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“One of My Favorite Spots in the Caribbean” 5 of 5 stars
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Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Newcastle Beach, New Castle, Nevis   |  
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Laurel, Maryland
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“One of My Favorite Spots in the Caribbean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2008

Our trip to Nisbet Plantation was planned on exactly one day’s notice – since a planned trip to Cape Santa Maria on Long Island in the Bahamas had to be called off due to Hurricane Paloma (which never materialized as a threat to Long Island, but nevertheless wiped out our plans). The travails we endured in reaching Nevis are another long, tedious story filled with frustration, but we finally arrived in Nevis well after dark after an unplanned detour through St. Kitts and a late ferry ride.

Less vexing than our airline issues, but also of mild concern, was the fact that we never got confirmation of our reservation at Nisbet, which I’d booked with the US reservation office. Wanting to make sure we were still expected, I called the resort before arrival – which had no record of our impending arrival. That was quickly rectified, and for our minimal trouble, we were upgraded to an oceanfront “upper premier junior suite.” In contrast to our airline’s prevarication, Nisbet simply fixed it.

Truly, once we finally arrived in Nevis, everything went smoothly. Upon arrival at Nisbet, our bags were spirited away while we were handed rum punch (in real glasses) for the long walk to our suite. That set the tone for the rest of our stay.

Dinner (as well as breakfast) is included in the Nisbet room rate, but it is no slapdash buffet affair. After our first night, when we introduced ourselves to maitre d' Patterson (or Violet), we were greeted by name and escorted to our table – we chose every night to dine on the screened porch. A menu was presented, featuring 4-5 choices each for appetizers, entrees, and dessert; every evening included at least on Nevisian or West Indian choice. Options included venison, veal, boar, duck, steak, escargot, lamb, grouper, snapper, with such West Indian favorites as roti, pepper pot and pumpkin soup. This was truly fine dining, and even if meals hadn’t been included, we would have hated to miss a single night of Chef Tony’s superb cooking. Wine and alcoholic beverages were a la carte, and the wine list offered many fine (if somewhat safe) choices. Having spent our last Caribbean trip in Anguilla and Grand Case, St. Martin – which are gastronomic capitals – we found Nisbet to compare favorably.

The next morning, we were up with the sun and finally got our first daylight look at Nisbet Plantation. It’s truly lovely. Our suite was a high-ceilinged space with walls painted in my favorite kiwi green. The bed is made up in luscious silky sheeting, and the coral-painted bath is expansive, with granite and porcelain appointments. We had a sitting area and small kitchen/bar area, as well as louvered french doors giving out to a balcony. All of the windows were louvered, and we cranked them open and went without AC all week (in fact, at night, the breeze was steady enough to require us to cover up most nights).

From our balcony, we had a view of the luxuriant lawns and rows of tall coconut and date palms. Beyond the palms, the beach (considered by many the nicest on Nevis) and the sea, breaking on the reef beyond. The night sounds were the constant roar of the sea, the wind clattering in the palms, and the symphony of tree frogs (which we learned were a different species than the famed coqui of Puerto Rico, but no less beloved by me). In the other direction towered Nevis Peak, the top of it often wreathed in clouds, a nearly perfect volcanic cone.

We often made ourselves comfortable on the palm-studded beach, near a palapa. For all we knew, the resort may have been full during our visit, but there were always beach loungers available, and they were so discretely placed that we never felt crowded. None of the jockeying for position for which some larger resorts are justly infamous.

Nisbet’s Great House crowns a gently sloping hill, through an alley of palms. Afternoon tea was served there every day, but we never availed ourselves of it, preferring our own company and slightly stronger beverages on our balcony. Likewise, we didn’t take advantage of the spa, the croquet lawn, the tennis court, etc. We were in the Caribbean for beach time and some mild exploration, which we’d do with the rental car we’d arranged for the rest of the week.

Although Nisbet’s beach is among the best on Nevis, that doesn’t say all that much. The other major beaches – Oualie and Pinney’s – are grey sand and look to have lost a lot of shoreside vegetation to Hurricane Omar. Nisbet’s beach is on the less-protected northern tip of Nevis, has salt-and-pepper (mostly salt) sand, and a good bit of vegetation on the bottom which washes up on shore, but is meticulously groomed every morning. There are several jetties, a lot of wave action, and a pebbly entry into the water. I enjoyed the water, but couldn’t see my toes on the bottom. The beachfront seems to have been untouched by the hurricane, and is studded with healthy palms trees. The constant breeze keeps the no-see-ums and most of the mosquitos away. A beachfront bar and restaurant, which are open all day til 5-ish, and on Thursday night for the famous Nisbet barbecue, round out the scene.

Nisbet’s most distinguishing feature is its staff. If your shoulders haven’t already lost their workday tension by the time you arrive on the island, any last vestige of it is gone after your first interaction with a staff member. After your first encounter, most of them greet you by name and appear to be genuinely interested in your experience. They also seem to be clairvoyant, since your room is magically cleaned or turned down or supplied with ice without your ever being aware of it. And the generosity of spirit at Nisbet doesn’t appear to be limited to resort guests, as the famous Thursday barbecue demonstrates. At the barbecue, the crowd was large – and we recognized people from our travels, including visitors and Nevis residents alike – some who came for dinner, and some who came (and were welcomed) for drinks and dancing with the band.

When we’re not sailing, my husband and I choose our Caribbean destinations carefully so as to get the combination of attractive environment and welcoming people that we seek. Although we had little time to prepare for our Nevis journey, in choosing Nisbet Plantation, we did just fine.

  • Liked — The staff that makes you feel like cherished family
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2008

When planning our honeymoon, our travel agent kept missing the mark entirely. We wanted something small, relaxing, unique, preferably beachfront, and no kids -- she kept suggesting raging party locales in Cancun and Aruba. So we took matters into our own hands and researched the top picks from TripAdvisor's 2008 awards instead.
Lucky for us, we heeded the advice and recommendations from other reviewers and we booked our trip at the Nisbet Plantation. Based on the previous reviews, we had pretty high expectations - and we were thrilled when Nisbet Plantation not only met them, but exceeded them by leaps and bounds.
We were warmly greeted by Jamie, the general manager, with cool towels and rum drinks, and we walked down the palm-lined avenue to our own bungalow suite. Our room was lovely - with a screened-in porch and plantation shutters, and the bedroom was air-conditioned, with beautiful high ceilings and citrus colors. We also discovered a hand-written welcome note from Jamie and his wife, and a congratulatory bottle of wine - which was a very nice touch.
In fact - Nisbet is full of small, lovely, genuine surprises that make you feel like you've stumbled across a well-kept secret that only a select few people know. The grounds, the beach, the rooms - everything is absolutely gorgeous, in its own relaxed and elegant way. We were so happy to relax in the hammocks and read a book while sipping on a delicious frozen rum drink - perfect!
Dinners at the Great House are not to be missed. Our first night, my husband ordered the Osso Bucco and promptly declared that it was one of the "top 5" meals he'd ever had, and kept commenting on how wonderful it was. Every night was truly a treat: chilean sea bass with crab meat, shrimp with okra polenta, chocolate mousse with meringue, Nevisian mixed meat pepper pot, passion fruit creme brulee, and the beach barbeque party was wonderful -- fresh grilled snapper, mahi, shrimp, fried plantains, ribs, spiced chicken and rows of cakes and tarts. The dishes are beautifully presented and of superb quality. We were so sad to miss out on Saturday's surf-and-turf dinner because of our afternoon departure - but Patterson, the maitre d', arranged for us to have the lobster and filet on our last night. And it was so good, my husband was actually speechless (this is quite a feat, indeed).
Which brings me to the greatest part about Nisbet -- the staff. These fine people are the key ingredient to an unbelievable stay, and we cannot wait to see everyone again. So many members of the staff have been at the Nisbet for 10, 15, 20 years - and they are simply wonderful at what they do. It is wonderful to see how happy they are with each other and with the guests, and their sincerity comes through in every encounter. (*we even ran into Jamie, the GM, at the St. Kitts airport on our way back home -- he was as hospitable and kind as ever, and offered his card to us if we needed anything)
In particular, we were thoroughly impressed with Violet, Angella, Rosalyn, Joycelyn, Kaddy & Dan (greatest bartenders EVER.), and Patterson. We feel lucky to have met them, and they were the reason why we had such a wonderful time in Nevis. Can't wait to return - many thanks for such great memories!
- Fondly, Nicole & Mays Dickey

  • Liked — Service, Cuisine, beautiful scenery
  • Disliked — Leaving.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New Orleans, LA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2008

Nisbet was an amazing place! My wife and I could not have asked for a better honeymoon. The staff makes the place. You feel like family for your entire stay. The place is well kept and absolutely beautiful. Very laid back atmosphere. Best place to stay on the best island in the Caribbean. Can not wait to go back!!

  • Liked — The friendliness of the staff.
  • Disliked — Would have liked a golf course.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Worcestershire, UK
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2008

We arrived on Nevis a few days after Hurricane Omar had hit part of the island, and were unsurprised to find that Nisbet in its sheltered location at the north end of the island had been totally unaffected.

The weather throughout our 10 days' vacation was absolutely gorgeous so we were able to enjoy the magnificent beach and the other Resort facilities to the full as well as briefly touring the island and visiting St Kitts.

Our accommodation suite was superbly comfortable and met all our needs, and for us a bonus was the complete absence of TV or radio in the rooms. Breakfast in the beach restaurant, afternoon tea on the terrace, and dinner in The Great House were excellent and all we could wish for, made more enjoyable thanks to the informal, friendly, efficient service of all the staff.

So a very big Thank You to Jamie & Michelle, Patterson, Violet, Roslyn, Sherill, Cassandra, Winston, the Front Office, and all other members of staff too numerous to mention by name, every one of whom went the extra mile in caring for our every need and thus making our stay so relaxed and enjoyable.

We can't wait to return some time soon, and can unreservedly recommend the Resort to those wishing to experience the vacation of a lifetime. When you do go, please take a necktie for Patterson, the Maitre d', to add to his extensive collection!

Ann & John

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  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Severna Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Nisbet Plantation in Nevis from Oct 22-27, 2008. We stayed at the resort based on review we read on Trip Advisor and found most of the reviews accurate descriptions of the property. As seasoned travelers of the US and Caribbean we were open minded to the experience that the Nisbet Plantation would offer when compared to resorts such as the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, and Couples resorts. It would be a fair assessment that the Nisbet delivered as reviewed and advertised. For those travelers looking to escape to a relatively secluded, quiet, serene, and customer service oriented resort the Nisbet Plantation delivers. It is important to note that the Nisbet Plantation really does not compare well to corporate resorts such as the Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton because it provides a true slice of Nevis that cannot be replicated at a major resort. This is in large part because during our stay there were only a total of 39 guests one day far different than a traditional resort.

Accommodations: We stayed in a Junior Suite that had a kind size bed, screen in porch, and small bathroom. All rooms are basically two adjoined bungalows. There are no “oceanfront” based on the small beach of the resort, but all are well within walking distance (100 yards for us). Our room was decorated in subtle Caribbean colors with a high pitched ceiling that really transcended an “open air” environment. Our room had an air conditioner that provided plenty of cool air. The bed and linens were fresh and the décor was simple. I am not sure if there is any way the resort could avoid the issue based on the location and style of the rooms, but we did find a few harmless “water bugs” in our room and mosquitoes. The resort does provide insect repellent, and it was needed during our stay when inside or outside the resort. Water quality was excellent. All electrical and plumbing within the room was in good condition. There were no TV’s or alarm clocks in the rooms, but a telephone is provided. Not having a TV was not an issue since we chose the Nisbet Plantation for its relaxation and a chance to get away. Room service was excellent and was provided at least three times a day. The mini bar was always stocked as well as fresh ice daily.

Food: We chose the modified American plan which included breakfast and dinner. All of our meals were exceptional quality in presentation and taste when compared to American five star restaurants. The menu was changed daily for dinner and included local dishes as well as a variety of fine dining menu options. Food was prepared with a personal touch and the chef’s were always willing to customize a meal for us based on our desires. The wine list was exceptional and competitively priced with restaurants in the US and featured a wide price range of $30 per bottle (US) to a few hundred dollars (US) from around the world. However, one issue I did have was the price of drinks from the bar which averaged $9.50 (US) per mixed drink and $5 per soda. This seemed higher than average although an “all inclusive” is offered to add on to the rate of the resort.

Facilities: The facilities are exceptionally kept on the property and are the high point for the resort. None of the buildings showed signs of age or wear. The grounds of the resort are breathtaking and as an amateur photographer I found it difficult to find the one breathtaking photo since everywhere you looked on the property seemed like priceless photo. The Great House where dinner is served is decorated in a very sophisticated, yet Caribbean manner and revolved around hard wood floors and dark brown furniture of good quality. Dining was offered on the screened in porch as well. The dining area was well air conditioned inside and pleasant outside because of the constant cool breeze the property benefits from being on the windward side of the island. The Spa was adequate and functional (no cascading waterfalls or grand atriums). The other dining areas consisted of a beachside dining facility that was “open air”, but well circulated with ceiling fans and the constant breeze. There was never a wait for dining and service was impeccable and some of the best I have ever received. You will get to know your server on the first day and they will cater to whatever desire you want and are very personable. The staff to guest ratio is extremely high, however one should be prepared for “Caribbean Time” and not expect rushed food service, one again this is a place to relax so getting a quick meal should not be an issue.

Service: As stated previously the service at the resort is second to none with extremely high staff to guest ratios. You quickly realize that the staff will do whatever it takes to make your stay memorable. You will get to know many of the resort staff on a first name basis in no time. I did not encounter one staff member who ever made me feel anything but welcome and ready to pamper me. The staff worked together flawlessly and appeared to have worked together for quite a while. The General Manager was readily available talking with guests during breakfast to ensure everything was satisfactory. Although we had no issues with the resort, I truly believe he would have taken care of any issues on the spot. The Staff almost seemed like family by the end of out five night stay. The concierge had plenty of information and contacts to assist the facilitation of any excursions guests may decide to do.

Nevis: This review would not be complete without a brief mention of the wonderful island that the resort resides on. We took a three hour tour of Nevis and truly believe after visiting nearly every island in the Caribbean it is the most untouched and natural island. Because the Four Seasons is the largest resort and a few other small hotels exist, it is unaffected by tourist influence. I joked with my wife that it was the only Caribbean island that I did not see a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant! The lush and scenic terrain is breathtaking and the local residents are without a doubt friendly and appreciative of tourists visiting the island. Since the island is so small it became readily apparent that nearly all the residents know each other by first name. It is well worth the money to take a taxi tour around the island. Three hours is more than enough to see everything since the island is rather small. Safety was never a concern on the island and besides the port we arrived in via ferry from St Kitts I did not see additional police. I would highly recommend arriving in St Kitts and taking the $10 (US) per person ferry across. It is a 45 minute ride that is priceless in scenery and really sets the tone for your vacation at the Nisbet resort. Taxis are readily available on the island to take you from the port to the Nisbet resort for $25 (US).

Conclusion: If you are ready to truly “unplug” and enjoy a relaxing vacation in paradise than the Nisbet Resort is for you. No need to bring a watch, but do bring lots of sun tan lotion and a music player filled with Kenny Chesney island music. I am sure there will be an empty hammock waiting for you at the Nisbet resort.


*** It should be noted that we visited the Nisbet just days after Hurricane Omar devastated the Four Seasons property on the island as well as other restaurants on the Caribbean side of the island. The Nisbet resort was completely unaffected by the storm because it is on the Atlantic side of the island.

  • Liked — Customer service and scenic views
  • Disliked — Bar drinks were a bit pricey
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2008

Even though my stay at the Nisbet Plantation was for only one night, from the moment I entered the registraton, you had a feeling of having been there before, with friends.

We were welcomed by staff and guided to our room.

The rooms were very elegant, well appointed and a perfect quiet place to get away and relax and enjoy the warm breezes during day and evening.

Grounds are well manicured , everything one needs for a vacation or get-away for 3-5 days.

Staff very receptive to requests and helpful. I ddin't have time to swim but did manage to do a walk around the grounds to visit pool , beach, restaurant and came away with a fresh relaxed feeling, thanks to the overall welcome one receives when visiting.

Would like to spend more time, next time.

  • Liked — Lovely!
  • Disliked — The cleaniness and room space.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Miami Lakes, FL - USA
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2008

We arrived on the Island of Nevis the afternoon before Hurricane Omar made its path just west of us. Although we experienced heavy rains and gusty winds in the early morning hours of Thursday October 16th, our cottages and the rest of the complex at the Nisbet Plantation survived without a scar.

It is located on the North side of the Island, the winds were coming from the East, thus we were totally sheltered and not affected at all.

This is a beautiful resort, you will feel welcomed at all times, the staff there goes out of their way to make sure you are treated as a special guest.

We highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a time to relax, unwind and truly enjoy what the Caribbean has to offer.

  • Liked — Location, the staff, the complete resort.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Newcastle Beach, New Castle, Nevis
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Location: Caribbean > St. Kitts and Nevis > Nevis > New Castle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in New Castle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nisbet Plantation Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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 that has helped Nisbet Plantation be recognized as one of the top Caribbean hotels. Vacation at a top Caribbean hotel on the island time forgot. ... more   less 
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