A holiday on the Caribbean island of Nevis, one of the beautiful sister isles of St Kitts and Nevis, ticks all the boxes. The English, who came in the 17th century to establish sugar plantations, called it ‘the sweet island’. And today, that honeyed nature remains, in its people and quiet, real-Caribbean ambience. Nevis Peak (985m) juts from its lush green heart, and at its boundaries lie clean, golden beaches and brilliantly clear waters.
Adjacent to one of these beaches on Nevis’s sheltered west coast is a boutique gated community of 13 private villas. These residences’ living spaces are open-plan and flow in and out of verandahs overlooking the sea from their private plunge pools. High-ceilinged and wood-beamed inside, outside the stilts, dark wood and thatch are reminiscent of the Maldives or Bali, but the views towards St Kitts and verdant gardens are all Caribbean.
There is a thatched beach bar as well as a restaurant that is only open to residents, but all villas come equipped with a kitchen (and barbecue area) in which chefs can prepare meals to tempt all tastes. There are myriad activities to be enjoyed here beyond the beach and plunge pools, including deep-sea fishing, golf, kayaking, horse riding, hiking, tennis, cricket, ziplining, water sports, scuba diving, sailing and cycling, to name but a few. Guests can also visit the Botanical Gardens and places of historical interest, such as American founding father Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace and the site of Horatio Nelson’s marriage to his Nevis-born bride, Fanny.