An unspoilt volcanic island with a rich colonial past which is waiting to be explored
St Kitts is one of the quieter Caribbean islands and has the charm and quaintness that some of the larger island had 40 years ago. It's laid back atmosphere, volcanic mountian hills, ruinous forts and tropical rainforest area make it a haven for relaxation or exploration.
A spine like ridge of volcanic peaks interspersed with deep, forested ravines runs throughout the island’s interior tapering down to coastal plains that are scattered with colonial plantations, deserted sugar mills and, on the west coast, crumbling forts. To the south, a low-lying headland, the southeast peninsula, plays host to the island’s best beaches and bays as well as natural lagoons and salt ponds.
St Kitts’ capital Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the eastern Caribbean and is bursting with of reminders of the island’s colonial past. From a Romanesque and Gothic-style Anglican church and an iconic Victorian clock tower to a public square which was once home to a slave market and the town’s administrative and social hub there are glimpses of a bygone era around every corner.
South & North Frigate Bay
Located just three miles along the south west coast from Basseterre is the popular South Frigate Bay, a stretch of sand which is lapped by Caribbean seas, lined by casual beach restaurants and bars and buzzes with activity both through the day and well into the night. Just a short distance away is the windward North Frigate Bay, home to the one of our featured resorts, the stylish St Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino.
St Kitts' heritage
Of the island’s myriad heritage sights the UNESCO listed Brimstone Hill Fortress is jewel in St Kitts’ crown and one of the best preserved battlements in the Americas. A feat of engineering and construction, this hillside fort was built over a period of 100 years by strong African slaves from the island’s somewhat unyielding volcanic rock. Witness redoubts, citadels, officer’s quarters, bastions and storehouses and enjoy panoramic views of coastal plains, plantations and the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
Soak up the colonial ambience with a stay in one of the island's numerous historic plantation houses, once home to the rich owners of sprawling sugar estates. The luxurious, adults-only Ottley's Plantation Inn boasts an incredible setting sandwiched between the ocean and mountains... an beautiful setting for a Kuoni luxury holiday.