Thursday, November 12, 2015

Not too shabby, Four Seasons Resort Nevis (All photos: Four Seasons Resort
Nevis/Facebook)Hotel: Four Seasons Resort NevisLocation: Pinney"s Beach,
Nevis, West Indies When to go: High season is winter, December through
April.
But I was there in July and the weather was still quite good, with just
a little sun shower here and there (and cheaper rates).
The vibe: Laid-back
Nevisian luxury Getting there: For most flights you have to fly into Nevi"s
big sister island, St.
Kitts, and then take a 30-minute ferry to
Nevis.
American Airlines offers daily flights from Miami to St.
Kitts and
weekly non-stop flights from Charlotte, N.C.
United is starting a new weekly
service from Newark, N.J.
to St.
Kitts on Dec.
18.
Another option for Four
Seasons guests is to fly to San Juan and then connect on Tradewinds Aviation
(a charter) to Nevis airport.Background: The only Four Seasons in the
Caribbean, the beachfront resort opened in 2002 on the site of a former sugar
and coconut plantation dating to the late 1790s.
There are lush gardens all
around and the buildings are designed with local Nevisian architecture in
mind, including a West Indian plantation-style Great House.
The resort also
has a largely Nevisian staff.
Nevis only has 10,000 residents, so with around
800 locals working on the property, almost everyone who lives on the island is
related to someone who works there.The Rooms: The resort has 196 beachy,
bright rooms, ranging from the more affordable (volcano) Peak View and Ocean
View rooms to Ocean, Plantation, and Seascape Suites (17 in total).
Prices
start at $385 per room per night (for a Peak View room in low season).
Money
saving tip: the volcano view is amazing and cheaper, so if you"re willing to
give up the ocean scenery from your room (which is steps from the beach
anyway), it"s actually a good way to save money.What I loved: For me, there
were a few things in particular that I thought were fab: 1.
The resort is
right on the beach, so of course the ocean view from the balconies are lovely,
but the bonus is the amazing view of the volcano from the front door.
2.
The
staff was warm and friendly.
3.
There is a separate area with a pool and a
beach for adults only — so no little rug rats to contend with if you
don"t feel like it.
Related: Hotel Insider: Eco Luxury on Costa Rica"s
Papagayo PeninsulaWhat I didn"t love: The food was decent, but nothing to
write home about — not so unusual for a resort.
Plus, sometimes the
staff is on island time.Views from the golf courseWhat to do: In addition to
the usual snorkeling, paddle boarding, boating, and other water sports, the
resort has lots of cool things to do.
Rent a "Beach House," which is basically
a private little three-walled wooden cottage steps from the beach that"s
outfitted with cozy beach chairs.
The structures can handle up to five people
and can be rented from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
for $696.
It"s not cheap, but it
comes with a butler to take care all of your "day-at-the-beach" needs —
everything from food and drink orders to getting you snorkeling gear.
I also
recommend taking a tennis lesson.
(I had Kip and he was awesome — not
only a lovely man, but he improved my game in an hour.
Of course, the only
place for me to go was up.
But still.) Each session costs $105 (plus tax and
tip).
There"s also a gorgeous golf course that has the remains of a stone
windmill near the second tee and beautiful vistas.
There"s even an unofficial
golf course mascot, Coco the dog — she spends her mornings tagging
along with golfers.
It can be a little tricky to find the next whole for
first-timers, so Coco shows them the way.
After 18 holes she goes back and
finds her next group.
Related: Amazing Bucket List Golf Courses Around the
WorldWhat"s nearby: Nevis may not be as well known as its sister island,
St.
Kitts, but because of that it is certainly a gem — a bit of
throwback to the old school Caribbean.
Head to Charlestown to see the spot
where Alexander Hamilton was born (literally, he was born outside next to an
old building that is now the Museum of Nevis History) or take a drive to the
Bath Hotel and Spring House for a dip in the hot springs; Nevisians swear the
waters have healing powers.
You can also take a 40-minute boat ride over to
larger St.
Kitts to check out the sights there.
And at least one night, make
sure to take a walk down the beach to Sunshine"s Bar and Grill.
The owner,
Sunshine, is fantastic, as is his family-style, down home food (think
barbecued chicken, fish, rice, and from-scratch chocolate cake) and the
infamous Killer Bee cocktails should not be missed.
"Mango restaurantWhere to
eat: Choose from the resorts four restaurants: Neve for breakfast; "and for
other meals there"s Cabana, located near the pools and beach, open-air Mango,
and the Coral Grill.
If you"re adventurous and, well, rich, go for the Dive
and Dine package.
Executive Chef Jason Adams or Kai Autenrieth (both certified
divers) take you out to secret dive spots (via a private boat) to catch local
spiny lobsters.
After bringing the crustaceans back to the resort, one of the
chefs grills them on the beach for the fanciest cookout you"ve ever had.
It"s
truly fantastic, but pricey to the tune of $1950 per couple and $500 for every
additional guest."(The price includes the boat charter with equipment, two
dive tanks, snacks and refreshments on board during the dive, a barbecue lunch
with an interactive cooking demo, as well as a Beach House rental plus
amenities for the remainder of the day.) It"s also worth venturing off-site to
the aforementioned Sunshine"s, as well as local restaurant Indian
Summer."Related: Top 20 Beach Bars in the Caribbean
A tagged and GPS"d sea
turtle returning to the ocean.Don"t Miss: If you love sea creatures, book
during the Four Seasons Resort Nevis"s annual sea turtle conservation
program.
Hawksbills, leatherbacks, and green sea turtles nest on several of
the island"s beaches, so the resort teams up with Florida"s Sea Turtle
Conservancy (STC) as well as local conservation volunteers to lead nightly
walks with guests to find nesting sea turtles.
Not only could you witness a
mama sea turtle laying her eggs, but the team tags the turtles and attaches
GPS to track them.
Each sea turtle is then named and released (to much
fanfare!).
You can track the turtles on STC"s website for up to a year.
When I
was there, I was lucky enough to see a nesting turtle, and we tagged two mama
hawksbills, Luna and Millie.
The program is free to guests.
And if you have
kids, you"ll also want to take them on the Sunset Golf and Monkey Tour, which
leaves from the pro shop every evening.
You"ve never seen so many monkeys in
one place as you"ll see during the driving tour of the golf course.
They
playfully run along the greens and climb into the trees to munch on guinep
fruits.
At hole 14, the caravan stops to see if anyone can hit the ball across
a wide valley in one shot.
If you make it (which only one of about 20 people
did the evening I was there), you get to keep the retrieved ball and a little
prize.Related: 5 Ways Your Vacation Is Killing Sea TurtlesWATCH:"Flying
Singapore Airlines in First Class for an Hour Ruined My LifeLet World
traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
"Watch World traveling club Travel"s original series "A Broad Abroad."For
more on World traveling club Travel"s travel policy, click here. Not too
shabby, Four Seasons Resort Nevis (All photos: Four Seasons Resort
Nevis/Facebook) Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Nevis Location: Pinney's Beach,
Nevis, West Indies When to go: High season is winter, December through
April.
The vibe: Laid-back Nevisian luxury Getting there: For most flights you
have to fly into Nevi's big sister island, St.
Kitts, and then take a
30-minute ferry to Nevis.
American Airlines offers daily flights from Miami to
St.
Kitts and weekly non-stop flights from Charlotte, N.C.
United is starting
a new weekly service from Newark, N.J.
to St.
Kitts on Dec.
18.
Another option
for Four Seasons guests is to fly to San Juan and then connect on Tradewinds
Aviation (a charter) to Nevis airport..Mango restaurantWhere to eat: Choose
from the resorts four restaurants: Neve for breakfast; "and for other meals
there"s Cabana, located near the pools and beach, open-air Mango, and the
Coral Grill.
If you"re adventurous and, well, rich, go for the Dive and Dine
package.
Executive Chef Jason Adams or Kai Autenrieth (both certified divers)
take you out to secret dive spots (via a private boat) to catch local spiny
lobsters.
After bringing the crustaceans back to the resort, one of the chefs
grills them on the beach for the fanciest cookout you"ve ever had.
It"s truly
fantastic, but pricey to the tune of $1950 per couple and $500 for every
additional guest."(The price includes the boat charter with equipment, two
dive tanks, snacks and refreshments on board during the dive, a barbecue lunch
with an interactive cooking demo, as well as a Beach House rental plus
amenities for the remainder of the day.) It"s also worth venturing off-site to
the aforementioned Sunshine"s, as well as local restaurant Indian
Summer."Related: Top 20 Beach Bars in the Caribbean
A tagged and GPS"d sea
turtle returning to the ocean.Don"t Miss: If you love sea creatures, book
during the Four Seasons Resort Nevis"s annual sea turtle conservation
program.
Hawksbills, leatherbacks, and green sea turtles nest on several of
the island"s beaches, so the resort teams up with Florida"s Sea Turtle
Conservancy (STC) as well as local conservation volunteers to lead nightly
walks with guests to find nesting sea turtles.
Not only could you witness a
mama sea turtle laying her eggs, but the team tags the turtles and attaches
GPS to track them.
Each sea turtle is then named and released (to much
fanfare!).
You can track the turtles on STC"s website for up to a year.
When I
was there, I was lucky enough to see a nesting turtle, and we tagged two mama
hawksbills, Luna and Millie.
The program is free to guests.
And if you have
kids, you"ll also want to take them on the Sunset Golf and Monkey Tour, which
leaves from the pro shop every evening.
You"ve never seen so many monkeys in
one place as you"ll see during the driving tour of the golf course.
They
playfully run along the greens and climb into the trees to munch on guinep
fruits.
At hole 14, the caravan stops to see if anyone can hit the ball across
a wide valley in one shot.
If you make it (which only one of about 20 people
did the evening I was there), you get to keep the retrieved ball and a little
prize.Related: 5 Ways Your Vacation Is Killing Sea TurtlesWATCH:"Flying
Singapore Airlines in First Class for an Hour Ruined My LifeLet World
traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
"Watch World traveling club Travel"s original series "A Broad Abroad."For
more on World traveling club Travel"s travel policy, click here.Not too
shabby, Four Seasons Resort Nevis (All photos: Four Seasons Resort
Nevis/Facebook) Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Nevis Location: Pinney's Beach,
Nevis, West Indies When to go: High season is winter, December through
April.
The vibe: Laid-back Nevisian luxury Getting there: For most flights you
have to fly into Nevi's big sister island, St.
Kitts, and then take a
30-minute ferry to Nevis.
American Airlines offers daily flights from Miami to
St.
Kitts and weekly non-stop flights from Charlotte, N.C.
United is starting
a new weekly service from Newark, N.J.
to St.
Kitts on Dec.
18.
Another option
for Four Seasons guests is to fly to San Juan and then connect on Tradewinds
Aviation (a charter) to Nevis airport.

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