|Avenue of the Palms and the Great House at Nevis Plantation (Nevis Plantation)|
NEVIS – Nisbet Plantation on the
is the sort of place where Valium goes to relax. island of Nevis
“On the island time forgot is a hotel you will remember forever,” is the way the
Caribbean’s only historic plantation on the beach
|Palm Tree Alley leads the way to the beach (Nisbet Plantation)|
If it is true that first impressions are lasting ones, then visitors are immediately impressed by Nisbet Plantation’s signature gateway to the
Caribbean Sea known as “Palm Tree Alley.” The 30-acre tropical beachfront property
uniquely combines a storied history with casual elegance.
Travelers may take a while to adjust to the serene rhythms of island life, but once immersed in the contagious ambience of
they soon wonder what all the fuss was about back home. Nevis’ sister island of
St. Kitts, just two miles across the shallow
channel called “The Narrows,” seems like Mardi Gras by comparison.
On Nevis the biggest event of the day will likely be a dominoes match between some of the locals in the capital city of
Or it could be the spotting of a green vervet monkey roaming through town. Charlestown
|Rope hammock with Mount Nevis in the background (Nevis Plantation)|
Meanwhile, at Nisbet Plantation, the toughest decision a guest may make all day is which rope hammock to choose at the beach.
Interlaced within its tranquil setting, Nisbet’s history hearkens to the romantic past of a more genteel era.
Nevis is a gumdrop shaped
island encompassing just 36-square miles. In the center rises ,
the island’s dominant geographical feature. At 3,232-feet, the extinct volcano
is almost always surrounded by clouds. Nevis Peak
|A real life fantasy island, Nevis Peak with its perpetual clouds (Wikipedia)|
Little wonder that the island’s 18th century plantation life embraced a legacy of cultured gentility and charm. That ambience still lives at Nisbet Plantation, and it’s part of the magic.
|Admiral Lord Nelson (Wikipedia)|
Remnants of the sugar cane industry that once made Nevis “Queen of the Caribees” can be found everywhere on the island, and Nisbet Plantation was one of the richest. When Admiral Lord Nelson, the famed British naval hero, visited
Nevis, he met Frances Nisbet, the wealthy widowed wife of
Dr. Nisbet, who had owned the plantation.
Fanny, as she was affectionately known, quickly fell in love with the captain and they were married at Saint John Figtree Parish Anglican Church in 1787.
Just 32-years earlier, in 1755, Alexander Hamilton, was born on
Hamilton spent much of his childhood there
before becoming a founding father of the . Even today the Nevis
Island Assembly Chambers are located in the place of United States ’s birth. Hamilton
|Alexander Hamilton's birthplace is now a museum (Wikipedia)|
When Christopher Columbus sighted Nevis in 1493 he called it “Our Lady of the Snows,” referring to the perpetual cloud cover around
. Nevis Peak
|Breakfast overlooking the Avenue of the Palms (Nisbet Plantation)|
More than a century later, in 1607, Captain John Smith visited Nevis during the voyage that eventually led to the founding of
the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
|Coconuts dining room is the best of all worlds (Nisbet Plantation)|
Electricity came to
Nevis in 1954, but it was not
available throughout the island until 1971. Even today, one will not see
traffic lights, nor buildings constructed taller than a coconut palm tree.
For travelers enjoying the luxurious rustic ambience of Nisbet Plantation,
Nevis’ quiet history whets the appetite for island
exploration or lively dinner conversation following a hard day of croquet and
lounging on the beach.
In 1950, Mary Pomeroy purchased the property and attempted, without success, to turn it into a coconut plantation among other ventures. Eventually Pomeroy refurbished some guest rooms and later added bungalow-style cottages leading down to the beach.
Following several ownership changes, current owner David Dodwell purchased Nisbet in 1989 and since has received international attention for the property.
Nisbet Plantation features 36 rooms, of which 14 are superior rooms and 22 are suites in three categories. All rooms are elegantly appointed with a regional motif and soft
|Deluxe luxury suite (Nisbet Plantation)|
Rates, which include full a breakfast and dinner, as well as afternoon tea, vary according to season. Currently, special offers are booked only via phone or by e-mail. Among the amenities are free Wi-Fi and 110-volt electrical current sockets, the same as the
Resort facilities include a spa, tennis, fitness center and croquet lawn, plus three restaurants offering a light fare menu up to fine dining.
A favorite gathering spot is the great house with its trademark setting that faces the rows of palm trees that somehow manage to lure visitors away from the beach. The Tea Patio overlooking Palm Tree Alley is especially enticing in late afternoon when the day eases into the amber glow of twilight and sea breezes caress the grounds.
|Serenity is Nisbet Plantation's greatest natural resource (Nisbet Plantation)|
On the tiny hump-shaped paradise of
Plantation is one of the few properties with direct access to the beach --
reason enough to saunter down Palm Tree Alley to locate that perfect hammock
for the surge of serenity that awaits.