Four Seasons Resort – Nevis
What We Love
- Works for families as well as couples thanks to a kids program and an adults-only swimming pool, for those who prefer a quiet getaway
- The Nevisian produce served at “farm to fork” seaside eatery Mango; the fresh seafood caught by local fisherman at Pinney’s Beach and grilled for guests
- Luxurious touches, like the poolside towel butlers
What To Know
- Ferry picks up guests in St. Kitts and delivers them to the resort; rum punch, water, cool towels and sunscreen are provided onboard
- Some rooms are far from the resort’s main restaurants; call for a golf cart or request a room near the main pool
- Nevis is a sleepy sort of island, so off-property nightlife and shopping opportunities are limited
- Adults Only
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Island colonial. Public spaces are airy, open-sided pavilions decorated with traditional West Indian gingerbread-style woodwork and surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns and lush landscaping. From the beach, take in dramatic views of emerald-green Nevis Peak, which is often swirled in mist even when it’s sunny on the beach.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms feature teak furnishings, spacious seating areas and shaded outdoor spaces; many are decorated in soothing, preppy shades of navy or yellow and white. The classic, crisp island look is completed by white wooden shutters. The oversize bathrooms feature products from L’Occitane and heaps of fluffy towels, while the tiled flooring throughout both rooms provides a cool respite from a day at the beach.
A vertigo-inducing golf cart ride takes guests through the hills to the Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, which offers dramatic views of St. Kitts and the deep blue sea beyond. There are plenty of ways to stay active: on the tennis courts, at the Sail Laser school, in the state-of-the art fitness center or on guided excursions to the island’s rain forest hiking trails. For those looking for something more restorative, the resort’s spa offers treatments using its custom Coconut Frangipani line, as well as a serene plunge pool.
In the Area
Nevis’s colonial history dates back to the 1600s. The island is dotted with former plantation homes, historical sights, and the redolent ruins of old sugar mills. Check out the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton; have dinner at Montpelier Plantation, which was once visited by Princess Diana; and throw caution to the wind with a Killer Bee rum punch at Sunshine’s, a seaside shack that’s just a short stumble from the resort.
How to Get There
We visited during the second week of Aug. We stayed here six years earlier and enjoyed it more the second time. The reason is because of the service, not the actual resort. However, the resort itself will be improved shortly. So far what I saw changed was to better prepare the resort for hurricanes. There are some renovations currently to a number of areas including the beach by the adults only pool, Coral Grill, the main lobby, and Neve. The construction shouldn't deter you. The noise is occasional hammering - not jackhammering. The rooms near the construction are empty, so you shouldn't be concerned about it. If you are a baseball throw away the sounds of the ocean are louder. We really enjoyed the dining. This isn't one of those resorts where you have to save beach and pool chairs. So many pluses, but what stands out the most is the service. They really try to make sure you enjoy your vacation. So many people stand out that I think it begins from the top and Philip, the general manager.
Tips: I recommend the water taxi, not sure how else you'd get there. It really starts the vacation off on the right foot. There are mosquitoes, but Off works. The hotel provides bottled water. I also recommend the breakfast combination offer. The kids club is really great, we hardly use sitters at home but our children really enjoyed the club. I also recommend utilizing the golf or tennis courts for those interested. The beach sand is very soft, water shoes unnecessary.
Though this resort is beginning their refurbishment, it did not affect our 5 nights. We were greeted warmly by each and every staff member each day. A special shout out to Ewan Le Mentec, the restaurant manager. There is not a more pleasant, and willing to please person than Erwan. We heard other guests complaining that they received poor service in the restaurants and pool areas, but we found everything to be just fine. We have lived in the Caribbean (Anguilla) for many years and understand that this region is not New York. Things are not always available, prices are high and sometimes it takes a bit of patience until beverages or meals arrive. A smile gets you a long way.
Our upstairs room in the 400 building was wonderful. We could see the corner of the oceanside pool and the sea. The room was large and nicely appointed. Fun to watch the boats and ferries going by throughout the day.
We can't thank the Four Seasons enough for such a delightful stay.
I am very disappointed in my time at Four Seasons. The furtinture is very worn and the outdoor furniture is not properly maintained, as animal feaces was quite visbile on the chairs and table. Also, the room was not thorougly cleaned as I found a baby pacifier under one of the night stands. The communication of information and follow up action for concerns is also poor as I requested a room change and had to constantly call for an update as no one followed up on my request; I just gave up.
We stayed at the four seasons in August 2018 and had a wonderful stay. The resort is going through a renovation but the staff was so accommodating that you don't even notice. Everyone knows your name, the pools and beach were wonderful and there was so much to do. I had a lovely experience with Kerry, the front desk manager as well as Phil, the resort manager. We will definitely be back!
This is the Four Seasons, so going in I had high expectations. But I did not expect those expectations to be exceeded so epically. As an example we utilized the shuttle option from St. Kitts airport. From the time we pointed out our luggage at the baggage claim carousel, to the time we were were in our hotel room with our luggage, was less than 90 minutes.... The Four Seasons is like a well oiled machine. Once we arrived at the dock at Nevis, we were greeted and escorted to our room, no going to the Front Desk to show your credit card, etc. etc.
We splurged for a Plantation Suite and couldn't have been happier with our choice. The location, room, balcony, and view of sunset was spot on. We could not have asked for a nicer room/location. To address the other comments about this being an older property, that is correct. But with that said, the property is maintained to the highest standards. The grounds are immaculate, and all the common areas are spotless.
There are 3 pools on the property (one being adult only), so you can certainly find a spot to accommodate your needs/interest (i.e. close to the pool, view of the water, quiet so as to finish the book you've been wanting to finish...). Also, bonus points to the Four Seasons for their staff that they have "roving" the beach with refreshing treats (i.e. US readers, think Costco samples, lol!). I enjoyed the smoothies, frozen pineapple, sugar cookies, etc, etc. Also a special shout out to Ms. Jacqueline and Ms. Nabriska (spelling???) who worked the pool/beach area, they were both so kind, and helpful.
And the Happy Hour at the beach bar was also a great bargain. While not ALL the drinks are half price, many are. I highly recommend the Nevisian Smile!
We took advantage of the "bed and breakfast" plan, and enjoyed it immensely. It is not possible to walk away from the breakfast buffet hungry! The options are many, and everything is very fresh, and you can even do a "made to order" omelette.
I also want to add that the husband and I were so impressed with the staff addressing guests by their names. That was impressive as we were only there a few days, and by the second day the staff was greeting us by name.
The concierges were especially helpful in scheduling taxi's and excursions. But I do have to add, that they deserve some extra recognition. One Friday evening we were signing waivers to participate on an excursion, when we witnessed a guest berate one of the concierge's (using less than pleasant language) and finally throw the waivers at her. She handled it all with grace and a smile, remaining calm thru the entire incident. I wish I had gotten her name, because she deserves a medal!
A couple very teeny tiny suggestions...the husband and I planned on participating in the "Burgers on the Beach", which is on the website... only to find out you are no longer offering burgers on the beach. Please keep you website up-to-date.
Also, the husband and I were on the morning flight out of St. Kitts, which meant we were on the "oh-dark-hundred" shuttle leaving the island. The coffee and tea (and banana bread) were all very much appreciated. However, for those guests who do not drink a hot beverage in the morning, having some bottled water available would have been appreciated. (I did get one of the bellman to get me some water that morning.)
And finally a special shout-out to Ms. Pemberton who was a huge help with our room reservations.
Most excellent vacay at the Four Seasons, we hope to be back again soon!