Family Travel: Four Seasons Nevis {Part I}

Over six years ago when Jason and I were expecting our first child, we knew that vacations for just the two of us would become a distant memory, only to be replaced with diaper duty and sleepless nights. With that understanding, we decided to go away for one last hurrah; a baby moon in the Caribbean.  Having been to many different tropical islands, we were eager to try somewhere different, so we chose St. Kitts. While in St. Kitts, a number of locals and fellow resort guests encouraged us to take the ferry to their sister island, Nevis.  With some many rave reviews, we decided to take the 35 minute ferry ride.  Not long after our arrival, my swollen legs and 6 month preggers belly needed a break, and I longed for nothing more than a beach chair and a Pina Colada (virgin, of course).  It was then, while hobbling down the beach, that we stumbled upon the Four Seasons Nevis Resort.  Enamored by the views from the beach, beautiful grounds and courteous staff, what started as a “3 hour tour” to a neighboring island, resulted in our checking in with only a few change of clothes, for almost 3 full days.  We were so touched by the beauty of the island, and the experience at the Four Seasons, that we garnished our first born, Ryder, with the second middle name of Nevis!

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Only 6 months after our trip in 2008, Hurricane George ravaged Nevis.  When the news broke, we realized that the Four Seasons was one of the hardest hit properties on the island.  It didn’t seem like we would ever be able to bring Ryder back to the place of his namesake, but after a two year overhaul, the Four Seasons emerged more spectacular than before.  Knowing this, we were excited to plan our latest family getaway to Nevis. This trip, coined the Family Moon, as we were carrying three kids in tow, lasted 9 days, so we had the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities that the resort offers.  We had an added family member, my sister Amanda, who joined us for a few days at the beginning of the trip to help out, in Jason’s absence, as he was stuck in Los Angeles for work.  It had been years since my sister and I were away together, and the Four Seasons was beautiful way to make new memories.

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I will admit, I was a bit trepidatious about the flight to the islands and boat trip to Nevis with the kids, but I have to say they handled it very well, enjoying every part of the adventure, especially the boat ride!  And, the Four Seasons experience starts at the airport where you are greeted by a member of the staff, who directs you to your ground transportation to the ferry, while additional staff collect your bags. The ferry is a private boat run by the resort, and guests can enjoy their signature Rum Punch or local Carib beer, while soaking up the incredible views of the West Indies, before docking on the property.  The Four Seasons makes it super easy for families with small kids to move around. This whole process was something I was a bit skeptical about not having Jason to handle the bags or help wrangle the kids, but it went off without a hitch.

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We walked into our ocean view suite, and they kids were beyond stoked. Waiting for us inside was a huge blow up turtle raft, along with chocolate snacks and cookies, with Ryder and Siella’s names on them. With comfy beds, a big bathroom with hot tub, and beautiful views of the ocean and property, the room was beyond perfect for our family of 5. And can we discuss the mini plush terry robes for the littles…I am all about detail and this was the ultimate!

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Our days ahead were filled lots of fun in the sun. I had forgotten from our last trip how the beach was completely surreal. With views on the plush and hilly St. Kitts in distance, it might be the prettiest beach that I’ve ever visited. Protected by rock barrier off shore, their beach is void of  waves crashing ashore, making it perfect for youngsters. My kids have become quite the aquatics, but this trip took them to the next level. Ryder snorkeled for what seemed like hours, encountering schools of fish, crabs and gorgeous sea shells. When we weren’t snorkeling or jumping on the huge ocean trampoline, we enjoyed glass bottom kayaking and paddle boarding, all offered complimentary by the resort.  Wind surfing, jet skis and other small water crafts were also available.

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When we weren’t conquering the beach or pools, we were eating! For breakfast each morning, we ordered room service, or went  to Neve, the lobby breakfast buffet restaurant; both offered beautiful views of the grounds and ocean. Lunch was usually spent at the beach or by the pool, where the kids chowed down on their fun bento box style lunches, which all included yogurt and fruit. And dinners were spent at the beautiful Mango, Coral Grill, or Cabana restaurants; each had their own style, while incorporating local cuisine and flare. Offering grilled mahi mahi and grilled chicken, it was refreshing to see a kids menu with healthy options as an alternative to the usual fried chicken fingers and hamburgers. I have to point out that meals for all children 5 years and younger are complimentary, which make it easier for larger families with kids like ours to have a luxury vacation. And none of these fine dining experiences would have been the same without the Four Seasons staff, who were so incredibly warm and sweet, it seemed like we had known them for years.

*Stay tuned for more about our Nevis expedition, including the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Camp Nevis, a chartered Catamaran Snorkeling trip, Monkey Tour, and our private beach cabana..

Hotel & accommodations for my family and I were provided by Four Seasons Nevis. All opinions are my own.

Sunday Swoon: Little Gloriana Elsa Dress

The Frozen craze is still going strong in our house and Ryder and Siella’s obsession seem to have come in phases. First, it was all about watching the movie, then it was playing the soundtrack over and over again and watching them belt out word for word to every single song. And now, it’s imaginary play. Siella is so into fairies and princesses and often pretends Ryder is Prince Hans and sometimes Anna, while Gemma is always Olaf. It’s pretty hilarious watching them act out the characters and their love for this classic movie, something I’m sure we will always remember. For months, stores have been completely sold out of any type of Frozen gear imaginable, and in fact I’ve seen some cases where people were hawking the product for thousands on ebay.

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One of my favorite designers, Little Gloriana just introduced the newest Elsa Dress on the market. Little Gloriana is a proud designer of the immensely popular “Mini & Me” collection (the matching girl and doll* clothing collection) and has now designed the gorgeous & cinematic ELSA Dress.

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The ELSA DRESS is a long-sleeve, comfortable twirl dress, complete with a sparkling bodice. The body and sleeves are white nylon & spandex blend. The dress is available in either floor-length or knee-length versions. Siella is in her glory with this dress and hasn’t taken it off since I surprised her with it this week.

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The Little Gloriana “Mini & Me” set includes a girl’s dress and a matching doll outfit (girls clothing sizes range from 3T to 12 and the doll dresses fit both 15” and 18” dolls. I haven’t given her the matching doll dress yet because this was just enough to excite her for one week. The dress is just beyond, and if you have a little girl just like mine this is probably the ultimate gift I’m sure they will adore for quite sometime.

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