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... a cigar and drinking a beer. What a sight!
We finished at the bar and went into the Pirana Joe store. It was a very fun tourist shop. As we were checking out I said feliz ano to the lady helping us. She thought that was wonderful! We had quite a conversation in Spanish. Her name was Natalia. She was from Columbia. We all thought she was very nice. She really made our shopping experience fun!
Tomorrow, Sint ...
... afterwards, so I went looking for one of the beach masseuses to give me a massage. My friend instead recommended some pros that do massages in a building instead. Thinking that it couldn't hurt, I went, even though that is not really my thing.
Honestly, I'm glad I did. It gave me a chance to think and process and get myself mentally ready for what may come. Also, I'm pretty sure she found some knots I didn't even realize I had and she worked them ...
... but we eventually found signs for a restaurant that sounded like it was at a hotel or something and would be open. We followed the signs down some side road, up some back road, on some neighborhood path that was more driveway than road, up the mountain, and finally to the Montpelier.
Montpelier is a hotel/restaurant on the site of what used to be a sugar mill. They have some very pretty gardens. As we were the ...
... dried peanuts (they cook them in the sand somehow, and they come out with a very popcorn-ey flavor).
In addition to food, they had entertainment. There was a Maypole that some kids danced around and wove different patterns with the ribbons. There were carnival-style dancers accompanied by a drummer and a guy playing what appeared to be a glass soda bottle, but sounded like a flute. They also had a "drag show," followed by a band.
The drag show ...
... watching them try to both climb back in from the same side, it also meant that I had to paddle in the other direction, which was also the direction of the current. Ironically, the second time we hit the same spot, they tipped again and we were pushed back by the current again. Honestly, I didn't mind. I was getting good exercise, the waves were very calming, and I was enjoying myself. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oualie Beach Resort Nevis
Oualie is the Bomb!
Staff was excellent and courteous. After the 3rd day the bartender knew our room and greeted us by name. The rooms spill right out onto the beach, so if you are into lounging on a calm beach with a beautiful view this is the place. The restaurant at the hotel was very good and well priced. Location of the resort allows easy access to the water activities, which are run from the nearby dock, as well as all of the other restaurants which are a short drive. Could not have been happier with the location and accomodations.
We just returned from the Oualie Beach Hotel in Nevis. We spent ten days and it was wonderful. We were looking for something quiet, relaxing with water nearby (within 50 feet of our cottage!) Our first three days we did not move from the hammock. The view from the hammock was the best in the world. You could watch the sunset, look over at St. Kitts watch sail boats, and enjoy the beautiful beach and water. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. We found that most all of the citzens of Nevis went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and felt welcomed and safe.
The food surprised us, we found just about everywhere we went the food was very good. Oualie's chef Jason and his wonderful support staff cooked some of the best meals (we ate seven of our ten dinners there and we love to try new places and there are plenty but when it is good why chase around) Gallipot up the road was excellent and Nisbet Plantation has great food and atsmosphere. Look Kaddy the bartender up for a great drink when at Nisbet in the evening or Montpelier Plantation during the day. There is a small restaurant called Pemo's and it is a great spot to drop in and get some good local food and drink. It is up from Nisbet Plantation. She makes a homemade ginger beer that is out of this world. I added some rum to it.
It was our first visit so we took a tour of the island and than rented a car for a few days. Taxi's are also a convenient way to get around.
Previous reviews mentioned bringing Off! it is a good idea although most places have it. It is in the evening when the mosquitos come out.
We love to snorkel and used Barbara on the Oualie premises. She is a biologist who really brings the undersea to life for you and snorkels right along with you pointing out things you might miss. She actually took us across the water to St. Kitts because the water was cloudy from sand around Nevis as a result of rains the week before. The St. Kitts' water was crystal clear, we saw turtles, rays, and a huge variety of fish.
The way Oualie is set up we met a number of wonderful couples that we enjoyed during our stay.
It is a beautiful island with wonderful people and although people say it is quiet and not much to do, I disagree, there is a lot to keep you busy if that is what you want to do. You can also take a ferry to St. Kitts for $6 or $8 each way and if you are renting a car they will have one waiting at no additional charge on St. Kitts when you arrive. There is alot to do in St. Kitts if you think Nevis is too quiet. But after a busy day or evening in St. Kitts it is wonderful to come back to the serenity and beauty of Nevis.
Loved the oualie - best in Nevis
In August and September 2005 I stayed at the Oualie Beach hotel
and cannot stop raving about it to all of my friends. The location
is perfect, beach front. The staff and food is wonderful. However,
the most important for me was my ability to use my wireless laptop
while sitting at the beach, drinking ice tea and getting business
done. Do not let anyone tell you this is not a perfect location. For
the times one wants or needs quiet, it is available - swimming at
seven am on a practically empty beach - how perfect. The hotel
provides live music twice a week, and that along with other activities
available, makes it by far the best destination. I also need to add
that the snorkeling is fabulous, friendly people, great weather.
Without hesitation I will spend another month there, hopefully
every year. My highest recommendations. Thank you Oualie.
Great place and beach
Okay rooms with the necessary amenities. A few ants but no major bugs. Beautiful ocean views and sunsets. Great characters at the bar in the evening that love to chat and tell great tales. Safe.
Jason the chef does a very good job and has a good meal rotation. Terrific buffet BBQ night on Tuesdays.
Check it out.
Oualie Beach Resort Nevis, one of the best
We stopped at Oualie Beach Resort for 2 nights in a bungalow on the Beach.
It was delightful, with a four poster bed elevated, to give sea views when you woke in the morning.
Just a few steps from your front door and you were in the sea. Nice clean Beach with beautiful clear water. Small lounge with Tv and coffee perculator.
A small porch outside with a mosquito Screen (although we never saw one) was a little dilapidated and could have done with some minor attention.
The plumbing system around the back of the bungalow was leaking water
whenever the shower was used, and looked as though an over-enthusiastic
amateur had constructed it. But the position on the beach forgave any minor faults.
The staff were very pleasant and attentive, and the restaurant served
very good meals (except for the Beach Barbeque, which at $40 each
was a bit steep) There are plenty of other eating places fairly nearby,
which are good value.
Nevis is a beautiful quiet Island, and the main town Charlestown is
quite delightful, the ferry service was excellent and provided a speedy service to Basseterre, St Kitts.
Relaxing Beachside Retreat
My Family and I spent 3 nights at this nice beachside resort.
Good- The beach is 30 steps from your cottage.
The resturant is very nice.
Hammocks are everywhere on the property.
VERY QUIET AND RELAXING.
Nice Snorkeling and water equipment.
Bad- Our room smelled, and had ants in it.
No pool, but with that beach not that big of a deal.
During your stay on Nevis, I highly recommend Sunshine's a great beachside bar. Take a walk on the Four Season's beach(beautiful at night). Overall, very nice.
Oualie Beach Hotel: Relaxing!
If you want to get away to a beautiful Caribbean island for the sole purpose of truly relaxing, and not spending a fortune like you would at the Four Seasons (just a couple miles down the road or beach-front), Oualie Beach is the place for you. If you are looking for constant activity for you and the kids, look elsewhere. Oualie (pronounced "oo-a-lee"), has pretty, quaint, well-kept duplex and quad-plex (2 story) cottages that are simply but tastefully decorated. Most allow you to walk out literally "onto the beach" area. Other units are just a few more steps away. All units have air conditioning, cable TV and phones, as well as a screened in porches/verandas with lounge chairs for those non-beach days. The beach area has a large number of lounge/chaise type chairs with smattering of hammocks strung up between the palms/coconut trees. The real beach area itself is relatively small (about half the size of the property's water frontage), but adequate. Nevis Water Sports is on the property and offers mountain bikes, scuba and snorkeling equipment, kayaks, wind-sail, Sunfish/sail boats and small catamarans, in additoin to lessons for those sports. A small boat dock there has boats for the diving and boats for charter fishing tours.
Insects are not a major problem, as much as a minor nuisance. Bring a can of "Off!" or other effective insect repellant. If you forget it at home, ask for complimentary use of the hotel's at the front desk or the restaurant host. Tiny mosquitoes and "no-see-ums" seem to abound after sunset. Also, be careful where you step with your bare feet in the grassy areas, as there are occasional fire ant mounds. While not dangerous, they do produce mildly burning mosquito bite-like welts where the bite took place.
The hotel's open-air restaurant has good, well prepared, tasty meals with average (for the island) prices. The service, depending on who's on the wait staff on a particular day can vary from "so-so" to very good. The majority of the wait staff could probably use some hospitality training: greet regular guests by name, especially after the 3rd and subsequent days eating there for at least two meals; knowing what the "soup of the day" is when asked; getting the order 100% right; speaking up so the guests can actually hear the server; re-filling water glasses regularly; and finally, asking how the meal is...before you are finished; The hotel does provide special buffets and other events during the week for guests and no-guests alike that should always be taken advantage of. There are plenty of other restaurants on the island to choose from for variety on those other days.
Renting a car is not recommended. Driving on the left is the rule, and neither is following the posted speed limits. Use the readily available taxi services (all private), and seat belts for added safety. The airport in Nevis is just about a mile north down the road from the hotel. Try to fly into this airport rather than flying into the St. Kitts airport, then having to get a taxi to the ferry docks downtown, and then having to wait for the possibility of catching a passenger ferry that same day for the approximately 40 minute crossing, and then another taxi to the hotel. If using the ferry service, there are two: The "Sea Hustler" looks more like an older cattle and auto barge. The Carib Queen and the Carib Breeze are much nicer...all for the same price (about $4 U.S./ $13 E.C PLUS $1 E.C. port fee ticket which you have to purchase seperately at an adjacent booth).
We are looking forward to returning to Nevis again when we need to unwind and recharge.
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I wouldn't give it a second chance
This place was a huge disappointment. Our room was dirty (it always had ants and at times smelled of sewerage). The staff was friendly in a calculated way and prone to laziness. The food was poor: The restaurant received rave reviews in much of the literature we read, but the entire week we were there dining was a below average experience (regardless of the request, all meals were prepared as well-done). On a positive note, it was very private and quiet - I slept well.
Looking forward to going back!
Nice, pretty well maintained, clean rooms with balconies all overlooking the ocean. Beautiful sunsets every night! Service in the restaurant was island speed (on the slow side) but everyone at the hotel was very nice and accomodating. The beach is small but there's a nice lawn with beach chairs just behind the beach. Felt very safe and enjoyed exploring the island. Bring Cutters or Off.
We spent our honeymoon (mid-May, 2000) at Oualie Beach and had a fantastic time. Room was pleasant- very clean and air conditioned with a smallish bathroom and TV, but staying at Oualie is really all about THE BEACH, which was very nice with a gorgeous view of St. Kitts....You literally step from your bungalow onto the sand. I spent 3-4 hours a day swimming and snorkeling in clear blue water, while my husband windsurfed (windsurfers available for rent at the end of the beach- we went off-season and my husband negotiated a weekly deal).
Staff was very friendly and casual bar and restaurant are open to the beach. Nevis is a lush island with charming small hotels and inns.
Note: Nevis is tiny and not very developed (which we liked)- expect to see goats and sheep crossing the roads. Best to leave driving to the taxi drivers.... We ate dinner at a different place almost every night and were never disappointed.
If you are looking for shopping, nightlife, or casinos, Nevis is not for you. If you are "high maintenance," The Four Seasons is just down the road...Oualie had a nice combination of small families, honeymooners, and couples- a place where everyone seemed welcome. All in all, a wonderful time!