Nevis plantation inns are unforgettable places to stay, with huge appeal for guests with a taste for history. Both St Kitts and Nevis are home to them, but Nevis plantation inns are more famous than those on its sister island. This is partly because Nevis has been less affected by tourism, and so retains some of the old-world charm associated with these historical buildings. However, there are also some truly elegant St Kitts plantation inns, notably Ottley’s Plantation St Kitts, which prove to be the exception to this rule.
Typically set in beautiful tropical gardens, Nevis plantation inns are historical buildings, some of which date back to the 1600s. Most are not located on the beach. However, those used to the convenience of Caribbean beach resorts will be relieved that many have beach houses. Nisbet Plantation Inn is the only inn that is set on a beach, so enjoys even higher demand than the rest of these unique vacation rentals. Like many of the plantation inns on this island, Nisbet blends modern conveniences, such as a hot tub and Wi-Fi access, with old-world style, with a guest’s schedule often including afternoon tea and croquet on the lawn. Plantation inns are rare on the other islands in the Caribbean, and rival the top St Kitts luxury hotels. Many visitors choose to take what could be a chance in a lifetime and stay at one of the inns, so its wise to book ahead, as they tend to be full months in advance.
Like those on Nevis, St Kitts plantation inns are known for their charm and intensely personal service. Some of the resorts can house only a few guests, such as the Rawlin’s Plantation Inn, a converted seventeenth-century sugar cane plantation, which has only ten rooms. Most of the St Kitts plantation inns are relatively small, compared with some of the modern resorts on the island, such as the St Kitts Marriott Resort or the Royal St Kitts Hotel and Casino. Guests, and in particular couples, are attracted to the plantation inns because of their romantic atmosphere. They are often favorites with honeymooners and marriage parties, as St Kitts is increasingly a popular place for wedding ceremonies. Those wanting privacy should look at St Kitts plantation inns to the northern end of the island, which is much quieter than the south, where the airport as well as the capital, Basseterre, is located.
One of the most luxurious plantation inns on the two islands is Ottley’s Plantation St Kitts (pictured). It is located at the foot of the island’s majestic dormant volcano, Mount Liamuiga, so is a great base from which to embark on rainforest treks up the slopes to explore this natural wonder. Ottley’s Plantation St Kitts is set in 35 acres of rolling lawns and gardens, and enjoys a panoramic view of the ocean, mountain, and gardens, so that guests are surrounded by stunning scenery whichever way they turn. There are 24 rooms, as well as the Grand Villa, possibly the most luxurious villa on the island. Guests at Ottley’s Plantation St Kitts can also enjoy the world-class restaurant and swimming pool, and unwind in this Caribbean hideaway, designed to provide ultimate relaxation for its guests.