While visiting cities and countries and spending 10 days walking around and exploring cultures and sites is certainly fulfilling, sometimes we just want to sit on a beach. We'll generally alternate between what we call "beach vacations" and "cultural vacations." In September of 2012, the t:e organization was looking for a beach vacation.
In the running was Mexico and, of course, one of the many islands in the Caribbean. The missus had visited Nevis some years back and had a wonderful experience at the Four Seasons resort. My arm did not need twisting.
First things first: you just thought "what is Nevis?" Or, you knew right away. It's that type of place. Small. Off the beaten path. And very friggin' awesome.
We flew from New York to St. Kitt's, where we were met by a car service and whisked off to the Four Seasons ferry that would take us directly to the resort on Nevis. I highly recommend this method of arriving at the resort. There's something very relaxing about pulling up to a dock at a resort, rum punch already in hand.
On the way from St. Kitt's to the Four Seasons Nevis.
Closing in on the resort. What you see is almost the whole island.
Our room was not yet ready when we pulled up to the dock, so we pulled up a bar stool (shocker) at Cabana, the casual beach/pool bar/restaurant, where we would be spending a lot of time this trip. The cocktail list leans toward islandy drinks, and I was fine with that.
A clear abuse of shallow depth of field. I should be embarrassed.
'Nevisian Smile' - think Pina Colada, but you're sitting next to a volcano in Nevis.
We ordered a tuna nicoise, and what would quickly become a favorite dish: conch with pickled vegetables. This dish is fantastic. Tender conch, with pickled cucumber, some sweet peppers, a bit of fresh herb. The "broth" was briny, not much unlike the liquor from an oyster (liquor is the best part of the oyster eating experience). I ordered this dish every day. And so should you.
The Four Seasons has two basic rooms (and, of course, rooms that I can't afford). Some face Nevis Peak, and some face the water. We chose the Nevis Peak view, knowing that we'd be upgraded since it was off-season and we booked through American Express, and were very pleased with the ocean view. But I can certainly see the allure of waking up to the majesty of Nevis peak every morning.
There are several buildings, some of which are in front of pools. You might consider requesting the buildings that aren't, and request a second floor room, for additional privacy.
There are three pools, including an adults-only pool. Some basic water sports are available right at the resort, and some decent snorkeling. Lots of fish and lobsters and sea turtles. Not the greatest clarity when the sun is behind the clouds, but certainly good enough snorkeling for hobbyists.
Adults only pool
The golf course is supposed to be pretty good (at the very least, the views are spectacular), but since I don't play I didn't care. We did, however, spend hours on the golf course, taking pictures of monkeys. There are monkeys all over the island, much to the chagrin of Nevisians, and a shit load on the Four Seasons golf course. I highly recommend taking a walk up to the back nine to check them out. They're a funny lot, and if you're vaguely interested in wildlife, they will be sure to keep you entertained for hours. Since it's a decent walk to the back 9, you might want to go to the pro shop and tell them you're going to the driving range so you can get a cart. It'll cost a few bucks, but it's worth the convenience. Conversely, you can ask the front desk to have someone bring you up. Getting back, obviously, is a bit trickier, but at least it's downhill. Did I mention it's as hot as b*lls in September? Bring water.
If you're like me, you might also spend hours on the beach taking pictures of crabs and birds and the random dog that might make its way onto the beach.
The beach in front of Sunshine's, Lime, and Chevy's, just down the beach from the Four Seasons.
View from the room
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