Park Hyatt St Kitts

Reviewed by a former Times of London and FT travel writer exclusively for Holidays in Heels!

The Welcome

The twin island nation of St Kitts & Nevis in the eastern Caribbean – once famous only for its sugar plantations and a visit nearly 20 years ago by Lady Di and her sons William and Harry – is fast becoming the premier luxury getaway in the region, threatening to eclipse rivals such as Antigua and Saint Lucia.

There is no greater example of this than the recently opened Park Hyatt Saint Kitts, the brand’s first foray into the Caribbean. Set in Banana Bay, less than half an hour’s drive from the airport and the capital Basseterre, the gently sloping beach is dotted with palm trees and offers fine views to Nevis and warm water to swim in.

The welcome is warm, the champagne chilled.

Sweet Suite

After checking in, a buggy will drive you to your spacious room, which is large, wood-panelledwith a fan like a propeller on the ceiling.

There is also a large terrace to watch the leisurely pace of life.

Fine Fare

After you’ve unpacked, there’s a decision to be made: shall I lunch in the Great House, the Stone Barn or the Fisherman’s Village? Each one is a treat. Stone Barn has just been voted best new restaurant in the Caribbean, but for my taste the lobster in the Fisherman’s Village takes some beating.

Spa & Activities

Then how to spend the afternoon? There’s the beach of course, and a choice of three swimming pools, one that is reserved for adults only. Some people go for runs in the hills or take a speedboat to Nevis; others relax on the sun loungers. The pace of life on St Kitts is so relaxed that the locals even have a word for it: ‘liming’, which means to chill out.

The Miraval spa should not be overlooked. The sauna is hot. The plunge pool is cold. The walls are whitewashed. Gallio, the expert masseuse, could take knots out of wood. There is a 24-hour gym too (we didn’t go there) and even a yoga and meditation space in a sugar mill, the area where they used to cook the sugar cane to extract its contents.

Early evening, and it’s time either to head to one of the beach bars and listen to the waves on the beach, or visit the Great House, as the main structure of the plantation houses used to be called, where one can sample rum at the Tots Rum Bar, or wander in the chef’s herb garden. There are chess boards for the energetic. Then it’s time for dinner. Another exhausting day in paradise ends, and you can’t wait for the next one to begin.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts


Embrace the luxurious yet laidback vibe of St Kitts by lounging around in this trendy, yet functional, ensemble!


St Kitts



Lisa Marie Fernandez swimming bikini
1,090 AED –

WithChic tie dye romper
105 AED –

Jack Rogers leather flat
475 AED –

Bag All canvas pouch
130 AED –

Eugenia kim hat
1,745 AED –


Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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