It may not be one of the most known Caribbean countries, but the dual-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies is certainly one of the most picturesque. And because it’s a commonwealth of the U.K., you’ll definitely be able to speak the language (they were some of the first islands to be settled and had the first British and French colonies in the Caribbean). Here you won’t find the massive sprawl of, say, Nassau. Instead, boutique-sized properties with an excess of charm and beauty are more common. And because they’re getting increasingly popular—thanks in part, perhaps, to news of Prince Harry traveling to Nevis to save baby sea turtles—Delta has recently added more direct flights.
Fortunately both islands were mostly spared by October’s hurricanes that devastated so much of the region. For that reason it’s an attractive alternative to somewhere like St. Barths that was harder hit and is still in recovery mode. Speaking of, hurricane season runs from June to November, leaving uncertainty regarding storms that might not make the best honeymoon weather. The other half of the year, December through April, is prime time—make sure to book early, especially if going during February’s winter Carnival celebrations. And May and June tend to be less expensive and less busy, yet without much rain. Temps year-round stay at about a perfect 80.
Selecting a destination may depend on the hotel, or you can let the island guide you. The larger of the two is St. Kitts, famous for its beaches of white, gray, and black sand, mountains coated in rainforest, and even a volcano to hike. It also has several historical attractions, like the capital Basseterre with colonial-era buildings and a plaza with a Victorian clock tower that harks to Piccadilly Circus, and Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which was built in the 18th century and has panoramic Caribbean views. For its part, Nevis—the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton—has Georgian-style architecture as well, along with a few quaint museums (the Nevis Sports Museum might call to fans of cricket), freshwater pools for rainforest bathing, and palm-lined sandy beaches for snorkeling (Pinney’s, Oualie, and Lover’s Beach are a few of the best).
The Four Seasons Resort Nevis is an ideal place to lay your newlywed heads. It’s surrounded by sugary beaches and rainforest views, not to mention that jewel-tone water that always seems to be just the right temperature. If you want to go beyond the standard honeymoon activities (not that there’s anything wrong with those) book their Dive and Dine excursion, which entails scuba diving with a dive master and a chef for epic underwater scenery, plus the opportunity to lasso your own lobsters, which chef will teach you to grill back on the mainland for a beachside lunch in a cabana. Another option, Paradise Beach Nevis speaks to lobster lovers with its bakes on their own private beach, which is easily accessible from its five new romantic beach houses that sit on stilts above the powdery sand (or choose one of seven thatched-roof villas). And at half a century old, Montpelier Plantation & Beach on the site of a 300-year-old sugar mill is a new Relais & Chateaux property, meaning impeccable culinary experiences; service and amenities are standard. Princess Diana and her boys vacationed there.
Over on St. Kitts, the biggest news is the opening of the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. Each of the 126 rooms and suites are sustainably designed and highlight bright blue Caribbean views, with features such as balconies and terraces, along with deep soaking tubs perfect for two. Along with a pair of pools and the expansive first Miraval Life in Balance Spa in the Caribbean (definitely a place you two should spend some downtime) the tony resort boasts an ocean-to-table restaurant, Fisherman’s Village; the Stone Barn (for adults only), with sophisticated multicourse tasting menus; and the Great House restaurant, complete with a rum bar, chef’s table, and plenty of space for intimate dinners. Another option on the big island: St. Kitts Marriott Resort, a tropical oasis on Frigate Bay that offers Kittitian cuisine, bamboo massages, and a sailing trip to Nevis.