Paradise Beach Boutique Resort, Nevis, West Indies
by Steve Hartridge | March 2017
"A private and discreet island hideaway, Paradise Beach adds a touch of class to the Caribbean’s hotel stock – and is just the latest reason why Nevis feels like one of the region’s more exclusive islands.
I loved the exquisitely lush landscaped gardens that were overflowing with hibiscus, frangipani and ‘birds of paradise’, and the way the villas seem to blend seamlessly into the natural landscape.
Other lasting memories include a sunset walk on the property’s sugar-fine sandy beach, spotting turtle tracks and, completely alone, swimming in calm waters, with St. Kitts across the water and Mount Nevis rising from the centre of the island behind the property. Paradise Beach is the perfect choice for couples, a family or group of friends. "
THE BACKGROUND: Re-opened in early 2015 after a major makeover, this upscale property consists of seven oversized two-, three- or four-bedroom steep-thatched roof villas, built in a style that fuses airy Caribbean chic with Balinese accents. An additional five two-bedroom ‘pole houses’, elevated over the sand, are due to open in November. They will put guests closer to the Caribbean Sea than any other property on Nevis.
THE LOCATION:Paradise Beach is just north of Pinney’s Beach on the island’s sunset-facing west coast and a short, 10-minute drive from Oualie Beach, where the speedboat drops guests after a private transfer from St Kitts.
THE ROOM: Our villa, with its 2,900 sq ft of ‘island’ living space, felt more like a lavish private home than a holiday retreat. It had high ceilings, four bedrooms (two king bedrooms and two queen bedrooms) with four-poster beds and floor-to-ceiling 180-degree glass walls that opened to capture those refreshing tropical breezes.
In its centre, was a large open-plan kitchen, fitted with all mod cons. The marble bathrooms were replete with Bose speakers and Hermes toiletries. The alfresco rain shower was big enough for two. The private outdoor relaxation area is expansive, with a sun terrace and entertainment deck featuring a cabana, and a poolside dining area with a Weber gas barbecue. We made good use of our large, heated swimming pool, and separate plunge pool with a fountainhead feature. There’s a concierge service and spa treatments can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own villa.
KEY FACILITIES: The resort’s beach bar is open only to resort guests. Don’t miss having an expertly-crafted Pina Colada from the comfort of a hammock or plush lounger whilst watching the sun set over the Caribbean. A range of watersports are available from the property’s beachfront. Paradise Beach can also arrange activities such as a guided hike to the top of Nevis Peak, horse riding on the beach, cycle hire, a catamaran sail, tennis and golf.
RESTAURANTS/BARS: There’s no on-site restaurant but guests can arrange to arrive to a fridge full of their favourite goodies. They can also book a private chef to cater for them or ask to be taken to one of the many nearby restaurants.
HOW TO GET TO NEVIS: British Airways operates a twice-weekly (Saturdays and Wednesdays) flight between Gatwick and St Kitts, with a short touchdown and stop in Antigua. Paradise Beach can arrange for a taxi and speedboat transfer to Nevis.
WHERE TO BOOK: Elegant Resorts has seven nights in a two-bedroom Garden Villa, priced from £2,325pp. The deal is based on four adults sharing and includes economy flights, complimentary transfers and UK lounge passes and is based on a departure on June 10 2017. Other operators featuring Paradise Beach include: Tropic Breeze, Cox and Kings and Caribtours.