Secluded 4-Star Inn with Restaurant Inside 18th-Century Sugar Mill
In the heart of the West Indies archipelago lie the remote sister islands of Nevis and St. Kitts. While St. Kitts is developed, Nevis represents a more rustic island lifestyle—Frommer’s affectionately dubbed it “the sleeper of the Caribbean.” Perched 750 feet above the Caribbean in the foothills of Nevis Peak is a boutique inn called Montpelier Plantation & Beach. Located just 6 miles from the sandy beach, the resort was built around the ruins of an 18th-century sugar plantation, set on 60 sprawling acres of lush jungle and tropical gardens.
Enjoy sea views from the terrace of your premier room, or relax at the 60-foot outdoor pool, which is surrounded by towering palms and sugar-mill ruins. There, 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 once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, head to Mill Privée, a restaurant located inside the rounded stone walls of a 300-year-old sugar mill. There, you’ll partake in a six-course candlelit dinner, paired with wines carefully selected by the sommelier. You can make a table request reservation on the Montpelier Plantation & Beach website.
A complimentary shuttle takes guests down to the private 3-acre Montpelier Beach, which is tucked away in a secluded cove. 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 throughout Nevis. Back at the hotel, you can borrow a complimentary racket and towel to play a match on the Montpelier tennis courts.
Nevis Island: 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 along the Caribbean. At its center is the majestic Nevis Peak, which stands more than 3,000 feet tall. If you take the challenging hike up the mountain, you'll pass 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, found in its 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. At night, 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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