Dan Perkins: Nisbet Plantation’s Longest-Standing Member of the Staff

At age 16, Dan Perkins began working at Nisbet Plantation. Our intimate resort, and guests, quickly found a place in his heart. Now 34 years later, Dan is our longest-standing member of the staff and still serves guests with a bright smile and great conversation.

Early Beginnings

Dan PerkinsIn 1982 we first welcomed Dan to Nisbet Plantation as a groundsman. Although Dan has positive energy and a strong work ethic, the role simply wasn’t the right fit and Dan took a step away from our resort.

A few weeks later, the general manager (and Perkins’ family friend) called Dan’s father, requesting he immediately send Dan back to Nisbet – this time in black pants and a white shirt. Upon Dan’s return, he was introduced to his new role and put behind the Great House bar. This day marked the beginning of Dan’s successful mixologist career.

While Dan easily conquered the basics and was quick to charm the guests, it took a little longer to master the handcrafted cocktails. Guests were quite encouraging and gave Dan tips, and some even mailed him cocktail recipes and handbooks after they had returned home.

One guest spent a lot of time in the Great House and was determined to help Dan succeed. He sat in the corner of the bar, and as other guests placed their order, he would teach Dan how to concoct the complicated cocktails.

Passion & Motivation

When asked what keeps him motivated, Dan quickly responds “the guests.” Throughout his tenure, he’s created strong friendships with our guests – new visitors, longtime returners and everyone in between.

The admiration is mutual, and Nisbet’s most frequent guests (who have visited 60+ times) say they value the permanent friendships they’ve formed on Nevis. In fact, they made a special trip to Nisbet specifically to help Dan ring in his 51st birthday.

Nisbet's Most Frequent Guests

Dan had such a close relationship with one guest, Avian Owens, that Dan set his own wedding date based on Avian’s next planned stay. He wanted his friend to attend and sing in his wedding, and the entire island of Nevis was abuzz with excitement when word got out an international opera singer was performing for Dan!

“It’s about meeting lovely people who give you encouragement. Then, when you see them year after year, it makes you feel really, really good.” –Dan Perkins

Family Support

Dan met his wife Cynthia 26 years ago at a cricket game in St. Kitts. They immediately hit it off, and the rest is history.

Now, after 19 years of marriage, they have four beautiful children. Many years ago, Cynthia’s father brought horse racing on Nevis, so this event is deeply treasured by the entire Perkins family, and one of their favorite family traditions was attending the horse races on Boxing Day.

Dan's FamilyPhoto: Tina Thuell Photography

Dan expresses his family members are the ones to push him, and he appreciates their continued support.

Beyond the Avenue

When he’s not behind the bar, you’re most likely to find Dan out fishing. Sometimes his “catch-of-the-day” even ends up being served at the Great House, so keep your eyes out for his fresh lobster and fish on the daily menus!

Dan Fishing

Another great talent is Dan’s affinity for creating clay handicrafts at New Castle Pottery, just across the street from the entrance to Nisbet Plantation. Many years ago, the Nevis Government recognized Dan’s natural talents and sent him to Taiwan to learn and study the trade. With his unrivaled passion and skill, Dan’s stunning clay creations are certainly one-of-a-kind.

The Legacy Continues

Dan brings unique character and charm to our resort. We appreciate his hard work, loyalty and dedication and wish him many more years of happiness at Nisbet Plantation.

Dan PerkinsPhoto: Tina Thuell Photography

What is your favorite memory of Dan? Tell us in a comment below!










6 comments on “Dan Perkins: Nisbet Plantation’s Longest-Standing Member of the Staff”

  1. We were on a bike ride. Having ridden right round Nevis we ended up at the tiny shop and rum shack near the airport. Desperate for refreshment, we were dismayed when the proprietress announce she was about to close for her afternoon nap. At the time there were no other bars along that stretch of hot road. In the nick of time Dan turned up in his car, opened the boot and produced a bottle of rum. He took over the tiny bar while the lady went off for a sleep. What a bloke!!


  2. An easy question for us! We were married at Nisbet on 24 April 2000, almost 17 years ago.
    Dan gave us an especially meaningful pitcher he had crafted at the pottery. This is one of our most treasured wedding gifts. Thank you again, Dan, almost 17 years later. We wish you many more years at Nisbet and only wish we could return once again. Cindy & Bill Reagan xo

  3. we have been lucky to know Dan and his family for 20yrs he has aloud us to become close friends with his family and .we have have had the pleasure of watching his children grow into young adults to be proud of.He says I remind him of his father I think of him as the son I never had .He is the most generous kind man I have had the pleasure knowing.
    This year we could not go out around the island as Brenda had a problem walking so Dan took it on himself to take us out for the day on his day off .This just sums up the kind of man he is.
    Once again all we can say is a big thank you . Love Roy & Brenda

  4. The lovely old Great House, the delightful lounge bar, and Dan’s broad welcoming smile behind the counter just drew you in. Impeccably polished service, friendly banter, and relaxed courtesy are among his many qualities. Before dinner, I enjoy a few beers and some roasted monkey nuts. Alas, the Great House didn’t do monkey nuts, so a restless Dan offered me some delicious canapes instead. The next evening, smiling even more broadly than usual, Dan plucked a consignment of roasted monkey nuts from behind the bar. Apparently, not a common commodity on Nevis, he had spent his free time during the day finding them. The nuts apart, it’s the effort he put into such a small thing that makes him stand out. And, Ann is still drinking the Whispering Angel that Dan recommended……we’ll be back. Cheers, Tony (and Ann)

  5. 18 years ago we spent a week at Nisbet and had a wonderful time. Two years later we decided to return and as we drove in through the gate in our taxi Dan was walking in for his shift, stopped our car, leant in through the window and exclaimed “Susie, Graeme, how wonderful to see you!” We’ve been coming every year since. See you in two weeks Dan! xx

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