St. Kitts is just a hop, skip and a jump from Miami (just a 3-hour flight) and after clearing customs, a handsomely uniformed Four Seasons host greeted Bret Saberhagen, (former MLB player/World Series MVP) and myself. From the airport, we were driven 15 minutes to Christophe Harbour Marina where a Four Seasons private boat was waiting to take us over to Nevis.
All guests arriving via the private boat, are greeted on the Four Season’s pier and, from there, escorted directly to their room/villa/house. When flying directly into Nevis, check-in would take place in the bamboo thatched roofed lobby. While luggage was loaded onto the boat, rum punches were served for the quick 20 -minute ride to our destination, the Four Seasons resort on island of Nevis. Arriving to a resort via a private boat, automatically delivers a unique level of glamour and sets the tone for a fabulous experience.
The Four Seasons Nevis resort, spans across 350 acres of incredible beauty. The hotel rooms are all located in 2 story cottage style buildings. All rooms are just steps away from the crystal clear ocean. Higher up on property are spectacular private villas and estates (all for rent) with full access to all Four Seasons amenities, golf cart included.
During our stay, we experienced both a cottage room and hillside studio villa. While I loved the proximity of our room to the beach and all aspects of the resort, the villa won me over. From the villa’s main window you could see Mount Nevis, the ocean AND the hilly golf greens. My favorite feature of the villa was the private plunge pool. It’s a true luxury feature, located on a stilted balcony off the back of the villa. Being surrounded by enormous plants and trees, makes it incredibly discreet.
I rode in the golf cart with Bret as he enjoyed playing in The Golf Connection and Nevis/St. Kitts Tourism, (www.thegolf-connection.com) annual event. With the amazing views this course offers, I found myself in the middle of my own little photo shoot. A few monkeys even popped out on the course into the shoot, apparently they were not camera shy!
Late afternoon, we couldn’t resist visiting the spa for a “Nevisian” massage. Spa treatments at this luxury resort take place in private tiny cottages, which just add to its charming ambience. Just when I thought I couldn’t feel any more relaxed and pampered, a Pina Colada materialized in my hand!
The resort offers quite a few selections when it comes to dining. All the dining experiences we had were outstanding, both due to the service and from the freshness in the locally sourced ingredients. My favorite restaurant was Mango’s; a quaint open-air small cottage, sitting right on the edge of the ocean. The waves that were crashing against the rocks, directly underneath while dining, was a bonus to the outstanding lobster and the conch chowder. Before leaving Mango’s, spend a little time at the bar, sampling some of the 100 rums they have stocked.
Bill Gates recently purchased this Four Seasons property and a multi million-dollar renovation has been planned. With designer Todd-Avery Lenahan on board, this already pristine location is bound to become even more exclusive. If that’s possible!
St. Kitts, which is the other half of the 2-island federation, opened up a Park Hyatt in November. I toured the property and all I can say is – incredible! I was very impressed and can’t wait to plan a stay!