Ottley's Plantation Inn (www.ottleys.com)
Situated on 35 acres, this 18th century sugar plantation has been transformed into a family-owned and operated inn. Widely regarded as one of the most exclusive places to stay on St. Kitts and a AAA 4-Diamond Award winner, it has 24 rooms in the Caribbean cottages or Great House. Ottley's also has a 66-foot pool fed by warm springs, including trails through the adjacent rainforest ravine, secluded Mango Orchard Spa Retreat, croquet lawn and tennis courts. Adjacent to the pool and sharing the remaining walls of the sugar factory is the open-air Royal Palm restaurant, awarded Fielding's Five Star Restaurant Award and serving upscale Caribbean fare. Agents should contact Nancy Lowell, manager, at 869-465-7234.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino (www.stkittsmarriott.com)
This property credited with putting St. Kitts on the radar when it opened in February of 2003 is set on a beach along Frigate Bay. Most of the 573 rooms spread over five floors feature private balconies. It has eight restaurants serving Italian, Caribbean and Continental cuisine, 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space, three swimming pools, nine bars and lounges, three specialty lounges, a business center, water sports, a salon, a gift shop, a Kid's Club, a Marriott Vacation Club, the 15,000 square-foot Emerald Mist Spa and the 35,000 square-foot Royal Beach Casino. In November 2004, the resort's private country club style clubhouse opened to service the 18-hole Royal St. Kitts Golf Club championship course. Agents should contact Ileana Rouseeau, director of sales, at 869-466-1200.
Rawlins Plantation Inn (www.rawlinsplantation.com)
This 11-room country Caribbean inn was built from the ruins of a 17th century sugar plantation. Rawlins is located on 12 acres of and surrounded by rolling fields of sugar cane. Furnished with antiques throughout, guests rooms are in cottages created from old plantation out-buildings that are scattered among the grounds with the honeymoon suite located in the old windmill. Each offers mahogany beds, wicker chairs and hardwood flooring. Facilities include a spring-fed swimming pool, grass tennis court, croquet lawn, boules, local artist Kate Spencer's studio and tropical gardens of mango, hibiscus, papaya, oleander, passion fruit and more that are ideal for a leisurely stroll. Agents should contact Tress-Anne Gillard, assistant manager, at 869-665-3169.
The Golden Lemon Inn and Villas (www.goldenlemon.com)
Created by former House & Garden Magazine decorating editor Arthur Leaman, the converted 17th century warehouse and shop earned its name from friends who thought it would be a "lemon." Eight rooms in the Great House and 10 fashionable one- and two-bedroom seaside villas with private plunge pools are each individually decorated and furnished with antique mahogany or metal four poster beds, high ceilings, antiques, warm Caribbean colors and fresh flowers daily. Gourmet Continental and West Indian fare made from fresh local ingredients on a nightly changing menu is served either in the candlelit poolside garden, in the main dining room or on the terrace that stretches the length of the Great House which overlooks the palm-lined, black sand beach of Dieppe Bay. Agents should contact Martin Kreiner, general manager, at 869-465-7260.
Ocean Terrace Inn (www.oceanterraceinn.com)
The Ocean Terrace Inn is set on the historic Fortlands of St. Kitts overlooking the capital city of Basseterre and Basseterre Bay. Each of the property's 71 rooms and suites features views from its own private terrace or balcony as well as Caribbean-style decor. Among its features are a boutique gift shop, Pro Divers PADI scuba facility on the wharf, a fitness center, sauna, beauty salon, 2,500 square-foot Conference Center, business center and three swimming pools, one of which features a swim-up bar and one Natural Fantasy Pool with waterfalls and a Jacuzzi set amongst tropical gardens. In addition to a poolside snack bar and terrace bar, the Ocean Terrace Inn features two fine dining establishments, the famous harborside Fisherman's Wharf serving fresh seafood and meat and the recently refurbished Waterfalls, an open air restaurant. Agents should contact Peter Race, assistant manager, at 869-465-2754.
Frigate Bay Resort (www.frigatebay.com)
Frigate Bay is a colorful plantation-style resort with 64 rooms and condominium suites, all decorated with light floral fabrics and rattan furniture and feature a private balcony or terrace. Adjacent to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course and within a 3-5 minute walk of the Caribbean beach, the property offers golf packages as well as proximity to various island activities. It also features an oversized freshwater swimming pool, Dip and Sip swim-up bar, water sports, a fully-equipped conference center for up to 60 meeting attendees and tropically themed Jasmines restaurant, offering an elegant a la carte menu. Agents should contact Sam Ng'Alla, managing director, at 869-465-8935.
Timothy Beach Resort (www.timothybeach.com)
The only resort located on the Caribbean side of beautiful Frigate Bay, Timothy Beach Resort is set on the beach while also being just a five minute walk from the Atlantic. All condominium suites, studios and ocean front rooms offer spacious tiled balconies or patios with scenic views. There are plenty of water sports to enjoy on the resort's beach, or guests may enjoy the atmosphere of the tiled ocean front pool. The property also features the Sunset Cafe restaurant, serving flavorful cuisine in a relaxed, beach side setting. Agents should contact Richard Boon, general manager, at 869-465-8597.
Sugar Bay Club (www.eliteislandresorts.com)
Located on Frigate Bay beach on the island's Atlantic coast, Sugar Bay's 100 guestrooms have their own balcony or terrace and are situated overlooking the beach, pool or gardens. An Elite Island Resorts property, the Sugar Bay Club also features a main swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and three restaurants. Breezes is the property's main dining facility, while Neptune's is an informal poolside venue with specialty evening grills and Waves Bar and Lounge hosts guests for evening entertainment. Agents should call Kishu D. Chandiraman, general manager, at 869-465-8037.
Bird Rock Beach Hotel (www.birdrockbeach.com)
Set between a golden-sand cove and the Caribbean sea, this 38-room hotel is popular with scuba divers for its on-site dive operator and beachfront location. It features one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, some of which interconnect and all with their own private balcony or terrace overlooking the water. A large pool with swim-up bar provides an alternative to the beach for leisure guests, while business people can gather in the 60-seat meeting room. Bird Rock also features a tennis court, basketball, volleyball and two restaurants. Diana's restaurant features fine dining nightly or, for a more casual meal, Rocky's BBQ & Grill provides a warm beachfront setting. Agent should contact Telcita Coker, assistant manager, at 869-465-8914.