The next stop on our island tour was lunch at the Golden Rock Inn, a topical oasis situated on the verdant slopes of the Nevis peak. This unforgettable meal consisted of: a toasted brie salad, a lobster sandwich and fries, and chocolate cake. If I only had one last meal left on earth this would be it! When traveling to Nevis you cannot, I repeat cannot, miss this culinary experience.
Besides sensational food, the Golden Rock Inn, which dates back to the early 1800’s, sits on a hundred acres of land. After lunch, make sure to take some time to meander along the paths of the lush gardens with spectacular sea views towards the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Redonda, and Montserrat. If you are lucky, you might even spot a green vervet monkey, as they inhabit the property along with hummingbirds, finches, and the occasional local donkey.
Back on the Nevis Heritage Trail, our next stop was at the Bath Hotel and Hot Springs. Built in 1778, the Bath Hotel was once a playground for the rich and famous who came to Nevis to take in the therapeutic, hot spring baths. Guests would come by ship from as far as Europe for the healing powers of the water. Because of the boom in the sugar industry, Nevis stepped into the world of tourism with this hotel, which flourished for over fifty years. Since then, the hotel has had various uses. Most recently it is the temporary headquarters of the Nevis police, while the new station is being built. The facility comprises of five thermal baths that are reputed to contain minerals of medicinal value. The water temperature ranges from 104-108°F.
We also visited a few former plantations and my favorite was where Fanny Nisbet and Horation Nelson were married: Montpelier Plantation. This former sugar plantation is now a stunning Relais & Chateaux property.
Our final stop on the trail was to the Nevisan Heritage Village. This former Carib estate is filled with the original dwellings of its inhabitants. It is also where we spotted our first monkey!
From the moment you arrive on Nevis, you become acutely aware of the nation’s pride. Locals speak openly of their history and traditions and you cannot travel far around the island without seeing at least one of blue signs signifying points of interest on the Nevis Heritage Trail.
It was truly the perfect travel day!