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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF ST KITTS & NEVIS HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION

Volume Seventeen • 2014


St. Kitts

Building # 29 Unit # 1 Porte Zante Basseterre, St. Kitts kaysskb@sisterisles.kn www.kaysfinejewelry.com

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C IT IZ E NSHIP B Y I N V E S TME N T

• Beach front property on Halfmoon Bay • Close to Bradshaw International Airport • Close to downtown Basseterre, St. Kitts • Next to Royal St. Kitts Golf Course • Full range of Five Star amenities including: Full Concierge Service, Luxury Spa, Casino, Bars & Restaurants, Retail Shops, Library, Wedding Chapel, Sunset Lounge, Lobby Bar, and sports leisure activities.

ONE-BEDROOM RESORT SUITE

Starting at US $400,000


Port Zante R.L. Bradshaw Int’l Airport P.O. Box 14 Basseterre St. Kitts, WI 869.466.5853 • Fax: 869.466.5871 icjewels@sistersles.kn


Language English is the official language, but it is spoken with a distinct accent and West Indian idioms.

Topography Volcanic in origin. Highest peak in St. Kitts is Mount Liamuiga at 3,972 feet and in Nevis is Mount Nevis at 3,232 feet.

Land Area St. Kitts: 69 square miles Nevis: 36 square miles

Climate Pleasant tropical temperatures ranging from 17° to 33 °C. Humidity is low. February through April are the driest months. Rain averages 55 inches in St. Kitts, 48 inches in Nevis.

Taxes & Tips Hotels and restaurants will add a 10% value added tax and a 2% island enhancement tax and may add a 10% service charge to bills. Additional tipping is not necessary, but is greatly appreciated if service is good. Tip taxi drivers 10 percent.

Currency The currency is East Caribbean dollars, commonly called “EC.” The exchange rate is very stable, around $2.7 EC per $1 US dollar (USD). Most local businesses will accept US currency, but will give back change in EC dollars.

Public water is potable and bottled water is widely available. It is best to conserve water when possible. Electrical service is usually 110V in hotels, but 220V is common around the islands.

Driving Driving is on the left hand side. Rental cars are available from several rental agencies. A visitor’s driver’s license cost $62.50 EC (valid for three months) and is available from the fire station, any police station or from the car rental agency. There is a seat belt law.

Taxis & Buses Taxis are widely available. They are usually passenger vans and carry a yellow license plate with a “T.” For taxis on St. Kitts: 465-8487, 465-4317 or 465-4253. Nevis: 469-1483. Buses are also mini-vans and have a green plate with an “H.” Buses run around the island all day.

BuSINESS HOURS Banks: Open daily 8am - 2pm, Fridays until 4pm Post Office: St. Kitts, Monday - Friday 8am - 3:30pm; Nevis, Monday - Friday 8am - 3:30pm Shops: Open Monday - Fri. 8am 4pm Saturday 8am - 1pm

TOURISM OFFICES

ATM

St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Most banks on the island have ATM machines, which accept Cirrus and Plus cards. ATM cards are accepted at most bank machines and funds are given in EC dollars.

PO Box 132, Pelican Mall, Bay Road, Basseterre, St. Kitts Tel: 869.465.4040 Fax: 869.465.8794 Email: ceo@stkittstourism.kn Web: www.stkittstourism.kn

Credit Cards

St Kitts & Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association

Most hotels, restaurants and larger stores accept credit cards, but local businesses seldom do. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

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Utilities

PO Box 438, Unit C9 Sands Complex Basseterre, St. Kitts Tel: 869.465.5304 Fax: 869.465.7746 Email: info@stkittsnevishta.org Web: www.stkittsnevishta.org

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Nevis Tourism Authority Main Street, Charlestown, Nevis Tel: 869.469.7550 Toll Free: 866.556.3847 UK Toll Free: 0.808.234.2064 Fax: 869.469.7551 Email: info@nevisland.com Web: www.nevisisland.com

U.K. & Europe 10 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL, England Tel: 44 (0) 20 7376 0881 Fax: 44 (0) 20 7937 6742 Email: uk@stkittstourism.kn

New York 414 East 75th Street, Suite 5 New York, NY 10021 Tel: 212.535.1234 Toll Free: 800.582.6208 Fax: 212.734.6511 Email: newyork@stkittstourism.kn

Washington, D.C. 3216 New Mexico Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016-2745 Tel: 202.364.8123 Toll Free: 877.533.1555 Fax: 202.364.8126 Email: info@stkittstourism.kn

Toronto 133 Richmond Street W., Ste 311, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2L3, Canada Tel: 416.368.6707 Toll Free: 888.395.4887 Fax: 416.368.3934 Email: canada@stkittstourism.kn


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Greetings from the President of St. Kitts & Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association Dear Visitor: A warm, Caribbean welcome to you! As president of the St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association, I wish to offer our thanks for choosing our twin islands as your destination for sun, fun and adventure. This year’s St. Kitts and Nevis Visitor focuses on Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future. In addition to all of the fabulous components that make for a perfect vacation, we’ve drawn on our people to tell the tales of St. Kitts and Nevis. We share pictures and stories about Carnival and Culturama, St. Kitts Music Fest, Historic Basseterre and Charlestown, our traditional foods, our lifestyles and all that makes up our island federation. For even more information, St. Kitts Visitor Channel on Channel 70 gives you the inside scoop 24/7. Watch online at www.stkittsvisitorchannel.com or surf over to www. stkittsnevismagazines.com for the online copy of this Visitor magazine that you can share with friends. If you don’t want to leave our lovely paradise behind, then check out the multitude of ways that can keep you coming back. With our citizenship by investment program there are many incentives to invest in beachfront condos, rainforest villas and hillside homes so you have the perfect Caribbean getaway for you and your loved ones. There is so much to do and see, but don’t forget to take some time to “lime” with the locals. Cheers!

Nick Menon President St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association. www.stkittsnevishta.org

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Our local experts

let you in on their favourites.

Evelyn Slagon

Yachtsman Grill

Faith Bertie

Oualie Beach Resort

Cameron Gill

Brimstone Hill Fortress

Isabelle Matthews Student

Beach

The one right in front of Yachtsman Grill

Oualie Beach

Cockleshell Beach

Reggae Beach

Cocktail

Nevisian cocktail

Bailey’s Colada

Kittitian/Nevisian Cocktail: Belmont Estate Special Golden Rum on the rocks

Fruit punch with a candy cherry on top

Outdoor Activity

Hiking the rainforest (and jet skiing)

Beach Volleyball

Hiking, archaeological fieldwork, jogging

Kid’s Activity

Building sandcastles

Cricket

Restaurant

The Great Houses of Nevis and more!

Yachtsman Grill

Stonewalls

La Belle Vie

Local Treat

Goat Water

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Ital from Rants on the Bay Road or the Sandy Point Market

Coconut Cake

Family Activity

Funky Monkey Tours

Scrabble

Weekly lunch with my mom

Paddle boarding

Romantic Date

Montpelier Plantation

Mango Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Full moon beach picnic

Going on the boat

Riding the zipline


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St. Kitts Features 46 A Walkabout in Historic Basseterre

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Challenger Museum and Library

49 The History of Our Federation

50 Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Rum

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Kids: Fun for the Family from A to Z

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Gone Golfing

62 Holding the Heritage Torch Aloft

Produced for the St. Kitts & Nevis Hotel & Tourism Association by Brisbane Publishing #2 Princes Street, Basseterre, St Kitts Tel: 869.465.0706 www.stkittsnevismagazines.com Publisher Salisha Khan salisha@brisbanepublishing.com Managing Editor Zena Polin zena@thedailydishrestaurant.com Designer Joanne Walker joanneoctober653@icloud.com

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Carnival’s Living Link with the Past

Manager of Advertising and Sales Chazzette Mills

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Photographer Stephen Smith Blue Torch Productions stephen@bluetorchproductions.com

The Central Market How Nature Nurtures

84 Saltfish, Souse & Goat Water

Departments 16

Shopping

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St. Kitts & Nevis Real Estate

St. Kitts 56

Explore And Discover St. Kitts

65 Sailing 70

St. Kitts Music Festival Magic Over the Years

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Beach Blanket Beautiful in St. Kitts

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A Visit with our Artists Dining Out Sweet Dreams in St. Kitts

98 St. Kitts & Nevis Maps

Contributors Simon Lee, Shara-Lee Mourillon, Garry Steckles, Suzanne Gordon, Zena Polin Š2013 St. Kitts & Nevis Hotel & Tourism Association Copies of the 2014 issue are available from the publisher at the above address. The magazine is available as a PDF at www.stkittsmagazines.com The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any advertising or editorial material. The publisher assumes no responsibility for returning unsolicited manuscripts, art or photography. No part of this magazine may be reprinted or reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Follow us on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/stkittsnevisvisitor Cover Shot: SeaForMiles on Sundance Ridge Estates. Photographer, Roger Brisbane


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NEVIS Features 100 Charlestown The Past Greets the Present 102

My Favourite Things

103 Culturama Keeps the Past Alive 104 Beach Bumming in Nevis 107

Surf & Turf

108 Living Like a Local 109 Gillian’s Gone Bananas 110

Nevis is an Athlete’s Paradise

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The Best of the (Great) Houses

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Dining Out

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Wine and Dine on the Beach

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Making Memories

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SHOPPING IN ST. KITTS

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IC Jewelers G. Swarovski Chic Ring and Earring D. Swarovski Vermillion Necklace B. Aagard Bracelet, for men, customizable

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Diamonds International A. John Hardy Naga Collection, Marquise Drop Earrings, sterling silver and 18 karat gold I. Crown of Light Diamond Ring, 90 facet cut

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Kay’s Fine Jewelry F. Black and White Diamond Bangle, 18 karat gold H. Mikimoto 42 inch Akoya Pearl Necklace

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C. Inside Outside Black and White Diamond Hoop Earrings, 14 karat gold

All stores located in Port Zante

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The Royal Golf Estates is an exciting and unique development consisting of 18 luxury homes in a concierge hotel operation, a first for St. Kitts & Nevis. The resort is to be built overlooking the most scenic fairways on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course with a contemporary tropical architectural style set in lush landscaping. Each villa will be a resort unto itself where guests will enjoy private spa facilities, indoor/outdoor showers, a gourmet kitchen, yoga lanais, a subterranean wine cellar and media rooms. Staff and services to cater to each group will be overseen by the Royal Golf Estates villa directors and concierge team. The resort’s Beach & Tennis Club will include a state-of-the-art gym, a beachside lounge, tennis, and private carts and access to the golf course. Elmsbridge Property International, the developer for the Royal Golf Estates has twice won the prestigious UK Bentley International Homes award for best international development. Either whole ownership or a minimum investment of US $420,000 into this 5-star villa-hotel entitles you and your family to apply for citizenship under the St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program.

OwNERSHIP BENEfITS • Ownership via a Limited Partnership structure in the highest-end luxury property in St. Kitts for a minimum investment • Professional management of the Limited Partnership • Partners enjoy highly discounted weekly rates • No minimum or maximum usage • No annual fees or costs • Concierge services include villa directors, chefs, drivers, in-villa spa services and private staff • Private access to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course • Beach & Tennis Club with state-of-the-art gym • Capital appreciation and income generation opportunity • Multiple exit options after 5 years fOR MORE INfORMaTION call + 1 869 662 9933 or email info@royalgolfestates.com www.royalgolfestates.com

T E R M S a N d C O N d I T I O N S a P P Ly


A Driving Force,

Citizenship by Investment Spurs Growth by Zena Polin

SeaForMiles on Sundance Ridge Estates


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A Driving Force,

Citizenship by Investment Spurs Growth

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he Citizenship by Investment Program in St. Kitts is a driving force behind the development of the island. Investors are finding that St. Kitts is a safe haven for investors and residents alike. The program has one of the longest track records in the world, and its success is appealing to investors who are interested in its myriad of benefits. A major attraction is the financial investment, which is reasonable. Upon purchasing real estate for at least $400,000 (plus fees) families are granted citizenship to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Global investors, particularly from the Far and Near East, the Arabian Peninsula and Russia, are seeking out St. Kitts for these benefits, while they and investors from Europe and the United States are also attracted to the ultra-luxurious homesites being developed by internationally renowned and respected developers, such as Kiawah Partners and Park Hyatt, and by the lack of income, capital gains, gifts, wealth and inheritance taxes. Once St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship is acquired, you and your family are eligible for a long list of benefits, including: visa-free travel to more than 120 countries; dual and lifetime citizenship for you and eligible family members; potential preferential treatment in the United Kingdom (children may enter to study without obtaining a visa and may work for two years after studying without a work permit) and one of the most enticing advantages - no residency requirements to obtain citizenship. Choices abound. There are now almost three dozen approved projects in St. Kitts and two dozen in Nevis. From living alongside the Caribbean’s only “edible” golf course on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga to overthe-water homes next to a superyacht harbour to an expansive hilltop villa to a beachfront condo to fractional ownership, there are properties for every budget, taste and interest. While many developments are well underway or in their mature stages, many newer projects are just beginning or are still on the drawing board. These choices mean that beneficial pricing can be had at various stages during the project’s life cycle from Founder’s pricing to construction pricing to resale. Developments on both islands strive to balance an appreciation for their surroundings by combining West Indian styles with sustainable development and the need to be connected to the world through state-of-the-art technology. A desire for an “island lifestyle” means that homes are often built to complement beautiful vistas and allow for year-round outdoor living. Although an agent can handle all your real estate needs, and you don’t have to set foot on St. Kitts to purchase a property, it is a much better experience to visit the island you may one day call home. Whether arriving in a yacht, private plane or commercial jet, the islands’ real estate developers and agents are ready to whisk you away on a tour designed just for you. The

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names and contact information of reputable agents are listed following this article. All of the projects mentioned here are eligible for the citizenship by investment program. For more information on the program or additional properties go to: www.ciu.gov.kn.

Christophe Harbour Christophe Harbour is transforming the South East Peninsula into a destination for those who want to merge a Caribbean lifestyle with contemporary villas and luxe amenities. Situated in Sandy Bank Bay, Christophe Harbour’s premier residential neighbourhood, lies Windswept Residence Club. This exclusive enclave of nine, sharedownership residences provide exquisite views of the superyacht harbour, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sunsets. Available for fractional share purchase, deeded shares are available from $450,000, inclusive of all ownership costs for a five-year period. Benefits of ownership include: a deeded, freehold title, professionally managed leasing programme and rental pool, full-time concierge and housekeeping and maintenance services. Also set within Sandy Bank Bay is newly released Ocean Grove, a collection of 47 turnkey, one- and twobedroom villas incorporating contemporary interiors with spacious exterior living areas. The Ocean Grove Villas enjoy their own unique views of the harbour, beach and bay, with pricing in the $800,000’s to $1,200,000’s. Ownership in either enclave offers membership to the Christophe Harbour Club, offering access to all resort amenities including The Pavilion beach club. Featuring a natural-edged pool, waterfall showers, beachside cabana bar and exceptional open-air dining, the private beach club serves as the social hub for the Christophe Harbour community. For more information or to set up a tour, stop by the sales office on the peninsula.

Kittitian Hill Dotted among 400 acres of fertile, tropical farmland in the north of St. Kitts, Kittitian Hill extends from high on hillside of Mount Liamuiga down to the Caribbean Sea. A hotel, private villas, intimate restaurants, a championship golf course, spa and an organic tropical farm are among some of the amenities. This development was designed by architect Bill Bensley and built by local craftsmen staying true to the developers’ vision that is guided by a passion for sustainability and the positive effect they can have on their local community. Kittitian Hill is committed to the mindful conservation of natural resources and bringing community and culture together. The Village will be the heart of project. The Marketplace Café will follow a farm-to-table philosophy. Community and culture will unite in art galleries, artisan workshops, a film school and open-air cinema.

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The Estates on Sundance Ridge

This unique community is managed by Sedona Resorts, creator and operators of the world-renowned and awardwinning Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona.

The Estates on Sundance Ridge It would prove hard to find a more idyllic and serene location than the Estates on Sundance Ridge, which are only a short drive from Frigate Bay. These hidden gems are world class villas that sit secluded atop a 500-foot-high ridge. Lots may face the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean but only one is left for sale with views of both. Luckily, all villa views are breathtaking in their expanse.

Christophe Harbour Only 15 villas will be built on the 15 acres that the development encompasses. While the minimum size for a villa is 3,400 square feet (interior space and exterior covered areas), it is just as common to build to 5,000, 8,000 or even 16,000 square feet. All building sites are at least one-half acre in size, and all villas are designed with a private swimming pool. The theme to the development pays homage to its West Indian roots with Kittitian architecture and traditional, contemporary or custom-designed interiors. All villas are custom designed, engineered and built from floor to rooftop and include high-quality interior finishes, amenities, appliances and cabinetry. The interior spaces in the villas include home theatres, gyms or extra bedrooms and bathrooms. Each home is built to withstand storms, and the entire development has a dedicated standby electrical generating system. Personal privacy is guaranteed by a secured entrance and natural protection due to the steep perimeter. Lot prices start at $415,000. Turnkey design and construction are available from the developer who has extensive experience building on St. Kitts.

SeaForMiles on Sundance Ridge This premier residence majestically positioned on a cliffside overlooking the Caribbean sea is the ultimate in luxurious tropical living. The magnificent property boasts spectacular, uninterrupted views of the coast line and the sea as the name implies.

Kittitian Hill

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A Driving Force, Citizenship by Investment Spurs Growth SeaForMiles on Sundance Ridge (Continued) The open plan concept is ideal for indoor and outdoor living, dining and entertaining. An expansive covered outdoor terrace with a sunken lounge opens on to an 80 foot infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi deck where dining al fresco, sipping cocktails at sunset or simply star gazing is encouraged.

Sunrise Hill Villas St. Christopher Club

St. Christopher Club Gardens

Sunrise Hill Villas The view from any one of Sunrise Hill Villas is spectacular. Nestled on the hillside at Half Moon Bay, the villas overlook the Royal St. Kitts golf course and then stretch across the ocean and over to the South East Peninsula. Lying in bed facing towards the east means morning coffee while watching the Caribbean sun lazily ascend into the sky. Sunrise Hill pays homage to the history and culture of St. Kitts with local architectural design that are crafted in the style of plantation homes. The 44 meticulously crafted homes provide lavish comforts and modern living are custom built on 8.4 acres of tropical vista. Verandas and porches stay true to the Caribbean lifestyle. Contemporary traditional touches combine with a solid stone base to create an appearance of stability with natural earth tones that blend perfectly with the landscaping. Each home has its own moniker: Atlantic Dawn, Ocean Dawn, Morning Dew, Morning Glory, Solar and Sun Burst. All are appropriately drawn from the emotions felt during a warm Caribbean sunrise.

St. Christopher Club This premier beachfront condominium complex offers luxuriously appointed two- to five-bedroom options with some of the largest square footage for a condo in St. Kitts. The three-bedroom condo has a living area of 2,400 square feet, and the five-bedroom penthouses are a colossal 3,900 square feet. Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and adjacent to the Royal St. Kitts golf course, this is a once in a lifetime offering. Onsite amenities include two swimming pools, a clubhouse and a tennis court.

St. Christopher Club Gardens

Manor By The Sea

The smaller sister to the founding development of St. Christopher Club compliments and adds a new dimension to this beachfront development. The Gardens is located in the heart of Frigate Bay and offers our 1,600 square foot threebedroom, three-bath option. Prices start at $419,000.

Manor By The Sea Set atop a small hill above its own secluded beach with views facing across the Caribbean Sea, Manor by the Sea offers premier standards in design, finishing and furnishing. Situated in Frigate Bay, one of the most sought after areas in St. Kitts, it is just a five-minute drive from the centre of town and Port Zante. Starting at $439,000, the three-bedroom, threebath condos offer some of the best values in the Federation and are comparable to other developments offering smaller one-bedroom options.

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Studio, one and two-bedroom condos are now available for sale at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, which offers full property management and rental services. Investors are also eligible for economic citizenship through the St. Kitts and Nevis’ Economic Citizenship by Investment Program.

VACATION FOR LIFE CONDOMINIUMS, PO BOX 406, FRIGATE BAY ST. KITTS www.vacationforlifestkitts.com • 869.762.8657 • 869.466.3068 • johnz@vacationforlifestkitts.com


Vista Villas

Vista Villas Situated on the cliffs with the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea lapping at its base, these condos give the impression that you are literally over the sea and give new meaning to “waterfront homes.” They offer sweeping views across the Caribbean Sea to Nevis and the proposed mega-yacht marina. This unique boutique style development is offering 32 one- and two-bedroom condos that range in size up to 1,600 square feet.

Scotch Bonnet

Scotch Bonnet Situated on the tip of the South East Peninsula, almost within touching distance of Nevis, Scotch Bonnet offers incredible views of Turtle Beach, Booby Island, Nevis and both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A massive 1,800 square feet welcomes you to the superbly appointed two- or three-bedroom and twoor three-bath homes giving a colossal yet cozy and comfortable ambience.

Vacation for Life Condominiums Directly across from North Frigate Bay Beach, in the Royal St. Kitts Hotel’s resort property, are the Vacation for Life Condominiums. The studio, one- and two-bedroom units sit on a tropical 18acre property on a private lake. The condominiums are fully furnished and maintained to luxury standards. Owners will have the advantage of property management services, which include maintenance and housekeeping. When not in use, owners may enter their units into either the monthly or the hotel guest rental programme.

Vacation for Life

Royal Golf Estates This development of 18 luxury homes and amenities in a concierge hotel operation is to be built overlooking the most scenic holes on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course. These planned uber-villas will be of a contemporary tropical architectural style set in lush landscaping. Each villa will be a resort onto itself. Designed to cater to a mix of groups, the villas will include private spa facilities, gourmet kitchens, yoga lanais, subterranean wine cellars and media rooms. Staff and services to cater to each group will be overseen by the Royal Golf Estates villa directors and concierge team. The resort’s Beach & Tennis Club will include a state-ofthe-art gym, a beachside lounge, tennis and private carts and access to the golf course. Two ownership options are available: whole villa or a limited partnership ownership structure that allows a minimum citizenship investment. The latter option also provides for deeply discounted use of the villas for a unit holder and removes any continuing expenses for the property from the investor.

Koi Resort | Residences With stunning views and close to the Royal St. Kitts Championship golf course, The Koi Resort and Residences has been carefully conceptualized to reflect what is expected of an internationally renowned five star resort. Features will include a variety of luxury villas and suites that will connect you to the Caribbean ocean and natural setting of Koi Resort & Residences. Guests will embark on first class amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, casino, wedding chapel, retail shops, sunset lounge, restaurants, a full concierge service and countless recreational opportunities. •

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Royal Golf Estates

Koi Resort

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Welcome to the St. Christopher Club Group.

St. Christopher Club Gardens

The Gardens is the smaller sister to our founding development which both compliments and adds a new dimension to St. Kitts’ premier beachfront development. Following on form our hugely popular Manor by the Sea project, The Gardens will offer our spacious 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom option, with prices starting at $419,000, right in the heart of Frigate Bay, the most sought after location in all of St. Kitts.

Manor by the Sea Scotch Bonnet

Begin with an exquisite piece of Caribbean real estate, elevate it to capture spectacular views and surround it on three sides by ocean. Add a prestigious condominium development with all the desired amenities, pepper it with lush landscaping and warm it year round. The end result: your recipe for a slice of paradise. Our smallest condos come in at a modest 1,000 sq. ft., priced at $420,000, while the larger condos are 1,836 sq. ft. providing ample room for living comfortably in your new luxurious lifestyle.

Contact us for more information:

info@stchristopherclubgroup.com 869.465.4854 or 305.400.2011

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About Sunrise Hill Villas St Kitts Real Estate Sunrise Hill Villas, located in Half Moon Bay, St. Kitts are reflective of architectural designs in St. Kitts and Nevis. All of our properties face east, capturing the cool Atlantic Ocean’s breeze. Located on prime real estate, the business hub of the island is only (15) minutes away by car and boasts dining, nightlife and entertainment spots just (5) minutes away. Owners can take advantage of the community setting developed around Sunrise Hill Villas and can also enjoy other nearby amenities such as golf, spas, beautiful beaches and watersports. With close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, enjoy breathtaking views as well as morning or afternoon walks at Half Moon Bay Hills.

869.465.2511 www.sunrisehillvillasstkitts.com infosunrisehillvillas@gmail.com


Looking for your piece of paradise? We can help. We at Remax offer a wide variety of services specifically designed for selling your property or finding you a place to call home. Whether you are looking for something in town close to the action, something in the hills with a view or maybe even something in a quiet corner, with the perfect piece of land for a garden? Both islands in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis have exquisite locations and p properties just waiting for you. As experts in the St. Kitts’ Citizenship by Investment Program, we have close ties with all the key developers and our agents are the perfect tool for moving forward with acquiring the coveted St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship. Once we’ve helped you purchase your home away from home, our agents can help you manage your property while you’re away. We are a full-service property management company and we go the extra mile to make sure your property is maintained to high standards while it is rented out to visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis.

Real Estate Services Provided Valuations Sales / Rentals Villas / Condos Land / Commercial Single Family Homes Property Management Citizenship Investment Property Development

St. Christopher Club Commercial Centre Frigate Bay, PO Box 570, St. Kitts, W.I. T 869.465.6451 F 869.465.6466 info@remax-stkitts.com www.remax-stkitts.com Don’t forget to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter! facebook.com/remaxstkitts twitter.com/remaxstkitts


BUYING OR SELLING? ST. KITTS B. Kassab & Associates Tel: 869.466.6341 brian@bkassab.com www.bkassab.com B. Williams Property Management Services Tel: 869.662.5227 bwilliams@bwilliamsmanagement.com www.bwilliamsmanagement.com Christophe Harbour Real Estate Tel: 869.466.4557 US Tel: 800.881.7180 info@christopheharbour.com www.christopheharbour.com Kittitian Hill Tel: 869.466.1712 sales@kittitianhill.com www.kittitianhill.com Koi Resort/Residences Tel: 869.764.4499 info@koiresort.com www.koiresort.com Manor By The Sea Tel: 869.465.4854 info@remax-stkitts.com www.manorbythesea.com Ocean’s Edge Tel: 869.465.1213 info@oceansedgestkitts.com www.oceansedgestkitts.com Park Hyatt St. Kitts Tel: 869.762.5042 Tel: 869.762.7275 info@rangedevelopments.com www.rangedevelopments.com

Remax Paradise Properties Tel: 869.466.6451 info@remax-stkitts.com www.remax-stkitts.com

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Coldwell Banker Tel: 869.469.9403 info@coldwellbankernevis.com www.coldwellbankerstkittsnevis.com Deon & Associates Hamilton Beach Villas and Spa 869.469.5320 info@hamiltonnevis.com www.deondaniel.com Paradise Beach Nevis Tel: 869.762.8896 Don.Lockman@ParadiseBeachNevis.com www.paradisebeachnevis.com The Residences at Tamarind Cove Tel: 869.469.8500 info@tamarindcovenevis.com www.tamarindcovenevis.com Sugar Mill Real Estate Tel: 869.469.1093 nevishouses@gmail.com www.nevishouses.com Zenith Nevis Tel: 869.662.3960 info@zenithnevis.com www.zenithnevis.com

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Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Benefit from your investment in Park Hyatt St. Kitts and enjoy Citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis Range Developments, a leading hospitality developer, has commenced construction of Park Hyatt St. Kitts’ development, a luxury hotel within the residential resort community of Christophe Harbour on the island of St. Kitts. Park Hyatt St. Kitts, the first Park Hyatt in the Caribbean, will be a luxury 5 star hotel built in contemporary architecture with colonial inspirations and boast 135 rooms in the first phase. Park Hyatt St. Kitts, being developed by Range Developments, is set to become the highlight of Christophe Harbour, a 2,500acre resort community on the island’s southeast peninsula. Once open, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will provide world-class recreational facilities and will be surrounded by a yacht club & a Tom Fazio designed golf course. An architectural masterpiece, the resort hotel promises an unrivalled hospitality experience. A minimum US$ 400,000 investment (through a limited partnership structure) in Park Hyatt St. Kitts entitles you and your family to apply for Citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis. Park Hyatt St. Kitts is an approved project under the Citizenshipby-Investment Programme of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis (www.ciu.gov.kn). The ground breaking ceremony for Park Hyatt St. Kitts was held on 3rd June, 2013. This was followed by mobilization of the contractor in October 2013, a testament to the rapid progress of the project. Completion is slated for Q4, 2015. The ground breaking ceremony was overseen by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, The Right Honorable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who was joined by a number of local Government officials and project partners. Speaking at the ground breaking event, St. Kitts & Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said: “The new Park Hyatt St. Kitts will play a significant role in further boosting the international profile of St Kitts & Nevis as a leading tourism and investment destination. But crucially, it will also play a key role in supporting local economic growth and development and providing long-term employment opportunities. I am very pleased to welcome Park Hyatt and Range Developments to the Federation and thank them and their partners for developing this prestigious project.” Munaf Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Range Developments, said, “We are delighted to be breaking ground on this exciting initiative in less than a year since we formally announced the project in Dubai . We look forward to successfully implementing this unique project and helping to support the socio-economic development of the Federation.” •

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Investor Benefits: • An opportunity to apply for citizenship for you and your family • An investment share in a 5 star branded hotel • A tax friendly country, providing a favourable business development environment • Investment security through a Standard Chartered Escrow Account • Capital appreciation and income generation opportunity For more information, call us on 869.762.5042, 869.762.7275, email us on info@rangedevelopments.com or visit www.rangedevelopments.com

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ore of a lifestyle community than St. Kitts, Nevis is attractive to buyers who are often looking to find a home, or even a second or third home, rather than just an investment. Properties of all shapes and sizes, up and down the hillsides and strung along the waterfront, are waiting for buyers who want to make this peaceful little island their home. But even with the emphasis on lifestyle and the busy sporting and social life that Nevis offers, the appeal of the economic citizenship program sponsored by the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis is now having a greater impact on the Nevis real estate market. Over the past few years, several new projects have come on-stream that are now prequalified under the Citizenship by Investment Program, and some of these are now offering fractional ownership of homes and condominiums as well as whole ownership as part of the programme. With minimum purchase prices starting at $400,000 US dollars plus fees, the variety of properties has expanded in recent years to include homes on larger plots right down to waterfront apartments. Fractional ownership, unlike timeshare, includes deeded ownership in a property, which is often linked to a certain time-period of exclusive usage. All properties mentioned in this article are eligible for the programme, and prices are in US dollars. Aside from the new developments, there are dozens of resale homes available for buyers who are more attracted to well-established properties in residential areas with larger lots and more privacy. As opposed to the fully managed developments, individual homeowners must work out systems to take care of their homes when they are away if they are just seasonal occupants or to rent them out when they travel off the island. Either way, owning in a development or choosing a house on its own, ownership can bring joy to those who are proud to have a piece of paradise that they can enjoy themselves and pass down to their heirs. There are several seafront properties offering wonderful living accommodations, great views and a variety of amenities under various types of purchase. Each of them are in a different state of completion, which means that opportunities for purchase are still available.

Four Seasons Resort Estates One of Nevis’ most comprehensive developments is the Four Seasons Resort Estates. Stewart Estates, a custom built neighbourhood, is practically sold out. The Villas at Pinney’s Beach is available for full ownership at $4.8 million or is divided into fractional ownership with each villa split into 10 shares (and five weeks of use per year) and every fraction qualifying for economic citizenship. Above Mahogany Hill are the Poinciana Estates, which are 23 estate lots ranging from one acre to 2.5 acres. Prices start at $1.2 million. All owners can take advantage of the resort’s luxurious amenities, including the golf course, tennis courts, spa and restaurants. More info. is available at: www.fsestatesnevis.com

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Investing in a Nevisian Lifestyle Tamarind Cove Nevis This newly constructed project of Mediterranean-style condominiums is located on the sheltered bay called Tamarind Cove. Facing St. Kitts, the bay is adjacent to the Seabridge car ferry site. Two of the eventual six buildings have been constructed with one-bedroom units that will have pools and a nearby village of shops. Other buildings will have units for sale with multiple bedrooms. Tamarind Cove Marina and Village features up to 100 boat slips for yachts of all sizes. This high-end, full service marina includes a small boutique hotel and spa, shops, a yacht club with a lounge, restaurant and members-only casino. More info is available at: www.tamarindcovenevis.com

Zenith Nevis Elegant and stylish, the villas at Zenith Nevis will sit on a sixacre tract along a stunning beach at the north end of Pinney’s Beach. The simple, yet elegant, design is modern European-chic, a reflection of the owners’ Norwegian heritage. The 1,471 square foot interiors have large, 1,000 square feet of exterior patios. From the living area, the views head out across the private villa pools to the Caribbean and all the way to St. Kitts. The first phase includes the development and sale of seven homes with modern kitchens and interior under a fractional plan or whole units, depending on the wishes of the buyer. One unit has been built and is available for sale or rent. More info. is available at: www.zenithnevis.com

SEASIDE at Cliffdwellers Charming West Indian architecture is the appeal of SEASIDE at Cliffdwellers, a 14-home enclave on the sea providing wonderful views of St. Kitts. The private homes that are arranged around a freeform 85-foot pool are mostly wholly-owned with several now being sold as fractional villas. With the development now 95 percent complete, SEASIDE owners and renters will have the ability to enjoy the tranquillity of the spot, right on the sea, with great access for snorkelling and kayaking around the cliffs, as well as year-round sunsets. More info. available at www.nevishouses.com

The Hamilton at Nelson Spring The largest complex on the island, the 87-unit project The Hamilton is located on a beautiful stretch of beach, just south of the historic Nelson Spring, where British Admiral Horatio Nelson once watered his ships. The spacious units of one-, two- and three-bedrooms are located in clusters of buildings. In addition to the beach, The Hamilton surrounds an exquisite pool that meanders around the gardens and under bridges, and can accommodate both youngsters and serious swimmers. On the property, the popular Yachtman’s Grill restaurant is located on the beachfront for lunch and dinners year-round. More info. is available at: www.thehamiltonnevis.com If you are looking to purchase a little tropical serenity, contact Coldwell Banker St. Kitts Nevis Realty, Sugar Mill Real Estate or the other suggested agents and developers following this article. •

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A Walkabout in Historic Basseterre by Zena Polin

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asseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, is steeped in a rich and diverse history. First established by the French in 1627, it became British in the following century. Much of the city’s architecture reflects this Colonial heritage. The tour begins at Port Zante, the entrance to Basseterre for cruise ship passengers. The duty-free port is home to dozens of stores selling jewellery, souvenirs, wine and cigars as well as restaurants, bars and a craft market. The city entrance to the port is at The National Museum, housed in the National Building in the Old Treasury Building. It was given the name “The Gateway to the Island” back when travelling by sea was the only option. Built entirely of local andesite, indigenous volcanic rock, from which the stones were hand cut, it’s decorated with cream limestone. For many years, the dome served as a lighthouse for the captains of the ships that docked at the wooden treasury landing pier. Walk north along Fort Street to The Circus Clock, which is actually The Berkeley Memorial. It’s located in the middle of a traffic circle that resembles a Caribbean version of London’s Piccadilly Circus. A right on South Square Street takes you to Independence Square. It was at this spot that slaves were brought and put on display. The Co-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is on East Square Street and is an oasis from the hustle of the city. A walk west along Cayon Street takes you to many local stores and restaurants. St. George’s Anglican Church, which has one of the oldest pipe organs in the world, is at the intersection of Cayon and Fort Streets. Wander back down Fort Street. When you get to Bay Road make a right until you arrive at the Public Market. It’s especially fun to visit on a Saturday morning when the market and the surrounding area are most alive. Basseterre is a wonderful launching point for exploring the rest of the island or for hopping on a ferry to visit Nevis. Sample a rum punch while you wait for your ride and then head on out via train, taxi, car, bike, boat or even horse to discover the beauty of our islands. •

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Challenger Museum and Library by Garry Steckles

“This,” says Winston ‘Zack’ Nisbett, “is important.” He’s making a point to a group of teenagers, all in school uniform, as he guides them through a maze of venerable artifacts in a dirt-floor yard in the heart of Basseterre, a place that a passer-by would be unlikely to recognise as one of the Caribbean’s most remarkable and unusual museums. The yard, which belongs to a quaint and decidedly ramshackle wooden house on Central Street, is part of the International House Museum and Edgar Challenger Library for Research and Documentation. The immaculately dressed and distinguished Nisbett points out the treasures in the yard to the fascinated students, and it doesn’t take long for them to realize that what he’s saying is no exaggeration: the yard and the humble house next to it are a repository of centuries of local and regional history, which keeps Nisbett, the manager and curator of the museum and library, busy from morning to night. You could say it’s a labour of love. Love for St. Kitts and Nevis, love for the history and culture of the twinisland federation and love for the late Edgar Challenger, the historian and pioneer labour activist who was born in November of 1905 and died in 2000. Nisbett was Challenger’s friend, and took care of him when he was ailing and bedridden in that same humble house for the final few years of his long life. Nisbett, who describes himself as a “culturalist” rather than simply a historian, says his non-stop work at the museum and library are a tribute to the memory of a man he admired and cared for. One of the first things he points out in the yard are the rusted and skeletal remains of an ancient car. It was a 1921 Dupont, which belonged to Challenger and was one of the first cars on the island. “And,” he says with more than a hint of pride, “the engine still turns over.” The venerable machine is just one of the countless

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pieces of history in the yard. Among the others are blacksmiths’ equipment salvaged from the now defunct sugar factory, Edgar Challenger’s bicycle, the costume worn by St. Kitts’s first carnival queen, a photograph of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Regiment from 1920-21 (including Edgar Challenger), the nation’s first prime minister’s sword, masquerade masks and walls of historic photographs. At the back of the yard, in their own area, is an assortment of what Nisbett describes as “significant” animals: green vervet monkeys, mongoose, guinea birds, land turtles, ducks, a peacock and a pea hen. They’re fed and cared for by volunteer veterinary students from Ross University. In the adjacent house are books, documents and thousands more photos stacked everywhere you turn. Birth and death records, yellowing newspapers and publications all await their turn for sifting and cataloguing. It’s a gargantuan task, but Nisbett takes it all in his stride. “We have government gazettes and slave writings daring back to the 1600s,” he says proudly. “We’ve have more than St. Kitts material, but we put special emphasis on St. Kitts and Nevis, We have a wide array of literature and writings, and much of it is rare.” The museum and library premises are part of the history they house. The property was bought by Edgar Challenger’s father, John Oscar Challenger, in the late 1800s. He opened a business there, trading in household hardware and builders’ tools and named the establishment “International House.” When John Oscar died in 1916, he left the property to his six sons, the youngest of whom, Edgar, would go on to become one of the most prominent of St. Kitts’s first generation of workers’ rights activists and the first president of the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union, which he led from 1940 to 1943. •

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by Garry Steckles

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The History of Our Federation

t. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest nation in the Western Hemisphere and has been the scene of momentous events almost inconceivably out of proportion to its size. In the course of the most recent half a millennium it has experienced the horrors of genocide and slavery, brutal struggles for control of an extraordinarily lucrative industry that flourished on a scale that would dominate the Dow Jones stock market index in today’s world, the birth of the man who created the capitalist system that is measured by that index, a slew of history’s most bloodthirsty pirates, the exploits of England’s most renowned naval hero, the creation of the Caribbean’s first upmarket tourist destination, and the emergence, from the shackles of colonialism, of an independent nation, perhaps the only one with a seat in the United Nations and not a single traffic light. That’s just a smattering of what we know has happened since Christopher Columbus set eyes on these islands in 1493. The first stop is in the heart of Basseterre, St. Kitts’s capital, to visit the International House Museum/Edgar Challenger Library, which includes tens of thousands of historic documents and photographs. A few miles out of town at Old Road, the first English settlement in the Caribbean, is a remarkable archeological discovery, the well-preserved remains of the first English working plantation in the Caribbean, along with the oldest known rum distillery in the region. The plantation was the first land grant by England in the West Indies, in 1625. Wingfield Estate is only a stone’s throw from Old Road, where the explorer and soldier Sir Thomas Warner landed in St. Kitts with a small party of men in 1623 and, the following year, established St. Kitts as England’s “Mother Colony” in the Caribbean. In 1988, the historic estate was bought by Maurice Widdowson, who was already the owner of the neighboring Romney Manor. Despite Nevis being sighted and St. Kitts being visited by Columbus in 1493, there was no successful European attempt to colonise the islands until 1623, when Warner

First, let’s fast forward to touch upon what we’re still learning about ourselves and our predecessors. and his men landed in Old Road. A few years later the first French settlers landed on St. Kitts, precipitating what would turn into a long and bloody struggle between the two colonial powers for control of the island and its hugely profitable sugar industry. Warner’s settlers were initially on cordial terms with the Kalinago, or Carib people, until the massacre in 1626 by the English and French of about 2,000 Kalinago at a place we now know as Bloody Point. St. Kitts was fought over by the French and British, with Spanish raiders getting into the mix for the next 150-plus years, before becoming a British possession courtesy of the 1783 Treaty of Versailles. Along the way, sugar, which was first grown in 1640, © St. Christopher became a hugely profitable crop. National Trust (SCNT) Trade throughout the Eastern Caribbean was thriving. Britain’s most revered naval hero, Horatio Nelson, spent a considerable amount of time in Nevis in the course of two tours of duty in the Caribbean in the 1780s, and Alexander Hamilton, the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury and the creator of capitalism, was born in Nevis. Nevis, the smaller of our two islands, is also renowned for being a pioneer of what has become the Caribbean’s biggest industry - tourism. The Bath Hotel, built in Nevis in 1778, was a magnet for the rich and famous of the era and is widely believed to be the first tourist hotel in the Caribbean. St. Kitts and Nevis became an independent nation in 1983. The once lucrative sugar industry was phased out around the middle of the last decade, and tourism is now the Photo credit: Nevis Historical main industry of both islands. St. Kitts has become a popular port of call for many of and Conservation Society the world’s biggest cruise ships, while Nevis continues to attract the rich and famous. • www.stkittsnevismagazines.com • www.facebook.com/StKittsNevisVisitor

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Rum Yo, Ho, Ho and a bottle of

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t’s quite a drink, and it’s got quite a history, particularly here in the Caribbean, which is where the finest rums on the planet come from, and right here on St. Kitts, where the comparatively recent unearthing of the remarkably well-preserved remains of the oldest rum distillery ever discovered in the Caribbean have added a new chapter to what we know about the island’s turbulent past. Let’s fast forward to rum’s more recent history and to what amounts to a renaissance in terms of global and regional acceptance and appreciation. Internationally, rum is now recognised as perhaps the world’s most versatile spirit and in its more rarefied incarnations, as one of the most refined and sophisticated, right up there with the most coveted fine cognac or single-malt scotch. Regionally, the drink that was once regarded with some disdain by the upper echelons of Caribbean society is no longer the poor cousin of the well-stocked liquor cabinet. It still takes pride of place on the shelves of the countless rum shops that play an important role in island life and culture. Unpretentious but nevertheless excellent standard rums are the perfect base for a dizzying array of mixed drinks, among them the everpopular rum and coke, its first-cousin Cuba Libre (usually white rum with a good squeeze of lime), the piña colada, the daiquiri and the mojito. There

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are hundreds of perfectly good, modestly priced rums that will work just fine with any mixed-drink recipe, among them the standard amber and white rums produced by perhaps the two best-known distilleries in the English-speaking Caribbean, Jamaica’s Appleton and Barbados’s Mount Gay. Then you’ve got the rums that aren’t to be trifled with. They’re known, collectively, as “overproof.” Until you’ve established a cordial relationship with them, they’re best approached with a mix of caution, moderation and common sense. Perhaps the best known of them is Bacardi 151, the most lethal product of the Puerto Rico-based company, the world’s biggest rum distiller. But my personal favourites, which have occasionally been responsible for my not taking my own advice, are Grenada’s Clarke’s Court Pure White Rum and Jamaica’s Wray and Nephew Overproof. They have the most instantly recognizable and unique tastes of any rum I’ve come across. I’ve always loved the line on the Wray and Nephew label, “Guaranteed Full Strength.” They’re not kidding. Which brings us, not without something of a quantum leap, to the opposite extreme of rum’s remarkable spectrum: the premium lines. Known, collectively, as “sipping” rums, these are most definitely not the foundation of a mixed drink. A couple of ice cubes, perhaps. A splash of water,

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Rums for Everyone By Luis Ayala even. But essentially, these magnificent rums are meant to be drunk very much like a fine cognac or single-malt: neat, at room temperature and out of a brandy snifter. Just about all the major rum distillers in the Caribbean and our Latin American cousins have two or three premium rums of which they’re particularly, and rightly, proud. To name just a few of them: Appleton 21-year-old, Appleton Extra and Appleton VX; Guyana’s El Dorado, with exquisite aged rums of 25, 21, 15 and 12 years; Mount Gay Extra Old and Mount Gay Black; St. Lucia Distillers’ Chairman’s Reserve; Cuba’s Havana Club Añejo 15 Años; the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Cruzan Single Barrel, and, perhaps the most remarkable of them all, Guatemala’s Ron Zacapa Centenario (although it could be argued that while it’s marketed as a rum, and has won a shelf-full of prestigious awards at rum-tastings all over the world, this extraordinary drink tastes to some people, myself included, more like a superlative liqueur).  Then there are flavoured rums. The Brinley line, produced right here in St. Kitts, is nothing short of excellent. The flavours, mango, coffee, coconut, lime, vanilla and Shipwreck spiced, are subtle yet unmistakable. Rum’s past in the Caribbean is nowhere near as palatable as its present. Rum is made from the byproducts of sugar, cane juice and molasses. Sugar was the crop responsible for Africans being carried to the Caribbean as slaves from the 1600s until emancipation in the 1800s. St. Kitts, the “mother colony” of the English-speaking Caribbean, was a significant part of that past, becoming one of the region’s most prolific sugar-producing islands despite its small size. Nowhere in the Caribbean does that past remain alive more vividly than at Wingfield Estate, where the remarkably well preserved and lovingly restored remains of the oldest distillery ever discovered in the West Indies have been yielding new architectural treasures for the past decade. The property’s first European owner was Sam Jefferson, the great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, who was given first British land grant in the region in 1625. It became the first working estate, producing tobacco and indigo until 1640, and then sugar and rum. The distillery dates back to around 1680. Wingfields owner Maurice Widdowson, the driving force behind the excavations, says Wingfield has been “a work in progress: for 350 years and that “every time we dig a hole we find something new.” •

Luis Ayala, rum consultant, publisher of Got Rum? magazine and president of the Rum University, spoke to us about his favourite sipping and mixing rums. Rum’s journey into modern times is nothing short of amazing. From the crude and unrefined spirit of the ancient plantations through its days fuelling tempers aboard naval vessels, rum has seen it all. Always the underdog, the drink of the working classes, rum has been slowly evolving into a sophisticated spirit able to converse and compete with the finest cognacs. There are two driving forces behind the increased attention rum is receiving these days. The first one is a premiumization of rum, a concerted effort by a majority of producers to bottle and sell well aged and formulated rums at affordable prices. The second force is the resurgence of Tiki mixology in most of the world’s leading rum markets. I am sure you will enjoy tasting my personal favourites. Excellent sipping rums that won’t break the bank: • Zafra 21 Year Old from Panama • Roble Viejo Ultra Viejo from Venezuela • Clément VSOP from Martinique • El Dorado 12 Year Old from Guyana • Mount Gay 1703 from Barbados Everyday mixing rums: • Brugal White Rum from Dominican Republic • DonQ Añejo from Puerto Rico • English Harbour 5 Year Old from Antigua • Havana Club 7 Year Old from Cuba • Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from St. Kitts

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KAYAKS Explore St. Kitts’ rugged Southeast Peninsula on this guided kayak tour. Once you’ve made the scenic trip to White House bay, you’ll meet your guides, receive your safety equipment, and be assigned to a two-person kayak. Enjoy a guided snorkeling tour prior to your kayak lesson and safety briefing. Then set out along the unspoiled coast of the South East Peninsula, at your own pace, for the approximately 50-minute paddle to Friars Bay. Enjoy a well-deserved rest, cold fresh fruit juice, and island snacks before returning to your hotel via shuttle bus. Kayaking and snorkelling equipment including snorkel vest, professional instructions, supervision, and transportation are included. Be sure to wear a swimsuit and bring a towel as well as adequate sun protection.

Tel: 466-4933 www.bluewatersafaris.com info@bluewatersafaris.com

Call 1.869.7263 for Reservations and Information scenicreservations@sisterisles.kn www.StKittsScenicRailway.com


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tart your road trip by heading west on the Bay Road. First up is the Central Market, which sells freshly picked, local produce. At Irishtown Bay (named for the Irish sold by Oliver Cromwell to planters in the 1650s), is The War Memorial, a Cenotaph built to honour those who fought in the world wars. Continue west (water to your left). Pass the Caribbean Cinemas and Ross University until you get to The Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden, the restored home of a French military commander. Wander into the interpretative history room and visitor centre and have a bite at Nirvana Restaurant. After Boyds Village is Challengers where indigenous Caribs were massacred by the English and French at Bloody Point in 1626. At Old Road, the first British town established in the Caribbean and where Sir Thomas Warner met with Carib Chief Tegreman, make a right for Wingfield Estates and Caribelle Batik. On the left are stone petroglyphs, the last remnants of the Caribs. Visit Wingfield Estate’s orientation centre and then Romney Manor to watch artisans making colourful batiks. The 350-year-old Saman tree is picture perfect. St. Thomas Anglican Church, the first Anglican Church built in the

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British Caribbean and the tombs of Sir Thomas Warner, the island’s first governor, and Samuel Jefferson, are in Middle Island. Towering above is Brimstone Hill Fortress, built between 1690 and 1790. Explore one of the world’s finest examples of British military architecture and its canteen and gift shop where much needed cold juices are sold. St. Kitts’ second largest town is Sandy Point where St. Anne’s Anglican Church and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church are located. For pictures of Mount Liamuiga, a 3,792 foot volcano, stop at St. Paul’s. Guided treks to the rainforest and the crater are adventurous ways to explore the highest point in the Lesser Antilles. The Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean at Dieppe Bay, the island’s midpoint, where French Huguenots lived and the beaches have volcanic black sand. Then it’s a casual drive through Parsons Ground and Saddlers Village. Right before Belle Vue is a driveable path leading to Black Rocks. The volcanic formations were formed by pyroclastic flows of lava from Mount Liamuiga’s volcanic eruptions centuries ago. There are other, more adventurous ways to see St. Kitts. With Sky Safaris you soar across the

rainforest canopy on ziplines, the longest stretching 1,300 feet. Now imagine freefalling 200 kilometers an hour from three kilometers high with Skydive St. Kitts tandem jumps. A more relaxed treat is the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, which is a narrow gauge railroad built between 1912 and 1926 that was used for the transportation of sugarcane. The “Sugar Train’s” 30 mile route includes 18 miles by narrow gauge train and 12 miles on buses. Treat yourself to a ride on the “last railway of the West Indies.” There are plenty of adventures for those who want to get their hands dirty and feet wet. Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, catamaran tours and kayaking are for the sea dogs while horseback riding, all terrain vehicle tours, mountain bikes and hikes are perfect for the landlubber. Later that night, when the kids have gone to bed try your hand at the Marriott Resort’s Royal Beach Casino, treat yourself to a spa or try sipping on Kittitian rum while smoking a Cuban cigar. The next day, you can do it all again. St. Kitts has plenty of ways to explore their 250 recorded historic sites and enjoy their 27 miles of coastline. And don’t forget to save time to “lime” with the locals. •

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our golf courses on St. Kitts and Nevis provide plenty of challenges for novices and experts alike. The St. Kitts Marriot Resort and Four Seasons Resort Nevis have been entertaining locals and visitors for many years. New to the scene are the courses at Kittitian Hill along the slopes of Mount Liamuiga and on the South East Peninsula’s Christophe Harbour.

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Tom Fazio, architect of the championship, 18-hole golf course at Christophe Harbour, believes that this course will be the “best of the best.” The spectacular 360 degree panorama of ocean views and amenities will include superb golf practice facilities, clubhouse and restaurant to provide a fantastic experience. The course is currently under construction. Irie Fields, the golf course at Kittitian Hill, was designed by Ian Woosnam. Every hole of the par 72, 18-hole course offers gorgeous views. The course itself is an ecological experience. Lush and green with tropical plants and vegetation, it is bounded by organic crops and fruit trees. It’s the first “edible golf course” in the Caribbean. As a special treat, the caddies from the village’s local golf academy will share their secrets, bringing you to the spot where the ripest, juiciest fruit is ready to pick and to eat in the shade of a wild mango tree The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club’s 18-hole course has 125 irrigated acres of lush grass, allowing golfers to play two full holes on the Caribbean Sea and three complete holes on the Atlantic Ocean. The course, designed by Thomas McBroom, has 12 lakes and 83 bunkers to negotiate, while the gusting of constant trade winds keeps players on their toes. The par 71 course stretches for 6,900 yards when played from the back tees. There are practice bunkers, putting greens and a shortgame chipping area, as well as a driving range. The Robert Trent Jones II, par 71 golf course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis has been enticing golfers for more than 20 years. There are panoramic ocean views and golf cart forays through tropical forests with tribes of monkeys following behind. The 15th hole’s first shot requires a solid swing to hit the ball a distance of more than 250 yards. Enjoy professional instruction, a driving range and putting green and later post-game cocktail or, a deep tissue massage at the resort’s spa. •

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by Zena Polin


Bring Your Swing To the Johnnie Walker St. Kitts Open Golf Championship WHERE: The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, Frigate Bay, St. Kitts

WHEN: 6th, 7th and 8th of June 2014

WEBSITE: www.royalstkittsgolfclub.com


by Cameron Gill, General Manager, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society

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ou could have heard the proverbial pin drop. The students heads were bowed down, intensely concentrating on the drama, and their patient efforts were slowly unfolding before them. As their new discovery slowly revealed itself, their concentration and efforts increased even more. Finally, their toil rewarded, they paused in awe. An adult moved closer and explained to them the story they’d just unearthed on the large tablet like object before them. Their response was a stunned silence and then excitement. No, this group of students had not just accessed some salacious gossip or downloaded a controversial new music video on a mobile device. The “tablet like object before them” was part of a beautiful flagstone floor, which they had just uncovered during an archaeological excavation of what was once the Commandant’s Quarters and Officers Mess at the Brimstone Hill Fortress. They were awestruck when David Rollinson, the archaeologist directing the excavation as part of Public Archaeology Days, at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park explained to them that their hands had uncovered a floor on which no feet had stepped for over a century. Their chests could be seen swelling with pride as they were told that this exquisitely laid flagstone floor was created by AfroKittitian stonemasons who came from the same

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communities they did. Recently, the Brimstone Hill Society increased its outreach activities, targeting our federation’s youth, with the hope that by exposing them to our archaeological heritage they would become responsible custodians of it, now and in the future. It is the firm belief of the Brimstone Hill Society that once young people are armed with a knowledge of their rich heritage, which will imbue greater pride in self and country, many of them will grow to become confident advocates for the protection of mankind’s shared cultural heritage. This is why the society is now actively involving members of the community, especially the youth, in several related projects that seek to research, document and preserve built and archaeological heritage, both at the Brimstone Hill Fortress and at sites that have a historic or geographic link to the fortress. These projects include Public Archaeology Days; the St. Thomas/St. Anne Heritage Trail Project; archaeological and historic research into the historic port of Sandy Point and its anchorage; the restoration of Charles Fort and its nomination as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site and a soon to be commenced survey of coastal forts on St. Kitts. The St. Thomas/St. Anne Heritage Trail will be a trail of the two parishes that have an unusual concentration of unique cultural and natural heritage sites. The Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park will form the hub of this trail. Due for a soft launch in December 2013, this will be both a walking and driving trail encompassing sites from Old Road in St. Thomas (the oldest town in the British West Indies) to Belle Tete in St. Anne, a magnificent wide sandy beach from which the town of Sandy Point gained its name. To give an example of the dangers this project

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seeks to guard against by heightening community awareness, Belle Tete is an important habitat for all of the turtle species that nest in St. Kitts, but is being threatened by uncontrolled and illegal sand mining. Brimstone Hill is located in the parish of St. Thomas and this extensive fortress was built to defend the port of Sandy Point, just a stone’s throw away in neighbouring St. Anne parish. Due to Brimstone Hill’s obvious historic connections to the two parishes it is working with several groups and individuals in the respective communities to create the trail that will feature signage interpreting the history of various sites to visitors. Younger members of the communities are contributing through a logo competition for the heritage trail being held throughout schools in the two parishes. The Archaeological and Historical Research project on Sandy Point, including the town’s historic relationship with Brimstone Hill Fortress, commenced in January 2012 under the official title of “Brimstone, Sea and Sand” (See “The Old Fortress and the Sea” by Cameron Gill, St. Kitts & Nevis Visitor Magazine, Volume Sixteen 2013). Charles Fort, the largest coastal defence for the Sandy Point Anchorage, is one of the sites being investigated as part of this project. Students from both the Charles E. Mills Secondary School in Sandy Point and the Verchilds High School have provided invaluable assistance to the Brimstone Hill Society and the Foundation for Maritime Archaeology in Curacao (STIMACUR) during initial surveys of the site that both the young and older

archaeologists thoroughly enjoyed. These students are making an enviable contribution to history. Their input in the archaeological survey of Charles Fort will help towards mapping the site, a necessity in the future plans of the Brimstone Hill Society and the St. Christopher National Trust, to restore Charles Fort and accord it the historic recognition it is due, including potentially as a World Heritage Site. The Brimstone Hill Society has also adopted the Social Sciences Department at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School to assist the school in acquiring teaching aids to enhancing the learning of history and geography. Protecting and promoting our heritage is a never ending effort. It is a marathon with respect to the long term commitment involved but a marathon in which the runner, like an Olympic torch bearer, must at some point pass on the torch in order to uphold a precious legacy. We must ensure that the heritage torch that we pass on to the children of St. Kitts is one which still burns brightly with a promise of opportunity for all in a sustainably developing economy. We must also ensure that they are prepared when the torch is handed to them. •


Leeward Islands Charters From a Three Stone BBQ to Three Catamarans by Shara-Lee Mourillon by Shara-Lee Mourillon

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hartering a boat on the picturesque island of St. Kitts is a luxury Leeward Islands Charters has made possible for more than 30 years. People from far and near have long had a desire to step on to a boat and set sail to the vast Caribbean seas with the wind whipping past them, enveloped by stunning views. This urge to climb aboard is one that hasn’t died down, and it can be charted through the company’s growing success. To help me brave the journey through a tale commencing decades ago, I’m introduced to Captain Lennox who has been commanding the vessels since the very beginning. Captain Lennox seemingly steps into a time machine transporting him back to 1980 as he relays the story of how it all began with a single boat, the Caona. He speaks vividly of a time when passengers had to be taken out to the boat by a dinghy, after which they embarked on a relaxing sailing escapade to Pinney’s Beach in Nevis. I’m amused to find out that the beach scene back then was quite the opposite of the tourist attraction it is today and more reminiscent of “Gilligan’s Island,” thickly forested with enormous coconut trees. The majority of their passengers at that time came from what was then the largest hotel in St. Kitts, The Royal St. Kitts. With a glimmer in his eyes, Captain Lennox describes them all sitting merrily around a three stone barbecue living the “good old island life.” With a warm feeling from Captain Lennox’s recollection of three-stoning it jungle-style, I head over to the downtown office of Leeward Islands Charters to

chit-chat about more recent times with Jessica Dupre, the company’s office manager. Jessica guides me through the whirlwind of development they’ve experienced over the years including the addition of two new boats in the 1990s due to the increase in demand. These two beauties, The Spirit of St. Kitts and The Eagle, aided the company in catering to a multitude of clientele that grew rapidly as the island welcomed more cruise ships. Beaming with pride, Jessica exclaims that the handful of cruise ship passengers they were getting during the entire tourist season then is equivalent to what they were now getting each day of the season. The introduction of the Four Seasons Resort to Nevis propelled the company to even greater success as the manager at the time requested that the Caona be painted blue and gold and start making trips from Nevis. With the ever-growing recognition of these chartered voyages came a fair share of well-received additions and variations to the tours such as snorkel stops, sunset and evening tours and full day trips. Jessica also shares with me the increasing popularity of the company’s private charters that have been utilized by the likes of many familiar faces from Britney Spears to the production team of the well-known TV series The Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous. Just as I’m wrapping up with Jessica, I can’t resist the urge to ask whether she longs for the days of the three stone barbecues. She humbly responds that although it certainly had its time she is ecstatic that the business has evolved way beyond that. •


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’m on one of my favourite excursions-a full day catamaran trip between St. Kitts and Nevis complete with a stop at Shitten Bay for snorkelling. I’m also chatting with one of the most knowledgeable captains in the area, Jonathan Winterburn, about Blue Water Safaris. In 1996, Phil Matthews was just starting out. He rented ski boats at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Jonathan was the first employee. Today, Blue Waters Safaris has three beautiful catamarans (the Irie Lime, the Falcon and the Swaliga), a sexy powercat (the Moko Jumbie, named after the stilt walkers from Carnival) and colourful kayaks. The powercat and kayaks are the newest editions to the fleet. The ride on the powercat is fabulous. The 36-foot boat was custom made and comfortably fits up to 15 people so it’s perfect for private events. The boat moves faster than the catamarans so a tour to Nevis with snorkelling (and of course a Killer Bee) is only four hours, and the ride back into Port Zante is exhilarating. Meanwhile, the kayak tour is particularly beautiful because of the paddlers’ proximity to the island’s rugged South East Peninsula. The two person kayaks travel from White House Bay to Friar’s Bay and get the heart rate going. Enjoy the island snacks and cool drinks at the end of the trip. As we sail across the smooth waters of the Caribbean Sea, Captain Jonathan enjoys reminiscing about the families who come to visit year after year. He talks about the couple who came for their honeymoon, then with their kids until they finally decided to settle down and bought a home on St. Kitts. Others first come in with a cruise, and then wind up coming back to get married. A private cat cruise with the wedding party and friends is one of the highlights of a wedding weekend. Weather plays an important role in the Caribbean and I find the captain’s observations intriguing. Since St. Kitts has not had a hurricane in eight years, the reef is extremely lively. This means that snorkelers will see more sea life on their trips under the sea. In addition, the crew feeds the fish to encourage them to return to the reef. With visibility between 50 and 90 feet, snorkelers should expect to spy corals, sea fans and sponges growing on the sea bottom and angelfish, jacks, snapper, spiny lobsters and maybe even a sea turtle swimming by. As the boat pulls into the dock, the music tuned to Calypso, I watch new friends toasting the day with a cool rum punch, and I remember why I return to this very trip every year. I smile up at the Captain and his crew and toast to their journey - almost two decades of success. And then I begin to plan next year’s trip. •

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St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival

St. Kitts & Nevis National Carnival

For many visitors Carnival is synonymous with the Caribbean, and while Trinidad to the south may lay claim to be “the mother of all carnivals,” St. Kitts can justifiably claim historical precedence and a unique time frame for its own festival. The Christmas Sports, as they are known locally, begin on Boxing Day and culminate with the Carnival of New Year’s Day. Unlike islands with a French Creole or Roman Catholic heritage, St. Kitts, as the earliest English settlement in the Caribbean, has preserved its Christmas Sports. The sports, even in their postmodern form, represent what must be some of the oldest examples of Creolization – the Caribbean meeting and transformation of diverse cultural influences to create new forms – in the region.

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The settlers who arrived in 1623 England brought country performance and festival traditions, which originated in the Middle Ages. The strolling Mummers of medieval England became creolized “Mummies,” performing long dramatic pieces lasting about four hours. From a performance perspective, the elements that define the Christmas Sports are Africanderived: the costuming, dancing and accompanying music provided by the Big Drum ensemble or string and scratch bands. These aspects were most likely introduced during the 18th century by an influx of Yoruba slaves, of the Oyo Kingdom of West Africa, who brought their ancestor worship with them. The peacock feathers that adorn the headdresses of the ever popular Masquerade troupe and the mirrors sewn into costumes are symbolic conduits to the spirit world in Yoruba worship. Devotees of the Yoruban Thunder God, Shango, performed with his dance wand or thunderaxe, which may well be the precursor of the Masquerade’s tomahawk, invoking him with music and dance. The Creolization process is also apparent in the series of dances performed by the Masquerade troupe. The dance that most spectators wait for is the Wild Mas, which follows the traditional African call and response form. The captain initiates a series of calls and responses with his troupe beginning: “Tear the Indians!” met with “Tear the Cap!” A command “Bram back ateddy music!” alerts the musicians and at the following order, “Take your hawks and go wild Indian!” the troupe moves in a circle, pushing back spectators. At the captain’s call “Una man paisa!” (pass money) the troupe dances in a circle, hands in air. The Mocko Jumbie is another African-derived Christmas Sport, which is now enjoying a revival and attracting female as well as male performers. With a long tradition in the community of Sandy Point, these stilt walkers are familiar in Yoruban fertility and village-cleansing rituals, as representatives of the dead, chasing out evil and providing protection. Another troupe with probable European roots is the Clowns, whose flowing costume is a variation on that of the court jester. As globalization continues to erode distinctive cultures and Caribbean carnivals succumb to commercialization, the Christmas Sports of St. Kitts are a delightful expression of authenticity and cultural identity, as well as a salutary reminder to preserve the island’s Creole heritage. •

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by Sharon Stevens

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ou have to make plans to join us the last weekend in October 2014 for the 5th Annual Latin Fiesta. It’s one of the most exciting, lively and colorful events in the Federation. This vibrant Sunday event has being taking place in October since 2010 as the main event of the St. Kitts Latin Festival. The first event brought about a historical moment where sequins dance steps, tremendous energy, and an intimate setting celebrated with Flamenco music. The melodic trills of the Spanish guitar over the tranquil Caribbean ocean wave created the perfect atmosphere for the first Latin Fiesta at Spice Mill Restaurant on Cockleshell Beach overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea and our sister island Nevis. The music of Latin Fusion, a Puerto Rico band energized the atmosphere with the Latin rhythms until late into the night. What a first impression of Latin Fiesta! In 2011 the same venue offered an even more exciting cultural celebration under the theme “African Roots” where the Areyto Dancing Group from Puerto Rico presented different dancing styles with roots in our common African heritage. The dancers encouraged the audience to dance (“bailar”), celebrating the Latin and African culture that speaks to music lovers. Thousands of locals and visitors danced beneath the stars with the sounds of the conga and drums of the Latin Fusion Band

calling forth the music spirits. What a day of cultural explosion! In 2012 Sunday Latin Fiesta took on a whole new meaning under the theme “Brazilian Carnival” where Brazilian dancers paraded the Carambola Beach stage to the music of the Ritmo Brasil group who played to their hearts content under the beautiful Caribbean sky. Persons of different cultures from far and wide danced and embraced the Latin Culture for hours without any distractions. The amazing scenery of Carambola Beach was transformed into a Latin Fiesta like you have never witnessed with locally made jewelry, cigar roller, roast pig, and passionate dancers. An assortment of music styles from merengue to salsa to Latin pop were skillfully performed by Batukealo from Puerto Rico. The Latin Fiesta will constantly evolve as the music speaks to every culture giving us a better understanding of our similarities and the diversity of Latin music that unifies us through our African roots. The sand and sea of the St. Kitts Marriott Beach hosted the 4th Annual Latin Fiesta under the theme “Dominican Republic Edition” which was held October 27th, 2013 Since its inception the festival has showcased the diverse Latin and Caribbean cultures. The four days Latin Festival, in addition of the Sunday Latin Fiesta, includes Latin America movies, additional musical events and other art expressions. You have to plan and join us in the last weekend in October 2014 for our 5th Annual Latin Fiesta. Latin Fiesta is all about Latin beats and common cultural linkages, spicy festival food, colorful costumes, diversity and copious amounts of fun!!!! •


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St. Kitts Beaches South Frigate Bay: Where the action is day and night. Calm waters for a morning dip, casual restaurants for lunch and beach bars for “liming” at night. B, R, TL, S, W, S, C North Frigate Bay: An Atlantic Ocean beach with choppy waters, but with so many hotels, it’s also great for water sports. B, R, TL, S, W, S, C South Friar’s Beach: With its assortment of rustic shacks, this beach is popular as the sun sets and the monkeys come to get fed. B, R, S, TL, W, S, C North Friar’s Beach: An undisturbed paradise with barely a soul in site. Disappear from life for a while. S, T Cockleshell Beach: Gaze across the Narrows to Nevis while relaxing with a Stingray cocktail on this perfect, white sand beach. B, R, TL, S, W, S, N, C Reggae Beach: Sail, swim and snorkel all day long. Join in the lobster fest on Friday nights. B, R, TL, S, W, S, N, C Major’s Bay: An abandoned barge marks the spot for some of the island’s best snorkelling. S, N, T Sandy Bank Bay: Christophe Harbour’s exclusive Beach Club sits on one of the island’s most picturesque beaches. S, N, T Key: Bar – (B) Restaurant – (R) Toilet – (TL) Shade – (SH) Watersports – (W) Swimming – (S) Snorkelling – (N) Towel Only – (T) Beach Chair – (C)


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1. Les Mains D’Or Pottery Studio and Local Creations Gift Shop Arlene and Darlene are known for their amazing hand crafted pottery that encapsulates the vivid colours of island living.

3. Rosey Cameron Both internationally and locally acclaimed, Rosey Cameron’s paintings are noted as having the ability to put to canvas the splendour of West Indian life.

5. Hazel Brookes Known to acquire a great deal of her inspiration from the gorgeous shorelines of St. Kitts, Hazel hand makes intricately stunning island gems.

Picture: hand-made light fixture or wall ornament and colourfully designed clay plates

Picture: Blue Chattel/Pink Chattel

Picture: Pendant formed with twisted non-tarnished silver wire crystals and beads, on a chain of hand-made links and small beads reflecting the colours of the Atlantic Ocean

869.763.7287 localcreationsstkitts@gmail.com 2. Kate Spencer Kate is well known throughout the Caribbean for her phenomenal paintings and is now taking on the new venture of designing artistically patterned scarves. Picture: Kate Design scarves 869.465.7740 katespencerfineart@gmail.com www.katespencerfineart.com www.katedesign.com

869.664.4157 rosebags@gmail.com 4. Deborah Mangan Deborah truly enjoys creating uniquely beautiful pieces using whatever she can get her hands on. Her pieces have been described as one of a kind works of art. Picture: Handmade seahorse with rare aqua beach glass from the shores of St. Kitts and Swarovski crystals wrapped in sterling 869.663.0303 debrookes@hotmail.com

869.762.8996 habrookes@gmail.com 6. Nandy King Nandy’s silk paintings bring to life the vibrancy of the island and are known to be headturners both internationally and locally. She is always willing to share the wealth of knowledge she has gained and hosts many workshops in St. Kitts Picture: Reggae Confetti 869.465.5630/663.1946 nandyking@yahoo.com •

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erched on the hills of Fortlands, a short drive or even walk from Basseterre, sits Palms Court Gardens, a heaven sent reprieve from the bustle of travelling and the heat of town. The panorama to the harbour, the capital city and the lush mountain range are captivating. Wave to the cruise ship, and then allow yourself to be enveloped in the peace of this enchanting garden. Lounge by the swimming pool with a cool drink in hand and munch on a healthy lunch of salad, sandwiches, burgers or their famous pumpkin soup. This is no ordinary mana. The soup has fresh coconut milk and sweet potato, the herbs are grown in the garden, the bread is baked locally and the desserts...sigh. Let’s take a moment to talk about the crème brulee, ice cream sundaes from locally made ice cream and chocolate cake. Claudia, an arts and crafts teacher from Switzerland, and Ernest Amory, a prominent local businessman and honourary vice counsel of Italy, have only recently opened up their home to visitors, which is why the vibe is warm and inviting. In the adjacent vintage-style wooden cottage, they are now renting an apartment that was designed to be used by friends, and is a true home away from home for guests. This one-bedroom dwelling is beautifully furnished with pieces inspired from their travels and has a relaxing, white-walled, distressed beach decor. It is reasonably priced for high season, and guests enjoy a discounted rate during low season. While meandering through the beautifully landscaped garden you can learn about the botanical and common names of major plants and admire the distinctly tropical flora, the stunning sculptures and beautiful wooden furniture. A 1978 vintage Rolls Royce Silver Shadow in mint condition is a pleasant surprise. Shell Works St. Kitts is a collection of handcrafted items from jewellery to home accessories. Claudia and her fellow artisans use driftwood, mother of pearl, sugarcane and the air roots of trees to add special touches to the shadow boxes, mirrors, candle holders, tea boxes and artwork. Visitors are welcomed into the workshop to see the creative process, and then have the opportunity to purchase the finished products in the adjacent small, but adorable gift shop. Entrance fee is US$ 2.00, profit goes towards the Children’s Educational Fund St.Kitts. US$ 10.00 for a day pass to use the swimming pool and deck chairs, towels are available for rent. Palms Court Gardens is open Monday to Saturday, Sundays if a Cruise Ship is in port, from 9am to 5pm. Tel. 869.465 6060, www.palmscourtgardens.com, info@palmscourtgardens.com.info@palmscourtgardens.com. •


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he untrained eye may find the produce market on Bay Road to be a maze of random fruits and vegetables strewn among the booths of dozens of vendors. But once you wander in and get your bearings, you will learn that there is a method to the madness. Some farmers sell fruits and vegetables that they’ve grown organically and without chemicals. Take the plunge and start asking questions. You’ll be pleased to learn that the locals are happy to talk with you. Some are well versed on the health and medicinal benefits of their locally grown produce, while others just may share a family recipe or two. Two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. Eating red peppers can increase the libido and build collagen. Star fruit may lower cholesterol levels and cure headaches, chicken pox and hangovers. Cinnamon relieves the symptoms associated with stomach problems and nausea, even with pregnant women. Avocados may lower cholesterol rates, and the high level of folate may protect against strokes. •

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Discover a whole new approach to beach side pampering at Carambola Beach Club on South Friar’s Bay, St. Kitts! Carambola’s luxury hacienda-style restaurant opens from 12:00pm and offers gourmet meals that are a fusion of Caribbean and International cuisines. Open for lunch from 12pm (seasonal) Closed Monday and Tuesday for dinner Dinner Wednesday – Sunday from 6pm

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Afternoon Tea at The Great House

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fternoon tea at Nirvana Restaurant is not the traditional, stuffy British cream tea. Rather, it’s a full tea with savouries, pastries and scones served in an open air restaurant with spectacular views across the Caribbean Sea to sister island Nevis. This is tea West Indian style. Even the actual tea itself is different. The “bush” tea is made from fresh basil, lemongrass and local herbs that are picked fresh and then placed in the teapot for steeping. While you wait for the flavours to combine, a glass of sparkling is poured. This is the moment when you should simply sit back and relax. Enjoy the gorgeous surroundings that make up Fairview Great House and Botanical Gardens. The treats combine British heritage with Kittitian flavours. Assorted finger sandwiches and mini quiche are served with a platter brimming with sweets. The chef makes scones that are so moist they barely resemble their boring British cousins. I slather on the guava jam. The pastries vary depending on her whimsy. Ours include cream puffs, oatmeal raisin cookies, decadent chocolate cake squares and other delights. After tea don’t leave. Instead, wander the gardens, visit the gift shop to purchase the chutneys and even swim in the pool. When the sun sets, order a bush mojito (made with garden herbs) and tapas or dinner. Reservations for the tea are required 24 hours in advance: www.nirvanafairview.com. •

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“Miss, wanna try some souse? Or maybe goat water? Or what about cook-up?” the woman called out to me as she lifted up steaming pots of… well… of things I just didn’t recognize. With her singsong Kittitian accent, I could just barely understand the names of the dishes, so I just nodded. “All of them then,” she said as she scooped out some tastings of each. I’m an adventurous eater so after a moment or two of adjusting to the colours and the lumps and bumps on my plate I dug in. The result? I love goat water. This thick stew made aof goat meat is usually served on the weekends as well as late night at a typical Kittitian “lime,” where you party until the sun rises. Goat water is rich, meaty and delicious and with a little extra bit of Kittitian pepper sauce, I was hooked. While s o u s e is made w i t h random p a r t s of the pig, including, as per the chef, the head, feet, snout, tail and ear, cook-up can be made with just pork, just chicken, both pork and chicken or pork, chicken and saltfish. I was glad that I sampled before I learned about the ingredients. But truthfully, after two (or even eight) hours of cooking, the meat is moist and delicious. Saltfish is the soul of the Kittitian meal. It is both simple and elegant, very much like the island

itself. You can eat saltfish barefoot on a paper plate at the beach with a Carib beer or at one of the most elegant restaurants on the island with a glass of French wine. Either way, to me eating saltfish is like coming home. Dried, salted fish, usually cod, is soaked overnight and then stewed with assorted vegetables. A local recipe is below, but as according to tradition, a couple of “secret” ingredients have been left out. Johnny cakes are pan fried dough balls. When made right and eaten just out of the pan, it’s impossible to eat just one. The outside is crisp and the inside is soft and doughy, perfect for mopping up the sauce. I love that a hardboiled egg and spicy plantains are also often included. My friend’s mother makes a saltfish that is so addictive that even the littlest of kids loves to eat it. And always, always, there’s a dab of hot sauce; scotch bonnet pepper sauce is the hottest I can handle. Another Kittitian favourite is roti. Much snobbery surrounds this simple dish, with friends from St. Kitts, Trinidad and Guyana fighting long and hard over which are the best, whether the chicken must have bones or not and who makes the perfect “skins,” or

wrapper. Others insist on beef, goat, conch or even shrimp roti. The love of one’s hometown roti is so strong that one friend stuffs a dozen frozen ones into a Dora the Explorer insulated lunch bag whenever he visits St. Kitts from Trinidad. I bring mine back home in my carry-on, savouring one on the plane ride as a last imprint of my vacation. And of course there is lobster. Caribbean spiny lobster - with its lack of claws, but long tail is fished out of the water and served within hours. Talk about fresh. I love the grilled lobster at Reggae Beach Club which is

served with rice and peas (a nutty flavoured bean), christophene (a local squash like vegetable) and my favourite, sweet plantains and pumpkin and banana fritters. Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack serves their version to barefooted diners seated just a few feet from the ocean’s edge. I’d order a Brinley’s rum to complement that meal. However, the culinary surprises


on St. Kitts don’t all come from a boiling pot. What amazes me about this small island is the wealth of international chefs who craft Creole and continental dishes using local ingredients and flavours. Verral Marshall, chef/owner of Marshall’s makes a saltfish and ackee (local fruit) dish that is a salute to his Jamaican roots and savoury oxtail, which is a lovely surprise on a Caribbean island. One of my favourite hideaways, The Pavilion Beach Club, located on Sandy Bank Bay at Christophe Harbour, has some of the most glorious views of any restaurant. The food is always simple, but delicious. Conch fritters, another local favourite, and grilled fish straight from the sea are shared

while sipping a chilled rum punch. La Belle Vie proves that the best of France can be had in the Caribbean. Long dinners, reminiscent of meals in Paris, are one of my favourite ways to spend a weekend evening. Duck confit and

roast chicken vie for my attention, which is usually drawn to the fresh tuna. But whatever I choose I save room for the dessert with a Carib-

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e’re gathered next to the 18th century great house in our own personal dining room listening to the chef talk about the history of the foods of the Caribbean. It’s fascinating to learn that the British, French and Spanish influences in both the United States and St. Kitts mean that many of the fruits and vegetables we’re about to try were common a long time ago in North America. Our cooking lesson, show and tell style, begins with examples of local fruits, some traditional Caribbean foods, such as plantains and pineapples that were brought from settlers, and some indigenous fruits, such as soursop and sugar apple, which are native to St. Kitts. Today’s menu is a combination of old and new world foods that have been influenced by African, European and Indian cooking methods. We start with Kittitian bush iced tea and make our way through plantain crusted mahi mahi, island peas and rice and coconut bread and butter pudding. It’s easy to see each step of the process. On the ceiling above the cooking

French twist, pineapple carpaccio and fresh basil with sorbet a la fraise (strawberry sorbet). Whether you’re looking for a true Creole feast or a five starstyle dining experience, St. Kitts can satisfy your every craving. Saltfish - Done Local As is the way of the Caribbean, exact quantities and times are subject to taste and preference. Soak boneless saltfish in hot water overnight. Sautée chopped onions, green and red peppers, garlic and diced fresh tomatoes in olive oil. Once it’s half cooked fold in the saltfish. Continue cooking until hot. Add a touch of black pepper, fresh cilantro and scallions. Serve with Johnny cakes or bake (a similar treat, but made with yeast).•

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stage is a mirror that offers a bird’s eye view of the stovetop, ingredients and all the preparations. During our break, and a guided tour of Fairview Guest House and Botanical Gardens, I fall in love with the mango chutney at the gift store. When we return we dive into the buffet. The flavours are surprising and inspiring, in particular the allspice in the rice and peas. The bread pudding with local rum-soaked raisins and a rum-brown sugar glaze is flambéed in front of us. We depart with recipes to try at home. Reservations are required: www.nirvanafairview.com. •

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On the edge of a white sand beach washed by turquoise and cyan warm waters you’ll discover the Spice Mill Restaurant at Cockleshell bay, an utterly unique Caribbean dining and indigenous architectural experience. Opening Hours Lunch: 12:00 - 3:00pm (times may change based on season) • Dinner: 5:30 - 9:30pm (closed Thursdays) Reservations strongly recommended for dinner. Tel. 869.661.5906/765.6706

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Ballahoo Restaurant

Fisherman’s Wharf

The Royal Palm

St. Kitts Rituals Sushi

Serendipity Restuarant

Shipwreck

Spice Mill

Sunset Café

Waterfalls


St. Kitts Dining Out Ballahoo Restaurant 869.465.4197 • www.ballahoo.com Ballahoo Restaurant offers comfortable open-air dining overlooking The Circus in the town centre of Historic Basseterre. This popular meeting place has been a favourite with tourists and locals for over 30 years. It earned its popularity with a wide range of Caribbean and international selections, offering affordable dishes to suit all tastes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday.

Fisherman’s Wharf 869.465.2754 • www.fishermanswharfstkitts.com “The best catch in town” offers the only dining experience on the water. A favourite with locals and visitors alike. Renowned for its conch chowder, conch fritters and fresh lobster and a wide selection of seafood grilled to perfection. Fisherman’s wharf is a proud recipient of the tripadvisor 2013 certificate of excellence. Come satisfy your need for nautical dining experience. Open daily from 6:30pm.

Ottley’s Plantation Inn, The Royal Palm 869.465.7234 • www.ottleys.com Savour contemporary Caribbean flavours, stunning views and welcoming hospitality at Ottley’s Plantation Inn’s renowned restaurant, The Royal Palm. Dine al fresco in the award-winning dining room built into the stone ruins of the old sugar boiling house. Romantic candlelit dinner and lunch (brunch on Sundays) are served daily. Indulge in a day package at The Mango Orchard Spa, including lunch and use of the pool and other facilities. Call for reservations.

St. Kitts Rituals Sushi 869.466.7874 Try our signature rolls, including the Kittitian Bite & Roll with salmon, shrimp tempura, avocado and unagi sauce or our standing ovation the Nevis Platter with 14 pieces of crab, shrimp, tomato, grilled salmon and salmon skin rolls….Finger Bitin’ Good! Our servers are specially trained to guide guests on pairing the best wine with their rolls, and the choices are extensive. Or enjoy the island and ask for one of our house saketinis. We are able and ready to cater to your every need! Wine, sushi, let the good times unfold at St. Kitts Rituals Sushi.

Serendipity Restaurant 869.465.9999 • www.serendipitystkitts.com When you visit this delightful piece of paradise, taste the superb cuisine or just relax with a cool drink, you will agree with its chosen name. Situated in Fortlands, the large, comfortable patio overlooks splendid views of Basseterre, the Caribbean Sea and Nevis. Classical

inside dining and lounge bar capture the ever-present breezes from the Caribbean in one of the cosiest settings in St. Kitts. We look forward to welcoming you to Serendipity. Lunch served Monday to Friday from 11am; Dinner served Monday to Saturday from 5:30pm. Closed Sundays.

Shipwreck 869.764.7200 Relax and enjoy the true Caribbean while sipping an icy cold beverage or indulging in a Caribbean-style meal. Relish an up close experience with monkeys and mongooses. Delight in the beautiful beach with palm umbrellas and superb snorkeling (rentals available). A diverse variety of cuisine is available daily from noon to 6:30pm. Acclaimed to have “the best fish tacos ever.” Refreshing beverages available from 10am to sunset. Live entertainment every Sunday from 4pm to 6pm. Enjoy the sunset and maybe experience a green flash (from September to April).

Spice Mill 869.661.5906 • www.spicemillrestaurant.com Get ready for a feast for your eyes. This young, chic and elegantly rustic oasis sits on probably the best beach location on St. Kitts. Your private daybed awaits. Hang your shoes and dine on the sand or under the covered balcony overlooking a two mile stretch of ocean with Mount Nevis towering 3,750 feet above you. The food is an eclectic fusion of all that is Caribbean.

Sunset Café 869.465.8597 • www.timothybeach.com This tropical beachside café, located right on the Caribbean, is for those who enjoy comfort and value in a beautiful and relaxed setting. Watch the sun slip behind the azure blue waters while sipping a refreshing drink. Enjoy simple but elegant dishes, beautifully prepared and affordable, as you would expect at a beachside café. Stop by the “Dock Bar” at water’s edge for happy hour during the week or Sunday evening live entertainment.

Waterfalls 869.465.2754 EXT 230 • www.oceanterraceinn.com A delightful setting surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a breathtaking view of Basseterre. The Waterfalls Restaurant is an ideal place for a prefect meal or that special occasion. Chef Steve Huggins welcomes you to discover his menu creations, which will delight the pallet and entice you to return for another memorable dining experience. Airconditioned indoor seating is also available for private engagements and small business gatherings. •

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rom five-star resorts to exotic plantation inns to boutique hotels to quaint guesthouses, St. Kitts has an abundance of accommodations. Short and long-term villa rentals, or fractional ownership, are an option for everyone from the long weekend traveller to snowbirds. Sprinkled around the island, on the slopes of a volcano, steps from the water, on the edge of a golf course or in a private community, these villas usually have state-of-the-art amenities with private pools, gorgeous vistas and security systems. St. Kitts provides accommodations for every lifestyle, from the active traveller looking for golf, tennis, gambling and boating to the relaxed beach bunny in search of the simple life. Kids and teens are easily entertained with activity camps, kayaking, sailing ziplining and other activities that they can do on their own or in a group. Historic plantation inns built in the 17th and 18th century are a favourite among discerning regulars. Their beautifully furnished rooms and peaceful atmosphere make any stay romantic, relaxing and memorable. Ottley’s Plantation Inn backs up to the rainforest. Large, lovely rooms and Jacuzzis in cottages decorated in English colonial style are sprinkled across the wide lawn, while the deluxe rooms in the Great House provide an authentic inn experience. They also boast a full spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurant. Lifestyle resorts that provide an entire experience are gaining popularity. The St. Kitts Marriott Resort has been entertaining guests for y ears with a luxurious spa, casino, championship golf course, restaurants and the Keys Cigar and Rum Bar. New to the scene is Kittitian Hill, a relaxed, eco-chic, holistically inclined development that sits on the slopes of Mount Liamuiga with homes for purchase and Caribbean’s first edible golf course.

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The resort’s hotel, Belle Mont Farm, is managed by Sedona Resorts. It’s a collection of private onebedroom guest houses and farmhouses, built to be in harmony with the tropical landscape. Each guest house offers open verandas on two sides, a rainwater shower and a porch or pool deck with breathtaking views. North and South Frigate Bay abound with choices. The Royal St. Kitts Hotel is an 18 acre property with its own lake, swimming pool and restaurant. Heading down the road are condostyle hotel developments, such as Frigate Bay Resort, Sugar Bay Club, Island Paradise, Leeward Cove and Timothy Beach Resort, the only hotel on a Caribbean beach, with its Dock Bar. All are wonderful, mid-priced options with restaurants, swimming pools and entertainment, just steps from the beach. On the outskirts Basseterre is Bird Rock Beach Hotel known for its scuba diving courses and easy access to the secluded beach. To the north is Ocean Terrace Inn, affectionately known as OTI. The twinkling of the stars in the Caribbean sky and the views to the capital from their restaurants, Waterfalls and Fisherman’s Wharf, are inspiring. It won’t be long until you’re ready to purchase your own piece of paradise. Contact Brian Kassab & Associates Real Estate, B. Williams Property Management Services, St. Kitts Realty or RE/Max for assistance in finding your dream home. •

The Royal St. Kitts Hotel

Timothy Beach Resort

Ocean Terrace Inn

From five-star resorts to exotic plantation inns to boutique hotels to quaint guesthouses, St. Kitts has an abundance of accommodations.

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Simple Modern Comfort in Paradise. Check out our newly renovated units at: www.royalstkittshotel.com or www.vacationforlifestkitts.com For reservations, please contact us at: reservations@royalstkittshotel.com 869.465.8651

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Visit your dreams. Ottley’s is a restored 18th-century sugar plantation offering Great House rooms and intimate stone cottages with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy rainforest trails, a 66-foot spring-fed pool, the sensuous Mango Orchard Spa and one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Caribbean.

“Perfect in every way. Rarely do one’s dreams of someplace like the Caribbean find reality - Ottley’s is the Caribbean at it’s best!” locally:

869.465.7234 800.772.3039 www.ottleys.com info@ottleys.com

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White Gate

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Water Taxi: Water taxis are privately owned and available at your convenience for US$20 to US$30. Contact your concierge to make an appointment.

Car Ferry: The Sea Bridge travels between Cades Bay, Nevis and the South East Peninsula, St. Kitts. The journey lasts only 15 minutes. The Sea Bridge makes six trips daily and is available every other hour from either St. Kitts or Nevis. Cost: Approximately US$28 or EC$75 inclusive of one vehicle and driver. Extra passengers are US$8 or EC$20. Prices may vary depending on the size of your vehicle.

Passenger Ferry: The 45 minute trip between Basetterre, St. Kitts and Charlestown, Nevis is available about every half an hour. Cost: Approximately US$8 or EC$20 per person, one way.

Here are a few interesting ways to travel across the two mile channel which separates St. Kitts and Nevis;

Commuting between St. Kitts & Nevis

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Breaststroke: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always swim your way across the two mile channel! Duration of journey – based solely on the traveller.

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by Zena Polin

Arriving in Charlestown, you enter a virtual time warp. Disembarking from the ferry from Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, to Charlestown, the capital of Nevis, you see a remarkably intact 18th century townscape. Charlestown is a rarity in the English Caribbean; it is an intact historical site that is still a living, working community.

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The Charlestown of the millennium retains its original style and ambience due to a far-sighted preservation and restoration programme led by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society. The NHCS worked with the Nevis Island Government and the private sector to preserve and develop both the town’s physical buildings and its harmony. The restored Police Station, the Bank of Nevis, the Post Office and the Treasury Building are beautiful examples of this collaboration. The society continues to spearhead the restoration and development of Charlestown and developed a set of guidelines to ensure that all new building and restoration work complements architectural and atmospheric integrity. The goals are aimed at maintaining the visual connections between the sea and the mountains while retaining the historic street pattern and Main Street’s vitality as central spine. The NHCS is devoted to ensuring the past is still alive. A walk around Charlestown demonstrates this commitment. First up is the Cotton Ginnery, which is the closest building to the ferry pier. Here, cotton fibres were separated from the seeds, a process known as ginned, and packed into bales before being shipped to England. Main Street’s succession of twostory stone and wooden buildings use “skirt and blouse” architecture. The “skirt” comes from the stones

crafted from the volcanic ash of Nevis Peak. The sturdy foundations survived hurricanes, earthquakes and fires. The wooden upper stories are decorated with “gingerbread” fretwork. These verandas are known as the “blouse.” Nevis has a special place in the heart of Caribbean colonial history. Known as “the red storehouse” for its waterfront warehouse, it developed rapidly into the principal port for the British. The island’s protected leeward anchorage, with a southern headland offering shelter from south-westerly storms, a fort to deter predators and convenient freshwater springs made it a haven for her Majesty’s Navy. By the mid-1600s, the English moved the hub of its blossoming sugar industry from St. Kitts to Nevis, which became the administrative and slave trading centre of the Leeward Islands. The island became known as the “Queen of the Caribees,” and the capital was christened Charlestown, after King Charles II, the British monarch at the time. African slaves first came to Nevis in 1649. About 7,000 of them passed through between 1674 and 1689, the most active period. Remnants of the old slave market serve as a grim testimonial to the past. Earlier architecture of Charlestown used local volcanic stone, wood, bricks and ballast from visiting ships. Two styles of masonry were used: “tabby” (a mix of mortar

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and stones poured into moulds) and “rubble” (larger stones mixed with a lime mortar composed of crushed coral and shell). Many of these masonry buildings were destroyed during the earthquake of 1690 and during the French invasion in 1706 when they burned about two thirds of the remaining buildings. Charlestown was rebuilt in an architectural style influenced by the neo-classic Georgian style then fashionable in England. The new buildings were characterized by graceful proportion and attention to detail. Doors and windows were placed symmetrically below the roof and windows were hung on double sashes. The Longstone Building on Main Street is an excellent example of this architecture. A fire in 1837 and then an earthquake in 1843 devastated the town, reducing it to a “rock quarry.” It remained in this state until a brief resurgence of sugar in the 1870s. During this decade, many of the surviving buildings were constructed using a modification of the skirt and blouse style from 100 years earlier. The intricate gingerbread fretwork and steep gable roofs are a Creole take on England’s florid Gothic Revival style. Charlestown is a splendid of example of how Nevis has preserved the past and embraced the future. Save some time for a walking tour of this lovely historic city before hiring a car, calling a taxi or jumping on a scooter to explore all the island has to offer. •

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by Shara-Lee Mourillon

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oaking in the Nevis Hot Springs, I recently visited this relaxing Nevisian landmark en route to somewhere else, but my curiosity would not permit me to drive by it without having a peek. I’ll just dip a toe or two I thought. Fast forward to two minutes later, and I was fully immersed in hot muscle-loosening water with my eyes closed humming Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Whether you’re trying to rid yourself of that pesky backache or just need some free spa time, you definitely don’t want to exclude a good soaking in the Nevis Hot Springs from your Nevis experience. Jet skiing on Pinney’s Beach: When you’ve had enough easy-does-it time and you’re ready to kick your vacation into gear, head over to Pinney’s beach for the need for speed hook up. Jet skiing is definitely a safe yet exhilarating way to explore Nevis. Did I mention it’s even more fun if you bring along someone to race up and down the beach with? Kayaking on Oualie Beach: Although it is quite the upper arm work out, kayaking at sunset is also a serene way to enjoy the splendour of Nevis. On a calm day, kayaking across the beach gives you an opportunity to delight in the warmth of the sun and get in some good cardio (two birds, one stone). Horseback riding with The Nevis Equestrian Centre: If you’re like me and usually keep your distance around four legged creatures taller than yourself, you might be sceptical about saddling on to

a horse in an attempt to explore Nevis in a unique way. However you can take comfort in the fact that the folks at The Nevis Equestrian Centre have been doing this for almost 20 years, and each horse trains with them from birth. As a wimpy beginner, I felt very comfortable being given Big Red, the oldest horse of the lot. We became quick friends as Big Red didn’t care for speed and even paused occasionally to chomp down grass. Talk about an interesting way to sightsee! Dinner at Sunshine’s Beach Bar & Grill: With friendly staff who treat you like family and cosy, sink-into-me sofas, it’s easy for the ambience at Sunshine’s Beach Bar & Grill to distract you from that appetite you’ve been working up from your full day excursion. That is until your plate is brought out and you can focus your energies on a meal that looks as scrumptious as it tastes. With each visit to this oceanfront beach bar I can almost hear my taste buds thanking me over the smooth sounds of Reggae music playing in the background. Yes, the food is that good! Placing these five suggestions on your don’t-leave-without-doing list will only enhance your stay in Nevis. Don’t concern yourself too much about getting lost along the way. The natives are kind enough to hop into your rental just to ensure you arrive at your desired destination worry-free. Just another example of why, as the locals put it, “Nevis nice.” •

“Snorkelling on Nevis and soaking in hot springs Morning sun kayaking and evening horse riding Long lazy dinners with yummy cocktails These are a few of my favourite things”

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Culturama keeps the past alive By Simon Lee

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oncerned that the survival of what were known as Christmas Sports, with their rich heritage of indigenous street performances, were threatened by the increasingly bacchanal-oriented evolution of Carnival, the Nevis Dramatic and Cultural Society (NEDACS) conceived a separate festival, dedicated to preserving, showcasing and promoting Nevisian heritage and traditional folk art forms. A timeframe focusing on the August Emancipation holiday was selected for its resonance with the history of Afro-Caribbean people in Nevis and throughout the Anglophone Caribbean. NEDACS’ wanted to stimulate local and outside interest in cultural heritage, to provide a basis for the development of folk arts and to raise funds for a cultural centre. The inaugural Culturama of August 1974, held in the grounds of Charlestown Secondary School, featured parades by traditional troupes; dancing and dramatic performances; a Miss Culture Talent Show and a Calypso Contest. Since 1990, Culturama has been run by the Nevis Island Administration, which nationalised the festival and provided a fulltime secretariat and f inancial support. In addition to the main events that have been featured since 1974 the Senior Kaiso (calypso) Contest, Ms. Culture Talent Show, Jouvert Morning Jam Session and Cultural Parade, Cultural Food Fair the festival has made innovations, some of which have been and gone, like the short-lived Soca Monarch Contest introduced for the Silver Anniversary in 1999. The International Night, showcasing leading reggae and soca artists, has become a festival favourite, with Joseph Hill and Culture, Everton Blender, Freddie McGregor and the Mighty Arrow among past performers. A Mr. and

Ms. Talented Youth Pageant was introduced in 1987, originally for teenagers but now refocused for primary school seniors, followed by the highly popular Mr. Kool Contest, in 2001. Although some elements, like the f lour, crocus bag and banana leaf costumes have disappeared from the renamed Ms. Culture Queen Pageant, replaced with the more contemporary swimwear segment, traditional Nevisian lifestyle is kept alive in the Food Fair. The Emancipation Jouvert Jump Up, held on the First Monday in August, has mushroomed, with thousands jamming the four-mile road from Gingerland to Charlestown from pre-dawn until noon. Despite Trinidadstyle carnival costumes replacing the time-honoured ones in Tuesday’s Cultural Street Parade, traditional f igures, such as the Masquerade troupe and Clowns, still dance to the accompaniment of the Big Drum and string bands. Among the traditional dances Culturama has preserved for posterity through its schools dance programme are the Cakewalk and Fisherman’s Dance. In the African context, the Cakewalk was performed as an improvisational break during a ritual dance, breaking out of the dominant rhythm and into the world of the ancestors. The Fisherman’s Dance has more obvious Caribbean roots, celebrating the vital work of the f ishermen at sea and their wives onshore. Vibrant school programmes have ensured the survival of drumming and dance traditions, but calypso has thrived to become an integral aspect of Culturama. Crefton “King Meeko” Warner is the undisputed Calypso Monarch of Nevis. Meeko is an invaluable member of the Culturama schools programme, ensuring the survival and the development of yet another unique Creole art form. •

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Nevis Beaches Pinney’s Beach: The busiest beach on the island is home to the exclusive Four Seasons Resort with all its fabulous amenities, and now a public park and many eateries. B, R, TL, SH, W, S, N, C Nisbet Beach: This mile-long white sand beach has coconut trees slanting helter-skelter, creating the perfect picture of the quintessential Caribbean beach. B, R, TL, SH, S, N, C Hurricane Beach: A long stretch of sand near the main road, it’s a beach meant for long walks through the lapping waves. T Oualie Beach: The water sports headquarters of Nevis, perfect for families and active travellers. B, R, TL, SH, W, S, N, C Cades Bay:  A beach meant for lounging and watching the boats and catamarans scoot to and from St. Kitts. B, R, TL, SH, S, C Gallows Bay: A city beach on the outskirts of downtown, perfect for an early morning or after work swim. Call it cocktail hour for the Caribbean. S, T Lovers Beach: Private and quiet, Lover’s Beach is lovely for quiet getaways and swims. S, T Newcastle Beach: A soft, white sand beach enjoyed by snorkelers and swimmers looking for a shady spot to relax. SH, S, N, T  Windward Beach, an Atlantic beach that is family friendly and great for body-surfing and long walks.  Beware the riptides, and enjoy your own beach barbecues. S  Key: Bar – (B) Restaurant – (R) Toilet - (TL) Shade – (SH) Watersports – (W) Swimming – (S) Snorkeling – (N) Towel Only – (T) Beach Chair – (C)

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To ur Nevis... By Land And By Sea! Your key to a whole whirlwind of fun. Explore the island’s romance, beauty, history, its friendly residents, and the frolicking monkeys. A really funky introduction to the past, current events, and places to go which allow you to experience, first hand, why Nevis has become known as the “Jewel of the Caribbean.”

Adventure out with an experienced guide or go on your own. Our fleet of Polaris 4x4 vehicles and Sea-Doo jet skis will take you to places and current “happenings” you won’t want to miss. Reserve your space early for an experience that grows well beyond the island’s border. “Mustdo” trips full of memories.

“Our guests love to go on the Funky Monkey Tours and come back with giant grins on their faces that remind me of the first time kids see the circus!” Jamie Holmes, General Manager, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Rated #1 in the Caribbean by Travel & Leisure Magazine

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ith two volcanoes as my compass points, it’s impossible to get lost. To my west is Mount Nevis, the clouds hugging the peak 3,232 feet above sea level and looking like it did back when Christopher Columbus named the island Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (our lady of the snows). To my east is the 3,792 foot tall Mount Liamuiga, a volcano that bears the original name of St. Kitts, which means fertile island. I am on a wave runner skipping across the Caribbean Sea at 25 mph, and I could just zip between these two islands all day long. We begin our day at the Funky Monkey outpost at Down Island Rentals in Nelson Spring. Instead of the usual land or sea tour we ask Greg Slagon, the owner, to design a Surf and Turf excursion that takes advantage of the island’s rugged terrain and crystal clear waters. Greg sets us up with our own Polaris Ranger 4x4. He crafts an exciting journey, promising it will be educational and enlightening, all while driving on some of the prettiest back roads we’ve ever seen. After some instruction, we get the hang of operating our Polaris’ and are raring to go. We start off slowly to warm up, but soon are in full explorer mode. The tour engages with stories that highlight the historic significance of Nevis. We stop at Cottle Church, the first place on the island where a plantation owner and his slaves worshipped together, and the Bath Hotel, the first hotel in the Caribbean. We visit Fort Ashby and Fort Charles and learn that at one point there were five forts and 200 sugar mills on Nevis. Some mills are still visible remnants of the vastness of former plantation homes, many of which have been converted into beautiful inns with period furniture, great houses and restaurants. We get into our swing with some serious off roading as we drive from gorgeously restored Golden Rock Inn to The Hermitage (love their rum punch) to Montpelier (Princess Diana was a guest) where the stone sugar mill has been transformed into a private dining area called Mille Privée. We revel in the stories of love and lost. Fanny Nisbet married Admiral Horatio Nelson at Nisbet Plantation, while the ghost of a bride to be who lost her fiancé in a drunken dual is said to roam the halls of Eden Brown Estate. Three hours pass by in a blink of an eye. We’re hot and sweaty so we head down to the waterfront where our powerful Sea Doo wave runners are waiting for us. We’re pros at this outdoor adventure now, and within minutes we’re skipping along eager to make the trip across the Narrows to St. Kitts – although that’s a tour for another day. I can feel my stomach rumbling. We pass our jet skis back, walk up the beach and jump under the Gilligan Island-style shower outside the renovated Yachtsman Grill, now in Hamilton Beach Villas. Friday is a hit with their happy hour, and lunch and dinner have all my favourites, including the Caribbean BLT with lobster, fish tacos with Carib beer battered grouper and of course the lobster mac ‘n cheese. From casual wood fired pizzas to cedar plank salmon to lobsters chosen straight out of the tank, there are options for every taste and appetite, including groups who get the personal attention of Chef Ivan when planning their event menu. Surf your way over to www.funkymonkeytours.com and www.yachstmangrill.com to plan your own visit. •

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The Four Seasons Resort Nevis is known for their wide range of activities to engage every member of the family. Director of Sports Mackee France has taken fun to a new level and created a menu of local and authentic experiences to give you a delicious taste of Nevisian culture. The resort’s active experiences keep you in shape, even while vacationing.

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cobio golf requires you to hit special golf balls off the beach into the ocean at floating targets. Balls are biodegradable and they convert into fish food, which attracts fish to the nearby reef. After golf is a perfect time for a guided snorkel tour, which uses a waterproof fish chart to easily identify the tropical fish. The botanical golf course highlights the exotic plants that have been used for generations by locals. The Coward Shrub folds when it’s touched, the sap of the Glue Tree is used to seal envelopes and stamps, the Nail Polish Tree exudes a clear, acrylic polish that hardens on fingernails and the Brush Tree is a natural lint brush. The local bush tea class’s show and tell style informs you about the medicinal and curative value of different bush leaves while you touch and smell the samples. You receive a drawstring purse made of coconut and cotton fibres filled with the resort’s “signature bush tea,” so back home you can sip tea and remember your wonderful vacation. The Calypso class, taught by staff members who are also professional dance teachers, is perfect for conventions or group events. Dancers sway and move and then bring guests into the mix, teaching them how to perform their own eyepopping gyrations. Dialect is a fun lesson that allows you to engage at the personal level with members of the resort’s team. When you first hear dialect, how Nevisians speak to each other, you can barely recognize a word. After all, it was a language created by African slaves so they could speak around

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plantation owners. Slowly but surely, the language comes into focus. Each “student” receives a thoughtful gift, a lexicon, with English and Dialect phrases. Kids get stimulated both culturally and physically. They enjoy hunting for the giant land crabs in the mud at night, watching “Spiderman” climb a 125 foot palm tree to bring down coconuts for to taste and attending Sea Turtle Learning Camp. Families will want to settle in to a golf cart at the driving range to watch PG-13 movies and snack on popcorn, ice cream and cotton candy or play glow in the dark games while making smores on the beach. Two off resort tours are my personal favourites. Nevis has more monkeys than people, which explains all the monkey-crossing signs, but lack of stop signs. Local naturalists lead a walking tour at a nearby plantation where to photograph the green Vervet monkeys as they steal mangos right off the trees. The evening walks with the Nevis Turtle Group are interactive experiences. You might count eggs, help measure the turtles or, if you are lucky, see fresh hatchlings. Four Seasons also currently sponsors four Nevisian turtles, Caribelle, Banjo, Pinney and Neve, who are GPS tagged so guests can follow them online in real time. Check in with the resort’s concierges for your cultural experience. •

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idden away above Historic Hamilton Estate, Bananas Bistro and Art Gallery is a hidden gem waiting to welcome the fortunate traveller who happens to stumble upon it. A walkway flanked by stone walls meanders through the garden, leading visitors up to the main plantation style building. At night the path way is lit by torches for a dramatic effect. Gillian’s background in the theatre is evident everywhere as each evening the scene is set with candles, flickering lights and torches. But what really catches the eye is the art. The walls of the main lounge are covered with a truly eclectic display of original Caribbean art. The vast majority of the artists have made Nevis their home and use the mountains, the smiling people and the colourful fauna (and of course the vervet monkeys) to inspire their works of art. •

“Angels Falls” by Lucia Trifan – Lucia hails from Saint Martin and her depictions of native Flamboyant trees are particularly beautiful and appropriate for Nevis.

“Bushy” by Donna Leonhardt – Donna lives in St. Kitts and everyone knows Bushy. She also crafts stunning jewellery using silver, semi-precious stones, bronze and antique artefacts.

“Degas lady” by Carolita – One of Carolita’s Stunning Mosaic pieces ingeniously put together using old cereal packets and other bits of recycled materials.

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Channel Swim Breaks Records Easter Sunday turned into a huge celebration for the record 136 swimmers who gathered at the Oualie Beach starting point for the 11th Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel Swim. The changing weather conditions over the weekend made the crossing very turbulent, but this comes with open water swimming. The event was both a race and a challenge for the attending athletes. The racers were going for their respective times and the “assisted” swimmers were going for the adventure. Assisted swimmers were allowed to use any swimming aids they wished, such as masks and snorkels, wetsuits and flippers, but other than this they had to propel themselves across the channel. Some of the stronger racers had their eyes on the channel crossing record of 59:08 set by pro triathlete Olivier Marceau in 2011, while others just wanted to set their own personal mark or improve on their previous best times.

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It was clear from the start that the women were most likely to set the best times as they outnumbered the men two to one overall, and so said, the fastest five times were set by female athletes. The fastest time of the day was 1:05:44 by Christina Wensman of Ross University, with Annette Holmgren in second and Valerie Gregoire in third. In the men’s division the top spot went to Shastri Roberts from Trinidad with a time of 1:11:33 followed by Al Gruber and Wyatt Redongo in third. Two very special categories were also recognised, with trophies given out to the top three under 16 year old swimmers with Kai Jordan in first place followed by Daniel Fischman and Max Mollie. The other trophies were for oldest and youngest finishers, with honours taken by 68 year old Jack Iliff and 7 year old Eli Segota.

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Tri Nevis The St Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation (SKNTF) in collaboration with Mr. Triathlon himself, Chris “Macca” McCormack brought the MaccaX Nevis Triathon to the Caribbean, as they celebrated 12 years of triathlon on beautiful Nevis. With original courses designed by Macca, and sanctioned by the SKNTF Nevis broke new ground once more as it continues to develop the sport of triathlon in the federation as a whole. The triathlon is an international long and sprint distance event that takes the sport to a different level. Athletes from all over the world and the region came together to participate in this exciting event. The long course is tailor-made for the strong cyclist/ triathlete and involves two laps of Nevis, each lap requiring riders to tackle the 5km “Anaconda” hill climb. The sprint course does not include the hill, but was fast, fun and challenging nonetheless. Nevis Half Marathon The second annual Nevis Half Marathon took place on January 27. The event included a 10 kilometre run and a 5 kilometre fun run/walk. Top honours

in the half marathon were taken by veteran campaigners Reggie Douglas and Miranda Fellows. In the 5km walk, the top male and female were the evergreen Gordon “Doc” Avery and Dr. Raymonde Rohan. In the 5km run the top spots were taken by Beth Searle and Andy Brear, and in the 10km the top spots were taken by Andrea Schott and Reece Walters. Full results are available at www. neviscycleclub.com The event start and finish were on Samuel Hunkins Drive next to the Octogon bar and snackette, and the event organisers wishes to thank the Nevis police traffic dept for their invaluable assistance in marshalling the entire race ensuring the safety of all involved. With a total of 65 competitors this was down from the inaugural event of last year, however, this had a lot to do with lack of sponsorship, which meant no prize money was on offer to attract the offshore competition. The Wheel World Cycle Shop stepped in to fund the event to ensure its continuity. A fun time was had by all involved, with Ross University taking home the trophy for top placed university. •

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The Rocks, Golden Rock Inn New York artists Helen and Bruce Marden have transformed an 18th century plantation into a cosmopolitan hideaway - that is if 100 verdant acres lining Mount Nevis can be considered hidden. Caribbean cuisine does a dance with global specialties at the Rocks, the spectacular al fresco dining spot. It’s not just local farm to fork, but fish to fork too. Local fish, Caribbean lobster, freshly picked vegetables and tropical fruits grace diners’ plates. While dinner may start with a Mount St. Helena cocktail under the vaulted ceiling, dinner is served on the dining decks. The Rocks keeps it going all day with breakfast and lunch too.

Hermitage Great House Nestled in 30 lush tropical acres, Nisbet is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located directly on the beach. Three course dinners are served in the Great House, built in 1778. The chefs focus on Nevis flavours with innovative fusion cuisine. While the menu changes daily, a favourite is the Taste of Nevis entrée, which features grilled Mahi Mahi filet or Caribbean spiny lobster paired with seasonal offerings. You’ll want to save space for dessert, which includes artistically prepared pastries and refreshing local sorbet. Afterwards, mingle with guests in the lounge, sipping a rum cocktail while listening to music. During the day, guests can enjoy a traditional English tea on the terrace of the Great House.

Great House Restaurant, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club If you’re in Nevis on a Wednesday, there is one special place to visit. Built in the 17th century, the Hermitage Great House is the oldest wooden house on the island of Nevis. Every Wednesday their West Indian Buffet draws gourmands to the candlelit dining room complete with period furniture and décor. Prepare to feast like a Nevisian plantation owner, complete a pewter plate brimming with a home cooked meal made by local cooks using produce from local farmers. Don’t be surprised to see a wide range of treats, from mahi mahi soup to suckling pig (mango in mouth), curried chicken, grilled curried chick peas, Johnny cakes and accra and more. The traditional wood burning oven adds to the authenticity.

750 Restaurant, Montpelier Begin the evening with drinks and canapés in the Great Room of the plantation house and then have a seat on the terrace of Restaurant 750 to continue the dining experience. The lights of Charlestown and out to St. Kitts twinkle along with the stars in the sky, and romance is on the menu. The chef lives up to the reputation of this Relais & Chateau hotel. The light, modern cuisine uses local ingredients, fresh herbs and spices to craft dishes that pair beautifully with the wines suggested by their sommelier. An even more spectacular treat is an intimate, candelit dinner in the Mille Privée, the converted 300 year old sugar mill. The tasting menu can be paired with exquisite wines or aged rums. • www.stkittsnevismagazines.com • www.facebook.com/StKittsNevisVisitor


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Hermitage Great House

The Hermitage Great House is famously known as the oldest wooden house on the island of Nevis. It’s a tale of Caribbean living, traditional island hospitality and the best of local cuisine. The cooks at Hermitage come from the nearby villages, the herbs and spices come from the garden, local farmers bring their produce directly to the hotel, and the fish is also delivered, dripping wet, fresh from the sea. The ladies in the kithen take great pride in their talent and have created a few dishes that are known on Nevis as Hermitage specialties. Our food is distinctly Nevis home-cooking, maximizing local ingredients and local techniques. We are the only kitchen on the island that makes use of a traditional wood burning oven. Drinks are served in the 17th Century Greathouse or on one of the side porches. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served on the dining verandah. Call for a reservation or just stop by for a rum punch.

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Nevis Dining Out Coconut Grove 869.469.1020 • www.coconutgrovenevis.com With views onto St. Kitts and the Caribbean Sea, Coconut Grove is one of Nevis’ finest restaurants and only wine lounge. Coconut Grove was chosen by Condé Nast Traveler as a “Top Hot New Table in the World” in 2006 and is the only restaurant in the Federation to receive Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” every year from 2009 to 2013. Chef Stephen Smith is a registered dietician and a graduate of the famed Culinary Institute of America. The beachfront thatched building and the large deck poolside is ideal for large and small private events, such as weddings and corporate groups. Reservations recommended.

Great House Restaurant at Nisbet Plantation Club 869.469.9325 • www.nisbetplantation.com Enjoy gourmet dining in a refined atmosphere overlooking The Avenue of The Palms. The 1778 Great House is air-conditioned and has been recognized with a second AAA 4-Diamond award for exquisite three course meals. Relax in the lounge for cocktails or an after dinner nightcap. Have a poolside breakfast at Coconuts and a casual lunch at Sea Breeze Beach Bar. Don’t miss the Thursday night beach barbecue and dance. Reservations required. Dinner dress code. Child restrictions.

Oualie Beach Restaurant 869.469.9735 • www.oualiebeach.com Step out of your gingerbread cottage right onto the best beach on Nevis. This beach restaurant is nestled right on Oualie Beach Resort, Oualie Bay, on the sheltered Leeward coast of Nevis. The swimming is shallow, calm and safe. Sunsets are spectacular often with the legendary green flash. At Oualie Beach Restaurant, our chef’s team will delight your palate. Once a week enjoy the live music during your dinner followed by dancing. Open daily from 7am to 9pm.

The Rocks at Golden Rock Inn 869.469.3346 • www.goldenrocknevis.com Exotic gardens, 1,000 feet up on the edge of the rainforest features West Indian & Continental Cuisine. Lobster is the specialty. What ocean views! After breakfast or lunch, take a hike to the rainforest and water source or stroll around in the garden, swim in the spring fed pool or look for Vervet monkeys. Relax to the sounds of nature. The menus are extensive. Dinner is served from 6pm to 9pm. Reservations are required.

Yachtsman Grill 869.469.1382/869.665.6245 • www.yachtsmangrill.com Stroll along the wooden seaside boardwalk at our brand new location within the Hamilton Beach Villas and Spa. Take a seat on one of the many chaises or casual outdoor seating options. Perfect for cocktails or a live lobster from our tank as you enjoy the island breezes. The Yachtsman serves only the choicest meats and fish; each and every dish is created with an emphasis on those grown locally. All in all, the creative sights, top notch service, fabulous food and favourite Friday happy Hour, make the Yachtsman Grill an absolute must for everyone. •


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EURO-CHIC BEACH CLUB Chrishi Beach Club Chrishi Beach Club defines the barefoot elegant lifestyle of Nevis. On the one hand, it is the perfect casual place to hang out with the family while lunching on an Angus beef burger, but on the other, the Wienpahl’s, the Norwegian owners, have created a European cool vibe, where a chilled bottle of wine makes for the perfect sunset accompaniment. Chrishi is also home to Zenith Nevis, an uber-sexy beachfront development that gives the option to purchase or rent or be part of fractional ownership. The first villa has been completed and is available for rentals. Lying in the master bed, the 180 degree views across the pool and all the way to St. Kitts are beyond extraordinary. The kitchen is a separate space and truly unique. It’s glass enclosed along three sides, taking sunrise with a cup of your morning java to a whole new level. Sipping a glass of rosé with Hedda and looking at her handcrafted jewellery could amuse me all day, but eventually I’m drawn to the golden sands, clear waters and bright, comfy beach chairs set along the water’s edge. Relaxing here I can figure out what I want to eat and drink. While the bartender mixes me up a Zenith Breeze with vodka, simple syrup with lemon and sparkling wine, I mull over my choices. The dinner menu includes lobster tacos, seafood risotto, the daily catch and other specialties, many of which are vegetarian and gluten free. As the sun sets, I wave good bye to the ferry crossing back to St. Kitts, nestle deeper into my lounge chair, take my lover’s hand and toast to a perfect romantic evening.

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A WINE CONNOISSEUR’S DELIGHT Snuggled into a coconut grove, this lovely restaurant is not only helmed by a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, but each year from 2009 to 2013 it has won multiple “Awards of Excellence,” from Wine Spectator Magazine. Dinner is served under Coconut Grove’s thatched palm roof and rough timbers. The food is eclectic: Caribbean flavours and worldwide influences meld beautifully together. This means onion soup followed by beef bourguignon competes nicely against mole poblano colombo (a curry discovered during Gary’s years living in the French West Indies). Chef Stephen Smith, a vegan and dietician, also serves healthy, local foods, including fresh line caught fish, spiny lobster, and, on occasion, his much loved vegan chocolate brownie. Each meal is made more exquisite by pairing it with something spectacular from the well curated wine cellar. Gary Colt, the owner and trained sommelier, spent a portion of his life in France, which is reflected in many of the classics he pours from that country’s wine regions as well as those in Italy, Germany and Hungary. He also serves his favourites from Napa, Sonoma, Oregon and Santa Barbara, a wine region of particular interest to him. His new world finds from New Zealand, Uruguay, Australia and Africa enhance the list. This year he is installing a 12 bottle cruvinet and also importing boutique wines. In addition, he’s hired a Nevisian mixologist who will craft cocktails tableside. The wine pairing dinners have an usual twist: five courses, five wines and five glasses. This interactive “wine glass tasting” helps guests learn which glasses are best used with which wine. Groups up to 250 people are welcome to book Coco Beach where dinner is served beachside. www.stkittsnevismagazines.com • www.facebook.com/StKittsNevisVisitor

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Wine and Dine on the Beach A WATER SPORT LOVER’S DREAM Locals and visitors alike head to Oualie Beach Resort for excitement and exploration and a little relaxation. The resort is located on a spectacular beach between Tamarind Cove and Lovers Beach with expansive views across The Narrows to Cockleshell Beach. Before heading out to play in the surf, get refreshed and reinvigorated with breakfast, lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Jimmy Buffet, croons that all he wants is “a cheeseburger in paradise,” and the burgers here are just that good. The wide range of adventure sports at Oualie make it a must visit for the active traveller. Feel like getting wet? Snorkel virgin, tropical reefs and wrecks when you go scuba or paddle an ocean kayak. Another day try a relaxing spa treatment, an invigorating rainforest hike where you learn how local bush medicine can cure many a modern ailment or a guided horseback ride through mountain or beach trails. And on Tuesday and Friday nights, check to see if there’s live music. •

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Yes, we are serious about lobster. Anyone can say “fresh” or you can be sure it’s the freshest when you pick your own... live! Now decide how you may want your lobster. Maybe with just butter. How about with a Black Angus steak, or with a creamy mac and cheese sauce, as a topping on a stone fired pizza, a tasty lobster BLT, you name it... hard to choose one Yachtsman Grill specialty dish when there are so many.

469.1382 or 665.6245 Hamilton Beach Villas... On the Beach • Cotton Ground, Nevis

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Making Memories

FOUR SEASONS RESORT NEVIS

NISBET PLANTATION BEACH CLUB

OUALIE BEACH HOTEL

Dine Relax Stay

"Best Island Resorts for Food" - Condé Nast Traveler

"World's Best Service" - Travel + Leisure

"Top Hotels in the Caribbean" - TripAdvisor

Experience the very best of St. Kitts and Nevis at Nisbet Plantation, the Caribbean's only historic plantation inn on the beach.

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Making Memories There’s something very special about Nevis and its places to stay. There’s a place to suit everyone. Those who stay in the hillsides, or “the country” as locals like to call them, wouldn’t dare stay on the beach. Those who are beachcombers, think the hills are just too chilly. To each his own. Luckily, for all concerned, there are fabulous places to stay whatever your preference. Let’s start at the beach and explore Oualie, probably the best-known stretch of beach, along with Pinney’s, and home of the Oualie Beach Hotel. This collection of Caribbean-style beach bungalows is the perfect spot for that kicked-back holiday where you can spend a week with sand between your toes, a Carib in hand and the calm waters of Oualie Bay lapping at your doorstep. From morning strolls on the beach to moonlit dinners at the edge of the sand, Oualie’s environment is relaxed. Known as the water sports centre for the island, there’s never a lack of activity, including swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba safaris, deepsea fishing and all types of boating. On certain nights, you can let down your hair with the musical gatherings where both visitors and local residents pull out their instruments and everyone puts on their dancing shoes for a rollicking time. Down the beach on Thursday night at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is the popular outdoor beach barbecue followed by live, and lively, music. Under the swaying coconut palms, guests and residents from throughout the island enjoy this weekly ritual under the stars. Located on the north tip of the island, Nisbet is a gracious historic inn on a restored coconut plantation once owned by the family of Fanny Nisbet who married Admiral Horatio Nelson on Nevis. Guests love being enveloped in history, sitting among the wonderful stonewalls enjoying afternoon English high tea, or evening cocktails in the great house bar, reminiscent of a Humphrey Bogart movie. For those who want sand--and history—Nisbet is the spot to delight. For those who love elegance, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis provides a five star, beachfront experience. Long walks on Pinney’s Beach merge into cocktails at sunset at Cabana and chic dinners at Mango and Coral Grill. The Four Seasons has outstanding service, a luxurious spa, an award winning Robert Trent Jones II golf course, tennis courts, a farm to table restaurant, multiple beachfront swimming pools and the truly luxurious, cabana-style beach houses with your very own beach butler. Then, there are the people who love the hills. Golden Rock Inn is a place of extreme beauty and tranquillity. While even Golden Rock lets down its hair occasionally with evening music, generally the serenity of the place and its lush tropical gardens go beyond words. The vision of New York artists Brice and Helen Marden has transformed the historic sugar estate hotel

Gentle trade winds and dramatic Caribbean vistas set the stage for Golden Rock Inn. Lush tropical gardens surround eleven guest rooms, including the Sugar Mill Suite, all thoughtfully restored by artists Helen and Brice Marden. Accommodations include a daily breakfast at The Rocks restaurant, where lively Caribbean cuisine incorporates the freshest of local ingredients. Meals are served alfresco overlooking cascading pools and the sea beyond. Cocktails, together with the Famous Rum Punch are served under vaulted ceilings in the original stone kitchen building dating from 1815.

GINGERLAND, NEVIS • WEST INDIES www.goldenrocknevis.com Tel: 869-469-3346 RESERVATIONS & QUERIES: Info@goldenrocknevis.com

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Making Memories into a living work of art. With the collaboration of landscape designer Raymond Jungles and architect Ed Tuttle, outdoor dining decks, water lily ponds and lush tropical gardens are all punctuated by shots of the signature Golden Rock red. Always popular with nature lovers and honeymooners who love to stay in the Sugar Mill Suite, Golden Rock has become a “must-do” destination for visitors to the island for the perennial favourite lobster sandwiches and now dining under the stars at the “The Rocks” restaurant, where the tastes of Morocco have seeped into the locally-sourced Caribbean menu. But still other of the lovers of hills and mountains will choose to stay at The Hermitage Plantation Inn, which fits snugly on a hillside surrounded by tropical foliage. Once a small estate, Hermitage boasts the oldest wooden house in the Caribbean, and a piece of the weighty lignum vitae tree that created its structure is proudly displayed in the Great House. The cosy, yet lively bar and restaurant, provides a centrepiece not only for guests, but also neighbours of the restaurant and locals who enjoy catching up with local gossip and with the Lupinacci family, who own and run the hotel. The hallmark of the hotel is local flavours, from orange blossom French toast to salt fish Creole, to the everpopular feast, the weekly West Indian pig roast on Wednesday nights. Beaches or hillside, or a little bit of both, Nevis has something spectacular for everyone. Memories are made of this. •

GOLDEN ROCK INN Photo by Cookie Kinkead

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St. Kitts & Nevis Visitor Magazine  

The Official Magazine of St. Kitts & Nevis Hotel & Tourism Association

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