Anyone fortunate enough to fly into Nevis on one of the handful of prop plane flights that come in each week will first get an impression of a single, jungle-clad peak that eases its way down to an impossibly blue sea. Only when the plane is low enough can individual places be picked out, and just before reaching the narrow strip of tarmac the last view is of an authentic Caribbean hideaway.
A charming whitewashed bar reaches to the edge of the sea, tucked away amongst swaying palms. And there, barely visible through the mango trees and the bright red flowers of the flamboyant, nestles one of the oldest properties on the island. Protected from sea surges by a barrier of boulders, the luscious garden leads directly to a sandy beach dotted with the sunset-pink interiors of conch shells.
The house itself is enchanting. Caribbean living was always designed around light and space, with openings to the outside so that the home can be filled with the perfume of frangipani flowers. The Beaches embraces the traditional charms and yet has some modern twists: there is a cheerful, spacious kitchen with solid granite counters, and it flows to the dining area and living room with its wide glass-paneled doors leading to the garden. A bedroom in glorious turquoise is perfectly styled for island life.
Walking through the garden leads to the restaurant and bar, a wonderful space that offers visitors to the island a chance to experience what they came to the Caribbean for: a classic space brushed by breezes and the scent of the sea. Looking across The Narrows to St Kitts makes for compelling viewing, and it is the sort of place to which people return time and time again to be a part of something that feels very real in a world too often absorbed by fashion and flair.
The Beaches garden is filled with tropical flora: a mango tree here, a lime tree there. A hammock idles between two trees and some beautiful pieces of driftwood coupled with old buoys make the space into something of an art gallery.
With a house that would make either an appealing rental or a charming home for those in search of a retreat, and a bar and restaurant that offers something that is found nowhere else on the island, The Beaches is an ideal, unique investment opportunity.