Checking In: Four Seasons Nevis
I am so jealous of all my New York friends that have endless non-stop flights to great Caribbean destinations. Here in Washington DC, our options are more limited. This means if we want to go somewhere a little more off the beaten path, we are connecting. Not my favorite thing to do with kids, but sometimes you just need to bite the bullet when your reward is a vacation in Nevis. And it is just not a connecting flight. Once you land in St. Kitts, you then take an hour ferry ride to get to Nevis. The ferry however is operated by the Four Seasons, so the minute you step on board the spoiling begins and you feel like your vacation has started. As soon as I was handed a rum punch the long day of travel seemed worth it. Pulling up to your resort on a boat just feels so lavish and really sets the tone for what is to come.
With 196-rooms, the hotel was the perfect size for us for a vacation with a toddler. Small enough to still feel intimate, but had the amenities of a larger hotel. We had a standard room, but next time I would definitely look into one the villa rentals. As with most Four Seasons, the decor was on the traditional side, but it was updated and comfortable and fit the vibe of the hotel.
This hotel is all about play. We were there for 5 nights and I still did not do all the activities. I can vouch for the gym; it was new with great equipment. My husband took a tennis lesson and really loved it. I tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding and they were very patient setting me up and showing me the ropes. It is Four Seasons, so obviously the pools are great.
By far though the best activity was the golf cart ride through the golf course to look for monkeys. Every day the hotel leads a golf cart tour throughout the golf course, stopping often for pictures of the to-die-for views, searching out monkeys. This was by far the highlight of the trip for our toddler.
We did not use the complimentary Kids Club, but I peeked it and it seemed great. We did however use the babysitting, and she was reliable and punctual and made me feel very at ease.
I give two thumbs up to the dining options at the hotel. The breakfast buffet is truly 5-star, and an unbelievable cost savings as it is included in my amenities for my clients. Mango, the seaside restaurants, is chic and romantic, yet still felt fine with kids. There is a library bar for drinks and poolside dining options. Kids under 5 eat free, and there is a kids buffet set up daily which was a lifesaver when dealing with a hungry toddler. The hotel is also a quick walk down the beach from a number of beach shacks that we went to for both lunch and dinner. Think grilled lobster and strong rum punch.
There is no doubt the hotel is hard to get to, but for a stress-free family vacation, it is worth it. The hotel is just made for families, and they made our toddler feel like such a VIP. I loved that we were not stuck at the hotel and could easily walk down the beach for lunch and drinks. While we had a babysitter, my husband and I went out one night to one of the beach shacks with a band and there may have been a lot of rum punches and dancing. Just saying.
My amenities include:
- Full breakfast daily for 2
- $100 resort credit
- Upgrade (based on availability)
Contact me to start planning this fab family vacation!