The Stylish Traveller’s Guide to St Kitts

If you’re looking for the authentic Caribbean experience, I can recommend a visit to St Kitts, one half of the island federation of St Kitts and Nevis. The fields that once grew sugar cane are lush and undeveloped while the island capital of Basseterre has a laid back and slightly scruffy charm. Yet if you know where to look there are plenty of places to delight the stylish traveller. If you enjoy great design, delicious local food and places that are stylish without being stuffy, read on my recommendations on St Kitts.

A stylish traveller's guide to St Kitts

Stylish shopping in St Kitts

The Gallery on the square

I loved The Gallery on the Square in Basseterre, where I was tempted by beautifully designed gifts by local artists. Set on the north side of Independence Square, you’ll easily spot it from the colourful paintwork and shutters. It’s one of the oldest houses on the square, and was owned by one family since it was built, until artist Rosey Cameron Smith bought it in 1978 and opened it as an art gallery.

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts

Rosey is known for her large, colourful paintings with scenes from life on St Kitts, featuring the vervet monkeys, vibrant carnival figures and abstract views of the island. She’s brought together the work of many other artists; pottery by Dale Kelley, glass plaques by Calvin Delpeche and scarves by Kate Spencer, another well known St Kitts artist.

While the walls are covered with larger pieces, there are plenty of affordable watercolours, small prints, gift cards and glassware, to bring home a stylish souvenir of St Kitts. I couldn’t resist treating myself to a large, flowing scarf with abstract designs by Kate Spencer, which doubles up as a beach wrap.

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts

Stylish places to stay on St Kitts

Caribbean hospitality at Rockhaven B&B

I loved the colourful Caribbean vibe at Rockhaven bed & breakfast, a private home with just two bedrooms set on the hill above Frigates Bay near Basseterre. The owner, Judith Blake showed me to my room, with an ornate carved wooden bed and cheerful flowery curtains and bedcover. Judith and her husband lived in Canada for many years and when they returned to spend time in St Kitts, Judith told me she wanted to create a vibrant Caribbean feel, choosing a bright pink for the sitting room, and sunshine yellow for her kitchen. With dark hardwood floors, rattan mats and colourful paintings on the wall it all works to make a harmonious whole that’s both elegant and homely.

Rockhaven bed & breakfast in St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Rockhaven bed & breakfast in St Kitts

I took breakfast on the covered terrace, with the breeze rustling through the palms and a view of the Atlantic breakers. My delicious fresh fruit salad and spicy eggs with a chappati were served on colourful painted china with madras checked mats using the yellow, red and green St Kitts check. Set on the top of a hill, Rockhaven bed and breakfast has beautiful views in both directions, although you will need a car to get around if you’re staying there, as there are no shops or restaurants close by. Rockhaven is ideal for independent travellers who want a stylish base to return to after a day out exploring St Kitts.

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Rockhaven bed and breakfast in St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Rockhaven bed and breakfast in St Kitts

Colourful contemporary style in Basseterre –  Ocean Terrace Inn

If you’re looking for a stylish hotel in Basseterre, I recommend Ocean Terrace Inn which has recently gone through a refurbishment and re-opened with spacious, contemporary style bedrooms. The hotel is set on the side of the hill looking towards the port with the green slopes of Mount Liamuiga beyond. On the lower level are the landscaped gardens and pool area with colourful shrubs and enticing pools and waterfalls with plenty of sun loungers. In the evening try the hotel’s Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant which is set just across the road and overlooks the waterfront. As the name suggests, they specialise in seafood such as grilled snapper or Mahi Mahi and I really enjoyed my lobster with a ginger and lemon butter sauce. Read my full review of Ocean Terrace Inn

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Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

Atmospheric plantation style at Ottleys’ Plantation Inn

For old style luxury, Ottley’s Plantation Inn was my favourite hotel on St Kitts and I stayed in one of the cottages set in immaculately tended gardens around the Great House. In my charming bedroom with dark wood furniture, flowered bedspread and plantation shutters I felt like a heroine in Gone with the wind and could throw open the shutters in the morning to look across the gardens towards the ocean. The property borders the rainforest and there are walks through the grounds where you can spot the vervet monkeys with a pretty little spa cabin tucked away in the trees. The inn feels very tranquil and private although you are just a short drive from Basseterre but you’ll need to hire a car or taxi for the days you want to go sightseeing around St Kitts.

Ottley’s Plantation Inn Website
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Ottley's Plantion Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ottley’s Plantion Inn on St Kitts

Luxury on the beach – coming soon at Park Hyatt St Kitts

Look out for the new Park Hyatt Hotel that is opening in late 2016 on the south-east peninsula on one of the most beautiful beaches overlooking the sister island of Nevis. I had a look around the site when I was there and although it was far from complete I could see that this could be perfect for the stylish traveller looking for a luxurious hotel right on the beach in St Kitts.

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Impression of the Park Hyatt St Kitts opening Autumn 2016

Impression of the Park Hyatt St Kitts opening Autumn 2016

Stylish Places to visit on St Kitts

The batik at Romney Manor and Caribelle Batik

I enjoyed visiting Romney Manor, the site of the plantation owner’s house for the nearby Wingfield Estate, which is also worth a look around to see the ruins of the old sugar plantation and rum distillery. Up on the hill above the estate are the lush gardens surrounding the manor with a majestic 400 year old Saman tree spreading its wide branches over the lawn.

Inside the manor house is Caribelle Batik, where I watched the ladies demonstrating how the batik is made, in a painstaking process of painting the wax design and dying the cloth many time in different colours. Outside the batik cloths were left to dry in the breeze in what must be the most photogenic washing line in the Caribbean. After taking a look in the shop, I relaxed with a fruit punch on the terrace looking down on the plantation just as the overseer would have done, to keep check on the activities of the sugar mill.

Caribelle Batik Website

Caribelle Batik on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Caribelle Batik on St Kitts

The canons at Brimstone Fortress

Our minibus wound up the narrow road through stone gateways just wide enough for one car, finally reaching the fortress at the top of Brimstone Hill. The fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which dates back to the 18th century when the English and French were fighting to control the sugar-rich islands of the Caribbean. There are plenty of different parts of the fort to see, but the best bit was climbing up to the stone citadel, where canons pointed in all directions, guarding the coastline with stunning views across the island.

Brimstone Fortress Website

Brimstone Fort, St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Brimstone Fort, St Kitts

Fairview Great House

This is an easy stop when you’re visiting the historic attractions of St Kitts as it’s on the same road as Romney Manor and Brimstone Fortress as you drive out of Basseterre. It’s an 18th century plantation house, where you can see the dining room table set with antique silver and the bedroom with the four poster bed where Prince Charles stayed when the house was a hotel. There are lovely botanic gardens too, surrounding the house with flowering plants and shady trees and they sometimes host rum tastings as part of a guided tour.

Fairview Great House on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Fairview Great House on St Kitts

Stylish places to eat in St Kitts

The Gallery Cafe

For coffee and cakes in Basseterre: head to The Gallery Cafe on the north side of Independence Square. I loved this small cafe at the back of the art gallery featuring the work of local artists, that’s run by the painter Rosey Cameron Smith. Her daughter Leah bakes the cakes and cookies while her boyfriend fishes for the wahoo which is smoked and served on a bagel with a spinkling of paprika – utterly delicious.

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts

There’s a charming garden at the back where you can sit in the shade with a glass of freshly pressed juice or a coffee, as if you’d just popped in to a friend’s house for a chat.

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Gallery on the square in Basseterre St Kitts

Ital Creations

For an organic vegetarian lunch and fresh pressed juices: stop at Ital Creations on By Pass Road road near the airport. The food trailer is open throughout the day to buy a bottle of juice and sit in the shade eating a baked veggie wrap with salad and hummus. While your thick green Moringa smoothie is being prepared, wander around the small organic farm run by Judah Fari and his wife Yayah where they grow papaya and pineapple, salad plants and the medicinal herbs used to make bush teas and flavour their dishes.

Ital Creations on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ital Creations on St Kitts

The Kitchen at Belle Mont Farm

For an elegant lunch of small dishes: call in at Belle Mont farm, the luxurious hotel built on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga in the northern part of St Kitts. Parking your car, you’ll be taken up in the electric buggy that winds on a narrow path through the forest to The Kitchen where lunch is eaten in the open sided dining room with views down to the sea.

Belle Mont Farm on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Belle Mont Farm on St Kitts

The menu is made up of small plates, each designed to be a taster of local produce from the 400 acre organic farm and from the sea. I tried the lobster salad, almost too pretty to eat with artfully strewn herbs and dots of passionfruit and sorrel sauce, and the tasty ginger, pumpkin and spinach soup. You may not leave full to bursting but your taste buds will be tingling.

Belle Mont Farm on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Belle Mont Farm on St Kitts

Arthur’s

For drinks and bites on the black volcanic beach: stop at Arthur’s that is also part of the Belle Mont Farm development. It’s a stylish beach bar that was only just open when I stopped by, but the setting was lovely, on a black volcanic beach where the fishermen pull up their boats. The menu is based on traditional beach bar dishes such as conch fritters, grilled lobster and Mahi Mahi rillettes for elegant but casual dining at lunchtime and in the evening.

Arthur's on St Kitts

Arthur’s on St Kitts

Salt Plage

For cocktails at sunset to a cool Reggae beat: you can’t beat Salt Plage for a drink as the sun goes down. This trendy beach bar is part of the Christophe Harbour development with a deck beside the water and a jetty that also has comfortable seating to snuggle up for a romantic evening a deux. They serve drinks and cocktails every evening as well as small plates of favourite dishes such as coconut shrimp, chicken wings and market fish with garlic butter and island herbs. There’s often a DJ or live reggae music which really adds to the atmosphere as the sun sets and the coloured lights on the jetty reflect in the water lapping below.

Sunset at Salt Plage on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Sunset at Salt Plage on St Kitts

Reggae Beach Bar

For lobster and a beer on the beach: try Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach which serves drinks and food all day and into the evening. It’s a great place to base yourself for a day on the beach with plenty of sun loungers for hire (although they may get crowded when there are a few cruise ships in port) and the watersports hire next door. This is a local’s favourite, where you can try all the typical seafood dishes such as conch chowder and grilled lobster, with the sand between your toes.

Reggae beach bar on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Reggae beach bar on St Kitts

Boozie’s on the beach

For a beach bar to relax with friends: try Boozie’s on the beach at St Frigate’s Bay strip. “The Strip” is a favourite area for locals and visitors in the evening when all that bars along the beach are open for live music, food and drinks. The menu features well cooked hearty Caribbean favourites and there’s a sports bar atmosphere with flags and number plates that happy customers have sent from around the world. This is the place to crack open a bottle of Carib beer or order a ‘Ting with a sting’ and relax with friends.

Grilled Mahi Mahi at Boozie's on the beach in St Kitts

Grilled Mahi Mahi at Boozie’s on the beach in St Kitts

Delicious street food on St Kitts

As you wander around Basseterre you’ll find plenty of street food vendors, especially at lunchtime when they cater to office workers and on a Friday and Saturday when the locals like to buy jerk chicken and pork or grilled fish to take home for dinner. It’s not always obvious what’s offer but be adventurous and ask the vendor to show you what’s cooking  under the metal covers. You may find the traditional St Kitts favourites like salt fish and Johnny cakes or goat water, which sounds disgusting but is actually a tasty stew.

Street food vendor on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Street food vendor on St Kitts

Stylish places to relax on St Kitts

If you need a place to unwind and relax for the day, try Palm Court Gardens which is a favourite for cruise guests in Basseterre. The gardens are beautifully kept, there’s an infinity pool with views over the bay and you can swing in a hammock and buy lunch and snacks in the small cafe. To add to the charms there’s a vintage Rolls Royce parked in the drive, a children’s playground if you have little ones and a workshop where they make beautiful shell jewellery and ornaments that are sold in the shop.

Palm Court Gardens St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Palm Court Gardens St Kitts

A cool rainforest walk on St Kitts

Over a third of St Kitts is covered with rainforest, especially on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga, which you can climb for an adventurous day trek. For something a bit gentler I went for a forest walk from the Wingfield Estate with expert guide O’Neil Mulraine who learned about the plants and wildlife from his grandfather. We took the easy forest trail alongside a trickling stream as O’Neil pointed out the different trees of the forest such as the African tulip with vibrant orange flowers that was often used for shade on plantations and a tree trunk with needle sharp spines that the monkeys will climb, but only if they are desperate! Overhead we could hear both the cries of the vervet monkeys and the shrieks of the people as they whizzed by on the zipline above our heads.

Rainforest Walk near the Wingfield Estate Heatheronhertravels.com

Rainforest Walk near the Wingfield Estate

Begin and end your visit to St Kitts in style at YU Lounge

On my arrival at the airport I was treated to the VIP service that’s available through YU Lounge which can be booked individually or used by business class passengers for some airlines. As I walked down the steps of the plane a car was waiting to whisk me the short distance to the private YU Lounge terminal where I could relax while the staff took care of immigration formalities and retrieved my luggage. I lounged around on the rattan sofas while nibbling some delicious canapés and sipping a cooling drink, thinking that I could get used to the millionaire lifestyle!

YU Lounge on St Kitts

YU Lounge on St Kitts

While St Kitts has been an unspoiled corner of the Caribbean, there are plenty of new developments that are putting it on the map for the stylish traveller. The Christophe Harbour marina, new luxury Park Hyatt Hotel and Kittitian Hill organic farm and hotel that are all nearing completion will soon provide even more to enjoy for the stylish traveller. Perhaps it’s time to start planning your relaxed but stylish holiday in St Kitts?

Have you been to St Kitts and if so did you discover any stylish places to eat or stay?

Visitor Information for St Kitts

To plan your visit to St Kitts check out the tourism board website at www.stkittstourism.kn or follow their social media channels: Twitter @StKittsTourism | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | Pinterest |

British Airways flies to St Kitts from London Gatwick twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays with the flight going on to nearby Antigua. There are regular ferries every day to Nevis, with a journey time of 45 minutes from Basseterre, making it easy to plan a combined stay on both islands.

To start and end your holiday on St Kitts in style, the YU Lounge offers a private terminal at the airport. A private car will meet you from the plane and whisk you to the luxurious lounge where snacks and drinks are available. While you are waiting your luggage will be picked up and you’ll be cleared through security by the YU Lounge staff.

While on St Kitts, Heather stayed at the boutique Rockhaven bed and breakfast, the comfortable and colourful Ocean Terrace Inn in Basseterre, and the elegant Ottley’s Plantation Inn.

Thanks to St Kitts Tourism for hosting Heather’s visit to St Kitts.

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Ocean Terrace Inn in St Kitts – colourful, contemporary style in Basseterre

Stepping out onto the white painted balcony I breathed in the warm Caribbean air, edged with the freshness of morning. Below me the pool area was still, except for the murmur of running water. Over the tops of the palm trees a cruise ship was moored in the bay at Port Zante, with the green slopes of Mount Liamuiga rising beyond. This was Ocean Terrace Inn in St Kitts where I stayed recently, a stylish 4 star hotel that is looking fresh and bright after its recent renovation. Read on for my review.

Ocean Terrace Inn St Kitts

Where are we staying?

On checking in I was shown to my bedroom, in one of the lower hotel buildings built on the hillside. Thank goodness for the helpful young man who carried my bag across the terraces and down all the steps. There are around 50 rooms here, mostly in the modern buildings around the pool that were built in the 1960s and have recently gone through a full renovation.

In my bedroom I found bags of space, with two queen beds just for all for little old me, cool tiled floors and cheerful yellow, red and green scheme that reminded me of the colours of the St Kitts flag. By the window was a cushioned built in seat and out on the white painted balcony, a couple of wicker chairs and a table to sit overlooking the pool area.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

I wondered whether my room was exceptional in its size but when I had a look around some of the others, I found they were just as spacious, with dark, plantation style wood, fresh colours and contemporary style.

My bed was extra comfy, the ice bucket filled ready, with a percolator and ground coffee should I need to make some in the morning. The air conditioning kept everything comfortable, although having just left the chilly UK, I was more interested in feeling the warmth of a Caribbean than in shutting the heat out.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

My huge bathroom with separate bath and shower incorporated a dressing and wardrobe area, with open hanging space, shelves and a small safe (although disappointingly not large enough for my laptop). The iron and ironing board was most welcome since the clothes in my case were looking a bit sad and crumpled.

Bathroom at Ocean terrace Inn

My view of the Pool area

One of the favourite things from my two night stay at Ocean Terrace Inn was the view from my balcony over the landscaped pool area towards the bay and the island’s capital of Basseterre. There was often a cruise ship in port and I can see why the hotel is a popular choice for cruise guests and crew to come and spend the day by the pool.

View from OceanTerrace Inn Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View from my balcony at OceanTerrace Inn

The hotel is built on several different levels with most of the rooms overlooking the pool area. In some places the water was shallow for children to splash about, in others deeper for swimming. Everything was beautifully landscaped with local stone planted with palms, shrubs, and purple flowering bougainvillea, as well as a swim up poolside bar.

Ocean Terrace Inn, St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn, St Kitts

The jaunty turquoise sun loungers matched the turquoise of the pool with orange and white cotton sunshades completing the colourful scene. Even though I was out sightseeing most days so didn’t get much sun lounger time, I found the a walk around the pool and gardens before breakfast with the sound of the cascades and waterfalls very soothing.

Around the hotel

From the pool and surrounding garden area, steps led up to two tiled terraces for guests to sit outside. Wooden pavilions and green sunshades offered protection from the heat of the sun and colourful seating provided a relaxing place to sit, with flowering shrubs and palms to soften the tiling.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

Continuing to the upper level, the reception and main hotel entrance adjoins the quiet residential road where a taxi will drop you off and opposite was the Verandah restaurant with more attractive planting and a water feature at the entrance.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

Breakfast and Sunday Brunch

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

On my arrival I enjoyed a late lunch in the Verandah restaurant, at the end of the Sunday Brunch buffet which is quite a tradition on St Kitts. Sunday is very much family time on St Kitts when everyone will go to church in the morning and than relax with a big family lunch at home. Those who prefer not to cook will treat themselves to leisurely Sunday Brunch at one of the local hotels or restaurants around the island, so this is a popular weekend event.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

Those who aren’t having an extended Sunday brunch will probably be found at the beach just liming (that’s the St Kitts version of relaxing and chilling out with your friends). I arrived at the end of the buffet when most guests had left but enjoyed the excellent spread of salads, and hot dishes both local favourites and international dishes.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

The bright and airy Verandah restaurant, with traditional dark wood flooring and colourful paintings, is also where you’ll also have breakfast. Rather than sit inside, I preferred a table on the terrace with a view over the bay. My only quibble was that the clear plastic blinds were rolled down masking the view, due I think to catering for American tastes to keep everything fully air conditioned.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

I didn’t get the chance to eat at Verandah in the evening, but their Carib-Asian menu using local island produce infused with an Asian flavour looked delicious.  I also enjoyed my breakfast from the a la carte menu, and decided to order the bush tea which I’d heard about, made of local herbs like basil and lemon grass with an inbelievably fragrant aroma.

If you are from the UK or Europe where a breakfast buffet in normally included in your room rate, you should be aware that the hotel follows the American approach of breakfast being charged separately. You can either select from the a la carte menu or choose in advance to book breakfast under a set price meal plan. ($15 Continental buffet breakfast, $20 Full breakfast). Depending on how you book, be sure to check whether a breakfast package is included.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Trying bush tea at Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

Dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf

During the stay I tried the Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant which belongs to the hotel, although it’s just across the road at the bottom of the hill (the security guard will let you out through the gate by the pool). The restaurant is set right by the water with an open verandah and a beautiful view over the lights of Basseterre and the port.

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts Heatheronhertravels.com

Ocean Terrace Inn on St Kitts

As the name suggests, Fisherman’s Wharf is all about the seafood, a highlight of St Kitts since it’s all locally caught and the fishing boats offload their catch along the seafront nearby. Typical island dishes are on the menu with starters of conch chowder or coconut crusted shrimp and for a main course Grilled Mahi-Mahi with a citrus salsa or Lemongrass scented grilled snapper.

Of course I couldn’t go without trying the lobster with ginger lemon butter sauce which was delicious, but if you are looking for meat dishes there are also several options such as steak, ribs or ginger chicken with passionfruit sauce. The restaurant is open evenings only from 6.30pm to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.

Are we being served?

From the reception staff to the guy who carried my bags down all those flights of stairs, to the waitresses in the restaurant, I found all the staff at OTI were friendly and enthusiastic, falling over themselves to be helpful. I’d heard that investment in staff training was part of the refurbishment programme and re-opening and it certainly showed in the positive attitude of everyone I met at the hotel.

Are we in the digital age?

The free wifi worked very well for me, both in my room and in the restaurant and reception areas – not bad considering the hotel is spread over a number of different buildings. You can also keep up with hotel news and happenings on the social media channels on Twitter @OceanTerraceInn on Facebook and on Instagram

Location Location

Ocean Terrace Inn is set on the hillside, on the edge of the island capital of Basseterre, overlooking the bay towards the north of the island. It’s a pleasant 10 minute walk along the sea front into town or to the cruise port of Port Zante where there are plenty of shops catering for tourists. The location is ideal for those who want to be located close to Basseterre, but have a base to see the rest of St Kitts, since you’re a 15 minute drive from the beaches of the south east peninsula or the historic sites of the northern-east part of the island.

Pool view of Ocean Terrace Inn in St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Pool view of Ocean Terrace Inn in St Kitts

Who is Ocean Terrace Inn best for?

The hotel will suit leisure or business travellers looking a relaxing base for visiting Basseterre and the rest of St Kitts. The friendly atmosphere and medium size will suit couples, solo travellers and groups of friends as well as families with school age children. Because the hotel is built on multiple levels, visitors with mobility issues or with very young children may find it difficult to manage all the steps. The hotel is a short taxi ride from the airport, so would be a good choice for those who want to explore Basseterre and the surrounding area at the beginning of their holiday, perhaps combined with a stay at another hotel by the beach for a few days after that.

To Book Ocean Terrace Inn

Book your stay at Ocean Terrace Inn on their website at OceanTerraceInn.com and follow their social media channels on Twitter @OceanTerraceInn on Facebook and on Instagram. To compare prices and book for hotels on St Kitts use my Hotels Combined Booking comparison page.

Good to know

  • There is no shop on site or close by so you might need to get any local items in Basseterre (10 mins walk) or walk along the seafront to the shops in the cruise shop, Port Zante (10-15 mins walk) if you need tourist items.
  • If you’re visiting St Kitts on a cruise, the hotel can also sell you a day pass for use of the pool area and other facilities.
  • The hotel offers a free daily shuttle service to the beaches on the south-west peninsula of the island.
  • If you are there on a Sunday, be aware that shops will be closed and everything very quiet in Basseterre as this is considered a day of rest when Kittitians like to go to church and spend time with their family.
  • If you want a change from eating in the hotel’s Verandah or Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant, there’s also Serendipity next door serving both Caribbean and International cuisine, with a view over the bay.
The Circus in Basseterre St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Circus in Basseterre St Kitts

What to see in Basseterre

Your stay at Ocean Terrace Inn is the ideal opportunity to visit the island’s capital of Basseterre and some of the other things nearby. Here’s what we recommend;

  • Wander around the streets of Basseterre, especially Fort Street and Bank Street to get the feel for the relaxed island capital of St Kitts. If you are looking for something in paricular don’t hesitate to ask for help from any of the locals, the Kittitians are known for their friendliness.
  • Check out the green Victorian-style clock at the Circus roundabout, modelled on London’s Picadilly Circus and have lunch as Ballahoo with an open terrace that overlooks the Circus.
  • Pop in to the National Museum close to the Circus. While the displays are rather old fashioned, there’s plenty of fascinating information about the island’s history.
  • Walk through the shady and green Independence square that was once Basseterre’s slave market, noticing the doors to the cellars in the houses around the square where the slaves slept.
Carnival costumes in the National Museum St Kitts

Carnival costumes in the National Museum St Kitts

  • Visit the Gallery Cafe on the north side of Independence square, featuring the work of local artists with a charming cafe serving home made cakes, fresh juices and coffee which you can enjoy in the shady courtyard garden.
  • If you need tourist souvenirs, you’ll find plenty of choice at Port Zante, including a craft market. The covered Pelican Mall has more small shops and also offers free wifi.
  • At lunchtime, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, check out the vendors along the Bay Road and in the steets of Basseterre selling all kinds of delicious street-food and local food specialities.
  • Take a short taxi ride to Ital Creations close the airport, a small organic farm with a food trailer selling delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes at lunchtime as well as fruit smoothies and juices.
  • The closest beach is a 10 minute drive away at Frigate Bay, normally quiet during the day but a popular place for locals, expats and visitors to enjoy a drink and a meal in the evening when all the beach shacks and restaurants are open on “The Strip” – we enjoyed the relaxed sports bar style and excellent local dishes at Boozies.
  • If you’d like to explore further afield, there are plenty of beautiful spots on St Kitts – read about the 10 perfect postcard shots of St Kitts.

Have you visited St Kitts and if so, what did you enjoy?

Visitor Information for St Kitts

To plan your visit to St Kitts check out the tourism board website at www.stkittstourism.kn or follow their social media channels: Twitter @StKittsTourism | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | Pinterest |

British Airways flies to St Kitts from London Gatwick twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays with the flight going on to nearby Antigua. There are regular ferries every day to Nevis, with a journey time of 45 minutes from Basseterre, making it easy to plan a combined stay on both islands.

To start and end your holiday on St Kitts in style, the YU Lounge offers a private terminal at the airport. A private car will meet you from the plane and whisk you to the luxurious lounge where snacks and drinks are available. While you are waiting your luggage will be picked up and you’ll be cleared through security by the YU Lounge staff.

Thanks to Ocean Terrace Inn who hosted Heather’s 2 night hotel stay and to the St Kitts tourism board who provided Heather’s visit to St Kitts.

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10 views of St Kitts that would make the perfect postcard

March 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Caribbean, featured, Leisure, Sightseeing

For my first visit to the Caribbean I couldn’t have done much better than St Kitts, one half of the St Kitts and Nevis nation that likes to be known as “two islands, one paradise”. St Kitts is the larger of the two islands, relaxed and unspoiled and a great choice if you are looking for an authentic Caribbean experience.

10 postcard views of St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Since the island stopped producing sugar 15 years ago, large areas of land have been left uncultivated, creating a lush, green landscape where views of the sea are never far away. If you are thinking of visiting St Kitts, here are some of my favourite ‘postcard’ shots that will tempt you to go sooner rather than later.

Timothy Hill and the South East Peninsula

Driving out of Basseterre, the road to the south-east peninsula takes you over the crest of the hill to get this fabulous view from the top of Timothy Hill. On either side of the narrowest point of the peninsula you can look down on the beaches of Friar’s Bay North and South and in the distance the island of Nevis rises with cloud hanging over its peak. The photo might give the impression that I was standing all alone but in fact as with many postcard viewpoints, there was a busy parking area where all the tours stop and a few souvenir stands thrown in. Still let’s preserve the illusion of calm and tranquility shall we?

View from Timothy Hill Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View from Timothy Hill

Overlooking Frigate Bay and the Marriott Resort

While most people take the popular photo from Timothy Hill looking down towards the south-east peninsula, I suspect most forget to look in the opposite direction where there’s a great view over Frigate Bay and the island capital of Basseterre. On the Atlantic side is the Marriott Resort hotel and the beach at North Frigate Bay. While the beaches on the Atlantic coast are normally too rough for swimming, there is a breakwater in front of the Marriott that ensures the beach is safe and calm for swimming.

View of Frigate Bay from Timothy Hill on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View of Frigate Bay from Timothy Hill on St Kitts

The Marina at Christophe Harbour

As you continue driving down the south- east peninsula, you’ll look down on the Christophe Harbour development which will bring more facilities to this part of St Kitts over the next year or two. At the moment there’s still construction going on around the marina, but as you approach from the hill above, you can look down and see the super yachts already making use of what was once a salt lake before it was dredged to make the marina.

View of Christophe Harbour on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View of Christophe Harbour on St Kitts

Friar’s Bay looking towards Shipwreck Beach Bar

Friar’s Bay is one of the nicest beaches on St Kitts, with a long stretch of golden sand and a couple of great beach bars. At one end you’ll find the upmarket Carambola Beach Club with a terrace restaurant, shady seating and plenty of sunloungers, while at the other is the more rustic Shipwreck Beach Bar with a chilled atmosphere serving food and drink all day. Watch out for the monkeys that live near the beach bar.

Friar's Bay beach on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Friar’s Bay beach on St Kitts

The Old Sugar Mill near Kittitian Hill

All around the island you’ll see ruins of the old sugar mills, with tumble down stone buildings and conical windmills. The windmills drove the metal wheel that crushed the cane, which was then boiled down in the huge copper pans to make the sugar that was the main industry of St Kitts until only 15 years ago. I spotted this old mill on the northern coast road close to Arthur’s beach bar and the Kittitian Hill estate and hopped over the gate into the overgrown grounds to take an atmospheric photo with the clouds brooding on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga.

Sugar mill on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Sugar mill on St Kitts

Brimstone Fort

The fort, set high on Brimstone Hill is part of St Kitts’ colonial heritage from the 17th and 18th century when the British and the French struggled to dominate the rich sugar islands of the Caribbean. The best views are from the stone citadel where you can walk around the ramparts with canons pointing  in all directions and the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius in the distance.

Brimstone Fort on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Brimstone Fort on St Kitts

Ottley’s Plantation Inn

I stayed at Ottley’s Plantation Inn, the only old plantation inn of its kind on St Kitts, although there are a few other plantation hotels on Nevis. The hotel is family run and preserves an old world charm of the plantation lifestyle in elegance and tranquility with beautifully kept gardens. There’s a nature walk that runs through the rainforest, but I mostly enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and views of the sea from my cottage window.

Ottleys Plantation Inn on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Ottleys Plantation Inn on St Kitts

The Pavilion and Sandy Bank Bay

The Pavilion is the private clubhouse for the Christophe Harbour development of villas and bungalows and the landscaped gardens and pool area overlook one of the most untouched beaches on the island at Sandy Bank Bay. Being on the Atlantic side the public beach is not recommended to swim due to the heavy waves, although you’ll sometimes find students surfing here, but it makes a gorgeous spot to look out to sea. Does this sunlounger have your name on it?

The Pavilion on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Pavilion and Sandy Bank Bay on St Kitts

Independence Square in Basseterre

This tranquil grassy square with trees and shrubs is the place in Basseterre where the locals go to relax and hang out. But the pretty view hides a darker history, since this was once the slave market, where slaves were bought and sold. Look at the old stone and wood buildings around the square and you’ll see small grilles and doorways at pavement level, leading to the basement rooms where slaves would sleep. On market day they would be brought into the square, washed in the fountain and then their skin oiled for the best appearance. For those who enjoy art and colour be sure to pop into the charming Gallery on the Square, one of the oldest buildings around the square, where you’ll find the work of local artists and a small cafe.

Independence Square on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Independence Square on St Kitts

Sunset at Salt Plage

Salt Plage is a sophisticated beach bar, part of the Christophe Harbour development, that is one of the favourite spots for both locals and visitors to watch the sunset. Take a seat on the deck or the jetty, order a cold beer or a cocktail like the Mauby Mule and enjoy the mellow reggae – there was a live band when we were there. Order the best burger on the island or some sugarcane shrimps and you’re all set to watch the sun go down.

Sunset at Salt Plage on St Kitts Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Sunset at Salt Plage on St Kitts

Have you visited St Kitts and if so, what was your favourite view?

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Visitor Information for St Kitts

To plan your visit to St Kitts check out the tourism board website at www.stkittstourism.kn or follow their social media channels: Twitter @StKittsTourism | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | Pinterest |

British Airways flies to St Kitts from London Gatwick twice a week on Saturdays and Wednesdays with the flight going on to nearby Antigua. There are regular ferries every day to Nevis, with a journey time of 45 minutes from Basseterre, making it easy to plan a combined stay on both islands.

To start and end your holiday on St Kitts in style, the YU Lounge offers a private terminal at the airport. A private car will meet you from the plane and whisk you to the luxurious lounge where snacks and drinks are available. While you are waiting your luggage will be picked up and you’ll be cleared through security by the YU Lounge staff.

While on St Kitts, Heather stayed at the boutique Rockhaven bed and breakfast, the comfortable and colourful Ocean Terrace Inn in Basseterre, and the elegant Ottley’s Plantation Inn.

Thanks to St Kitts Tourism for hosting Heather’s visit to St Kitts.

This article is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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