The Four Seasons hotel was my dream hotel as a kid. I grew up near Seattle and there was one luxury hotel at that time (that I knew of) and it was the Four Seasons. My dream was to stay there one day and to travel to many destinations to see the world.
The past few years, I’ve had some dreams come true and some paths change paths but when the opportunity came to travel to the Four Seasons Nevis, I jumped at the chance and was overjoyed. It was a bucket list travel hotel that I wanted to stay at and experience.
You know of my love for a staycation at the Four Seasons Chicago, so I knew I was in store for a dreamy vacation on the island of Nevis. The trip was AMAZING and the best break from this cold winter.
Flight: We flew from Chicago to Miami then to St. Kitts, which we were then picked up by a car to take us to a boat to get to Nevis (about 30 minutes overall after leaving the airport). I took American Airlines. Travel time is about 7 hours from Chicago to Nevis.
Arrival: We arrived to a gorgeous dock with a host greeting us to bring us to our rooms (already with keys)! In the rooms (remodeled and gorgeous) was a welcome tray of cheese, crackers and a bottle of white wine.
The lobby area was bright, beautiful and centrally located.
Rooms: Spacious, decorated in a feminine style, large bathrooms, couch and sitting area and the most comfortable beds. The Four Seasons is well known for their over the top comfortable beds and sheets so be aware, you won’t want to get up! Oh and the rooms just smell nice. I don’t know what they put in them or how they clean them, but it’s always such a fresh smell. Our room was an ocean side room so we were able to see the ocean and sunsets!
Fresh towels, robes and slippers offered in each room with wine and two seating areas.
Pools: Three beautiful pools spread the grounds with one being an adult only (and my favorite). We spent time at all three, I just preferred the layout of the adult pool. I’ve never been to a place where the pool temperature was perfect. Cold enough to give a little zing to your body, but after your fully in the water, it feels just right and not too cold. The outside temperature was around 80 degrees which we loved as it wasn’t too hot. One of my favorite things was that there was ALWAYS a seat at every pool at any hour of the day, the hourly snacks they brought to us as well as fresh evian spray available to us as refreshers. We were spoiled with the service.
Breakfast: We had the daily buffet breakfast at Esquilina (which is in the main hotel lobby area). Made to order eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, full pastry and fruit bar, and much more. To top it off were fresh juices including a green juice I couldn’t get enough of. Available were a la carte items or room service but we chose to get up and start every day here.
Lunch: The two lunch spots that we dined at were the Cabana and Kastawey Beach Bar. Cabana was a sit-down restaurant outside between the two pools. Yummy salads, burgers, and seafood. Kastawey – so we ate the food but we ordered it from our pool chairs at the adult pool. We loved the grilled chicken skewers and the french fries were to die for. The pool also had a menu and I had plenty of my favorite, chicken tenders lol. Overall, lunch was fresh and not typical poolside food. It was elevated food done right but easy to eat at the pool.
Dinner: Mango was my favorite restaurant on the property and we had our Galentine’s Day dinner there. The food was impeccable and the seafood is definitely recommended. My friend and I had the lobster and it was amazing. That side of gratin potato was to die for as well.
Other spots we ate off the property: Sunshine Beach Bar and Grill (just a beach walk away) great for lunch, it’s fun spot for a drink and laid back lunch. Dinner we also dined at Yachtman’s Grill and we all loved it. A definite recommendation from our group to go here.
Spa: I had an 80 minute hot stone massage which was everything I needed. These little air-conditioned huts below are where the treatments are and it was relaxing, soothing, and I even dozed off during the massage it was so good. Around this area is also two plunge pools to refresh your body. A vacation with a massage is like icing on top of the cake.
Service: The service was 5 star and exactly what you expect from a Four Seasons. From the rooms, to pool service to the lobby, the friendliness of the staff and how much they helped with whatever we needed was impeccable.
Overall grounds: The villa-like buildings are beautiful and it was so easy to walk around. We walked to the lobby each day, to the beach, as well as all three pools. It wasn’t a large feeling corporate hotel. Available on the grounds were tennis courts, golf course and the cutest chess grounds, and water activities as well at the beach. We didn’t play any sports but a great spot for those more active.
Hiking – We did the small hike to a waterfall (the shortest of the hikes) and for $40 it was about a 1.5-2 hour hike each way. Pretty trees, tropical setting, some mud, I would gauge moderate walk for a hiker. I’m not a big hiker and did it for my friends :), but I enjoyed it. Note though, the waterfall is not what was envisioned. It’s a small one nestled in the mountain. The larger hike takes you further up the mountain, you see more waterfalls, but there is rope climbing and it’s a more strenuous hike. I said no to that one.
Snorkeling – We really wanted to to do the shipwreck snorkeling but we called too late. We heard it was a must do – hopefully next time!
Monkeys – There are monkeys all over the island and you can spot them while driving by. Hannah, my photographer was obsessed with meeting with one and on the beach came a vendor with a monkey. For a few extra dollars, you can pet, hold and take a photo with the monkey. The other way is to spot them on the golf course, but always remember they are wild animals. We heard of a few hikes where you may encounter them as well and it’s easy to get this information at the concierge.
The hotel is going under renovation at the end of the year for a few touchups of the main pool but the rooms are all redone and gorgeous. My friend Jen, who traveled with me, immediately said it was decorated how I would decorate my own place.
Other notes: There were many families with smaller children (toddlers and kids) as the Four Seasons is well known for their kids’ programs. Personally, I would prefer going to this place as a couple or with few friends (like I did). My kids love more activities and the hotel is quieter and a beautiful, romantic spot. I walked away feeling relaxed, happy, and wanting to come back as soon as possible.
Four Seasons Nevis is the perfect exotic getaway with beautiful service, food, grounds, and relaxation. Not too crowded, a quiet oasis and still not super “trendy” which I LOVED.
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