The renovated structure that is the Four Seasons Resort Nevis stands in an eighteenth-century sugar and coconut plantation on a volcanic island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea
‘Limin‘ is the word used in the Caribbean to describe a no-problem situation. The word can describe the atmosphere of the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. Nevis is a little volcanic island, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
With its thirty-six square miles, the island can be circled in just an hour. The original name was ‘Nuestra Señora de las Nieves’, given to this land by Christopher Columbus in 1493, due to the clouds on Nevis Peaks. Here is where the Four Seasons Resort has the place, close to the Pinneys Beach.
The resort was built on a former sugar and coconut orchard dating back to the 1790s. Remains of the past are clear throughout the hotel’s property, like the ruins of an old sugar mill in the golf course. The resort has recently renovated by Todd-Avery Lenahan, the architect of Tall Studio, one of the hospitality design industry’s leaders, commissioned by leading international hotel development and operating brands to implement design standards for their global hotel and resort portfolios.
For the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, Todd-Avery settled a design to highlight the island’s history and respect the nature of the land. Preserving the architectural and design integrity of the original building exteriors, the interior renovations feature decor that integrates with the structure through the use of scale, texture pattern and colors.
All the spaces are drenched by light, and the design details are meant to give a voice of the Caribbean spirit and soul. The new walls reference the Commonwealth and the British botanical pattern, inspired by nineteenth-century England, using a pale sea-foam green that recalls the island’s shoreline as a pattern background. The multicolored geometric carpets in the rooms are inspired by the legacy of Caribbean stained glass windows.
The decorations on the desk chairs pay homage to the beauty and history of the island, incorporating elements of the natural flora and fauna found on the shores — a tribute to the island’s unofficial ambassadors, the Green Vervet Monkeys, brought here from sub-Saharan Africa and now one of the attractions of the island. The monkeys are represented on the head of each chair, in a style that reminds of the Italian’s grotesque.
The redevelopment is the realization of a new vision of the resort that speaks to the modern Four Seasons traveler while preserving the small island verve. The resort is made up of 189 rooms, twenty-four suites, and more than fifty villas. Each room has a private marble bathroom with tub and separate shower, ceiling fan, teak furnishings, and a veranda and patio with a view ranging from the Nevis Peak to the oceanfront.
The twenty-four suites have five categories: Indigo Suite, Poinciana Suite, Chelanii Suite, Kalinago Suite, and Alexander Suite. The names of the suites represent either the island’s important persons, history, natural wildlife, and culture.
The resort’s premium accommodations are the fifty villas. Featuring one to seven bedrooms, each private retreat offer its own style, architecture and decor, allowing guests to choose from the traditional Caribbean residences to modern houses, with indoor and outdoor living spaces and private pools. All the houses are designed to provide a feeling of belonging and comfort, as if they were real homes, including a fully-equipped kitchen.
The resort also offers three restaurants on the beach, which serve a taste of local dishes and recipes from the coasts of the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. The Nives rum is among the most prized, and the beachside bars are masters in valorizing this liqueur.
Regenerating oneself is one of the key pleasures of traveling, and the resorts and their services are what make the travel valuable. ‘You shadow you’, they say on the island, meaning that your actions and behavior define who you are, and a journey is always a perfect choice to define who you are in your lifetime.
Pinney’s Beach, Charlestown
St. Kitts & Nevis