Monday, June 1, 2015

Tina at the Four Seasons Nevis

“Where’s Nevis?” was the question I was most frequently asked when I said I was going there for my first FAM trip hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.  For those not familiar, Nevis is known as one of the most unspoiled and relaxing islands in the Caribbean, with its signature Nevis peak (a dormant volcano) rising 3,200 feet above the island.  A sister island of St. Kitts, Nevis has an easy going, authentic Caribbean vibe and a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate the lush, natural beauty around you.  Nevis is not for those wanting a huge party scene or luxury shopping experience, but if you want the ultimate relaxation experience to unplug and unwind, this is the place for you!

You can reach Nevis by plane via San Juan or fly into St Kitts and take a private chartered flight or ferry. We arrived at Nevis via the Four Seasons ferry and were greeted on the pier by resort staff who escorted us directly to our rooms for check-in (what a wonderful way to start a trip!).  The resort reopened in 2010 after 2-years of extensive renovations to repair damages caused by Hurricane Omar and the property is immaculate still today.

The Four Seasons is a five diamond hotel with 196 deluxe guest rooms and suites plus over 40 unique, one-to-seven bedroom villas that are privately owned and part of the Four Seasons rental property collection.   I stayed in an Ocean View category room, and the British influence is evident in the colonial style décor in either a sunny yellow or navy color palette. 

 The resort offers ample activity for any traveler. There are 3 free-form, infinity edge pools, one of which is an adults’ only. You can also reserve a cabana style beach houses on Pinney’s Beach with butler service for a day. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, The Four Seasons boasts an on-site, 18-hole golf course with dramatic views of the resort, the Caribbean and St. Kitts.  For non-golfers, they offer an entertaining tour of the golf course with guaranteed monkey sightings at dusk, as well as gorgeous sunset views of the Caribbean when you end the tour at Mangos for evening cocktails. The Four Seasons also offers a 2-day, 8-hour Sail Laser program where guests can receive their captain’s certification that is recognized worldwide.

For a truly unique dining experience, the Four Seasons Nevis offers a one-of-a-kind “Dive and Dine” program, which is open only to certified divers.  Guests join a FS chef and a Nevisian dive master to catch the elusive spiny lobster using a handmade lasso.  Once back on shore, you can help prepare their dinner alongside the resort’s executive chef.  Dinner is held at a posh beach barbecue with culinary demonstrations and wine pairings.

For families, Four Seasons offers a complimentary Kids for All Seasons program for children ages 3-9 years old (or younger if potty trained).  The program includes supervised recreational and education activities, such as the Sea Turtle Education Program.  After hours activities are offered such as S’mores night on the beach with dinner and a movie along with babysitting services. 

The Spa at Four Seasons is first class and offers a full menu of treatments including massage therapy, facials, salon services and custom perfume blending.  I experienced the “Four Seasons Nevis Naturally” massage, which infuses herbs, such as mint, rosemary, lemongrass and aloe, that are harvested in their own herb garden.  Treatments were in yellow, gingerbread-cottages and began with a Nevisian drum ritual.  I think you can tell from the picture that I was thoroughly relaxed!

Following a treatment, I would advise staying to relax in the Spa Gardens and Sala Deck or take a dip in the cold plunge pool with views of Mt. Nevis.  After my massage, I had ordered a lunch from the spa menu that includes their signature bento boxes, homemade smoothies and green juices.  Very Zen experience and PURE BLISS!!!

I can’t say enough about the quality and dining options at the Four Seasons….Neve, Coral Grill, Cabana and Mango were all excellent with perfect the Caribbean ambiance. Everything was amazing and seasoned to perfection with herbs grown in their own garden.  And I can’t forget to mention the award winning mixologist in Mango’s bar who was named Best Caribbean Bartender for her creation called the Naked Turtle!

At only 36 sq. miles, you can easily drive around Nevis in an afternoon.  The island is steeped in history and on our island tour we saw the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, a Jewish cemetery with the earliest tombstones dating back to 1769, numerous historical churches, sugar plantation ruins, botanical gardens and the Horatio Nelson Museum.

A review of the Four Seasons Resort Nevis would not be complete without mentioning the greatest asset of this stunning property, which is it’s amazing staff.  I can’t say enough about the attention to detail and the sincere warmth of everyone I came in contact with, from the reservations desk, concierge, our beach butlers, room service, restaurant servers, all the way up to the resort manager.  The staff is truly the reason why families return year after year!! I can’t wait to go back and experience the island with my family!!


To book your trip to Nevis contact or your Sanders Travel Advisor!

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