Part of the Four Seasons Resort, yet set slightly away on a local fishermen’s beach, Mango is a great bar. Watch locals come in from a day fishing at sea and drag their brightly colored wooden boats up the sand to rest while you sip on a mangojito with fresh mint.
Only a couple of feet above the sea, the wooden decks of Mango are covered with white awnings, and comfy furniture with bright island colored cushions. As sunset views of St. Kitts melt into dark, the water below becomes illuminated. Numerous sea creatures cruise the waters under the lights seeking their dinner too.
Service here is warm and attentive, due in large part to daily pep talks from Vance, the restaurant’s supervisor. He quotes Aristotle and encourages his team to learn the brands of vodka on hand as well as the rums; to know their menu and feel confident in selling it.
Hotel Executive Chef Andreas Donnerbauer has created an eclectic West Indian menu, and this is a restaurant to try Caribbean foods you’ve only read about: breadfruit, flying fish, conch. The chef is an avid diver, so he knows fresh local fish and lobster, and how to prepare it. With the addition of 90 per cent locally grown vegetables and fruits, you can truly eat like an islander.
Start with cornmeal dusted calamari accompanied by Jamaican curry remoulade, or a butternut squash soup with coconut foam lightly floating on top. Vegetarians would be most happy with Nevisian root vegetable curry, and carnivores weep with joy and the heat of island lamb curry with fried okra and papaya chutney. There’s also a lighter spiny lobster salad with pickled mango, green papaya, and cucumber slaw. Eat well and save room for dessert.
- Casual, yet slightly upscale in the evening. This is a place to wear that diaphanous sundress you packed.
- Children are welcome, and they seem to settle nicely into the setting.
- Mango has its own separate access road and parking lot, inviting locals and guests from other hotels to come in for lunch or dinner.
- Great island music selection, played at the perfect volume, so lean over and whisper romance to your partner.