We love the Four Seasons as a brand for their wonderful accommodations, service and amenities, and the Four Seasons Nevis in the West Indies exemplifies all of this and more. Welcoming and friendly for all ages, it’s a fabulous place for families to enjoy a laid-back getaway on this small Caribbean island.
All of the resort’s 196 spacious rooms and luxury suites have pullout sofas and can easily accommodate a family of four. We stayed in a very spacious oceanview room with two queen beds. The cottage-style decor and private balcony overlooking the pristine beach and crystal-blue Caribbean Sea set the tone for relaxing.
Our favorite feature was the hammock outside our room, which beckoned us to curl up with a good book. It was a perfect spot to while away an afternoon, enjoying the cool breeze from the palm trees and soaking up the beautiful views.
For families who want more space plus kitchen facilities, the resort also has a wide range of two- to six-bedroom villas with private pools. As the resort is quite large, each villa comes with the use of a personal golf cart. Villa guests have full access to all of the hotel amenities.
Guests receive a provisioning order form prior to arrival; arriving to a fully stocked refrigerator is a treat. For a special treat, arrange for one of the resort chefs to cook in your accommodations one evening.
Mango, Four Seasons Nevis’ beachside restaurant, is the perfect spot to watch the island’s spectacular sunsets while enjoying Caribbean cuisine. It’s located at the northern edge of the resort. The Coral Grill, upstairs in the Great House, offers wonderful views of the Garden Pool and the sea. A wonderful breakfast buffet is served here in the morning; in the evening, the Coral Grill is the fine-dining venue.
For guests who prefer not to leave their lounge chairs, there are nice lunch options on the beach and pool menu. The Cabana beachside restaurant, adjacent to the Garden Pool, serves a yummy spiny lobster roll. A visit to the gelato stand was a daily requirement for my kids. As a nice bonus, kids under 5 eat free at any of the restaurants.
A walk down the beach to visit the resort’s neighbor, Sunshine’s Beach Bar, is a must. Parents can enjoy their infamous “Killer Bee” rum punch while kids play on the trampoline and playground equipment.
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Camp Nevis is complimentary for kids ages 3-9. The camp schedule of activities offers something for even the pickiest child, from a monkey tour on the resort grounds to look for the friendly native green vervet monkeys, to storytime with Nevisian native Mackey, a.k.a. “Dr. Fun.” Storytime also includes a surprise visit from Spiderman climbing a tree to pick coconuts for the kids.
Non-motorized water sports, such as kayaks and paddle boards, are complimentary. Jet skis and Hobie-Cats are available for a fee. Don’t miss the “Dive and Dine” — for this take on eating local, guests dive into the ocean and lasso a lobster for a seafood feast on the beach.
The spa at the Four Seasons Nevis is a tranquil oasis with a cold plunge pool and a waterfall in the relaxation area. Parents should treat themselves to something truly special by booking a treatment in one of the private spa cottages, followed by lunch from the spa menu.
The Robert Trent Jones golf course is one of the world’s most scenic courses, with dramatic Caribbean views. There are complimentary beginner and advance clinics. Four Seasons Nevis is also a top-ranked tennis resort with 10 clay and hard courts; the schedule includes free clinics for adults and juniors, mixers and night play.
Vanessa, the resort’s longtime Guest Relations Ambassador extraordinaire, can arrange any number of excursions. We took a lovely sail on the Caona, a 47-foot catamaran, to go snorkeling.
With three pools at the resort, there’s something for everyone. The Garden and Ocean pools are for families and the Reflection pool is for adults only.
There are two areas to enjoy the beach. The red umbrella area is mostly used by adults, given its proximity to the adult-only pool, but children are allowed. The yellow beach area is located by the water sports center and has a floating trampoline — a favorite with the kids.
For a truly pampered day at the beach, families should reserve a beach house, complete with a dedicated beach butler to assist with all your needs from drinks and lunch to snorkeling gear. The beach houses are steps from the water’s edge and have sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and Nevis’ sister island, St. Kitts.
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American Airlines flies from JFK to SKB (the St. Kitts Airport) on Saturdays; there are daily connecting flights through MIA. There are also direct flights on Saturdays from Atlanta, Charlotte, Toronto and London Gatwick and beginning December 19, 2015 United will fly direct to SKB from Newark on Saturdays.
In all cases, guests take a 45-minute ferry ride from St. Kitts to Nevis. The ferry is quite easy and very enjoyable. Luggage transfers are handled by the staff, and guests are offered complimentary beverages on the boat. It’s where the vacation really begins!
Another option is to fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico, and connect on Seaborne, Tradewind or Cape Air for a direct flight into Nevis’ small but extremely convenient airport.
For a true indulgence, sign up for the Yu Lounge experience (fee-based). When guests land in St. Kitts and deplane onto the tarmac, a Porsche SUV is waiting to whisk them to a private terminal adjacent to the airport. The Yu Lounge staff takes care of collecting bags, processing customs paperwork and loading guests’ luggage onto the ferry while they relax over cocktails and canapes. They offer the same service for departure, making for a great end to the trip.
We can help! Our Family Vacation Consultants can work with you to plan an unforgettable custom itinerary, including accommodations, kid-friendly tours and guides, activities, and more. Visit CB! Vacation Consultants to get more details and send us a request.
Editor’s Note: Four Seasons Nevis hosted Sandy to review the property for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Sandy Pappas except where noted.
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