Honeymoon in St. Kitts

Honeymooning in St. Kitts

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We had an excellent honeymoon in Borneo—three weeks on an island in Southeast Asia, how can you go wrong?—but if I were to plan another romantic getaway, I’d turn my sights more to the Caribbean instead (or at least a place that has luxury lodging, something rustic Borneo sorely lacked).

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

After my recent trip to St. Kitts, I’ve been heavily pushing the under-the-radar Caribbean isle to engaged friends in the beginning stages of planning their honeymoons. It’s just low-key enough to offer a great romantic retreat—i.e. no crowds—while also being affordable and providing a plethora of activities to keep newlyweds entertained.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

While the Marriott St. Kitts where I stayed is a great beachfront property that caters more toward families, I’d recommend the 23-room Ottley’s Plantation Inn for couples instead. The 35-acre property is tucked away at the base of Mt. Liamuiga and is the perfect private escape for those looking for some quiet time.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

It’s got its own restaurant, the Royal Palm, that serves three meals a day (and I have to say, the food is fab; even if you don’t stay at Ottley’s, stop by for lunch); the one-room Mango Orchard Spa housed in a small hut hidden in the woods behind the main property; and a good-sized pool. There’s also a cute Zen garden complete with wild monkeys that sees a good number of weddings, the co-owner Karen told me.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Tip: Spring for one of the detached cottages so you can have your own plunge with Caribbean views.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Come winter, there will be two other honeymoon-appropriate resorts on the island: the mountainside retreat of Kittitian Hill and the beachfront enclave Christophe Harbour. You better believe I’ll be taking SVV down there and hitting up both as soon as I get the chance. Five-year anniversary trip? I’m thinking so.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Kittitian Hill absolutely knocked my socks off—though it was still largely a construction zone (first phase to be completed by winter 2014), so I didn’t snap any photos—but would you check out this poolside perch at Christophe? Pure, unadulterated bliss.

While any adventurous couple would have a blast ziplining with Sky Safaris or taking the scenic railway along the coastline for the ultimate island tour, there are also plenty of other activities perfect for two. To name a few:

Take a sunset horseback ride. I didn’t get to do this during our short time in St. Kitts, but I’ve seen photos of horseback beach excursions (Liz at Pereira Tours is one operator who offers them) that look dreamy. Viator also offers a rainforest ride if that’s more your speed.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Dine alfresco at Spice Mill. This was the one restaurant everyone I know who has been to St. Kitts said to go, and it did not disappoint. While seafood is obviously the specialty (as it is everywhere in St. Kitts, you know, being an island and all), I was ready for some meat by this point in our trip (steak, yummm). Arrive early and grab a lounger out on Cockleshell Beach to enjoy the sunset, then have a drink at the outdoor bar before being seated at your table.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis
Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Scuba dive. I’m still pretty bummed we didn’t manage to squeeze in an afternoon beneath the sea, but I have dive writer friends who can vouch for the stellar dive scene on St. Kitts. Book a day or two on the ocean with Pro Divers, and remember: Even if you’re not certified, you can still do a Discover Scuba experience with your significant other. Though I was terrified in the beginning—seven years ago, mind you—today, diving is one of my favorite things to do with SVV.

Day trip it over to Nevis. For just $12 each way, you can take a 45-minute ferry ride over and spend the day on the even quieter, but insanely beautiful neighboring isle. (Just make sure you don’t go on a Sunday, as much of the island is shut down then.)

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Spend an afternoon trying out everything St. Kitts Water Sports has on tap. Standup paddleboarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, flyboarding, you can pretty much try it all at the little beach hut located beside Reggae Beach Bar. Bonus: The bar is right there when you’re done.

Book a table for two at Carambola. We did not have a bad meal in St. Kitts—it was so refreshing as I’ve been to plenty of Caribbean islands were the food is far from stellar—but Carambola Beach Club might have been  my favorite. We tried it all: sushi, lobster, shrimp, beef tenderloin, and of course dessert.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Get your groove on at Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack. While there are a number of bars along the strip in Frigate Bay, Mr. X’s is undoubtedly the most popular, among locals and tourists alike.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis
Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

And with a name like that, what’s not to love? There’s also live music, dancing, a resident fire-eater and more.

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

Just beware if anybody tries to buy you a round—or, in our case, six—of this potent rum. We were all hurting the next morning (and afternoon and evening)!

Honeymoon in St. Kitts and Nevis

What’s your dream honeymoon destination? Or, if you’re already married, where would you honeymoon if you could do it all over again?

COMMENTS
  • May 15, 2014

    St. Kitts looks beautiful! We went to Fiji for our honeymoon. We spent 17 days at Wananavu on the north end of Viti Levu, and dove the Bligh nearly every day. Though I’d happily go back there in a heartbeat, it would be very tempting to try other Fijian islands or maybe Vanuatu!

    • May 15, 2014

      Fiji was actually our first choice, but upon doing a little cost analysis, we realized our money would go further in Borneo (and we’d be able to stay longer). Though I’m still DYING to go to Fiji, but really, who isn’t?

      • May 15, 2014

        I’m certain that Borneo would also be incredible! I’ve never been.

        We did find that the resort in Fiji cut us all kinds of deals for staying so long there. We paid only nominally more to go for 17 days as we would have for 7. Wild!

        • May 29, 2014

          Great to know–next time I’ll try to polish my negotiating skills 😉

  • May 15, 2014

    Excellent article. Glad you enjoyed our beautiful island.

    • May 15, 2014

      You live in a very special place!

  • May 15, 2014

    I think we need to “second honeymoon” there, my goodness. Every picture is better than the last!

    • May 15, 2014

      I’m all in favor of us both having our second honeymoons there! 😉

  • May 16, 2014

    We went to Australia which was amazing. I would love to go to Bora Bora.

    • May 29, 2014

      Australia sounds like a lovely spot for a honeymoon! I’ve only been twice (and very short week-long trips at that) but would love to take Scott back with me next time.

  • May 16, 2014

    Beautiful!!!

  • May 17, 2014

    This is absolutely a paradise. I love everything you showed here.

  • May 19, 2014

    Um YES. Sign me up for a honeymoon for one! 🙂

    • May 29, 2014

      Ha! Your life is a honeymoon for one (or sometimes two or four or more…).

  • May 21, 2014

    The cottage with the brick and plunge pool looks so romantic! We went to Vail, Colorado for our Honeymoon which was so romantic, perfect and peaceful.

    • May 29, 2014

      That sounds like a great place for a honeymoon. I’m dying to make a return trip to Vail!

  • May 21, 2014

    Love the way you edited the photos from Ottleys!

  • May 25, 2014
    Haidang

    Beautiful photos!!! especially of night – Did you use the f1.8 or f.14 lens for the fire eater photos

    • May 29, 2014

      1.4. I wish I had the 1.2 but so much $$$!

  • May 25, 2014

    Great read, even tho I am not getting married anytime soon! Let me know if you ever make it out to Korea 🙂

    • May 29, 2014

      I’ve never been to Korea! Do you love it there?

  • May 29, 2014

    Even though my partner and I aren’t getting married any time soon, we have talked about where we would honeymoon. I would definitely want it to be somewhere warm, but we already lived in the Caribbean together for 2 years. This place seems so much more luxurious than where we were though!

    • May 29, 2014

      Oooh where did you guys go? I know what you mean, though—we honeymooned in Borneo and it was a little *too* rustic for a romantic occasion like that…

      • May 30, 2014

        We lived in Martinique. I think just the name gives it an air of fabulousness – that, and it’s French – but really it’s like most islands, just more expensive!

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