We booked very late, only two weeks before we were due to fly out, so this was a last minute holiday. The flight via Antigua on BA from Gatwick is relatively painless. Just about an hour on the ground in Antigua before the short hop across to St Kitts. There is then a minibus transfer, then short ferry crossing, before the final taxi transfer to the hotel. A total transfer of about one hour. Whilst the ferry crossing was only about 7 minutes, that was by far long enough, as the sea was very rough.
On arrival at the hotel, we were welcomed by the staff and presented with the customary wet towel and cocktail. Despite there being a number of guests on the transfer, each was given individual and personal attention and the check-in was very quick. We were pleasantly surprised to have been upgraded from a superior room to a deluxe garden suite (Sea Haven).
The receptionist walked us to the room and talked us through the facilities. I have to say that we were very impressed with the quality and cleanliness of the accommodation.
Dinner is served in the Great House, where we eat each night of our 10 night holiday. Whilst there are an adequate number of tables most nights, it can get busy at weekends and after 7.30pm. If you want a table on the balcony and do not want to have to wait for a table, I would suggest you dine a little earlier. Food generally was very good, albeit we thought some of the combinations were a little unusual and occasionally the food was not served hot. Some of the deserts were poor, particularly the ice cream - two scoops in a dish without any decoration, is disappointing.
We thought that the decor and furniture in the Great House was dated and required improvement. The bar could also be improved, as it was not a good place to socialise. The toilets, which lead off the lounge area, need screening off, so they are less public.
Breakfast is served in the Coconuts beach restaurant. We thought the quality of food and the staff at breakfast were excellent.
Perhaps the only real disappointment for us was the beach. Yes, the hotel has a beach, but as the hotel is located on the Atlantic side of the island, the beach is narrow and the sea is rough. Not good for bathing.
Pro's - great staff and service. Con's - beach.
What we did:-
A taxi trip around the island visiting the plantation hotels, Charlestown etc will cost you about $90.00 US. It will take about 3 hours.
Day trip to St Kitts by ferry from Charlestown is about $10.00 US per person each way. You will need a taxi to and from the ferry. The ferries are frequent, but choose one of the fast ones.
Otherwise we just relaxed. A great hotel if you want to just get away from things and relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nisbet is the Caribbean's only luxury plantation inn located on the beach. This intimate hideaway is one of the Caribbean's Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels and the ancestral home of Fanny Nisbet, the ever-faithful wife of British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. A historic resort with only 36 rooms spread over 30 lush beachfront acres. Enjoy impeccable service that has helped Nisbet Plantation be recognized as one of the top Caribbean hotels. Vacation at a top Caribbean hotel on the island time forgot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Hotel Nevis
- Nisbet Plantation Beach Hotel
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