Our Product Executive Megan Phillips recently ventured to the sunshine-filled shores of the Caribbean on a trip to see the luxury hotels and resorts we feature in our St Kitts and Nevis portfolio. Here she tells all about her busy trip…
In November I visited the Caribbean and was fortunate enough to spend two nights on the beautiful and charming island of Nevis. What I discovered was that whether you want the privacy of a luxury villa, a stay at a 16th century sugar plantation or a resort with facilities including golf and a spa, Nevis has it all.
My first stop was Four Seasons Resort Nevis with its spacious and elegant rooms, suites and villas. The resort offers all the facilities you would expect from Four Seasons but it doesn’t feel ‘corporate’, and the food and service we experienced were excellent. They offer in-room check-in for all guests, which after the British Airways flight direct from Gatwick and short speedboat transfer from St Kitts was the perfect way to begin our stay.
From Four Seasons, I visited the infamous Montpelier Plantation where Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry enjoyed a long holiday in 1992. It is very romantic with stunning views; a chic hotel where each room, suite and villa is unique in its décor. The hotel’s artist in residence Kirk Mechar’s beautiful paintings are dotted throughout the hotel adding to the boutique style and feel.
From my experience Montpelier Plantation is a tranquil haven ideal for total relaxation but would also be the perfect base for those wanting to explore the island. It is located high up on the island but has a beach club and daily shuttle if you want to chill on the beach. If cooking is your thing the hotel offers cookery courses with the Relais et Chateaux Chef de Cuisine, or for those wanting to take a break from the kitchen there is always the rum tasting experience!
My final night was spent at Paradise Beach. A highlight of my trip was a private beach dinner here looking out to the lights of neighbouring St Kitts twinkling under the moonlight. It was an amazing evening. The Balinese villas at Paradise Beach are large, beautifully decorated, all have private pools, outdoor rainfall showers and breath-taking views in all directions. Many guests enjoy the beach dinner held weekly on a Tuesday, or sample one of the many great restaurants on the island. Food is a highlight of the hotel, and you can even choose a private chef to prepare your meals; the lobster benedict for breakfast served in our villa overlooking the Caribbean Sea was the perfect start to our final day on Nevis.
A hotel I was keen to visit as it’s a firm favourite with ITC guests was Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. Once a former plantation house the hotel is the perfect place for an authentically Caribbean, romantic and relaxed stay. The accommodation is dotted in between the trees lining the avenue of palms leading down to the beach. The location is stunning and the staff are attentive and friendly. We had a delicious lunch at Sea Breeze and it was easy to see why guests come back year after year.
For those wanting to twin Nevis with a stay in St Kitts the island currently offers two beautiful hotels in our portfolio. For those wanting jaw-dropping views and 5-star luxury accommodation there is Belle Mont Farm. Located in Kittitian Hill with its ‘field to table’ ethos and impressive architecture, the farm is nestled in 400 acres of organic farmland. The suites and villas are incredibly beautiful with quirky design touches and understated luxury, boasting views out to their private infinity pool, ocean and farmland below.
From Belle Mont we went to see a real gem, Ottley’s Plantation Inn; a delightful family-owned hotel, the rooms are spacious and immaculately decorated in an elegant Caribbean style. The restaurant, a former sugar factory, has spectacular views over the plantation and Atlantic Ocean. We enjoyed a beautiful lunch and the food and service were excellent.
There will soon be an exciting new addition to St Kitts, located in the south of the island next to a pelican colony and on a turtle nesting beach, in the form of Park Hyatt St Kitts which is due to open in 2017. The plans for the resort are exciting and it will be an excellent option for guests wanting to experience the barefoot indulgence of St Kitts while staying at a luxury beach resort.