My heart fell to the floor.
It's the smallest plane I have ever seen, our connecting flight from Barbados.
I'm heading to St Vincent & Grenadines where, two hours later I'll be greeted with a rum punch. Could have done with eight of those before the flight.
I'm here as part of a group trip organised by Essential Detail taken and hosted by the lovely Francesca and Patricia.
Bequia (pronounced Bekway) is an island of 7 square miles and, as soon as I arrived, decided the small plane was worth it.
The Bequia Beach Hotel was magical. We had a fab meal cooked by the amazing Simon. He's only been there a few months but the food is outstanding already.
The following morning, we were shown around the gorgeous property then all had a chance to sample the spa and have a back massage.
The next few days were followed by a tour of the island, including a visit to a turtle sanctuary, before we headed elsewhere: Young Island.
It is a 2-minute boat ride away and we were privileged to be met by Bianca, manager of Young Island Resort, who also welcomed us with a rum punch (can you see a pattern here?). The resort here is very different and would be perfect for those wanting to experience the real untouched Caribbean.
Thanks must also go to the St Vincent Tourist Board, who showed us the sights. This included the new airport that’s being built so hopefully by the winter we should see direct services going into St Vincent from London.
My highlight that day was when we were taken to the Rum Factory where I got to try 84% rum (well just a sip - I think I would be on the floor with much more) and we went to a traditional Cook House.
The next and last stop was the beautiful St Lucia. We took a 25-minute Liat flight and then a 20-minute journey to my favourite hotel of them all: East Winds. This truly is a special place with only 30 rooms you can see why people go back year after year.
We met a couple for who were on their 38th visit – wow!
Upon arrival we quickly got changed and headed down to the restaurant for a cocktail party. We then went for a gorgeous BBQ - all cooked freshly in front of us - and then on to the Gros Islet street party. What can I say ? I had the best night and was blown away by the atmosphere and the music was unbelievable.
The following day we had a great day out at a place called Lushan Country Life hosted by the lovely guide and owner of the company, Arthur. He talked so passionately and took us round the rainforest where we sampled different varieties of mangoes and learnt how to open a coconut. It was so educational and a great day out for all ages.
The last day was very much one of leisure so I started the day in the hotel pool with a help-yourself cocktail bar followed by a lovely long massage.
After that, unfortunately, it was time to come home. On my first day back, no one greeted me with a rum punch!
All I have to say is that I had the most amazing week, spent with the most wonderful people.
Thank you so much, Essential Detail, you are fantastic hosts.