Overlooking the palm-tree flanked sands of sleepy Banana Bay, the brand-new Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the first luxury hotel to grace this undiscovered Caribbean island. And it was certainly worth the wait as Amy, our Caribbean Product Manager, discovered on her recent stay.
We were instantly wowed on arrival by our first glimpse of the picture-perfect beach backed by bright blue sea, and views of Nevis’ volcanic peak just across the water. A live steel band gave us a warm Caribbean welcome and we were soon on island time enjoying our first rum punch.
We stayed in a Beachside Suite. Our balcony overlooked the beach and came with its own daybed – this fast became my favourite spot to hole up at sunset with a book and a nice glass of pre-dinner bubbly.
All the rooms face the ocean, are modern and sleek in design with bursts of Caribbean colour all around. If you’re looking for an extra slice of luxury, some suites also feature private rooftop plunge pools.
The hotel is home to the Caribbean’s first Miraval Spa, which is as beautiful as you’d expect. There are lots of little corners you can take yourself off to and simply relax. The tranquil yoga and meditation room is inside a former sugar mill. I opted for a delicate rose facial, which I would recommend to anyone.
The pools here offer the best of both worlds. For a quiet, adults-only day, you can relax by the infinity-edged Rampart Pool. While for families, the beachfront lagoon pool is just steps from the sand and open for all ages.
Not that we made use of it, but the Island Fort kids club looked very inviting for children. A rock-climbing wall and basketball court also keep the kids busy.
The waterfront setting of Fisherman’s Village made it our favourite place to eat. Choosing which fresh fish to try from the ever-changing chalk board was a daily dilemma, but the local lobster was definitely the standout dish. The Stone Barn restaurant is open to adults only and with its sophisticated sharing plates it is the place to go for a romantic evening – the flambéed chocolate dome dessert was heavenly.
The first Park Hyatt to open in the Caribbean succeeds on every level, ticking all the boxes for us as a couple. The tranquil beach is on your doorstep, the spa is a destination within itself and it really feels like they’ve really paid attention to even the smallest details. If you’re a couple or family seeking a Caribbean break away from the crowds, look no further.