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Montpelier Plantation & Beach
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Charlestown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 23, 2006

As part of our three week honeymoon we stayed at the Montpelier in Nevis for 6 days.

We first stayed in a regular room but as there was an invasion of ants we got the suite. The suite isn´t that different from a regular room but it has a seperate living room and a lovely ouside patio with a loung couch.

We rented a car to see the island, saves a bundle on taxi rides and if you go to St Kidds for a day they give you a rental car there as well.

The breakfast was great, loved the fruit and all the other items you could choose. And the scoones at afternoon tea were really teastfull.

The plantation was tranquil, and I don´t think it will be different in the high season.

We had dinner at the plantation twice and we really liked it but there are other nice restaurants on the island as well that are worth checking out.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

I don't know where to begin because my wife and I were overwhelmed (in a good way) during our 6 day stay at the Montpelier Plantation Inn from 10/9 to 10/15. Everything that prior reviewers have said is actually true and I don't need to rehash it all. Their private beach is phenomenal and yes it is a bumpy shuttle van ride but its because the beach is truly private (think of a hidden waterfall). We're in our late 20's and it really wasn't that bumpy but I can see how someone older may complain. Regardless, the staff actually cares about your experience, has a certain family feeling and the owners are very personable and caring. The checkin process was a breeze and instead of filling out paperwork they hand you a cool towel, a rum punch and take you on a tour of the property. We didn't really "register" until about 1 hr. before our departure. The meals are perfect and the Terrace and Mill restaurants are worth the trip even if you're not staying at Montpelier.

We'll be back for an anniversary or two and hope things have only gotten better. If you want a relaxing vacation where you don't feel like a number (which u will feel like at the 4 seasons), choose Montpelier.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank DJ Frustration
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Reviewed September 10, 2006

My husband and I recently spent a week at the Montpelier Plantation Inn for our honeymoon.

We couldn't have dreamed of a better location to spend our memorable vacation. As most of the other commentators have mentioned, we couldn't really pull ourselves away for too long from the plantation itself. The Montpelier is absolutely breath-taking. Most of the time there I thought I was dreaming. The scenic views are so perfect they look like pictures. Also, the food and service was absolutely incredible (especially breakfast)!

We had the opportunity to eat the Mill in two occasions. The food is excellent and the place itself is unique in being the only Sugar Cane Mill-turned-restaurant in the entire Caribbean. If you go to Nevis you must eat there.

We took sometime to do outside activities such as a tour of the island (ask for John!), horseback riding, and of course we spent time on the gorgeous private beach! Only on one occasion did we adventure out of the Montpelier's excellent food and went for lunch at Sunshine's (a local restaurant next to the Four Seasons). Sunshine's hit the spot with an awesome array of wonderfully seasoned seafood.

After all that, it was a struggle to come back to the States and leave Nevis. We are definitely becoming Montpelier regulars. We can't say enough about the wonderful staff, the friendly dogs, and the personalized attention we received the entire week!

My only complain is that the rooms were not thoroughly clean. I am very allergic to dust and the room became a bit bothersome at times.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank slcn
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Reviewed July 26, 2006

We stayed at Nisbet Plantation but made a special point to have dinner here. It was outstanding. Lincoln greeted us as we walked into the great room and it was wonderful from there. Have a Montpelier Spice. Yummy!

Make sure you ask to have a private dinner in the sugar mill. We did not get the opportunity but it had to be the most romantic dinner location ever created.

Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed July 12, 2006

My wife and I just got back from Montpelier in Nevis. I relied heavily on the TripAdvisor reviews in formulating our plans so I felt obligated to write and report back.

We stayed for one week on the "Plantation Getaway Extended" package. This included our room rate. Full breakfast each day. One lunch at the beach with a bottle of champage. High tea each afternoon, 4 dinners, transfers to and from the airport, half day island tour, his/her massages in our room. Also included were the service fees and taxes (which ar both significant on Nevis)

We had an absolutely perfect time. When you arrive at the gates of the property and the torches are lit and you see the famous tree for the first time you'll be overwhelmed.

I'm going to move to bullet points because I have so much to say
-Food is to die for breakfast lunch and dinner. The regular dinners are great but our experience dining in the Sugar Mill was one of the top culinary experiences of my life. Both the atmosphere and food were off the charts. (Other diners echoed these sentiments). The food you eat is varied and delicious and best of all hot out of the oven. It is basically the exact opposite of the steam tray buffet line

-We felt that the package we got was perfect. The breakfasts are so big and great that it easily holds you till the scones at tea and then dinner. The one day that we had lunch on the beach it was just too much food (and thats saying something because I am a big eater)

-The Montpelier provides a very special atmosphere at the dinners. You gather at the Great Room (which is stunning in the evening) and visit with the other guests. That sounded like it would be annoying to me but it actually was really fun. We really enjoyed meeting the other guests and it added to the experience.

-Some guests come up from the Four Seasons for the dinners. We heard pretty consistently from them that they wished to be staying at the Montpelier instead of the generic Four Seasons.

-We almost decided to stay at the Nisbet Plantation instead of Montpelier. What a HUGE mistake that would have been. We went there for dinner one night and what a dissappointment. It was ultra expensive and not even in the same ballpark as Montpelier. In fact our trip to Nisbet was the only dissappointment of our trip. It is on the beach but it is on the Atlantic side of the island. There is a gale force wind you cannot really swim there. Which brings me to...

-THE MONTPELIER BEACH!!! Sure Montpelier is not on the beach but their private beach is incredible. It is essentially deserted for a mile in either direction with few waves and perfect swimming. The view over to St. Kitts is spectacular. You can buy drinks from "Hanley" (WHo we decided may have the easiest best job in the world - on a good day he may sell 5 drinks all day) On our most crowded day we had to share the beach with 2 couples. 2 days we had the beach all to ourselves. What luxury! I don't think Montpelier plays up their beach enough in their marketing. It is a real asset. We originally planned to do all sorts of activities (hiking, biking, horsebackriding) but after the first day at the beach we cancelled the activities because we couldn't justify the time away from the beach.

-The Montpelier property and pool is amazing. Landscaping is perfect. We spent one day up there and again had the place to ourselves. The only distractions were the owner's dogs who we enjoyed throwing tennis balls for.

-I thought that the service at Montpelier was perfect. Everyone knew our names and were unbelievably efficient and friendly. Even the cleaning ladies were so cheerful and welcoming it was beyond belief.

-The rooms could probably use some freshening I guess but who cares. They are immaculately clean and airy. (We never turned on the A/C) and they come with a great porch that oferlooks the lawn and the sea. The cottages are configured so that you have total privacy on your porch.

-We took the sailing and snorkeling trip from the Four Seasons which was alot of fun and I would recommend highly.

While the trip wasn't inexpensive I felt that it was an incredible value for the money. There were no surprises and no "nickle and diming" We brought some duty free (there is a fridge in the room) which saved us money on the cocktails which are pretty expensive. ($11)

Bottom line- I had a range of expectations for this trip. The Montpelier exceeded even my best hopes for the trip and (along with my lovely wife) gave me what was the best week of my life.

Quick caveat - If you can't live without TV or newspaper, don't like a lot of quiet 1 on 1 time with your spouse or need to bring kids this is not the place for you. If you can live without those things I couldn't recommend The Montpelier Plantation Inn more highly.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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24  Thank DYCGolf
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Reviewed July 7, 2006

This review is long overdue as we were lucky enough to spend our honeymoon (June 2005) at this fantastic place. From the moment we arrived we knew we would fall in love with the Montpelier and would not want to leave. Our room was very nicely appointed and the views from our private varranda were breathtaking.

Breakfasts were to die for - a nice, big bowl of fresh fruit, a basket of assorted breads and baked goods followed by your choice of a hot dish with a side of homemade jams and jellies. We usually stuffed ourselves at breakfast - enough to not be hungry until afternoon tea and scone time!

Dinner was never disappointing. Montpelier guests get "first dibs" on reservations but many guests from other hotels on the island always paid a visit for dinner. Complimentary appetizers are served in the great room before dinner where we had the opportunity to mingle with other guests. We were lucky to enjoy a nice dinner in the mill with another couple and the Hoffman's and their family who was visiting from California.

Although the property is not beachfront, they do provide a shuttle service to their beach every morning with afternoon pickup. The Four Seasons and Sunshines are both accessible via a 20 minute walk along the beach.

Location - in the middle of nowhere. Really. Nothing within walking distace but that's what we loved about it.

Some names that I remember - Kaddy the bartender. Loved him! The man always had a smile on his face, was so accomodating and made some killer drinks. Val and the rest of the girls at breakfast will know your name within 20 minutes of your arrival and always went above and beyond to make sure you were happy. Meredith and Tim were gracious hosts and their little one is too cute for words... so are the doggies! Overall, a great trip.

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Reviewed June 18, 2006

Our vacation took us to St. Kitts and Nevis from May 27 - 31. We stayed at the Royal Marriot Resort on St. Kitts and was pleasantly surprised, but it did not prepare us for the stay at Montpelier. We took the ferry from St.Kitts to Nevis. When you arrive ask the taxi drivers how much they charge to get to Montpelier. We were approached by a woman on the boat to schedule a taxi, but we opted to not use her. We were then told by one man US$18 which I bawked at and then the other told us US$13 and showed us the standard rate sheet which said US$13. Be careful!

Once we arrived at Montpelier, they gave us cool towels to refresh ourselves. We were greeted by one of the owners and then given a tour of the grounds. We were led around to the poolbar where we were treated to some rum punch and then shown to our private cottage. We quickly changed into our swimming attire and headed straight to the pool. You can't believe the amazing view you get of Mount Nevis. It will take your breath away. We were kept entertained by Calypso, one of the hotel owners' dogs, with a game of fetch.

We heard so much about the dining experience at this hotel and was not disappointed at all. The menu changes daily but there is a converted sugar mill for private dining which we booked our first night. If you go, you MUST do this. If the food doesn't make you swoon, the atmosphere in this candlelit sugar mill will. Everything that was presented to us was delicious! Our dining experiences on St. Kitts left us something to be desired and the food at Montpelier made us wanting more.

Heading back to the room, we had our beds turned down and a fresh carafe of iced water waiting for us. We did have a little problem with a few mosquitoes in the room. We lit the provided mosquito coil which killed everything including our sinuses. The only bad thing I have to say about this place was that the bed was uncomfortable and the pillows flat. It made for a restless night.

We headed to the beach the next morning and ordered a packed picnic lunch to take to the beach. They provide a shuttle which only leaves at 10:30am and returns whenever you want. The private area on Pinneys Beach had shaded cabanas. The beach was nice and secluded but not amazing. After the beach, we headed back to the pool where they served 4 o'clock tea.

Service was phenominal and the dining was superb. Overall, we would definitely return to Montpelier but with some extra pillows.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Additional Information about Montpelier Plantation & Beach

Address: Pond Hill, Montpelier Estates | P. O. Box 474, Charlestown, Nevis
Location: Caribbean > St. Kitts and Nevis > Nevis > Charlestown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Charlestown
Price Range: $176 - $739 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Montpelier Plantation & Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Montpelier Plantation & Beach is an elegant hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean. Nevis is an unspoiled island with stunning natural beauty. Only 6 miles from the beach, the hotel is idyllically situated 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of Nevis Peak. Surrounded by 60 acres of lush tropical gardens and built around one of the island’s original 18th century sugar plantations, this charming getaway is delightfully secluded. Carefully designed to let the fresh sea air and tranquility connect you to a simpler way of life. This unique getaway proudly offers Relais & Chateaux hospitality including fine wine and food with wellness that is both active and relaxing. ... more   less 
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