08.16.2017 A short history of Nevis
Nevis is steeped in history and sights include the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, now the Nevis History Museum, Charlestown and old churches such as St Thomas' Lowland Church. Here’s a brief outline of Nevis' fascinating history:
1493: Nevis is discovered by Columbus where he meets the Amerindian people who have been living on Nevis for over two thousand years. The Amerindian name for Nevis was Oualie, land of beautiful waters.
1607: Captain James Smith of England sails to Nevis and settles in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
1834: Slavery is abolished in the British Empire and 8,815 slaves are freed from slavery on Nevis. This historical emancipation of the Nevisian people is celebrated today during Nevis' Culturama festival every July.
1882: Nevis is united with neighbouring island St. Kitts but it isn't until 1983 that the island becomes fully independent.
1954: Nevis gets electricity and over the next few decades continues to develop and modernise. Restrictions on flights and lack of cruise ships to the island ensure Nevis is accessible whilst remaining the secluded gem of the Caribbean.
07.06.2017Sail into the sunset with Nevis Yacht Charters
We speak to Miles from Nevis Yacht Charters to find out more about the experiences they offer and why taking a cruise into the sunset with them is so very special.
"Nevis Yacht Charters is a family run charter business, catering for a select clientele that prefer a private, tailor made sailing and snorkelling experience on their own yacht for the day.
"We offer full and half day and sunset charters, complementary beverages and snacks, guided snorkel tours with a marine biologist, and snorkel tuition if you or your children have never been before.
"Our half day charter is often the most popular because you get to cruise down the beautiful coast of Nevis before having a fun sail over to our sister island of St Kitts. From Kitts you get a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist, followed by a scenic cruise along the St Kitts coast line before sailing back across the narrows to Nevis where we often see turtles.
"Our cruises and tours are unique because of how quiet and exclusive they are. Boats are for a maximum of eight guests so there are no flippers in your face, no crowded catamarans - just your own private yacht for the day!
06.28.2017Nevis Island Living - fabric artwork in the heart of Charlestown
Deborah Tyrell is a talented cloth artist, born in Trinidad and educated in Toronto who now calls Nevis home. Nevis Island Living is her creation and earlier this month we caught up with her to find out more about her gallery, artwork and life on the island.
"I have been sewing for a long time. I initially started doing craft work by appliquéing different island characters onto aprons and potholders.
"My artwork is meant to elevate traditional Women's Work. So many of us think of sewing as for clothing that to use cloth for art with the same sewing technique is a way to add value to the time we women spend doing things.
"I made Nevis home through marriage initially. However, when I look around Nevis, with the sunsets ever present, nature so close and the sky so blue. I don't feel I could live anywhere else for too long.
"If you're thinking come for the vacation, I'd encourage it, come and take time to be quiet, sit and watch the ocean and it will sing to you. Once that happens, you will know what to do next."
If you're wild about all things mango, then we have the festival for you. In less than a month, Nevis is going to let juice on all things mango. Between the 6th - 9th July, you can expect a host of dining experiences, cooking master classes and culinary inventions from international chefs - all focusing on mangoes!
Nevis island has an impressive 40 varieties of mangoes, with mango season in full fruity flow between June and August, making July the perfect time to celebrate these exotic, tasty fruits.
As well as a host of extraordinary local chefs, 2017 will be joined by two talented international chefs, Chef Judy Joo and Chef Seamus Mullen. Local students will be chosen as interns to work alongside the professionals too, training them up and keeping Nevis' extraordinary food scene alive for years to come. Expect flavours that excite, expertise that impresses and events that entertain.
Don't miss out!
05.30.2017Daynason - Keeping our Gardens Rosy
Meet Daynason, our Gardener at Paradise Beach!
What’s your favourite thing about working at Paradise Beach?
My favorite thing about working here at Paradise Beach Nevis is seeing our beautiful Landscaping come together more and more every day.
Do you have any food tips for our guests?
My favorite restaurants that visitors should try are:
Mangoes, the ribs a must-taste.
Golden Rock, a magical setting with lush gardens.
What would you say to guests who are considering staying with us?
Paradise Beach is for everyone from families, couples, getaways with friends. We overlook the beautiful Caribbean Sea and are surrounded by a lush tropical garden. I love walking around the gardens with our guests and showing them our wildlife (birds and monkeys!) and teaching them the names of our fruit trees and flowers. I’m proud of what we’ve created.
05.09.2017Meet Kimoye, Our Lovely Concierge
What’s your favourite thing about working in Paradise?
I love working with my co-workers as a team and interacting with our guests. It’s such a beautiful and relaxing resort so I would say if you’re thinking of joining us, you can expect beautiful sunsets and the friendliest staff with the best smiles! My best moment is when I hear our guests say that they will return to Paradise Beach Nevis because of our warmth and hospitality.
What are the best restaurants to try on the island?
Sunshine’s is the best local restaurant with fresh fish, lobster and green fresh salad. Bananas has a great ambiance and delicious food and Coconut Grove Restaurant is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
What’s challenging about your work?
One of most challenging things about working at Paradise is saying goodbye to guests you’ve formed a bond with.
04.22.2017Celebrating Earth Day in Paradise
Today is Earth Day, a day when governments, communities, organisations and individuals across 193 countries run events in support of the protection of our environment and planet. Here at Paradise Beach Nevis, this is a cause we really care about and so we want to show you some of the things we're doing to protect Paradise.
With all the beautiful sunshine we get, it would be madness not to use our sun's energy. Solar panels across the resort ensure you're able to get all the hot water you need, when you need, without wasting electricity and precious resources.
On the resort, we recycle water where we can to minimise effects on the environment. The pumps in our swimming pools use up just one-third of the electricity of normal pumps and the villas' thatched roofs are made from recycled materials which means they are easier to clean and save water too!
You'll notice all inside areas are fitted with air conditioning units to ensure you get some respite from the heat outside. AirCon normally uses up huge amounts of electricity but our units have a top rating for environmental impact.
Finally, our luxury villas now all have LED lighting which means the power we were using in a day is now lasting us a full month.
On this Earth Day, we here at Paradise Beach Nevis, join millions of others around the world in our promise to protect our environment and the future of our beautiful world.
Easter weekend is fast approaching and we're getting ready for what's set to be an exciting and fun festival period. For those of you joining us in Paradise over the Easter holidays, here's what we have planned.
The weekend gets off to a flying start with Nevis' unique Kite Flying Contest open for contestants across the island. The contest takes place on Good Friday and entries will be judged on design, innovation and of course, performance. This is a great event for the whole family.
We'll have an Easter egg hunt around the resort for all the children with us over Easter. With sunshine and temperatures set to reach a glorious 24 degrees over the weekend, let's hope the kids find the chocolate before they melt!
There will be horse racing on Easter Monday as well as competitions and quizzes throughout the weekend. It will be busy and bustling and promises to bring some fine Nevisian spirit and soul to your Easter celebrations this year. Happy Easter to everyone from the Paradise Beach Nevis team and, if you are with us over the holidays, please feel free to ask us for more information on all events and activities.
03.28.2017Mervan’s Caribbean Cocktail
Our guests love lounging around at the beach bar and sipping one of our delicious, tropical cocktails. Today our bartender Merv shares one of his infamous cocktail recipes. Try it at home!
1 shot Bacardi rum
1 shot Myers dark rum
1 freshly squeeze lime juice
1 shot Pineapple Juice
1 splash of simple syrup
Pour over ice and stir, garnish with a lime wedge.
03.12.2017Joyous Julene - Meet Paradise Beach's Accounts Manager
What are your favorite things about working in Paradise?
I love working with my supportive team who strive to provide a very high standard in all aspects of our resort and also receiving all that amazing feedback from guests who have enjoyed their time here.
Any restaurant recommendations for our guests?
My favorite restaurants that visitors should try are:
Sunshines Bar & Grill, fresh fish with Caribbean flavours and coconut rice (A must try). The Lobster salad is to die for.
Bananas Restaurant Mahi Mahi with Thai curry sauce, this dish is bursting with Caribbean flavours. Finally,
Golden Rock Restaurant: the lobster sandwich is highly recommendable.
What’s your best memory at Paradise Beach?
The best memory is seeing our guests having fun at our Lobster bake in pouring down rain, dancing and having a blast.
Do you have a message for guests who are thinking about joining you in paradise?
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, we welcome you with open arms to our tropical oasis of peace and tranquility, where your days can be spent just gazing away at the Caribbean Sea from a hammock under the coconut tree.