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Golden Rock Inn

Address: Sign at bottom of Main Road

Neighborhood: Gingerland

City: Charlestown

Phone: 869-469-3346

Website: www.golden-rock.com

Expert Review

While some gravitate to splashy resorts around the Caribbean hoping for a celebrity sighting or a hot-stone spa treatment, a different type of escapist seeks out the Golden Rock Inn in Nevis. High in forested hills near a volcano, this former sugar plantation serves as a painstakingly preserved time capsule of the early 1800s, a time when tiny Nevis was a commercial nexus dubbed the "Queen of the Caribbees."

Scattered over Golden Rock Inn's 100 acres are cheerful gingerbread cottages with spectacular views of Antigua and Montserrat along the horizon. Plenteous tropical trees, plants, and flowers provide a happy habitat for families of affable vervet monkeys. New co-owners Brice Marden, the celebrated painter from New York, and his wife, Helen Harrington, also a painter, oversaw a total renovation and set up a studio where they work. Staying on, though now as a partner, is knowledgeable host Pam Barry, whose great-great-great-grandfather built the Golden Rock estate. She didn't inherit the inn, but instead has worked on salary since the 1970s to gain a share. The restaurant, which serves topnotch West Indian cuisine, is a must-visit venue even for those not staying at the inn. Candlelit tables are set among small, interconnected pools, near a gazebo with a crown reminiscent of the copper kettles used to boil the estate's sugar cane. Inquire about the old stone windmill, converted into a dreamy duplex. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: moderate | historic | smart luxury winner | views

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