Four Seasons Resort Nevis opened in 1991 and it was actually the Four Seasons’ very first property in the Caribbean, so it has a pretty long and storied history among the brand’s properties. In April 2018, the resort began a massive, multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation. We were fortunate enough to visit just a couple months after this huge project was completed. Many thanks to Four Seasons Nevis for hosting us on this trip! Here’s a detailed video review of the resort:
Getting to the Resort
One of the most unique aspects of Four Seasons Nevis is how you actually get to the resort. Nevis does have its own airport, but it can only accommodate smaller aircrafts and private jets. So most visitors to Nevis actually fly into St. Kitts instead. From the airport, you take a taxi to the pier, and from there, you take a ferry to Nevis. This may sound like a lot of steps, but it actually feels like a fun adventure, which our girls absolutely loved. Also, the ride from the St Kitts airport to the pier is incredibly scenic, and made me want to explore St Kitts more on a future trip!
As soon as we stepped foot onto that boat, it felt like all the stress from our everyday lives in New York City melted away. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the crew members mixed us up some delicious rum punch while we waited for the other passengers to board. Sean and Ella enjoyed their Ting soda all the way to the resort. We were greeted on the pier, and whisked off to our villa by golf cart.
This is where Four Seasons Nevis really shines. The resort has a total of nearly 200 rooms available, ranging from standard rooms to suites to villas. We were fortunate enough to stay in a 3-Bedroom Pinney’s Beach Villa. Here’s a detailed video tour of our villa:
At nearly 3,300 square feet, this was easily the largest and most luxurious villa we’ve ever experienced. The open-plan great room has a massive kitchen, dining area, and a living area with floor to ceiling glass doors that can be opened for an indoor-outdoor feel. Just outside the kitchen is an outdoor dining room, complete with a grill, as well as a private pool and a sprawling lawn. On the other side of the ground floor are two of the three bedrooms. There’s a bedroom with two queen beds and an en-suite bathroom, as well as a king room with an outdoor patio, and a pretty epic bathroom with an outdoor shower. On the ground floor, there’s also a powder room and a little courtyard. Upstairs is the master suite. There’s a massive walk-in closet, a bathroom with another outdoor shower, another outdoor patio, and a spacious master bedroom with soaring vaulted ceilings.
One more fun perk about staying in a villa is that you get your very own golf cart to use for the duration of your stay! Anytime we stay at a resort where you get around by golf carts, the girls love it, but having our very own just totally made their day.
If you’re looking for cocktails, there are two main bars at Four Seasons Nevis: Crowned Monkey Rum Bar and Kastawey Beach Bar. In terms of dining, there are three signature restaurants, and they all serve a mixture of Caribbean and American cuisines. You have On the Dune, Mango and EsQuilina. Now because we were staying at a villa and had a kitchen stocked full of groceries, we cooked a lot of our own meals. So out of the three restaurants we only tried EsQuilina, since that’s where the breakfast buffet is served. And what a breakfast it was.
We absolutely loved all the fresh fruit, the salad, the cheese and cold cuts, and the omelette station was excellent too. Not surprisingly, the girls’ favorite station was the pancake and waffles station. Mostly because the topping included M&Ms and gummy bears, and they took full advantage!
There are actually three different pools at Four Seasons Nevis, but we mostly hung out at Limin’ Pool. This is the resort’s signature infinity edge pool. As part of the resort’s renovation, it was completely reconstructed and raised so that when you look out from the lobby, you see one long sight line straight from the pool out to the Caribbean Sea.
If it’s in your budget, I definitely recommend renting a cabana for the day. The service is very attentive, and the lunch options were excellent. I think cabanas can be especially useful if you’re traveling with younger kids who still need a midday nap. They can easily nap on the sofa in the cabana, and that way you won’t have to go back to your room or villa and miss out on the sunshine. Four Seasons Nevis also has a long, lovely beach with soft sand. But on this trip our girls were more into the pool, so we spent most of our time there instead of the beach.
One of the updates made during the resort’s renovation is that the Kids for All Seasons club was moved to a new location, next to the family-friendly Calypso Pool. Use of the kids club is complimentary, but there are certain special activities on the daily schedule that require an additional fee, ranging anywhere from $15 to $65. These are things like cooking classes or certain arts & crafts classes. The design of the kids club is colorful and modern. There’s a small splash pad right outside and a climbing wall inside – those are great options for more active kids. There are plenty of arts & crafts supplies, as well as toys and books.
I’d say that compared to other Four Seasons properties, this kids club here is pretty basic. I think that toddlers and pre-schoolers would be pretty content, but if you have older kids like us, they may get bored easily and not want to stay that long. That said, it’s still great to have a place to drop your kids for a couple hours if, let’s say, you want to check out the spa.
Fitness & Spa
One area in which Four Seasons Nevis really shines is the plethora of fitness options. If you’re a golfer, you’ll enjoy the 18-hole, par-71 course. You’ll often see green vervet monkeys scurrying around, which I imagine would make playing golf that much more fun! There’s a well-equipped fitness room, daily yoga and pilates classes, and you can even work with a personal trainer if you’d like.
If you’re a tennis player, you’ll really enjoy the fact that the resort has four red-clay courts, four hard courts and two AstroTurf courts. We took a family tennis lesson and Dave, our coach, was fantastic. It was the girls’ first time playing, and he made it so much fun.
After you get your workout in, you’ll have to check out the spa, which is really top-notch. The treatments are all done in individual little huts. Before or after your treatment, you can relax in the cold and warm water outdoor plunge pools. Serge and I booked a couple’s massage. It was the Signature Nevisian Massage, which starts with a cleansing foot ritual in which our feet were bathed in warm, lemongrass-infused water. The spa technicians then applied an aromatic scrub made of brown sugar, cinnamon, coconut and nutmeg. Then it was time for the main event. We got to choose from four different scents for our massage oil. And the massage itself was fantastic. We were already pretty relaxed when we got to the spa, but after the massage we were like putty! So I highly recommend you check out the spa when you stay here.
How to Make the Most of Your Stay
If you plan on visiting Four Seasons Nevis, here are three tips to make the most of your stay.
1. Stay in a villa
If you don’t mind a bit of a splurge, staying in a villa at Four Seasons Nevis is really the ultimate way to experience this resort. The villa we stayed in can sleep up to 8 adults, so if it’s a stretch for you budget-wise, you can save some by splitting the cost between 2 or 3 families, or a big group of friends.
2. Book a cabana
It’s always nice to have a home base for a day at the pool, and a private pool cabana just can’t beat. If you’re more of a beach person than a pool person, you can book a beach cabana instead. You’ll get a personal hammock, which is pretty fun.
3. Book a spa treatment
If you can only pick one thing on this list to do, make it a visit to the spa. The indoor/outdoor feel of the spa is pretty unique, and the quality of the treatments are top-notch.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly, luxurious resort in the Caribbean that feels like a private hideaway, Four Seasons Nevis is a fantastic choice.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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