Friday 5pm – the beginning of a 12 night vacation!
Although I suppose I really shouldn’t really count the Friday night since we spent it in Boston. We used parksleepfly.com and paid $189 for an overnight room at the Holiday Inn (Boston St) and 12 days parking, a complimentary shuttle to and from the hotel makes this worth doing and even though we weren’t on the usual 7am flight (we could have easily driven to Logan on the Saturday morning) but a couple of years ago we visited Santarpio’s Pizza in East Boston and liked it so much that it has now become a tradition for the evening before any Caribbean trip.
For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to visit Santarpio’s – it’s a hole in the wall restaurant that serves good pizza with ‘atmosphere’ http://www.visitingnewengland.com/santarpios.html , perhaps not for everyone We arrived at 9pm and it was so busy that we chose to sit at the bar instead of waiting 15 minutes for a table, we ordered the combination lamb and sausage served with bread and peppers and then a pizza and shared both – I can’t remember the name of the pizza but I decided to pick the peppers off before I ate it (N thought it was delicious but he loves spicy food) 1/2 a carafe of house wine for $5 (red or white is the only choice however it wasn’t too... bad) and a couple of beers for N – the vacation has well and truly begun.
Saturday - Arriving!
This was a late flight for us, we usually end up getting the first flight out but this gave us the chance to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn, we left Boston just after 10am and after a 1hr+ layover in San Juan we flew direct to Nevis and arrived at 4:15. I love sitting next to the window and as we flew over Eustatia I did wave to Statia - ok so she didn't see me but the thought was there The flight wasn’t full there were probably 25 of us on the plane and even though we were the last off the plane we were still through customs within 30 minutes. We both chuckled over the sign that says “Vance W. Amory International Airport” it’s almost as though they expect to have a regional airport at some point
We hadn’t arranged a cab but were led by a porter to a sign saying “Nisbet Plantation” and before we could ask her to arrange one for us - an envelope was thrust into my hand and we were informed that this was our cab and it was paid for – Hmmmm… While checking in we did ask if we’d taken someone else’s ride but were reassured that we hadn’t and when we tried to explain that we hadn’t arranged or paid for one it was shrugged off, although she did ask for the envelope back!
The girl who checked us in gave off an air of total disinterest, she wasn’t particularly welcoming and we got the impression that she was really only there because she was being paid to, later in the week we when we had a query or wanted to book something we made sure someone else was in reception before we went in but I do have to say that she was the ONLY staff member that gave this us this impression
We had 2 nights in a Superior room before moving to a Deluxe Suite, the Superior had a cabin feel with exposed woodwork and a wooden floor; when we couldn’t figure out why one outlet couldn’t work we just traced the wire back along the wall very rustic and relaxing. The room was hexagonal with a king sized bed and wicker furniture with a small screened porch that had a table and 2 patio chairs, this cottage (Stoney Grove) was on the far left side as you look from the beach so we did get some sound from cars using the access road to the beach (it’s right next to a speed bump so cars slow and then accelerate) but nothing too annoying and this was the only place on the resort that I saw humming birds. The bathroom was small with a tiled shower, a small tiled vanity and 2 built in closets in the bathroom there was plenty of hanging and shelf space. There was a fridge and coffee making equipment in the bedroom but no milk, when we requested some a carton of milk appeared in our fridge and we were charged for it when we checked out.
We unpacked and took a walk on the beach and had a drink at the bar, there had been an afternoon wedding and we watched them having their photographs taken on the beach while we drank our Caribs. Before dinner I had the best whiskey sour in a long time (I like them strong on whiskey and low on sour – Dan mixed a good one), I’m not going to describe the dinners (at all mainly because I can’t remember everything we had) but they were all totally delicious. We took advantage of their low season offer of the MAP plan and ate every dinner at the plantation - we found the bottled wine to be reasonable ($35+) and we enjoyed the choices we made. We ate every dinner on the screened porch that overlooks the resort and when offered a choice of tables we chose a table to the right in the hope that Roslyn would be working that night. She has a wonderful, welcoming smile and doesn’t miss a thing, no ‘island time’ with Roslyn! she doesn’t make you feel rushed in the slightest, just special.
The wedding party had a reception and a band by the beach bar so after dinner we took a wander down to the bar and ordered a couple of drinks, enjoyed the music and met some of the other guests.
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Friday 5pm – the beginning of a 12 night vacation!
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