Situated a few hundred metres above sea level, Paradise Estate is nestled in the lee of Nevis Peak. Protected by the thousand metre Peak and looking out across the impossibly blue Caribbean Sea, this is one of the most coveted areas of the island. The handful of colourful homes spread across the slopes are watched over by towering palm trees, and an archway of gorgeous flamboyants provides a dramatic entrance to the area.
Barely five minutes are needed to stroll to St Thomas’ church with its cheerful red roof. Built in 1643, it is the oldest Anglican church in the Caribbean. The ledger stones on the floor are dedicated to some of the most significant plantation owners who once lived on Nevis, and in the graveyard are tombstones of the island’s earliest settlers. A rough track alongside the church leads to Paradise Beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of perfect golden sand, palm-tree fringed beach on the island.
Heading south, the beach passes in front of the Four Seasons Hotel and leads onto Pinney’s Beach, the most popular area for relaxing – ‘liming’ – on Nevis. To the north, with a little scrambling or shallow paddling, it is possible to reach Yachtsman’s Grill with one of the finest wine collections on the island. A little further along the effortlessly chic beach treat that is Chrishi Beach Club can be found.
Nevis’ tiny capital Charlestown is a five minute drive from Paradise Estate, with supermarkets and a daily fruit and vegetable market. For those after a quiet retreat that is within easy reach of the island’s conveniences, bars and beaches, this is far and away one of the best locations on Nevis.
The lot is cut back and is currently home to a small nursery of palms. It is gently sloping and has amazing views to the West for sunsets, and towards the North-West towards the SouthEast Peninsula of St Kitts and The Narrows channel.
This area is fondly referred to as the “Gold Coast of Nevis” because of its desirability.