Charlie Chaplin said “the saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.” I disagree.
Coming Soon: The Miraval Spa at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts.
I am trying to catch up on my hotel and trip reports, the first one being my three night stay at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. Warning, this is a long post with a lot of photos.
I should note that the stay was complimentary, but not because I am a blogger. The first two nights were comp’ed due to the hotel’s delay in opening (I originally had reservations for last summer), and the third night was a free globalist night.
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is stunning. I don’t think there is a bad room anywhere at the resort. Our first night, we were in a Beachside Suite, which is on the ground floor of the hotel. You can see a video review of the Beachside Suite here. The second and third nights, we were upgraded to the Nevis Peak Suite, a premium suite, which has it’s own terrace deck and plunge pool!! But, I digress.
We used miles for our flights to St. Kitts, Delta in one direction, American in the other.
There is a duty-free liquor store near the baggage carousel. It has a catchy name – Smoke n Booze! We picked up one or two bottles of wine there – and I recommend doing that as alcohol (and frankly everything) is rather costly at the hotel.
Our driver, Neville, picked us up and drove us to the Park Hyatt. He proudly showed us the breathtaking views along the way, and stopped so we could take photos at the famous Timothy Hill.
Next, we arrived at the Park Hyatt and checked in.
The resort is beautiful.
We were escorted by golf cart to our first suite (review HERE). The second day, we were upgraded to a Nevis Point Suite. Now, rather than being on the ground floor, we were now on the third floor (the highest floor), and …………. we had our very own plunge pool!! OMG!
The decor is elegant but simple and functional. This is the living room area:
The dressing room and walk-through closet (note the can of insect repellent and the flashlight – both came in handy!)
The pièce de résistance was of course the deck and pool.
The pool wasn’t even that large, but it didn’t matter. It was amazing.
The weather was on the chilly and rainy side when we visited so we didn’t actually spend time by the pool. The hotel was not busy and I don’t recall ever seeing more than one or two people in either the main pool or the beautiful zig-zag adult-only pool. There is also a pretty beach area, but it is quite small.
There is also a Camp Hyatt for the kids. It wasn’t open when I was there, but I did take a look around. Mommypoints has written more about the Camp Hyatt.
The views were spectacular from our room. I tried a few mornings to get up in time for the sunrise. Even with overcast skies, it was beautiful. The adult pool looked amazing too.
Frankly, I love waking up or just relaxing in a room with a view of an ocean (or equivalent waterway) even if it is pouring raining out! Oh look, there’s Nevis!
The three days passed by easily. Typically, I would wake up, get coffee for us and then I would work out at the gym (see review HERE).
Then, we would meet for a leisurely, delicious breakfast with an incredible view (see review HERE). If you go, you must have the hotel’s signature breakfast dish: twice cooked eggs with truffle mushroom ragout!
In the afternoon, we would relax or take walks around the grounds or the beach on the other side of the hotel. One day, we met up with friends who were on a cruise and in St. Kitts for the day (talk about coincidences!).
We had three dinners in St. Kitts. Saturday night, our first night, we went to the Spice Mill Restaurant on Cockleshell Beach in walking distance from the hotel. We had burgers, which were good, and the owner was very friendly and sat down at the table with us. We would run into him again the next night.
The next night, we went to SALT Plage. It was my kind of place in that local-tiki-beachy kind of way. And, it was hopping. We later learned that this was the place to go on Sundays. We saw managers from the Park Hyatt there, the owner of the Spice Mill restaurant and even people from our flight. We stayed and had dinner there too. I highly recommend this.
Our final night, we ate at one of the restaurants at the hotel: The Great House. This was the same restaurant where we had our fantastic breakfast each morning. The dinner was good, but pricey. I much prefer local restaurants where I get the feel and flavor of the place I am visiting over a fancy hotel restaurant.
Overall, I had a great stay at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. The resort is rather remote and I wish they had a shuttle service to other parts of the island. That is my main gripe. For example, we met the hotel GM and he told us about his favorite local dive bar not far from the hotel. We thought about going there one night but when we inquired about taking a taxi there, we were told it would be about $50.
Would I return? Absolutely.
The Miraval Spa review will be posted soon.
Other than that, have I left anything out? Probably, yes, so feel free to leave comments and questions below.
Oh, yes, one more thing. At the airport when leaving, the officials are militant about fitting all liquids into one quart-size ziploc baggie. They will go through everything and make you discard anything that doesn’t fit in the baggie.