If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat you’ll see I was in St Kitts and Nevis over Christmas and New Year. My Grandad lives back home in St Kitts so I started a festive tradition of Christmas in the sun in 2015, take a look here and here.
I wanted to do something different on this trip and learn more about my family heritage and the Caribbean, so I decided to explore sister island, Nevis. Nevis is a 45 minute boat ride from the port in St Kitts, trips cost $26 EC for a single journey and services run every few hours every day. I went to Nevis with my mom, sister and cousin and we had so much fun.
Where to stay
We spent two fabulous nights at The Hamilton Beach Villas and Spa, I highly recommend staying in a luxury Villa on the beach, you can book here. The Hamilton Villas are the perfect home from home, (I wish my flat looked like this) they are located right on the beach and our villa had roof access so the views were incredible.
Where to eat
On the first day our driver (booked by The Hamilton) took us to the “best place in town” for dinner, Lime Bar. This beach bar was pretty cool and very LIME green. The manager even came to the car with the biggest umbrella to shelter us from the ridiculous down pour, the rain was on one that day. There was loads to choose from on the menu but because I had eaten so much fish I went for the chicken wings as a main and boy was it A BIG MAIN… I couldn’t move after devouring the whole plate of food. I washed it down with the strongest, sweetest rum punch, I love island life! The staff were so friendly and helpful and they made us feel so welcome. They even asked for our music requests, it was a quiet afternoon. The views near Lime Bar are pretty cool too, it’s on the beach so on a good day you have gorgeous sea views and St Kitts in the background. Opposite the beach there are photographic views of the dormant volcano, Mount Nevis. Even after the rain it still looks beautiful here.
Things to do in Nevis
Obviously you have to check out the beach when in Nevis and on the islands in general. I stayed at The Hamilton Beach Villas so I spent a day on Pinneys Beach and I enjoyed glorious views of the Caribbean sea and beautiful St Kitts in the distance. There are a few other beaches so go and explore and food and drink are never far away from the sun, sea and sand, even better!
We decided to be serious tourists and do a tour of the island with the same friendly driver provided by The Hamilton. Some taxi drivers will offer you an Island tour and try and charge you loads of money so try and haggle and get the price down to what you feel comfortable paying.
Our driver was great, he was very knowledgable about the Island so we did a complete round trip stopping off to take pictures along the way. We went inside the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, which is a very traditional hotel and still has antique furniture and photographs of the family owners. The Nisbet is the Caribbean’s only Plantation Inn on a beach so it’s definitely something to see. The grounds are simply extraordinary and lead to the white sandy beach, it’s very green and lined with palm trees, it’s absolutely stunning.
The Montpelier Plantation and Beach is apparently a favourite of the late Princess Diana. They say it was Princess Diana’s favourite place to stay with young Princes, William and Harry when she visited Nevis to get away from it all. I didn’t look around inside the hotel but the dining/ reception area is very classic and there are outdoor tennis courts, it’s all very fancy.
Many of the Plantations on the island have been converted into tea rooms and quaint hotels. The Hermitage Plantation is a boutique hotel, great for the mountain views, afternoon tea and the beautiful grounds are perfect for relaxing and taking it all in.
In addition to the many Plantations, we visited a historic Sugar Factory that still has the remains of the huge iron machines used for the sugar trade.
You have to visit the famous Hot Springs while in Nevis too. They say taking a dip in the Hot Springs is the best healer for aches pains and wounds. You can get into the hot bath springs or dip a cloth (provided) to refresh and cleanse yourself. The lady at the Hot Springs was very friendly and only charged us a few dollars to experience the magical springs. I can’t decide if it actually worked on me or not but it was still a nice experience.
Nevis is picturesque, calming and just perfection and obviously I will definitely be going back again soon. Big love to The Hamilton Beach Villas and Spa for inviting me and my family to spend a few nights in absolute luxury and huge thanks to River Communications for encouraging me to explore Nevis.
Let me know what you think
Love Dom Dominique xx