The First Caribbean Hotel I’ve Ever Wanted To Redeem Points At

I’ve never really been especially interested in the Caribbean. I’m not sure why. I’m not judging the region, as I realize there are many islands with many different cultures, but for whatever reason it’s just not a region which is at the top of my list.

Perhaps part of the reason is that most of my experience with the Caribbean is from taking cruises when I was way younger, so when I think of the Caribbean I think of the horrible cruise ports. I recognize that’s not at all an accurate representation of the islands, but that’s probably where my bias comes from.

However, there’s one thing I know I don’t love about the Caribbean — there’s a lack of great points hotels. Sure, there are some okay mega-hotels, but they’re mostly past their prime, and aren’t especially luxurious. The hotels in the Caribbean which people rave about are mostly ones which are super expensive, and which you can’t redeem points for.

Mommy Points pointed out that the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is scheduled to open in December 2016. While I had heard about this project before, I never put much thought into it. Well, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s how the hotel is described:

Set on a nearly-untouched Caribbean island within the Christophe Harbour development on Banana Bay, Park Hyatt St. Kitts offers the unparalleled Park Hyatt experience for discerning leisure travelers to this idyllic destination in the West Indies.

Slated to open in fall 2016, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will be a luxury hotel nestled on a secluded area offering golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, overlooking The Narrows, a strait separating St. Kitts and the volcanic island of Nevis.

Here are some pictures:

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The property will stay true to the intimiate theme of Park Hyatts, and have a total of 126 accommodations, including 78 rooms and 48 suites.

Per the hotel’s website, the standard rooms are 527 square feet and all feature private terraces.

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Meanwhile the suites are 678 to 1,119 square feet, so are plenty spacious.

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The hotel isn’t yet accepting bookings (like most hotels, I suspect this one may be delayed in opening), but Hyatt has confirmed that this will be a Category 7 property.

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This means a night will cost:

  • 30,000 Gold Passport points for a free night (no blackout dates, as long as a standard room is available)
  • 15,000 Gold Passport points plus $300 using Points + Cash (availability at the hotel’s discretion, and you can use a Suite Night Award on these stays)
  • 48,000 Gold Passport points for a free night in a suite (minimum of three night stay required)

I value Hyatt Gold Passport points at 1.5 cents each, so to me 30,000 points are worth $450. I suspect the average nightly rate at this hotel in season will be significantly more, probably more like $1,000 per night.

Bottom line

This is a hotel which actually makes me want to visit the Caribbean. A brand new luxury property with the opportunity to redeem points seems awesome. Best of all (or not, depending on how you look at it), it doesn’t require 20+ hours of flying, like getting to the Park Hyatt Maldives, St. Regis Bali, St. Regis Mauritius, etc.

Anyone else excited about the new Park Hyatt St. Kitts? Has anyone been to St. Kitts before, and if so, is it worth a visit?

Comments

  1. The Four Seasons on Nevis is spectacular! I’m excited for the Park Hyatt open, as well.

  2. St Kitts is pretty great from what I remember. I stayed there for a week about 12 years ago (Marriott) and still think it was one of the better island vacations I have had. It was fairly off the beaten path so at least at the time was not very commercialized. I remember you could rent 4 wheelers and see the whole island in an hour or two. Beautiful views from the fort and wonderful seafood. I also found it to be a very sleepy but friendly island. I didn’t have that feeling I was an annoying tourist there. Now with a PH there I am definitly tempted to go back. It used to be fairy cheap so I hope the PH doesn’t cause a general rise in prices. Don’t forget that Nevis (St kitt’s sister island) also has a nice four seasons. Either way I wouldn’t hesitate to go, and although it might not be as over the top as some of the Maldives resorts I think I preferred St Kitts. At least there is some culture and its isolated enough to feel private but also your not trapped at the resort like the Maldives with crazy prices the whole time.

  3. I used to head to this side of St. Kitts for it’s quiet, peacefulness, and relatively unspoiled natural surroundings. Now with this hotel, that will be diminished, so I won’t be headed back. To each his/her own I guess, but in a lot of ways new hotels like this degrade some of the charm of the area they are built to take advantage of.

  4. @Lucky The Ritz Carlton in St Thomas is pretty solid from a luxury hotel perspective. You should check it out.

  5. I was in St. Kitts and Nevis back in April for a spur of the moment trip (I used American miles and Marriott points). It is absolutely lovely and so are the people. You can take a scenic train ride around part of St. Kitts, hike into the extinct volcano on the island, or just be a beach bum. There are ferries and water taxis to Nevis throughout the day. Random fact: Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis. I would certainly consider going again.

  6. I had to spend a week in Nassau for business a few years back. It was exactly as you’d expect in the port area when the cruise ships came in – or Paradise Island or Cable Beach where the mega-hotels are. But – if you get back in to the main part of the island, away from the touristy bits? Man what a wonderful place. The people were super-friendly, the food was fun and cheap, and the city is great for walking. I’d recommend it to anybody for a long weekend despite the reputation.

  7. Ben! The hubby and I got married in SKB! It is amazing, we got married at the Marriott property and couldn’t have been happier. Thrilled to see a new property come to the island.. It is truly untouched beauty, that’s hasn’t become super touristy yet! GO!

  8. You want to visit the Caribbean?, do a bareboat charter for a week. Take a few friends including one that knows how to operate a 40 or 50ft sailboat. Load it full of groceries and drink and set sail with no place special in mind. Drop anchor in Angullia and dingy to shore. Sit on a bench with your feet in the sand while you sip on a cocktail from Johnno’s and watch the sunset. http://www.johnnosatpricklypear.com/

    Sail over to the north side of St. Martin, drop the hook in the bay, dingy ashore. There’s a local bar & restaurant that serves great food. The owner’s Parrot prances up and down the bar to visit and talk to the guests. Great fun.

    Sail over to St. Barths, anchor in the bay. Dingy ashore to find tons of great food & drink. A short walk into town, rent a scooter, ride around and discover the island, the people and the beautiful landscapes. (lots of nude beaches too !!) http://www.st-barths.com/en/home.html

    The best part is, all you need is swim trunks, a few pairs of shorts and a few shirts. Take a bath by diving off the back of the boat, soap down, and rinse yourself off with the fresh water hose on the swimstep.

    Trust me, you will never want to step foot on a cruise ship again.

  9. I second that Four Seasons Nevis is fantastic. No cruise ships, no gigantic hotels, just old school Caribbean. Only place that I will ever go back to in the Caribbean.

  10. Another shout out for the Marriott on St. Kitts (on points). We also had a great time at the Hyatt in Aruba (two nights from the Hyatt credit card signup and two nights on Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred to Hyatt, Add to that the Caribbean doesn’t require many points for airfare.

  11. Based on the raving comments here, I looked up the Four Season Nevis. This fall there is a 4th night free rate. $250 a night after averaging in the “free” night, which comes out to $1,000 for 4 nights. Sounds like a deal for a luxurious 4 Seasons in the pricey Caribbean, right? I can definitely afford that, and I was getting excited about going there..

    But wait, later in the booking process, if you are paying attention (and if you aren’t paying attention, you will be paying beaucoup $) you find out that quote doesn’t include the value added tax of 10%. Nor the government tourism tax of 2 %. Nor a “costal protection levy” of hundreds of $. Oh, and a Resort Fee of 12 percent.

    A resort fee of 12 PERCENT ?

    So the initial quote they gave you of $1,000 for 4 nights, again only if you are paying attention, ends up costing @ $1,750 for 4 nights. Seriously, they are under quoting by 40%, and they don’t expect people to be utterly disgusted when they reach the booking page that spells that all out? If, as I noted, people notice that in the first place, as opposed to only finding out when they check out. 🙁

    Even if I could afford to pay almost $500 a night OFF SEASON, which I can’t, (and I assume meals and drinks will probably double that), I’d be so ticked off by the bait and switch I’d never stay there. But that’s just me. 😉

  12. Looking at the rooms there, I see once again the suite is really a junior suite, with no separation between the living area and bedroom. Am I the only one who really doesn’t like this? I prefer a door between the bedroom and living areas (and to the hallway, for more of a noise buffer). With two of us traveling together, it gives us separate places to go in case one wants to stay up later, take a nap, and the other has other things to do in the room. It seems there are less and less suites with that separation.

  13. I talked to management earlier today and they are going to start selling next month for March 2017 dates and beyond. As construction approaches completion, they may open sooner (I’m sure they’d love to capitalize on holiday travel). This seems conservative, but I think they want to avoid a similar fate as the Grand Hyatt in the Bahamas by over-promising and under-delivering. This will be a virtuoso property with all the usual benefits (upgrade if available, early check in, late check out if available, $100 credit, free breakfast for 2 daily, etc.).

  14. Surprised no one is bitching about the Category 7 designation!?!!? Really Hyatt? Ranked higher than the Maldives and what was supposed to be the premier resort in the Caribbean, the Grand Hyatt in Bahamas? Seems crazy to put this on the same level as Paris, Tokyo, NYC and Sydney

    I also heard that the beaches on the side of the PH St.Kitts are subpar and remind me of the poor beach and reviews of the recently opened PH in Zanzibar

  15. “This is a hotel which actually makes me want to visit the Caribbean”.

    That’s one of the saddest sentiments I’ve ever read on a “travel” blog.

  16. Tom is right…if you love to travel and are doing a travel blog you shouldn’t be able to say things like you don’t want to visit the Caribbean based on childhood experiences. and even worse…you can identify the reason and are doing nothing to fix it.

    So try St Johns in the USVI and be amazed by what the US has to offer…visit Grace Bay in Turks Caicos for arguably the best beach on the planet…and then enjoy all the other wonders of the Caribbean.

  17. This is NOT a special hotel. Renderings are weak.
    The best properties are typically the ones that have been grabbed early on….like the Four Seasons.
    I am curious why this article was even mentioned.

  18. Can anyone tell me how many british airways avios it would cost to get to St. Kitts from Miami?

    On American going from MIA to SKB it would cost 27.5 aadvantage miles. So, how many British Airways avios would it cost? It’s a 1200 miles flight. On British Airways website, it says they don’t fly from MIA to SKB. When trying to use BA’s Award Flight Calculator, it says its not available to me in my region. Help!!!!!!

  19. I don’t get your continual desire to visit countries that refuse to move forward on gay rights and equality. Maybe there is an element of turning a blind eye in touristy places like the Maldives hotel islands but I wouldn’t want to spend a holiday with my fiancé wondering if they’d suddenly change their minds and decide to arrest us based on the gender of who we love, or have to be conscious of “hiding” our relationship.

    That’s the reason I refuse to visit half the Caribbean, indeed some of the islands there are outright hostile to Lgbt people, just look at Jamaica’s reaction to the US embassy flying a rainbow flag this week in tribute to Orlando.

    On the other hand there are more progressive islands (sad to say pretty much all the ones with ties to European countries other than the UK) such as Curaçao that look amazing and I’m determined to visit, they’re just a little harder to get to than their more well known “touristy” but overtly homophobic neighbours.

  20. Because we live in the Detroit metro area, the Caribbean is our families “safe spot” because of gaurenteed good weather, nice beaches, and relatively low air fare from Toronto, which is a four drive away. We stayed at the Mariott Vacation Beach Club on the Atlantic side (part of the mariott resort), which was stellar. The island was a hidden gem, but there are many new developments, such as this Park Hyatt, which should bring many more tourists. You could easily rent a car of four wheeler, but the hotel and airport will have many taxis that will come where you are when you call them, so there is no need for a car. There are many historic sites in St.Kitts, but the most important is the Brimstone Hill first, which is DEFINITELY worth the drive. It is beautiful, but there is also smooch history there. Do you know if this resort is on the Caribbean or Atlantic side? The Caribbean side has much nicer beaches (it was almost like a pool, the water was so calm and warm), so if it is on the Atlantic side, you might want to take that 5 minute ride to one of the beachside restaurant shacks with private beaches, which give you excellent food and great beaches (such as Jamrock). Don’t bother walking, because the walk over the mountain will take you at least an hour. This island is relatively safe, and al the people, including the locals accepted us with open hands. By the way, the four seasons on Nevis is 20+ year old resort, so its age is starting to show.

  21. Geez, Lucky it may be time to re-post the link to your very good “what I do for a living” piece. Hint for those who missed it and keep complaining about his focus on hotels (as opposed to locales): reviewing luxury hotels and flights available via credit card points is what Lucky does FOR A LIVING. It’s his job.

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