A snug 1670 great house—reputedly the Caribbean's oldest surviving wooden building—forms the heart of this breeze-swept hillside hideaway. Lively and laid-back, it attracts a smart set while remaining down-to-earth and family-friendly—rare for such a refined retreat. The owners' passion for all things Caribbean, from heirloom antiques to vernacular architecture, is apparent. Stone-and-gingerbread cottages are either painstakingly restored originals or meticulous re-creations, with hardwood floors, four-poster canopy beds, and hammock-slung patios or balconies. Families and honeymooners adore the two-story Blue Cottage, but the Loft, Pink House, and Goosepen Cottage are equally sybaritic; the three-bedroom Manor House has its own pool and wraparound porches. In genuine plantation fashion, the inn has its own stable and livestock, as well as English Romantic–style gardens (pluck your own fruit, or ask the kitchen to prepare a homeopathic bush tea). The Arthouse is arguably the island's most interesting boutique. A renovated motor yacht offers sailing, fishing, and St. Kitts transfers.
Mar 2, 2010
An absolute gem. The Hermitage felt like our own private Caribbean plantation. The rooms (private house-like cottages furnished with tasteful antiques) were beautiful. The food at the inn's great house restaurant was simply wonderful. Breakfasts were a real treat and included such wonderful dishes as 'west indian omelet', orange blossom french toast, fried plantains, johnny cakes, salt fish creole, and that was just breakfast! A tremendous and friendly
staff made sure our entire family was well taken care of. The owners, Richard and Maureen Lupinacci were gracious hosts and made us feel like family. The views from our room were breath-taking, as the hotel sits about 800 feet above sea level and offers some of the best views on the island. The Hermitage is the perfect get-away for a romantic vacation, but it was also ideal for my wife and I and our four-year-old son. We'll be returning next year without question. Don't hesitate to book your next vacation in Nevis, and when you do, you can't go wrong with The Hermitage.
Jul 31, 2008
Clean, quaint, friendly, relaxing and accommodating. Like coming home in the tropics....