by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
This small, boutique resort is located right on the beach in Qualie Bay. Guests can choose from several room types, including spacious suites and studios with fully equipped kitchens. All of the well-appointed rooms are air conditioned and have screened verandahs, refrigerators, cable television, coffee making facilities, ceiling fans and a safe. Some rooms also have sleeper sofas. Connecting rooms are available.
The hotel offers a number of on-site activities including snorkeling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, biking and sport fishing. Any number of excursions, tours and activities can be arranged by the hotel staff. There’s also a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that specializes in fresh, local cuisine and housemade drinks. On Tuesday nights, the restaurant hosts live music and entertainment. The property features a spa that offers a variety of treatments, available both indoors and right on the beach. Parking and Wi-Fi are offered free of charge.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Water sports onsite
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
This is the least expensive hotel on Nevis. It is situated right on a really nice, extremely sheltered beach, in an old-round good location. It is a three-star hotel.
It is quite charming in an old-fashioned Caribbean way, and it is simple, and easy to like assuming you are not too demanding. The one-story cottages have charm, especially the ones that are closest to the water. Everything indoors is clean and comfortable.
You do need to be OK with the idea of sheep, goats, cows, and monkeys wandering through the property at all hours. We loved that, but apparently some people don't like it.
You will always find something that is not really well maintained. A major screen was missing altogether in our screened-in porch, but maintenance came and fixed it the very next day. One of the faucet caps in the shower was loose, although it worked fine. The toilet tank did not fill as much as it was supposed to, so the flushing was a bit weak and sometimes insufficient.
Two of the units are studios which have a pretty good kitchenette and a nice layout. You can pick up groceries in town if you wish to, and very good fresh produce. The AC works well, and the solar-heated hot water is good too.
The WiFi is greatly improved now there is a booster in each room.
To get around without a car, it is easy to take very inexpensive buses instead of taxis, although the buses don't run late in the evenings. You can catch the bus anywhere on the main road, and get dropped off anywhere on the main road, or pay a tiny bit extra to be dropped off somewhere off the main road.
We like it a lot at Oualie, although we are aware that some people might decide it is not upscale enough to satisfy them. However, you will pay a great deal more to stay at one of the swanky hotels, and miss out on a genuine West Indian experience.
I stayed here as part of a group recently. This is a quaint, old-style resort. I felt it odd that I needed to be buzzed in to the main office in the middle of the day. Was this an unsafe area? As a single woman was I in danger (especially after I read other reviews) ? Rooms are clean, but could use some deep cleaning if that makes sense. For example, grout could use steam cleaning or just a good brushing, waste baskets could be rinsed out - they contain the dirt of countless other guests, etc. However for the price this represents great value, and great location. Staff at the hotel seem uninterested in guest satisfaction and indifferent to guests. The staff lacks interest in interactions with guests and can be verbally confrontative. This pertains to front desk and dining room staff. Dining room in particular is dissatisfying. We often gave up on simple requests like a glass of water. Maybe they just needed more help in the dining room? Food servers lacked smiles, eye contact, simple greetings, and verbal responses whenever possible. Smoking area in bar is right by where the food is served so that's a bit unappetizing. Food is OK. Just Ok. Limited menu.
I get the feeling this place is so busy that they don't have to be customer friendly. Good for them. Don't go there for luxury or service. Go there for value and the beautiful setting. Enjoy the rest of the island!