Nevis is a tiny island of 12,000 people. Located south of St. Kitts. Together they form the two island country of St. Kitts and Nevis, though they both maintain separate island governments.
Europeans began coming to Nevis in the early 1600’s. Fruit and sugar were exported and plantations were built. Many have gone to ruin but a few have been made into beautiful hotels while preserving as much of the original structure as possible. They are located, mostly in the south where the land rises quickly to the hills. It is fertile, cooler and receives more rain than the north.
The Montpelier Plantation was the first on our tour of restored plantations.
The Montpelier has turned the old mill into a private dining area for its guests and the main building blends rich dark wood against granite as the living and dining area.
All open to the cooling breezes off patios overlooking gardens.
The ruined tower which once supported the wind mill’s propeller has been decorated beautifully and serves as a fine dining room – five stars.
The Hermitage is set on rolling hills where old gingerbread wood structures were moved from around the island to be preserved. Now, they’re maintained and used as guests’ cottages. The wood beamed high ceilings of the main living room and dining structure bring grace and charm to this Caribbean blend of buildings set in nature.
Surrounded by rain forest, in the mountains with walking trails and Vervet monkeys galore, is Golden Rock Plantation. A bar and sitting area reside in the old doomed stone ceiling cooking stove once used for preparing food for slaves.
Patios intermingle with original buildings along garden paths of beautiful flowers overlooking the ocean toward Montserrat.
Churches adorn country roads. Unfortunately they must remain locked most of the time. People forget to close their doors and gates when they leave, allowing roaming goats and sheep to settle in and make messes.
The monkeys have become a constant problem, scavenging food where ever they can. Mango season is the only reprieve as they have plenty of wild fruit to keep them happy. 4 pm is the best time to find them, just around hunting time and before they go home to the jungle. But beware, they have become such a problem that the locals have taken to eating them, so if you’re offered “tree mutton” for dinner, think twice.