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MONTPELIER PLANTATION & BEACH, Nevis

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Relais & Chateaux [Children 5 and over welcome] Closed August 12 - October 8
19 bedrooms inc 3 suites
2 bars, 3 restaurants
lounge, games/TV room
‘spa suite’ for treatments
60-acre estate, swimming pool, tennis court
weddings
B&B from US$225 per double (excluding taxes)


MONTPELIER PLANTATION & BEACH, Nevis

THE PAST:

Montpelier was originally a sugar plantation– one of several hundred on this small island which, due to its rich soil, produced the best sugar in the West Indies. Its name is believed to have been bestowed by a doctor, Sir Hans Sloane, who’d studied medicine in Montpellier, France. That city’s name had become a byword for ‘a healthy and attractive setting”, which seems to have been Sloane’s impression of Nevis when he visited in 1687, on the way to Jamaica. An avid collector of plants, he walked up Mount Nevis to pick some.

A century later, the man destined to become England’s greatest naval hero, Horatio Nelson, was married at the Montpelier Plantation. His bride was Fanny Nisbet, a 32-year-old widow who, on her husband’s death, had inherited the Nisbet Plantation, also on Nevis [and also now a hotel – see Our Selected Hotels in Nevis]. Her uncle, John Herbert, President of the Council of Nevis and owner of Montpelier, had invited her to manage his household when she found herself unable to make ends meet. Captain Nelson had first been a guest at the house two years earlier. At the wedding, on March 11, 1787, the bride was given away by Prince William, Duke of Clarence - later King William IV.

The gradual decline of the Montpelier Plantation’s fortunes – and the island’s - followed the introduction of sugar beet to Europe in the 1830s. Like much of Nevis, it fell into disrepair in the 19th century. In 1895, and American visitor described the house as ‘empty and abandoned’. By 1907, a guidebook stated that only ruined walls and a gate were visible. It was to remain a ruin for another 50 years - until, in the early 1960s, the Montpelier Estate and 200 acres of land were purchased by James Milnes Gaskell. After restoring the house, landscaping the grounds, and planting the ‘signature’ ficus tree that stands at the entrance, he opened it as a hotel in 1965 and, with his wife Celia, ran it for the next 35 years.
In 2002, the Milnes Gaskells sold Montpelier to the present owners: the Hoffman family.

THE PRESENT:

Relaxed and chic, stylish and romantic, this boutique retreat is now one of the Caribbean’s best addresses. The beautifully restored, historic Great House anchors the property with its lounge/bar, restaurant and breakfast terrace. The old sugar mill is now an intimate, alternate place to eat. Serene and airy guest accommodations, each pleasingly private, all enjoying panoramic sea views, lie along winding paths in the lush, sub-tropical gardens. There’s an inviting pool on-site, and also a complimentary transfer service to the hotel’s private beach club.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Some 800 feet above sea level, on an unspoiled island where time is sipped slowly, the Montpelier Plantation itself feels like a private club, and guests will delight in the sense of having discovered a secret paradise – in which impeccable service, from staff at a ratio of at least two-to-one, ensures that they want for nothing.
The hotel is licensed to perform civil wedding ceremonies.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
The Great Room lounge, which incorporates the bar, is a cool and tranquil place to sit at ease. There is live entertainment, perhaps a jazz pianist or a calypso singer – twice a week.
There is also a games/TV room, and the Sugar Shop gift boutique has a book and DVD library.

EATING & DRINKING
Breakfast is served on the shaded Terrace, and includes freshly baked breads with homemade jams,jellies and juices.
Lunch can be taken at the pool bar, or a picnic lunch – including salads, bagels, sandwiches, fresh fruit and homemade cookies - can be arranged for guests going to Montpelier’s private beach.
Afternoon tea is served at the Pool Bar. Pre-dinner drinks and cocktails can also be enjoyed here, and are served in the Great Room in the evenings.
Relais & Chateaux membership assures that high-quality cuisine is created at Montpelier, and menus demonstrate this with local and contemporary inspiration, using fresh produce from the hotel’s herb and market gardens. Specialities include shrimps on sugar cane skewers, roast suckling pig, watermelon salsa, mahi-mahi, snapper and Nevisian lobster.
There is a choice of three restaurants for dining. In the Great House, the Terrace Restaurant - open to the sounds and scents of warm Caribbean nights, with the lights of sister-island St Kitts twinkling in the distance - offers a three-course dinner every day. In the restored 18th-Century Mill, open most nights, a four-course dinner is served. Indigo by the pool bar has a tapas menu, and serves wines by the glass, when a lighter meal is preferred.

SLEEPING
Each room is designed for relaxation, with a large, tiled bathroom with a shower and bathtub plus Elemis amenities. Each room has an overhead fan, bar fridge and tea- and coffee-making facilities, as well as direct-dial telephone, in-room safe and hair-dryer.

Premier Rooms, measuring 535 sq ft, are in semi-detached cottages dotted along the edge of the hillside, with views across the lush valley to the sea. Each has a tiled floor, and white-washed walls, louvred windows and a door leading onto a private terrace. Fabrics and furniture achieve an elegant harmony of traditional and tropical design; beds are either twin or king-size with a canopy or four-poster. A mahogany writing desk and cedar-lined wardrobes also feature in these stylish rooms, filled with light, and their spacious bathrooms have a full-size bath with overhead shower.
B&B rates, per room, per night:
US$445 (Dec 20-Mar 31) plus US$50 per nt surcharge from Dec 26-Jan 10)
US$225 (April 1-Dec 19).
All rates are subject to 24% hotel and service tax.


The elegant, 540 sq ft Plantation Rooms, all with king-size beds, offer a little more luxury and include new tiles and wooden floors, plus an open verandah. Restyled décor throughout gives a chic modern look to the bathrooms - including vessel sinks, solid oak tops, seductive lighting and new, temperature-controlled showers with rain-shower heads. Deliberately designed to reintroduce you to the delights of a slower, traditional way of life, these rooms do not have TVs or entertainment technology. With so much else to see and do, you’ll notice the difference as you slow down and enjoy island living.
B&B rates, per room, per night:
US$665 (Dec 20-Mar 31) plus US$50 per nt surcharge from Dec 26-Jan 10);
US$445 (April 1-Dec 19).
All rates are subject to 24% hotel and service tax.


The spacious, split-level Garden Suite measures 790 sq ft, and is designed to be ‘green’. Consisting of an open-plan bedroom and sitting room, its style is contemporary, blended with old-plantation charm. The flooring is farm-raised bamboo. Wide jalousie windows let air flow through the room, providing a natural, cooling breeze. There is a large, walk-in, rainfall shower. Outside is a private gazebo with an over-sized couch and large throw pillows. Other features include a Nespresso coffee machine and an iPod docking station. The adjacent Plantation Room can be combined with the Garden Suite to create a two-bedroom suite.
B&B rates, per room, per night:
US$885 (Dec 20-Mar 31) plus US$50 per nt surcharge from Dec 26-Jan 10);
US$665 (April 1-Dec 19).
All rates are subject to 24% hotel and service tax.


The Little House, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, fully serviced villa just one minute away from the hotel’s Great Room, is ideal for a family or party of friends. This Nevisian-style house, with verandah, dating back to the 1700s, has recently been fully restored and refurbished, and now marries old-world charm with welcome modern touches – including a fully equipped kitchen, which can be stocked by the hotel upon request. The master bedroom has a king-size bed; the second bedroom is a twin. The living room is separate. Features include flat-screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station and Nespresso coffee machine plus wifi hotspots. Views take in the Caribbean Sea and Nevis Peak.
B&B rates, per room, per night:
US$1,210 (Dec 20-Mar 31) plus US$50 per nt surcharge from Dec 26-Jan 10);
US$880 (April 1-Dec 19).
All rates are subject to 24% hotel and service tax.


The stylish, 1472 sq ft, two-bedroom Tamarind Villa , in a separate, edge-of-the-property cottage, with views of the sea to one side and Nevis Peak on the other, is decorated in chic Plantation style, with high, beamed ceilings and wood flooring. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with bathtub, and semi-outdoor shower - with views of Nevis Peak. The spacious living room opens onto two covered porches, as well as the open sun deck and an inviting 9’ x 7’ plunge pool. A full entertainment centre provides Internet, TV, DVD, CD and an MP3station. There is also a wet bar and a Nespresso coffee machine.
B&B rates, per room, per night:
US$1,370 (Dec 20-Mar 31) plus US$50 per nt surcharge from Dec 26-Jan 10);
US$1,040 (April 1-Dec 19).
All rates are subject to 24% hotel and service tax.


All rates are per room per night, and include full English breakfast, nightly turn-down service, use of the Resort's private beach with complimentary transfers, tennis court, books, DVD library, experienced concierge services, and complimentary Wi-fi.

CANCELLATION TERMS: Please make note of your reservation details and inform the hotel of any discrepancies immediately. Due to our intimate size, island location and seasonality, late cancellations affect us significantly. Therefore, we must adhere to a strict cancellation policy.
Timely Cancellations: Your deposit, less 5%, will be refunded provided we receive notice of cancellation not less than 30 days prior to arrival, and 60 days for the period overlapping Christmas or New Years.
Late Cancellations: Within 30 days of the arrival date (or 60 days for the period overlapping Christmas or New Years), your deposit will not be refunded regardless of the reason for cancellation.
The same is true for stays which are shortened, no shows or early check-outs. In the case of early check-out, the deposit will be applied to any cancelled night of a confirmed reservation.
As there are no refunds due to medical emergencies, bad weather, flight and ferry cancellations, etc., you may wish to consider purchasing Trip Insurance.
Tropical Weather: In the unfortunate circumstance that the island is placed under a hurricane WARNING within 72 hours of your arrival, your deposit, less 5%, will be refunded provided we receive notice of cancellation.


NO SPA BUT...
...massages, body treatments and facials are available in the small ‘spa suite’ – or in the comfort and privacy of your room.

OUTDOORS
The 20 x 10m fresh-water swimming pool is very inviting. There is also a tennis court with complimentary racket and balls (lessons from a professional coach can be arranged).
Montpelier has its own private beach club – known as ‘Montpelier by the sea’ – at Pinneys Beach, 15 minutes from the hotel by complimentary transfer, which leaves daily at 10.30am. Guests agree on a common return pick-up time or order a specially arranged taxi. At the beach there are sun-shelters as well as a beach pavilion, bar, changing room, WC and shower. Sports activities are available to enjoy and guests are offered use of ocean kayaks, snorkelling equipment and mountain bikes. Occasional ‘guests versus staff’ cricket matches are played on the green by the beach. Picnics can be arranged here, and there are barbecue lunches from time to time.
The island’s beautiful Botanical Gardens are a five-minute walk from the hotel.

GETTING THERE
Local taxis are available from Nevis Airport – the fare is approximately US$25, and driving time is about 25 minutes.
For guests flying into St Kitts, Montpelier Plantation can arrange for a speedboat transfer between the islands (about 25 minutes) for approximately US$150 one-way, including a taxi between the dock and the hotel. Please enquire about and book this, direct with the hotel, when reserving accommodation.
Local ferries also operate between St Kitts (Basseterre) and Nevis (Charlestown). Transfer time is about 45 minutes and the cost is about EC$15 each way. Departures run from around 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. Tickets are purchased at the dock. Montpelier Plantation can advise on up-to-date schedules and boat types.
A personalised arrival and departure service is available, whereby Federal Express deliver guests' luggage to the hotel in advance of arrival, and return it home. The service includes the hotel unpacking and pressing clothes ready for the guests’ check-in. Further details from the hotel.

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