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It was hard for me not to let out a little gasp when I arrived at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. The entry to the resort reveals a stunning frame of Nevis and Banana Bay, the resort’s private palm tree-lined beach, that welcomed me to my first stay in St. Kitts.

After making my way over the long open-air walkway, which was elevated over a Koi pond, I was ushered into the lobby. The space is set up like a contemporary living room with curved wicker armchairs flanking a coffee table and a long marble table that serves as the check-in desk. The design feels open and fresh, and immediately inspired relaxation. I was given a cool, damp towel and bottle of water and, after a quick check-in, I was transported by golf cart to my suite.

Set on 20 acres, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts has 126 guestrooms and feels uncrowded and private. I visited in June, which is low season, but even during the busy season the amenities and accommodations are spread out across the property to make sure guests don’t feel cramped or crowded even when the hotel is at full occupancy.

The rooms at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

The first Park Hyatt property in the Caribbean, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts opened in 2017. The entire property faces the Narrows, a strait between St. Kitts and Nevis. As an avid traveler to the Caribbean, I’ve found that resorts sometimes try to punch up the decor with bright, tropical hues, but here, the rooms are decked out in sophisticated cream-colored armchairs and couches, white high beamed ceilings, and polished wood floors. Each guestroom also has floor-to-ceiling windows that emphasize the sweeping bay views.

The guestrooms are separated into 18, three-story buildings (if you book a room on the third floor, note that there are no elevators). I stayed in the third-floor Plunge Pool Rooftop Suite, which includes a spacious living room, a king-sized bed facing the water, and an open-concept bathroom with a deep soaking tub and rainfall shower. But the highlight is the terrace with a private infinity plunge pool.

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The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the only resort in St. Kitts with private rooftop plunge pool suites, and the rooftop pool views rival other Caribbean islands like St. Lucia and Antigua. The terrace also comes with a mini wet bar and a couch and armchair, which makes it an ideal location to sip a cup of coffee in the morning or enjoy a glass of wine while the sun set.

Other suite options include the Beachside Suite (on the ground floor with a private deck and terrace), the plunge pool rooftop deluxe suite (which has a 1,305-square-foot private deck), and the 2,300-square-foot Bi-level Private Penthouse Suite (including a private pool and butler). The three bedroom, two-story, 5,280-square-feet Presidential Villa is the pinnacle of the suite options.

Outside of the suites, there are rooms with either one king bed or two queen beds, and options with beachside openings or ocean views.

The amenities at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

With the mountains of Nevis in the background, the resort’s beachfront area is picturesque. Yet some parts, especially toward the ends of the Bay, are pretty rocky, so I spent most of my time in the resort’s two pools. The Lagoon Pool is a zero-entry infinity pool near the beach with lots of lounge seating. The Ramparts Pool is a second-story, adults-only pool with stone arches built to resemble St. Kitts’s UNESCO-recognized Brimstone Hill Fortress, a military rampart that was constructed from volcanic basalt rock.

For even more privacy, there are also six “floating” cabanas that are set away from the beach, and I spent an afternoon here, lulled to sleep by the sound of the man-made waterfall. Though I was content to mostly lie on the beach all day, the resort offers non-motorized water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. For families, there’s also a kid’s program, Island Fort Kids Club, which includes supervised activities like pool scavenger hunts, jewelry making, and outdoor movie nights.

Dining options at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

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During my four-day stay, I ate at all three restaurants, and each has stunning views and top-notch menus. I’ve noticed that some Caribbean resorts rely on burgers, steaks, and pasta, but the restaurants had a diverse selection of dishes.

The Great House, the resort’s main dining venue has an excellent selection of seafood dishes like conch chowder soup, squid ink tagliatelle (made in-house), and a hearty lobster roll. The all-day menu at The Fisherman’s Village has mango barbeque pork ribs and yellowfin tuna tostadas alongside St. Kittian favorites like slow braised oxtail and rum cake.

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But my most memorable meal was at The Stone Barn, the adults-only oceanside restaurant with a six-course tasting menu. The courses I had included spiny lobster roulade and wagyu tenderloin paired with wines from the resort’s impressive portfolio. While I had a few culinary splurges, I also snacked casual fare from the poolside bar like chicken tenders, which were also delicious.

Exploring St. Kitts from the Park Hyatt

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Located on the southern end of the island, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is a convenient base to explore the rest of the island — and there’s so much to do on St. Kitts. The resort offers lots of off-resort excursions, including three themed day trips: Journey to Sweetness, Journey Off the Beaten Path, and Journey to the Wild Side. I decided to combine all three tours for a day of sightseeing, and the open-air tour bus picked me up from the front of the hotel.

I spend the first part of the day touring a plantation home and a sugar mill and learning about the sobering history of sugar production on the island. For the second part of the tour, our guide led us on a hike through the hilly terrain of St. Kitts, ending our hike with rum punch, fresh mango, and banana bread. For our last part of the tour, we hung out at Shipwreck Beach Bar, a local thatched-roofed beachfront bar where I waded in the water of the black sand beach.

Along with the themed tours, the resort’s concierge can also arrange ATV Tours, zip-lining excursions, deep-sea fishing, and yacht tours, and for guests who want to spend a day on neighboring Nevis, the concierge can also arrange a 10-minute boat ride that takes off right from the resort’s private pier.

Getting to the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Only a three-hour flight from Miami, getting to St. Kitts was pretty easy, and the hotel is only 25 minutes from the Robert L. Bradshaw International airport. The average price for a standard room at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts starts at around $365 per night during the low season.