 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The hotel is right on one beach and only a boat-ride away from some even better ones. You're a moonlit stroll away from several good bars and restaurants. If you're staying here on a Thursday night though, don't miss the "jump up" - fantastic local food and all the drinking and dancing you can take.
Most visitors to Bequia come in on yachts, but there is also a regular ferry to St Vincent and a small airstrip on the other side of the island. Barbados is about a 15-minute flight away, from where there are direct flights to London on BA and Virgin.
ARE YOU LYING COMFORTABLY?
The laid-back beach attitude more than makes up for the fact that there is no air-con (only fans) and that you have to sleep under mosquito nets.
What to book: In the main building, room 1 (the coolest, thanks to its sea-facing position) was where the current Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines was born, and it's also where Mick Jagger likes to snuggle down when he's passing through en route to Mustique. For more space, room 4 is the biggest, or splash out on one of the garden units.
Keeping in touch: There are no phones and no TVs and guests are even asked not to play radios in an attempt to retain the atmosphere of escape. If you get desperate for communications, there's a place next door that does international calls and faxes, and there are several Internet cafes on the island.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Costs: Double garden units cost US$130 (pounds 90) from December to April, US$90 (pounds 60) the rest of the year.
I'm not paying that: "Basic" rooms in the main building cost from US$40 (around pounds 25) per night. Or come back - regulars who've stayed here every February for 20 years get a free night each trip.
Life & Style blogs
Men in crop tops seem to be trending thanks to Kid Cudi, the social media and the catwalk
What is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Greggs Google fail: bakery chain falls afoul of search engine's algorithms with 'unofficial' logo
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
Is this the end of apps? New research says a third of us don't bother to download
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
- 1 The way the police have treated Cliff Richard is completely unacceptable
- 2 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 3 Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police shoot and kill second young black man
- 4 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 5 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad and potatoes for Jagermeister and vodka
£35000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Principal Arboricu...
£17000 - £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Trainee Digital Fo...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glob...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: CITY - ASSET FINANCE - An outstanding...