A mere 36 square miles, Nevis rises from sandy beaches to the heady heights of its volcanic summit, Nevis Peak. Seven miles long and five miles wide, this unspoilt isle is home to vervet monkeys, humpback whales, classic Caribbean architecture and genuine island-style hospitality.
1. Old Charm
Experience authentic Caribbean history at The Hermitage. Originally built as a small farmhouse, this family-run boutique hotel prides itself on keeping history alive with original architecture and local cuisine. Enjoy the trade wind breezes on the verandah of your private guest cottage whilst sipping their famous rum punch made only with fresh mountain citrus and local rum from their 350-year-old recipe.www.hermitagenevis.com
2. Tee Anyone?
Practice your swing at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Robert Trent Jones II-designed 18-hole golf course. This 71-par course undulates through the hotel grounds taking in the spectacular view of Nevis Peak and the neighbouring island of Saint Kitts - just try to not let the sublime scenery distract you from your game.www.fourseasons.com/nevis
3. Go Bananas
Hidden in the hillsides of the historic Hamilton Estate, Bananas Bistro & Art Gallery is surrounded by over an acre of lush tropical gardens. Serving an eclectic mix of international comfort food with Caribbean flair, head to Bananas to indulge in deliciously creative cuisine and their signature passion fruit martinis.www.bananasrestaurantnevis.co
4. Sea View
See Nevis in a different light on the good ship Feisty
, a luxury yacht from Nevis Yacht Charters. Built in the US, Feisty
is a 41-foot sloop that can accommodate up to eight people with options of a half-day, full day or sunset cruise charter. Channel your inner salty dog and explore the coast and clear waters of Nevis from the comfort of a private yacht.www.nevisyachtcharters.com
5. Flora and Fauna
Take a break from the beach and visit The Botanical Gardens of Nevis on the Montpelier Estate. Established over 20 years ago, the landscaped gardens feature water lily ponds, terraces blooming with orchids, bromeliads and ferns, fruit trees and - in the Tropical Fruit Garden - beehives. You can purchase the local Nevis-flower flavoured honey in the Galleria Giftshop.www.botanicalgardennevis.com
6. Buzz Word
Located on Pinney's Beach next to the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, is Sunshine's, a rural and ramshackle Beach Bar and Grill famous for its 'Killer Bee' rum punch. A closely guarded secret, the Killer Bee cocktail blends a heady mix of honey, rum, passion fruit juice and black pepper, and is guaranteed to have a sting in its tail.www.sunshinesnevis.com