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"Relaxing, interesting, exciting all in one place…"
We arrived at St Kitts Marriott and was as expected for a chain hotel. The rooms were spotless and lots of space with the usual facilities. The room had a great view overlooking the large pool area and sea. Once I had unpacked and had a wander around the hotel we then got ready to go out to dinner at Ballahoo Restaurant. This was a lovely laid back place with great service and local food and rum punch. It has a great position overlooking the Circus clock in the heart of historic Basseterre.
Later in the evening we went on a Sea Turtle Experience. It was around 8pm, dark and raining on a deserted beach and admittedly was not my idea of a typical Saturday night however; we persevered to see one of these amazing creatures. The chances of seeing one are 50/50 and there is a lot of walking up and down the beach so probably not recommended for very small children but 8 years plus with interest in wildlife would love the adventure! After a couple of hours wondering if we would ever see one there was finally a message that one had been spotted so we raced down to see it before it headed back into the sea. It was definitely worth the wait!
After a standard breakfast at the hotel we headed off with our fantastic guide, Dale for an island tour. We stopped at Brimstone Hill Fortress, Old Road, Petroglyphs and Bloody Point to name but a few. This was a fascinating tour explain the past of St Kitts from slavery through to independence. After a very busy day we then went to a nearby restaurant Bombay Blues for a lovely Indian meal.
The next day we were picked up by Greg’s Safari’s for a ‘Valley of the Giants’ half day rainforest and garden tour where we visited Romney Manor which is a beautiful plantation house which is set in amazing gardens. We then went on to lunch at Timothy Beach Hotel which was very relaxed and has a great host who showed us around the rooms as well which were great for families who are looking for a self-catering holiday. We then went on to Cockleshell Bay which was slightly off the beaten track but a little hidden treasure which is worth a trip to and has the Reggae Beach bar for refreshments. Here the kids can take part in the St Kitts Sailing School which is all geared up for children on holiday. We later went for dinner at Royal Palm Restaurant at Ottley’s Plantation Inn which is both luxurious but relaxed at the same time and the host are wonderful. The setting is beautiful and perfect for a sunset dinner.
St Kitts more than exceeded my expectations and although there are currently no direct flights (we flew with BA via Antigua) it’s definitely worth the short stop in Antigua to go to this fascinating, beautiful island.
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