Nevis is an authentic Caribbean destination, offering serenity and activity. To help plan your next getaway, we’ve asked our Guests Experiences Team at Four Seasons Resort Nevis to share their tips for embracing island life while on Nevis – from where to find the best beach to their favourite off-the-water attractions.
The two-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is home to the playful Green Vervet monkeys. These monkeys are said to outnumber island residents three to one. They roam Nevis in large packs and are most active in the late afternoon. To get an up close glimpse of these adorable creatures, visit the Robert Trent Jones II golf course in the evenings, just before sunset. They can be seen running from hole to hole, especially during mango season (June – October).
Head out into the Caribbean Sea for a deep sea fishing adventure to remember. With your captain at the helm and your instructor teaching you the perfect cast, bring back your catch to the Resort – our Chef will cook you a delicious lunch or dinner featuring your catch as the main course.
Learn the Island Way of Life
Immerse yourself in the Nevisian culture by learning the game of Dominoes. The classic game is enjoyed in hopes to bring community together. Before you challenge one of the locals to a game, take a lesson with Guest Experiences Coordinator, Jonathan Dutil. Jonathan will teach you the fundamentals of the game and help you learn the skills needed to take on even the most tenured dominoes player.
Local flavours and traditions
The Resort hosts a vibrant selection of local experiences, showcasing Nevisian culture. Move to the beat and sway with the Calypso dancers or snorkel with a guide and discover the marine life off the shoreline.
For the ultimate local activity, try the Coconut Story, hosted by Nevis native and Director of Guest Experiences, Mac Kee France. Gather for a lawn picnic to watch Mac Kee demonstrate the many different uses of the coconut and its importance to the Island. Then, enjoy coconut snacks as you watch a local tree climber scale the Resort’s 125-foot (38-metre) palm trees to harvest fresh coconuts.
Take an island tour in a taxi or an open-air ATV and discover the rich and interesting history of Nevis. In the 1700s, Nevis was one of the leading island producers of sugar in the Caribbean. Hundreds of sugar mills dotted across the Island, and 20 percent of the British Empire’s entire sugar yield came from Nevis. Today, sugar mill ruins can be seen around the Island and a reminder of what once was. Nevis is an island filled with firsts: home to the first hotel in the Caribbean, the Bath Hotel and also home to the first integrated Church, the Cottle Church.
Not only is Nevis’ history synonymous with the Caribbean but the United States as well, as the Island was home to U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was born in Charlestown in 1755.
Sea Turtle Adventures
Nevis is home to three types of sea turtles; the Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green turtle. These majestic creatures travel thousands of miles back to the same beach where they were hatched to lay the next generation. From June through October, the beaches of Nevis come alive as Lemuel Pemberton, founder and President of the Nevis Turtle Group, leads evening turtle walks on moonlit Nevis beaches. You might count eggs, help measure the turtles or even see fresh hatchlings. During Sea Turtle Conservation Weekend (July 14–17, 2017), the Resort partners with the Nevis Turtle Group and Sea Turtle Conservancy to help educated and bring awareness to these endangered sea creatures.
Explore the hidden wonders
Find adventure around every corner and create memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy an afternoon on the water when you take a catamaran sail to sister island St. Kitts or spend the day snorkeling the reefs and sea beds for starfish, stingrays and sea turtles. Another option is to conquer Nevis Peak, with an exhilarating hike near to the top of the 3,232-foot volcanic mountain in the heart of the Island and overlook the Caribbean shores and neighboring islands St. Kitts, Antigua and Montserrat. For a different natural perspective, try a kayak tour along the coast, led by an expert guide who tailors the route to any age or level of experience and visit hidden snorkeling spots before enjoying a picnic on a secluded beach.
Swing for the Shores
Tee off on the pristine Championship Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole golf course, a must-play for any visiting golfer. The course climbs and drops along the slopes between a towering volcano and the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Dramatic ruins of a historic sugar mill sit behind the second tee, while the signature 15th hole is the highest point on the course.
Perfect your backhand on one of ten tennis courts managed by world-renowned Peter Burwash International. The resort has four red clay courts (two lit for night play) and six hard courts (three lit for night play).