“Stylish plantation on the slopes of Mt. Nevis with a welcoming atmosphere, excellent food and service, and beautiful gardens”
The guestrooms are scattered around the garden in various West Indian-style cottages, each with their own private sea-facing veranda. Elegant and spacious, they have wicker furniture, high ceilings, white painted walls and large, wonderfully comfortable beds. Soft furnishings are in subtle tropical-style fabrics rather than the garish florals found in most Caribbean hotels. A touch of bamboo, an orchid or palm leaf artistically placed in a slender vase on the wall, and scatter cushions laid on crisp white linen and chenille throws give the rooms a fresh, almost Asian-Zen simplicity.
The rooms are designed to catch the mountain breezes to keep them cool, though all have a ceiling fan and many now have air-conditioning. Quiet and secluded, the only noises you'll hear at night are insects and mountain frogs.
The Tamarind Villa is particularly special; an elegant living room leads out onto a veranda and a private plunge pool, which overlooks the island with distant sea views. Another stylish choice is the Garden Suite, designed with nature, the bamboo flooring and walk-in waterfall shower help merge the indoor and outdoor spaces. There’s even a secluded gazebo to relax and read in.
Just beyond the hotel grounds, the Little House offers a more independent experience. Set in 2 acres of gardens, this 2-bedroom plantation house has a full kitchen and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Nevis.
Dinner is held the Montpelier way - all guests meet in the Great Room at 7pm for pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and then wander out onto the candlelit terrace at 8pm for an elegant 3 course dinner. The Restaurant 750 has been named to highlight its elevated position offering an impressive alfresco dining experience.
The menu, which changes daily, is created by a team of local and European chefs and is deemed classical, with local and international inspiration. Expect plenty of fresh local produce: fish, lobster or organic suckling pig, homegrown vegetables, homemade sorbets and ice creams. A typical menu might include shellfish seasoned with lemongrass and ginger on a coconut and lime sauce to start, followed by breast of duck seasoned with 5-spice powder and honey, and crème brûlée for dessert. After dinner coffee and bonbons are also served, and there is a good wine list. For a special treat head to the intimate old sugar mill where up to 24 guests can enjoy a prix fixé menu by candlelight. The 300 year-old mill is the only restaurant of its kind in the world. Most guests tend to stay put, but if you prefer to go out there are a number of good restaurants on the island at the other plantation inns.
Continental breakfast can be brought to your room or you can enjoy a full breakfast on one of the terraces. Expect a large array of fruits, yoghurts, fresh juices, homemade breads and jams, as well as eggs, pancakes and croissants served on one of the terraces.
Special diets can be catered for (ask when you arrive) and a variety of picnic hampers can be arranged for those going to the beach. By the pool the lounge bar, Indigo, offers more casual dining with a selection of sandwiches and light meals, plus fine wines, rare rums, cigars and cocktails. The Little House has a full kitchen and catering can be arranged.