I know that this is a review of the Four Seasons, but you must know that getting to the island is an ordeal. You have to fly into St. Kitts, Nevis' sister island, from Miami but due to the economy there have been alot of major airlines that have canceled flights to St. Kitts. I beleive I heard 1 flight every other day on American Airlines. You may however find round about flights from neighboring islands to catch a flight but I don't know for sure. Anyways, our Miami flight was set to depart Miami at 11 am, so getting there was critical as the next available flight was literally 2 days later. As luck would have it our American Airlines flight to Miami was delayed due to a mechanical issue then eventually canceled due to pilot fatigue. Obviously we would end up missing the flight from Miami to St. Kitts. Oh the horror...
We finally get into St Kitts and are shuttle to the ferry. The guys on the boat are all real nice. They have cold drinks, water and rum punch waiting. After the flight ordeal a cocktail was nice. After a 45 min ride we arrived to the 4 Seasons Resort. Wow! Beautiful and lush, its what a caribbean island get away should look like.
The property is so amazing but is very large. Walking around is pretty easy but if that isn't your cup of tea, almost any employee who is driving around in a golf cart will always take you where want to go, just ask. There are 3 pools and we were there in May which apparently is the off season and maybe why we found that there was no pool service. Actually for the price you pay to stay at a beautiful place like a 4 seasons, we found the absolute lack of beah or pool service odd. I read another review where they got macaroons or spritz with water. We saw no one day or night. If we wanted a drink, we had to walk to the bar by the main pool. Not a far walk mind you, but again, just not what you expect from a 4 Seasons tropical paradise. Laying pool side or beach side, it would have been a nice touch to have someone come by, just saying. Apparently they do have it as evidence by other reviews, but maybe not off-season?? Not a deal breaker tho.
And speaking of the pools all 3 pools were just lounging type pools, all pretty shallow and nothing real exciting.
The food is good. They had a good mix of standard amercian fare mixed in with some local island favorites. Anyone who has read my reviews know I do focus on food. I'm a food geek, that's how I roll. The first day I got an island lobster roll. Figured it had to be close to a Maine style sandwich with caribbean flavor. I was right. It was good but not $25 good. Had to try it though. The breakfast buffet was actually not half bad. Lot of different variety and all done pretty well. It may take a while to get an omelet made, the line can be long and the cooks are all on island time. Actually everyone is on island time, you have to know that before coming or you will be stressed out the whole entire time. For the early birds, like me, who get up before the breakfast is ready, they have a libary located in the main lobby, that has a coffee machine. Press a button a viola! Delicious cafe lattes, capucinos, and coffee. The whole staff is friendly, everyone, I mean everyone from landscapers to wait staff all say good morning, afternoon, and evening. Not once did I walk by an employee who didn't acknowledge you with a friendly smile and greeting. It was a nice. Had dinner at Mangos on the property. Perfectly done filet mignon and lobster. Mango sherbert after appetizers to cleanse your palete. Very good food but expensive.
The rooms were fabulous. Large comfortable beds, clean and nicely decorated. Nothing beats a 4 Seasons bath robe. Right outside our room we were steps away from the beach and hammocks hung everywhere. Bath room was expansive and showers hot. Its what you pay for when staying at a 4 Seasons. Also in every building there is free do it yourself laundry. Which was real nice, sometime its hard to pack for long trips and stay within airline baggage fees. So pack lightly, save room in suitcase for souvenirs and do some laundry.
The golf course was real nice, beautiful views and well kept fairways and fluffy bunkers. Greens were however, real slow, maybe a 6 or 7 on the meter. I played it twice. But I won't bore you with the details of the course. What I will tell you though is if you want to see the famous St Kitts/Nevis green monkeys this is by far the best place to do it. We did an excursion on St. Kitts and I think we say 3. One day on the golf course I say easily 20-30. Granted one time it was a family of 10 playing in the trees. If you aren't a golfer, your still in luck. For the price of $30 you can take a golf cart and drive around the course and look for them without playing golf.
The gem of the whole island, IMO, are the beach shacks on Pinney's Beach near the resort. Its an easy walk down the beach to the Sunshine, Double Deuce, and Lime's Cafe. All worth visiting, drinking and eating. Sunshines was our favorite, he was so nice and accomodating and so was his staff (for the most part). The food was A-mazing. Authentic and delicious. I've eaten many different versions of conch fritters and Sunshines has the most crispy flavorful conch fritters I have ever had. I'll do a review of Sunshines separately.
All in all it was wonderful trip at an awesome property. The 4 stars is the place itself, but they missed out on the 5th star due to lack of service for the price you pay. Don't get me wrong all the people were friendly, nice and accomodating. Just wanted/needed more service. But come on 4 out of 5 aint bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Resort Nevis. A tropical oasis located lifetimes away from the hustle and bustle of the Caribbean-flush with sugar-soft beaches and sweeping vistas of rainforest, discover equal parts serenity and tropical adventure around every bend. Set off to the little-known island of Nevis and escape to the farthest reaches of your imagination. Here, the island is your oyster. Tee off by sunset at our Robert Jones-designed golf course, catch your own lobster for dinner or fall asleep along a beach of your choosing. How it plays out is up to you. ... more less
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