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