Marie Kille is from Winchester, UK. She and her husband visited Nevis in July of 2018. Her story appears below. Connect with Marie on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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I discovered Nevis on social media and learned more about it by following triathlete Jane Hansom. I wanted to go somewhere special for my 60th birthday, and Nevis seemed to be different than other Caribbean Islands.
Jane had always described Nevis as naturally beautiful, and we were not disappointed. The moment we stepped onto the boat transfer from St. Kitts and stepped off at Oualie Beach, we smiled and didn’t stop smiling for the next 10 days. The warm wind seemed to embrace us and everywhere we were on the island we could see the Nevis peak. Sometimes, it was covered in clouds and, at other times, it was clear and stunning against the blue sky.
We stayed at Nisbet Plantation, our home for 10 days. The mix of beach, palm trees, and donkeys and goats wandering the grounds and the understated elegance and luxury of the Great House where we enjoyed our evening meals made the experience so special.
The beach was wild and windy and beyond beautiful. We snorkelled and watched pelicans dive into the sea. Unfortunately, due to a freak accident, I managed to break my wrist on day two. But despite the pain and inconvenience and not being able to swim in the beautiful Caribbean sea, I still enjoyed myself and can account for the great medical service I received! The broken limb did stop me from enjoying horse riding, cycling, and climbing Nevis peak, but I have a great excuse to come back and try all the things I couldn’t do this time.
We did other things, though. We hired a car and circumnavigated the island many times. (Its a small island, only 36 squaure miles.) We discovered Charlestown, visited the botanical gardens, and enjoyed a Purple Rain cocktail there. We spent many hours walking along Pinneys Beach, visiting the Four Seasons. (My husband played golf whilst I caddied.) We saw troops of baby monkeys rolling over and over on the fairways!
We also joined Tim Thuell, the GM of Nisbet Plantation, for his morning hikes. We saw lots of goats and sheep, and learned that tail up = goat and tail down = sheep. We laughed as a bunch of baby piglets ran after their mum chewing on mangoes as they went. The donkeys! How glorious. We enjoyed a rum (or two) at Sunshines on the beach at Pinney’s and so many glorious meals out at the other plantation houses on the island.
We had a most amazing lobster meal at the Yachtsman Grill which had a ludicrously beautiful setting, as did Golden Rock. We spent so many enjoyable hours on Nevis and we saw so many lovely places. And what can I say about the people on Nevis save that they’re absolutely lovely: friendly, caring, joyful.
We will be back. I have unfinished business Nevis. We love you.