The Best Hotels to Book in Saint Kitts and Nevis

With six on-site bars and 10 tennis courts, the extensive grounds of the Four Seasons are a delight
With six on-site bars and 10 tennis courts, the extensive grounds of the Four Seasons are a delight | Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort / Expedia
Claire Dodd

Converted sugar plantations with organic farms and luxury spa resorts make these the best hotels in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Slogans on some of the taxis traversing this twin-island nation in the Caribbean explain it best – “Too blessed to be stressed.” While Saint Kitts is home to historic sites, an international airport, ancient petroglyphs and some large resorts, a short ferry ride will take you to the cloud-capped, bucolic island of Nevis, the birthplace of musical muse and American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Here are the best places to stay in Saint Kitts and Nevis, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Golden Rock Inn, Nevis

Boutique Hotel

Various colourful soft seating, including a chaise longue, on rugs inside a stone-built social area at Golden Rock Inn
Courtesy of Golden Rock Inn / Expedia

Slick enough to be the lair of a Bond villain, this art-filled former plantation claims 40ha (100 acres) of the verdant slopes of Nevis Peak, making it one of the best spots for a sundowner by the pond with views towards Antigua and Montserrat. New York artists Helen and Brice Marden have transformed the 19th-century sugar mill into one of the more eccentric rooms, while the vaulted outbuildings have become a bar and restaurant with neon and jewel-hued furniture. Explore the ponds, pool and botanical gardens. And whatever you do, order the lobster.

2. Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Nevis


Outdoor pool with handrail and loungers at Montpelier Plantation & Beach; conical building and palms tower beside them
Courtesy of Montpelier Plantation / Expedia

A break in the countryside in the foothills of Nevis Peak, with an option to head to the hotel’s own beach club, means guests at the Montpelier may have the best of both worlds. The once-crumbling 300-year-old sugar plantation has been breezily converted into 19 rooms, with the pool overlooked by the restored sugar mill. Elemis bath products are a luxury touch. Every hotel in Nevis claims to have the best rum punch – and closely guard their recipes – but the Montpelier might actually take the prize.

3. Park Hyatt, Saint Kitts


Double bed on rug and wooden floor in room with cushioned chair, TV and overhead fan at Park Hyatt; a pool is just outside
Courtesy of Park Hyatt / Expedia

Pelicans diving for fish in Christophe Harbour make entertaining viewing while doing laps in the pool. The Park Hyatt is somewhat out on its own at the southern tip of Saint Kitts, but there is the lively Reggae Beach within walking distance, where the beach bars and rum shacks make a great place to lime (local speak for “hang out”). Alternatively, catch the ferry to Nevis in less than 10 minutes. All rooms face the sea and feature spa-inspired baths. Upgrade to the three-bedroom Presidential Villa for a private sundeck and rooftop infinity pool – not something you’ll find at all hotels in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

4. Four Seasons, Nevis


Outdoor infinity pool amid tall trees at Four Seasons, with several shaded and cushioned loungers beside it
Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort / Expedia

Bearing all the formal poise you’d expect from a Four Seasons, there’s plenty to do on the extensive grounds besides taking to the spa, lounging by the pool or swimming in the luminous bay. The 18-hole championship golf course and 10 tennis courts are fine; but with six on-site bars and restaurants, where’s the real sport to be had, eh? Off-resort, Sunshines, a local liming spot on Pinney’s beach, serves an infamous rum punch and according to the barman is open “until the last person leaves.”

5. The Hamilton Beach Villa & Spa, Nevis

Spa Hotel, Apartment

View above the Hamilton Beach Villa & Spa; its outdoor pool obscured by tall pams; the beach and sea just beyond
Courtesy of The Hamilton Beach Villa & Spa / Expedia

You’ll see the Hamilton name a lot around the island. There’s even a museum in capital Charlestown dedicated to the island’s world-changing son – and Hamilton Beach resort is no exception. The water on this side of the island is mill-pond calm, so swimming is a treat, and the beach is almost always empty. But really, it’s about the amenities. Arrive from Saint Kitts on the private pier. Cook for yourself with a pre-stocked full kitchen. Swim in the 37m (121ft) pool. Visit the spa. Plus enjoy a washer, dryer and two full baths in each unit.

6. Belle Mont Farm, Saint Kitts

Eco Hotel, Hotel

Two double beds in room with two wooden chests, a chair and a desk, plus a seaview terrace at Belle Mont Farm
Courtesy of Belle Mont Farm / Expedia

Not an ecohotel, but an eco-community, the mission of Belle Mont Farm is to benefit everyone. Part of Kittitian Hill, a 162ha (400-acre) former sugar plantation, the resort is surrounded by an organic farm that supplies the property, features an edible golf course, and employs local artisans to share culture through film, spoken and written word and music festivals. The mission is to allow visitors to explore the land in a new, tactile way. This extends to the luxury cottages and villas too, which are surrounded by banana plants, have daybeds on breezy wrap-around balconies and Victorian-style outdoor bathrooms with roll-top baths.

7. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis


Low-lit dining area with many candlelit tables and chairs under a vaulted ceiling with wood beams at Nisbet Plantation Beach
Courtesy of Nisbet Plantation Beach / Expedia

Long-serving staff impressively remember your name straight away at Nisbet’s, making you immediately feel like family. Driver Calvin runs a weekly rum bar crawl around small villages you’d never otherwise find, while former groundsman Hollywood leads a twice weekly morning walk into the hills. Rooms in semi-detached cottages are dotted around the grounds of the only historic plantation hotel in the Caribbean situated directly on the beach. Green vervet monkeys inhabit the property, along with hummingbirds, finches and the occasional local wild donkey. Dinner is served at the well-preserved main house, or there’s snacks at the beach bar.

8. Oualie Beach Resort, Nevis


Blue-painted exterior of Qualie Beach Resort, with palm trees on its lush lawn by a tall, grassy hill
Courtesy of Oualie Beach Resort / Expedia

Eco-focused and straightforward, what started as a simple beach bar in 1980, is today a 32-room retreat bordering the calm waters of Oualie Beach. Wheel your bags just a skip from the Saint Kitts ferry and you’re ready to holiday. The hotel supports local agriculture by using local vegetables, fruits, meat and fish wherever possible and growing its own fresh herbs, flowers and orchids. The resort also sponsors around 100 eye operations annually for the local community. The beach bar itself is still there, and draws a crowd to its weekly live music nights.

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