Nevis Plantation Inns are among the most exquisite and exotic accommodations on offer if you are planning a vacation to the “Queen of the Caribbees”.
Caribbean vacations on Nevis are all about whiling away the days taking long scenic walks, and soaking up the sun while dozing in hammocks. While persons who take cruises to Nevis also get the opportunity to experience life at the plantation inns, even if it’s only to enjoy a quiet lunch or to take a leisurely stroll in the tropical gardens, the best way to experience this secluded corner of paradise is to stay at one of Nevis’ plantation inns. Unlike its sister island, Nevis is less commercially developed and existing historic sites like the island’s former sugar plantations have been renovated as luxury island accommodation. They make the perfect settings for tranquil and romantic getaways such as destination weddings, honeymoons and renewing vows. Nevis is also so small that attractions like Nevis Peak, Museum of Nevis History and Pinney’s Beach are all within easy reach of the historic Nevis plantation inns. In the paragraphs that follow, you will find some insight about what the Nevis plantation inns have to offer. Happy reading!
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
The Only Caribbean and Nevis Plantation Inn Located on a Beach
The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club combines the hospitality and the beauty of Nevis to create an unforgettable beach getaway. This 30-acre property sits on a beach on the northern coast of the island. The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club consists of a hamlet of small, freestanding cottages, painted yellow with white pyramid roofs. The layout of the cottages evoke casual elegance with the “Superior Room” coming with a king-sized bed, specious bathroom and patio, while the “Upper Premier Junior Suites” feature a king size-bed, a living room with pull-out sofa bed, a large full bathroom, a wet bar and a balcony with beach views.
Recently celebrated by Condé Nast Traveler as having one of the top spas in the Caribbean, the Nisbet Plantation’s “Palms Spa” is the highlight of a stay at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. To achieve picture perfect fingers and toes the spa menu includes treatment ranging from a polish change to full paraffin treatments. There is also a variety of massage treatments to soothe lingering tension.
The Nisbet Plantation also offers three dining options on-site. “The Great House” offers fine dining on china and white tablecloths. “The Sea Breeze” beach bar offers drinks and meals just feet away from the sand. The third venue, “Coconuts”, is a local hotspot for guests and visitors to Nevis. The highlight of a visit to Coconuts is their weekly Thursday night barbeque, which is accompanied by live music.
A Nevis Plantation Inn with a Modern Twist
The Montpelier Plantation has melded modern touches with renovated, historic structures. “The Premier Rooms” are large and airy with tropical design accents, air conditioning and ocean views. If your choice of room is one of the “Plantation Rooms” you’ll have to do without TV’s, iPod docking stations and other technology during your stay. The Montpelier Plantation is all about simplicity and a design aesthetic that doesn’t obscure the true natural beauty of Nevis. It’s all about inviting the outdoors inside.
“The Garden Suite” is a split-level room with bamboo floors, walk-in rain shower and jalousie windows. Guests in “The Little House” enjoy two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen in this restored building that has stood for a 100 years. “The Villa Suite” is a private retreat at the edge of the property. It is complete with air-conditioned bedrooms, a sun deck and plunge pool.
The Montpelier Plantation offers the best of both the beaches and mountains. The 60-acre property sits 750-feet above sea level on the southern side of the island. All 19-guest rooms have views of the ocean, and the beach is only a few minutes away. Although the Montpelier Plantation is not situated on the water, all guests enjoy complimentary transportation to the estate’s private beach. Once on the golden sand, guests are welcome to make use of snorkelling equipment or sea kayaks.
Hermitage Plantation Inn
A Family-owned and Operated Nevis Plantation Inn
Unlike some of the other Nevis plantation inns that were only recently converted from working farms, the Hermitage Plantation Inn has had a long and varied list of residents stretching all the way back to its construction in 1670. They have included artists, wealthy planters and at one time the plantation’s main house was the headquarters of the country’s Minister of Agriculture.
There are a mere 15 rooms at the Hermitage Plantation Inn. For stays with garden views, there are the “Hillside Rooms” that are located in an 18th century stone cottage. “The Deluxe Category” rooms come with bright, airy rooms and relaxing hammocks. There are also no TVs and radios to disturb the serene environment that these rooms create. “The Luxury Category Cottages” become like island homes, complete with master bedrooms, baths, living rooms, kitchenettes and private porches. The villas in the “Yellow Manor House”, a replica of the main house, and the “Rose Villa” and “Mango House”, take luxury to a whole other level with incredible views and a private pool for each villa.
Visitors can dine at the Hermitage Plantation Inn for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Home-raised pork, lamb, fruits and vegetables are the fresh ingredients used to create innovative and delicious Caribbean-style meals. Additionally, all of the ice cream, baked goods and accompanying jams are made on the plantation.
When guests are ready to take a break from the beach, Hermitage Plantation Inn offers carriage rides through the historic surroundings as well as horseback trail rides. Visiting children will love seeing the plantation’s resident pigs, horses, chickens, ducks, sheep and peacocks.
Golden Rock Inn
A Small and Charming Nevis Plantation Inn
The Golden Rock Inn offers one of the most unique experiences on Nevis. Guests traverse the winding driveway through banana and mango groves to reach the sugar mill and gardens of the estate. The gardens of the Golden Rock Inn make for an enjoyable and scenic stroll. If guests want to keep going, the Golden Rock Inn can provide maps for guests to explore the paths through the rain forest. The walk is four hours.
There are seven private cottages, each one complete with a breathtaking views, a private terrace, four poster beds, and spinning ceiling fans over cool tile floors. Besides these cottages, one incredible suite has been built inside the sugar plantation’s original windmill. This suite is always in high demand. It comes with a spiral bamboo staircase, which climbs up through the centre of the windmill. There are also mahogany four-poster beds and a sunken shower built from locally crafted tiles. The Golden Rock Inn has a restaurant on site, which serves up three delicious meals daily, and more dining options are close by.
Exciting St Kitts tours and island safaris plus holistic body massages on the beach.
An adventurous off road ATV excursion along sugar cane tractor paths and trails in the hills above Old Road.
Not available to passengers on Thomson Dream, Aida Bella, Aida Luna, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Wind Surf and Costa Mediterranea.