December 19, 2018

7 Great Reasons to Check out the St. Kitts Marriott and Royal Beach Casino

If youíve never had a chance to check out the St. Kitts Marriott and Royal Beach Casino, you might want to consider them for your next trip to the Caribbean. I recently had a chance to test drive the resort myself during a press trip. Hereís why I think theyíre worth a stay, and why my husband and I will be returning for a coupleís getaway.

Package Deals:

They offer various package deals throughout the year with meals and unlimited drinks included, as well as other value add-ons designed to fit a variety of promotional themes. The Super Escape package (promo code P50) which runs from now until December 18, 2011 for example, has rates starting at $329 per night. This package includes accommodations, taxes and service charges, breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner daily at resort restaurants, and unlimited gold standard liquor, local beer, house wine and non-alcoholic beverages. You also get use of the health club and tennis courts, and participation non-motorized hotel water sports. You also get to pick two out of the following three options, per room and per stay: one round of golf, a spa treatment, or a casino value. Additional spa and golf purchases can be purchased at twenty percent off the usual price.

Perks:

As most hotel rooms in the $200 – $300 range barely come with one pool, no spa and a view of the parking lot, The St. Kitts Marriott can certainly be considered a value with multiple pools, shaded, beachfront seating, a killer view and the ability to use the Emerald Mist Spa for the day after booking a treatment. Something I did on a recent trip there. Before and after my spa treatment, a traveling partner and I enjoyed the bubbling hot tub with companion ice plunge, steam room and dry sauna. The spaís quiet room also comes with complimentary snacks and beverages. Very relaxing indeed.

Daytrips:

There are numerous daytrips available from the hotel, including a boat ride over to the island of Nevis, a tour of Brimstone Hill Fortress (a UNESCO world heritage site), a walk around the historic section of the islandís capital Basseterre, and the Caribelle Batik shop within the historic Romney Manor estate which was once owned by Thomas Jeffersonís third great grandfather. There are also rainforest exploration opportunities and sunset catamaran cruises available for booking.

Location:

Frigate Bay is just a 10-minute drive from the airport, and the resort itself is nestled there without a ton of hustle and bustle going on around it. So it makes for a peaceful place to unwind, with absolutely no need to leave until you are darn good and ready. The sand there is pristine, and the breezes balmy and tropical. Just the way I like Ďem.

Bamboo Massage:

The signature massage of the resortís Emerald Mist Spa, this was truly one of the more unique massage experiences Iíve ever had. (And believe me, Iíve had my share.) Using heated bamboo sticks of various lengths and diameters, Carol (book her in advance if you can, sheís seriously that amazing) released back muscles for me that have been causing pain for years. Plus, itís just plain cool to tell all your friends youíve just gotten back from having a bamboo massage in the Caribbean.

People:

I usually enjoy the locals wherever I go, but thereís an especially cool vibe in St. Kitts. From the tour people at the historic church under renovation downtown, to the sugar cake saleswoman on the street, itís just a fun, sleepy place to hang out and get rejuvenated.

Local Economy:

While itís great that the cruise ships stop to let the passengers buy a few trinkets and maybe hit the beach for a while each day, the truth is I didnít see that doing a whole lot to stimulate the local economy or provide any jobs to the folks who live on the island. Not so with a larger hotel. Locals are hired there, island-based tour and activity companies are booked for day excursions, and numerous island businesses in addition to the Marriott benefit from the resort being there. Iím sure thatís the case with other hospitality properties in St. Kitts too, but this one has enough rooms to make a serious impact and offer huge value to travelers at the same time.

These are my top seven reasons for returning to the Marriott in St. Kitts. Have you had a chance to check them out in the past, and if so what was your experience?

Disclosure: I was able to experience the island of St. Kitts and the Marriott during a press trip sponsored by the resort. The trip was for the purpose of experiencing the resort first hand in order to offer an informed opinion, and I was not provided any sort of financial compensation for posting a favorable review. The opinions expressed in this article are my own.

Photo Credits: These images of St. Kitts were photographed by the Trek Hound team. If you would like to use them or other similar pictures, you can access them through a creative commons agreement on our sister site, Pictures of Travel Places.

Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Your piece brings back many nice memories. What a great resort and island.

  2. It really is, isn’t it? And the managers there all work so hard to offer a great overall experience.