NISBET PLANTATION AIMS TO BE GREENEST HOTEL IN NEVIS
Nisbet Plantation Beach Club has ambitions to be the greenest hotel in Nevis with a series of initiatives ranging from the installation of an artificial reef to sourcing products locally including baskets made on site
As the Caribbean’s only plantation property to have its own stretch of white sand beach, Nisbet Plantation feels an obligation to preserve the beach. To this end the hotel has recently completed a major conservation project to install an artificial reef. Measuring around 60 metres in length it is helping to reduce the energy of waves reaching the shore and providing better swimming conditions. In addition it will provide an improved marine habitat for fish and coral.
Nisbet Plantation is also committed to using as many locally sourced products as possible. One very local example is in the basket ware used throughout the property, including in the guest bathrooms to hold the toiletries. All the baskets are hand made by Jackie Wallace who works as a grounds attendant at Nisbet Plantation. Jackie’s baskets are made using materials from the coconut palms and other plants growing in the resort’s 30 acres.
Guests can also taste the benefits of local sourcing. Executive chef de cuisine Tony Piani works very closely with local farmers to source top quality fresh produce and local exotic fruits. Nevis has a hydroponics garden producing assorted lettuces, greens, and spinach and a nursery growing an assortment of fresh herbs which all find a place on guests’ dinner plates at Nisbet Plantation. These efforts are paying off with Nisbet Plantation’s Great House restaurant having recently been awarded the prestigious four-diamond award from the American Automotive Association – one of only three such rated restaurants in Nevis.
The hotel is working towards achieving full Green Globe accreditation and has instituted initiatives designed to reduce its environmental impact including giving food scraps to local farmers for their pigs and scrap paper is given to local egg farmers.
Nisbet Plantation has been working with local schools since 1999 and has had a major impact on the lives of many elementary school children. The hotel has “adopted” local schools, filling library shelves with children’s books, providing computers and much more. Today the children are reading at a level two grades higher than they were when the programme started. Guests have the opportunity contribute books and art materials or make monetary donations.
Glen Hurd, general manager of Nisbet Plantation, comments: “Nisbet Plantation has a history stretching back to the 18th century and we have a responsibility to preserve its unique attributes for future generations.
“The beach has been a feature of the property for hundreds of years having originally been used to load sugar and coconuts on to ships moored off shore. Over the last 10 years we have noticed that waves have been eroding the beach and undermining many of the palm trees. We are already seeing the direct benefit of the new reef with much calmer waters and the reappearance of around 5 metres of beach.
“Where possible we want our green initiatives to have a personal touch. We are delighted to be able to use baskets made by Jackie Wallace and we aim to benefit the local economy by sourcing as much of our fresh produce on the island.”
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