How "Hamilton" Is Boosting Nevis Travel

A number of hotel packages include an excursion to Charlestown to visit Hamilton House at the Museum of Nevis History.
A number of hotel packages include an excursion to Charlestown to visit Hamilton House at the Museum of Nevis History.

Earlier this year, Travel Agent was at the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see New York’s hottest Broadway production, the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.” For the audience, the show is a highly entertaining history lesson. For the tiny island of Nevis, it is helping to create buzz and generate awareness.

Nevis, the sister island to St. Kitts, doesn’t have a massive marketing budget like other Caribbean islands, so to be able to piggy back on the success of New York’s hottest play is the perfect opportunity to use this leverage to make more people aware of the beautiful island in the West Indies.

In case you’re wondering what the correlation is, Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis and spent the first three years of his life there.

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“The ‘Hamilton’ musical has transformed the world’s awareness of Nevis through the immense interest in the play and Alexander Hamilton,” Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, tells us. “People clearly know now that Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis. When they look into Nevis, they discover an island rich with beauty, world-class resorts and cuisine, and welcoming ambassadors. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society has seen a dramatic increase of determination to get to Nevis, and every bit of feedback we receive is full of delightful memories.”

Now, resorts on the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis are paying homage to their native son, Alexander Hamilton, with a couple of very special package offers.

“A place can be a hidden jewel; however when a blockbuster Broadway musical tells Alexander Hamilton’s story, people want to walk in his footsteps, and are captivated by the son of Nevis,” says Scholet. “As people have visited and shared their joyful visit with others, it creates an interest unseen prior to the musical. The ‘Hamilton’ musical is one of the most successful shows in world history. With such an endearing story and person, all things Hamilton are naturally going to be searched out.”

For agents looking to capitalize on the Hamilton phenomenon, Travel Agent breaks down some Nevis hotel packages that include a history lesson on Alexander Hamilton with a luxury twist.

The Hermitage is offering clients “The Full Hamilton History Package.”
The Hermitage is offering clients “The Full Hamilton History Package.”

The Full Hamilton History Package at the Hermitage: Available now through December 1, The Hermitage is offerings clients “The Full Hamilton History Package” that includes a welcome rum punch upon arrival; a full breakfast each morning; a complimentary dinner at the Hermitage on night of arrival; accommodations in a Deluxe Cottage; transfers between the airports in St. Kitts or Nevis and The Hermitage; a specially curated “Island History” tour; a copy of “Alexander Hamilton,” Ron Chernow’s bestselling book that inspired the play; an afternoon sail to view Hamilton’s homeland from the sea and a donation to the Graham Wyndham Foundation, the orphanage founded by Hamilton’s widow, Eliza. The five-night package is priced at $1,775; a seven-night version is $2,170.

Montpelier Plantation & Beach Hamilton Package: Montpelier Plantation & Beach has created a package to celebrate Hamilton’s Nevisian heritage. Montpelier is a 300-year-old sugar plantation that now happily embraces effortless luxury.

Available now through December 20, the package includes a four-night minimum stay in a Plantation Room; a welcome rum punch for two; one half-day excursion to Charlestown to visit Hamilton House at the Museum of Nevis History and a tour of the capital city; a “Hamiltonian Green” couples massage amidst an outdoor tropical setting; breakfast for two and a signature nightcap cocktail, “Brandy Alexander Hamilton.” The package price is $1,780 based on double occupancy, exclusive of taxes and service charges.

Nisbet Plantation’s Alexander Hamilton “Take-It-To-The-Bank” Package: As you travel back in time to Nevis, brush up on your Hamilton history and experience local culture with Nisbet Plantation’s Alexander Hamilton-inspired “Take-It-To-The-Bank” package.

Available now through June 30, 2017, this add-on package has a $1,000 value, and is being offered for $750. It includes an island tour, with a visit to Hamilton House museum (where Hamilton was born in 1755); a professional photo in front of the Hamilton House; free registration for two in Patterson’s Pub Crawl; a candlelight dinner for two on the beach at Nisbet Plantation and an “Oxygen Facial” for two at The Palms Spa at Nisbet Plantation.

This add-on is combinable with Nisbet Plantation’s Sultry Summer, Suite Family Savings and You Can Fly Free packages, which offer free nights and valuable savings.

Nisbet Plantation is offering the Alexander Hamilton “Take-It-To-The-Bank” package. Seen above is a Deluxe Garden Suite at the hotel.
Nisbet Plantation is offering the Alexander Hamilton “Take-It-To-The-Bank” package. Seen above is a Deluxe Garden Suite at the hotel.

The Four Seasons Resort’s “Hamilton’s Perfect Union Package”: Couples can rediscover and celebrate their union at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with this package that combines romance, history and relaxation on the island that is proud to be known as Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace and childhood home.

Throughout a minimum three-night stay, clients can enjoy a variety of included experiences. Available now through December 18, the package includes a private candle-lit beach dinner with a choice of colonial era-style or customized menu and a historic storyteller; a private guided hike of the Hamilton Estate; tickets for two to History of Nevis Museum and Hamilton House; round-trip ground and sea transfers between the airport and resort; an arrival and departure experience through the resort’s VIP Airport YU Lounge at the St. Kitts’ airport; one “Spa Under the Stars” private spa evening experience and luxury accommodations.

Paradise Beach’s “Hamilton 1755” Package: Available now through December 18, Paradise Beach Nevis’ “Hamilton 1755” package includes 17 percent off a four-bedroom Garden or Beach Villa for a stay of three nights or more; a copy of the aforementioned Hamilton biography, a private Island tour of Nevis’ historic sites, including Alexander Hamilton House and the Museum of Nevis History.

Paradise Beach Nevis offers one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom luxury ocean villas decorated beautifully in Balinese style.

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