Where to eat, play and stay in St Kitts
Superyacht owner Buddy Darby saw the potential in this friendly Caribbean island ahead of the game and opened Christophe Harbour back in 2015. Ever since, the number of yachts choosing to stop off here has been steadily on the rise. Superyacht Life looks at three ways the yachting crowd might enjoy their time off the boat.
For the energetic
There is much to explore on this mountainous island – and a relatively gentle way to start is with a hike along the Sugarloaf Trail, where wild goats, monkeys, hermit crabs and hummingbirds come along for the ride. More energetic trekkers might instead head through the jungle to Mount Liamuiga, St Kitts’ 1,156m volcano, which dominates the island and offers a more challenging climb. Back on more manicured ground, there are also excellent options for golfers here, including an 18-hole Fazio-designed option at Christophe Harbour and the Royal St Kitts Golf Club, where you’ll be able to peer over at the neighbouring islands of Saba and Nevis from the 15th hole.
Park Hyatt, St Kitts
Park Hyatt, St Kitts
For the restful
You came to the Caribbean for its laidback charm, swaying palms and slow pace, right? St Kitts offers all of that in spades, so rest easy. The island has some outstanding beaches – so take yourself off to Sand Bank on the south-east coast or Cockleshell Beach where days can be spent eating fresh lobster at the Reggae Beach Bar and Grill or enjoying cocktails at Spice Mill. The long-awaited Park Hyatt has recently opened its doors, and with it, the Sugar Mill Spa, where indulgent facials and massages await. Christophe Harbour’s recently completed Marina Village also offers tempting opportunities to splurge; art lovers should not miss DALE, a gallery showcasing a gorgeous selection of work from local artists and craftsmen.
For the hungry
St Kitts and Nevis Restaurant Week takes place every year in July, but if you’re too busy yachting around the Med over the summer, worry not. The island’s foodie scene is lively year-round – with jerk chicken, fresh fish and fiery goat stews all local favourites. Sprat Net, which is run by local fisherman is a great, low key setting to enjoy freshly caught lobster and fish while Christophe Harbour’s upscale Salt Plage, with its spectacular sunset views, is the ideal spot to enjoy that ubiquitous rum punch. The Park Hyatt brings with it more options, including The Stone Barn, named after the barns once used around the island to protect crops during the wet season.