Ottley's Plantation Inn
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... which closes at 2:30. Had a hearty lunch. Then I attended the talk about traveling to Mongolia with the eagle hunters by a guy named Matthew Traver (www.mattewtraver.com) which was interesting. Then I watched the cooking demonstration which was very non-informative. After taking a nap, Amber and I went to the spa and had the steam bath. Very nice.
Dinner at the Blu dining room was again quite good, but we all got stuffed again. It ...
... you can get mezzes, real olives, or some of the other choices they had. I will definitely be going back there. I'm actually at the point where I can't decide if my favorite restaurant on the island is Rock Lobster or Ciao.
Right between Rock Lobster and Ciao is a little art studio that I had never been to before Les Maines D'or. They use local clay to make all sorts of neat pottery, have some cool paintings/drawings, and had some ...
... moves. The
next people were really bad though. They were basically doing squats and lunges that happened to have music in the background. They didn't even always keep beat with the music. While I definitely felt the burn, if that was how my gym was, I'd never go back because it was really boring. Furthermore, the instructors looked like they were making up what moves to do next as we went along. Really, how many ...
... just not stuff. My friend and I chilled there, playing beginners dominoes with some friends of hers and drinking sodas. We were having a good time with that, listening to the radio cover the march.
As the march came closer to us, we left the shop and watched the march. The “parade” consisted of a bunch of cheerleaders, some construction and farm vehicles pulling “floats” playing loud local music, and lots ...
... ready to dance, we headed over to Cloud 9. Cloud 9 is a nightclub upstairs that I've passed in the day and never noticed before. They have several different rooms with several different Caribbean types of music. We went to a few different rooms and ran into more people from work. Ultimately, we ended up spending most of the night in the Reggae room.
Overall I had a good time, but there was a funny incident. I was tapped on the arm buy a ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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. My husband and i just
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.