Personally, when traveling with my young family, we prefer vacation rentals to traditional hotels. We like the extra space, the privacy and the ability to cook and store our own food.
Over the past few years, vacation rentals and private villas have become a massive segment of the overall travel industry. Leading travel technology blog Tnooz covers this topic regularly.
The growing popularity of vacation rentals and villas has been a serious wake up call for the entire hospitality industry, and the Caribbean is no exception. Hotels must clearly communicate their unique benefits (service, location, value for money) in 2014 and beyond as the selection of private villas and vacation rentals worldwide (not to mention P2P home share like Airbnb) continues to grow.
To name a few of the benefits of a vacation rental or private villa; these properties tend to be less expensive on a per night basis than hotels, much larger in square footage, are more private, more convenient in terms of when and on what you can dine, and you can really find something special to fit your group’s travel style.
I recently blogged about the top 5 hotels under $500 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. And similar to hotels in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when it comes to vacation rentals and private villa rentals there are many options that could be described as “very basic” as well as a number of super luxe options. So where to start if you’re looking for something in between?
I quickly was cross-eyed trying to read through the lines on listings and review sites, so I turned to the villa rental professionals at Caribique. With almost 180 Caribbean villas across 16 destinations, this villa rental specialist provides all the information and inspiration travelers need for Caribbean villa rentals.
According to Carl over at Caribique “…St. Vincent particularly appeals to nature lovers, people who enjoy hiking and, of course, stunning views. The hillside villas enable people to make the most of the stunning scenery St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to offer.” The majority of the villas on St. Vincent and the Grenadines are up in the hills, so car rental is definitely necessary to take full advantage of the time spent in these beautiful islands. (In order to drive visitors have to obtain a local driving license at a cost of ECD$50, this is easily obtained by taking your home drivers license to the revenue office in Port Elizabeth.)
Here are the Top Five Villas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for under $5,000 per week:
Mockingbirds Villa is located on one and a half acres of peace and quiet on Bequia island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The villa is comprised of two buildings with a large swimming pool between them. Along with villa rental, you’ll be collected from the Bequia airport, shown around and introduced to the villa staff, and the kitchen can even be stocked with supplies, food and drink before you arrive.
Sleeps 8, 3 bedrooms, from $4,500 per week in high season.
Whispers Villa is also located on Bequia island and boasts an infinity pool overlooking Ravine Bay Beach, which is only a 10 minute walk away. The upper level of Whispers Villa features an 11 foot wide balcony that wraps around three sides of the villa, affording spectacular views across to Mustique, down the Grenadines, and across the Ravine Bay valley.
Sleeps 8, 3 bedrooms, from $3,000 per week in high season.
Seacliff Villa, also on Bequia, calls themselves a “Spa Villa” as they have arranged for local spa and wellness therapists to come to the villa and provide in-home treatments. The villa consist of three individual suites, plus a master living area.
Sleeps 8, 3 Bedrooms, from $5,000 in high season.
Bequia’s Park Bay House is all about the massive views. It’s located near Park Beach, which is family-friendly due to calm waters and fun tide pools.
Sleeps 12, 4 bedrooms, from $3,700 in high season.
Bequia Beach House is also a fantastic beach-front private villa option in St. Vincent and the Greadines. In fact, their site claims they are Bequia’s only true beachfront villa. This stunning property only falls under $5,000 per week in the low season BUT for American travelers this includes November so a great option to sneak in during the week of Thanksgiving for the last week of November at low season rates!
Sleeps 8, 4 bedrooms, from $4,500 in low season.
And a bonus vacation rental option for you is the Bequia Sanctuary, but you’d need to snag one of the special offers, or not take the property on exclusive use, for this to qualify for a week under $5,000. I love that they offer, as an extra, to provide your welcome drinks, dinner and breakfast. This is a great option after a long day of travel, before you’ve had a chance to get acquainted with the island and stock the house.
What are your favorite villas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines?
Part of the #SundayTraveler Series.