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Park Hyatt St. Kitts Hotel Review

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A full detailed review of the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Hotel

With a 7 month old baby at home, my birthday, and a hectic calendar approaching, my husband and I needed a true getaway. We heard about the Park Hyatt St. Kitts as it just opened in November 2017 so gave it a shot. If you’re looking for lay out all day and get some R&R, this is the place for you! It’s very private and quiet, which we loved.  

The hotel is situated directly on the beach with nearly every view being an unobstructed ocean view and a direct shot of it's sister island, Nevis. 

Outfit Details:  Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt  |  Jeans  |  Shoes  |  Hat

Outfit Details: Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt | Jeans | Shoes | Hat

HOW TO GET THERE

Flights - Play around with different dates as your departure city may have nonstop flights to St. Kitts (SKB). For example, Atlanta only offers 2 nonstop flights per week.

Transportation - No need to set anything up with the hotel, just grab a taxi at the airport ($30-40) and save your money. 

Breakfast at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts at the Great House

OUR STAY AT THE PARK HYATT ST. KITTS 

Their interior designer nailed it. Everything is 'decor goals' with it’s luxury modern Caribbean flare.

Rooms - A big benefit of the property are the rooms with private plunge pools overlooking the ocean. I suggest checking out the Nevis Peak Suite and the Park Executive Suite. Note: beds are pretty firm but they'll bring you a topper if you’d like.

We stayed in the Nevis Peak Suite (#1321) and had an amazing views of the ocean, Nevis and the overall property. Loved the floor-to-ceiling windows, free-standing tub, rainforest shower, outdoor patio with plunge pool, and of course marble and gold accents throughout. 

This was our view from bed! How gorgeous!

This was our view from bed! How gorgeous!

Bathroom necessities. We always get excited when a hotel carries this brand because it's quality.

Bathroom necessities. We always get excited when a hotel carries this brand because it's quality.

This tub fits 2 people comfortable! #TubGoals

This tub fits 2 people comfortable! #TubGoals

All about the little details. This little stool in the shower.

All about the little details. This little stool in the shower.

Our private plunge pool overlooking the ocean/Nevis.

Our private plunge pool overlooking the ocean/Nevis.

Our room had a living room.

Our room had a living room.

Marble table with fresh fruit in the living room.

Marble table with fresh fruit in the living room.

Pools - There are two pools: the main lagoon infinity pool and an "adult pool” - which we preferred as it was more quite and overlooked the entire property. On Wednesday and Fridays, they have live music. There are also little stations throughout with SPF (30), cooling gel, bug repellant, and flavored water.

People - If you get the chance to go to the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, you’ll quickly realize the people make your stay special. Staff is beyond friendly and go out of their way to know you personally. I kid you not, our server at breakfast Kishama literally sang me a solo “Happy Birthday” song at breakfast and Adrian (Director of Rooms) helped my husband scramble to find me a birthday gift! Please say hello to our new friends: Joelle at Fishermans Village and everyone at the pools like Julian, Daron, Alicia, etc.

WHAT TO DO 

A local massage therapist who came to the hotel and set-up a table directly on our balcony. see below.

A local massage therapist who came to the hotel and set-up a table directly on our balcony. see below.

Although there is not a ton to do, The Park Hyatt St. Kitts offers complimentary kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling on-site which is fun and convenient.

Although I didn’t use the gym or spa, I loved doing morning Yoga in the Sugar Mill (yes, it was a real sugar mill). I highly suggest walking through the spa, however it’s pricey. Instead, we found a local massage therapist who came to the hotel and set-up a table directly on our balcony for a 1/3 of the spa price (it was amazing). You can contact Mimi here

Boat Ride to Nevis - The hotel offers rides to/from Nevis. If you’re staying for 5+ days, consider checking out the Four Seasons and also Sunshine's for a Killer Bee cocktail (beware!). 

Guided Tours - If you get the itch to do an early morning adventure, check out the zip lining or volcano hike. 

WHERE TO EAT

Fresh juices and champagne...yes please! 

Fresh juices and champagne...yes please! 

Whatever you do...get the lobster!!! 

Whatever you do...get the lobster!!! 

One of the only ‘cons' we had about staying at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the restaurants/taxi situation. Given there are not many nearby restaurants, you’re likely to not leave the hotel. Although we loved every meal, it would have gotten difficult/pricey after 4-5 days. 

The buffet room at the Great House: cereals, fresh cut cold cuts, and pastry heaven. Then in the next room is eggs, bacon, etc. 

The buffet room at the Great House: cereals, fresh cut cold cuts, and pastry heaven. Then in the next room is eggs, bacon, etc. 

On property, our routine was breakfast at the Great House (splurge for the buffet), lunch poolside, and dinner at Fishermans Village (get the lobster, you will thank me later). Before dinner, we enjoyed drinks at Flemings bar during sunset. 

Outside the hotel, we found two nearby places.

The Pavilion at Christophe Harbour - This place is a must! Located directly on the beach and only ~5 minutes from hotel ($20 taxi). You must have a reservation as it’s a members only community, however the Park Hyatt can set it up. Be sure to arrive before sunset so you can grab a drink (Mango Martini) and explore the property. Everything was delicious, but we ordered the poached lobster, scallops, and mahi-mahi. 

Salt Plage - This is one of the best sunsets on the island. Although it’s more of a drink place, we grabbed some light bites for dinner. Try to go on Thursday for the live music! Also ask the Park Hyatt to reserve you a private day bed to really enjoy the sunset. 

Marshalls - We didn’t end up going here, however if we had one more night we would have. All the locals raved about it. 

This Season's Best Swimwear

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This season's best swimwear

We just got back from a little getaway to St. Kitts. And before my trip, I was on a swimsuit hunt. Now that Victoria's Secret no longer carries swimsuits, I had no idea where to go to look for swimsuits. And funny enough, I was talking to a girlfriend the other day and she asked me the same question. So I wanted to share my swimsuit finds with you!

So what did my search find? I was very shocked by American Eagle, they've really stepped up their game....one of the one piece swimsuits I ordered even had to be swapped out because it was a bit too cheeky for my behind! Some other retailers I've found the best swimsuits at are Nordstrom, Shein, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Amazon, and L*Space. Here are some of my favorite finds below. 

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#MOMMYMONDAY: Best Diaper Cream

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I discovered this diaper cream by accident. My sister-in-law told me to by the Motherlove nipple balm for breastfeeding, but while at the hospital after labor I realized I bought the diaper balm on accident. So while I had it, I decided to keep it and use it. But I'm so glad I did! This is hands down the best diaper cream ever! It has all natural ingredients for a sensitive bottom and a little goes a long way. It doesn't have a smell and literally gets rid of any diaper rash within 24-48 hours. Throw away the Desitin and go buy this Motherlove Diaper Balm...promise you will thank me later! 

What other gems have you Mamas discovered?

Look For Less: Cult Gaia Handbag Dupe

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The best designer handbag dupe. The Cult Gaia handbag dupe for only $40!

So I'm headed to the Caribbean at the end of the month and have been on the hunt for swimsuits, cover ups, and warmer weather attire...hallelujah! As much as I love oversized seaters and leggings, this girl is ready for some warm sunshine! As I was on the hunt for some beach bags, I stumbled across one of the best dupes!

I've had my eye on this Cult Gia Bamboo Ark Bag for a few seasons now, but just cant bring myself to fork over the money. It seems like every "IT girl" is carrying this bag, which makes the rest of us want it too! I love how different the bag is. It’s most definitely a show stopping accessory; the shape and design are so eye catching. And let's not forget that it just so conveniently goes with every outfit - it's basically a neutral.

BUT y'all I'm happy to report that I found a dupe and it's good...I mean really good! If I haven't already lost you to the Amazon link here,  It’s available in a small (11″ x 3″ x 8″) and a large size (12.5″ x 4″ x 10.5″) which are both just $40 (including 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime). And it comes two different colors: the natural and black

I can't wait to rock this bag on my vacation and during Spring/Summer. I got the natural color in small. To me, it's worth buying the dupe over the original because it's more of an "IT bag" not a timeless piece. 

Shop The Cult Gait Dupe:

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24 Hours In SOHO NYC

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24 Hours in SOHO NYC

Wondering what to do with 24 hours in Soho? Soho is ever fashion girls dream - packed with little boutiques and shops, cute restaurants, and cobble stone streets. Soho has some of the more “known brands” direct to consumer such as Everlane, Warby Parker, Harry’s, etc.

Where To Stay In Soho

Where to stay in SOHO NYC?

No questions asked, stay at 11 Howard. It's super chic and trendy. And it’s a Starwood hotel, which is always a plus for the point lovers! 11 Howard has totally redefined the check-in experience by setting up 2 iPads around a round table. Oh and the rooms...the rooms are a total dream with touches of of gold, pink and white marble - is there anything better?!

Where To Eat In Soho

Where to eat in SOHO NYC
Breakfast at Jack's Wife Freda in SOHO NYC

Breakfast

Jack's Wife Freda - The staff is friendly, the ambiance is charming and trendy, and the food is even better! It's a smaller restaurant and there is usually a line so make sure to get there early and wait for a table or sit at the bar. 

Sadelle's - This is a longer walk or quick Uber ride but has amazing french toast and known for their bagels with smoked salmon. Be prepared to wait.

Butcher's Daughter - It's small and charming place with excellent vegetarian/vegan food that has now become insanely popular. 

Lunch

Prince Street Pizza - One of the best slices of pizza in the city. Make sure to get a square pepperoni slice!

Balthazar - A Soho staple that's typically hard to get in but the food, service and scene never disappoints. 

Dinner

Here’s a list of restaurant recommendations as we know you your appetite changes.

Estela - This is is cool place to bring a date or a place for a fun get together. Order some Spanish tapas and wine and chat the night away. 

 

Where To Walk Around In Soho

Walk around SOHO NYC
Cha Cha Matcha in SOHO NYC

Grab a Cha Cha Matcha and stroll through Elizabeth, Mott, and Mulberry Streets in between Houston and Spring. These are great window shopping streets or to pop in and out of! 

On the way home back to 11 Howard make sure to stop by Ferrara and grab a cannoli or Italy pastry. I always make a stop in Little Italy for a sweet treat!  

Best of Target Shoes - Under $40

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Y'all I was in Target the other day and had to take a double take down the shoe aisle. Target is just killing it in the shoe department. It is so hard for me to hold back and not just buy all of the shoes. I was swooning over a few pairs and just had to share my favorite shoes at Target right now.

Slides & Loafers

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