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... together from Virgin Gorda to Statia and now to St. Kitts. Peter and Jody had left the night before us to St. Kitts and we had arranged to meet up at the marina. As we pulled into Port Zante Marina entrance we noticed their boat was tied to a passenger ferry. Come to find out that early in the morning they had experienced a 50 knot wind squall. This may have been the same squall we got back in Eustatia. That morning the 150 passenger ferry had broken ...
... in the wind,
I see dolphins in the sea,
Like you I see it now.
I see the world in a new form.
I see reality surrounding the world".
Bubbles by the boat.
Sailboats are using the wind.
Girls who live in the wind and ocean see reality first hand.
And now you see my reality first hand.
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... most popular sites. The island seemed to be divided clearly into 2 sides. One side was for the normal residents, and the other side (I think that was the Caribbean side) was for the rich people, which was quite beautiful. There was the Marriott hotel which has a nice beach. And there were many high-end condos and villas. The taxi driver was nice. We tipped him well.
Came back to the ship shortly past 2 and rushed to the Aqua section of ...
... Axe, Kollision).
If you're staying on-island during the week, go to No Limit Fitness (see directions above) for the class because Elston always plays great local music.
If you're staying on-island over the weekend, go hang out at The Terminal for early. (The bus/ferry terminal downtown Basseterre has good reggae and other music as well as some of the better dancers on the island.)
For later, try to catch the party at Cloud 9, Potential, or 17 ...
... go to see costumes and sign up to be in the troop. The goal of the evening was to get signed up for a troop (and of course, enjoy the parties.)
We started at Fat Tuesday in Port Zante, which is known for its alcoholic slushee drinks. From there, we headed up to Cloud 9 (which is right up the stairs) and partied there for a while, but as it was still early, it was pretty empty, especially compared to what I'm used to. Next ,we headed up to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ottley's Plantation Inn St. Kitts
I recently attended a wedding there and it was, indeed, beautiful. But the staff (not the workers, the owners) are very snooty and not so nice. It takes $40 to get there and back, so if you are staying there, you are stuck there pretty much, unless you rent a car. YES, it's gorgeous, but there are plenty of other gorgeous places to go in this world, and St. Kitts is probably one of the most boring and expensive ones. The food was good, but nothing totally amazing.
Relaxing week at Ottley's
My husband and I stayed at Ottley's from 05/01/04 to 05/08/04 and had the most relaxing time. We researched the island and hotels/Inn's and selected Ottley's as it sounded so peaceful. We also checked out the web reviews from other guests on the Island and found Ottley's to be the most highly rated. We stayed in a villa with a private plunge pool (no TV) and enjoyed 7 days of virtual seclusion. We did not really see any other people until we went to dinner. The villa surpassed our expectations! We took part in the meal plan, $65.00 per person/day. The food was outstanding. We were so full from breakfast that we never really needed lunch. The property/buildings are meticulously maintained. The Innkeepers were very hospitable and did their best to make sure that we had everything we needed and that we were happy. Ask Art or Marty why they love Ottley's so much and they will gladly tell you their story. See the rest of the Island and the "confidence" the innkeepers have will be understood. They are very proud of Ottley's and have put in alot of work to make it what it is today. Here's a tip-If you research your trip properly, you Should know what your expenses will be once you arrive. Research will also tell you that the property is far from town and that a rental car will be necessary if you want to come and go oftin. THey have a complimentary shuttle that takes you to the beach and to town for shopping every day. Your stay at Ottley's will be well worth the money. You can also pick up snacks/drinks at the convenience store on the way from the airport to Ottley's or if you take an island tour, ask the driver to stop at a store. You can also bring snacks (no fruits or veggies) with you from home. You can also bring your own wine or liquor for drinking in your room/suite or villa. Enjoy!!
One of the best anywhere!
This is THE best place to stay on St. Kitts and one of the besti in the entire Caribbean. The setting is magical. Think Scarlett O'Hara and Gone With The Wind. The service is excellent and food is great. You will NOT be disappointed in this place. The other people who complained probably would not be happy in the Garden of Eden!
No other word but BEAUTIFUl
No other word but beautiful. My husband and i just
got back from staying at Ottley's. May22,2004
if you are looking for a beautiful,quiet
place with great food,sevice and a friendly staff
this is it. If you can stay in a cottage with a plunge
pool,just wonderful,do it. ottley's has a package
that has all breakfast, 5 dinners,sunday brunch,
a catamaran trip to Nevis with lunch and drinks, a
great island tour for 2725.00 it is worth it and your
super deluxe room, coffee is free,wine is high
7.50 a glass. For the price you can't go wrong,
Remember if you go anyway by cab it's about
20.00 one way. at ottley's you have the best of
both worlds, the food and the plantation and more
This was the best, Tax and sevice charge is
everywhere.We will be back at ottley's it's the best
So many people we met were staying at Marrott
The food bad,they came to ottley's and they
loved it. yes the place is quiet but the whole
island is this way. all i have to say, THIS IS
THE BEST.Don't stay at Golden Lemon, it's the
pitts. Very small run down,the fencing around
the area on top of the complex with no view,
areas has alot of run down huts. very poor area.
Not worth the money.
Ottleys truly is a beautiful place. The grounds are immaculate, the scenery breathtaking, the rooms fantastic...however, this does come at a price. For all of Ottleys "pluses" (and there are many, right down to their fantastic rum punch), there are several negatives. First, Ottleys is certainly not for the budget-conscious traveler. With rooms pricing into the thousands of dollars for just five nights, one would expect it to be a little more inclusive than it actually is. At Ottleys, nothing is free. My husband and I choked when we received a $1300 bill at the end of our stay - especially since most of it was from dining.
The food at Ottleys is great, however, so is the food at many other restaurants on the island like Circus Grill, Marshalls, or Ballahoo (more casual). It definitely is not worth the exobetant prices or the enormous amounts of time guests spend waiting for it.
The people were very friendly, if conceited about their property. Additionally, be prepared for seclusion as Ottleys is far removed from most everything else on St. Kitts. I didn't mind as much as my husband who needs a little more activity than I.
So, for those of you looking to get away from it all and who do not mind complete rest and relaxation while emptying your wallet for it...Ottleys is it. For those of you who aren't sure and want to check it out - go. It is a breathtaking place. But make sure to explore the rest of the island, take a catamaran sail and do some fun things off the property. Have plenty of cash available for taxis and transportation if you don't rent a car. It's not terribly expensive to hire taxis to take you around at all. In fact, I recommend it because the driver also usually ends up giving you a bit of the island's history and flavor as well.
And, for those of you wanting to be closer to the beach, check out the Marriott in Frigate Bay or any of the other smaller hotels in the Frigate Bay, Friars Bay area - it's beautiful there.
Heaven on Earth
Perfection. We could not have had dreamed of a better vacation. The staff and the owners' were charming and accommodating to our needs, without being obnoxious. Each meal was a masterpiece and better than the next. You can take a self-guided stroll through a rainforest on the property--"the tree" is amazing! The direct flight to St. Kitts from Philadelphia was easy and pleasant. This place is amazing, don't sell yourself short and stay at one of the other far inferior hotels on the island.
Island Paradise ??
We stayed on St. Kitts this past January 2004. The resort Ottley's was absolutely beautiful with one of the nicest properties in the Caribbean. All of the working staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
On the other hand, the owners don't really have a clue about customer service. They believe that they have on of the most beautiful properties in the Caribbean and will let you know it constantly.
Because of this fact they let things go such as the restaurant. They also believe that their food is the best on the island. Do yourself a favor and try some local food because I've had much better food at Fast food joints in the USA. Also their wine list is absolutely horrible.
For such a beautiful resort they need help.
Great honeymoon spot on beautiful island
Getting to and from St. Kitts was the only bad part of our trip!(you should fly direct if possible, otherwise pack light because our bags are still in St. Kitts, waiting to be transported to NYC!) Ottley's is a paradise. The food is excellent with 4 course dinners, huge breakfeasts and a top notch staff. We never wanted for anything. The rooms were spacious and very clean (the cleaning staff is amazing too.) We stayed in a cottage with a plunge pool. The pool was too cold - but we enjoyed the privacy of the room. I have nothing negative to say about Ottley's - just some tips: we were surprised by the 1,000 dollar bill at the end of the trip - we had pre-paid the trip and couldn't believe that taxes and gratutities would be so high. Remember when tipping that 10% gratuity charge is included. Second, Ottley's has a beautiful mountain beside it -but that mountain attracts the clouds.
What this means is that a few days it was cloudy at Ottley's but perfectly sunny at the beach. Renting a car is a good idea, at least for a few days - the islands is absolutely beautiful. You cannot go wrong staying at Ottley's - it is the perfect place if you are seeking a retreat and escape. If it is tons of excitement you are after - then Ottley's is not for you!. (FYI: We checked out Rawlings Plantation which is also BEAUTIFUL. We also looked at the Golden Lemon and it is a big step down from Ottley's and RAwlings. It is run down and in need of renovations. )
If you want to escape to Eden, this may very well be the spot. The experience is perfect in every way. Be warned however, that this is not for the super active vacationer who will miss TV, phones, the internet, and organized activities with bubbly group leaders. It is better suited for someone who thinks a good book before breakfast followed by a little lounging and maybe a dip in the pool is heaven. I would be remiss not to mention the food, because it is fabulous. I still have dreams about Sunday's champagne brunch!!! My husband and I stayed at Ottley's twice, both times in standard rooms in the little cottage--no plunge pool, but the main pool is practically deserted during off season (when we go) so no matter. Plus, the little cottage has an unbeatable view of the croquet court and looming mountains.... We did rent a car on visit number two, because Ottley's is sort of out of the way, and while the roads are rough, there is really just one big loop around the island so you can't get too lost. Use your horn to say hello to everyone you pass. It will make you feel like a local, and after a week here you will wish you were.
Ottley's is Paradise
We spent a heavenly week at Ottley's last summer and can't wait to go back. We stayed in a supreme room which includes a jacuzzi and private plunge pool....very romantic and private! The meal plan we purchased inluded full breakfast and prix fixe dinner daily plus Sunday brunch. The food was always fresh, creative, delicious, abundant and beautifully presented. We chose not to rent a car and were really glad! It gave us permission to really relax instead of running all over the island. Ottley's provides a daily shuttle into Basseterre or to the beach. The drivers were courteous and more than happy to point out the sights along the way. We usually like to stay at B&B's. Ottley's provided all the personal touches and homeiness of a B&B but with all the amenities of a big luxury hotel. From the welcome Rum Punch to the fond farewell, we felt like family...really, really pampered family! On a scale of 1 - 10, Ottley's is an 11.