Dreaming of a white sand Christmas just got a bit better.The first Park Hyatt in the Caribbean Park Hyatt St. Kitts had a rough start and opened its doors with a bit of a delay in November 2017 after barely missing hurricane Irma (Puerto Rico was not so lucky).
The luxury 5-star hotel with contemporary architecture is about 30 minutes away from the international airport and apparently everything else. With beach-front views of the Narrows, the straight separating St. Kitts and Nevis, it honors nature and simple, chic décor.
St. Kitts, formerly known as Saint Christopher Island, in the West Indies, was colonized by the British and the French since 1620. Finally, in 1983, the 168-square-kilometer island gained independence. Historically, the island’s economy relied on sugar cane and tobacco but since 2005 when the European Union decided to grow its own sugar cane, the focus has shifted to tourism.
The 126-rooms at Park Hyatt St. Kitts are sufficiently remote to avoid the cruise ships and other group travelers to the island idyll. Instead pristine beaches, great pools, three restaurants, and a list of activities invite guests to explore the recent addition to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Hot List. Well, that was after the resort won a position on 2018 Town & Country Hotel Awards Best New Hotels in the World.
The volcanic island offers hikes to the 1,156 meters above sea level Mount Liamuiga, or explorations of the ancient shipwrecks that remind of the times when slave ships frequented the green, lush shores of the smallest country in the Americas.
Or if one likes to stay put and gaze at the sand – yes, it is exceptionally white – and the Royal Poinciana flowers, far, far away from home, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is a great location. The rooms are spacious and well-lid, with private balconies and modern bathrooms.
Tourism is not yet overpowering the island, so it is a wonderful get-away with all the luxuries one can think of.
Source: some photos are courtesy of Park Hyatt St. Kitts