●Four Seasons – Pinney’s Beach (Charlestown); 011-869-469-1111 or 800-819-5053; fourseasons.com; former sugar plantation site, comprised of pastel villas with gingerbread trim; monkeys; excellent food.
●Golden Rock Plantation Inn – Golden Rock (Charlestown); 011-869-469-3346; golden-rock.com; owned by Brice and Helen Marden; 2-story sugar processing tower is resort’s focal point; lovely beach; 6 bungalows with 11 rooms.
●Montpelier Plantation Inn – Morning Star Village; 011-869-469-3462; montpeliernevis.com; 17 rooms, not all air-conditioned; fresh water pool and private beach.
●Nisbet Plantation Beach Club – Newcastle Beach; 011-869-469-9325 or 800-742-6008; nisbetplantation.com; former plantation, comprised of bungalows; excellent restaurant.
●Double Deuce Bar – Pinney’s Beach (Charleston); 011-869-469-2222; beach shack with swanky resume; barbecued ribs and organic beef burgers.
●Dieppe Bay – on island’s northern tip; eastern Caribbean’s oldest European settlement (colonized by French Huguenots in 1538); black sand beach worth special trip; best snorkeling on island and tremendous views of St. Eustatius and Saba.
●Golden Lemon – Dieppe Bay (Basseterre); 011-869-465-7260 or 800-633-7411; goldenlemon.com; very mixed reviews; probably best for meal, at most (see below).
●Belle Mont Farm – Kittian Hill; 869-465-7388 or 855-846-3951; bellemontfarm.com; 84 rural-chic, shingle-sided guesthouses with private plunge pools & indoor-outdoor bathrooms, in addition to sprawling, 4-bedroom farmhouses; Mango Walk Spa.
●Beach House – at Turtle Beach, on southeast peninsula; 011-869-469-5299; stkittsbeachhouse.com; seafoodcentric, Caribbean menu.
●Golden Lemon – Dieppe Bay (Basseterre); 011-869-465-7260; goldenlemon.com; very mixed reviews.
●St. Kitts Ziplining Tour – old Wingfield Estate; 869-466-4259; skysafaristkitts.com; eco-friendly; 5 different zipline tours; packed with historical information.
Sights & Sites
●Brimstone Hill – Main Road; 011-869-465-2609; brimstonehillfortress.org; UNESCO World Heritage Site; 800' above ocean; among Caribbean's finest fortresses; construction started in 1690 and lasted over 100 years.
●St. Mary’s Biosphere Reserve – extends Atlantic Ocean-side from Ottley’s Ghaut to Key Ghaut; 011-869-465-5584; unesco.org; important site in terms of biological diversity, comprising cloud forests, mangroves and coral reefs.