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Golden ock Inn Nigel Tisdall

there are plenty of sights to waylay the traveller, from the ruins of sugar estates to the shell of Cottle Church. Turtles nest on the beaches from March to November, and if you want a workout, try climbing Nevis Peak, a long, muddy struggle that involves hauling yourself up on ropes, rocks and tree roots. You can go horseriding in the hills, and races are held on public holidays at Indian Castle, although these are often low-key due to a dearth of jockeys. And, of course, you can relax. Lie in a hammock reading June Goodfield’s Rivers of Time: Why is Everyone Talking to Philippa? (Matador, £10), an engaging historical novel set on the island, or get liming in the beach bars enjoying grilled fish, reggae beats and knock-you-flat rum punches. The hotels lead the way on fine dining, but there are also several independent spots worth your time, from the Friday night, all-welcome roadside barbecue run by the local Water Department, to Bananas, owned by a talented British chef, that serves local lobster and Caribbean favourites like goat water (spicy stew) and coconut cake. At night, as you sit on your verandah listening to the tree frogs and relishing the tropical warmth, it’s a sure bet that someone will raise a glass and say that coming to Nevis was actually a rather good idea. Over two centuries on from the first Caribbean breaks, the lure is still as strong as ever. Only now we can do it so easily, and in supreme comfort. What are you waiting for? HMN Nigel Tisdall contributes to The Telegraph and is travel editor of Marie Claire British Airways flies from London Gatwick to St Kitts from £640 return. Your hotel can arrange boat transfer to Nevis. For more information, see nevisisland.com. Stay: montpeliernevis.com; fourseasons.com/nevis; nisbetplantation.com. Dine: goldenrocknevis.com; bananasrestaurantnevis.com

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Plantation and Beach Estate; reception at Golden Rock Inn; Four Seasons Resort Nevis; fresh lobster at Bananas restaurant

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