Serene and green with sun-dappled skies that kiss the azure sea, Nevis is pure paradise just a seashell away from St. Kitts. Adored by honeymooners for the many nooks and crannies that ooze privacy and coveted by savvy travelers for its unspoiled natural beauty, Nevis is a lover’s playground par excellence. From scaling majestic Mount Liamuiga with its riotous array of colorful blossoms to making the acquaintance of a shy vervet monkey, romance is always in the tropical air. It was on this small speck that a dapper Captain Horatio Nelson courted the refined Fanny Nisbet and where hundreds of couples since have followed in their romantic footsteps.
Breezy beaches and magical sunsets are the main events with the aptly named Lovers’ Beach the star attraction. Off-the-beaten-track, this secluded sandy strand is often empty and ideal for sunbathing, morning strolls and perfecting the fine art of the Caribbean chill-out. After a day at the beach, luxury awaits at the only AAA Five-Diamond resort in the West Indies. Set to re-open on December 15th, the ritzy Four Seasons awaits with swank accommodations, glorious seaside massages, gourmet dining, championship golf and wedding planners who happily coordinate every detail of the big event. “We encourage romance on our island,” smiles John Hanley, CEO of the Nevis Tourist Authority, “we have endless locales for couples to marry, honeymoon and have fun under the sun.” Check out the Four Seasons Resort – Nevis
For couples who prefer the road-less-traveled and the road one-thousand feet above the sea, Golden Rock Inn is an 18th century estate bordered by bougainvillea and orchids. With fourteen cottages and a gourmet restaurant, the Inn was named for the curious golden glow on the left side of the mountain visible before the sun sets. Perfect for honeymooners, the Inn has no TV’s, clocks or radios; however the property does have Wi-Fi access. “Our guests can truly unwind up here,” smiles Pam Barry, co-owner, “We host many weddings and delight when couples say I Do at our romantic Inn.” Visit www.golden-rock.com.
“Visitors fall in love when they arrive here, “says Biddy Weekes, a tour guide for twenty years. “I see big smiles after couples swim in our sea and look at our mountain.” To seal the deal, Sunshine’s on Pinney’s Beach is home to the Killer Bee that packs a potent rum punch and at Oualie Beach hotel, Jazzique heats up the room with Marley covers and old-school favorites. Ask the bartender to whip up a Monkey Passion cocktail with vodka, banana liqueur, passion fruit juice and coconut cream. Check out the Oualie Beach Resort.
For island information, visit www.nevisisland.com.