Rejuvenate in St Kitts: the ultimate music fest and paradise combo!

During the unforgettable week I spent in St Kitts, not only did I fall in love with the island, it rejuvenated my lust for adventure, travel and life.

When I first saw the sign for Kittitian Hill and drove through the forest to the front desk, I still had no idea of what was to come. From there the golf cart took us up a scenic path to the main hotel. Getting that first glimpse of the view that awaited was almost nostalgic; the colonial inspired architecture, the expansive views beyond the infinity pool, this luxury boutique hotel is what dreams are made of.

View from Kittitian Hill

Imagine taking a dip in your private plunge pool overlooked by your heavenly bed while admiring the Atlantic Ocean along the horizon.

Their restaurant offers delicious, fresh, gourmet food from their onsite Belle Mont Farm and is so exquisitely decorated that every step you take inspires a ‘selfie-moment’.

Luxurious accommodation in Kittitian Hill

The majestic Brimstone Hill Fortress is a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site offering historical value and incredible views of the mountains behind and the ocean in front with 5 islands visible in the distance, on a clear day.

Brimstone Hill

Blue Water Safari hosted a magical Sunday afternoon sailing trip called Jazz ‘n Lime on board their catamaran. Whilst swaying with the waves with a coconut in my hand, the legendary saxophonist Courtney Pine performed a live unplugged jazz set before our snorkelling pitstop in Shitten Bay. I was amazed at the marine life I witness: enchanting pipefish, a family of squid and a multitude of colourful fish to admire.

For the thrill seekers, ziplining with Sky Safari is buzzing and surprisingly comfortable. Soaring at 250 feet above the trees at a speed of up to 80 km per hour, I managed to hold on and make a selfie video on my phone with mountains to my right and ocean to my left.

see the video: Soaring through the sky… ziplining at Sky Safari

Sky safari

Christophe Harbour is a luxury residential and resort community in the southeastern peninsula. Their Pavilion Restaurant offered gourmet bliss as well as pool and beachside perfection: ideal for an impromptu photoshoot! (Trust me you would have done the same)

Photoshoot in Christophe Harbour

Afterwards, sunset cocktails at Salt Plage, while laying in a net hammock over the water, were in order.

Just when you thought this place couldn’t get any better…. they also have a world class music festival.
The St Kitts Music Festival has been going from strength to strength for 21 years now with major international super stars headlining over the years, such as 50 Cent, Damian Marley, Sean Paul, Michael Bolton, John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley and Lionel Richie, to name a few.

St Kitts Music Festival 2017

On June 22nd 2017, the festival was kicked off in style at Warner Park Stadium. Opening night was my first Soca and Calypso festival experience with many home-grown and regional acts performing, some I had not previously heard of, but with the energy and positive vibes they graced the stage with, my blood was pumping from beginning ’til end, especially during performances by Stadics, Ultimate Rejects and Shanna. Alison Hinds lived up to her title as “queen of Soca”, she commanded the crowd and had thousands of people jumping and whining in unison.

With Alison Hinds

Fans of international artists who enjoy musical versatility had much to look forward to in the following 2 nights with The GooGoo Dolls, Shabba Ranks, Phyllisia Ross, K. Michelle, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Third World performing.
After a sleepless few days at the main festival, I had a relaxing Sunday lunch at “Rhythmz on the Beach” at Spice Mill on Cockleshell beach, enjoying a delicious buffet while listening to the smooth vibes of the live band with a backdrop of turquoise waters.
Saving some energy for “White Sands Arabia” at the Carambola Beach Club, was the best decision! This white themed event was my party highlight of the year and the perfect festival fringe event closing.

A version of this article appeared in the Voice newspaper

During the festival, staying at the St Kitts Marriott Resort in Frigate Bay is a must. Enjoy some relaxation by the pool or on the beach or spot the artists walking through the lobby for some “photo ops”.
Frigate bay is a hotspot for both locals and tourists. Take a stroll from the St Kitts Marriott on the north bay to The Strip on the Caribbean sea (on the South Bay) where you will find plenty of restaurants and bars set along the white sand beach. You must try the steamed fish at Boozies on the Beach or simply “lime” after a swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters.
St Kitts you were glorious! Can’t wait to revisit!
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