Roam+Board :: Nevis

[trip style = beach + sun]

{Editor's Note: This is our last Roam+Board of 2011 (next Friday is Fashion Friday), so we thought we'd go out with a bang with an exclusive hideaway sans the exclusive price tag. I've never stayed here, but it's on my hot list.}

What Sitting atop a lush hill in an old sugar mill, the Golden Rock Inn is the quiet, confident type who doesn't need to be the centre of activity. With six pastel cottages painting the grounds like the Inn's bouquet of tropical flowers, 11 rooms occupy this beautifully restored property.

The escape from escapes, and surprisingly more approachable than posh, the property is more of a hideaway than hotel. Case in point, Anna Wintour, her monsieur and their kids vacationed here over last Christmas and New Year's. You'd think she'd want to jetset to a Missoni or Armani property, but maybe she lets her guard down---or takes her sunglasses off on vacation---hence the gorgeous, yet modest location that's more TOMS than Tom Ford.

A mix of old, new, country and modern, the hotel is owned by artists and the photos communicate just that. Restored rock buildings, juxtaposed with mod pool loungers, splashes of colour and plantation-style furniture.

Where Golden Rock Estate, Gingerland, Nevis. Fly there via San Juan, Puerto Rico, St Maarten or Antigua.

When Nevis is in the Caribbean's hurricane belt, so unless you're the adventurous type who likes a great deal, stay away June - November. If you want to chance it a little, August - October are usually the worst culprits.

Who/Why You're artsy and value a tranquil, secluded, boutique escape paired with lush grounds. You like an ocean view, but don't need to be oceanside.

Cost Cottages from $175 in off-season {apr 15 - dec 22} and from $240 in high season {dec 23 - apr 14}.

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[photos via golden rock inn]