It is time to begin the life reset you deserve.

I distinctly remember the first time I set foot on Nevis. I had just moved to its sister-island (St. Kitts) a few weeks earlier for my first teaching job. Travelling across The Narrows for a weekend getaway with a few new friends, we loaded our Jeep onto the SeaBridge ferry and set sail for 20 minutes.

I knew nothing about the island when I arrived, but I became its biggest fan by the time the weekend was done. When we are finally allowed to travel again I will be be travelling, and Nevis will be one of my top destinations and after reading this article, I hope you will be there too!

Nevis is a pleasant island located in the Caribbean Sea that I had never heard of before accepting the job in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Many articles about tourism here highlight the fact that the island is often frequented by celebrities; is home to a few high-profile resorts and boutique hotels; and was also a favourite vacation spot of Princess Diana. It is often featured in travel articles from Forbes, Condé Nast Traveller, The Globe and Mail, CNN, and more all highlighting the attractive features of the island.

Since my passion is personal development, I want to share with you how you can plan your getaway to what I believe is the best vacation spot in the world to reset your life.

The Journey to Paradise

The journey to Nevis begins with flights connecting to the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in the capital of the country (Basseterre on St. Kitts) with the majorities of airline visitors coming from major airports in North America and Europe. Travellers from the United States often connect through New York (JFK), Miami, and Charlotte. Canadians travel to the islands via Toronto and Montreal. British Airways offers a flight to and from Europe regularly as well. There are several smaller flights from other Caribbean islands that will take you directly to the Vance W. Amory International Airpot in Nevis.

Once you have landed in St. Kitts, you need to make your way to your final destination across a 4 km channel of beautiful blue ocean. A pickup service may be available to meet you at the airport and shuttle you to your resort depending on your accommodations. Travelling to the island on your own will most likely see you take a 15-20 minute taxi ride to drop you off at a water taxi boat that takes you across The Narrows and then you set foot on the island of Nevis for the first time.

Taking the water taxi from St. Kitts

Now that you have arrived, it is time to begin the life reset that you deserve. Below, I have described 5 key areas I am challenging you to participate in to ignite change as your trip begins.

1. Self-Development

Begin your time on island by getting clear on what matters to you. Find a quiet spot on a beach and take some time to prioritize the core values that you want to live your life by. I have a values exercise that will walk you through this process you can access here. Getting clear on my values was one of the most important things I have done to impact my life, so I am excited to share this activity with you and see what changes it brings you.

Sunset Hammock at Oualie Beach
Relax a little (Art Boardman/Shutterstock.com)

After you have done this exercise, I encourage you to journal out the vision for your life. Identify specifically what you want your life to look like for the next 5-10 years thinking about the key areas of life I have outlined in this article (self-development, spirituality, health, relationships, business, and any other area of your life you are interested in).

2. Faith + Spirituality

Nevis has a serene calmness to it that I have never experienced anywhere else I have travelled. Part of the joy that I have for the islands is due to the fact that many of the “regular things” we have in North America are not found here. There is no fast food on the island. There are no traffic lights. And there are no malls to go waste your money in. Because of this, you can spend a lot of time looking inward and upward.

Two main staples of my daily routine regardless of where I am are practicing gratitude and prayer. I find that the times I have been on Nevis have allowed myself to reset and refocus these two practices. Whether it is done while watching an oceanside sunrise, listening to the birds chirping, or walking on the grounds of the Cottle Church or the botanical gardens, there is something about these moments I deeply cherish.

Nevis Botanical Gardens
Nevis Botanical Gardens (EQRoy/Shutterstock.com)

3. An Active Lifestyle

Some of my most enjoyable memories of Nevis come from being active. I have completed the Cross-Channel Swim twice, raced in the Nevis Running Festival, and even won the Nevis Triathlon! This is one of my favourite places in the world to train for triathlon (even with the rough roads) and it is definitely a winter-training location to consider during your base phase.

Nevis Triathlon
Nevis Triathlon

Outside of the endurance sports, there is so much to do! Book a hike with Reggie from Nevis Adventure Tours, go SCUBA diving with a local company, work in a few yoga sessions, or spend some time on the links golfing. After you are done sweating, a visit to the Nevis Hot Springs is a relaxing warm-down.

4. Relationships

Nevis is a wonderful place to visit with friends, family, or lovers and spend some time prioritizing the relationships in our lives. If you are blessed to be able to share your Nevis experience with others, take full advantage of it and leave the island in a much better space! Aside from the obvious pool and beach time, there are many things to do to build quality relationships. It might happen through a visit to a spa, attending the Nevis Mango & Food Festival, getting engaged or maybe you will even tie the knot here!

5. Business

In the vision for my business, I have outlined a yearly retreat for myself and my staff to Nevis because it is a great place to rest, play, and work! Since it is fairly small and because of the guests it attracts, you never know know who you might bump into and is a tremendous place to network as well. If business is part of your trip, be sure to schedule in focused times where you can go deep with it whether your office looks like a meeting room, beach, or a golf cart.

In addition to the activities described above, I have also listed my three favourite options for the categories below.

Places to Stay

Four Seasons Nevis Resort Entryway
Four Seasons Nevis Resort Entry

The Four Seasons Nevis: A beautiful resort that features beachfront access, amazing grounds, a feature golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, and the best homemade ice cream I have ever had! Driving down the palm-lined entry to the resort will take your breath away, and so will the rooms, as the resort was updated in 2019.

Montpelier Plantation and Beach Hotel: A boutique hotel in an 18th century sugar plantation location, Montpelier is located in the foothills of the Nevis peak. They offer amazing rooms, suites, and villas on the property, as well as an iconic pool and beautiful gardens.

Oualie Beach Resort: Friendly owners and staff are always smiling around Oualie Beach. The beach is located just a few steps from your room and is very affordable even in peak season. The water taxi that brings to Nevis docks at the Oualie Beach pier, so why not wheel your suitcase off the dock and into a room?

Places to Eat

Golden Rock Inn Nevis
Golden Rock Inn Nevis

“The Rocks” at Golden Rock Inn: I strongly encourage you to make your way to “The Rocks” for lunch during your stay. The food is to die for; the view is outstanding; and you can combine your meal with a walk around the gardens on site and you will leave satisfied.

Yachtsman Grill: A beachside restaurant with great vibes, Yachtsman Grill is my go-to dinner spot. Even with some great options, I often order a few styles of pizza and share with the table. Don’t get fooled by the fact that I am ordering ” just pizza”, it is worth it!

Bananas Restaurant: A common recommendations for many guests visiting the island is to watch the sunset at Bananas. I have only been there once, but I would definitely recommend it if you have transportation to get there and back.

Nevis is the world’s best-kept secret and an amazing place to reset your life. Please reach out to me and let me know if you have any questions – I would be happy to answer them and share my experiences with you. You can find more information out about Nevis on the Nevis Naturally website.

*For business inquiries, or more information, please contact Matt through email at gr8nesseveryday@gmail.com

Nevis License Plate
Image by Heike Kaldenbach from Pixabay

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