CHRISTOPHE HARBOUR, ST KITTS – A SAFE HAVEN IN THE LEEWARD ISLES
Welcome to St Kitts, where the people are friendly and the limin’ is easy.
St Kitts is the larger of the dual-island federation, separated from sister island Nevis by the 3km Narrows.
With the Caribbean Sea to its west and the Atlantic on its eastern shore, St Kitts is an island steeped in rich history and culture with a myriad of things to do, whether you want to soak up the Caribbean way of life, sail the warm waters, or put yourself to the test with a body and spirit challenge.
Part of the British West Indies until its independence in September 1983, the island of St Kitts is about 29 miles long and 8km across at its widest point. Long traditions of tobacco and salt production and sugar cane harvesting leave their historic traces scattered along the island.
No wonder this island in the 1300s was named Liamuiga, or Fertile Island. The moniker is still relevant today as all manner of exotic fruits and vegetables, nut trees and medicinal plants that have been growing wild here for centuries among the lush foothills of the dormant volcano and in the island’s dense rainforest.
A thriving population of some 35,000 on St Kitts, and a further 15,000 on Nevis welcomes visitors from around the world. ‘The carnival isle with a friendly heart’ beats its drum as much to high energy adventures like the annual music festival, a four-day Caribbean Premier League cricket championships and sports outings like the channel swim, marathon, and triathlon, as it does to outings such as climbing the UNESCO heritage site of Brimstone Hill, rappelling into the volcano crater, zip-lining, award-winning game fishing or some good old-fashioned snorkelling.
For foodies and rum-ophiles, St Kitts has a range of local celebrations and abundant delicacies, and no doubt libraries of secret home-borne recipes that keep you coming back for more.
For the more relaxed minded, the Kittitian sun is as warming as you can find and the southeast peninsula is blessed particularly with the island’s best beaches. Here you will find Christophe Harbour, where the vision of Buddy Darby and his family is coming to fruition in the burgeoning shape of a 2,500-acre premier resort community and state-of-the-art superyacht marina.
Here the superyacht marina, created from a former salt pond, plays host to some of the world’s finest, high-profile vessels, including Perini Navi’s S/Y Perseus 3, Lürssen’s M/Y Limitless and M/Y Phoenix 2 and Blom + Voss’ M/Y Mayan Queen.
Well into its third full Caribbean yachting season, The Marina at Christophe Harbour has grown in worldwide recognition. With a desirable location in the Eastern Caribbean knitted firmly into the sailing triangle of St Barths, St. Maarten and Antigua, the state-of-the-art marina offers some of the fastest – and most cost-efficient – SOL-supplied, ultra-low sulphur diesel in the entire Caribbean. And particularly, its crew and guest concierge services are second to none.
The Marina at Christophe Harbour was designed by a superyacht owner and is managed by former superyacht crew. This attention to service plays out into every facet from expedited VIP Customs & Immigration to provisioning or simply enjoying some of the island’s best coffee at Peppe’s café in the Marina Village with restaurants, boutiques and crew recreational facilities.
For first-class dining, members and guests head to The Pavilion beach club where an internationally trained team lay on sea-to-table fare, specialist wine pairing menus and light-hearted master cookery lessons; while the award-winning SALT Plage bar is the perfect place for sundowners and dancing.
Christophe Harbour welcomed Park Hyatt St Kitts along the shores of Banana Bay. This 126-room boutique hotel debuted with a world-class Miraval spa, dining, fitness, and event services. For those who prefer a private villa to a hotel room, Christophe Harbour offers a range of options from single family residences to two-bedroom turnkey villas, all serviced by its efficient and highly trained team.
With so much to do in surroundings offering textured scenery of ocean vistas and untouched landscapes, it’s little wonder Christophe Harbour and St Kitts are attracting discerning visitors, keen to explore its charms.
Getting here is straightforward. Robert L. Bradshaw airport (SKB) welcomes direct flights from major cities such as London, Toronto, New York, Newark, Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta. The private YU Lounge jet terminal features FBO services and a well-provisioned lounge for expedited Customs & Immigration.