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My wife and I went to Four Season's Nevis in May of 1996 and had a great time.

Some specific comments:

-- The hotel is ludicrously expensive, but in our view it was well worth it. Rooms are big and very luxe, but don't feel stuffy or too "un-Caribbean".

-- Be prepared -- the trip to Nevis is pretty tiring. After you land in St. Kitts, there's a fairly long customs line, which is very hot, and then you'll get into a wondefully air-conditioned van which takes you about 20 minutes over to a pier with a boat, and then it takes another forty minutes or so without much to see before you get to Nevis.

If you're a Type A person, this will begin to drive you up a wall if you're not prepared for it. It's not that big a deal, just accept that it's going to be a pain before you start and you'll do fine.

-- Take the meal plan; it's a good deal. We live in NY and are "foodies" -- we love to eat out. So, we resisted the meal plan, figuring we'd want to eat at lots of different places on the island as we do when in Anguilla and St. Barths. We found the restaurant at Four Seasons to be head and shoulders over everything else on the island.

-- Having said that, whatever you do, make sure you go to a restaurant called "Miss June's". It's incredibly fun. You eat in Miss June's house (yes, there is a real Miss June), and it's like a giant dinner party. Miss June is very entertaining, the food is good, and the experience is really wonderful. Tell her you heard about her on the Internet -- she loves hearing that!

-- Don't miss the manager's party and West Indian buffet. We worried it'd be cheesy and in fact it was terrific.

-- It's a lot of fun to take out a kayak or one of those big crazy "water tricycles".

-- When you're out at night, take a close look at the lights embedded near the walkways. Usually there's a family of frogs there waiting for the "insect buffet": flies land, attracted by the light and get snapped up by the frogs. Maybe it was the tropical drinks, but we found this sight charming and amusing.

-- If you like massages, the masseuse on staff is very good. Well worth the money.

-- Cabs are relatively expensive, so if you think you're going to want to tour around the island, think about renting a car. (We waited till we got there to decide and then rented the car right on-premises at The Four Seasons, which was pretty convenient and not any more $$ than deciding beforehand.)

-- We don't play tennis or golf, but the courts and greens are immaculately kept.

-- There's a nice, small gym on the grounds if you like to work out. Not a huge amount of equipment, but well maintained.

If you have any other specific questions, e-mail me and I'll do my best to answer it.

Best regards,
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