A Nevis Wedding

There is a reason the Sirens of Greek mythology lived on distant secluded islands. Colbalt blue seas and matching skies frame an island of deep green, Nevis is such a Siren. Resist its charms? Why would you want to?

Located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, Nevis is the sister island to nearby St. Kitts. The two islands are separated by a shallow 2-mile channel called “The Narrows,” but the difference is palpable. Commercialization has not yet taken over Nevis. Because of this, Nevis has become one of the Caribbean’s most premiere, exclusive, and luxurious destinations.

“Queen of the Caribees,” Nevis is fringed on three sides by untouched beaches and a coastline protected by

beautiful coral reefs. The beaches are world class, so sunbathing and snorkeling are top priorities. With sand as fine as sugar and rows of coconut tress, Pinney’s Beach is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It is sandwiched between the sweet Pacific and a picture perfect lagoon (not unlike a much further trip to Fiji). If all the relaxation is getting to you and you’d rather see and be seen, head to Cades Bay for bar hopping in between dips in the ocean. When you tire of being seen, travel to Lover’s Beach. This sandy stretch is about a mile long and is almost always secluded, making it the perfect place for a little privacy.

Since the island is so small (36 square miles) there are only a few places to stay, but each is special and unique. Surrounded by golden-sand beaches, the award winning, five-diamond Four Seasons combines beachfront property, world-class grandeur, and West Indian hospitality. Be sure to take advantage of the “beach concierge,” truly decadent.

Focusing on the natural beauty of the island, the eco-resort Golden Rock Plantation Inn is the choice to get away from it all. Seven cottages and a Sugar Mill Suite are located on a steep bluff overlooking the majestic blue ocean. Four-poster beds and front porches are all part of the charm. There are several nature trails leading from the property and (are you ready?) afternoon monkey observations!

Another choice for accommodation is the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, a four-diamond and Conde Nast Traveler Gold List property. Spread over 30 acres with a plantation-style decor, their half-mile long beach is protected by a reef. The Thursday Night Surf & Turf Beach BBQ is a combination of Caribbean band music and fish feast…a true Nevis experience.

West Indian flavors are central to the food on Nevis. Try escoveitched fish, usually made with snapper or king fish, a take on ceviche. Conch salad, spiny lobster, turtle stew, and mutton stew are local favorites. Pelau, rice pigeon peas and meat, is very similar to paella. When you need a thirst quencher, be sure to sample the local rums–Belmont Estate and Brinley Gold. The local CSR (Cane Spirit Rothschild) is another wonderful libation. This is a fiery white rum that is often mixed with the local grapefruit flavored soft drink, Ting. So refreshing after a hot day on the beach or a hike on the nature trails.

While in Nevis you will find many smaller restaurants that all boast local cuisines. In Charleston, the capital city, be sure to stop by neighborhood favorite, Eddy’s Bar. It is the perfect spot to wind down with a beer or a rum punch and hang with the locals. A rowdy happy hour, local specialties and live music make this spot a must. It is on the second floor of a building on Main Street, and it truly is a low key atmosphere. Go on a Wednesday night, that is when the best crowd comes out for a night of live calypso beats.

Miss June’s restaurant is a truly memorable affair; more having a private dinner than a trouist trip. Guests assemble at 7:30 pm for cocktails, then dine at a formal table set with fine crystal and china. The five course dinner is infused with Caribbean, Asian, and European dishes. It is a one-of-a-kind experience and brings back a touch of the old Plantation lifestyle that once was. Take note, this restaurant is only open three days a week and reservations are a must.

If you can pull yourself off the beach for a bit, visit Hamilton Estate, one of Nevis’s landmarks. It is near Charlestown and is the ruins of a sugar plantation owned by the Hamilton family. Be sure to enjoy the views of Charlestown and St. Kitts.

Even though it is relatively small, the choices abound on this island playground. You will return many times, and fall in love with its charms over and over again. It is a place to just be free and relax, all the while sipping on a rum punch and being pampered in every sense of the world. Old world style and sophistication all under the Caribbean sun.




2 Comments so far

  1. Su Ling January 5th, 2009

    Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on laissezfaire! x

  2. Heidi@TrulyEngaging January 5th, 2009

    Wow! The West Indies and untouched beaches and coral reef couldn’t sound more marvelous to this Minnesota girl!

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