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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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"An amazing luxury resort, set on an wonderful Caribbean island,…"
An amazing luxury resort, set on an wonderful Caribbean island, offering beautiful accommodation and top quality service and facilities. This large hotel is located on the Atlantic side of St Kitts, but is an easy walk to the local bars and Caribbean beach only 5 minutes walk away, so very close by to Timothy Beach.
The children enjoyed the Marriott's pools and stayed in one of the 3 large freeform pools rather than on the beach. They went to the kids club once for about 2 hours and enjoyed becoming Pirates for the afternoon, and although they enjoyed it, all they wanted was to jump back into the water splash around in the swimming pools.
The rooms are spacious with two large double beds and easily sleep a family with 2 children quite comfortably. The food was excellent, so was the service, lots of choice and the breakfast was no to be missed. The children still talk about the breakfast waffles. There are various meal plans and you can book an all inclusive holiday, but we booked room and breakfast and it was very good value and suited us as we like to eat outside the resorts too. Taxis were easy to get locally and reasonably priced. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
The Spa was lovely and it was nice to have a pamper which I treated myself to. The Casino was fun and very luxurious, but we weren't tempted to play with the high rollers.
I would say that St Kitts is ideal if you want to see the true Caribbean, and want to take things easy and explore. The St Kits Marriott was an excellent hotel and can't fault it.Read moreLess
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