Photo taken in Charlestown, Nevis
The little island of Nevis, my ancestral home, is starting the New Year in a big way. AOL Travel, one of the top travel websites, recently named St Kitts and Nevis the fourth top travel destination for 2011, highlighting the islands lush rainforests, rich history, and exquisite renovated plantations.
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is also in the spotlight, as owner David Dodwell has just been named the 2010 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.
Both of these recent acknowledgements are great honours for our island, said John Hanley, Nevis Tourism Authority CEO. Following the successful reopening of Four Seasons, among many other positive developments in Nevis, this recognition reinforces our belief that 2011 will be a strong year for the islands tourism. Heartiest congratulations to the entire team at Nisbet Plantation for this outstanding and well-deserved honour.
Dodwell, a graduate of the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, who has more than four decades of hospitality career experience, was honoured by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association for his achievements in the areas of hotel operations, food and beverage, marketing, property maintenance, staff training and motivation as well as his commitment to the environment and the St Kitts and Nevis community.
He becomes the 33rd recipient of the distinguished golden conch shell and joins an elite list of the most accomplished hotel leaders in the Caribbean.
Nisbet Plantation is the Caribbeans only historic plantation inn located on the beach and is one of the worlds best resorts according to Travel + Leisure, Cond Nast Traveler, Expedia and TripAdvisor.com.