Nisbet Plantation Inn Nevis

Jul 23rd, 2007, 05:36 AM
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Lizzie and Alya,

I completely agree with Alya. I stayed in an upper level Premier Suite for several days, and although there was nothing specific to complain about, I felt like I was staying in an *anywhere hotel* with Caribbean colors. The view was distant and once the bugs came out at night, there was no place to go but inside.

As Alya mentioned, the Superior Suites offer that wonderful screened in living room in addition to patio space outside.

I'd also agree with Alya's choice of Long Point or Jessup for the best view. The Superior Suites have an authentic Carribean feel, while the Premier buildings seem oddly out of plac

I made a transfer to Long Point and Nisbet became a very different experience for me

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Jul 23rd, 2007, 08:07 AM
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Huh. Well I may have to reconsider. I had considered the Premier Junior Suites originally due to their proximity to the water. I was hoping for better water views (with less obstruction). DH particularly enjoys nice views of the water, but realizes it may be 50- 75 feet away from the Premier Suites.

Can you get a water view from most of the Superior Suites? If I book online (to avoid the full meal plan) I won't be able to request Jessup or Long Point. So if I happen to get one of the other Superior Suites, am I still able to get any kind of water view?

(Sorry, I guess I had more questions in me....)
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 09:09 AM
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Lizzie I think you misunderstood one of the prior posts. The Premium rooms at Nisbet are at least 50 to 75 YARDS, not 50 to 75 FEET, from the beach so you'll be viewing the water from a fair distance across lawns, garden plantings and palm trees. The Superior rooms are even further back. If a view of the water itself is important to you and your husband you are going to be disappointed as none of the rooms at Nisbet can be considered as actually "Beacfront" which it seems you are seeking.

If you want an unobstructed view of the water your only real resort choices are staying at the Four Seasons (much more expensive than Nisbet) or Oualie Beach (less expensive as it it not in the same class as either Nisbet or 4S) or assuming it's re-opened for business Inn at Cades Bay (even lower in stature than Oualie Beach - go here if you want a basic "motel type" room).
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 09:36 AM
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We spent a week last November (over Thanksgiving) at Nisbet. At that time, we found the beach at the Inn unusable and we were told that is often the case in the Fall.

The water was very rough, no storm on the horizon, just the time of year, they said. We saw NO ONE in the water the entire time we were there.

We finally took a taxi over to the Four Seasons and spent the day on their man-made beach which was very swimmable.

In spite of all the great reviews of the Inn, I don't think we would go back. Like others, I missed the opportunity to dine around as we had to take the meal plan. The beach was unusable and not very attractive, if you are looking for that Caribbean blue water feeling. The rooms were fine, but as others noted, fairly bland. Nothing outstanding.

Our plane was cancelled for our return flight and AA put us up at the Mount Nevis. While it was not directly on the beach, I might consider staying there if I were to return to Nevis. Beautiful views and lovely pool area. No meal plan but delightful restaurant. I'd rent a car and hit the various beaches and restaurants.

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Jul 23rd, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Because of Nevis' volcanic origin the sand on its beaches has a dark tint to it (the sand at Nisbet is lighter in hue compared to other beaches on the island). Add to that the fact the water deepens fairly quickly as you move off-shore and you 'll notice the water has a dark steel blue appearance rather than the bright torquoise blue you find on white sand coral based islands. That's why a lot of people are disappointed with the beaches on Nevis. On the other hand, many people find them attractive because they are lined with lots of palm trees and other natural vegetation making them very picturesque.

as others have pointed out the water at the Nisbet beach can be rough at times but this can be due to many factors including the intensity and direction of the wind or the presence of a weather front hundreds of miles away (so far that it is not readily apparent to anyone standing on the shore looking out at the water).

Rough water can happen on either side of the island and is not restricted only to Nevis - it happens everywhere.

If calm crystal clear water is important to your vacation enjoyment than Nisbet might not be the place for you.
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Jul 24th, 2007, 02:46 AM
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If you make the reservation through AMEX or Travelocity, you can call and request the room -- after reading about it here, I called and they had the reservation and I had been assigned the one next to Long Point -- I asked them to change it and she was going to try to do it -- if she couldn't she was going to leave a message for reservations to do so. As long as someone else has not requested the room before you, I would think you could do that.
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Jul 24th, 2007, 03:34 AM
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Thank you all so much for the all of the information. It has really helped me to understand the resort and its features and to better help me decide.
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Jul 24th, 2007, 05:25 AM
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what did you decide?
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Jul 25th, 2007, 04:07 AM
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We have decided to stay at Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case, St. Martin. We have stayed there before and it is a delightful hotel right on the beach with excellent views. Small and family-owned, they also have a sister hotel in Grand Case which we are going to try for a night (L'Esplanade). Being repeat visitors, they were able to take care of us very reasonably. While I had hoped to try something new, an upcoming trip to Santa Fe had to be factored into the budget and thus will have to serve as the "something new" for this year.

It would have been very difficult to make this decision without all of the feedback from other posters. But armed with all of the information you provided, I believe, at least this year, that Le Petit is probably a better fit for us.

Next year I will start the process all over again and will again need your assistance. But until, thanks so much for all the input.
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Jul 25th, 2007, 09:24 AM
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Interestingly enough, we have stayed at Nisbet and the hotel in Grand Case. Not that it matters, but I would totally agree with your decision.

While I might vote for the T&C for a beach vacation, I would choose St. Martin over Nevis for all round food, hotel, and ease of travel.

Enjoy.
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Jul 26th, 2007, 08:09 AM
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Thanks. I did check on a return visit to T&C as well. The airfares were good, but the accommodations were pricey. And it has gotten more built up since the last time we were there.....so many more options. Given the prices, I didn't think it was worth dissecting the various hotels - not a lot of "deals". (I would have tried a different hotel; we stayed at RWI last time.)

St. Martin and Le Petit is definitely a known quantity and we will be sure to enjoy our stay.
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