Montpelier Plantation and Beach, Nevis

By Judith Baker, April 26, 2013
A typical plantation room with wood floors and open verandah

A typical plantation room with wood floors and open verandah

Montpelier Plantation witnessed the marriage of Horatio Nelson to Frances "Fanny" Nisbet. In 1960 James Milnes-Gaskell bought this estate with the dream of converting the historic ruin into a hotel. In 2002, Montpelier was sold to the Hoffman family.

This AAA four-diamond property, a member of Relais & Chateaux, is six miles from the Charlestown beach, 750 feet above the Caribbean Sea in the foothills of Nevis Peak.

It is a short drive from local attractions such as the Botanical Garden and the History Museum and surrounded by 60 acres of tropical gardens and built around an original 18th century sugar plantation.

Accommodation comprises 19 contemporary plantation rooms, divided into five categories. The individually decorated rooms include Egyptian cotton linens and Elemis bath amenities.

The hotel features two restaurants and one unique dining experience. Restaurant 750, the fine dining option, offers light and modern cuisine. During the day, guests can dine poolside at Indigo, which offers a selection of salads and sandwiches.

At 5pm, Indigo shifts into a lounge bar with tapas-style menu featuring sharing platters, cocktails, fine wine and champagne.

For a memorable experience, choose to dine in the hotel's 300 year-old sugar mill, Mill Privée.

The original mill is intact with a well-trodden floor and hand-cut round stonewall. It also hosts tasting dinners with wine pairing chosen by the hotel's sommelier.

Montpelier guests enjoy exclusive access to the hotel's private beach. Located just a short drive in the hotel's shuttle, a full bar and private cabanas are available.

Rates: from £365 to £840

Tel: 1-869-469-3462

Last updated: 11:36am, May 1 2013