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St Kitts and Nevis for families
St Kitts and Nevis is a fantastic destination for families seeking sunshine, action and a memorable holiday. These Caribbean islands are wonderfully unspoilt, and yet cater incredibly well to all kinds of tourists, of all ages.
These islands are true gems, with much more to offer than just pristine sandy beaches (although there are, of course, plenty of these to choose from). Inquisitive youngsters will love exploring the tropical rainforests found inland, or discovering the disused plantations that offer a glimpse into the islands' heritage.
If you're travelling with older children, activities like windsurfing, mountain biking, horseback riding and scuba diving may appeal. You can try these sports as a family - and create wonderful memories in the process - or allow your youngsters to head off with their instructor, giving you and your partner a bit of downtime.
Top family attractions
The beaches are, naturally, some of the most popular attractions for families, with their white sands and safe, shallow turquoise waters incredibly inviting for people of all ages. On St Kitts, Frigate Bay (which is broadly divided into a northern and southern area) is one of the busiest stretches of sand, with a host of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars located just behind the beach.
Sandy Bank Bay is known for its calm waters, which makes it a good choice for families with younger children, while Conaree Beach is brilliant for snorkelling and body surfing. You can also stop by Pump Bay, which has black sand and is bound to be an interesting place to relax with the kids.
On Nevis, meanwhile, Oualie Beach is a favourite among families, as there are numerous activities to keep kids occupied. Pinney's Beach is one of the most picture-perfect on the island and is brilliant for young children thanks to its sheltered lagoon. Long Haul Bay is renowned for its snorkelling, while Nisbet Beach is a good choice if you want to go for a swim and lounge on the sand.
Away from the coast there is a lot to keep you busy as well. One stand-out attraction is Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will capture children's imaginations. This colonial enclave is built into the hill from which it takes its name and is a truly remarkable sight.
Other places of interest include the many old sugar plantations across St Kitts and Nevis. On the former, you can explore the likes of the Wingfield Estate and Water Works, the Belmont Estate Yard and St Kitts Sugar Factory and Compound. On Nevis, you'll find the Hamilton Estate, the Eden Brown Estate and the New River and Coconut Walk Estates.
Get out and about with the kids
One thing that really excites children when they travel is the chance to see exotic creatures in their natural habitats. St Kitts and Nevis has a number of excellent nature reserves and has taken steps to protect much of the rainforest that covers the islands' mountainous interiors.
On St Kitts there are numerous hiking trails that lead you into the mountains and through the amazing rainforest - the Valley of the Giants and Mt Liamuiga Volcano treks are two of the most popular. If you're on holiday with teenagers, head to the Wingfield Estate to have a go on the Sky Safari - this sees you fly through the rainforest canopy on a zipline.
Spend time on Nevis and you can climb Nevis Peak, explore the Devil's Copper area, or hike along the Golden Rock Nature Trail. Among the animals to look out for are vervet monkeys, wild donkeys, mongooses and a host of bird species, including egrets, herons and bananaquits.
It's also well worth it to book a boat trip as a family, as there's the chance to see a number of whales, including minke, sei and pilot whales, which stay in St Kitts and Nevis' warm waters year round, as well as spinner dolphins, who perform amazing acrobatic antics in the waves.
Family-friendly hotels in St Kitts and Nevis
There is a good selection of accommodation in St Kitts and Nevis, with plenty of family-friendly hotels on offer, particularly in the main resort areas around Frigate Bay on St Kitts. There are a few hotels (not many as most resorts here are couple-oriented) that run kids' clubs, as well as boasting large freeform swimming pools, multiple restaurants and access to pristine beaches.
Some of the best family hotels include the Sugar Bay Club Suites and Hotel on St Kitts' Frigate bay with its kids pool and playground and the Four Seasons Resort Nevis West Indies, with a complete family programme that includes exclusively designed children's amenities, with min bathrobes, complimentary children and baby's toiletries, children's menus in restaurants, complimentary use of video game consoles in the games room and a host of family activities.
As neither island is overly large, it's relatively easy to explore away from your resort during your trip, giving you and the kids the opportunity to really get under the skin of this charming Caribbean destination.
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St Kitts' Ministry of Tourism has announced that the island will be the first in the Caribbean to feature a Six Senses resort. The premier brand will open a five-star beach resort on the island in 2021 with a set of 70 private pool villas, a luxury spa, and unique facilities blending into the landscape and overlooking the ocean.
The Park Hyatt St Kitts Christophe Harbour has been named as the Best New Hotel in the annual Caribbean Travel Awards. The luxury hotel opened to guests on the southeast peninsula on the island of St Kitts. The property overlooks the beach of Banana Bay, and has 126 guest rooms and suites, and is the first Parky Hyatt branded property in the nation.
St Kitts Music Festival returns to the open-air Warner Park Stadium in the Caribbean island's capital for its 22nd run this summer. The popular festival will feature internationally-acclaimed artists Lauryn Hill and Patti LaBelle as well as Jamaican dancehall sensation Spice, plus a fringe festival of fun events.