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Oualie Beach Resort
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Reviewed March 10, 2007

This was our second trip to Nevis. Nevis is a beautiful, serene island. BUT Nevis is not particularly easy to get to. You must fly thru San Juan and then take a prop plane to the island... so when you arrive, you really are tired, overheated and uncomfortable. On our first nite the air conditioning was not working. There is a large fan over the bed so the nite was quite bearable...with a trade wind blowing. The much vaunted chef, Jason, arrived after we did that night, so our first meal...very expensive... was a great disappointment. Service, with exception of Tim, not so great. We quite frankly never gave the restaurant a second chance. There are too many other great places to eat on the island. Not a good way to start a vacation. But it did get better. The room was a premier with a very comfortable king size bed. The screened-in porch was a delight and the view, especially of the sunset, was glorious. Bathroom is gigantic with two sinks...towels new, crispy clean and plentiful. We had a small fridge in room. Ants only a problem if you drop food/drink on the floor. The housekeeping was wonderful. We had a delightful maid who was sweet, cheerful and welcoming. She was a wealth of information on the island and made us feel so welcome. This is not always the case on Nevis. Many young women are very reserved and can be borderline rude. It may be the culture. They may not like Americans. We tried to be as courteous as we could and friendly...but it can be a little off putting.
Places to eat. Gallipot is my absolute fav. Try the chicken korma. Sunshine's ribs were good...but it's a beach place...appeals to a younger crowd . Coconut's was wonderful as well...like being in a giant beach hut. Food and ambience exquisite.Nesbit Plantation for lunch with a great steel band.The food on Nevis, is by and large, what you might expect in a good gourmet restaurant with prices to match. There are not too many places that are inexpensive.
Oualie Beach and Nevis as a whole, attracts a quiet, and well traveled crowd..at least that was our experience. The beach at Oualie is not the most beautiful, but adequate.(Pinney Beach is the stunner) Plenty of comfortable beach chairs. Watch out for the red ants...at least I THINK that's what they were. Keep your shoes on and your feet on the beach chair. I am still itching from their nasty, painful bites.
Nevis is not an island for boozing & carousing. It is very environmentally conscious, drug free,quiet and serene. It's a place for snorkling, catching up on your reading and relaxing. If you want a carnival atmosphere, Nevis is not for you.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with family
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9  Thank Karen K
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Reviewed February 24, 2007

My wife and I just spent 9 days at the Oualie Beach Resort and absolutely loved it! We go to the Caribbean every year and try to do a new island each time. Nevis is a charming, quiet island with everything of interest within about a 10 mile stretch.

The Oualie Beach Resort is the first place in the Caribbea where we have been able to get a cabin-like room right on the beach. This is not a high glamour Four Seasons or even Marriott place. It does not try to be and this is its charm. There are 32 rooms spread over a healthy distance on grass, surrounded by palm trees and on the beach.

It is the type of place for those who value peace and quiet...the pace is slow and relaxed. Our room was very private with a nice screened porch and no bugs. Jason is a very good chef and a nice guy so we ate at the restaurant a number of times.

The most scenic place we discovered was Nisbet Beach with broad sand and sweeping palms. The food there was good at the Nisbet Beach Plantation as it was at Sunshines, Mt. Nevis Hotel and Chevy's.

I am back home in the cold North right now thinking that I was watching the goats in front of the Nevis Airport this time yesterday! Somehow having to slow down and drive around the goats seems to sum up Nevis and leave me with a smile!

Stayed: February 2007
7  Thank DavidMSmith-7
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Reviewed February 21, 2007

We recently spent 5 nights at Oualie Beach Resort before heading to St Kitts. We found the setting to be peaceful and relaxing, and as advertised, right on the beach.

Pros: Mr Vaden Jones, the general manager. He responded to inquiries and issues with timeliness, friendliness, and seemed to always be on site. Even saw him raking one day!
The rest of the staff was generally friendly, though some were a bit reserved until greeted in a friendly manner. Much better than some other islands we've visited.
The location on the beach, with good swimming, and ok snorkeling.
Enough lounging chairs and hammocks.
Good restaurant on site.
Good beach towels, with easy exchange.
Good water pressure and warm water.
Large bathroom w 2 sinks in the Premier room.
Good closet space.
Good air conditioning.
Good toileties supplied...really liked the shampoo.
The screened porch was handy for drying out swimsuits and snorkel gear.

Cons: The property is a bit worn, and could use some upkeep touches. Nothing major, but:
Bathroom light fixtures were rusty.
Bed had load groan-squeak whenever we sat on it or rolled over onto one side of it.
Door to the room had a major gap which allowed some entry of tiny ants. We piled our used beach towels there to decrease the number of six legged visitors.
The safe is just a litte box just sitting in a cabinet under the sink; anyone could easily carry it out of the room.
Housekeeping fills ice bucket each day. One day we found the cap of someone's used water bottle in our ice. This was brought to the GM's attention, and he was decidedly appalled, and took care of the issue. Housekeeping in general was fair, but no more than that.

Summary: we would most likely stay here again if we revisit Nevis, but we would like to see some updating and increased maintenance of the property.

Stayed: February 2007
7  Thank eyeduck
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Reviewed November 5, 2006

Oualie is a great hotel. It is small and usually quiet. We stayed there from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2nd. The weather was great. The on site diving place was also very nice. There is only one restuarant at the hotel. It was great food but kinda expensive. Overall, a wonderful place to stay!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank timmercr
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Reviewed September 26, 2006

My husband and I had a really realxing time in Nevis at Oualie Beach Resort. Definetly the kind of place to go if you're looking for down-time, relaxation and privacy.

There's really not much there. A couple of stores, a police station, the ferry terminal, airport and a variety of other resorts. If you want to go to dinner other than at Oualie, you'd go to one of the other resorts with a restaurant.

The island is mostly agricultural in nature and Oualie Beach Resort introduces you to that. In addition to monkeys, there are cows, sheep, goats, chickens, etc. roaming about grazing freely and return home mostly at-will. Two examples are that we were lying out on the beach at Oualie and another time hanging out at the open-air restaurant and a group of cows just walked right up to us.

The Oualie Beach Resort is, what I would describe as "casually rustic." It is a cottage colony group of gingerbread decorated cottages - some 2-family, 3-family, 4-family. Some with, some without, kitchens. All pleasantly face the beach, to the west, providing a lovely view of St. Kitts. At the time we were there, the grounds were grassed and lacked walking paths (it was very dry). The beach is small with a minimal amount of seaweed or water grasses in the water. The dry grass went very near to the water's edge so, there's no typical sandy beach area on which to place a towel. They do, however, have hammoks tied between coconut trees for a lazy, dreamy, nap in the warm breezes and there are chaise lounges a-plenty. The temp. averaged about 85 degrees every day. Hardly any rain.

I lived for the restauarant at Oualie Beach Resort!
It is open-air and I must say, serves five star food. Jason, the Chef was a young man from California who really knows what he's doing. A bit pricey considering the level of the resort (ranging from about $25.00 for breakfast for two and $22.00 - $27.00 per person for dinner). Chef Jason was always aware and conscious of the patrons' needs or desires insofar as to approach patrons not only to discuss food and service, but to be sociable. In contrast, the waitstaff was slow, and at times actually seemed to be indifferent. But, that's the Caribbean.

Oualie Beach Resort is quaint. So much so, that there is no sundries shop or counter in the lobby at which one could buy things like Tylenol, sunblock or what have you. That was a bit inconvenient, so plan accordingly or you'll be taking a cab into town for your needs.

Oualie Beach offers scuba diving, snorkeling, water taxi to private boats, and marine tours by a local marine biologist on a boat. Excellent therapeutic massage therapy is offered by a local husband and wife team: David and Valencia Griffin, who studied the profession in England. Their business is called "Compassionate Touch." They provide pick up and return service to their lovely, high quality spa that is connected to their home. Valencia is also talented by doing hair and nails.

Although quaint and adorable, private and quiet, during the time we were there, Oualie Beach Resort itself, needed a little TLC. Like stepping up the attention to the landscaping and some fresh paint here and there and a few more conveniences for the guests, ie. sundries counter or gift shop area in lobby. But overall, it was a very relaxing and casual time watching the pelicans dive for lunch while listening to soft C.D. music at the edge of the water in 85 degree temps, under sunny tropical skies. In fact, some people even brought their young children and pitched a tent for them on the grass, near the beach -- and before bed the family had a small fire on the beach. It was cool.

Would we go back to Oualie Beach? Sure. Especially for the food!

Kiki B.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Stayed: May 2006
7  Thank Kiikii
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