Laid-back luxury in the West Indies
179 Rooms / 17 suites / 50 villas
When you want to get away, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is an easy but hidden escape. Set apart from some of the more touristy islands such as St. Barth’s and Turks & Caicos, the relatively remote Nevis harkens back to an older time when afternoons of slowly sipping coconut rum on golden beaches was all that was on the itinerary.
Nevis is a small island by most standards — you can tour it in a little over an hour. In fact, a guided tour from one of the locals is the best way to see the sights and learn about the native culture. The concierge desk here can make these arrangements. When you do, ask for Nevisian native Hilary Lightfoot as your guide. Her generosity of spirit and knowledge about the history of Nevis is unparalleled.
Set on Nevis’ famed Pinney’s Beach, this Four Seasons outpost (the brand's only property in the region) boasts 196 guest rooms and suites, 50 residence rentals, picture-perfect palm tree groves, a variety of free-form infinity pools, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II-designed golf course (keep an eye out for island monkeys swinging through the tree tops) and a relaxing spa. One standout is the tennis facilities. Managed by Peter Burwash International, the site offers four red clay courts (two lit for night play) and six hard courts (three lit for night play). Professional instruction is available, and every accessory you need is at the pro shop in the sports pavilion.
The aforementioned rooms are comfortable, spacious areas that have an island-cool feel that’s outfitted with the Four Seasons’ signature customizable mattress toppers, bright color accents on bedspreads and upholstery, marble baths and plantation-style shutters to keep out the bright sun. Another option is one of the roomy residential villas, ranging from one to seven bedrooms. You'll feel at home with your villa's own private pool and beautifully landscaped gardens, while still having access to all of the resort amenities.
To reset your internal clock to island time, the resort offers the unique experience of reserving an ultra-luxe, oceanfront cabana-style beach house. These four retreats are ideal for couples or families of up to five. The beach houses, which are available for daily rental, are 200 square feet each and come furnished with lounge chairs, a flat-screen TV and a mini refrigerator. Each cabana beach house also includes a private butler to cater to your every desire. How do you summon said personal attendant? A green flag placed outside the cabana door that signals a service is needed, of course. When you don’t want to be disturbed, simply raise the red flag.
The most memorable of the dining options at the Nevis hotel is Mango. The posh open-air, waterfront restaurant features Caribbean Rim cuisine, a style of cooking that fuses traditional food of the area with epicurean influences from around the world, such as France and Asia. Try the mango-Myers's Rum barbecue ribs with coconut coleslaw and sweet potato jerk fries. Another favorite is the slow-poached Caribbean spiny lobster with lemon grass, coconut milk and florentine polenta. Set directly on the Caribbean Sea, Mango also lets you take in sweeping sunsets.
Should you ever venture from the hotel, more culinary excitement can be found. Tip: With a five-minute walk down Pinney’s Beach, you’ll come across a tasty trio of local island eateries — Lime Beach Bar, Double Deuce and Sunshines Beach Bar. The latter is the most famous of the bunch. While serving casual but local island fare such as Caribbean lobster salad, burgers and sandwiches, Sunshines is most known for its lethal rum punch cocktail called the Killer Bee. You’ll have one and be done.
Paradise wouldn’t be quite perfect without a world-class sanctuary. Four Seasons Nevis’ offering features temperature-controlled treatment bungalows, lava rock waterfalls and sala decks with plunge pools and views of the majestic Nevis Peak. Treatments such as the rum tonic (papaya, pineapple), golden sugar skin buff (sugar cane) and the Nevisian massage (volcanic sand) incorporate local ingredients into out-of-this-world experiences.