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Montpelier Plantation & Beach Review
This Nevisian beauty epitomizes understated elegance and graciously updated plantation living. The fieldstone great house replicates the 18th-century original; water lilies float serenely in antique copper syrup pots; and the mill houses an intimate restaurant. Hillside cottages, each with a private verandah and sea views, dot 30 acres of ravishing gardens. The public spaces are dotted with contemporary artworks; guest rooms adopt a minimalist, Asian-inspired aesthetic. Bamboo is joined into rustic valances, woven as wall mats, or split for headboards. Each room is distinctive, though all have sisal rugs, Philippine hemp chairs, louvered windows, bowls of fresh flowers, and large bathrooms. You register at your leisure after settling in; any preshipped bags will be unpacked and your clothes pressed before you arrive. Staffers (more than three per room) almost psychically intuit your needs. All you have to do is relax in a hammock contemplating the sea or enjoy tapas and complimentary tea by the 60-foot pool. You can also take cooking classes and spa treatments. Two separate villas are ideal for families.
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On an island celebrated for its restored plantation great house inns, Montpelier takes a page from the 18th century—as adapted for today's Architectural Digest. Decor evocatively blends colonial splendor (custom canopy or mahogany four-poster beds) with contemporary, minimalist touches (bamboo, woven mats). The small spa utilizes Caribbean-influenced ingredients from algae to aloe and a splendid kitchen sources produce from Montpelier's lavish organic gardens. Dishes, served on classically elegant china, merrily marry the latest molecular gastronomy trends with island ingredients (coconut, guava, spiny lobster), their artful swirls seemingly mirroring the local abstract artworks adorning the public spaces. Posh and pampering without pretension, Montpelier for us represents the ideal retreat for honeymooners…or anyone on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
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