Nevis is a special place. Small, charming, friendly, laid-back and perfectly nestled between the Caribbean and Atlantic, this British West Indian island has a proliferation of monkeys, yet pleasantly lacks buildings taller than two stories. It’s a throwback to the Caribbean of the past. And Montpelier Plantation & Beach, a Relais & Chateaux member with just 19 guest rooms, exemplifies Nevis’s charm. Tucked up in the mountain with panoramic sea views, this former sugar plantation dates back to the 1700s and is the perfect combination of simple luxury, sophistication, relaxation and casual elegance.
From a formal dinner in the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant 750, prepared by French-born chef Stephane Caumont—sure to impress the most discriminating foodies—to the newly refurbished guest rooms sporting chic Trina Turk fabrics, this hideway is the perfect escape. Have cocktails at the bar as you dip in and out of the pool, spend a gorgeous day at Montpelier’s own private beach, bike down the mountain, intimately dine in the sugar mill, play tennis or enjoy yoga in the morning. But perhaps the most endearing quality of this resort is the friendliness of its staff and owner Muffin Hoffman, who can be found working around the resort by day, and chicly sipping cocktails and chatting with guests before dinner every night, hearing about their day exploring the island. You can’t get much more genuine or hospitable than that. She goes out of her way to make you feel welcome at her resort.
Children under age 6 are discouraged, making this an even more ideal honeymoon destination. (And for those of you impressed by the celebrity factor, Montpelier is where Princess Diana vacationed with the boys.) This is such a special resort, befitting of such a special island. Rates start at $205 per night, 869-469-3462; montpeliernevis.com.