HONEYMOON | A REGAL HONEYMOON IN NEVIS

London’s tabloids are abuzz with speculation about the honeymoon destination for newly engaged royal couple Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle. And while the royal nuptials won’t take place until May 19 in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the early money is on the couple embarking on a romantic honeymoon to the Caribbean island of Nevis.

Prince Harry has been to the stunning tropical island twice — once with his late mother, Princess Diana, on a family trip to the Montpelier Plantation resort, and again as part of a world tour to celebrate the jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, his grandmother, in 2016.

Wedding Style recently visited Nevis, and it was easy to see why the royal couple might make a return visit as newlyweds. A regal Relais & Chateaux resort, Montpelier Plantation [pictured below] is built around the ruins of a historic sugar plantation; the Tamarind Villa would be the ideal getaway location for a pair of privacy-seeking royals (or any honeymooners, for that matter), and Caribbean dining doesn’t get much more romantic than dinner for two inside a restored, 300-year-old sugar mill.

An avenue of palm trees leads guests at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club from a historic Great House to a private beach — another great honeymoon destination that Harry and Meg might consider. And then there’s the Four Seasons Nevis: this elegant beach resort on Pinney’s Beach has villas with private pools far from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. The resort also has nicely appointed cabanas with attentive personal service just steps from the beach.

Honeymooners — royal and otherwise — will bask in the beauty and laid-back atmosphere of Nevis, where wild monkeys outnumber people and the lush mountains and rainforests shelter hiking trails and hidden waterfalls. A climb up Mount Nevis will help built an appetite for the island’s excellent dining scene, including the excellent Gin Trap restaurant, where you can feast on locally sourced cuisine accompanied by your choice from more than 100 varieties of gin from behind the bar.

Nevis’ Lover’s Beach is aptly named: the informal rule here is it’s for one couple at a time, and while Prince Harry came here to release baby turtles on his last visit, we suspect he’ll have something more romantic in mind if he comes back again. Secluded and gorgeous, it’s a Caribbean dream beach that all Nevis honeymooners discover at some point during their visit, and the kind of idyllic spot that keeps couples coming back to Nevis again and again.

>Written by: Bob Curley