I have always liked a challenge. On our first visit to inspect the many Nevis rentals, our wonderful host from Paradise Beach Resort which has some of the best Nevis villas, told us all about the Nevis Triathlon. My ears pricked up because I had always wanted to try a triathlon, but I am a total wimp when it comes to cold water.
The idea of competing in a triathlon where the swim begins in the amazing calm turquoise waters surrounding the beautiful island of Nevis rather than the cold waters of the Atlantic off the west coast of Ireland seemed like a no-brainer to me.
Several years later, I return to the island of Nevis in advance of the Triathlon to acclimatise. It doesn’t take me long to realise some of the steepest and bumpiest roads in the world are here and when coupled with 30 degrees of heat and high humidity, my challenge was going to be no picnic. The thought of a bit of cold water suddenly does not seem so bad in comparison to the extreme heat of Nevis.
The first morning with great enthusiasm and excitement, I get up at 5 am to meet Reggie Douglas, my local trainer. Reggie is famous on the island. He has won the Triathlon 5 times and has also competed at some of the world’s biggest cycling challenges.
We set off for a spin of the island. We get halfway up the 6 km ten-degree hill, and I’d say even Reggie, who looks quite worldly-wise, was shocked with my colourful language! I turned from being a polite CEO and owner of the worlds most trusted villa rental company to a foul-mouthed fish wife.
The hill in Nevis is the mother of all hills and the hardest thing I have ever done on a bike.
I can’t help asking myself at this point “WHAT am I doing”? Why am I not tucked up in my gorgeous villa at the Four Seasons with its incredible view of the ocean, stunning infinity pool and super comfortable bed? I start thinking about a day relaxing on the beach, maybe a stroll to Sunshine for one of his famous Killer B’s followed by a snooze around our private pool listening to the birds chirping and the wild monkeys frolicking around the gardens.
But I am nothing if determined, so I pedal on!
It’s several more days to race day at this point, and all the advice given to me is that I must taper down. I haven’t taken the tapering up very seriously, but I soon found I excelled at the tapering down!!! The tapering down involved lots of massages at the gorgeous Four Seasons spa and eating all around me in the various amazing restaurants on the island. They call it carb loading! It is the best part!
The barbecue night takes place every Thursday and coincides with the Managers cocktail party. As soon as you step into the bar, you have a rum punch in hand. Exactly what a serious athlete like me needs a couple of days before a race! The food is buffet style and very tasty. Afterwards, if you feel like practising some sexy Caribbean dancing, there is a local Reggae band playing until late into the night.
Next day for lunch we tried the Golden Rock.
Climbing Nevis peak
We did have one last adventure before we left Nevis which was to climb the Nevis Peak. My new-found trainer and friend Reggie from Nevis Adventure Tours brought us up. I thought because I was in peak Triathlon shape, this would be a piece of cake for me. It was far from that.
The peak is over 1000 meters in height and very steep with whole way up. There are fixed ropes, so you can pull yourself up. But despite that, we slip and slide up and down. There are not many viewing points on the way up, but we do get an occasional glimpse which takes our breath away. The rain forest itself is truly gorgeous. A true Tarzan-like jungle experience.
Luxury Nevis Villas
Nevis is one of the most unspoiled of all the Caribbean Islands we feature and also surprisingly easy to get to. It is also the one where you will get to experience the real Caribbean culture. To top it all off, Nevis is full of beautiful luxury villas to rest your head after days spent exploring this gorgeous island, enjoying some relaxing beach time, eating in its many wonderful restaurants or having a sporting adventure. I cannot recommend this the lovely island of Nevis enough. Please do leave a comment. We love to hear from you. Paul is our Nevis Specialist and he will be delighted to hear from you.
About Alexandra Baradi
Alexandra Baradi is founder and owner of Exceptional Villas. She set the company up in 1992. Alexandra is a hotel manager by background and is absolutely passionate about travel.