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SPOTLIGHT ON: This Plantation House Hotel
It really has the edge in the Caribbean
As you may know, if you’ve ever looked for a hotel in the Caribbean - on any island but Nevis, where this gem is located - it’s usually a clear-cut choice. You can opt for a well-appointed, purpose-built resort bang on the beach. Or you can elect to stay in a beautiful old plantation house, packed to the rafters with character and history, but nowhere near the sea – although there’s almost sure to be a free shuttle-service to take you there.
And, likely as not, as well as taking you there, and back, every half hour or so, they’ll probably have a private pavilion of sorts on the beach – with some shade, a supply of fresh towels, a chiller full of bottled water plus the makings of a rum punch, and someone to serve it to you.
And so it should. Unless you forget your sunglasses or your hat, or run out of sun cream, or finish your beach-book sooner than you thought you would. Or just want to flop on your bed for an hour with the ceiling fan circling.
Plantation houses weren’t built near a beach because, historically, the islands’ lush plantations were well inland, where crops grew better, were less exposed, and weren’t affected by salt water and sand. Coastal land had little value, and usually passed down to the daughters of the family, not the sons and heirs.
The Nisbet Plantation’s Great House, however, is just a two-minute walk, down a stately avenue of palms, from the sea - think white sand, turquoise water, a hammock strung between two palm trees. And that makes this the only Caribbean plantation house hotel in the Caribbean to be set on the beach.
That didn’t make it a very successful plantation back in 1778, when the house was built. Neither sugar cane or coconut-palm crops thrived, nor – due to nearby reefs and shallow water - could ships come close enough to the shore to be of service. Fanny Nisbet, who came to live here when she married her first husband, couldn’t make ends meet when he died soon after, and moved away when she married again. Her second husband was a young English sea captain called Horatio Nelson...
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