Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Review
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis, a famous former sugar plantation and now a friendly Beach Club
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club review written by Travel Writer Linda Jackson, Editor of Active Caribbean
If I begin this review with my conclusion you’ll know exactly where you stand… not confused, simply happy. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis, is one of the friendliest Beach Club hotels I’ve ever stayed in, it’s home-from-home accommodation with the bonus of happy staff who have been with this comfortable Caribbean hotel for years. Believe me, within a day you’ll feel part of the Nisbet “family”. Read more…
View from beach
View from gardens
Served with a smile
About Nisbet Plantation Beach Club and Horatio Nelson
Small but perfectly formed (36 square miles) Nevis is somehow different to other Caribbean islands, even to its sister island St Kitts which is just a short ferry ride away. It’s the “real” Caribbean – the Caribbean at its best… unspoilt, friendly, peaceful, no mass tourism, scenic, and with deserted roads perfect for exploring sleepy villages by bike. Nisbet Plantation sits in 30 acres of tropical grounds with towering palm trees and a vast sprawling lawn which leads down to the resort’s lovely white sand beach and adjacent swimming pool. Nisbet is where Captain Horatio Nelson met “Fanny” Nisbet, his wife to be, in the late-1700’s, when the now resort was a plantation house family home.
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club accommodation – suites and cottages
This famous former sugar plantation sits idyllically next to a beautiful white sand beach. There are just a total of 36 rooms and/or suites on the resort, in four categories ranging from superior rooms to Upper Premier Junior Suites. The cottages are air-conditioned with an elegant ‘island casual’ feel about them. I arrive in time for traditional afternoon tea served by smiling Roslyn who’s fairly new on the staff (joke… she started working there 24 years ago!). There’s an amazingly friendly and relaxed ambiance. I’m soon called by Christian name and feel part of their one big ‘family’ in no time. As they say themselves, the historic plantation inn is “not ultra-fancy and opulent, just private, romantic and personal”. Wonderful.
A huge lawn with hundreds of palms leads down from the plantation house to my Junior Suite; it’s lovely,comfortable, 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.
There are activities both on-site and off-site for active guests at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. So in the morning, 7am (before it gets too hot), I’m cycling deserted roads and coastal paths with Winston Crooke owner of The Wheel World, definitely worth getting up for, it’s a delight and incredibly peaceful. The hotel can arrange bike tours, escorted or otherwise, as well recommend and organise other activities on the island. After exploring the area by bike I need to chill out and get pampered… who wouldn’t! Nothing better than getting coated in a citrus and honey tonic, and being wrapped in foil in a blissful beauty treatment in Nisbet’s quaint Palm Spa. Then lunch, at Sea Breeze, is served complete with fabulous views of the ocean one side and volcano the other. This is definitely paradise.
The Restaurants at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
The cuisine in all three restaurants is excellent. There’s the Sea Breeze Beach Bar, casual and great for daytime snacks, Coconuts – a casual beachside restaurant which overlooks the swimming pool and where the regular Thursday night BBQ takes place (live band), and last but not least The Great House restaurant which offers fine dining in air-conditioned and elegant surroundings (you can also enjoy a candlelit dinner al fresco on the verandah). Dinner is superlative and rather refined. Classy. After dinner it’s lovely to sit in the friendly Great House lounge listening to live local music and meeting other guests. This is a really friendly, intimate place to stay. Traditional afternoon tea is definitely not to be missed, it’s served English style accompanied by plenty of warm Caribbean smiles on the terrace in front of the Great House.
Activities on site and nearby
There is a swimming pool by the beach as well as windsurfing, kayak and snorkelling facilities. There are weekly scuba diving lessons held in the pool, tennis, hammocks on the beach, and a quaint spa on-site. Nearby, at the Four Seasons Resort, there is a great golf course with fabulous views across to St Kitts; the Nevis Botanic Gardens are certainly worth a visit, and accompanied Nevis mountain biking tours as well as family cycling and bike hire can be arranged via the hotel reception. [Review published September 2014]
Special comments on Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis, from the Editor of Active Caribbean
I loved this comfortable plantation house and tranquil setting with charming cottage accommodation dotted around the tropical grounds. As I said at the beginning of this resort hotel review of Nisbet Plantation Nevis it is one of the friendliest hotels I’ve ever stayed in, it’s home-from-home accommodation with the bonus of happy staff. After a delicious dinner it is so nice to sit in the friendly bar, listen to local music, and mix with other guests who – as well as the staff – soon become your friends. The atmosphere here is amazing.
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Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
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