7 Top-Rated Resorts in Nevis
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation destination in the Caribbean, far removed from mega resorts and crowds found on other islands, consider staying at a resort on tiny, beautiful Nevis. This is the sister island of St. Kitts, which is also home to luxury resorts.
Most visitors fly into the international airport there and take a short boat ride to Nevis. Check with your resort, as many will arrange transport for guests by boat from the St. Kitts airport. Nevis does have a small airport, but it mostly caters to passengers on chartered flights.
Nevis has only a handful of resorts. The rest of the lodging on this isle is composed of bed and breakfasts and villa rentals. But the resorts it does have cater to a variety of travelers. Whether you are taking the kids to the Caribbean, looking for a honeymoon spot, or traveling with friends, you'll find a resort that works for you.
Nevis might be a small island, but it still offers experiences beyond your resort. From independent restaurants to sensational diving and snorkeling to golf, hiking, horse riding, and deep-sea fishing, there is enough to keep you as busy as you'd like. Just check with your resort about organizing day trips or car rentals.
From five-star, international luxury brands to boutique properties in a lower price-point, these are our picks for the best resorts in Nevis.
1. Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies
On a beautiful stretch of Pinney's Beach, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the best luxury resort on the island. The resort is very family-friendly but also attractive to couples.
If you are traveling with the children, there is a kids' club with activities, a playground, and a game room. The beachfront here is also excellent for children, as the water is quite calm.
The rooms and suites are elegant and boast huge bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. The look is Caribbean modern with neutral hues, marble floors, and sliding glass doors opening onto private patios or balconies.
Rooms have either ocean or mountain views, and even the most basic room class feels spacious. Choose from a king bed with a separate sleeper sofa or two double beds. There are also five suite types, each a different size. The Alexander Suite is extra spacious at more than 1,700 square feet.
The Four Seasons has lots of amenities to keep you busy during your stay. There are three swimming pools, tennis courts, a basketball court, and a well-equipped workout room. The resort also has a spa with a range of treatments. If you prefer to hit the fairway, there is an 18-hole golf course on the grounds with fantastic views.
There are three on-site restaurants. Mango serves Caribbean cuisine and has a fantastic deck built over the rocks facing the sea with views of St. Kitts. On The Dune is another option, offering an eclectic mix of Caribbean and American fare.
If you are flying in from St. Kitts, a Four Seasons representative will meet you at the airport and take you to the resort via boat.
Address: Pinney's Beach, Charlestown Nevis
2. Paradise Beach Nevis
Accommodation: Paradise Beach Nevis
For a 5-star resort experience that is also very intimate, consider Paradise Beach Nevis. With just 10 villas, everything about this property is very exclusive, and service is highly personalized. On a beautiful stretch of sand and aquamarine sea, your vacation here can be as relaxing or active as you choose.
There are four styles of villas, from a two-bedroom beach house to a four-bedroom garden villa that can sleep up to 8 people. Each has a different look, but all come with private plunge pools and extensive balconies.
They also incorporate beautiful wooden elements into the design and have contemporary, bright interiors. All come with full kitchens, and guests have the option of a chef preparing meals for them in their villas. Staff will even deliver beverages right to your plunge pool.
Venture out of your residence, and you'll be greeted with plush sun loungers and palm parasols on the sand, as well as hammocks for a relaxing nap. The property also has a restaurant should you not wish to cook, and the concierge can make reservations at restaurants around the island.
While there is not a spa on-site, Paradise Beach is happy to arrange for therapists to come to your villa for in-room treatments. If you want to explore Nevis, everything from snorkeling and diving to horseback riding excursions can be arranged.
Address: Paradise Estates, St. Thomas Parish Nevis
3. Mount Nevis Hotel & Beach Club
Accommodation: Mount Nevis Hotel & Beach Club
Open for more than 30 years now, Mount Nevis Hotel & Beach Club has a 17-acre plot in Round Hill Estate. The boutique resort's grounds served as a lime plantation in the early 1800s.
Today the grounds are beautifully maintained with expansive lawns, palm trees, and other foliage and views of the lush green mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Guests can explore the grounds on foot or bicycle.
The 4-star property has 44 rooms and suites in five two-story pavilions. The pavilions are attractive, with red-tiled roofs and fretwork balconies and patios. Because each pavilion has only eight rooms, the place feels exclusive and intimate.
The resort caters to couples and families alike. If you are traveling with kids, there are amenities designed just for your little ones, whether they are toddlers or teenagers. Families can also book connecting rooms at a discount with certain conditions. For instance, when a superior suite is booked for five nights or more a deluxe double can be booked at a 50 percent discount most times of the year.
Rooms and suites all have a colorful vibe, with color-coordinated pillows, drapes, and art. The open loft rooms are lovely, with modern décor, living and dining spaces, and even a kitchen. There is also a two-bedroom villa with a full kitchen, washer, and dryer and a screened-in patio.
Mount Nevis is not directly on the beach; however, the resort runs a private shuttle service for guests to three nearby beaches: secluded Lover's Beach; Herbert's Beach, which is known for good snorkeling just offshore; and Oualie Beach, where water sports can be booked.
On-site amenities include a swimming pool, an al fresco restaurant, and a fitness center. There is also a 12-hole, par-3 golf course adjacent to the property, and guests can pick up complimentary clubs to use here.
Address: Shaws Road, New Castle KN1102 Nevis
4. Montpelier Plantation & Beach
Accommodation: Montpelier Plantation & Beach
Set in the Nevis Peak foothills on 60 acres of tropical landscape, Montpelier Plantation & Beach is a boutique property with a long history.
Built on the grounds of an 18th-century sugar plantation (the sugar mill is still here), the resort has a secluded ambience. It is not, however, situated directly on a beach. But guests have access to the resort's private beach, which is a 15-minute drive away via a free shuttle service.
Accommodation is in a mix of uniquely decorated rooms and suites. The Garden Suite is a spacious, split-level affair with bamboo floors, a walk-in rainfall shower, and an open bedroom and sitting room. It also comes with a private gazebo surrounded by lush foliage and kitted out with an oversized couch.
Tamarind Villa is another excellent room choice. This chic two-bedroom cottage has high-beamed ceilings and wood floors. There are glass doors opening onto covered porches, a sun deck with lounge chairs, and a private plunge pool.
The resort has a large rectangular swimming pool with cushioned sun loungers for guests. It also has two restaurants serving contemporary Caribbean fare with a focus on fresh, local, and organic products. Restaurant 750 is more formal, while Indigo offers a more casual setting by the swimming pool.
Guests can also book cooking classes with a Relais & Chateaux chef.
Address: Pond Hill, Montpelier Estates Nevis
5. The Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa
Accommodation: The Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa
With views of Nevis peak, St. Kitts, and the Caribbean Sea, Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa is a condo resort on Nevis' longest stretch of sand, beautiful Pinney Beach.
Featuring one- to- four-bedroom apartments, it is a top choice for groups of friends or families.
Apartments are all quite spacious, with the one-bedroom condos starting at 1,479 square feet, while the four-bedroom apartments are an extra roomy 4,492 square feet. Set in three-story buildings, accommodations come with garden, pool, or ocean views. All are well-appointed with modern style. You can also expect full kitchens and separate living and dining spaces. Bathrooms have walk-in showers.
Guests can arrange for a private chef to cook for them in their apartments. Alternatively, the on-site Yachtsman's Grill is on the beach and open for three meals a day.
Other amenities on the grounds include two swimming pools with sun loungers and umbrellas on their decks as well as on the beach. There is a gym and spa here, too. Water sports and dive trips can also be arranged from facilities within a 10-minute drive of Hamilton Beach.
Address: Main Road Nelson's Spring, Charleston Nevis
6. Golden Rock Inn
Accommodation: Golden Rock Inn
Golden Rock Inn is set on 100 acres that slope down from Nevis Peak. It is not on the beach, but the grounds are lush and beautifully landscaped with tropical foliage, and there are sea views. The boutique property is on a renovated sugar estate from the early 1800s.
It has been lovingly restored by an artist couple, Helen and Brice Marden, from New York. The gardens and grounds are the work of Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles.
There are just 11 rooms and private cottages, each with a unique look. These cater to a mix of couples and families. The Sugar Mill room occupies the two-story, restored 19th-century sugar mill tower, which is a central point of focus on the grounds. The master bedroom on the second floor has original curved gray brick walls and a colorfully dressed king bed. It is popular with families, as there are two twin beds with a sitting area and a bathroom on the first floor.
Honeymooners will love Paradise Cottage, which is the most romantic room on the grounds. In a stand-alone Caribbean stone house, it has a rich color palette, with bright, woven throw rugs and a large terrace with Windward Beach views surrounded by bamboo and avocado trees.
The house restaurant is called At The Rocks, and it sits atop jungle-clad hills with sea views. It serves Caribbean-meets-global fare, with lots of locally sourced ingredients. Other amenities at the Golden Rock Inn include a 50-foot spring-fed swimming pool, walking trails through the grounds, poolside yoga, and complimentary garden tours with the head gardener. Massage services can also be arranged on your room's patio.
To get around Nevis from this property it is a good idea to rent a car. Then you can explore the island's beaches and geothermal waters at Nevis Hot Springs. The hotel can also arrange excursions from snorkeling and diving trips to horseback riding.
Address: Charlestown, Nevis
7. Oualie Beach Resort
Accommodation: Oualie Beach Resort
A family-owned resort, Oualie Beach is a great mid-range choice that is right on the beach. The boutique resort has just 32 rooms. These are in single- or two-story gingerbread cottages that pay homage to Nevis' traditional Caribbean architecture. We love the blue and white exterior paint color scheme.
The cottages come in a few configurations with different sizes and amenities. The Premier cottage has a four-poster, canopied king bed, wood furnishings, tile floors, and a screened veranda or balcony with sea views.
The Studio cottage is a good choice if you want to cook some of your meals. It has a kitchen and can accommodate up to four people in a king bed and a pull-out sofa. It also has a screened-in veranda and beach views.
The house restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has a relatively small menu, and many of the lunch and dinner choices overlap. The food is a mix of Caribbean and international fare and includes a few vegan selections, as well as three pasta dishes. Guests can also choose to book breakfast, half, and full-board meal plans for an all-inclusive experience.
Oualie Beach Resort is on its own stretch of sand, but it is also walking distance from Lovers Beach, which is where Prince Harry released sea turtles in a 2016 visit. The resort can arrange a variety of excursions around the island.
Address: Oualie Bay, New Castle Nevis