OPENED: The plantation dates back to 1747, the hotel opened in the 1966
OVERVIEW: Montpelier Plantation & Beach, an AAA Four Diamond award recipient and Relais & Châteaux member, is a boutique hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean on the tiny island of Nevis, a former British Colony steeped in history and known for its vibrant natural beauty.
Situated on 60 acres amidst lush tropical hills at the base of the majestic Nevis Peak, Montpelier offers the ideal place to unwind and disconnect from today’s frenetic pace. Originally constructed as a sugar mill in the 18th century, the property is situated six miles from its own private beach – 750 feet above the vibrant Caribbean Sea.
Here, a colorful colonial heritage – with rugged cobblestone and intricate antique accents – is intertwined with a classic contemporary motif characterized by modern artwork and sleek furnishings.
At Montpelier, guests are invited to enjoy the attentive staff, luxurious surroundings, stellar cuisine and fine wines – while reveling in the stunning natural habitat and compelling history of Nevis.
HISTORY: With a rich plantation heritage, Nevis was colonized by the British in 1628 and is one of the remaining islands still evoking the mystique of the “Old Caribbean.” Nevis was part of the British Colonies until 1967, when it attained associated statehood along with St. Kitts. In 1983 it became part of an independent nation.
Montpelier dates back to 1687 when Sir Hans Sloane, secretary of the Royal Society of England, discovered the secluded location. In 1787, this historic former sugar plantation was the setting for the marriage of Lord Horatio Nelson and Frances “Fanny” Nisbet – and more than 200 years later, it remains an ideal location for weddings and honeymoons. Many remains from its early days are still evident including the massive sugar mill, which was in use until 1933, now the popular Mill Privée restaurant. In 1960 James Milnes-Gaskell purchased the estate – then in ruins – and proceeded to renovate it into a hotel.
The property is now owned and operated by the gracious Hoffman family, who acquired it in 2002, adding the villa suites and totally redocarated the reception area, great room and terraces as well as upgrades to all rooms. In 2012, Indigo restaurant by the pool was refurbished.
Under the Hoffman’s direction, the hotel garnered AAA Four Diamond status and was designated a Relais & Châteaux member in 2004.
The Hoffman family members personally greet all guests – building relationships that endure. Many guests have been coming for decades.
LOCATION: Less than 36 square miles, Nevis is the oldest British colony in the Caribbean and along with its sister island, St. Kitts, is in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. With just one main road in use since plantation days, it is a soothing and secluded spot where goats and wild donkeys still roam freely. There are no traffic lights, and just three roundabouts direct the flow of traffic.
Despite its diminutive size, Nevis offers an abundance of local, cultural and historical activities. Situated in an old Caribbean Georgian stone building, the Museum of Nevis History is located in the capital Charlestown, as is Fort Charles, a 17th century British military base. The Bath Hotel, built in 1778, is considered to be the first hotel in the Caribbean. Located just a few steps away from Montpelier, the Botanical Garden of Nevis is renowned for the beauty and diversity of its many tropical plants and flowers.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES: ~ AAA Four Diamond Hotel Award, 2005-2014
~ AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award, Restaurant 750, 2005-2014
~ Ranked #3 in the Top 40 hotels in the Caribbean, Reader’s Travel Awards, Condé Nast Traveller, 2015
~ World’s Top 100 Reader’s Travel Awards, Condé Nast Traveller, 2015
~ Top 20 hotels in the Americas and Caribbean, Reader’s Travel Awards, Condé Nast Traveller UK, 2014
~ Best hotels in the Caribbean & Atlantic, Reader’s Choice Awards, Condé Nast Traveller, 2014
~ Certificate of Excellence Award, Trip Advisor 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
~ World’s Top 100 Reader’s Travel Awards, Condé Nast Traveller, 2012
~ World Travel Awards, St. Kitts & Nevis’ Leading Hotel, 2013
GUESTROOMS/SUITES: Montpelier Plantation & Beach boasts 19 sea-view rooms housed in beautiful bungalows, including 16 rooms and three suites, each with private terraces. Designed to complement the natural surroundings, the spacious rooms are airy and open with exotic accents and carefully positioned to take advantage of the soothing trade winds.
All rooms have an en suite bathroom, ceiling fan, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, in-room safe, tea and coffee maker, mini fridge, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and Gilchrist & Soames bath products.
Premier Rooms: 535 square feet. The Premier Rooms offer an appealing blend of traditional and tropical design. The rooms are scattered around the resort in cottage style buildings with Garden View. The cool tiled floors are the perfect for going barefoot and feeling carefree. They have 1 King or 2 Twin Double Beds and open onto an outdoor terrace with chars and table overlooking the gardens. Spacious bathrooms with a bathtub. The ideal balance between open living and refined comfort.
Plantation Rooms: 540 square feet. The Plantation Rooms are a bit more spacious with outdoor verandas looking out torwards the ocean. Six Plantation Rooms were renovated by Martyne Kupciunas of Miami’s The Design Garden, before the season 2014-2015. Each guest room will sport its own distinctive accents and elements; complemented by a cool, grey palette with splashes of color including Trina Turk fine fabrics. The rooms have 4 metre high beamed ceilings, 1 King or 2 Twin Double Beds and they have either bathtub or rain shower.
Garden Suite: 790 square feet. Surrounded by tropical vegetation, the Garden Suite is all about nature – with fresh contemporary touches – and features a large terrace, interior sitting area with a wet bar and expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out to the islands beyond Nevis. The look is completed with a four-poster bed, gleaming bamboo floors and a bathroom with a rainfall shower. Added amenities include an iPod docking station and espresso machine.
Tamarind Villa: 1,472 square feet. This two-bedroom Villa has a more contemporary style with a private pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with stunning views of Nevis Peak. The Tamarind Villa also has an iPod docking station, espresso machine and a flat-screen TV.
Little House: A two-bedroom, two-bath villa perfect for family and friends, this 100-year-old building evokes old world charm with decidedly modern touches, including a flat screen TV. An expansive living room allows views of the Caribbean and Nevis Peak. Just a one-minute walk from the main hotel, the Little House is fully serviced and equipped with a full kitchen.
GUESTROOM AMENITIES: Guestrooms are all equipped with top-quality amenities and fine touches such as:
- Bath robes and linen bed sheets
- Hypoallergenic and/or down pillows
- DVD library and books
- Bee Kind, Gilchrist & Soames bath products
- Hairdryer, iron and ironing board
- Full English breakfast daily
- Mini-bar upon request
- iPod docking station (Garden Suite, Tamarind Villa, Little House)
- In-room safe
- LCD TV, DVD, radio/CD player (Tamarind Villa, Little House)
Montpelier Plantation & Beach offers luxury services including:
- On-site concierge
- Daily housekeeping service
- Daily newspaper upon request
- Nightly turndown service
- In-room dining
- Internet access spots
- Transfers to and from private beach
- Transfers to and from airport upon request
- TV room
- Car and bike rental
- Laundry and dry cleaning
- Picnic hampers
DINING: Renowned for its fine cuisine, Montpelier Plantation & Beach offers
contemporary Caribbean cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as line-caught fish, shellfish, mangoes, watermelon, papaya and organic herbs and vegetables from the hotel’s gardens.
The three dining venues and three bars include:
- Restaurant 750: For unsurpassed al fresco dining, Montpelier Plantation’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant offers light and modern cuisine, perfected through the use of local ingredients, herbs and spices. The experience is complete with fabulous views overlooking the lights of Charlestown and St. Kitts.
- Indigo: Offering more casual island dining, Indigo is a sensational combination of high-end services and sophisticated style for lunch or dinner with fine wines, rare rums, cigars and cocktails.
- Mill Privée: For a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, guests can dine in the hotel’s 300-year-old sugar mill, Mill Privée, converted into the only restaurant of its kind in the world. The original sugar mill is completely intact and the well-trodden floor and hand-cut round stonewall infuse historic charm and ambiance. The Mill Privée hosts tasting dinners with wine pairings carefully chosen by the hotel’s sommelier. The five-course tasting menu changes nightly. $95 per person.
- The Great Room: Located in the main house, The Great Room is beautifully decorated with two bars and comfortable seating areas providing the perfect setting for evening cocktails and canapés.
- Montpelier Beach Bar: Guests enjoy exclusive access to the hotel’s private beach. Located just a short drive in the hotel’s shuttle, the beach is a tranquil place to soak the breathtaking natural setting, while imbibing in cocktails and refreshments from the fully stocked bar.
- Pool Bar: During the day, guests can dine poolside at Indigo, which offers a selection of delicious salads, sandwiches, fresh fruits and refreshing drinks. At 5 p.m., Indigo shifts into a lounge bar featuring sharing platters, molecular cocktails, fine wine and champagne. Open 9a.m. to 11p.m.
WEEKLY CULINARY ACTIVITIES: Monday: Sunset BBQ at Montpelier Beach at 5:30 p.m., $68 per person for dinner and welcome drink
Wednesday: Rum Tasting in Mill Privée from 5 to 6:30 p.m., $85 per person
Thursday: Lazy BBQ & Cricket at Montpelier Beach at 12 p.m., $40 per person
Sunday: West Indies Breakfast Buffet at Restaurant 750 from 8 to 10:30 a.m., $25 per person
Live Music & Caribbean Cuisine at Indigo at 7 p.m., changing every week with specialties from different Caribbean islands, $45 per person
WINE/RUM PROGRAM: The Caribbean is the quintessential place to discover and explore fine rums, and to fully complement guests’ culinary experiences, the hotel offers a well-stocked cellar with exceptional wines and aged rums. At one point in its history, Montpelier Plantation produced rum, and the Hoffman family honors this heritage by stocking an impressive selection of aged rums, including rare vintages.
SHOPS: The M Boutique – The M Boutique offers a selection of unique gifts, jewelry and souvenirs, including Montpelier’s M Collection – a selection of infused rums, local organic food and jams.
SPA: The hotel’s open spa is in a soothing setting surrounded by tropical gardens. From an aromatherapy massage to a sea salt skin buff to a deep cleansing facial, the spa menu offers a wide range of packages and treatments. Guests can arrange for treatments in the privacy of their own room or in the tranquil open spa.
RECREATION: The unspoiled natural beauty of Nevis offers ample opportunity for hiking and biking in the lush rain forest – or simply relaxing on its pristine beaches. History buffs can explore the rich past of the island, dotted with the ruins of old plantations. Biking trails are in abundance, and both road and mountain bikes are available for rent. Outdoor enthusiasts with the stamina can climb Nevis Peak, which ascends 3,332 feet.
In addition, guests can enjoy deep sea fishing, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, horseback riding, waterskiing, windsurfing, nature walks, mountain treks, boat trips and tennis lessons. Day trips to St. Barts or St. Kitts can be arranged for an additional charge.
Golfers can enjoy the challenging course at the nearby Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course.
The hotel offers an array of onsite activities, including a 60-foot mosaic-tiled freshwater swimming pool, tennis, playroom, library and yoga sessions (available upon request).
BEACH: For hotel guests only, Montpelier Plantation & Beach’s secluded three-acre beach is situated within a quiet cove and equipped with umbrellas, gazebos, lounge chairs and cabanas, as well as bar service and lunch delivery and a pavilion for barbecue lunches. Regular transportation to and from the beach is provided by the hotel. On Mondays, a sunset barbecue dinner is offered on the beach for guests, and on Thursdays, a lazy beach barbecue.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES: A customized program, Children in Action, guarantees an engaging, entertaining experience for guests aged five to 12. The Play Room provides a large selection of books, board games and colorful crafts. Family movies and cartoons are available. Ideal for families with children over five, Montpelier offers a safe playground to observe the monkeys and wild donkeys and explore hidden plantation ruins. Montpelier’s beach offers shallow, tranquil waters and is perfect for families. In addition, the staff can pack picnics with children’s treats, and a healthy children’s menu is featured in both Indigo and Restaurant 750. Babysitting services are available.
HONEYMOONS/WEDDINGS: Elegance and style, along with a vibrant natural backdrop, set the stage for weddings and other events at Montpelier. Offering a unique mix of sheer luxury and the unspoiled natural beauty of the Caribbean, weddings and special occasions can be hosted at the private secluded beach or on the verdant grounds of the hotel, both of which ensure breathtaking views and privacy. Montpelier’s staff is available to help plan and orchestrate the details of weddings and other events at the hotel.
WEATHER: Average annual temperature in this warm tropical climate is 81° F.
CURRENCY: The official unit of currency in St. Kitts and Nevis is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. ATMs are readily available throughout the islands, and credit cards are accepted.
GETTING THERE: Direct flights to St. Kitts are available on commercial airlines flying out of New York, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami and Puerto Rico. From St. Kitts, guests take a scenic ferry ride to Nevis.
CONTACT: Kakia Michou
Director of Sales and Marketing,
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 474
Nevis, West Indies
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