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The Hermitage Plantation Inn
Ranked #2 of 6 Charlestown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 January 2010

There are few words that can describe how special this place is. We were looking for a small hotel, without lots of activities we didn't want, such as kids clubs, inclusive water sports and evening "entertainment". The Hermitage is a haven away from the troubles of the world. We felt immediately at home as soon as we arrived, and had the best 10 day holiday I can remember. The rooms are wonderful, the beds so comfortable it was hard to get up, and the pool extremely clean and quiet - bliss! The breakfasts are enormous, but you have to try everything from the omelettes to the coconut bread and jonny cakes. ~The evenings are interesting as the bar is visited by many local ex pat residents who's stories are fascinating. Richie is the perfect host, often giving us lifts to places we wanted to go (taxis start at a min of $10 which is a lot for a short journey. We used the local buses which work well as car hire is very costly and not worth it unless you drive a lot. Eating out wasn't easy for me as I'm a vegetarian and a nutritionist by profession. We didn't enjoy Double Deuce at all, surly and dismissive service, food only passable but v. expensive. Oualie beach was much better providing me with some tofu and vegetables cooked very well. Snorkelling with Barbara, the marine biologist was fantastic fun and she is a font of knowledge.
I strongly recommend Nevis, and particularly the Hermitage - it's expensive to visit Nevis if you have sterling so do bear this in mind! We are already saving for a return trip.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 December 2009

Gorgeous historic hotel, surrounded by rambling collections of incredibly charming wood-shingled gingerbread cottages built from quaint old buildings (like, one was once a goose pen, others once stables, etc). The "great house" -- aka, main building -- is furnished with fantastic taste: actual West Indian antiques, Persian carpets, old framed prints of horses and maritime subjects. The cottages, too, are furnished with genuine antiques -- not faux-old stuff, but the real thing. The entire place felt like "the real thing," away from the obnoxious tourist mainstream, away from everything ugly about the Caribbean. Four-poster beds surrounded by clouds of mosquito netting, pretty fresh flowers strewn all around the room, monkeys swinging around in the trees each morning.... The place glowed and hummed with memories, history, bougainvilla.... All the furnishings were in super-great taste, like a scene from a Merchant-Ivory production about the West Indies, but at the same time the management and staff were so friendly and low-key that it was totally unstuffy. Totally laid-back, and everyone felt really comfortable. (Another example of what real good taste and charming manners are about. I only mention this because on here someone said that other hotels on the island are "posher," but we totally disagreed. Other places might cost more, or offer more gold-plated-faucet-type Trump amenity, but the Hermitage was fabulously swank in its very low-key, friendly, down-to-earth, non-pretentious way.) Also, the restaurant on the veranda of the main house was also a fantastic surprise. I'm not sure why it hasn't been written up more prominently, but it was by FAR the best value on the island, in terms of being really really tasty, fresh, and well-prepared and not costing "tourist prices". (For instance, lunch might be $10 or $12 US for a really nice salad or sandwich or fish cake, prepared using local ingredients.) The nearby Montpelier Plantation might strictly speaking be more fancy-fawncy -- costing way more, and offering more 5-Diamond-type amenities -- but it also feels more like it could be anyplace in the Caribbean. The Hermitage feels like only Nevis. We went down for a week-long wedding trip, and our expectations were exceeded from the moment we arrived and had a look around at the super-atmospheric grounds. Our ceremony was held in the gardens, with a group of about 30 friends and family, and a wedding supper afterwards. Half the wedding party is already wanting to book return trips! We didn't miss being on the beach at ALL, and spent whole afternoons either at a beach bar at Pinney's Beach, or at the quiet Indian Castle beach on the Atlantic side, just a few minutes away. We really glad, actually, to be up nearer the mountain, where it was cooler (and after a morning at Nibset, and several drives past the depressingly generic Four Seasons we were SO glad we'd landed where we did). This isn't the place for a, like, bombed-on-Tequila-in-Cancun sun experience. But if you fancy, for instnace, a swinging-in-the-hammock-while-tipsy-on-rum-punch-made-with-freshly-grated-nutmeg-while-listening-to-Fred-Astaire (or Desmond Dekker) type experience, yeah, this is the place.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2009

One of the best trips my wife and I have ever taken: we went in the off season and had ten days & nights of absolute peace, wonderful meals, OUTSTANDING service, and great sight-seeing. Our future vacation plans hold a return trip to Nevis, and we will be staying at the Hermitage again. Our only regret is that we can't bring more of our friends and family with us to experience its uniqueness and tranquiliity!

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

The Hermitage is a special hotel. It may not be the best place to be if you are travelling with a family of small children. The Inn is located in the middle of a rain forest, which makes it serene. As it is not located near the beach, you may not want to stay here. Personally, I prefer going to sleep hearing the Trade Winds blow through the forest and hear the green monkeys cackle in the distance. The grounds are wonderful, and you feel as though you are living on a country estate. You will need a car, because there isn't much nearby--but isn't this why you would come here?

The Inn is a family-run place, which means that you might sometimes feel like you are visiting someone's house. If you find this comforting, then you will have an amazing stay. Guests usually congregate at the small bar at the end of the day to share a drink with the owners and a few of their friends. It is all very casual, but elegant. If you want to be left alone, you have that option as well.

The food is marvellous and home-cooked. The breakfasts are very good and the lunches are also excellent. There is a Caribbean buffet during the week which is extraordinary although the family from the Four Seasons who attended the buffer as a dinner guest seemed visibly uncomfortable at the friendly and hospitable nature of the Inn. Try the coconut cream pie at dinner, or the rotis at lunch.

The rooms are beautiful and well-appointed with antiques. The washrooms aren't clad in marble and appointed with gold faucets--they are rather simple (and could even use a bit of upgrading). But everything is clean and airy. You certainly feel as though you are in a special world that belongs to another era of Caribbean history.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

I cannot say enough about this place. It was absolute paradise. We stayed 3 nights in a deluxe room and there were no complaints. One day we simply sat on our balcony and read (one of us in the hammock I might add), the other day we were at the pool all day, and another day we went down to Pinney's beach. Each day was different but all were great. The best was when we were at the actual inn just relaxing and enjoying the continuous breeze. That is what was so unbelievable. It was July and quite warm and humid but you don't feel it at the Hermitage because of the unique location. Each night we slept with all doors and windows open and had a constant delightful breeze. It was like being outside in a really comfortable bed.

Each evening before dinner we would go to the bar and have a drink. Richie (the son) was great. Can't say enough about his warm hospitality. He goes above and beyond what he needs to do. He was such a joy and made our trip even better. He even drove us to the beach one day which was nice.

Food is outstanding. The breakfast is gourmet and we loved every bit of it. Dinner was also perfect. Good and creative dishes and a nice wine selection. The rum punch is a must and is outstanding. I don't even like rum but couldn't get enough of them.

Things to remember about this place:
1) It is not on the water. The beach is about a 15 minute drive. So if you want to be on the beach don't stay here.
2) No A/C, but as I mentioned there is a great breeze and you don't need it but some insist on A/C.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

Just returned from a 5 day stay at The Hermitage and it was fantastic. The Lupinacci family runs the Inn and they make everyone feel like family. The food is unbelievable and reasonably priced. They have had the same cook and many other staffers for decades, which says a lot about how they run the place. Many monkey sightings around the plantation during our stay. Nice pool area that we always had to ourselves. They also have a dozen or more horses for trail rides- which our daughter loved. Can't recommend the Hermitage enough. Get yourself there soon and just relax.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2009

If you want a "home away from home" then Hermitage is your place. No matter how big or small the request, the staff at Hermitage is always there to make sure you are comfortable & happy. This is not a generic resort experience that could be anywhere in the world on a beach; you are living with people who have called Nevis home for more than 30 years. They can advise you on attractions & restaurants to try although it is hard to beat the food at Hermitage.

We tried several local restaurants including one of the most expensive at Montpelier plantation (ok, not great - especially for the price) and Hermitage was better and more reasonably priced. My other favorite was Golden Rock plantation for lunch and Mem's for pizza.

The first day we were there and still a little culture shocked as Nevis is a very different pace and atmosphere than our everyday lives, the owners Richard & Maureen graciously invited us to come with them on a motor boat ride and swim in a little cove off St. Kitts. This distraction was exactly what we needed to feel more comfortable with the island and what is has to offer.

Cadilla (I apologize is spelling is wrong) in the reception office cheerfully made all of our arrangements from airport transportation to car rental, horse-back riding, guided hikes and restaurant reservations. Her welcoming attitude and easy laugh made us feel right at home.

Our cottage was comfortably furnished with small kitchenette. It was open to the outdoors so there is no air-conditioning, but with the constant breeze, that was rarely a problem. Mosquitos, for the most part, were not bad. Wewere there during a particularly dry time so I'm sure thatcontributed to the lack of bugs. At night we did use the mosquito repellant mats provided and I put bug spray on my arms and neck before bed. Even though the bed does have mosquito netting, those little devils always seem to find me. Jim Johnson the local botanist/biologist/hike guide (well worth doing!) says it is because my body temp is higher than my husband's so they like me better.

Watching the monkeys right from our back porch was the highlight of my evening. Every night about 6:30-7pm there was a little parade of 20-30 monkeys going right past. They are very cute and amusing to watch, but also shy. Stay still and they will carry on as if you aren't there. Move, and they are gone.

All in all, a great experience!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Gingerland, Charlestown, Nevis
Region: Caribbean > St. Kitts and Nevis > Nevis > Charlestown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Charlestown
Price Range: £125 - £226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hermitage Plantation Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hermitage is a small plantation inn with an excellent reputation for its charm and warm, West Indian hospitality. The guest rooms are like gingerbread cottages and are styled after the old Planter’s house with a tradition of elegant West Indian style, antiques, mahogany four poster canopy beds, and private verandahs, with swaying hammocks, in an orchard like setting of mango trees and tropical plants. The Hermitage offers tranquility and serenity in its peaceful environment. ... more   less 
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