A little bit late in writing this having visited in late November but better late than never. I have always wanted to go to Nevis and Nisbet but for numerous reasons have never made it visiting other Caribbean islands instead. I wish I had had the courage of my convictions and persuaded my husband to go sooner, Nevis is by far the best Caribbean island we have visited and we have been to a few. It is what I would call the real Caribbean, laid back, uncomercialised, lovely friendly people and I can't wait to go back.
Niset itself is amazing. We had a garden room and after asking to look around all the other room types I would go for this every time. The superior cottages are really sweet but the bathrooms are rather small with only a shower. They have a small porch with two garden chairs and a small table. The garden rooms are much bigger, with what we could see the largest fridge of all room types. The bathroom is bigger with a bath and shower over it and two sinks then there is a lovely sitting area with a settee two chairs and a coffee table which was great to sit in of an evening before dinner. There are two types of suite the downstairs suite is very dark and whilst the upstairs one has a balcony again they didn't seem as big as the garden room probably because of the seperate sitting room which the garden rooms have. Having said that all the rooms are lovely no matter which one you go for and very private. Apart from the suites which are two up two down all the others are semi- detached and some way from the next set of cottages. I absolutely loved them.
The only draw back to this hotel and Nevis is that once there it is expensive the following will give you some idea: -
beers $5, cheapest bottle of wine $38, cokes etc $4, small water $4, bike hire is $35 per day, $25 for a morning and $10 for an hour, car hire is $50 per day plus $25 for a licence. A 3 hour island tour is $75 per person. There is also a 12% service charge and 10% tax to be added on. Beers in Charlestown were $2.
Do as we did and a large number of other guests visit a local shop, go out of the entrance turn left and there is a little minimart which sells beer, rum etc or take a local minibus into Charlestown to visit the supermarket at the end of the high street. These minibuses cost EC4 as opposed to a taxi $22. You stand outside the entrance to Nisbet they will see you and stop on the opposite side of the road. They will then let you off whereever you want. They are brilliant and we used them all the time and got to see a large part of the island and speak to the locals. We came back once singing christmas carols something I will remember for ever. You can take them to Pinneys beach and walk right the way along it to Charlestown.
We stopped at Sunshines but if I had known that they kept a monkey tied up and charged people to have their 'photo taken with it before we ordered I wouldn't have bothered. To me this is cruel and I wished we hadn't bought beers from them. Lime next door is much better.
Don't bother going to the botanical gardens. There are very few native plants, and they had lots of budda statutes which seemed totally out of place and in our opinion a rip off at EC35 per person.
Yes Nisbet is windy the first week we were there which was at the end of November seemed to be quieter and hotter but then as we moved into December it did get cooler and windier but too be honest it was still windy when we went over to the Caribean side one day. It didn't spoil our holiday and yes there is seaweed but again that is nature and not the hotels fault and they do do their best to rake it up at the beginning of the day.
All the staff as other reviewers mention go out of their way to make your holiday wonderful. You feel really special and they are all lovely. We have never stayed at a hotel before where everyone and I mean everyone knows your name from day one. It seems unfair to single people out as they are all equally to be thanked. The food is superb although to be honest three meals a day and afternoon tea was really too much, in the end we started missing afternoon tea but we still put on weight.
Would I go back? you bet I would and we are hoping to at the same time this year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nisbet is the Caribbean's only luxury plantation inn located on the beach. This intimate hideaway is one of the Caribbean's Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels and the ancestral home of Fanny Nisbet, the ever-faithful wife of British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. A historic resort with only 36 rooms spread over 30 lush beachfront acres. Enjoy impeccable service at the best hotel on the island time forgot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Hotel Nevis
- Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel
- Nisbet Plantation Beach Resort
- Nisbet Plantation Nevis
- Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Nevis, St. Kitts And Nevis