In 1988, Bermudian hotelier David Dodwell Sr. took an
unplanned day trip from St. Kitts over to smaller, quieter sister island,
Nevis. It was a trip that changed many
people’s lives forever.
A hidden gem to dust off
Touring the island on his own, Mr. Dodwell made his way down
a small road. Intrigued by an oceanfront inn for sale, he pulled in to have a
“When I first visited Nisbet Plantation, stepped around the
corner of the Great House and saw the view down the avenue (now the Avenue of
the Palms), it took my breath away,” says owner David Dodwell who also owns
Nisbet Plantation’s sister property, The Reefs Resort & Club in Bermuda. “I
had never seen anything like that and instantly fell in love with Nisbet.
In May 1989, Mr. Dodwell purchased what remains the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on a beach. Having instantly grasped its storied past of more than 200 years, he began a meticulous restoration along with an expansion that stayed true to the property’s identity.
A new life
Mr. Dodwell’s steadfast commitment since taking ownership
has resulted in a resort of international stature, lifelong staff, loyal guests
and many a great story.
We’ve graced the pages of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast
Traveler, celebrated newlyweds, welcomed their children and grandchildren, and helped
many guests from the world over come feel
perfectly at ease. Our long-serving staff, affectionately the Ladies and
Gentlemen of Nisbet, continue to be our heartbeat. We’ve watched staff
so-deservedly be named among the best in the world. They’ve witnessed “I dos,” let
guests join them at church, shared family traditions and created the truly
treasured relationships of picking up where you left off.
Please join us
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of
Nisbet Plantation under Mr. Dodwell’s ownership. Everyone is invited to enter
our staff-hosted, interactive
30th anniversary contest to show their Nisbet knowledge
for a chance to win one of 12 six-day/five-night stays. We’ve already had our
first set of winners visit and they even brought their friends!
Additionally, guests can stay this year on the 30th Anniversary Special. The same allure that drew Mr. Dodwell here
remains at Nisbet Plantation and on our island home. Nevis is one of the few
remaining uncommon, unhurried, uncrowded Caribbean islands. The island still
has no traffic lights, no commercial chain restaurants, nor are buildings
allowed to be any taller than a coconut palm.Thank you for continuing to be a part of Nisbet
Plantation’s story. We look forward to writing this next chapter together.