More than two years after a hurricane ravaged the small island of Nevis, one half of the Confederation of Nevis & St. Kitts, the nation’s flagship luxury resort has finally re-opened. There were many missed dates and postponements along the way, but for fans any wait was worth it. After all, the Four Seasons Nevis has been justifiably ranked the very best in the entire Caribbean, with along tradition of excellence and kudos, and also home to one of the first really high profile destination golf courses in the region.
In fact, it is fair to say that the resort was the first anywhere in the Caribbean to combine really top flight golf with a standout luxury resort, plus a great beach (miles of it in front of the hotel with virtually nothing else sharing the sand), watersports, the whole package. So if high prices don’t deter you, it is time to get back to Nevis and this decadent experience.
While hilly settings make for visual drama, they rarely make for great golf courses, and mountain golf is full of crazy bounces and unfair results. This Robert Trent Jones II layout is an exception to that rule, a Garden of Eden setting with drop dead vistas and the drama of elevation changes, but one that is completely playable and a very solid design. It is both beautiful and an excellent round of golf.
To help take the bite out the stiff pricing, this summer the resort is offering a third night free for every two booked, a 33% savings, but then again, summer is hurricane season!
Nevis itself is a wonderfully sleepy island, home to no other large resorts, just a handful of upscale inns, several of them converted from former sugar plantation homes, offering a great dinner alternative for those who want to get out of the Four Seasons from time to time. For those craving more variety and cosmopolitan feel, the resort offers a ferry shuttle direct from its dock to neighboring St. Kitts, a short and stunning ride. On the larger island there is shopping, a casino, and another very impressive waterfront course, The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, by top Canadian designer Thomas McBroom.