I’m currently spending four nights at the brand new Park Hyatt St. Kitts hotel, the newest high-end hotel in Hyatt’s portfolio. I posted my initial impressions on the day I arrived, and now that my stay is almost over I have a ton more to say…both good and bad. In fact, there’s so much to say that I’m going to break it down into several posts, because there’s simply too much for a normal single-post hotel review like I did for the Park Hyatt Sydney or Park Hyatt Tokyo.
Here’s how I plan to break down the reviews:
- Park Hyatt St. Kitts – Initial Review and First Impressions
- Introduction: Park Hyatt St. Kitts
- Review: Park Hyatt St. Kitts Transportation & Check-in
- Review: Park Hyatt St. Kitts Sea View Suite
- Review: Park Hyatt St. Kitts Park Executive Suite
- Review: Park Hyatt St. Kitts Gym, Pools, Beach, & Restaurants
- Review: Park Hyatt St. Kitts Miraval Life in Balance Spa
- Park Hyatt St. Kitts Final Thoughts
I realize that an eight-part series for a single resort seems like overkill, but there really is that much to say. There haven’t been many others writing about this hotel yet so I know plenty of people will rely on these posts to determine whether to book a trip here. I want to be thorough so everyone can make an informed decision.
How I Booked It
My reservation was a complicated one, because it was actually three separate reservations for the four nights. If you recall, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts was delayed several times for a variety of reasons, and the delays were not small ones. They were delayed well over 6 months. I’ve had my eye on this hotel for a long time, so I booked as soon as I could make time in my schedule. Due to the substantial delay, the hotel offered me two complimentary nights on a stay when the hotel did eventually open, so I made use of those.
I also used a free night certificate that was earned when Hyatt Diamond became Hyatt Globalist (every Diamond member received one of these certificates at the time). The fourth night was booked using 30,000 World of Hyatt points.
I attempted using one of my Tier Suite Upgrade Award certificates but was informed that I had an ineligible rate. When I inquired further, I found that it was the free night certificate that was not eligible for an upgrade. Oh well. Thankfully I got upgraded anyway.
Why I Wanted to Stay at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts
There’s several reasons I wanted to stay here. First, as a blogger, I had interest in reviewing a property that few people have so far. Second, I’d never been to the Caribbean and thought this would be a great place to start. It’s a new country, a new hotel, and it’s a chain with which I have status and points. Third, they have a Miraval Spa, which is a high end spa and is rare to have. Recall that Hyatt recently acquired the small chain that’s made it’s name in the somewhat new “wellness” category.
It had been a while since I’d been on a relaxing vacation, so my goal was to really just enjoy the resort and spend a ton of time at the spa with my wife. I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap, but I set aside plenty of money for use on the spa and for dining.
I’m hoping to pump out these reviews quickly. Even just from my instagram posts (I was live-posting during my entire trip), I had probably a dozen people asking for particulars as they try to decide whether to book a trip or not. That’s part of the reason I wanted to review each item separately – I spent a lot of time at the property and paid attention to as many details as I could. In the restaurants review I’ll have menus and pictures of everything we ate, for the spa review (the one you’ll definitely want to read if you’re thinking of a trip) I have pictures of the facilities and the spa menu, and more.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask me in the comments or on social media and I’ll be happy to give you more info. There’s a ton of good things about the property, but there were also some extremely disappointing things that may end up being deal-breakers for many.