Golden Rock Inn is a unique boutique hotel in Nevis in a beautiful setting, occupying the grounds of a former sugar plantation stretching up the hillside of Nevis Peak. The characterful hotel is a peaceful destination where guests can relax amid stunning gardens with wonderful views and enjoy excellent cuisine.
The whole estate covers almost 100 tropical acres, including 15 acres of landscaped gardens about 1000 feet above sea level, with spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea towards the islands of Antigua and Montserrat. The property has a serene yet magical feel, with cobbled paths leading past small pools and fish ponds, through tropical gardens which are home to plenty of birdlife, wild monkeys and the occasional donkey. Guests at Golden Rock Inn can wander along the pretty pathways by themselves, or accept an invitation to explore the gardens with the head gardener.
The historic plantation has been restored and creatively expanded by two artists from New York, who also assisted in the design of the gardens. 19th century stone buildings have been furnished in a simple yet contemporary style, with modern art throughout as well as pieces inspired by the owners’ travels. Red painted doors and window shutters open to reveal stone terraces surrounded by lush vegetation.
The 11 simple yet comfortable guest rooms are all individually furnished with bleached wood floors, antique furniture alongside more modern pieces with splashes of colour, from Moroccan rugs to brightly coloured walls. Most rooms occupy cottages spread out across the hillside, while a unique suite occupies a traditional sugar mill and offers accommodation for families.
At the heart of the Golden Rock estate is The Rocks Restaurant, one of the best dining venues on Nevis which is renowned for its lobster sandwiches. Meals are served al fresco on dining terraces overlooking cascading pools with views towards the sea, or at intimate tables hidden among the tropical gardens. The restaurant specialises in modern Caribbean cuisine using fresh fish and lobster caught by local fishermen, and tropical fruit and vegetables produced by farmers nearby. The bar serves signature cocktails under stone vaulted ceilings, with plenty of open air terraces where guests can relax with a drink.
A 50ft freshwater swimming pool is found a short walk away, fed by a spring and surrounded by terraces with sun beds.
Staff at Golden Rock Inn are friendly, attentive and happy to arrange activities to ensure guests make the most of their time on Nevis. Possible excursions include birdwatching, sailing tours, day trips to nearby islands, snorkelling and scuba diving. Guests can also hire bicycles or hire a car to discover Nevis and visit the many special beaches found around the island.
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Golden Rock Inn is a hidden treasure, set within hillside gardens which are home to one of the finest collections of tropical plants in the Caribbean including stunning orchids. Bedrooms are unique and colourful, reflecting the artistic nature of the owners.
The restaurant terrace is a wonderful spot for lunch, serving legendary lobster sandwiches in the open air or under a stone gazebo overlooking cascading pools.
For more information about Golden Rock Inn or alternative properties, take a look at the Nevis Trip Diary.
Children: Children are welcome at Golden Rock Inn.
Location: Golden Rock Inn is located on a hillside stretching up Nevis Peak a few miles away from the island’s south west coast. Guests can fly to Nevis but the most convenient option is to fly to St Kitts airport, board a boat to Nevis then travel approximately 20 minutes by car to Golden Rock Inn.
Facilities: Restaurant, bar, freshwater swimming pool.
Excursions: The hotel can arrange excursions including snorkelling and scuba diving trips, culinary experiences such as market tours, nights out on St Kitts, day trips to nearby islands, boat charters, guided hikes, horse riding, birdwatching, sailing and sightseeing tours.
Meal Arrangements: Stays at Golden Rock Inn are on a bed & breakfast basis.
Dining: The Rocks Restaurant offers al fresco Caribbean cuisine under the stars and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar is open daily from 11am - 9pm.
All 11 guest rooms at Golden Rock Inn offer privacy in a lush garden setting and sea views towards the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Montserrat. On arrival guests are welcomes with complimentary bottles water and homemade sweets from the pastry chef, while room amenities include a selection of teas, private blend coffeee, WiFi, complimentary wash, fold and ironing services, ceiling fans and free standing floor fans on each level, Le Labo toiletries, hair dryer, handmade Ikat bathrobes, beach bag with towels, mini fridge, electric safe and TV.
Garden Room: A delightful West Indian cottage with a Queen size bed, full bath, and a large screened in back porch that opens to a private garden surrounded by stacked stone walls. Its remote location offers complete privacy making it ideal for a couple or person wanting that little extra privacy. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults
Hillside Rooms: The 8 Hillside rooms are located in 4 duplex cottages making them ideal for couples alone or families and friends traveling together. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, each room has its own spacious and furnished terrace and features either a King, Queen, or two twin beds with en-suite bathroom & walk-in rainfall shower. The Hillside rooms in the colorful Duplex Cottages are sprinkled across different parts of the property within close proximity to the restaurant or pool area, all with magical views of the garden and beyond. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults
Paradise Cottage: The most romantic cottage, appropriately named Paradise, is cut from local volcanic stone and boasts a large terrace shielded by bamboo, avocado trees and gorgeous views towards Windward beach. This free-standing cottage is reminiscent of an historic Caribbean stone house and offers full privacy. Equipped with a king size bed and full bathroom, it is perfect to be enjoyed by a couple. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults
Sugar Mill: The two story 19th century Sugar Mill towers above much of the property and offers sweeping views from its 2nd floor master bedroom. As one of the most unique accommodations in the Caribbean, the Sugar Mill is ideal for families, honeymooners, or travelers seeking privacy with an oversized king bed upstairs with a full bath, and two twin beds with a sitting area, writing desk and a second bathroom on the first floor. Design accents include bright red shutters that play well with the ancient cut stone walls and its lush private patio. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children.