Nevis is a small island off of Saint Kitts that is one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets. A friend recommended this tropical paradise for a getaway with my family and it did not disappoint. A volcano known as Nevis Peak is in the center of the island, making everywhere you turn picturesque. We stayed at the Four Seasons Resort, the primary hotel on the island, and both the people and service were spectacular. The resort has many villas with views of the majestic volcano, beautiful beaches and infinity pools, and golf carts provided to get around the property. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to see families of monkeys roaming around the resort! The spa is serene and tranquil, and has an outdoor concept with little cabins that the treatments take place in. Between the Caribbean Fusion Massage, cold plunge, and jacuzzi, I left feeling like I was floating on air.
Aside from relaxing by the beach and pool, Nevis has some famous history. It’s the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton so, naturally, being lovers of the musical Hamilton, we went to visit the property. Hurricanes and earthquakes destroyed the original home, but a set of stone steps survived. To be walking up and down the stairs that one of our Founding Fathers used was surreal. There was also a small history museum which offered a great refresher course on the life of Hamilton.
Nevis also has volcanic hot springs at Bath Village. They’re said to be therapeutic and healing and, after fifteen minutes in the springs, I felt so refreshed. You have your choice of five different springs that vary slightly in temperature, but as the locals warned us, don’t stay in the hot water for more than fifteen minutes. The springs contain minerals of medicinal value so being a health fanatic, this was a must on our to-do list.
The food in Nevis was fantastic. Traveling and being vegan can sometimes be challenging, but I was happy to find that many restaurants had vegan options. The restaurant Bananas looks like a giant tree house. Everywhere you look is green and covered with flowers. This has to be one of the most special restaurants I have ever been to, and their chickpea and vegetable Thai curry was delicious! Golden Rock Inn, an old plantation built in the 1800s that has been converted into a stunning inn and restaurant, was another stand out. And of course, you can’t go to Nevis without trying the most famous drink on the island, the Killer Bee Rum Punch at Sunshine’s Beach Bar. Just be careful because they will sneak up on you!
It was so much fun to spend a few days away with my family and see an island that I knew very little about. When you land in Saint Kitts, you take a small boat to Nevis. As soon as you hit the water, you’re instantly transported to a world of pure tranquility. It’s an island best suited for totally unplugging, unwinding, and rejuvenating yourself. People are slowly starting to catch on to how beautiful Nevis is, which for now, makes it feel even more peaceful and remote. And we all can use some more of that in our lives.