Enjoy sumptuous luxury indoors and out at YU Lounge — Photo courtesy of YU Lounge
Arriving by air to the Caribbean, normally one expects a hot walk across the sunny tarmac and a tepid entry into the island, watching the luggage spin around the carousel while sweating through your clothes. Ready for something different?
Sign up for luxury arrival and a woman in an orange vest with a large sign with your name on it will beckon you into an air conditioned white Porsche Cayenne right on the tarmac. You will be whisked away to the YU lounge into an open space with windows, light, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Your baggage claim ticket will be requested as well as your passport. Sip champagne as all entry requirements are satisfied and then go out to your hotel transportation.
Meeting of two seas in St. Kitts seen from Timothy Hill — Photo courtesy of St Kitts Tourism Board
Where can you be treated like a celebrity stepping off a private jet while flying commercial? St. Kitts! Originally known as St. Christopher Island or the mother colony, the British began their reign from here in the early 1600s. Until ten years ago, the island was focused on sugar cane production.
View from the top of UNESCO Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts — Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver
The Wingfield Estate conducts tours to explain the steps of the cane production and processing and feels like stepping back in time. The history can be seen through copper vats and rum casks. Enjoy views from above at UNESCO Brimstone Hill Fortress. Traveling on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, which was used to move the sugar cane from the plantations to the factory, gives a tour of the island and the only acapella group set on rails.
The signature luxury experience continues at Belle Mont Farm designed by architect Bill Bensley, who created the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Every detail was carefully planned to create authentic luxury that matches the mountain top setting on Kittian Hill. Participate in the farm by picking your own mangoes and make sure to take part in the farm dinner.
Sunset at Salt Plage, St. Kitts — Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver
If you prefer to arrive or travel by yacht, Christophe Harbour has 24 new super yacht slips being built. The Pavilion is ready for you to stay poolside or in a stunning villa. Find Greg in the main lobby, who will great you with a hug and tell you, “welcome home.” The setting and the service are polished and you will relax, renew and disconnect on a perfect vacation.
Spend your sunsets at Salt Plage with perfect views and local specialty cocktails like the Salt Pond Jumbie. There is music, food and creative seating areas. The light boxes change colors and add to the fun upbeat atmosphere.
St. Kitts more fully opened its doors to cruise ships in 2007 and has been welcoming travelers to its shores since then. With these latest newest luxury additions, St. Kitts is now a good luxury option in the Caribbean.