It’s been two months already since we’ve visited the Four Seasons Nevis Resort, and my kids are still talking about the trip, as if it were yesterday. (Read Four Seasons Nevis Part I.) Ryder has been keeping up with our adopted sea turtle, Coco’s progress, and Siella keeps asking when we will go back to our new home. It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and I am certain that even at their young ages, both big kids will remember it forever. There are so many other adventures from our trip that I still need to share, and I am super excited about a giveaway that SITC will be hosting.
Midway through our week in Nevis, we hopped on Spirit cruises catamaran, for an afternoon filled with sailing and snorkeling the crystal clear waters of Nevis and St. Kitts. Coming from New York, the kids have ridden ferries and lunch charters previously, but those pale in comparison to an intimate catamaran ride through the Caribbean. While headed out to our snorkeling destination, Ryder and Siella laid on the catamaran trampoline, watching the passing fish and water. It was so relaxing, that Siella actually fell asleep face down on the trampoline. Those of you who know Siella understand that it takes quite a bit for Siella to settle down for a nap nowadays, so she must have been in a special place. Upon arrival at our snorkeling site, everyone was fit for snorkels and flippers. Ryder was thrilled by his first snorkeling experience independent of swimmies, or a parent holding him up.
After plenty of family time with Jason and the kids, during the first few days, I enjoyed some well deserved alone time and escaped to the serene Four Seasons Spa. My massage therapist escorted me to a private hut, where I experienced an amazing deep tissue massage. After my hour long rub, I jumped into the cold water plunge pool and hot tub. The spa was so tranquil and rejuvenating.
Everyday, we let the kids decide where we would spend the day- the beach or the pool. While we had a few days at the pool, most of the time, they opted for the beach, because of the amazing ocean waters. Normally, they would just splash around in the water, in between a sand castle building session, but there were plenty of water activities available, and much to our surprise, the non motorized water sports are available complimentary to all guests. Jason and I love to paddle board, while the kids experienced kayaking for the first time, and absolutely loved it. The sea life just a few yards from our beach chairs was absolutely breathtaking.
One of the highlights of the week for the kids was a golf cart tour of the resort. I know what you’re thinking- sure, a golf cart may be cool for kids, but why was it such a memorable part of the trip? Well, when the grounds are inhabited by monkeys running wild, and living in mango trees, you tend to get quite the rise out of the littles. Having an opportunity to witness wild monkeys roaming free, and helping themselves to fresh mango from the tree was unforgettable.
As you can see there are plenty to do at the Four Seasons Nevis, and I could not conclude my posts without a special acknowledgment to the resort’s Director of Recreation, Mac kee France. Upon meeting him, the kids were immediately drawn to his warm personality, and they were excited to to sign up for camp activities. One really interesting activity was an outdoor presentation called the Coconut Story, which included a lecture from Mac kee, where he explained how Nevisians use every bit of the coconut for everything from food and desserts, to toys and medicine. He offered fresh coconut snacks, samples of household items made by coconut products, and one of the employees from the resort, dubbed SpiderMan, showed off his spidey like skills, by climbing up a coconut tree bare hands and bare feet to pick coconuts! From those fresh picked coconuts participants enjoyed coconut milk and water. Ryder and Siella even participated in some of the fun tricks Mac kee showed the kids during the Coconut Story. What I loved so much about Camp Nevis is that it is open during the summer months to all the children living on Nevis.
Four Seasons Nevis is renowned for it scuba diving, and they take the diving experience to the next level with their Dive n Dine program. Nevisian dive master, Ellis Chadderton of Scuba Safaris, and Four Seasons Nevis Executive Chef Jason Adams and Kai Autenrieth, both of whom are also certified divers, spend the morning escorting guests to “secret” dive spots, inhabited by plenty of Caribbean spiny lobsters. Once guests are in the water, it is up to them to capture their own lobster, the same way the locals do, using a handmade lasso. We didn’t join the dive crew, but the kids and I were able to dine on the eight lobsters caught that morning. Chef Jason even gave the kids a full-on lesson about different types of fish, by which they were beyond fascinated.
Whenever going on vacation, we try to spend as much time as possible on the beach, but eventually we need to head back to the room for the kid’s naps, or to freshen up. On one of our last days at the resort, we were lucky enough to have our own cabana on the beach. The cabanas are lined up privately along the beach, and each is fully equipped with a TV, refrigerator, board games, and even your own private butler. It is perfect for families with young children like ours, because Gemma napped in a playpen, cooled by an overhead fan, while we continued to enjoy the beach. With all the games, music and TV, the kids had plenty of options, when not splashing around in the water.
I am so excited to announce that SITC has teamed up with the Four Seasons Nevis, and we are offering one lucky winner a 4 Night Stay to this luxurious piece of paradise! Details below on how to enter!
Rules & Regulations: Airfare not included. Must be 18 or older to enter. This trip is always subject to availability and the standard blackout dates apply Festive (Dec 18, 2014 – January 4, 2015, President’s Day week – February 12 – 22 and Spring Break – March 13 – April 5, 2015, May 2 – 8 2015. Expiration on this giveaway is December 18, 2015.
Accommodations for SITC were provided by FS Nevis. All opinions expressed are my own.