Nevis Tourism Industry Awards

Nisbet Plantation Named 2019 Hotel of the Year

It is with tremendous gratitude to announce Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is named the Nevis Ministry of Tourism’s 2019 Hotel of the Year. Additionally, bartender extraordinaire Dan Perkins was presented with a Long Service Award for his tenure at Nisbet Plantation – 36 years and counting!

The awards were presented at the annual Nevis Tourism Industry Awards ceremony on May 25, 2019, an event designed to recognize and reward the achievement of hospitality staff, partners and supporters.

Mrs. Pamela Martin, Resort Manager of the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, receives the award for Hotel of the Year 2019 on behalf of the resort from First Lady Mrs. Sharon Brantley at the Ministry of Tourism’ s Nevis Tourism Industry Awards ceremony.
Nevis Island Administration

The dressy affair was held on the grounds of Government House at Bath Plain. Mr. John Hanley, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, spoke to 2019 being the Year of Festivals, a key component of the island experience where guests learn about the culture, heritage and authentic pulse of the destination.

First Lady Mrs. Sharon Brantley presented the island awards to the night’s honorees who represent the finest of the Nevis experience.

Celebrating 30 Years

Dan Perkins with his Long Service Award.
photo: Tina Thuell Photography

For Nisbet Plantation, this year marks three decades of ownership by hotelier David Dodwell Sr. Receiving the 2019 Hotel of the Year Award is a welcomed acknowledgement of the proud hospitality offered by the ladies and gentlemen of Nisbet Plantation as they are affectionately known.

Long Service Award winner Dan Perkins can remember the early days of Nisbet Plantation as the world now knows it. Much to everyone’s delight, while the Avenue of the Palms, Great House, accommodations, grounds and the warm Nevisian hospitality remain timeless, the collection of stories continues to grow.

Nisbet Plantation continues to be honored and humbled by the support everyday of our talented staff and loyal guests. Here’s to many more years!

30+ Years of Service at Nisbet

Many of you know that we take great pride in our 5-star staff and service at Nisbet Plantation. We truly believe it is the personalities of our intimate, Caribbean resort that make your vacation so memorable and so special.

As Nisbet Plantation celebrates 30 years with owner, David Dodwell Sr., we also celebrate our outstanding staff who have been with us for 30 years and more. Please join us in thanking our staff who have been with Nisbet Plantation for 30+ years, and don’t forget to say “hi” on your next visit!

Bar & Dining

Wilbirth “Dan” Perkins – 36 years

Joycelyn James – 35 years

Violet Gumbs – 33 years

Roslyn Jeffers – 30 years

Angella Maynard – 30 years


Catilda Charles – 35 years

Velma Jones – 35 years


Wayne “Chet” Perkins – 34 years


Leonora Didder – 31 years

Do you have any fond memories of these ladies and gentlemen? If so, share in a comment below!

Celebrating 30 Years at Nisbet Plantation

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 look.

“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.

Tiffany & Chad Make Permanent Their Love for Nisbet Plantation

In 2017, U.S.-based Tiffany and Chad of Virginia made the promise of a lifetime to one another along the Avenue of the Palms. As they approached their one-year anniversary this past November and with plans to return to the resort to celebrate, they took their love one step further. The happy couple chose to make their love for Nisbet Plantation permanent – with the resort’s longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates tattooed on their arms.

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