Gorgeous, 4 bedroom Villa - Idyllic, Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Drive to The Best Beaches on the Island
- English, French
About Alice Royden
My husband, Richard, and I have 4 teenage children between us. We are all passionate about travelling and visiting beautiful places, we fell in love with Aquarius and the island of Nevis the moment we arrived. Having spent most of my first 25 years of life in Hong Kong there are many Asian influences in the villa. We are part of the family that own Aquarius.
Alice Royden purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Alice Royden chose Barnes Ghaut
We built this home 7 years ago and it holds a very dear place in our hearts. With high ceilings and beautifully proportioned rooms, Aquarius is both elegant and welcoming. The main terrace has all sorts of seating options where guests can sit quietly on more private terraces outside the master bedroom and guest rooms or on the wide covered terrace with a table that sits 12 comfortably (if required) and plenty of cosy armchairs for relaxing or sun-bedson the extended terrace to one side of the pool. Be prepared to be delighted by the extraordinary beauty of the sunsets and the stunning colour and light you will experience. The immaculately equipped kitchen means cooking is an ease or simply ask for a chef to be sent and relax whilst all your wishes are catered for. There is also a large Weber Gas barbecue under a separate roofed cabaña adjacent to the dining area and kitchen.
What makes this Villa unique
The house works wonderfully as a "family" holiday destination with a wide variety of beaches nearby: the lapping of gentle waves of Pinney and Oualie beaches with their relaxing bars and restaurants or the dramatic surf on the south of the island where there is a hidden gem of a beach we will be prepared to divulge upon your enquiry.... If you are looking for a "romantic" holiday or an elegant and refined home for friends to enjoy exceptional and stunning sunsets in a beautiful location with a delicious "sun downer" in hand then Aquarius is the perfect destination. Whether you are keen to relax and unwind with a book or if teeing-off at dawn is your desire, we believe you will find whatever you want whilst staying at Aquarius on the island of Nevis. Nevis is a dreamy, miniature paradise of 36 sq miles with a balmy climate, cool breezes, calm seas, lovely beaches, colourful forests, mountain walks, elegant old plantation houses and the nicest, friendliest people you could ever hope to meet – people who wave and smile as you drive by. Each golden day is like a time-warp back to the 1950s where people are polite and respectful and crime is rare. There are no flashy nightclubs, vulgar casinos, or rowdy tourists – just a quiet, relaxed, stylish, old-fashioned little haven that still deserves its 18th Century nickname, ‘The Queen of the Caribbees’. The island has numerous little bistros, beach bars and stylish restaurants, 5 banks and 4 excellent, modern supermarkets. Among the many delights are the old sugar plantation houses, some of them in ruins, others now elegant, picturesque hotels: the Montpelier (with delicious restaurant), the Hermitage and the Nisbet. The island is perfect for lovers of walking, hiking, horse riding, sailing, fishing, scuba diving and water skiing, and it is suffused with music: the bouncy reggae and calypso rhythms that waft from balconies and doorways all over Charlestown; the delightful string bands that play their simple but haunting music
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
As we are keen to be kind to the environment we have a US$250 cap on the use of electricity per week.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Spectacular view from tropical oasis
Wonderful accomodations, well equipped thoughout. Amelia and Rez, property manager and her assistant aim to please. We made lasting memories enjoying this comfortable home and the island. Great cook sharing kitchen. Love the peaceful mornings with fans no a/c and yoga on the terraace. Would definitely return.
Wow! Wow! Mouth dropping beauty
Amelia the manager welcomed us at the door and showed us around the villa, each of the 4 bedrooms was as elegant as the first. The kitchen was fully equipped for any eventually with 3 sinks and plenty of cupboards, cutlery, cookery, cooking utensils, wine cooler, fridge freezer, an Aladdin’s cave and a dishwasher which we worked out how to use several days into our stay, after a demonstration from the housekeepers (lol).
Our party of 9 adults consisted of 1 married couple, a single male, 2 sisters and 4 young ladies staying for 17 days. On arrival we found the villa spotless, well-decorated, beautiful grounds with colourful flora, trees, an infinity pool so clear and blue, an amazing view of the ocean and sister island St Kitts from the back terrace. You need to see the pictures, then the real item to believe your eyes.
The master bedroom had a bath and 2 shower rooms, which was shared by 4 young ladies using the sofa bed from the guest bedroom. The guest bedroom, a bath and shower, the other 2 had showers only. Comfortable mattresses and pillows gave a good night’s sleep, television in the bedrooms meant one could escape from the crowd if required not that you wanted to leave that back terrace view.
The large screen television in the sitting room was confusing as adverts was in Spanish as well as a few programs and the subtitles did not work for the 3 deaf people in the party, as for the WiFi connection it was a bit on off but worked fine.
As suggested in other reviews, one certainly need transport due to the location of the villa. The nearest beach is 5 minutes by car from the villa, 10 minutes to the town centre, shops, restaurants and 15 minutes to the airport.
We had a few laughs of people trying to find their way to the villa and getting lost in the dark, I think the water tank as a landmark need to glow in the dark, or a light that shows that it’s there.
Both the pool man and housekeeping staff was very friendly, but professional. We had fresh bread and cakes delivered by a white Nevis Bakery van on request.
I must mention the chorus of nature at night, in the morning and visits from monkeys, animals roaming free throughout the island. The lady walking her dog each day, those who helped anyone who looked lost with directions. The spectacular view of the sunset and sunrise each day is a must to see and capture.
Nevis acted as host to our small family wedding (24 guests). We'd traveled to St. Kitts during a cruise, the year before, and had an amazing day and heard Nevis was un-commercialized, laid back, and that the locals were amazing. We started our search for the PERFECT house to stay, spend time, host family dinners, host our reception after the wedding, and likely most importantly be comfortable AND have an amazing view. After a lot of research, a lot of communicating with various owners, and a lot of consideration, we decided upon Villa Aquarius. Let me first say, the owners, The Roydens, were SO accommodating. A couple of homeowners weren't comfortable with our having our reception at their home. Mrs. Royden, loved the idea and it was absolutely spectacular. All the pluses to this home. 1-Incredibly comfortable.2-Superbly appointed with towels, serving dishes, pitchers, pool floats, comfortable beds, you want for nothing.3-The VIEW! The view is just beyond words and not all homes are. Many in the same area are surrounded by more jungle and lack the fabulous view of both the mountains, sea, and jungle.4-The patio was just incredible.5-The pool has both a shallow and deeper end.6-Family friendly (we have a 4yro).7-The gardens-colorful, vibrant, perfection.8-A photographers DREAM. My only question that I can't seem to find an answer for is when we get our damage deposit back. Nothing was damaged or broken, so I'm anxious to get that. Some tips on visiting the island: It's expensive. Take LOTS of cash as it's simply easier to work with. Skip deep sea fishing-not worth the time or money. Though snorkeling is not that great (not colorful or tons to see), the catamaran trip was awesome! Eat at Bananas, The Yachtsmen (after you do Bananas), and check out Los Locos for superb tacos and cocktails . Have a pina colada at Sunshines. Chill at Oualie Beach. Bike riding tours are INCREDIBLY hard-think hills, hills, hills. Grocery shop at Rams. IF you want to do IN-HOME dinners HIRE GRACE ELLIOT CATERING (whatsapp-869.669.7873). Food was delish and authentic and Grace - amazing. We opted to have the house cleaned 1 additional time and that was almost $200US (so know the price FIRST). We straitened and wanted to clean more at the end of our trip (remove dirty bed linens, wash dishes, etc) but were told it wasn't necessary so leaving was easy. If you're looking for the perfect home in Nevis-THIS IS IT!
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our home and we are thrilled you had such a wonderful experience.
I would like to clarify any extra cleaning should be at XCD25 per hour which equates to just over US$9. If there was a misunderstanding with the housekeeper I am delighted to reimburse you.
We hope to welcome you back soon.
Very warm wishes, Alice
Very nice property. Kitchen was stocked with everything needed to cook gourmet meals. Large and spacious rooms and baths. Property managers very good and helpful.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our home. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay
Amazing place for multiple families
Three families from Minnesota stayed at this property the first week in April, 2019. It is absolutely spectacular like others have said. Spacious, airy, and with an amazing view that can’t be beat. We spent hours on the porch playing cards, laughing, and lounging and countless other hours in the pool. We never felt on top of each other because there was so much space. I wholly recommend a stay here- we are miss it already! The transportation that Amelia arranged from the airport (van, boat, then car) was super efficient and hassle-free. Our kids were introduced to Ting on the boat right over and adults had a free beer. You will not want to leave.
Full stop there if you don’t fret about the small things. I will note them here but they definitely did not break our trip. Tiles were missing/falling off of swimming pool as another reviewer mentioned. Amelia was aware and I believe going to tend to them as soon as there was a break in bookings. The pool did get murky but someone came and attended to it. If you rent vehicles from Amelia (which I highly recommended, there aren’t restaurants or beaches within walking distance) I recommend taking photos of scratches / dents when you first get your car. Our rental car was confiscated by police one day for expired tabs (Amelia attended to this and got us a loaner car in the evening until she could get it out the next day.) We asked to be reimbursed for the loss of a vehicle/ inability to finish the tour we had planned that day and Amelia initially agreed but then later said she couldn’t because of a dent she found on that car (which was out of our possession for a night, could have been hit in the police station). Anyway, not a huge deal but I found myself wishing I had photographed the car so we didn’t get in to one of those she said, she said situations.
These again are small things. This was an amazing and magical place. The island was very relaxed, people were very kind and it was a perfect playground for our families. Thank you very much for letting us stay.
My family visited Nevis in March and stayed at this house for the majority of our trip. It was a huge house with more than enough room for a family of 5. There were more bathrooms than we could all use. The infinity pool overlooks a spectacular view of the sunset and sunrise each day. The bedrooms were spacious with giant closets. Everything in the home is beautiful and very up to date. We also enjoyed a very clean home and the one cleaning during our stay was very thorough. The appliances are all nice and there is an outdoor grill. I feel confident that your family would have a lovely trip staying in this home.
I want to mention a few negative aspects of our stay, but I want to preface that by saying we still had a great time. The pool was missing tiles and became green after a few days of our stay. Amelia, the woman in charge of the property assured us the pool boy would be over often, but we never saw him or any change to the pool. There were also small bugs all over the kitchen and just no way to keep them away even with everything closed tightly. The wifi is spotty but it was a vacation so we weren't too phased. Also, Amelia offered to get us groceries for when we arrived but the bread was stale and she added expensive things we did not request so I advise you edit your shopping list ahead of time or go shopping on your own once you arrive. Lastly, Amelia was supposed to arrange a photographer for family photos but nothing was ever scheduled. My advice would be to take matters in your own hands and just be ready to go with the flow. Overall, it was a great trip and we enjoyed staying in this home and waking up to monkeys and lounging by the pool.
Dear Derek - thank you so much for making the time to write a review and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay. We strive to ensure our guests have a wonderful holiday in our house and we love hearing positive feedback. That said despite our efforts we recognise that 100% perfection isn't deliverable 100% of the time, and it is only when we hear both the good and the not so good that we are able to fine tune guest experiences - so whilst I am disappointed that we weren't able to deliver 100% on all fronts during your stay, I am grateful for your frank feedback. With reference to your specific observations regarding the pool please note that it is currently undergoing a complete refit - hopefully if/when you come and stay again you will be delighted with the improvements. I do believe we had fore warned you before your stay that the tiles had started to come away, if the message did not get through then I apologise. Sadly it does take time to rectify problems on the island as many things need to be imported, and the actual timing of deliveries to the house can materially vary with the predicted delivery date. With regards to the shopping we are so sorry if there was any misunderstanding regarding the groceries purchased for your arrival. Amelia is very keen to make sure that each guest has the best possible experience and because the reliability of food items in stores varies, circumstances do sometimes necessitate her making unilateral decisions when doing the arrival grocery shopping on behalf of guests. We have taken your comments on board and have produced a specific guest arrival grocery shopping list to ensure that in future items purchased are more likely to be consistent with what our guests want. Amelia was very keen to help you with the photographer but was waiting for you to guide her time wise, so I guess this is down to a miscommunication. I hope that my comments give you and any future guests the necessary comfort that we have addressed the points you highlighted, and we would be delighted to have you to stay again if you would like to revisit Aquarius. With the kindest regards
2 miles (5-min drive) to the best beach on the island, Pinney’s Beach, a long, wide stretch of white sand and tranquil aquamarine sea, which is often completely deserted even in the high season except for the plummeting pelicans and a fishing boat or two. It is home to six little open-air beach bistros (including the famous Sunshine’s Lounge) as well as a smart French restaurant and the luxurious Four Seasons resort with three restaurants, a huge white beach, and calm, protected ocean swimming.
The Vance Amory International Airport at Newcastle is 6 miles away.
The sea ferry pier in Charlestown is 4 miles away.
The water taxi ferry at Oualie Beach is 3 miles away.
Jeep hire is essential and can be made through us or by contacting Amelia at firstname.lastname@example.org
2 miles to Jessups Village, 4 miles to the capital village, Charlestown a delightful little settlement with buildings dating back to the 18th century, among them the old Bath Hotel, which was the height of fashionable luxury in the 18th century and a Mecca for European visitors who sailed the Atlantic to bathe in the hot volcanic springs at Bath village.
Charlestown has two museums, one commemorating Admiral Horatio Nelson, who married a pretty young local widow, Fanny Nisbet, here in 1787.
Nevis is a dreamy, miniature paradise of 36 sq miles with a balmy climate, cool breezes, calm seas, lovely beaches, colourful forests, mountain walks, elegant old plantation houses and the nicest, friendliest people you could ever hope to meet – people who wave and smile as you drive by.
Each golden day is like a time-warp back to the 1950s where people are polite and respectful and crime is rare. There are no flashy nightclubs, vulgar casinos, or rowdy tourists – just a quiet, relaxed, stylish, old-fashioned little haven that still deserves its 18th Century nickname, ‘The Queen of the Caribbees’.
The island has numerous little bistros, beach bars and stylish restaurants, 5 banks and 4 modern supermarkets.
Among the many delights are the old sugar plantation houses, some of them in ruins, others now elegant, picturesque hotels: the Montpelier (with a particularly good restaurant), the Hermitage and the Nisbet. The island is perfect for lovers of walking, hiking, horse riding, sailing, fishing, scuba diving and water skiing, and it is suffused with music: the bouncy reggae and calypso rhythms that waft from balconies and doorways all over Charlestown; the delightful string bands that play their simple but haunting home-made instruments; the Tuesday and Friday night guitars-and-drums jamming sessions at the Oualie Beach Hotel, where everyone is encouraged to join in, if only to shake a tambourine or maracas; the fabulous local bands like Jazzique, which plays every Friday night at the Lime beach restaurant; the karaoke evenings at the Double Deuce.
As Duke Orsino says in Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, ‘if music be the food of love, play on.’ At times it seems that Nevis might have been the lovely, musical, magical, enchanted island that inspired Shakespeare to write The Tempest.