Montpelier Plantation defies categorization - it is a world unto its own and a remarkable restful creation that caters to your needs without ever intruding. The converted former sugar plantation is situated on Nevis - an island that makes up half the twin island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Nevis is the little sister - smaller and less developed. Perhaps because it takes longer to reach - the rewards on Nevis are all the sweeter. Muffin (the proprietor) graciously and personally welcomes guests at cocktail hour preceding the evening's meals at Restaurant 750 on the terrace overlooking the western side of the island and the setting sun each night. (The property is 750 feet above sea level with a commanding view of the island and the ocean's horizon.) Three restaurants offer exceptional food across the board from the simple wraps (boxed lunches transported down to the private beach) to the Mill Privée's sumptuous six-course tasting menu - a rare and dramatic venue matched by the exciting and original french inspired cuisine built from many local ingredients as well as fine foods flown in from around the world. The wine list is varied and complete with a range of selections that will satisfy almost any patron. The full breakfast each morning may provide the hardest decision of each new day as the selections are all delicious and original (try the french toast made with nutmeg and honey!)
We spent 7 nights in early May celebrating our 30th anniversary and wanted a unique setting that seemed removed from the world - Montpelier has only a single television in the hotel's library. It was never on the entire time we were there. There are no radios in the rooms and a newspaper is only available by special request. Muffin and her entire staff know exactly what they are doing and what they are offering - a respite from the rest of the world, tranquility, beauty, understated elegance, a smooth vibe, and an utterly unique environment that will leave you astonished at how architecture, music, paintings, and lush plantings can combine to delight the eyes and soothe the mind. The spectacular pool area frames the dormant volcano that dominates the skyline. Often shrouded in clouds at its 3,000 ft summit, Mt. Nevis sits like an ancient god watching over the island - we went with a guide to the summit (a steep and tasking 2-hour climb each way) and were greeted by a peacock at the top (absurd, symbolic, and beautiful)!
We also hired a driver to take us around the entire island (34 square miles) saw the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, the oldest Protestant church in the Caribbean as well as various other converted plantations. Highly recommend if you have the time.
An absolute highlight is Montpelier's private beach. We spent three separate days at the beach. Beautiful views across the narrows of St. Kitts' dramatic and mountainous spine punctuate the blue and green carib waters. Calm, warm, and a sandy bottom with a gentle surf that rocks you for as long as wish to float in the shallows. Nary a soul passes other than the occasional fishing boat or sail boat. Cabanas offer shade if needed, and lounges are set up by the hotel's beach attendant who unpacks the box lunches and mixes drinks from the full bar he staffs beachside. We had the beach to ourselves for all three days! Sublime.
Our plantation room's windows and private porch looked out at the setting sun. The fourposter bed was comfortable and restful, the bathroom spacious and well equipped. My wife enjoyed a lengthy massage at the spa.
The wait staff, bar staff and even the grounds crew were always attentive, pleasant, genuinely interested in ensuring our happiness and proud of their island and the hotel experience.
I've stayed at Sandy Lane in Barbados, Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda and El Convento in San Juan - all exceptional properties. Montpelier is easily their equal in the areas that matter most - taste, discretion, quiet, cuisine, and comfort. At only 19 rooms and a couple of suites, the property is considerably smaller and for those seeking something truly rare and off the beaten track, Montpelier is well worth the journey.
We met a departing guest upon our arrival and he looked at us wistfully and said, "you're so lucky. People are always seeking some place "out there" where they think they'll find happiness. Well "there" is right here - you've found it." A week later when we left, we couldn't have agreed more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montpelier Plantation & Beach is an elegant hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean. Nevis is an unspoiled island with stunning natural beauty. Only 6 miles from the beach, the hotel is idyllically situated 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of Nevis Peak. Surrounded by 60 acres of lush tropical gardens and built around one of the island’s original 18th century sugar plantations, this charming getaway is delightfully secluded. Carefully designed to let the fresh sea air and tranquility connect you to a simpler way of life. This unique getaway proudly offers Relais & Chateaux hospitality including fine wine and food with wellness that is both active and relaxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Montpelier Plantation And Beach
- Montpelier Plantation & Beach Hotel Charlestown
- Montpelier Plantation Hotel
- Hotel Montpelier Plantation
- Montpelier Plantation & Beach Nevis, St. Kitts And Nevis