The Empty; Nevis Is the Most Discreet - and Romantic - of the Caribbean Islands. Max Davidson Took to the Beach

Daily Mail (London), January 24, 2004 | Go to article overview

The Empty; Nevis Is the Most Discreet - and Romantic - of the Caribbean Islands. Max Davidson Took to the Beach


Byline: MAX DAVIDSON

SHOULD your idea of Caribbean heaven involve bumping into your nextdoor neighbour from Britain while skimming the waves on an inflatable banana, give Nevis a miss.

The only bananas here grow on trees and, if you think you have seen your next- door neighbour, it is the rum punch talking. Nevis does get British visitors - but in dribbles, not droves.

Princess Diana once hid from the paparazzi here, and the island would still suit a camera-shy celebrity. Nevis is somewhere to get away from it all, not a magnet for the in-crowd. A romantic hideaway, and a beautiful one at that.

The island covers only 35 square miles and, to reach it, you need to catch a connecting flight from Antigua. But it is scenically striking, with a wooded mountain soaring into the clouds.

When Columbus first saw Mount Nevis, he thought it must have snow on top; and it is the Spanish word for snow, las nievas, which gives the island its name. But you will not see blizzards here, just the occasional tropical downpour greening the landscape.

Although Nevis does have the odd beach resort, some of the most attractive places to stay are the so-called Inns of Nevis - colonial-era properties in the interior of the island.

I stayed at the Montpelier Plantation Inn, an enclave of OldWorld civility.

It was here that the young Horatio Nelson married Fanny Nisbet, niece of the owner of the property, while on a tour of duty in the Caribbean. You can still catch echoes of that era in the ruined sugar mill beside the swimming pool.

If I was not transported back to the 18th century, I certainly got a flavour of the Caribbean holiday circa 1950, when the region was the playground of wealthy English eccentrics such as Noel Coward and Ian Fleming.

An old man in a white dressing-gown padded through the grounds, admiring the hibiscuses and listening to the trill of birds. A woman of a certain age read Nancy Mitford in a deckchair.

Beautifully mannered waiters dispensed perfectly mixed cocktails.

The ambience was not stuffy - quite

the opposite. Staff called guests by their Christian names. Golden Labradors drank unrebuked from the swimming-pool. A bird helped itself to my breakfast paw-paw. But it was definitely a throwback to an earlier, more gracious age.

After cocktails, when the talk was of rugby, the weather and John Prescott, we dined on the terrace, with the lights twinkling in the harbour below. The only sound was the wind rustling the palm trees and the contented chomp- ing of roast sea bass. Paradise, indeed.

The rest of the island was an odd blend of old and new. The western half has modern facilities and a fast road linking Charlestown and the airport.

The eastern half is tiger country. Some of the potholes are so big you could hold a party in them.

Nevisians' laid-back way of life is underpinned by civic pride. The village named Cleanest Village in Nevis 2002 had a billboard announcing the fact. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Empty; Nevis Is the Most Discreet - and Romantic - of the Caribbean Islands. Max Davidson Took to the Beach
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.