Saint Kitts and Nevis Travel Guide
Move over Four Seasons Nevis! There’s a new luxury player in town, albeit a much smaller one. The boutique villa resort Paradise Beach Nevis is open for business – and its seven three- and four-bedroom villas look like paradise indeed.
The beachfront property is the former Villa Paradaiso, which had only a six-year run before it closed in 2008. Over the course of a two-year renovation, the roofs have been rewoven and furnishings updated under new ownership. Built with Indonesian-thatched roofs, hand cut exposed beams and 20-foot vaulted ceilings, the suites can accommodate up to eight guests and come with private outdoor shower rooms, which open to secluded patios and private plunge pools.
While there is butler and concierge service, there are no on-site restaurants and spa treatments are performed in the villas or beachside, not in a formal spa. Alas, no worries, discerning travelers can walk 10 minutes down to the Four Seasons for such amenities and come home to their spacious villa.
Rates start at $1,400 per night for the first weekend in May.
[Photos: Paradise Beach Nevis]
While CBS' "The Good Wife" got no love on the Golden Globes, we still heart the show. We also learned Josh Charles (who plays Will Gardner) spent an award-worthy vacation this past Christmas at Nevis' tony Nisbet Plantation Beach Club.
He made the trek with girlfriend and performance artist/novelist Sophie Flack, who tweeted a photo of something that looks like... art? Hey, whatever, we love art.
According to staff, the couple joined in the round-the-island bike ride (19 miles), went on a romantic sunset cruise and danced under the stars during the resort's famous weekly beach BBQ.
Check out the cute couple photo!
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It's Monday and just the right hour for some work procrastination. Take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
We snapped this pic during a trip to the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. This "colorful" gentleman took our breath away he was so Rainbow Brite! We learned he gives island tours, and serves a mean rum punch from the back of his truck. Even more interesting? He spray paints his beard different colors every week!
Now, we gave our guy the name "Tangerine Man", to match his bus, but we think you can do better!
Help us out! Have a humorous hunch about what's happening with these hand gestures? Let us know in comments below!
Last year we gave extensive coverage on the re-opening of the Four Seasons Nevis, a resort that has had its fair share of hard knocks after 2008’s Hurricane Omar put the hotel out of commission for nearly three long years.
The closure did a number not only on the resort, but on Nevis as a whole, which depended on the property's big business to trickle down to the islands' other hotels and restaurants. The whole country went into a depression and since we're champions of the underdog, we're happy to see it back on its feet. And so were a good many celebrities like the infamous “Cherry Cola” aka Mary Louise Parker, who has become a regular visitor.
Now, with a bit more moolah in the bank and confidence flowing through the resort's veins, they’ve renovated some luxury suites which has attracted more bold names to its doors. We've got the low-down on who’s visited lately.
In the past few months, Park Hyatt Hotels have unveiled plans for new hotels in Bangkok and South Korea but now the luxe Hyatt brand is coming a little closer to us--St. Kitts.
The relatively small island hotel will have just 200 guestrooms and 50 residential condos along with three restaurants and bars, a fitness center, a 12-treatment room spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, a beach club, and a 300-acre super yacht marina and marina village.
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If you're sick of the gym and are looking to try something new while you're away, here's a nifty outdoor experience we recently heard about being offered in St Kitts. Alongside the St Kitts Marriott Resort sits Mount Liamuiga, a 3,790 foot tall volcano, which is of course dormant, and, even better, teeming with indigenous rainforest flora and fauna.
All of which should keep you suitably enthralled during the three-hour hike uphill through the rainforest. By the time you reach the crater's rim, we think you'll be plenty warmed up—even without lava spewing down all around you.
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Funny-man Jon Stewart may have been a recent guest at the Four Seasons’ residence villas, but instead we got distracted by news that a Tinseltown lass was visiting the hotel itself and was going by the codename of "Cherry Cola." Most intriguing. So...who's that girl? None other than Mary-Louise Parker of Showtime “Weeds” fame (and two of our favorite chick flicks, Fried Green Tomatoes and Boys on the Side).
Many on Twitter guessed that "Cherry Cola" was Rihanna, but although RiRi is from Barbados and therefore would have good reason to be relaxing in the Caribbean, it was actually a huge surprise to find fair-skinned Parker hitting the beach instead.
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Today we continue our coverage (see yesterday's story here) of the Four Seasons Nevis’ re-opening. Tune-in tomorrow for detes on the resort's recent celebrity guest—a Showtime-series star whose new hotel code name is Cherry Cola.
Poor Four Seasons Nevis. The resort has had beacoup bad luck. Hurricane Lenny slapped the hotel silly in 1999 and in 2008, the hotel shuttered for two years after Hurricane Omar "mash it up" as locals called it. When the announcement came that the FS was definitely reopening in December 2010, at the tail end of a recession, we wondered if all would be the same. But, rather than cheap-out on amenities, treats, and services like other depressed hotels, the luxe keeps going, with a few new perks tossed in. We love a happy ending to a sad story.
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For the next few days, we'll give you the skinny on the re-opening of the Four Seasons Nevis in the Caribbean, and our favorite—and not so favorite—things. Be sure to tune-in Friday for the lowdown on the resort's recent A-list guest—a very cool lady who goes by codename at the resort.
At one point—oh, say the fourth time there was a reopening date on the Four Seasons Nevis’ website—we swore it was never gonna happen. Hurricane Omar put the hotel out of commission in 2008, and after several notices of rebound netted zero, we sorta lost interest. In fact, on a flight home from the island in 2009, several FS employees, including chefs and engineers, were boarding our plane en route to an extra-long vacation. They didn’t know if the hotel would ever come back. That is not a good sign.
It would be a pity too, since Nevis is one of those islands few know much about. It's a paradise unspoiled by crowds, but without the Four Seasons’ island revenue, it seemed like the island had lost its mojo, partially also because other local hoteliers depend heavily on FS traffic to their restaurants and business.
So, when the news broke last fall that the FS would definitely (though softly) swing open its doors in December, we did a little jig. The island would be saved! And we're happy to report that the hotel has reopened after an extensive renovation, and we've got some of the very first pics:
It's been a tough couple of years for the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the West Indies which closed back in October 2008 after Hurricane Omar ripped through the resort.
Initially the hotel tried to reopen in February of 2009 but that got pushed back until November. Then November came and went and still no hotel reopening. Finally, we got word in July of this year that the hotel would reopen on December 15 and we're happy to report that date is still very much on.
The Four Seasons Nevis closed back in October 2008 after Hurricane Omar tore through St. Kitts and Nevis islands. The hotel had hoped to reopen in February 2009 then again in November 2009 but the tough economy forced the property to stay closed until things got better.
Well, things must be better now as the resort is planning to open on December 15. Even better the hotel's website is already accepting and confirming reservations for that date. We found rooms for $345 USD for a deluxe mountain side room which offer partial views of Nevis peak and the nearby old sugar mill. Rooms also promise loveseats, a balcony or patio, deep soaking tubs and marble dining tables for two.
We've warned before about springing for trip cancellation insurance if you vacation at the Four Seasons Nevis and our tip turned out to be right on the money: the resort has been closed since October 2008 after Hurricane Omar stormed through.
Damage assessments and inspections have had quite a few delays and now, for the third time, the Four Seasons Nevis has pushed back its re-opening date. Now they're talking November 1, 2009, more than a year after they shut up shop. This date seems more confident than the previous predictions though and bookings are open from that date on.
Apparently this single resort usually accounts for 70% of tourism spending on Nevis so the local economy is suffering badly; until now, they haven't laid off workers but say they might have to do so temporarily over the summer. If you want to take an economy-boosting vacation there next winter, rates are currently being quoted at $525 a night; we guess there'll be some please-come-back packages released closer to the time.