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When the Four Seasons Resort Nevis closed in October 2008 due to damage from the ferocious Hurricane Omar, a vital component of Nevis tourism went missing. It was almost impossible to envision Nevis without the iconic Four Seasons property, and the island’s economy took a hit when the resort was forced to close.
This will all change on Dec. 15 when the Four Seasons Resort Nevis reopens. All 196 of the resort’s guestrooms have been completely refurbished and the entire resort has been newly groomed and renovated after the damage caused by Hurricane Omar. The beach area was the biggest casualty from the hurricane, and it has now been completely restored. While much of what made the resort’s reputation remains, there are also some significant new features that will expand the resort’s appeal.
Of the improvements are new beach cabanas that now come with their own private butlers for the day. The cabanas are wired and have plasma television, iHome stations and DVD players. They also have special menu and a minibar with complimentary soft drinks. The butlers are responsible for providing such amenities as snorkeling gear — sized to fit — refreshments and delivering books, magazines, games and toys.
Another addition is the newly opened Coral Grill restaurant. This will feature a menu of freshly grilled seafood and chop, prepared under the watchful eye of executive chef Andreas Donnerbauer.
The resort’s previous dining venues will also reopen. These are the Dining Room, a 140-seat open-air restaurant; Mango, offering open-air dining near the beach and golf course; Neve, providing relaxed, open-air setting for breakfast and dinner; and The Pool Cabana, serving up light fare poolside. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis will also be back in full force.
Guests will also be able to partake of a new laser sail activity on Pinney’s Beach. Laser sail boats are small dinghies sailed by one or two people. And, a Laser Sailing School will operate at the resort’s Watersports Centre.
The resort’s popular Dive & Dine Experience will return as a special program for guests. The Dive & Dine Experience is headed up by executive chef Donnerbauer, who is an avid diver, and Nevisian dive master Ellis Chadderton of Scuba Safaris, the island’s dive outfit at Oualie Beach. During a private two-tank dive off the shores of the Caribbean, guests plunge into the water alongside these two experts to snatch up their very own Caribbean spiny lobster for supper. In the evening, the participants reconvene on Pinney’s Beach at the resort for a beach barbecue where guests enjoy sunset cocktails and step up to the grill to prepare their own catch of the day under the instruction of the Four Seasons chefs.
Another favorite program from the past has been revived. The Sea Turtle Conservancy program and Adopt-a-Turtle program will be offered to young guests attending the resort’s Kids for All Seasons Sea Turtle Camp. The national-based Sea Turtle Conservancy helps train the staff of the kids center and helps with the GPS tags of the turtles. This enable kids to follow their adopted turtles online as they leave their nest and enter the sea. Adult guests can also participate in this feel-good activity by accompanying the Nevis Volunteer Turtle Group on moonlit turtle walks along Lover’s Beach during the summer nesting season.
In conjunction with its reopening, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis is offering a pair of promotions. The Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free promotion offers a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights. Costs are $446 per night, after the free night is applied, and $595 per night, after the free night is applied, for a Deluxe Mountain-Side Room.
The Experience More – Daily Resort Credit offer allows guests to rediscover Nevis with a daily resort credit of up to $300 credit per night, depending on the room booked, for stays of five nights or more. The cost is $495 per night, after credit is applied, and from $595 per night for a Deluxe Mountain-Side Room.