The Mount Nevis Hotel
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Mount Nevis a good choice
We just returned from a few nights at the Mount Nevis. The only bad thing I would say is that it's not on the beach. The grounds are well done, the people nice and the rooms very good as well. We were in one of the upstairs, least expensive rooms.
We were unaware that the beach they use was at the Nisbet but actually that wasn't an issue since we got a car the first night. We drove there and it looked nice. Drinks at the beach bar are VERY expensive.
Dr. Meguid is indeed very involved with the guests. He arranged for a car within minutes of our arrival at the hotel. It wasn't the greatest car but we think it was a good deal and he himself accompanied us to the gas station/rental car location to deal with the paper work. We saw him numerous times attending to the guests. A nice thing to see.
Breakfast, which was included, was quite good. There's only a few limits on what you can order if you are on the full breakfast plan NOT on the continental breakfast plan. We had intended to eat dinner there on our last night but had put off eating lunch until late that day and skipped it. The menu looked great although a bit pricey (just a couple of dollars more than most places). Get used to paying at least $100US without frills per couple anywhere that you sit down for dinner. Apparently you do get a 10% discount if you're a guest. If you want to cut your costs eat a late lunch and you can usually not end up eating dinner. Beware that most places don't serve lunch after somewhere between 2 and 3 and don't show up 10 minutes before that time and expect to get anything. The Pizza Beach restaurant was not open for lunch, only dinner and not Wednesdays. No clue about that.
There is definitely not a lot to see or do on Nevis. The road turns bad right after the Nisbet going north on the island just a few mins from the hotel so most of driving would be going south and then somewhat to the east and back north to the farthest "plantation" out. That's the Goldenrock. Nice views from there, a possible lunch place. Coming back, the Hermitage (quaint buildings) and Montpelier (upscale/posh) are also very nice plantations to visit. Not a lot to do other than walk around a bit. Both are also possible lunch places. Montpelier is a bit more of a pain to drive to. The Botanical Gardens nearby is nice but small also a seemingly popular lunch spot. Back thru town and just before the Four Seasons is the entrance to Pinney's Beach. We recommend Sunshine's which is at the south end of the Four Seasons. The salad that comes with the food is great and a bit different each day. Ribs were ok but chicken and lobster very good. Of course, have a killer bee drink.
You can use ANY beach on the island, they are public. Don't let the sign or guard deter you from walking along the beach by the Four Seasons. We dined at Bananas and Gallipot, both good, very different. Make sure of two things about dinner anywhere: the days and hours they're open and GET RESERVATIONS. If you have a chance and are a little adventurous visit Vic's Bar in town, during the day. It's a brightly colored "bar" run by 82 year old Albert. It was his grandmother's house. He's a little hard to understand but very coherent and wonderful. It's on Market Street which runs parallel to the water. If you are standing by the ferry pier walk away from the water and make a right to almost the end of the block.
If you want to just vegitate this island is for you. Much more to do and see in nearby St Kitts but staying 2-3 days in Nevis is a good idea too.
Relaxing In Style at Mt. Nevis Hotel
My spouse and I stayed at the Mt. Nevis Hotel & Beach Club November 2-6, 2004. It was our first visit to Nevis. Pleasant surprises started immediately when we were voluntarily upgraded to a suite on the front rather than the room we had reserved. It was the off season and the hotel had few guests, but it was a nice gesture nevertheless and much appreciated.
The view from our balcony was spectacular. The hotel is situated about halfway up the slope of Mt. Nevis and the view of the ocean and neighboring St. Kitts is not to be missed. Although the property is not on the beach, the view is undoutedly the best on the island.
Since the property is not on the beach, free transportation is provided to the nearby Nisbet Plantation, which is also a well known upscale island resort. Dr. Meguid , the owner, provided us with transportation on the one day we wanted to visit the beach. We were impressed that he would do this himself.
The room had recently been renovated and was marvelous, particularly the bath. The room had all the amenities one would expect and the view from the two balconies was superb. We usually had coffee on the balcony to enjoy the view and catch a glimpse of the monkeys native to the island.
The pool area was beautiful and well maintained, as was the entire facility. We enjoyed dining at the hotel and found the food to be very good, although a new chef had just been hired. On our last evening a desert was provided for my spouse's birthday. Service was cordial but not overbearing, just perfect. Having a leisurely dinner while enjoying the view was simply marvelous. The hotel also operates a pizza restuarant on the ocean near the airport. We at there once and found it very good.
Jo and Greg, who are married, had just been hired to manage the notel when we arrived. They were still getting their bearings, but both had owned and operated hotels previously. Their experience was evident in the way they conducted themselves and interacted with guests.
If you are looking for nightlife, you will need to go to town inasmuch as the hotel was very quiet. That, of course, is what we were looking for. One should be aware that relying on taxis for all transportation can get pricey. Next time I will rent a car. I was told that the hotel was negotiating a rental car site on premises. By now that may be a reality.
This was a marvelous experience and I would recommend it highly to anyone. The facilities and service were top notch, reflecting the commitment of the owners make sure their guests have a stay to remember and savor.
We look forward to returning one day!
Metaphorphases at the Mount Nevis
My wife and I recently returned from eight nights at the Mount Nevis Hotel and Beach Club. Because we both desperately needed recharging of our psychic batteries (having come off a year of family difficulties and grueling work), we were hoping that we would be able to decompress after a few days in the sun. However, much to our surprise, this wonderful hotel, with its drop-dead gorgeous view of the sea, pampering staff, scrumptious food and ample accommodations, had us in the "relaxed zone" within hours. By the end of our stay, we felt thoroughly transformed - I cannot describe the experience exactly, but I know that I was in a mental/physical state that I need to function as a feeling and thinking human being. This sense actually lasted a couple of days back into the grind back home. Amazing!
If you are looking for a place that gives you unadulterated beauty, along with a sense of seclusion and privacy, the Mount Nevis is for you.
PS: The best rum punches on the island.
Relaxation at its best
We recently spent five nights of our honeymoon at the Mount Nevis. Amazingly, since off-peak season had just started, we had the entire place to ourselves. With the exception of a few guests of the restaurant, we never saw anyone else besides the waitresses and the hotel manager. The rooms here are a real bargain...we paid around $150 per night for a non-smoking king (actually two twins shoved together) with an outside hot tub. The toiletries in the room were pretty sad (bring your own!!) but the price is right. Efficiencies and meal plans are available as well. The view from the hotel overlooks the ocean with St. Kitts in the distance. The hotel also owns a beach club that serves excellent pizza. Since the hotel is not right on the beach, they will gladly shuttle you down to the club. We ate breakfast at the hotel everyday mainly because the food was fantastic and not too expensive. The banana pancakes and breakfast burritos were our favorites. One note-- if you want good coffee, take it with you from the states. Neither the Mount Nevis nor the Four Seasons had good coffee. Lunch was also reasonably priced and excellent. We only ate one dinner at the hotel because we tried to visit other local hotspots for variety. The dinner was excellent but pricey. With a glass of wine, two entrees, one appetizer, and two desserts, there is no way to get out of there for less than $110. The food is really good so you should try it at least one night. In addition, there is a wonderful piano player at dinner that adds alot of ambiance. Unlike the Four Seasons, the wait staff and front desk attendants were extremely helpful. We relied on the hotel to book our car rental, taxis, and local activities with no problems whatsoever. The native waitresses were very sweet and were full of info on local events. Finally, the grounds were impeccable. Overall, the Mount Nevis is a real find. With excellent service, delicious food, and a second-to-none view, we will return here on our next visit. Having also stayed at the Four Seasons on this trip, the Mount Nevis is more relaxing, has much better food and service, and is much easier on the wallet.
Mount Nevis Hotel - Wonderful!!
Mount Nevis Hotel provided us with a lovely, relaxing and restful 2 days. My husband and I loved our stay with at Mount Nevis Hotel.
Everything was wonderful - our suite, the grounds with the spectacular views of St. Kitts and cloud covered Mt. Nevis, the restaurant's food and staff members were extremely welcoming and helpful. We're sorry our stay was so short but during that time we received personal attention and care from Vanessa upon our check-in, Marion at dinner and Marlon Brando helped us with a rental car. Everyone on staff was so friendly, unfortunately I do not remember their names. We look forward to another stay at Mount Nevis Hotel in the future.
Wonderful and Relaxing
If you are looking for the ultimate caribbean vacation, this is the place. The view is spectacular! The rooms are huge and beautiful. The staff is attentive and discreet. The food in the restaurant is the best that we encountered on the island. You don't even have to leave the property. Go and ENJOY!!
Paradise on Earth
This was a perfect vacation spot for us, both type A's; we decompressed in eight minutes! The location is magnificent with constant cooling breezes, immaculate rooms and grounds, and perfect service. The staff is pleasing and helpful but not cloying. The food is the best on the island. This is a perfect vacation retreat- read, eat, relax, and be pampered. We loved the casual, unpretentious atmosphere. Idyllic!
Dragged away kicking and screaming (almost)
A potent combination of a stunning setting, well maintained physical plant, polite and well-trained staff, fabulous meals, reasonable rates, and peaceful environment. Not thrilled with their beach (airport runway makes it hard to access), but they have an agreement with the Nisbet Plantation which affords MNHBC guests access to that fine beach. If you don't mind a short hike, there is a superb beach only a 15 minute walk from MNHBC called Lovers Beach. This beach is 1/2 mile long and is clean and untramelled. Our overall impression is that the management and staff honestly care about their guests and try hard to keep you relaxed and happy.
Mt. Nevis Hotel is the best!
The Mt. Nevis Hotel was a gorgeous, beautifully appointed paradise on a hillside with a view that was spectacular. The staff is most gracious and accommodating, the best we've seen. The resturant, bar and patio were the most inviting and soothing places to kick back, relax, eat, drink, socialize, dream, get lost... The food and drinks were outstanding. The rooms are to die for! Clean, spacious, fully equipped and very comfortable. Our next trip to Nevis, this is the place, no doubt! We hated to leave and can't wait to come back. Hands down, this hotel is the absolute best deal on the island. The entire staff, the owners, the management, and everyone were like friends and made you feel very welcome. I remain highly impressed and looking forward to returning. Thanks Mt. Nevis Hotel...Andy & Rose S.
We Keep Coming Back
January 2002 will mark our 7th year going to Nevis and staying at Mt. Nevis Hotel and Beach Club. We have travelled to numerous other islands and have never found one as enchanting as Nevis. It is very low key, very beautiful, beautiful people and Mt. Nevis Hotel has the BEST spot on the island. What a view. Not on the beach but 5 minutes away. Being up the side of the mountain somewhat affords you a spectacular view. Not much night life, but who needs it after a full day in the sun or exploring. Mt. Nevis has wonderful food. Rooms have TV/VCR. We always take a few purchased videos when we go, watch them and then donate to their extensive video library.
Can't say enough good things about the owners, Sally and Adly Meguid. They are great.