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Nevis + St. Kitts Hotels

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Nevis
Pinney's Beach
Charlestown , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 869 469 1111
reservations.nevis@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/nevis

The Four Seasons Nevis may be modeled on the island's traditional plantation houses, but it's still one of the most modern hotels on Nevis island, even more so now after a $120-million revamp that repaired hurricane damage and allowed the luxury resort to reopen in December 2010 after years of being shuttered to the public. The 196 guest rooms retain their British colonial elegance, with teak furniture and bright lemon-yellow accents in place of the old nautical elements; the updated bathrooms now have glass showers and oversize tubs. For the best ocean views, book the second-level rooms with their large patios. Return guests will be happy to see familiar perks in place, plus some new ones. Lemon-scented Evian spritzes cool down guests poolside, and in high season, a variety of snacks are served each hour (jerk peanuts and fresh coconut water, anyone?). Also new to the pool are four gingerbread-trimmed beach cabanas available for daily rental. When not waterside, guests are teeing off on the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr., golf course, playing tennis, or perhaps getting a rum-tonic body scrub at the spa. At night, the Mango restaurant is the place to be, for West Indian cuisine followed by a quiet nightcap at the bar. It's a familiar routine that, thankfully, the renovations haven't replaced.—Chanize Thorpe

$300-$399
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Golden Lemon Inn & Villas
Dieppe Bay , St. Kitts
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 465 7260
info@goldenlemon.com
www.goldenlemon.com

No lemons here: Each of the 26 individually decorated rooms in this oceanside 1610 French manor house has mahogany armoires and chests, fresh flowers, and enough tropical colors to outfit Jimmy Buffett's boudoir, thanks to Arthur Leaman, the former House & Garden editor who took over the property in 1963. It's romantic without being cheesy, refined without being snooty, and because of its location in a small fishing village, a refreshing escape from the heavily trafficked areas of St. Kitts. Just off the beach, the restaurant exudes old-money Antilles, with a cheery decor, signature breakfast porridge, and a new menu each night. Chilling out among the coconut trees is the main activity du jour, though there's good snorkeling and diving just offshore, nearby nature trails, a tennis court, and a large swimming pool. If you need AC, make sure you request it when booking; not every room has it.

Open October through July.

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Montpelier Plantation Inn
Charlestown , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 800 735 2478 (toll-free)
Tel: 869 469 3462
info@montpeliernevis.com
www.montpeliernevis.com

British naval hero Horatio Nelson and local girl Fanny Nisbet were married at this former sugar plantation in 1787—and it retains a sense of both romance and historic charm (note the two cannons, cast in 1696, guarding the entrance). The inn fell into disuse during the 20th century and was bought in 2002 by the Hoffman family, who improved it to the point that it's now a Relais & Châteaux property, one of a handful in the Caribbean. The building has a commanding view over the ocean from its position on a 750-foot-high hill, but the trade-off is that swimmers are relegated to using the hotel pool or taking a shuttle to a private beach six miles away. Montpelier's 17 rooms are furnished with island-made four-poster and canopy beds; atmospheric touches include orchids and monkey grass that dangle from bud vases on the walls. The staff is particularly attentive to service: They'll unpack your luggage if you ship it in advance, and won't bother you with paperwork when you arrive. There's also an extensive wine cellar and an intimate 18-seat dining room housed in an old sugar mill.

Open September through August.

$300-$399
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Mount Nevis Hotel
Newcastle , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 469 9373
mountnevis@aol.com
www.mountnevishotel.com

This family-owned boutique property is on the site of a former lime plantation, and because of its location on the flanks of Mount Nevis, it just might have the best view on the island. The hotel is welcoming and homey—a feeling that emanates from the owners, Adly and Sally Meguid, who are Fantasy Island–friendly. The 30 rooms are spread among four peaked-roof pavilions; some have Jacuzzis or hot tubs and tasteful wicker furniture. Though it's a bit of a drive to get elsewhere on the island, the hotel's restaurant—offering dishes such as Cajun-grilled sea scallops, lobster ravioli, and mushroom risotto—and the charming staff will make you loath to leave. Plan a hike to the ruins of the plantation's 1822 chapel.

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Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
St. James , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 469 9325
Reservations@NisbetPlantation.com
www.nisbetplantation.com

Stucco cottages have pyramid-shaped white-tile roofs, wicker furnishings, patios, and screened lanais at this eighteenth-century historic plantation, now a "grand resort." Grilled mahimahi with okra polenta is a favorite at the Great House restaurant. The "staff were all excellent—they're like pieces of treasure." Keep an eye out for the resident vervet monkeys.

(36 rooms)

$200-$299
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Oualie Beach Hotel
Oualie Beach , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 469 9735
oualie@oualie.com
www.oualiebeach.com

The sporting options on Nevis, which include almost anything you can do in the water, on top of the water, or alongside the water, reach their peak on Oualie Beach, which has a wide expanse of sand and gentle, swimmable surf. This explains why the Oualie Beach Hotel is such a find for the sporty set. It attracts many Type A personalities, including most of the athletes who come for the triathlon each March. But if you're a Type Z—who wants to laze about in a hammock with a rum punch between fuss-free, casual meals—you'll also be happy here. The 32 rooms, clustered in gingerbread cottages, are simple and airy, with sun-bleached fabrics. Views of the sand and sea are the most notable amenities. If you're looking for solitude, though, be warned: The hotel also has live music four nights a week.

$200-$299
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St. Kitts Marriott & Royal Beach Casino
858 Frigate Bay Road
Frigate Bay , St. Kitts
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 888 236 2427 (toll-free)
Tel: 869 466 1200
Fax: 869 466 1201
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/skbrb-st-kitts-marriott-resort-and-the-royal-beach-casino

Think of the Marriott as a Caribbean cruise ship for landlubbers: It has 513 rooms and suites, seven restaurants, three pools, one gigantic casino, and a 15,000-square-foot spa. There's even a drugstore and a salon. You could lose your entire family in an afternoon (maybe a good thing), along with the contents of your wallet (not so good). Like a cruise ship, the Marriott does a great job of keeping its guests entertained, has a consistently smiling staff, and is terrific for tykes, thanks to a kids' club for ages 5–12. An 18-hole golf course is well landscaped, and you'll find good sand on Frigate Bay Beach, despite its location on the windward side of the island (the calmer Caribbean side is a mile away by shuttle). If you want all the amenities with less of the megaresort feel, inquire about a suite in one of the three-story Garden villas and ask Arbon the doorman for tips on touring the island.

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Turtle Beach Bungalows
Turtle Beach , St. Kitts
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 869 466 4557
turtlebeachbungalows.com

One of the first components of the Christophe Harbour development, Turtle Beach Bungalows provides an experience pared to the essentials: four beachfront one-bedroom bungalows, built of reclaimed pine and concealed by dense landscaping, and a breezy restaurant by the water. That's it. No throbbing lounge bar, no water sports center, no giant spa—a stay here is a true exercise in quietude. The bungalows have bamboo-lined vaulted ceilings and platform beds topped by a platoon of cushions. Sliding doors open to a deck with a plunge pool, a cedar-shingled cabana with a daybed, an outdoor shower under a canopy of sea-grape leaves, and spellbinding views of Nevis and Booby islands. It's a setup perfect for couples who want little more than each other's company and are content to call on the easygoing staff when they're needed. In the end, it's the details that stand out, from the complimentary in-room snacks (Dean & Deluca pineapple rings and chocolate malted balls, Ting grapefruit sodas from Jamaica, a bottle of local Brinley rum), to the cell phone programmed with the numbers for the restaurant and concierge (calls to the United States are gratis), to the free airport transfers.

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Villa Paradiso
Pinney's Beach
Charlestown , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 877 953 7400 (toll-free)
Tel: 514 393 3003
sales@caribbeanway.com
nevis.caribbeanway.com/Villa-Paradiso/resort.asp

Staying here is a lesson in privileged privacy. The idea is to offer the feeling of a house, but with no need to sweep up or do the dishes. Each of the three four-bedroom villas has its own houseman who will fetch drinks and hand you a towel as you hop out of the private waterfall pool. The villas themselves have hand-woven palm-frond roofs, hand-hewn doors, and Balinese furnishings chosen by designer Adam Tihany. A private chef whips up meals in the open-plan kitchen, and the 675-foot stretch of beach is an extension of the posh life. Just north of the Four Seasons, the hotel has thatched shelters and tall, swaying palm trees to shade guests from the sun—and prying eyes.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.