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Montpelier Plantation Inn, Charlestown, Nevis 

Charlestown , Nevis
Nevis and St. Kitts
Tel: 800 735 2478 (toll-free)
Tel: 869 469 3462
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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.

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