Montpelier Plantation & Beach
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... to do with port charges and taking the cheaper option was preferred by Azamara.
Initially we proceeded to walk along the water front but tired of this very quickly under the hot Nevis sun. Coincidentally a taxi pulled up and offered to take us to the Four Seasons Resort situated on a beautiful beach. As I glanced at this decrepit vehicle with bullet hole type shatters in the ...
... I charge $50 US cash." Then he hesitates. He tells us about his currency book. The story is that he's saved every different currency he can get his hands on. He has a binder filled to capacity of 101 different countries currencies. He asks if Holland still has Guilders. No, Peter says, "We switched to Euros about 10 years ago." Doc Jacob seems disappointed as he said that he doesn't have any Dutch Guilders and ...
... acquiring "nicknames" every few seconds. Some of them were not so cute (whitey, although that's not meant as any sort of insult), some cute (butterscotch), and some bland (Washington, because everybody wanted to know that I was from DC). About the first two- yes, I'm frequently about the only white person at most of the places we go. It has never been an issue though (with me or anybody else). I think that in the US, we overanalyze things ...
... into the water and snorkel right there whenever you want- no waiting for a boat. However, I have to admit that the reef looked pretty dead and was not one of the better places I've snorkeled or dove. Despite the sad-looking coral, there were a whole lot of fish out and about. We got to see a ton of urchins (if I was having a large dinner party and wanted to serve urchin, I could have picked up enough here to feed everybody and ...
... br> I was having a good time, when the band suddenly stopped at 3am. The party was over, but it was pouring, so nobody was leaving and everybody was still hanging out. Eventually, the rain let up enough for us to run to my car without getting completely drenched. We decided to swing by another place that a different friend of mine is always telling me to go. He is always telling me that it's open later than every place else and that we should stop ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Montpelier Plantation & Beach Charlestown
We stayed at the Montpelier for five days and four nights in October for a short honeymoon. It was perfection--perfect for a couple looking for days of relaxation after a stressful weekend. Dinner was an event. The food was fabulous without fail. I still dream about the bacon-wrapped plaintains we had one night. The rooms are minimalist chic--not the chintzy disasters you see in so many Caribbean hotels. We were able to get a couple's massage on the back porch overlooking the sea. If you want to fall out of bed and onto the beach, this is not the place. But having said that, we took the shuttle to the inn's private beach and it was a delightful ride and the beach was wonderfully secluded. In fact, riding in taxis throughout the island was a great way to get a feel for the people and culture. The bottom-line on the Montpelier is that the service is perfect, the food is out-of-this-world and the accomodations are terrific. I know a lot of people compare Montpelier to the Four Seasons. I can only imagine that they do this b/c they are the two most upscale places on the island. But to me, this is like apples and oranges. The Four Seasons is a giant, American resort with some 200+ rooms. I'm sure it is a nice hotel, but the experience could not be more different.
The most relaxing, quiet, pampered, well fed week ever!
Don't waste your money at the Four Seasons . . . that is unless you want a commercial atmosphere, screaming kids, mass produced food, crowds etc., etc..
If you're looking for peace and quiet, a boutique inn atmosphere where there can only be as many as 34 guests on the property at any given time, incredible gourmet choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner - and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome, ever changing wine selection - then book yourself at Montpelier Plantation Inn.
The service at Monpelier Plantation doesn't get any better anywhere else! Caddy, the bartender, is one of a kind. Not only can he make a great foo-foo cocktail, he can talk to you about the history of Nevis, politics, social and economical issues of the day, sports, recommendations for local activities and restaurants or whatever else is on your mind. Tim and Merideth manage the property and couldn't be more gracious. They take the time to make you feel like your are visiting their home. Actually, it is their home. Boy, are they the lucky ones! Everyone we met remembered our names on the first day. But, I have to admit, the head chef popped out of the kitchen for a moment for a quick drink at the bar and if you want my opinion he should stay in the kitchen. Not a very social man . . . kind of grumpy, possibly boardering on errogant was the consensus of some of the guests. The good news is he's a wonderful chef and you can enjoy him through his epicurean talents.
The cottages are impeccably appointed, not to mention, crisp and clean. We never saw the room attendants. We'd head to the pool after breakfast and after a couple of hours go back to the room and voila!, like magic the room was clean. Did I mention all of the rooms have a spectacular view of the amazing property gardens and foliage and the Caribbean ocean?
The pool is large, kept pristinely clean. On most days we were the only couple at the pool. Boy, was it whisper quiet. Kind of like being in a library. If you're a beach person, be prepared to take the property's complimentary 20 minute shuttle ride to their private sandy beach. From there you can walk the beach to visit the Four Season's and Sunshine - an awesome local beachfront restaurant. I will allow you only two Killer Bee's at Sunshine then you're cut off. Try the grilled fish of the day which was the best I've ever had. The shrimp were mediocre at best. (Please note that when walking from the private beach to the Four Season's pay particular attention to the tides. There is about a 30 yard section of the beach that has large rocks with crashing waves. Be prepared to get a little wet at high tide.)
Well, I hope I've said enough to encourage you to, at the very least, check out Montpelier Plantation Inn.
Can't wait to go back!
We loved everything about our stay - the whole place is beautiful, the staff very friendly and gracious and the food is fabulous. The inn is quite romantic and low-key. If you can't relax here, then you can't relax. The grounds are gorgeous and look out over the ocean from above. The pool is beautiful and has a wonderful pool house where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch and drinks. Their beach is nice also, but they have to take you there in their van. We loved their dinners so much that we dined there every night rather than venture out and try other restaurants on the island, which is very unusual for us since we love trying new restaurants. I'm writing this review rather late, as we were there back in Feb. 2004. But we are currently planning another trip to Nevis in January and can't wait to stay there again.
My girlfriend and I are seasoned travelers, and Montpelier is as close to perfection as we have ever seen.
If you are looking for tranquility, unmatchable gourmet cuisine, elegant rooms, lush grounds, and (above all) personal care beyond what you thought was possible, you can do no better than pay this place a visit. The Hoffmans 'get it' when it comes to providing the best for their guests.
Some of the highlights of our week were:
-the personal tour/drinks upon arrival at Montpelier
-candlelit dinners on the terrace and in the original sugar mill, and every single course was unbelievable - unique, fresh, and flavorful (we've been to a lot of very good NYC restaurants - Chef Marc Roberts has them all beat and did it for a whole week!)
-never seeing the cleaning staff and yet like magic our room was always in top shape
-while we're on the subject of not seeing people, we rarely saw anyone except for the staff asking us if they could get us something
-the charming bar and wait staff learned our names and preferences and everyone at the inn greeted us with a smile (even the Hoffmans' two great dogs)
-a daily visit to the pristine refreshing pool
-the empty beach (it is a bit of a drive away but they provided a morning shuttle & a picnic!)
-a sunny sailing & snorkeling trip to St Kitts, a guided nature hike into the rainforest, and wonderful 4-hand massages (all arranged through the inn)
-chats with the hilarious local tax drivers
-the warmth and welcoming of the Nevisian people
Certainly Montpelier is not for everyone - but it is the definition of a romantic getaway for those looking to escape the pace of the world for a few precious days in paradise.
Everything on our honeymoon was absolutely perfect. Montpelier is a sensational inn to stay and dine at. While expensive ($4000 total trip 6 nights, with no activities such as scuba, massages, etc.), I have to say it was worth it. The staff are incredible. Kaddy in the pool bar remembered our names from day one. Mela, the gardener, took us down to see the piglets. Gail was a pleasure to talk with every day. Angela got us a transformer so we could use our dvd viewer in our room (no tv's). The owner, Muffin, helped me with a 3-day stomach ache by asking the kitchen to whip me up an "island remedy" (and it worked!).
The pool is gorgeous, the grounds are amazing. The food is some of the best I've ever had (and I am a definite foodie). Breakfast (get the package otherwise pp charge is 22 dollars which can add up quickly) is awesome. Huge bowl of fresh fruit, then fresh breads and scones with jam and lemon curd. Then your choice of awesome cooked food --orange cinnamon french toast, banana macadamia pancake, eggs with smoked salmon, etc. Afternoon tea is so luxurious, i miss it now that i'm home. Dinner is fantastic. Prix fixe everynight, with your choice of four entrees. It really is gourmet cuisine. We got so spoiled, it's hard to come home to pizza.
There is a real personal touch here; it really feels as though everyone needs for you to have an excellent holiday.
Oh, and the beach! We went to the private beach twice. It's a 20 minute drive in the taxi (included), and nobody else went besides us. It was overcast for the first 3 days of our trip, thank god or i would have burned. You can ask the driver to pick you up at a certain time, but we opted instead to walk down the perimeter of the island about 1.5 miles to the Four Seasons for lunch. That was a really fun walk/swim.
Re: Comparing Montpelier to Four Seasons. They are very different. We were so relaxed and comfortable at MOntpelier, we didn't really need to do many activies. We were the youngest couple at Montpelier 20s vs 50s. Four Seasons is also beautiful and looks very decadent. However, it was very crowded and there were a lot of children. I do like, though, that it is right on the beach.
You must go to Montpelier. We absolutely cannot wait to go back.
I felt like royalty...
The best thing about this gorgeous hotel is the staff. From the owner-managers, to the hospitality and bar staff and the groundskeepers, this is wonderful place. The food is amazing. It's like a step back in time when the world was gracious and civil. The individual rooms are nicely furnished and have all modern amenities (no TVs). The air conditioning was actually needed although I tried to get away with not using it at night. The hotel also has a lovely beach property on Pinney's beach -- very quiet and peaceful. Nevis is a fantastic island as well.
A True Gem
My new wife and I went to Montpelier for our honeymoon and we had an absolutely fabulous time. The Hoffman family does a great job of making all of their guests really feel welcome and worry free. I took it upon myself to purchase one of the packages that the Inn offers which was inclusive of evening meals and several activities. While expensive, I would highly recommend this as the food is devine and the quality of the activities (massages, champagne picnic, etc.) quite high.
Everything about the Inn can be described in one word: "bliss." If you are looking for a Miami Beach kind of place then I can assure you Montpelier is not for you, but if you want extreme relaxation with the ability to walk out to the pool and never have to worry about finding a great lounge chair or a cold beverage then go to Montpelier. I heavily considered the Four Seasons before going and after seeing the comparison, I could not be happier with my decision.
Romantic Honeymoon Destination
My wife and I just returned from an utterly extraordinary one week honeymoon at the Montpellier Plantation Inn. First of all, the island is the perfect getaway island for honeymooners or those who just want to get some peace and quiet. The island only has 11,000 inhabitants and there is only 1 major hotel (the Four Seasons). The rest of the hotels on the island are smaller inns like Montpellier. We found the people to be extremely friendly and highly service oriented (considering tourism is the stable of their economy), and there was not a high number of peddlers on the beach like there is in Jamaica.We decided on Montpellier by reading internet reviews. As such, we were compelled to write a review of our own since there really is not that much published info on the inn. Once we decided on the hotel, Montpelliers staff bent over backwards to answer any questions that we had before our arrival which, considering we were planning a wedding, truly was a plus. When we finally arrived at the inn, we were given a brief tour and within 10 minutes we were in the pool. We did not have to check in until the next day! Believe me, after a long flight you will truly appreciate this!!Service at the inn is remarkable. Since there are only 17 rooms, the staff to guest ratio is extremely high and they bend over backwards to accommodate you. Another plus is the food, which is truly remarkable, as is the view from the terrace where dinner is served. And you will thoroughly enjoy the afternoon high tea every afternoon with which you get fresh scones and cakes. Dont worry about the diet when you visit here!!!!!!During our visit, we did get a chance to visit the Four Seasons and the two places are very different. First of all, the Four Seasons is a resort which means tons of peoples and kids. While the resort is absolutely beautiful, I am definitely glad we did not stay there during our honeymoon considering the amount of kids and convention goers we would have had to deal with. Plus, the food is much better at Montpellier!!! The bottom line is that Montpellier is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. The service is amazing, the compound is beautiful and the food is to die for. It truly surpassed our expectations!!!!
One of the best places we have ever stayed. Extremely attentative personalized service. Great food and wines at reasonable prices.
Beatifully decorated and confortable big rooms. We will go back!
Elegant, Romantic, Relaxing
What a great getaway! It's hard to get more relaxed than you do in Nevis and especially at the Montpelier Plantation Inn. The food itself is worth the trip, the service is excellent (including their finding the best taxi drivers and tour operators on the island), and the location is ideal to enjoy the beauty of Nevis. We enjoyed the botanical gardens, Montpelier's private beach (which was our favorite of the beaches we visited), seeing the historical plantations, and hiking the peaks. I would go again in a heartbeat...