Golden Rock

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Over 50 species of Palm Trees at this historic plantation property

We have teamed up with blogger and travel writer Charli Moore to provide you with an insider’s guide to our beautiful island’s activities and attractions. She’ll also be reviewing Nevis’ varied array of eateries and beach bars; here she talks to Peter Dunning, manager of vibrant heritage plantation property the Golden Rock Inn.

Situated on the verdant slopes of Nevis Peak, the Golden Rock Inn is a historic plantation property that dates back to the 1800s. Owned by one of New York’s most creative couples, Helen and Brice Marden, Golden Rock has been lovingly restored under their guidance and boasts a minimalist chic that perfectly complements its fine Nevisian stone walls and vaulted ceilings.

Meander along the paths that wend their way through the vibrant gardens and take a dip in the freshwater pool. Retreat from the afternoon heat and head into the bar for refreshment or enjoy alfresco dining on the terrace at The Rocks; a fine Nevis restaurant. Relax in the palm-shaded courtyard and watch as vervet monkeys, wild donkeys, and hummingbirds flit between historic ruins and modern furnishings; for Golden Rock is a fairytale world where old harmonizes with new.

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Quick fire questions with Peter

What would you recommend to first time diners?
Peter says, “We are known locally for our lobster sandwiches that are served at lunch and receive rave reviews from all who sample this island favorite. Our signature cocktail the Mount St. Helena (Absolut Vodka, jalapeno, fresh rosemary, a squeeze of lime, and a splash of cranberry juice) and our renowned rum punch (a beloved Caribbean tipple), give a real taste of life here at Golden Rock.”

In your opinion what sets Golden Rock apart from other plantation properties on Nevis?
“I believe that the gardens here at Golden Rock are one of the stand out features of the property. Designed by the world-famous Raymond Jungles, Golden Rock boasts one of the most comprehensive gardens in the West Indies. We have over 50 species of palm tree (some from as far flung as Madagascar and Sumatra), along with 10 species of bamboo and a wealth of flowering plants from all four corners of the globe.”

What is your favorite place or activity on Nevis?
“I always enjoy the hike to Saddle Hill. An easy trail with a moderate incline, once at Nelson’s Lookout (so named as it is said he would visit the spot to look for invading French ships) you are treated to spectacular views south east across to Antigua and Montserrat.”

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Modern Caribbean/Seafood
Location: Gingerland, Nevis
Distance from the Four Seasons Resort: 10km east of the Four Seasons Resort, 17 minutes by car
Opening hours: Breakfast from 8:30am to 10:30am, lunch from 11:30am to 3pm, dinner from 6:30pm to 9pm. Dinner reservations are recommended.
Owners: Helen and Brice Marden
Contact: +1 869 469 2222