Secluded Boutique Inn on 18th-Century Sugar Plantation
In the heart of the West Indies archipelago lie the remote sister islands of Nevis and St. Kitts. St. Kitts is developed, and Nevis represents a more rustic island lifestyle—Frommer’s affectionately dubbed it “the sleeper of the Caribbean.” Perched 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of Nevis Peak is a boutique inn called Montpelier Plantation & Beach. The resort was built around the ruins of an 18th-century sugar plantation—just 6 miles from the sandy beach—set on 60 sprawling acres of lush jungle and tropical gardens.
At the 60-foot outdoor pool, surrounded by towering palms and sugar-mill ruins, you can order a tropical cocktail or opt for a casual lunch at the poolside Indigo bar. Restaurant 750 serves upscale island fare, but for a more unique experience, head to Mill Privée, where you’ll partake in a six-course candlelit dinner within the rounded stone walls of the 300-year-old sugar mill.
A complimentary shuttle whisks guests down to the private 3-acre Montpelier Beach, which is tucked away in a secluded cove. Here, you can relax beneath a private cabana or soak up the sun on a chaise lounge. Other popular recreational activities include horseback riding along the beach, deep-sea diving, kitesurfing, hiking, biking, and off-road excursions to explore the 17th- and 18th-century ruins peppered throughout Nevis. Back at the hotel, borrow a complimentary racket and towel to play a match on the Montpelier tennis courts. At the end of a busy day, enjoy sea views from the terrace of your premier room.
Nevis Island, West Indies: Volcanic Landscape and Rich West Indian Culture
Just 2 miles from the popular resort island of St. Kitts, tiny Nevis is lined with volcanic-sand beaches on the Caribbean Sea. At its center is the majestic Nevis Peak, which stands more than 3,000 feet tall. If you undertake the challenging hike up the mountain, you'll trudge through forests of mango and almond trees before reaching a summit shrouded in mist. Throughout the 36-square-mile island, you can still find evidence of volatile geothermal activity in the form of steaming cracks, or fumaroles, and hot springs perfect for boiling jumbo-size portions of ramen.
Though much of Nevis remains untouched, there's plenty to do in Charlestown, the portside capital city. During the day, take a stroll through streets lined with colorful examples of 18th-century colonial architecture. When night falls, you can head to a beachside bar or restaurant to sip rum cocktails or sample fresh papaya, traditional goat-water stew, and grilled mahi-mahi as live musicians play traditional steel-pan music.
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