Nevis Tourism Article

A honey coated adventure

Nevis tourism article written by Travel Writer Linda Jackson, Editor Active Caribbean

This Nevis tourism article is about the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, the islands’ official name. St Kitts & Nevis work closely together on the tourism front and they are very good for each other. Their different characters and the ease of inter-island travel makes a two-island Caribbean holiday a very tempting option for visitors.

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A degree of sisterly love is to be expected between the Caribbean Leeward islands of St Kitts and Nevis – they are very close. Less than two miles and a 40-minute ferryboat ride close in fact. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State of St Kitts and Nevis where she is represented by a Governor General based in Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts. St Kitts (aka St Christopher) and Nevis have been joined at the hip, so to speak, since independence from Great Britain in 1983. Unfortunately for the islands the loss of long-established sugar export contracts meant they had no option but to diversify. Fortunately for you and me, tourism was the obvious route.

Although not having hundreds of white sand beaches as some Caribbean islands can boast, they are, being volcanic, blessed with beautiful scenic landscapes, lush rainforests and incredibly friendly Kittitians and Nevisians. No worries about the volcanos: no volcanic activity has been verified in St Kitts for around 1,800 years and there have been no eruptions in Nevis since pre-history. I, for one, am happy about that as early morning sees me taking the short ferry ride from St Kitts to Nevis.

Nevis tourism article

I’m met at the port and my tour of Nevis begins. It isn’t a long tour, Nevis only measures 36 square miles, and I spend most of it in the Nevis Botanical Gardens and wandering through gardens at the Golden Rock Inn, where I devour the best ever lobster sandwiches and rum punch. Nevis is unbelievably laid back, so relaxing and virtually no traffic… like stepping back 20 or 30 years.

The first day in this little paradise is extraordinarily beautiful, the sky a rich blue and the volcano peak clear of clouds, a rarity apparently. Then I check into the chic Four Seasons Resort Nevis (196 rooms and suites, 40 residence rentals), surely things can’t get any better. They can, I soon discover, during a round of golf on the hotel’s golf course – the views are absolutely breathtaking and the golf course a challenge to play, and very well-maintained.

Dinner in the hotel’s Coral Grill is sublime, the wine outstanding, and the company of General Manager Sven Wiedenhaupt, his wife Michelle and Tara, the resorts’ Director of Public Relations, relaxingly entertaining. I threaten to move into the GM’s new house with him and his wife. They think I’m joking, I’m not. My one-night stay at Four Seasons Resort Nevis is hectic – in fact pure torture for me, there’s so much to do on-site that I don’t want to leave, the Spa is AMAZING – seventh heaven, and oh to have time to pamper myself in one of the cabana-style beach houses. I am, however, led astray by Tara to meander down the beach to sample a ‘Killer Bee’ rum punch at Sunshine’s Bar, and a ‘Green Flash’ at adjacent Lime Beach Bar. Wow! That’s all I’ll say or, rather, all I can remember.

Reluctantly I leave Four Seasons Nevis and move on to stay at intimate Nisbet Plantation Beach Club a renowned former sugar plantation which sits idyllically next to a beautiful white sand beach. It was the family home of Fanny Nisbet who married Nelson on Nevis in 1787. I arrive in time for traditional afternoon tea served by smiling Roslyn who’s fairly new on the staff (only 24 years ago!). There’s an amazingly friendly and relaxed ambiance; I’m soon called by Christian name and feel part of the Nisbet ‘family’ in no time. As they say themselves, the historic plantation inn is “not ultra-fancy and opulent, just private, romantic and personal”.

A huge lawn with hundreds of palms leads down from the plantation house to my Junior Suite (there are just 36 cottage-style accommodations); it’s lovely, and very near the beautiful white sand beach complete with hammocks, pool and restaurants. Meals are at set times, the dining room elegant, the food scrumptious, there is music entertainment in the bar afterwards , staff mingle with guests, and I’m so at home I feel I’ve been here for a week… utterly relaxing.

Morning, 7am, I’m cycling deserted roads and coastal paths with Winston Crooke owner of The Wheel World, definitely worth getting up for (the hotel can arrange bike tours, escorted or otherwise). Afterwards I get coated in a citrus and honey tonic and wrapped in foil in a blissful beauty treatment in Nisbet’s Palm Spa, followed by lunch at Sea Breeze. This is definitely paradise.

Nevis, for me I realise, is the REAL Caribbean – laid back, friendly, unspoilt, scenic. I have therefore made the decision to chain myself to a hotel bed so I can’t be deported when I refuse to check out. On second thoughts, maybe I should not have written and published this Nevis tourism article at all… I should have kept Nevis to my selfish self!

[November 2014]

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