I believe there are two possibilities for the "perfect vacation," one possibility is the uber luxurious six star resort and spa with gold plated fixtures, gourmet cuisine, daily swedish massages, personal butler, etc. and the other possibility is that which Hurricane Cove(HC) strives for and nearly attains, in that there was zero unwanted intrusions, noise or fuss whatsoever, we had the complete unfettered freedom to do what we want when we wanted or to do nothing at all, and to be as far away from the "real world" as possible, for a price that won't make a Rockefeller blush. I enjoy being coddled as much as the next person, and I'm not suggesting that this type of vacation is the only way to get away from it all (to wit, my wife and I are going to a super all-inclusive in January), but I am saying that never before in my relatively broad travel history has my stress level been so thoroughly decreased that I not only forgot about the internet, email, cell phones, etc. but I damn near forgot how to form complete sentences (w/o the aid of any substances other than sunshine and clean water and maybe a little rum).
If you like breathtaking ocean and island views, absolute privacy, and sublime sunsets, then I defy you to find a more perfect locale than Hurricane Cove for the price. My wife and I spent our week long honeymoon in "Seabiscuit" bungalow which was very spacious and comfortable. It didn't have a bunch of stuff we did not need, but it did have everything we wanted.
ABOUT THE BUNGALOW:
King size bed in bedroom that had a separate balcony, large living room with sofa, full kitchen (with refrigerator/freezer, gas oven range and microwave, and all the basic cutlery and flatware), large bathroom, 180 degrees of covered patio that overlooks the strait between Nevis and St. Kitts and also down to Oualie Beach, and a hammock (my wife's favorite), and the piece de resistance our own completely private pool overlooking the aforementioned strait, by which rests some lounge chairs and the gas grill for outdoor cooking. The only thing that was lacking was the stereo system which could have been better. I would recommend either bringing your own at least your own CDs or cable to hook up an iPod. There was no TV, but as shocking as it is for me to say, I couldn't have cared less, plus I'm not sure what kind of programming is available there, but I'd venture to guess your favorite shows from 1994 would be plentiful, so who cares. But I like listening to music whilst laying out, and the radio was hit or miss with either decent music or evangelical sermons and broadcasts of local government meetings.
It's really serene and peaceful for a reason, chiefly it's not easy to get to. We had to fly from D.C. to New York, then St. Kitts, followed by a 30 minute cab ride to the opposite side of the island, whereupon we boarded the ferry for another 30 minute ride to Nevis, then a 15 minute cab ride from Charlestown to Hurricane Cove. Katherine from H.C. coordinated our cabs and ferry ride so it was all seamless and as efficient as possible, but if you want to get away you've got to put forth some effort and there's just no avoiding it. Second, we went during the tail end of their low-season, and proved to be perfect timing as far as weather was concerned. Some restaurants were closed or had limited hours due to the season, but not many. I got the distinct impression that the locals were overstating the difference between high and low seasons as it pertains to crowds and overall hustle-bustle as their definitions are relative to mine, but I doubt we would have had entire beaches to ourselves and been the only patrons of any number of establishments if we had been there during high-season.
You're going to want to rent a car, if for no other reason than driving on the wrong side of the road is fun in and of itself, but also because there are some nice restaurants, beaches and mountains that you're going to want to see. FYI you can circumnavigate the entire island in about 30 minutes give or take a few, primarily depending on sheep and goat traffic. If you're like us, we decided to use the grill by the pool and barbecue most nights at sunset, you'll also want the car to be able to get groceries. The cab on the way from the ferry to HC stopped at the grocery store, but it took us a couple trips back to get all we wanted. Also, we took the car on the ferry and tooled around St. Kitts which was a fun adventure.
There are supposedly more monkeys than people on Nevis which is more of a statement about how few people there are as opposed to how many monkeys. That being said, there is a troop or two of monkeys on the property of HC, and they provided an other worldly ambiance as they ate their breakfast in the tree by our pool as we ate ours on the patio. We loved them, but that sentiment was not shared by the locals.
The beaches on Nevis in general are less than great. Oualie Beach which is a stone's throw from H.C., literally a one minute walk, is underwhelming as it is littered with a combination of sea weeds and conch shells, while the water was not clear or inviting. The beach in front of the Four Seasons was a bit nicer, although similar to Oualie. By far the nicest beach was Lover's Beach which was about a 10 minute walk from HC, but you could just as easily drive there. This place was like something out of dream, in that it was completely isolated from the road by a thick forest of Palm trees, without a house or a hotel in sight, and when we were there we were the ONLY people on it. The water was clear but a bit rough, and the sand was spectacular and the beach was fairly broad and stretched on for nearly a mile.
There are only a few things I would change about HC if I could. Primarily, the A/C, which kept the bungalow at a habitable temperature but definitely a few degrees warmer than optimal especially given the great sunburn I was working on for the first few days made me feel a bit warmer no matter where I was. The lighting around the pool was out (either it didn't work or didn't exist) which wasn't really a problem as the moonlight and starlight was plenty to cook by, but given some of the local pests would have been nice. To be fair, it was sufficiently not an issue that neither my wife or I inquired about it. The chief local pest and primary reason for wanting lighting was the "Donkey Spider" which is a tarantula native to Nevis. I'm no sissy, and I'm not squeamish but let me just say that those things are horrifying and there presence is a bit unsettling when traipsing about the pool at night with no light. They're not the least bit aggressive nor are they abundant, seeing one is enough (we saw two) as they're brown, hairy and the size of a human hand. We never found one in the house, but believe me when I tell you we made sure to keep the screen doors closed at all times. One final suggestion (more than a complaint), bring your own inflatable pool lounge-chair for floating and relaxing in. HC doesn't provide them, and they are not sold anywhere on the island, and they would be perfect for the pool.
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