Review: Park Hyatt St. Kitts

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I know I’m way behind on trip reports, so it’s time I catch up. This is from a stay a few months ago at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, so better late than never, right? 😉

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is one of the newest Park Hyatt properties in the Hyatt portfolio, and it’s really exciting to me since it’s such an accessible resort for those of us in the US. A Miami to St. Kitts flight takes just over two hours, so to have a gorgeous points resort just a short flight from the US is tough to beat.

Booking the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Last year the Park Hyatt St. Kitts had an insane promotion. When booking through Hyatt Privé you could get a fourth night free, plus complimentary breakfast, plus a room upgrade at the time of booking, plus a $300 per person resort credit, plus an additional $100 credit per stay (that was per room and not per person).

So in the end we booked the Park Hyatt for under $300 per night, and then there were $700 in credits, and more. It was a heck of a deal. I also used a Globalist Suite Upgrade to confirm an upgrade to a Sea View Suite.

While that promotion is no longer available, there’s still a very good promotion available through Hyatt PrivĂ©, which you can read about here.

Redeeming points at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, meaning a free night costs 30,000 World of Hyatt points. Personally I value World of Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of paying $450 per night here.

There are many easy ways to acquire World of Hyatt points, either directly with The World of Hyatt Credit Card, or by transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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Getting to the Park Hyatt St. Kitts & arrival

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is located in Christophe Harbour, which is at the very southern tip of the island, just across from Nevis.

The drive to the Park Hyatt took only about 25 minutes, and taxis at the airport are readily available. You can expect that it will cost about $30.

When you pull up to the Park Hyatt there’s a beautiful entry walkway

Park Hyatt St. Kitts entry

This is an area you’ll really only visiting when you’re arriving at and departing from the hotel, since there’s no bar or restaurant or anything else up here.

The reception area is to the left, and is a beautiful room that looks out over the resort. We were greeted by some friendly front desk associates, and the general manager also came by to say hi. My first impression of the service was extremely positive.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts reception


Park Hyatt St. Kitts reception

There are golf carts readily available to take you around the resort from here, though in reality we mostly just walked (after all, we had to burn off all the amazing food we ate somehow).

Park Hyatt St. Kitts reception building

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Park Executive Suite

We were assigned room 521, located on the second floor of building five. This was a Park Executive Suite, so represented a further upgrade over the standard suite.

Rather than having one main building, or having individual villas, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts has about a dozen buildings each of which has several rooms.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts property

There are walkways connecting all of them, and you can always either walk or call for a golf cart.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts property


Our building at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Our suite was about 775 square feet, and was gorgeous. Inside the entrance and to the right was the living area, where there was a dining table that could seat six, as well as a living area with a couch and a chair.

Park Executive Suite dining area


Park Executive Suite dining area


Park Executive Suite living area


Park Executive Suite living area

In the dining area was a coffee machine as well as the minibar.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite coffee machine & minibar


Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite minibar

Also waiting on the dining table was a welcome amenity consisting of a bottle of white wine and some sweets.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts welcome amenity

Just behind that was a half bath.


Park Executive Suite half bath

Then there were two sliding doors leading to the bedroom, which featured a king size bed. The bed was on the hard side for my liking, but I wouldn’t say it was uncomfortable.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite bedroom

The bathroom was behind the bedroom, and featured double sinks and a soaking tub in the middle of the room.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite bathroom


Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite bathroom

Off in the back was a walk-in shower with Le Labo toiletries, which I love.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite shower


Park Hyatt St. Kitts Le Labo toiletries

Then there was another toilet next to it.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite toilet

While the interior of the room was gorgeous, the exterior was really the highlight. The outdoor area had an infinity plunge pool.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts executive suite outdoor area


Park Hyatt St. Kitts executive suite plunge pool

There was a daybed off to the side, two loungers, and then a couch with a chair and ottoman. You could really host a party up here.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts executive suite outdoor area


Park Hyatt St. Kitts executive suite outdoor area


Park Hyatt St. Kitts executive suite outdoor area

There was also an outdoor shower.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts executive suite outdoor shower

The entire room looked out over the resort, the water, and in the distance Nevis (which you can see in the below picture on the right).

Park Hyatt St. Kitts suite view

Our room at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts was great. It was beautifully designed, we loved the outdoor space, and having a plunge pool is such a nice amenity, especially when it comes with a view like this one. If you can secure a Park Executive Suite here, I’d highly recommend it.

Furthermore, the wifi in the room (and around the property) was fast and free.

Now let’s take a look at the hotel’s amenities, and then dining.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts pools

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts has two pools. The main pool is near the beach, and is massive.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts pool


Park Hyatt St. Kitts pool

Park Hyatt St. Kitts pool

There’s plenty of seating around the pool (this wasn’t a case where you had to “reserve” seats at 7AM, or anything), and there’s even a small artificial beach there.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts pool seating

I appreciated that they offered complimentary sunscreen around the pool. Too many resorts not only charge for that, but have prices that can only be described as highway robbery.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts complimentary sunscreen

There’s also a pool bar here serving drinks and snacks all day.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts pool bar

Here’s the menu for that:

The second pool is towards the back of the resort, and is elevated. I thought the design of this area was cool, though it did feel a bit out of place in terms of design compared to the rest of the resort.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts adult pool


Park Hyatt St. Kitts adult pool

Between the two pools were some cabanas that could be rented by the day, at the cost of $300 (which is steep, but it includes a fridge stocked with sodas and waters, a fruit plate, two cocktails, afternoon tea, and a 10 minute massage for two).


Park Hyatt St. Kitts cabanas

Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach

While the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is on the beach, personally I found this to be more of a pool resort than a beach resort. That’s because the beach… isn’t great. It’s not bad at all, but it’s not a perfect, powdery, white sand beach with turquoise water and barely any waves.

Rather there’s a lot of seaweed on the beach, the water isn’t that clear, and the water can also get pretty rough. So not too many people actually hung out on the beach when we were there.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach

However, we still loved taking daily walks along the beach, and there were also beautiful sunrise views from here.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach


Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach sunrise

The hotel has all kinds of non-motorized water sports, so you could kayak, paddle board, etc. We enjoyed kayaking a couple of days.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach activities


Park Hyatt St. Kitts beach activities

Park Hyatt St. Kitts gym

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts has a gym that’s open 24/7. We found it to be more than sufficient.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts gym

Park Hyatt St. Kitts gym


Park Hyatt St. Kitts gym

Park Hyatt St. Kitts spa

The Park Hyatt St. Kitts has a spa, though we didn’t end up using it. That’s partly because we were having so much fun otherwise, and partly because I found the spa pricing to be on the (very) high side compared to the pricing for other things at the resort.

Here’s the spa menu, and that doesn’t include the tax or service charge (for example, a 50 minute massage was $185):

Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast

Breakfast is served daily at The Great House, which is the hotel’s all day dining restaurant. I loved the design of the restaurant, which had plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast restaurant — indoor seating

Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast restaurant — outdoor seating

We received complimentary breakfast both on account of my Globalist status and the fact that we booked through Hyatt PrivĂ©. We were entitled to “The Great House Selection,” which includes the buffet as well as one item from the menu (this usually costs $45++ per person).

The breakfast menu read as follows:

The buffet was spectacular — I’ll let the pictures speak mostly for themselves.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts omelet bar


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast buffet

In addition to that, the a la carte options were great. Ford loved the twice cooked egg and eggs benedict.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast

I liked the vegan omelet and avocado toast.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast


Park Hyatt St. Kitts breakfast

Now let’s look at the rest of the dining options at the hotel.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts — The Great House

As mentioned above, breakfast is served at The Great House. But this is also the all day dining restaurant, so lunch and dinner is served here as well. Rather than posting pictures of the menu, you can find the lunch menu here and the dinner menu here.

We never had lunch here and only had dinner here once. Ford had the blackened mahi mahi, while I had the coconut tempered shrimp curry.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Great House dinner


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Great House dinner

By the way, The Great House isn’t just a restaurant, but also acts as the center of the hotel. Next to the restaurant is a bar/living room area, which is also a nice place to hang out.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Great House bar area


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Great House bar area

This is also where the concierge desk is located.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts concierge desk

Park Hyatt St. Kitts — The Stone Barn

The Stone Barn is located right next to The Great House, and is only open for dinner. This is considered to be the hotel’s “fine dining” option.

The Stone Barn Park Hyatt St. Kitts


The Stone Barn Park Hyatt St. Kitts

The restaurant is the most intimate dining setting at the hotel, and as a result reservations are recommended. We had dinner here one night, and the food was excellent. You can find The Stone Barn dinner menu here.

When we sat down we were offered some delicious bread with dip.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Stone Barn — bread

We started with the flat bread…


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Stone Barn — appetizer

Then we both had the blue eyed cod…


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Stone Barn — main course

Then we had the heirloom carrots and cauliflower on the side…


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Stone Barn — sides

Then we ordered the apple tart for dessert (yes, that whole thing is one dessert).


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Stone Barn — dessert

Park Hyatt St. Kitts — The Fisherman’s Village

The Fisherman’s Village is the hotel’s outdoor restaurant, which is located on a pier near reception. Lunch and dinner is served here, though it’s also a place that’s popular for drinks, since there’s a bar here as well.


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Fisherman’s Village

Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Fisherman’s Village

Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Fisherman’s Village


Park Hyatt St. Kitts The Fisherman’s Village

For The Fisherman’s Village, here’s the drink list:

Then you can find the typical lunch menu here, and the typical dinner menu here. We never ate here when they were offering the a la carte menu, but on Saturday night they had a special buffet here, which we decided to make a reservation for.

I’m not usually a huge buffet fan, but this was excellent. It included a welcome drink, there was live local music, and I love that they had cooked-to-order fish and meat of all kinds. For what it’s worth, the buffet cost $65 per person.

Below are just a few pictures of the food…

The Fisherman’s Village buffet


The Fisherman’s Village buffet


The Fisherman’s Village buffet


The Fisherman’s Village buffet


The Fisherman’s Village buffet

Park Hyatt St. Kitts service

I was impressed by the service at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts. Everyone was exceptionally friendly, and truly seemed to want to make sure guests had a great time. There certainly is an element of “island time” here, which is to be expected in the Caribbean, but not problematically so.

In general I just found everyone in St. Kitts (with the exception of those working at the airport) to have positive attitudes and be pleasant.

So while it’s different than the service you might get in Bali, for example, it greatly exceeded my expectations.

What to do in St. Kitts

We came into this vacation mostly with the intention of relaxing, so we didn’t have a packed schedule of activities. The Park Hyatt is located in an isolated part of the island, which in general I’d consider to be a good thing. St. Kitts gets quite a few cruise ships, so visitors from the ships rarely make it anywhere near the Park Hyatt.

The island itself is cute, and you can easily see most of it in a tour of just a couple of hours. You’re also just a short boat ride from Nevis, which is an even smaller island. St. Kitts is a hilly island, so there’s some hiking, which is really the only the other activity we did.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts bottom line

We had an excellent time at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, and I’d return in a heartbeat. St. Kitts is beautiful, though it’s not the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in terms of the beaches or the beauty of the ocean. Similarly, the Park Hyatt is beautiful, but it’s not the most striking hotel I’ve ever been to.

However, there’s so much to love about this place. First of all, it’s so accessible, and just a short two hour flight from Miami. It’s so nice to be able to travel to a relaxing destination without having to deal with horrible jetlag or multiple flights. I really can’t overstate how nice that is, because when I go somewhere like the Maldives it often takes me days to adjust, and I just don’t feel great.

The resort is very nice, the service is excellent, and I thought the food at this resort was exceptional. I’d definitely return, as this makes an excellent weekend getaway.

If you’ve stayed at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, what was your experience like?

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Comments
  1. I enjoyed our stay but the taxis are highway robbery for anyone looking to leave the resort and only accept cash.

  2. Our experience there was pretty similar, even though we didn’t score a suite. Absolutely loved this property, and my favorite thing was having breakfast on the outside patio gazing at the ocean and Nevis Peak. The only part I don’t agree too much with is the food quality. Breakfast was indeed spectacular and delicious (although the spread was much smaller than the one you had, but we would often stuff our face there and skip lunch), but dinner was quite disappointing overall. We tried all the restaurants – except the Stone Barn, they didn’t open it when we were there – and found the food a little bland overall, especially given the prices. It’s also to be noted that we were there over Memorial Day last year, and the hotel was virtually empty. I don’t think they had more than 10 or 15 occupied rooms, which would explain why the Stone Barn was closed and breakfast buffet was smaller.
    But overall, we would go back in a heartbeat as well!

  3. Looks very nice and a really good alternative to the Four Seasons nearby which requires a 45 minute boat ride in addition to a long transfer to and from the dock and airport. The beach at FS is better but not enough for me to choose it now over the Park Hyatt. Rooms though look far superior to the FS. And the simplicity of getting there via a quick taxi ride is enough for me in the future.

    Thanks for this review, Ben.

  4. Thanks for the report and posting the prices. Basically expect to spend at least $150pp per day on food and drink to enjoy a pool and a view. Much better options out there.

  5. Were the pools heated? I’ve read on FT that none of them are (including the one on the deck of the suite) which makes me worried about booking here.

  6. @ Mike — Yes, very much so, which impressed me, given some places in the Caribbean aren’t. Never felt awkward at all.

  7. The beds are really the #1 thing that is keeping me from switching to Hyatt, even with being extremely frustrated with Marriott these days. So many Hyatts I’ve stayed in, of all brands and in multiple geographies, have very firm uncomfortable beds, while most SPG brands and some Marriott brands have lovely beds. I’m not sure what Hyatt is thinking?

  8. My wife and I also had a wonderful stay here (missed you by a few days, I believe), and we are certainly considering going back at some point due to all the reasons you mentioned. I really did like the isolated location of the resort. We went ziplining, which was on the other end of the island where most of the tourists and cruise ships are, and it felt completely different. Just a bunch of old, drunk, rude Americans giving us all a bad name. Anyway, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is great!

  9. ” A Miami to St. Kitts flight takes just over two hours, so to have a gorgeous points resort just a short flight from the US is tough to beat.” Or just stay in Miami. The weather and the beaches are not much different.

  10. I visited the resort last August and it was only at 10% occupancy, we had the entire resort seemingly to our selves. the concierge, the maids and the restaurants staff were all wonderful and after a couple of days, we found the restaurant staff referring to us by our names. Which was impressive given that it was about 5-10 people that did this.

  11. Awesome review. I’d love to stay here, but it’s just too expensive (A$2,500+ in economy) to get there from Australia!

  12. You lost me at $40 breakfast.

    If it was in Eastern Caribbean Dollars, that would be fine. But USD?

    No thanks.

    Theres a difference between paying for quality, and getting robbed at a gas station.

  13. I just realized that you never stayed at Conrad Macau before or have a trip report on it as I would love your professional opinion @Lucky

  14. Just read the whole review and it tracks with my experience last weekend. Stone Barn was closed because of a private event but Great House dinner and bfast was excellent and so was service everywhere. A couple of nitpicks with the room. My DND sign kept turning off after a few hours even overnight and housekeeping got in while I was at breakfast because of that. No hooks for bathrobe anywhere near the shower and hand shower button use would require turning off shower to go back to rain shower. Other than that I loved every minute of my stay and will go back.

  15. I stayed at this property last February. I don’t know how much it’s changed since then. Going by your review, most of the things have stayed the same, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

    I honestly think the reputation of the Park Hyatt brand and the pent-up anticipation of this property has really colored guests’ perception and experience of this place. The food outside of breakfast was mediocre and very expensive. And I’m speaking as a former Globalist who had free breakfast. The beach sand is pretty coarse, and the waves, while not violent, are not nearly calm enough to enjoy swimming in the ocean. The rooms are definitely nice, but nothing spectacular. I may even say their design is uninspired, even sterile. I really, really wanted to fall in love with this property. But at the end, I was left wanting more.

    Not to say I won’t go back if I can snag a great deal. But for the money and the expenses/moderate difficulty in getting there, I’d choose somewhere else.

  16. @bgriff EXACTLY! Overall I like Hyatt properties but hate the beds (especially those at Hyatt Place). When I stay at a Hyatt Place, I feel like I pulled an all-nighter the next morning. In the past getting to 25 stays was not as bad, but now getting to Globalist at 60 nights is quite a personal sacrifice in terms of sleep…’tis the sacrifice of a true points junkie. I have over 2,000 nights at SPG/Marriott and don’t have the same issues with their beds.

  17. I’m with Bgriff on Hyatt’s uncomfortably hard beds. Too bad as the resort looks fab (and your pics are sensational).

  18. I have no status with Hyatt. This property interests me but $45 for breakfast is highway robbery. So if I am to go here with my wife and leave a tip that’s $100 per day on breakfast alone. A yogurt is $8? I will never stay here.

  19. Looks amazing and understanding food costs are usually higher, I’d still have to get a piggy bank for dining costs to stay here!

  20. Best thing about your reviews, Lucky, is the loads of high quality pix detailing pretty much everything one would want to see before making a booking. That breakfast buffet is one of the most varied I’ve seen. Rest of the food looked ok, too.

    Your mention and close-up of Le Labo toiletries reminds me of one thing that bugs me in hotels – little bottles of nice complimentary toiletries labelled in 8pt print that is near impossible to read in the shower without reading glasses. Easily addressed and and Le Labo looks to have nailed it – large type in black!

    Nice to see a review again – I thought you’d maybe given up…

  21. You mentioned the spa rates were sky high. Where do you think the best value spa rates can be found at a beach resort? Bali? Fiji? Living in the Bay Area makes the travel time a different experience from the East Coast.

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