LuxeGetaways Magazine – Fall/Winter 2017 | Welcome to the island of Nevis, part of the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Lesser Antilles, and, most notably, the birthplace of the inspiration behind the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hamilton. This small, secluded destination is unlike any other, with its natural beauty, quaint atmosphere and lodging rarely found in the Caribbean. Known for a signature lodging that is rare in the Caribbean: Delightful small inns on former sugar plantation estates, known as “plantation inns,” offer an elegant house-party atmosphere — each one with its own personality.
Thanks to trails through the rainforest littered with plantation ruins (sugar mills, stonewalls and cobblestones) and the gently sloping Nevis Peak, the island is a nearly untouched paradise perfect for nature lovers. History buffs will also find much to enjoy. The Nevis Heritage Trail features 25 sites, from the Hamilton Birthplace museum where the Founding Father was born and raised, to the Museum of Nevis History which includes memorabilia from Britain’s most famous Admiral, Lord Horatio, and his Nevis bride, Fanny Nesbit.
Insider Tip: What you will not spot on this 36-square-mile island of 12,000 residents: a casino, chain hotels or restaurants (except for the Four Seasons Resort), hectic nightlife, traffic lights or public transit. What you will discover: hummingbirds, goats and silver-colored velvet monkeys. Take a seven-minute water taxi (or 45-minute ferry) from Basseterre, on St. Kitts.
This plantation inn is situated on an early 19th-century sugar plantation estate on the slopes of Nevis Peak, owned by New York abstract painter Brice Marden and his wife. In keeping with his bold style, the grounds are accented with vivid splashes of orange, from the doors to the pillows. Lush tropical gardens adorn the 100-acre property, whose stepped terraces were designed by architect Ed Tuttle, known for his work on Aman Resorts. The most prized lodging is a former sugar mill, reborn as a duplex cut-stone cottage, where a winding bamboo staircase leads up to an oversized king bed (where Vogue editor Anna Wintour once slept), along with twin beds downstairs. All cottages boast lovely views of the sea, Nevis Peak, or the gardens. Some hiking trails through the rainforest depart right from Golden Rock. The restaurant offers a global flair with local ingredients from start to finish with an opportunity to dine in an intimate garden setting while not losing that amazing view of the water. Finish your evening with a signature cocktail at the bar – underneath towering stone vaulted ceilings, and full of that Golden Rock atmosphere.
As the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in St. Kitts & Nevis, this plantation inn’s aesthetic is elegant, contemporary, and ideal for those seeking minimalism. However, there is one striking exception: a visit to the 300-year-old sugar mill for a romantic candle-lit private dining experience, amid rounded stonewalls. The prime lodging is the two-bedroom, two-bath Tamarind Villa, with a private plunge pool, sundeck, two porches with glass doors, wood-beamed ceilings and a flat-screen television. Two other villas are the Little House, a century-old white wood-framed two-bedroom, two-bath house with a full kitchen and flat-screen television; and the Garden Suite, a bamboo-floored one-bedroom villa, set amid luxuriant gardens. Plantation Rooms have verandas offering sea views.
Since this plantation inn’s 1670 Great House is called the oldest wooden building in the Caribbean, its gingerbread-trim cottages are replicas of traditional West Indian small houses. This, along with art by guests paired with botanical prints, provides an unusual sense of character and charm to the design. Its most sought-after lodging option is the Yellow Manor House, modeled after a classic Caribbean great house. This is a two-bedroom, two-story house with panoramas of countryside and sea from two big verandas plus a plunge pool, living room and kitchen. Deluxe balcony rooms in the small houses are painted a cheerful yellow and blue that snuggle against hillsides with porches, while the gingerbread cottages are one-bedrooms with living rooms, porches and kitchenettes. Wednesday night is known for the big Caribbean buffet, affectionately nicknamed “Pig Night.”
A full-service 196-room low-rise resort on a former coconut and sugar plantation estate on three-mile-long Pinney’s Beach; the Four Seasons Nevis has a Robert Trent Jones golf course with lovely views, 10 tennis courts (ranked the Caribbean’s #1 tennis resort by Tennis Resorts), three infinity pools, spa with 12 treatment rooms and a kids’program. The top lodgings are 50 villas with up to seven bedrooms – each with a pool; kitchen; and views of the sea, Nevis Peak, gardens or golf course. Private chefs and 24-hour room service is available. Suites and standard rooms have sea or Nevis Peak views. If you ever craved a dinner to dive for, you can dive to catch spiny lobster with a guide, and then watch (or help) the chef cook your dinner. A lesson from the master mixologist at 101 Rums (a bar serving over 100 aged rums from all over the Caribbean), on infusing cocktails with local spices, herbs and mango puree, and rum-pairing dinners are some of the special experiences offered.
Editorial Note: This was written before the horrible series of hurricanes in September 2017 caused a lot of damage throughout the Caribbean islands. We know that the local people are strong and determined, and that the Caribbean islands will always offer fantastic getaway opportunities – it is recommended to reach out to the resorts directly to determine if there are damages that could affect your travel plans.
Hamilton, The Musical
Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father, who was determined to make his mark on the new nation. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind. This modern approach to an age-old story will be loved by all ages, and guaranteed to have you downloading the songs the next day. Plan ahead when traveling, as tickets are hard to get for Hamilton. Enjoy the show!
New York – Ongoing
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Chicago – Until April 29, 2018
18 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
London – Opens December 6, 2017
Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Street, London SW1E 5EA
The U.S. Tour
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Pantages Theatre: Now – December 30, 2017
San Diego, CA
San Diego Civic Theatre: January 6, 2018 – January 28, 2018
ASU Gammage: January 30, 2018 – February 25, 2018
The Paramount Theatre: February 6, 2018 – March 18, 2018
Buell Theatre: February 27, 2018 – April 1, 2018
Keller Auditorium: March 20, 2018 – April 8, 2018
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