The West Indies sound just exotic. You’ve heard that honeymooners love the atmosphere on Nevis, a leafy, timeless island that feels like the Caribbean of days gone by. You saw Hamilton on Broadway. They had managed to get tickets through a friend. This is the night you suggested to her. That’s why you chose this island over all the others in the Caribbean. The first thing you hear about at the show is Nevis. Alexander Hamilton grew up here. He saw the slave trade in real time. You love that his life moved him so that he never had slaves. That fascinates you both. He is your hero. Here you will be immersed in a place that is undoubtedly enlivened by its African heritage. A legacy that includes a painful past of colonization and slavery, but is given over to a culturally rich and fascinating indigenous history.
Nevis is free of traffic lights and has roads organized by the occasional roundabout. Its name comes from its dormant volcano, which early Spanish settlers named “niece” because they thought the clouds around the towering peak looked like a circle of snow. Undeveloped, still sleepy and slow, abundant in flowers and fruit trees, with a handful of old-fashioned hamlets and plenty of lovely beaches, the island seems to have more donkeys, crowing roosters, and monkeys than cars.
You’re planning your stay at Montpelier Plantation, part of Relais & Chateux, a celebrity darling. (Think: Princess Diana, who loved relaxing here with her cubs when they were young.) The low-key resort, which recently celebrated its 50th birthday, hovers on top of a hill that spans 60 acres of tropical forest . A 60-foot pool anchors the property, which also houses an 18th-century sugar mill that is now used as a restaurant. On the lawn and in the leafy gardens, 19 cottages overlook the view, each with an inviting porch.
You toast your arrival at the outdoor bar next to the shimmering pool. There head bartender Kaddy holds court and puts on his signature blue shirt and white trousers. He will mix you a welcome drink, one of his typical rum hits. Later, you’ll do yoga, get a spa treatment, ride a bike to the beach, or just read that long-awaited book in a rocking chair. Tomorrow you plan to hike up the dormant volcano, take a boat ride, dine under the moonlight and enjoy a cooking class. One thing you never want to miss is the free evening happy hour with owner Muffin Hoffman and other guests.
Finally, present your surprise for the Coup de Gras. You are planning the grand finale for this honeymoon. Together you visit the house where Hamilton grew up. She is so overwhelmed that she becomes tearful. You hug Nevis forever. Together you will love this island even more. Together they start humming some songs and speak to Hamilton-ese: “There are a million things I haven’t done, just you are waiting.” They know you are coming back. Your holiday home is waiting on the Montpelier Plantation.
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