Beez Neez now Chy Whella
Big Bear and Pepe Millard
Fri 18 Feb 2011 23:54
The Plantations as they are today
Montpelier Plantation is a Relais and Chateaux, AAA Four Diamond Hotel and Restaurant. Recently refurbished, it features seventeen air-conditioned rooms in thirty acres of landscaped tropical gardens with breathtaking views overlooking Charlestown and St Kitts. This three hundred year old former sugar plantation includes a sixty foot freshwater pool, two gourmet restaurants, tennis, private two acre Caribbean beach. Children over eight years old are welcome.
Entering the grounds of the Golden Rock Inn we saw wild monkeys. This hotel is perched one thousand feet up, an exotic getaway, ocean views and another fifty foot fresh water pool. The unique sugar mill with boldly coloured cottages complete with four poster beds, island antiques and original art.
The Nisbet Plantation, home and birthplace of Fanny Nisbet is the only historic plantation inn located on a beach. Thirty six air conditioned cottage suites are nestled in the thirty acres of well trimmed tropical gardens. Nisbet was voted number one Luxury Resort in the Caribbean in TripAdvisor's 2008 Traveler's Choice Awards. There are three restaurants, tennis, pool, hot tub, spa, fitness centre and half a mile of white sand beach. Per day a junior suite is US $877, lower deluxe $761, deluxe garden $761 and superior room $656 plus 10% VAT and 11% service charge. The price tags include bed, breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. However the three central advertising shots, do not really show the Atlantic sea and its roughness, the rocky reefs reaching all the way to the beach  - we didn't fancy it.
The Hermitage another 17th Century planters house and Mount Nevis Hotel
Reopened recently of the Four Seasons Hotel, Pinneys Beach - closed since it was damaged by Hurricane Omar in 2008 - after upwards of $4.4 million on landscaping and lighting. The hotel was refurbished and replanted during the two year closure. Guestrooms, lobby, restaurants and cocktail bars have been redecorated and updated. There are new furnishings and artwork and greater privacy for the balconies. The Four Seasons is home to the Robert Trent Jones II golf course and is / was in the 1000 Things book.