On a recent trip planning session, when we stumbled upon Four Seasons Resort Nevis West Indies, it looked amazing. But we were still skeptical that the resort could meet our needs, as most luxury resorts do not cater to families. Then we arrived at our room.
The hotel had a tent filled with stuffed turtles all set up for the kids. This was great for us because our three-year-old now looked forward to taking naps in her “island fort”! We spent our days collecting shells, exploring the island for treasure, playing at the resort park and lounging poolside.
To back up a bit, here’s a little background: My husband Daren and I are seasoned travelers. We’ve been pretty much everywhere together. We vowed before having children that we would embrace the challenges of traveling with them so that we could expose them to new things and enjoy new adventures together as a family.
We kept that promise with our first child, bringing her with us on long trips and even to Europe. With our second daughter, we started traveling when she was just two months of age. By the time she was five months old, we decided to take on the Caribbean. We did a lot of research to decide where we wanted to go; it had to be a place that was able to strike a fine balance between family and luxury.
Through our research, we quickly found that Four Seasons Resort Nevis West Indies was the only resort that had entirely positive reviews — many families spoke highly of it with regards to the kids. We decided this was the place for us to explore, and set about our family adventure.
Traveling with a three-year-old and five-month-old anywhere is usually challenging. Add in a boat to get to your destination, and that’s a whole other ballgame. However, the staff at Four Seasons were wonderful — and met us every step of the way. It was a seamless travel experience to get to the island, plus the girls loved going on the boat. When we docked on the island and walked down towards the resort, we knew we’d made the right choice.
On our beach days in Nevis, we used the resort beach house, which has a private butler at your service. Staff recommended a Pack N Play playpen for the baby, which was brilliant because she could hang out in there shaded from the sun. They then brought our older girl all the beach toys imaginable. She was in heaven moving from ocean to beach, building “Nevis castles” all day long. When the kids are happy, the parents are happy. So we kicked back and relaxed in lounge chairs, sipping on a couple of pineapple-ginger mojitos (highly recommended).
What put this holiday experience over the top for us was when our little one needed some quiet naptime. Usually, our older daughter would then have to play quietly for a few hours. But here, we had the Kids For All Seasons club at our disposal. Our big girl used this time to make crafts, play dress-up, explore the pirate ship and color every coloring book she could find. When we returned home, we asked her what her favorite part of Nevis was. She quickly proclaimed, “The Kids Club!”
When the day was over, we would explore each restaurant at the resort (Neve was our favorite). From oceanside views, stunning sunsets and divine food, we could not have been happier. Everything was easy, and the staff was wonderful — they even took the time to speak to our kids by their names when we walked through the resort. When our holiday was over, we were sad to leave and not anxious to get home. This is how we knew we’d found an outstanding place. We promised to make this a yearly get-away for our family.
Vanessa Willacy and her husband Daren Trousdell live in West Palm Beach, Florida with their two daughters. Vanessa is a vice president of mobile marketing in the US, a “mother, digital and mobile marketer, part-time entrepreneur. In that order."
View all posts from Vanessa
Read more about amman, Atlanta, austin, Bali, baltimore, bangkok, beaches, beijing, beirut, Beverly Hills, beverly wilshire, bora bora, Boston, Brooke Vosika, Budapest, buenos aires, cairo, canary wharf, chaing mai, Chiang Mai, chicago, china, city breaks, costa rica, denver, destination tips, Disney World, doha, dublin, egypt, family travel, firenze, Florence, food, Four Seasons, Four Seasons Lisbon, Four Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavara, four seasons westlake village, geneva, golden triangle, halloween, hampshire, hangzhou, hawaii, hong kong, houston, hualalai, istanbul, jackson hole, jakarta, japan, Jimbaran Bay, Kids For All Seasons, Koh Samui, Lāna’i, langkawi, las vegas, london, los angeles, maldives, Marrakech, Marunouchi, maui, mauritius, mauritus, Mexico, miami, milan, mumbai, nevis, new york, new york city, olympics, orlando, palm beach, palo alto, paris, park lane, philadelphia, philanthropy, photography, prague, punta mita, ramadan, recipes, resort escapes, restaurants, road trips, rosh hashanah, san diego, san francisco, santa barbara, santa fe, scottsdale, Seattle, serengeti, shanghai, South America, special days, st. louis, sydney, teen tweens, thailand, tokyo, toronto, travel tips, Vail, vancouver, washington, Whistler