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Published on : Friday, June 10, 2016
Make “volcanic” memories on an incomparable adventure to Montserrat, known as the Caribbean’s modern-day Pompeii. Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Olveston House of Montserrat announce Peaks of Perfection, an itinerary that combines exclusive experiences under dormant Nevis Peak volcano and Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano into one unforgettable day. On Peaks of Perfection, guests will have the rare opportunity to enter Montserrat’s Exclusion Zone with a certified guide and walk atop more than 15 feet (4.6 metres) of hardened pyroclastic flow, which has covered capital-city Plymouth and the southern half of the island. The exciting day concludes with a unique, cleansing Essence of the Peaks spa ritual at the Four Seasons, which utilises special volcanic sand to exfoliate and rejuvenate from head to toe.
Starting early in the morning, guests are equipped with a boxed breakfast to prepare for a grand, personalised excursion. A one-hour chartered flight aboard Caribbean Helicopters will fly guests from Nevis to Montserrat for breathtaking aerial views of entombed Plymouth and surrounding towns. Caribbean Helicopters have been supporting the scientific staff at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory since 2005 and boasts an accident-free safety record for the 21 years since the company’s incorporation.
Guests will then land in Montserrat and be welcomed by their personal tour guide, who will escort them to landmarks of the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, including the Montserrat Volcano Observatory to learn about the events that led to this cataclysmic natural phenomenon from scientists who monitor the still-active volcano. Once equipped with an appreciation of Mother Nature’s awesome power, guests will enter the Exclusion Zone and have an opportunity to walk around and witness the devastation firsthand. This activity is truly unique, as all travel into the Exclusion Zone was prohibited after the 1995 Soufrière Hills volcano eruption, and only recently have restrictions been loosened to allow a few visitors.
Following the awe-inspiring excursion into the Exclusion Zone, guests will continue on to Olveston House, where they will tour the historic home of the late Sir George Martin, long-time producer for The Beatles and owner of the AIR STUDIO Montserrat recording studio. Guests will see a collection of Gold and Platinum records throughout Olveston House, along with a gallery of black and white photos autographed by Linda McCartney. Guests will then enjoy a Montserratian lunch on the veranda and take in the natural serenity and beauty of the unaffected parts of the island.
After lunch, guests will return to Four Seasons Resort Nevis, where the Resort’s Spa therapists await to welcome guests for the new Essence of the Peaks ritual. Rejuvenating weary bodies from the day’s activities, Essence of the Peaks utilises traditional Swedish techniques and incorporates a special blend of mineral-rich volcanic sand and lavender therapeutic oils to exfoliate dry, dead skin and dispel accumulated body tension. Following the treatment, guests can relax under the Spa’s Sala deck and enjoy the Japanese-inspired cold-plunge pool, overlooking verdant Nevis Peak, and recount the most special adventure.