First settled by the British in 1623, St. Kitts (also known as St. Christopher) developed as a rich producer of cane sugar, and the island’s heritage is reflected in distinctive architectural features of the five-star resort, Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour.
On the scenic Southeast Peninsula, the resort nestles against hilly terrain along the azure waters of Banana Bay. Sand-colored buildings blend into the landscape in unassuming style, but don’t be fooled; sophisticated luxury awaits. The 126 guest rooms and suites all face the sea in an airy, light-filled design with natural tones and minimalist furnishings. Amenities abound, from walk-in rain showers and deep soaking tubs to plush white linens and thoughtful lighting. Premium suites, including the exquisite three-bedroom Presidential Villa, have private plunge pools and sundecks with breathtaking views.
Stories of the island are revealed in classic Kittitian and European-inspired cuisine served at the resort’s three signature restaurants: the intimate Stone Barn, Fisherman’s Village and the plantation-style Great House with Tots Rum Bar. Tropical specialties include spiny lobster, conch chowder, Johnny cake, plantain and pepper sauces. The chef also prepares a special artisan menu for Destination Dining, offered in dreamy locales such as your private terrace, the starlit beach or the Rampart waterfall.
Two glorious infinity pools beckon with shaded loungers and whispering palms, and kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling are offered at the beach recreation hut. Kids clamor to go to Camp Hyatt’s Island Fort, while adults may choose a sojourn at Miraval Life in Balance Spa. The wellness sanctuary emphasizes the mind-body-spirit connection with globally influenced spa therapies, fitness classes, yoga and meditation practiced at the open-air Sugar Mill, where you’ll hear doves cooing and the quiet sounds of nature.
Other activities include E-biking excursions and curated journeys to rainforests and cultural sites. The concierge will arrange outings such as golf, boating or a visit to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can easily hop over to sister-island Nevis by water taxi to visit attractions such as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, now a history museum.
Park Hyatt’s idyllic setting and engaging staff make it easy to pause and feel the sea breezes—and to echo Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air’s salubrity.”