I can think of no better way to experience Nevis—and the Caribbean of
yesteryear—than by staying at one of the island's historic plantation
inns. After inspecting all of them, we think the only problem you'll have is
choosing among them; each has a unique style, setting, and attractions.
Located around Gingerland on the lush, south- and east-facing sides of the
mountain, most plantations—except for the beachfront
Nisbet—were built about a thousand feet above sea level to catch
the cooling trade breezes. The views, of course, are panoramic. This guide
should help you choose the perfect setting for your escape to the "Queen
of the Caribbees." Call Hideaways Travel Services for more
information and to book your Nevis Shangri-La. Note: Rates do not include
tax and service.
We judged The Hermitage's blend of accommodations, antique
furnishings, and homey style the most authentic of Nevis' five plantattion inns.
The hillside Hermitage, about 800 feet above sea level, is reminiscent
of an Irish estate plunked in the luxuriant Caribbean. Stone walls surround the
stables and cottages; terraced lawns and tropical gardens add color. The
plantation was reclaimed from the jungle in 1985 by Richard and Maureen
Lupinacci, who have added to it slowly, creating an excellent reputation along
the way. Several of the plantation's red- and green-roofed cottages have been
brought in from elsewhere on the island; others were built on site in native
architecture. No two are alike, which adds to the charm. The cottages feature
antiques and four-poster canopy beds, plus big porches with hammocks;
"luxury" cottages have separate sitting rooms and kitchenettes. The
imposing, three-bedroom Manor House, set apart from the cottages and with its
own pool, is spacious and private; it's perfect for a large gathering of
friends or family.
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