At Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis, guest amenities go far beyond flat-screens in the rooms. Actually, there are no TVs in the 36 cottages.
What the resort does offer: digital video Flip cameras for guests' use; dining in the only air-conditioned restaurant on Nevis; combination packages with the island's hillside inns; signature Fanny Nisbet margaritas at the beach bar; GPS units to navigate the hiking trails on Mount Nevis; and free WiFi in the rooms.
Guests can dart about Nevis on Nisbet's motor scooters. Couples can dine by candlelight and moonlight on Nisbet's beach. Runners can challenge General Manager Jamie Holmes during the island's annual triathlon event each March (if guests beat the manager across the finish line, the prize is a bottle of wine).
Nisbet opened as a hotel in 1958, but its great house dates to 1778. The resort is neither glitzy nor celebrity-studded, but it has garnered enough hospitality awards to forge a loyal cadre of repeat guests and enough positive Trip-Advisor reviews to cover the walls of Holmes' office.
"Service and atmosphere are most often mentioned in the reviews," Holmes said. "It's what the guests prize and what we never forget."
Holmes joined the team in 2008, having earned his stripes at luxury and boutique properties in the U.S. and Caribbean, including the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas; Peter Island Resort & Yacht Club and Biras Creek, both in the British Virgin Islands; and the rustic luxury Resort at Paws Up in Montana.
Nisbet's core audience includes the weddings and honeymoons market, which accounts for 35% of all business.
"Couples plant a coconut palm when they get married here," Holmes said. "We put up a plaque with their names, and it's fun for them to see how much the palm has grown when they come back on visits."
The family market is growing, especially during school breaks and over the summer. Nisbet has no formal kids' club, but there are children's activities during winter holidays.
Kids under 8 can be served at 6 p.m. in the great house, or other arrangements can be made.
Agents and operators account for more than 45% of all bookings, with 65% of all guests coming from the U.S., 25% from the U.K. and 10% from Canada.
"The ratio used to be more skewed toward the U.K. market, but that's been shifting," Holmes said.
Nisbet rates through the end of May range from $415 to $625 per room, per night, double; from June through October, the prices range from $365 to $575. All rates include accommodations, breakfast, high tea and gourmet dinner.
Package specials include wedding, honeymoon and girlfriends' getaway deals as well as a Sultry Summer plan that offers the last night free on a stay of five or more nights.
Options on golf, scuba and nature-based activities can be added to the regular room rates.
Visit www.nisbetplantation.com. For more on Nevis, go to www.nevisisland.com.