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Nevis Honeymoon

A Fantasy Isle Come to Life

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Nevis Honeymoon
© Nisbet Plantation.
By Susan Breslow Sardone

Why does tiny Nevis seem ideal for a wedding, honeymoon, or romantic getaway?

Nevis personifies just about everyone's fantasy of a palm-fringed, tropical honeymoon isle, still as yet unruined by overdevelopment. And the romantic history of Nevis speaks to lovers across the ages. It was here that young Captain Horatio Nelson met, wooed, and wedded the refined and resourceful Fanny Nisbet.

This five-mile-by-seven-mile Lesser Antilles island offers a stunning setting to seal a vow or begin married life. Immaculate beaches ring Nevis, and at its center stands dormant volcano Mount Liamuiga. Those who attempt to scale it will find themselves surrounded by a riot of tropical flowers — and may even make the acquaintance of shy green vervet monkeys.

Other ways to spend a day in paradise include golf, tennis, horseback riding, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and perfecting one's tan. Nightlife is loose and unstructured, and the best place to hear authentic Caribbean music on Nevis is at a local pub. If you have your heart set on discos and gambling, stay in Puerto Rico. But if you want charm, peace, and solitude, read on.

A Little History of Tiny Nevis

While many who come to Nevis marvel at the pristine beauty and can't help but think of themselves as discoverers, Columbus actually sighted the island in 1498. In succeeding centuries, the country's rich soil and warm climate fostered sugar-cane growth. By the mid-17th century Nevis had a vibrant economy.

Elegant plantations were built and fortunes made by British colonists. Charlestown, the island's main port, became home to sugar warehouses, and a thriving Jewish community evolved. Although the 17th-century synagogue that once stood on Nevis is long gone, a Jewish cemetery remains. To find out more about the Jewish history of Nevis, click here.) The prosperity Nevis experienced from the sugar trade lasted until the late 18th century.

Checking in at Nevis Resorts

Today tourism accounts for the majority of Nevis' revenue. A number of once-faded plantations have been revived and given a second life as elegant yet unpretentious lodgings. If your budget allows you to stay at one of the island's most exclusive resorts, these are the top choices:

Four Seasons Resort Nevis
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Believed by many to be the most luxurious place to stay in the Caribbean, the Four Seasons Nevis is the only full-service resort on the island and the only AAA Five-Diamond property in the West Indies.

Montpelier Plantation Inn
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Former plantation converted into a small but glorious hotel rated by readers of Condé Nast Traveler as tops in food, service, and atmosphere.

Nisbet Plantation
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Dating back to 1778, the property combines the historical grace of the 18th century with exceptional comfort. Wedding packages are available. Its seven-day/six-night Honeymoon/Romance Package includes:

  • Charming cottage under the palms
  • Daily beachside breakfast
  • Afternoon tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, and pastries
  • Gourmet dinner on the beach
  • Dinner at an island plantation and taxi there and back
  • Remainder of dinners in Nisbet's old plantation Great House
  • Sailing cruise
  • Two massages

    Oualie Beach Hotel
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    Affordable alternative to plantations, 22 rooms in traditional Caribbean style "gingerbread" cottages, and right on the beach. Check for honeymoon and wedding package information.

    Hermitage Plantation
    Pastel-colored cottages in the cool Nevis highlands. Beach is a 15-minute drive.

    Golden Rock Plantation Inn
    Antique furnishings, canopied mahogany four-poster beds, and shuttered windows that swing open to the morning sun await at this former plantation that has remained in the hands of the same Nevis family for generations.

    Getting Married on Nevis

    Couples who plan to marry in Nevis must hold valid passports and birth certificates, reside in the country for at least two working days before the ceremony, and present sworn affidavits showing both people are single (or divorce decrees if previously married, or death certificates if widowed).

    Traveling to Nevis

    A curse as well as a blessing, Nevis is not particularly easy to get to and direct flights are scarce. One route calls for flying into San Juan, hopping a short flight to the neighboring island of St. Kitt's, and then taking a 40-minute ferry ride or another puddle-jumper to Nevis.

    If your flight happens to get delayed and you miss your connections, well, it can be a nightmare. But you didn't think it would be easy making your way to the perfect tropical isle, did you?

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