Hyatt is set to open their first Park Hyatt branded hotel in the Caribbean. I first learned about this hotel back in June from Mommy Points. Soon after I read her post, I called into Hyatt Gold Passport to find out if they were accepting award stays at this property. When they said they were, I knew we had to try to book a stay for when they open in spring 2017.
This is an artist rendering of what the property will look like when it is complete.
Booking The Stay
Amy opened a Hyatt credit card during her recent round of credit card applications. The Chase Hyatt Visa gives you two free nights at any Hyatt property in the world. Currently, base room stays in the spring are going for $900 per night, or almost $1,100 per night after taxes.
We would not pay that much out of pocket to stay here, so if we had to pay our own way, we simply couldn’t go. The Hyatt card sign-up bonus gives us over $2,000 in value, which is a great!
I booked the 3rd of our 3-night stay using 30,000 Hyatt points. I just signed up for the Hyatt card as well, so once my two free nights clear, I’ll try to use one of those free nights instead of points. If this all goes according to plan, we’ll have earned over $3,000 in value, plus wherever we use our 4th free night from these Hyatt credit cards.
Although it’s possible to book point stays here online, I had to book through Gold Passport to use Amy’s free nights for the reservation. It took a while for the agent to find the property, but once she located it we had no problem booking the room. I had her confirm that my name would be on the reservation for both the night I booked with my points and the nights booked with Amy’s free nights.
I hope Hyatt brings back the Diamond Challenge this fall. Hyatt’s new fall 75k promo starts today, so I’ll be quick to sign up for the Diamond Challenge if they do offer it.
Pictures of the Park Hyatt
Just about every Park Hyatt St. Kitts picture I have seen so far is an artist rendering, though I did find several pictures on Instagram from the property development group that appears to be managing the build.
This is described as the first completed room. It looks like it might be a standard suite. Every room in the hotel faces the bay.
I assume this is from the same room.
This picture also looks like an artist rendering of the property, but I like it because it gives a bigger picture view of where the hotel will be located. This one is from the Cristophe Harbour Instagram feed.
And one last image of a view from the pool in the Presidential Suite.
Until now, we’ve never had a reason to visit St. Kitts. We really didn’t know anything about the country of St. Kitts and Nevis before hearing about the Park Hyatt. Based on my research, the hotel is a part of a bigger development project in Christophe Harbour bringing luxury homes, retail and lifestyle to St. Kitts.
Hopefully when we are there, we’ll be able to venture out from the hotel and see some of the new develpments. The pictures really make it look like an amazing place.
The first place I want to see is the Yu Lounge at the St. Kitts airport. It looks like a high-end boutique airport lounge. This article gives me some hope that guests will be able to use this lounge, albeit for a hefty price. Maybe Diamond members will have access with complimentary transfers in the Porche? We’ll wait and see.
The Pavilion is a members-only club located about 2 miles from the hotel. I emailed with a local sales associate who told me it would be open to the public for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. We’ll definitely try to eat dinner here during our stay.
The Salt Plage Seasdise Bar and Lounge looks like another place we’ll want to stop by. Condé Nast says it is one of the top 8 Beachside Cafes in the world. We’ll see for ourselves next year.
It is worth noting that there are a few other hotel chains set to open in St. Kitts in the coming months. Most notably the Embassy Suites (where you can redeem Hilton points) and the Radisson (where you can use Club Carlson points). If we have a chance to check out these locations while we’re there, we certainly will.
I’m pumped that we’re paying for the entire trip using miles and points. Our sole out of pocket cost will be the $180 we paid to cover the taxes on the flights. Now, we cross our fingers hope that the hotel opens on time in March.