Nevis: A Refuge During The Pandemic
Life-altering decisions needed to be made with only moments to spare and while some people sought the sanctuary of countries providing first-rate medical care, others chose small islands that could readily instigate a complete lockdown and prevent the introduction and spread of Covid-19. St Kitts and Nevis were two such places, the twin-island federation ultimately harboring just 15 individuals with coronavirus – all of whom are now recovered.
One couple we spoke with chose specifically to stay on Nevis. Having made the decision to move there semi-permanently from the beginning of February 2020, it was an easy call: lockdown by the beach with the swaying palm trees just made sense. The restrictions on movement beyond the property were potentially a frustration, until an ad hoc gym was created on site thanks to the staff at the F.I.T. Wellness Center. Zoom has been used to run family fitness sessions across three continents – precious time (albeit virtual and slightly sweaty) with grown-up children that might otherwise never have been shared.
Think of a lockdown with unfettered access to the 18-hole golf course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, beautiful fairways watched over by Nevis Peak and easing their way languidly towards the sea. One family decided to stay put in a private villa, hiring a beach cabana as an office space – yes, it is directly on the white sands and mere moments from the sparkling Caribbean Sea, cooled by gentle breezes and complete with a fast Wi-Fi connection. They resorted to regular barbecues in the absence of beach bars, grilling fresh vegetables delivered by the supermarket alongside wahoo and snapper caught just hours earlier. Having previously acquired a timeshare in a Pinney's Beach Villa that granted them citizenship, the family is now looking to purchase a private villa or plot with a view to constructing their own perfect home - partly as a consequence of the extremely positive lockdown experience on the island.
Those we spoke with in private homes talked of their sense of peace and security, and those at the resort were admiring of the convenience and ease of these potentially difficult months. The first few anxious days of wondering if the right decision had been made were soon forgotten, replaced with a certainty that this is an island not just for a week or two in the winter but indeed for all time.
*Participants for this piece purchased property through Helene Robic of Nevis Style Realty. https://www.nevisstylerealty.com/
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