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About St Kitts and Nevis

Only a narrow channel separates the small islands of St Kitts and Nevis, that's probably why they've been twinned as far as governance is concerned. But they're actually quite different. St. Kitts is the larger and more mountainous and has a few bustling centres, but overall a laid-back Caribbean air. While tiny Nevis feels more gentle and historic, populated by charming old plantation houses, many of which have been converted into some of the best places to stay in St Kitts and Nevis. There are also some beachfront hotels, but these two islands are less developed than their beauty warrants.

St Kitts' capital is busy Basseterre, which sounds French and looks Victorian. This is where the cruise ships dock and there is a compact centre around the port. Part of Basseterre's bustle comes from the soca music blasting from local cars and buses, and part is the sheer numbers of visitors who come in on a busy day.

Many cruise ship visitors head to the mountainous north to see the impressive 17th Century Brimstone Hill Fortress, now Heritage Listed, as a reminder of the violent and tumultuous history of the sugar and slave trades in the Caribbean. This is also where you will find the fading grandeur of the plantations and the ghost villages of the sugar workers.

Visitors looking for beaches should head south where you'll find the best stretches of sand and the liveliest beach bars.

If you're looking for peace, then Nevis is probably a better match for you. The history is just as dramatic and possibly even more carefully preserved, and the unhurried atmosphere feels more like the Caribbean of yesteryear.

The beautiful beaches are relatively uncrowded and behind is the bougainvillea and hibiscus that are home to the island's wonderful hummingbird population.

The island's peak, Mt. Nevis, makes a nice little challenge for walkers or cyclists, this island certainly suits those who like to get out and do things in the great outdoors.

Our pick of the best places to stay in St Kitts and Nevis are well placed to make the most of these islands whether you've come for the beach, the history, the watersports and diving/snorkelling or a combination of all the above.

What not to miss:

  • Spend a day hiking to the top of Mt. Nevis and enjoy the stunning views from the top.
  • Explore under the sea and spot exotic fish and bright coral reefs on a snorkelling or diving expedition.
  • Unwind on the perfect swathes of powder white sand beach.
  • Visit the enormous Brimstone Hill Fortress now housing a fascinating museum documenting a soldiers life during the 18th-century.
  • Spot green vervet monkeys and numerous tropical birds on a rainforest hike.

The best places to stay on St Kitts and Nevis

For great value

  • The Timothy Beach Resort, St Kitts, is a friendly 60 room hotel right beside one of the island's best beaches. Rooms have all the mod. cons., plus some have a balcony and sea views. The grounds and pool are lovely and there's a good restaurant. All that starts from just £80 per night.
  • The Banyan Tree B&B on Nevis is a beautifully renovated 17th Century stone house now offering three comfortable and charming B&B style rooms. You're not far from the beach, but you're also close to the walking opportunities of the mountains.
  • The Hermitage Inn is an iconic manor house on stilts in a stunning plantation which offers accommodation in rooms or cottages - both options very chic. The restaurant has a good reputation and you're not far from the beach. They also combine rooms to easily accommodate families. Rooms start from only £111 per night.

To relax

  • Oualie Beach on Nevis, is a collection of large, cottage-style rooms sitting right against the sand of Oualie Bay. As well as comfortable, creamy decor, there's an excellent spa, beach restaurant and bike hire.
  • Rock Haven is a charming little B&B, this time on St, Kitts. There are just two rooms, both with kitchenettes, plenty of living space and plenty of breakfast served on a patio with gorgeous sea views.
  • Nevis's Golden Rock is a secluded gem nestled into a lush, tropical hillside and offering stunning views from boutique style stone cottages surrounded by humming birds. Definitely one of the best places to stay in St Kitts and Nevis if you're looking for a getaway-from-it-all, back to nature type holiday.
  • The Nisbet Plantation Inn is a stunning hotel set in 36 acres of coconut plantation and surrounded by white sands. Beautiful rooms and suites are painted in muted pastels with private balconies and all the mod cons.

To spoil yourself

  • Four Seasons on Nevis is a five star hotel with unrivalled facilities and contemporary chic style. As well as all you'd expect from a larger resort, the Four Seasons also has a golf course, lively bars and a spectacular infinity pool.
  • The Montpelier Plantation Inn is a sophisticated plantation conversion with 19 rooms, three fine dining restaurants and stunning grounds - set on a beautiful, tropical hillside. They also have a hotel boat.
  • Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts is a stunning eco-resort with accommodation in a choice of guesthouses, farmhouses and villas. Guests should expect to be looked after in every imaginable way, including with freshly picked organic produce, in a 100ft infinity pool, an open air spa or on the hotel golf course.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to either Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport or the Vance W. Amory International Airport.
  • Best time to visit - the high season on St Kitts and Nevis runs from mid-December to April when the weather is at its best. Hurricanes and tropical storms are most likely in September and October, but the rainy season runs from June to November.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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Best Hotels in St Kitts and Nevis

  • Timothy Beach Resort St Kitts, St Kitts and Nevis 60 rooms from £109

    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Restaurant  -  Breezy Sunset Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    On the beach  -  Direct access to Frigate Bay Beach on the Caribbean
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    A good choice for a family or those on a budget. The hotel sits on St Kitts' most popular Caribbean beach. Charming rooms have balconies, all the mod cons, and sea views. Lovely pool and grounds, and a good restaurant. Close to lively nightlife. Simple with a relaxed atmosphere. See More

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  • Banyan Tree B&B Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 3 rooms from £117

    Views  -  Serene mountain and seaviews from a distance.
    Value chic
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    GardenViews

    A charmingly renovated 17th century stone house with a beautiful garden filled with wildlife. Not far from Nevis mountain, eight surrounding beaches, and plenty of hiking trails. Just three bedrooms filled with antique furniture, private balconies, and views out to sea and towards mountains. See More

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  • Rock Haven St Kitts, St Kitts and Nevis 2 rooms from £140

    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Basseterre Cruise Port.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    GardenViews

    A charming little B&B with just two large rooms. Both rooms in pastel colours with spacious living areas and small kitchenettes. Excellent breakfasts, sea views, and lovely patio. Very close to the beach and all the sporting attractions. Ideal for a laid back, understated holiday. See More

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  • Golden Rock Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 11 rooms from £140

    Total relaxation  -  Complete peace and tranquility in a jungly setting.
    Luxury
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A real gem nestled in a secluded tropical hillside setting. A collection of stone cottages surrounded by humming birds, and that's about it. Boutique rooms all with private verandahs, pool, stunning views into the distance, and an excellent restaurant. Very harmonious. See More

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  • Hermitage Inn Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 15 rooms from £140

    Families  -  The manor house has three double bedrooms which you can book out as a family or group.
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    Groups
    Great walks  -  Nature trails on your doorstep
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors

    An iconic collection of rooms, cottages, and a manor house on a stunning plantation. Very boutique, very chic throughout. Each room has all the mod cons and verandahs. Beautiful grounds, swimming pool, and a renowned restaurant. Not far from the beach, luxurious, family friendly. See More

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  • Four Seasons Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 196 rooms from £184

    Beach Life  -  You can rent a luxury beach-style cabana for the day.
    Spa breaks  -  Spectacular spa facilities and complex.
    Swimming Pool  -  Three beautiful infinity pools.
    Foodies  -  Fabulous Caribbean cuisine.
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    A Five Star hotel with unrivalled facilities and luxury in a league of its own. Beautiful rooms and suites, contemporary chic in style with all the mod cons. Fabulous restaurants, golf course, infinity pools, spa, beach cabanas, tennis courts, and lively bars. Romantic, buzzing, top of the range. See More

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  • Oualie Beach Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 32 rooms from £145

    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Value chic
    Families
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    A charming hotel in Oualie Bay, Nevis with direct access to the beach. Large cottage-style rooms with four poster beds, creamy furnishings, and private balconies. Excellent spa and therapeutic treatments, beach restaurant, and bikes to hire. Family friendly and excellent value. See More

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  • Montpelier Plantation Inn Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 19 rooms from £176

    Views  -  Panoramic views all around
    Luxury
    Romantic Break
    Restaurant  -  Delicious blend of French and Caribbean cuisine. Choose from three different venues
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Relais & Chateaux

    A fabulous hotel on a plantation. Sophisticated rooms and suites with four poster beds and all the mod cons. Three fine dining restaurants, charming spa, stunning grounds and pool. A tropical hillside setting and an iconic Caribbean atmosphere. Romantic and luxurious. See More

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  • Nisbet Plantation Inn Nevis, St Kitts and Nevis 36 rooms from £227

    Garden  -  Stunning grounds, 30 acres of them, dotted with coconut trees.
    Foodies  -  Fabulous Caribbean cuisine of lobster, seafood and fruit.
    Spa breaks  -  Cottage-style spa.
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    A stunning hotel set in 36 acres of coconut plantation and surrounded by white sands. Beautiful rooms and suites, painted in muted pastels with private balconies and all the mod cons. Fabulous Coconuts restaurant, cottage-style spa, tennis courts, and a lively bar. Dreamy. See More

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  • Park Hyatt St Kitts Christophe Harbour St. Kitts, St Kitts 126 rooms from £259

    Active Holiday  -  Discover what’s hidden beneath the crystal clear ocean waters on Banana Bay through snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking
    Families  -  Spacious suites, kids club, a family-friendly, kids menus and ample water activities- there is something for all the family
    Beach Life  -  Relax on the golden beach or swim in the crystal blue waters with direct beach access. Beachside service is avaliable
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind at the full-service spa, by the pool with a book or in yoga and meditation classes
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    A luxury beachfront hotel overlooking Banana Bay. Contemporary chic rooms feature pale polished woods, private terraces, deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers; the best have private pools. Facilites galore include a spa, kids club, 3 restaurants, two pools, beach and water activities. Superb! See More

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  • Mount Nevis Hotel Nevis 44 rooms from £265

    Weddings  -  Ceremonies take place in the ruins of a 19th century church on the edge of the estate; will suit laid-back unpretentious couples
    Families  -  Two-bedroom suites and villas are ideal for families. There's also babysitting and lots of games to keep kids occupied
    Total relaxation  -  Spend relaxed days by the pool, read amongst leafy gardens, visit nearby beaches or enjoy laid-back activities
    Swimming Pool  -  Large hill-facing pool with incredible Caribbean Sea views is surrounded by hammocks for lazy afternoons
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    A historic plantation estate with sprawling grounds and Caribbean Sea views. Pretty rooms with traditional decor are spread over several pavilions; all come with balconies and patios to enjoy the outdoors. The villa offers a kitchen and a large pool will appeal to kids. Relaxed family-friendly stay. See More

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  • Belle Mont Farm St Kitts, St Kitts and Nevis from £878

    Families  -  Between four and eight couples can each be accommodated in their own private Guesthouse.
    Outstanding location  -  Surrounded by the lush beauty of the forest and the azure waters of the Caribbean.
    Spa  -  The Mango Walk Spa includes Natural pools and open-air treatments.
    Eco  -  The hotel is completely sustainable.
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    Stunning all inclusive eco resort with guesthouses, farmhouses, & villas (which sleep 4). Boutique and eco friendly in every way. Set on an organic farm with stunning views, a golf course, fabulous fresh produce, a 100ft infinity pool, and open-air spa treatments amongst the mango groves. Superb. See More

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  • Paradise Beach Nevis 7 rooms from £1511

    Beach Life  -  As the name suggests, the resort's beach is to die for with stunning white sand, transparent water & swaying palm trees
    Families  -  Two-bedroom beach villas are incredible; they offer families plenty of space and direct access to the water
    Private Hot Tub  -  2-bedroom villas boast private copper plunge pools; all others come with pebble-lined swimming pools
    Total relaxation  -  The place for relaxing days filled with sun, sand and sea in indulgent and tranquil setting
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    A collection of uber-luxe 2, 3 and 4-bedroom villas spread over lush beachfront compound. Balinese in style with contemporary glam touches, each boasts a private pool, sea-facing terraces and spacious living, dining and kitchen areas; there's also a waterfront restaurant. A beach-lover's paradise. See More

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