Nelson Spring Beach Villas & Spa St. Thomas Lowland, St. Kitts and Nevis
What is it about tiny Nevis, barely a dot on a map of the Caribbean Sea, that captures lovers’ imagination and tugs at their heartstrings long after the honeymoon is through? The mystique reaches back to the 1780s, when a handsome young British captain named Horatio Nelson met and married a pretty young widow named Frances “Fanny” Nisbet on the island. The tradition continues today as lovebirds flock to Nevis to weave the pint-sized tropical paradise into their own romantic history.
When Nelson Spring Beach Villas & Spa opened December 1, 2008, the two-story, eight-building townhouse complex brought a rare touch of residential luxury to the island’s mystique. The property flanks Nelson Spring, the palm-fringed lagoon where Horatio’s armada drew fresh water, and nestles on Pinney’s Beachâ??one of the longest and most peaceful beaches in the Caribbean. All two dozen units face sister isle St. Kitts from the front decks and stunning views of Nevis Peak from the back.
Although well off the beaten path, couples enjoy every convenience and comfort of today’s upscale lifestyle. The villas entertain with gracious living rooms, plasma-screen TVs, fully outfitted kitchens and one to four bedroomsâ??some including master suites with queen-size four-poster beds. Wall-to-wall glass doors frame the seascape and open to furnished verandas.
Guests and residents share a central pool with swim-up bar, barbecue and deck area, tennis court, fitness center and spa. The two-story spa offers a full menu of indulgent body treatments, including mango honey butter, coconut pineapple and mango hot stone couples massage performed in-house, on the beach or in the villas.
Guests and residents not cooking at “home” dine at the acclaimed Deli by Wendy and Coconut Grove restaurants nearby. Meanwhile, the resort’s guest services can easily arrange for golf, horseback riding, biking, mountain climbing, scuba diving, historical tours and a host of other island activities.
For couples coming to tie the knot, a convenient wedding package bundles the services of an expert coordinator, legal and officiant fees, decor for the ceremony site, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, champagne and wedding cake. The Caribbean sun setting behind the coconut palms and soft, sugar-fine white sand furnishes a backdrop worthy of Horatio and Fanny for promising “forever” on Nevis.