More Information about "Moonrise" and Moonhole
Thank you for inquiring about "Moonrise". I'd like to tell you a little about the Moonhole community and Bequia Island. Originally a handful of private houses built for friends of Tom and Gladdie Johnston, the founders and architects of Moonhole, it now comprises about fourteen homes. After the death of Gladdie Johnston, we formed a Homeowner's Association to help maintain the houses and the natural beauty of our unique location. A few of us rent our homes as we still working and can't spend the whole winter on Bequia (much as we would like to!).
Bequia is not developed like some other Caribbean destinations. There are no golf courses, casinos or cinemas. Rather, Bequia has unspoiled charm, beauty and friendliness. Its people are independent and proud of their sea-faring history. It is one of the last few islands where whaling is permitted, limited to two whales a year caught by harpoons hand thrown by men in sailboats. Bequia has excellent restaurants, interesting shops, several beautiful beaches for swimming, tennis courts, diving, snorkeling and sailing. The island has resisted large-scale tourism and the number of cruise ships visiting the harbor is limited both by number and be size. Tourists are accommodated in small hotels, apartments and rental homes. Bequia is a Mecca for sailors, and the yachting crowd anchors in the spacious harbor.
Moonhole is a twenty minute taxi ride from the ferry terminal in the harbor, and a five-minute ride from the airport. A private community encompassing one end of the island, it is very secluded, with houses built into a rocky steep ridge, open to the elements and to spectacular views. The absence of electricity creates a romantic and tranquil atmosphere. Kerosene and gas lights are set out at night by the staff. Propane gas powers the refrigerators, stoves and irons.
Moonrise is about 160 feet above sea level, high enough to catch the trade winds, keeping the temperature pleasant and refreshing even during the summer months and minimizing the presence of insects. Visitors arrive at the Moonhole gates by taxi, and from there reach the house via a network of stone paths that connect the community. Porters and maids carry up baggage and all supplies for the house. "Moonrise" comes with my housekeeper/cook included for 2 people and with an extra junior girl if there are 4 or 6. Ideally the house sleeps 4 people. There are two bedrooms, each with private bath. I can, if need be, accommodate two in a third bedroom but the downstairs bathroom would be shared.
The house, including the housekeeper/cook rents for different amounts per week depending on the number of people. Food and beverages are your responsibility. They can be purchased for you at the Homeowners Association store, and you will be billed prior to your departure, or you can purchase your own provisions in the harbor. We usually purchase the ingredients for your arrival dinner and first breakfast for you at the store, so as to have food and beverages on hand, and after that you can discuss your needs with my housekeeper who will be happy to help.
If you wish, you can rent a car in the harbor and park it at the Moonhole gates or you can uses taxis or the dollar taxi available from Paget Farm, a ten-minute walk from the gates. Our driver will pick you up at the airport or the ferry terminal upon your arrival and deliver you to Moonhole for a small fee.
There are lots of things to do on Bequia, historical sites and artists' studios to visit as well as the various activities already mentioned. There are also several fun day trips - a snorkeling trip aboard a real Bequia built schooner, the "Friendship Rose", or a day charter to Mustique, home of Mick Jagger, Princess Margaret and the famous Basil's Bar. Some people just prefer to spend their days basking in the sun on "Moonrise's" deck, watching the yachts sail by, relaxing with a good book - all without interruption by the phone or television. No matter what your preferences, the Moonhole experience is unlike any resort in the Caribbean. The houses and their gardens harmonize with the beautiful terrain and flora of the setting. The views of the sea and other Grenadine islands are breathtaking. It's a vacation in paradise!