We were greeted by the friendly resident dog "Harry" the beagle when we arrived. When we got to our room, we weren't too sure how we felt about it originally. There is no air conditioning, but the breeze is so beautiful, you quickly realized you don't need it. The view from our veranda was so breathtaking. The room is decorated in a colonial setting, along with a roll top desk and four poster bed complete with mosquito net. The Hermitage is set right in a mountain. You see the mist on the peak of Mt. Nevis all the time and it is so close you feel like you can touch it. There are mango trees everywhere and whenever we felt the urge, we would pick one up and eat it. It was amazing! There are beautiful flowers and natural trees growing all around. They are not something that was landscaped in. The landscape is all natural. The owner Rich Lupinacci, is an American originally from Philly, PA. He could not have been any nicer to us. He asked us twice if we would like to go the beach, and set up a time to take us. We got into his Land Rover and took a bumpy ride to the beaches he reccomended for us. We enjoyed them to much. My husband and I chose not to take our children on this trip, (boy 15, girl 12) thinking they would be bored, and I think it was the right decision. It is a very relaxing vacation, more suited for couples. The Hermitage is more like a Bed and Breakfast, than a hotel. After spending 5 days there, we went over to the Marriott on St. Kitts, which is a ferry ride away. We were not prepared for how much we would miss staying at the Hermitage. We had to re-adjust ourselves to the big-business aspect of the Marriott. More hussle, bustle. Although it was a beautiful hotel, it lacked the small intimate qualities that only the Heritage could give you. Let me also mention the delicious coconut french toast. My husband is missing it so much now that we are home! The food at the Hermitage,and all through Nevis is all so fresh. You don't have to worry about the water or getting sick on anything. Everything is locally grown and it taste like it. Just delicious!! If you stay at the Hermitage, you can enjoy the clatter of the Green Vervet Monkey which you see in the morning and around dusk. They swing through the trees and they are fun to watch! They like to eat the mangoes as well, so bring your camera! They have a small pool and it was so peaceful there. I would highly recommend The Hermitage. If you want a quiet ,intimate, relaxing vacation, then this is the place for you. If you want a big fancy hotel with lots of guests and people waiting on you and crummy food, stay at the Marriiott.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hermitage is a small plantation inn with an excellent reputation for its charm and warm, West Indian hospitality. The guest rooms are like gingerbread cottages and are styled after the old Planter’s house with a tradition of elegant West Indian style, antiques, mahogany four poster canopy beds, and private verandahs, with swaying hammocks, in an orchard like setting of mango trees and tropical plants. The Hermitage offers tranquility and serenity in its peaceful environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hermitage Plantation Hotel Nevis
- The Hermitage Plantation Inn Nevis/Charlestown