My family spent 3 days on the island of Nevis at the Four Seasons Resort. The resort is situated on a very long stretch of beach and most of the resort’s rooms face the water and also due west which allowed us to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets every evening. All the rooms had a small balcony or outdoor space with lounge chairs and a table and chairs. The setting certainly takes advantage of the great beach and sunset views. The rooms themselves (more on this below) are nicely sized with large bathroom space and a small seating area which included a pull out sofaRead More
My family had the pleasure of a 4 day stay at the brand new Park Hyatt in St Kitts. On almost every level this was one of our better Caribbean beach vacations in recent memory. As a starter the island of St. Kitts itself is beautiful, very well maintained, and the people could not be friendlier. The island was luckily spared in the recent devastating hurricanes of 2017. The terrain is relatively hilly presenting lots of splendid landscapes. The hotel was situated against a horseshoe shaped hill with roughly a half mile of uninterrupted beach sprawled before it facing the island of Nevis.The hotel rooms were a series of mid sized buildings that housed about 6 rooms rooms, all with ocean views and a short walk to all the amenities. The rooms have a beachy chic vibe with mahogany floors, white washed shiplap walls and relaxed furniture with a splash of trendy shapes and colors mixed in. Each room had 10 feet floor to ceiling windows covering almost the entire ocean side giving you un-interrupted views of the beach, ocean, and the island of Nevis just a couple miles away. Our room (Nevis Peak Suite) had an outdoor area of roughly 1,000 square feet with a small plunge the pool, day bed, couch and seating area along with dining table and wet bar. We spent a bit of time reading and relaxing here at the end of the day as it caught late afternoon sun. The bathroom was very large with double vanities and a huge shower room that could fit the whole family. Towels, bedding, toiletries and amenities were all top shelf. I can’t imagine the most discerning traveler being disappointed with the décor and/or amenities. Indoors we had a nice closet area (however they could have used a couple more drawers) and a lounge area with a couch, chairs, coffee table and a small dinning table for 3 or 4 which works equally well as a work station. Rooms were great.There were 3 restaurants each with varying menus and themes. The décor at each restaurant, including the adjacent bar spaces, found the perfect balance of trendy and warmth that made me want to hire the decorator for a visit to my home. Nothing chintzy here, all the furniture, linens, table and glassware were ultra high end. It also helps that everything is spanking brand new. As for the food, I would say that The Stone Barn which is an adult’s only restaurant would stack up with many of the fine eateries in NYC…and that says a lot. The other two restaurants, Fisherman’s Village and Great House were nearly equal to Stone Barn for food quality and would certainly have rated 9/10 for the menu and food. On a couple of occasions we asked to Raoul (the chef) to go off script he was open to accommodating any requests and we did a number of substitutions to the menu to tailor our dining experience. Service at the resort was solid on most fronts and would certainly get an 8/10 but we did note a couple small lapses but nothing that really affected our stay and more likely just the mind set of “Caribbean service” vs. “New York service”.The common areas include a well equipped gym, a nice spa a huge family pool which is almost like a big lagoon (probably an acre of just pool) with a multitude of loungers and chairs nearby. Umbrellas were plentiful and there were a few large day beds for ultra-zen around the perimeter of the pool. There was a recreation shack area near the beach that offered free kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling gear, games and kites for kids and adults of all ages. There was also a very quiet adult only pool (which we never used) that looked very chill.If you want to get off the resort taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced. There are a few “toes in the sand” local restaurants and bars that were pretty good dinning as well as a couple restaurants that would have been more “fine dinning” in nature although at any venue shorts, t-shirts and flip flops seemed acceptable. I definitely recommend Salt Plage for a sunset drinks and appetizers and The Pavilion for dinner which were just 5 minutes taxi ride from hotel. Spice Mill (which is a 10 minute walk) is very casual, cheap and cheerful dinning with good food and service. Again, I can’t overemphasis how nice all the people are on the island..very outgoing, jovial and always smiling.Park Hyatt, St Kitts was an amazing place and I would highly recommend for families and/or couples. Both the property and the food were absolutely fantastic. If you have questions about specific room categories please feel free to reach out to me as I toured all the various rooms.Oh ya, and take the kids zip lining it’s a great way to spend a half a morning.
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Canouan is a small mountainous island located in the Grenadines. The heart of this island is the resort which occupies more than half of the island and is now in its fourth re-incarnation, The Pink Sands Club. Some of you may recognize names of past lives which include: Rosewood Carenage Bay, Raffles Resort and Canouan Island Resort and now the latest and greatest Pink Sand Club, certainly not to be confused with the Pink Sands in the Bahamas. This was my fourth visit to Canouan over the past 14 years. As an avid beach lover, I have a soft spot for this island which has a perfect white sandy beach with clear blue waters and of course I could not forget to mention one of the most scenic, challenging and well maintained golf courses in the Caribbean (I am a golfer). When I heard that the new Pink Sands Club had finally opened, I couldn’t wait to return.Unless you have access to a private jet, Canouan may not be the easiest island to get to….. However, who ever said that paradise can be found just a non-stop flight away?? I have always made a habit of visiting this island with friends and therefore have taken advantage of booking a private charter from either Barbados or St Lucia. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about this as I have done this multiple times now.The new Pink Sands Club is a full service, six star, self-contained resort. The resort has anything and everything one could imagine you would need for a few days or few weeks of nothing but R & R. While this resort is very broad in its size and amenities it is also very small and intimate at the same time.The nucleus of the resort are the brand new state of the art 26 rooms and suites which make up the Pink Sands Club. There are also a variety of private villas, 18-hole golf course, various restaurants and bars, tennis courts, large kid’s entertainment area/kids club, spa, watersports and spectacular views from every possible location. If you have any questions pertaining to rooms and villas feel free to reach out to me as I did take the time to tour the rooms and a few villas while I was visiting.The hotel rooms are truly state of the art when it comes to technology. Everything in the room from the TV’s to the lighting to the drapes, etc. are managed by iPads located throughout your room which are strategically located. The décor might be considered a bit more on the formal side (it’s obvious no expense was spared) for a Caribbean destination. Dark wood furnishings are intermixed with drapery and colorful fabrics (mostly in the pink family) and tons of Italian Marble throughout. The towels in the bathroom were to die for! As I did tour various rooms, I found them all to be exceptionally oversized with the smallest room being a 1200 square foot one-bedroom suite (this was the room I stayed in). Each suite has a, living room, bedroom, bathroom and dressing room with a large furnished patio. A one-bedroom suite can accommodate a family of four with children under 12 years on the pull out sofa in the living room however there are also two bedroom suites which are about 3000 square feet and some of the one bedrooms can interconnect. All of the rooms have huge patios overlooking the gorgeous beach. My room was on the ground floor which allowed me to literally walk out of the sliding doors of my room with my toes in the sand however if you are on the 2nd floor rooms with balconies the view of the crystal clear blue water is a bit more dramatic.There are variety of restaurants and bars throughout the resort however depending on the time of year and occupancy levels of the resort you should not always expect all venues to be open. Since I was visiting during off season the hotel rotated which restaurant would be open. The quality of the food and service remained on par with my past experiences which were always very positive. In all of my past visits I always thought the quality of the food quality was exceptional on Canouan Island compared to other resort destinations in Caribbean and Mexico and this still remains true. The resort does have its own hydroponic farm and does obtain quality foods and supplies from the US which it flies into the island on a regular basis.I travel extensively and truly enjoy high end luxury properties. It is obvious that the owners of this resort have spared no expense in creating what is, in my opinion, probably one of the most luxurious properties in the Caribbean.