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An immaculate Relais & Chateaux property, Montpelier Plantation is set in a 60 acre sugar estate and has been meticulously restored in keeping with its heritage.
The hotel, in the hills on Nevis, has just 19 rooms including two suites, and all with sea views and with a private beach within easy striking distance. The rooms are decked out with stylish fabrics and furniture in an elegant mix of traditional and tropical design with the chintz that afflicts so many Caribbean hotels mercifully absent.
The trade winds that sweep through the islands should keep the rooms deliciously cool, but there is also air conditioning in case it gets too steamy.
The hotel serves excellent food, and in the evening there are two dining choices: the Terrace - an al fresco restaurant with outstanding views across Nevis and St Kitts too, or the Mill, a 300 year-old sugar mill, converted into a restaurant but retaining its original steps, floor and cut stonewalls to create a truly atmospheric place to dine.
There are plenty of activities available at Montpelier for those wanting more than just to relax in the sun by the freshwater swimming pool. There is a spa and also a tennis court or several rainforest trails to explore.
Why we love it
You can go for a hike around the island's tropical rainforest and deserted sugar plantations with specially trained island ecologists.