From January to June, guests can take part in the fun of cricket, the island’s favourite sport, and attend matches at Grove Park in Charlestown. On select holiday weekends, visitors should not miss the horse racing hosted by the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club at Indian Castle Race Track. These races are very popular celebrations, full afternoon affairs complete with live music, extensive barbecues and a carnival atmosphere. Any time of year is a good time to watch a practice session of children playing the island’s classic musical instrument, the steel pans, in Charlestown.
It’s Turtle Season All Year Round
Do not miss the chance to see protected giant sea turtles up close in their natural habitat. From June 1 through October 31, Lemuel Pemberton, founder and President of the Nevis Turtle Group, leads resort guests on night-time turtle walks on moonlit Nevis beaches. You might count eggs, help measure the turtles or, if you are lucky, see fresh hatchlings. Four Seasons also sponsors sponsors six Nevisian turtles, Ginger, Coral, Jewel, Paradise, Pinney and Neve, who are GPS tagged so guests can follow them online in real time. As part of the Resort’s Kids for All Seasons program, the Sea Turtle Learning Camp is offered all year round, and once each week is Turtle Camp day. Every child attending graduates with a sea turtle adoption kit and certificate for their own adopted Nevisian sea turtle. They can then go online to follow their turtle in the sea.
Some guests come to Nevis to lie around and do nothing, but others are very active.
Amerindians called the island Oualie, or Land of Beautiful Waters, and for certified divers, there are more than 40 beautiful sites, including reefs, caverns, ledges, thermal vents and wrecks. Seafood lovers can join a Four Seasons chef and dive master for the unique Dive and Dine program, catching their own lobsters to barbecue on the beach. Nevis is also home to an annual triathlon, and local hero Reggie Douglas, two-time Sportsman of the Year and four-time national cycling champion, leads adventurers of all ages and experience levels through old sugar cane trails and village paths on a leisurely bike tour, visiting historic plantations along the way. Hikers can climb Saddle Hill, a two- hour trek up Nevis Peak offering stunning views of St. Kitts, Antigua and Montserrat. A number of other unique nature-, history- and scenery-focused hikes are offered. For a different natural perspective, try a kayak tour along the coast, led by an expert guide who tailors the route to any age or level of experience, stopping at hidden snorkelling spots along the way and enjoying a picnic on a secluded beach.
Tee It Up
The course designed by Robert Trent Jones II is one of the best in the entire Caribbean and a must-play for any visiting golfer. A true “roller coaster ride,” the course climbs and drops again and again along the slopes between a towering volcano and the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. There are dramatic ruins of a historic sugar mill behind the second tee, while the signature 15th is the highest point on the hilly course, an immense par 5 stretching 663 yards (606 metres) from the back tees! The good news is that the hole drops nearly 20 storeys, and the prevailing tropical wind helps from behind. The tee shot offers sweeping views over the rest of Nevis and the Caribbean Sea. If this sounds daunting, a calmer and gentler way to experience the beautiful layout is to partake in the strictly for fun nine-hole manager/guest scramble and cocktail reception held weekly, a unique Nevis tradition.
The Four Seasons Spa offers everything from a simple massage in the privacy of the guest room to daylong spa immersion packages, but since Nevis and St. Kitts have hundreds of years of sugar-producing history, try the Golden Sugar Skin Buff. Gold particles, cane sugar, minerals and apricot kernel oil are combined in a heaven-scented scrub that exfoliates and hydrates your skin. Next, a golden, shimmering oil of apricot, carrot and calendula oil is applied all over your body. Your skin will feel radiant, smooth and supple, especially after the climatic changes of travel.