Nisbet Plantation Management

Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:30 AM
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Nisbet Plantation Management

On Trip Advisor, there is a thread about Bev & Wally Plachta, current managers of Nisbet on Nevis leaving, perhaps immediately, or when NP closes in September. Does anyone have any more info. about this turn of events?
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Somone here indicated that Bev and Wally were back at Neridian Club.

I checked the Meridian site and it seems they are there now.

It is most definitely a loss for Nisbet Plantation, as they (IMHO) helped to set a wonderful, friendly tone at Nisbet.

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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 07:51 AM
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Marion is correct, they are already at Meridian Club.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 08:03 AM
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Wow, that was a fast departure (although I don't know when they gace their notice) I wonder what happened?
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 09:17 AM
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I have friends staying at Nisbet next month. Do you think this will have any effect on their experience?

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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 09:51 AM
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I'm wondering the same as we're going in June...
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 10:41 AM
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I would imagine that the magic of Nisbet will remain intact. Most staff members have been there for years, long before the tenure of Bev and Wally.

I came to know Bev and Wally quite well during my stay last summer and I would personally miss them.

The owner, who also owns The Reefs in Bermuda, surely has chosen worthy new managers.

I'm sure the wonderful *vibe* of Nisbet, the amazing food and the rest of management staff will continue to insure the warmth of the Nisbet experience.

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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Hi, we were just there two weeks ago, it was our first visit so can't really compare. The new general managers are Erin and Glenn (sorry did not get their last names) a young married couple who seemed very nice. All the staff there are just fantastic, particularly Patterson and Steve, we enjoyed chatting with everyone. We very much enjoyed our visit, our only complaint was that there were too many children, which was completely unexpected (we left ours at home)since I visited the resort on a day trip last year the very same holiday week and didn't see one child -- one of the reasons we decided to return. There were 15-20 children ranging from infant through teens, just too many for the size of the resort and there aren't really a lot of special kids activities. The staff told me it was the largest number they've had at the same time -- it was the week of Easter and there were several extended family groups. We hope to return during a quieter week!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 01:36 PM
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Bev & Wally Plachta didn't last too long as managers (less than 2 years if my memory is right). Their predecessors (Kathy & Don Johnson) were there for quite a while (8 to 10 years) and are the ones who really set the tone for the resort and trained the staff. They used to manage the Reefs in Bermuda before moving to Nevis. Most of the staff at Nisbet have been at the resort for years so I doubt any guests would actually notice anything different in their overall experience.

Patterson is a gem as are Leon, Steve, Dan, Alison, Violet and Roslyn.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 02:43 PM
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Thanks Marion, Eileen, and A_Traveller for your reassurances and information.

How can a week at Nisbet not be great!

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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for your replies-I was apprehensive that there would be tension in the arrive for our trip in June as the departure did seem abrupt. I'm sure the long-time staff will be great.
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Old Apr 25th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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We are off to the Nisbet at the beginning of May & have heard lots of good reports. We are really looking forward to our holiday. Does anyone have any must do's in Nevis?
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Old Apr 25th, 2007, 01:38 PM
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Diane,

Definitely go around the island and sightsee, either by taxi or by rental car.

We stay at the Hermitage and we had two dinners off-site at Montpelier and at Double Deuce (at the end of Pinney's Beach). We had good lunches at Oualie Beach, Double Deuce (again), NIsbet, and Chevy's, which is near the Four Seasons.

There is a catamaran trip to St. Kitts, which stops for lunch and snorkeling, if that is of interest to you.

There are rainforest and volcanoes walks as well. See www.walknevis.com for information.

You can always take the ferry to St. Kitts, grab a taxi and go to Brimstone Hill, and then walk around Basseterre, or go to a beach on the Southern Peninsula.

Lots of things to do, if you want--sometimes it's hard to get out of the beach chair!

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Old Apr 25th, 2007, 08:39 PM
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I can't see that their departure will have much of an effect on Nisbet.

We only spoke to Bev and Wally to say "Hello" as we were passing, we didn't have a conversation with them - we found Steve and Patterson to be the ambassadors for the resort and spoke to them everyday.

Roslyn was my favorite and I'm looking forward to seeing her again in June.

If the staff remains the same then I would have no qualms staying at the resort again.

I'll let you know in July
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Old Apr 25th, 2007, 09:04 PM
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eileen,

Isn't it funny how we equate a small resort with the idea that there will be few children? Especially when they don't offer any child activities?

I don't object to children as such (I have 3) but when I'm away on my own with my DH the slighest shriek from a small child sets my nerves on end.

Luckily while we were at Nisbet there were very few children with responsible parents who were very aware that most people wat the resort were couples without children and didn't want to listen to their "little darlings".

It's not nice to have to listen to someone else's screaming child (it really doesn't matter how 'cute' the parents think he/she is)when you are on a romantic break without your own "little darlings".

I do like the fact that Nisbet wants children under 8 to eat dinner at 6pm - to my mind, children under 8 shouldn't be eating later than 6 anyway.

Have you tried Bucuti Beach on Aruba? they seem to be phasing out their children allowed policy.

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Old Apr 25th, 2007, 09:36 PM
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rereading this I probably should have said

"there were very few children AND THEY WERE TRAVELING with responsible parents"
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Old Apr 26th, 2007, 01:19 PM
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Thanks CW & I know what you mean about the problem of tearing yourself away from the beach! Is the trip to Montserrat better undertaken from Nevis or antigua? Thank you for your help
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Old Apr 27th, 2007, 08:15 AM
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Diane,

Do you mean Montserrat or St. Kitts?

To get to Montserrat you'd have to go from Antigua, I believe.

St. Kitts and Nevis are close and connected by a ferry boats, and water shuttles (more expensive). The ferry ride is about 45 minutes to an hour, and it's quite enjoyable to see both islands from the water.

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I did mean Montserrat, but as we are spending the week after Nevis in Antigua, it will probably be best to fly from there. Do you think the trip to st Kitts is worth it & what should we see when there for a day? Thanks for your reply
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Old May 1st, 2007, 12:55 PM
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Diane,

I think it's worth it to take a day trip to St. Kitts. You can take the ferry from Charlestown and be in Basseterre in about 45 minutes. Check the ferry schedule when you get on island, because it can vary a little from day to day.

You can hire a local taxi to give you an island tour or a partial island tour. The can't miss site on St. Kitts is the Brimstone Hill Fortress.

A trip down to the Southeast peninsula will also give you fabulous views and lunch on the beach--at the end of the island is Turtle Beach restaurant, or you could go to South Friar's beach where there are a few beach bars, including Shipwreck.

If you lunch in town, Ballahoo at the Circus (the main intersection of the town streets) is good for people watching. It's on the second floor above the Island Hopper store.

Enjoy your trip!

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