Four Seasons Nevis
One thing I promised myself when I started having kids was that I was going to travel and I wanted to do it with them. I know we hear that traveling after kids is impossible, but I didn’t want that to be my reality. And fortunately, so far it hasn’t been. I had the privilege of taking Diari to Cuba for her first birthday and since then, we’ve been to so many fun places together both in the States and around the world. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we haven’t been able to travel as much since Fatima was born because she’s only 2 (basically a pandemic baby). I’ve been anxious to get back out and explore but where could we go?
I stumbled on the tiny island of Nevis scrolling through Instagram one day. And when I saw that there was a Four Seasons Resort on the island, I knew this was the trip we’d been waiting for. Our experiences at the Four Seasons have always been amazing; the staff is welcoming, the rooms are beautiful, and the experience is one of a kind. Still, the Four Seasons Nevis exceeded our expectations!
Where is Nevis?
First of all – where is Nevis?! This is the question I’ve been asked the most about this trip! And to be honest with you, I didn’t know myself until I started planning for the trip! This is partly because Nevis is a beautiful little island tucked away as part of the Caribbean state of St. Kitts (officially the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis). For most of us, I think the Caribbean is just “The Caribbean” and we know it as one. However, if this trip validated anything, it’s that there are so many unique cultures, islands, and histories in the Caribbean. St. Kitts is well known as Sugar City for its sugar cane industry as well as for Carnaval and its “Green Monkeys.” The spoken languages are English and Creole.
Entry into St. Kitts
If you are an American citizen, you do not need a visa to enter St. Kitts and Nevis. The same is true for most European country passports.
Our experience with Covid-19 regulations was impressive. St. Kitts is not playing about this pandemic and they take very serious precautions to ensure the safety of their people and their visitors. Here are some key things to know:
- You have to have a negative PCR test to get on the island and another one to get off the island. We struggled with figuring out when to get the test on our way there. We ended up getting it done on Thursday morning at 10am (our flight was Saturday at 11am) and this actually worked out. The most important thing to remember is it has to be a PCR TEST! Don’t get the rapid antigen test; make sure to get the PCR.
- You need another PCR test when you arrive at the resort if you plan to explore the island of Nevis. We decided to stay at the resort since we had the kids and there was so much to do at the Four Seasons.
- There are temperature stations and hand sanitizer stations at every entrance! This made keeping our hands clean and staying on top of our health really easy.
- The Four Seasons provides its guests with high quality masks made readily available.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has two international airports. We flew into the larger one, Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (airplane code SKB), which is located right on Saint Kitts. This is for flights from outside the Caribbean. If you’re flying within the Caribbean, you’d fly into Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV), which is actually located right on Nevis.
When you arrive at in St. Kitts through SKB, if you’re staying on the island, you can hail a taxi from right outside the airport doors and go directly to your destination. However, if you’re traveling to Nevis, be prepared for a taxi or bus ride to the shore where you will board a boat to the island (about a 15-20 minute boat ride). Four Seasons made this so easy for us because they arrange for you to be picked up at the airport and manage your transport all the way to the Resort.
A Stay at the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons was right in line with the St. Kitts Covid precautions. Along with the complimentary masks and sanitizing stations, the Resort made it so easy to get our Covid tests. All staff wore masks and asked guests to do the same. And we wore wristbands of different colors every day to symbolize that we were tested and our temperature was normal. This gave us so much peace of mind as we traveled during the pandemic. It feels like, although our world looks different, it’s still possible to keep exploring it (safely).
The Suites! I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking here because I can’t say enough good things about the stunning spaces we got to stay in. On the first night, we decided to try out the Ocean-Side King Room with a shared living space. It was equipped with a king bed, a crib, and a sofabed (which was perfect for our 2 adult / 2 kids set up). If you are also traveling with kids, you’ll love that the Four Seasons staff kid-preps your room [crib next to parents’ bed, kids robes, kids bath stuff, kids stools for the bathroom, anti-slip mat in the tub]. As a parent, that is when true relaxation can happen!
The Villa! We stayed 3 lovely nights in the Three-Bedroom Sunset Hill Villa. It was great for families thanks to the space and the privacy. It feels like you have a home on the island all to yourself. Best of all, you can order food and other necessities ahead of time. For example, I ordered milk for the kids, tea for me, and water to drink. If you want to cook (unlike me), you can order prime meats and fish such as salmon and ribeye. The outdoor backyard came with a private pool and that was a dream for me as a covered Muslim woman! Oh and one major perk of the villa – golf cart! Because the villas are on the golf course towards the entrance of the Resort, the golf carts made it easy to get to the guesthouse for meals and amenities.
For the majority of our stay, we got to enjoy all of our dinners “On The Dune.” The Resort restaurant is right by the beach and it gives the perfect ambiance for enjoying a Caribbean vacation. In true Four Seasons fashion, the staff was amazing and the food was so fresh.
We ate all of our breakfasts in our room and every morning we got to enjoy a delicious spread delivered right to our room or villa. There are a variety of options such as familiar breakfast favorites as well as Nevisian selections that allow to sample local cuisine.
One tip I have for you is to order the in-room dining! Don’t just limit yourself to breakfast because the lunch and dinner menu are delicious!! And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your villa. So don’t do like we did and wait until the last day to check it out!
Activities On-Site at the Resort
We had our top three activities but there were so many things to do and explore!
- Botanical Tour & Monkey Tour – This experience allowed us to see how beautiful the resort really is; we reached the gulf and we were able to stand and see the beautiful views the island has to offer. Seeing the monkeys was a major highlight of our trip! *Fun fact: for every one person on the island, there are THREE monkeys! Our tour guide was joking that they’re gonna need their own state and president soon LOL but they’re harmless and it’s great to see them still able to enjoy their natural habitat.
- The Full-Service Spa – I don’t usually mention hotel spas because usually when you’ve been to one, you’ve seen them all. But the Four Seasons Nevis Spa deserves its own celebration. We all agreed that we had the BEST massage we have ever had. The service was so relaxing and made us really feel like we left our problems at home. And the Spa itself was beautiful; you’re surrounded by the palm trees and blue skies, which only adds to the experience.
- Fun in a Beach Cabana – Treat yourself! This was truly one of our favorite experiences during our trip. We got to lie back in the beach house and even when it rained, we were able to relax comfortably inside. We had seating in the cabana as well as a mini fridge and a ceiling fan for the heat.
Activities for Kids
Again, one of my favorite things about the Four Seasons is how kid-friendly their locations are and the Four Seasons Nevis does not disappoint. They have a ton of activities and programs that allow the kids to have fun while you enjoy some quiet. Here are some of the amenities you can take advantage of:
- Babysitting (Wooh!)
- Kids and Teens Activities
- Games and Compeitions
- Camp Nevis
- Sea Turtle Education Program
- Sandcastle Building
- Cooking Classes