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St Kitts and Nevis Destination Guide

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For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 991

Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for St Kitts and Nevis, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Charlestown
Language English
Time Difference -4 hours
Currency US Dollar and Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Voltage 110v

The tiny, twin islands of St Kitts and Nevis are some of the more hidden gems of the Caribbean. Miraculously untouched by the encroachments of mass tourism, the glamour is in the simplicity. There are no achingly trendy bars and hotspots, and, though you might spot a few celebrity-encrusted photographs on restaurant walls, the style here is one that never tries too hard, a discreet sense of classic elegance that money simply cannot buy.

The landscape is happily unmanicured, and is a joy for explorers. Flourishes of verdant green rainforest foliage twist themselves up the side of the misty volcanic mountain, Nevis Peak, spotted by Columbus on his journey to the Americas in 1493. Hardy hikers can climb to the top, and will be rewarded with beautiful views, while there are plenty of further activities to keep adventurous spirits occupied - including cycling, horse-riding and kitesurfing in the steady trade winds. There is also a trove of historical remains to explore, while the beaches are, of course, beautiful too. With a timeless sense of charm that doesn’t try to be anything that it is not, St Kitts and Nevis is a true natural beauty, admirable in its authenticity.

Highlights+
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

This enormous hilltop compound (situated in Northern St Kitts), with its bastions, citadels, barracks and ramparts, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The British began construction of what was then a state-of-the-art fortress in 1690, using slave labour to construct this solid military defensive outpost. Wander around the fascinating exhibits to find out what life was like really here.

Adventure

The rugged, yet hospitable terrain is ideal for off-road ventures, whether your passion be hiking, biking or exploring in a four-wheel drive. Riders can gallop along the beach or through the local village, and Montpellier Plantation & Beach can arrange rides for all levels of ability. Cycling is superbly catered for here. There is one main road that circles the island, which is perfect for road biking, and bicycle hire can be arranged by hotel concierges. From December through to July are the perfect conditions for watersports, and with around forty beautiful diving sites, where, with PADI-qualified tuition provided at Paradise Beach you can immerse yourself among colourful sealife and famous, eight-hundred-pound, Leatherback and Hawksbill Turtles.

Natural Beauty

There is no denying the glimmering natural beauty of St Kitts and Nevis. The crest is the volcanic Nevis Peak, a breathtaking sight, but a hike to the summit is only recommended for experienced climbers. A less strenuous way to enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean is from atop Saddle Hill. The Botanical Gardens of Nevis, created by a couple from Philadelphia who created a beautiful perseveration area for the islands flora, are set within five acres of gardens along the mountain slopes with an immaculate replica of a Great House and a stunning rainforest conservatory modelled after Kew Gardens in England.

History

As one of the wealthiest producers of sugar out of its neighbouring islands, there are numerous plantation houses to visit, including the remains of Hamilton Estate, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, who drafted the Constitution of the United States of America. Visit Horatio Nelson Museum on Nevis, which has the largest collection of relics related to his life in the Western Hemisphere, as it was here where Nelson met his wife. Charlestown is the main town, and has some of the best examples of 18th to 19th century Georgian style architecture.

Beaches

The northern and western shores of Nevis are the islands finest, with many of our properties featuring beautiful private beaches that are secluded and host amazing facilities. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the islands many beaches, especially Pinney’s Beach, which is considered one of the islands premier stretches of sand, with its legendary Sunshine’s Beach Bar and Grill. On the north side of the island, you may want to discover Lovers Beach. Hidden from the road, this bay feels completely private and is great for a romantic picnic or afternoon swim.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Golf
Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the proud home of a Robert Trent Jones Senior-designed golf course. With eighteen holes sandwiched between the towering Nevis Peak and the open Caribbean Sea, this is a gem for experienced players.

Farm-to-Table Movement
The food of St Kitts and Nevis is fantastically pure, and kitchens pride themselves on the quality of their fresh, home-grown produce. Belle Mont Farm is a pioneer of organic, farm-to-table-style dining, where guests have the opportunity to connect with the local farmers who grow their food and enjoy a fantastically authentic West Indies culinary experience.

Yoga
With abundant sunlight, lush tropical greenery and miles of serenity, St Kitts and Nevis is a perfect spot for recharging and rediscovering your inner peace. Guests of Montpelier Plantation & Beach can request yoga sessions to help harness this positive energy for themselves.

Climate+

A hot, tropical climate tempered by tradewinds most of the year. Rain showers occur year-round.

Hurricanes
There is a ‘hurricane season’ in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central Mexico and South Eastern seaboard of America between June and November, the months of August and September being particularly susceptible.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for St Kitts and Nevis.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2879
February2842
March2936
April2962
May3088
June3177
July3191
August31118
September31139
October31116
November30124
December2989

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick (to Antigua), with onward connecting flights to Nevis.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Antigua: 8 hours, 40 minutes.
Onward connecting flight from Antigua to Nevis: 30 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Kitts and Nevis. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-kitts-and-nevis

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