The Best St. Kitts & Nevis Island Hotels

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    Dozens of gazebos fill an otherwise pristine Caribbean beach

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    From beachfront resorts with stunning ocean views to cozy inns nestled in lush tropical landscapes, the best Nevis and St. Kitts island hotels and resorts cater to a variety of tastes. Travelers can enjoy high-end amenities, tailored service and friendly, Caribbean hospitality.

    “Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, St. Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation quite different from the surrounding islands,” explains Fora Advisor Kim Walters in her guide to a nature-based vacation to St. Kitts and Nevis. “From hiking to swimming and exploring the small towns on the island, St. Kitts [and Nevis] are the perfect example of hippie-island-living and an excellent destination for a getaway into nature’s best.”

    With JetBlue’s recent introduction of direct flights to St. Kitts and Nevis from JFK, it’s never been easier to jet off to the paradisiacal dual-island country.

    Below, we’ve collected a rundown of seven of the best hotels on both islands — split between St. Kitts and Nevis — based on our top-booked properties on the islands, plus insider intel from expert Fora Advisors who routinely book travel to these twin Caribbean islands. 

    If you’re looking for personalized recs on the islands (or, when you’re ready to book and unlock VIP perks), connect directly with a Fora Advisor. They can help to matchmake you to a property that fits your vibe, plus help out with the rest of your itinerary if you’d like. 

    Why travel to St. Kitts & Nevis?

    A vacation to St. Kitts and Nevis offers an idyllic blend of adventure and relaxation. 

    The islands boast stunning beaches like Pinney's Beach and Frigate Bay, where visitors can enjoy the sunshine and pristine waters. History enthusiasts can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brimstone Hill Fortress. Nature lovers can hike through the lush rainforests of Nevis Peak or take a ride along the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. Plus, vibrant local culture and authentic Caribbean cuisine add to the islands' charm. 

    Fora Advisor Kim Walters provided a few itinerary ideas for both islands.

    “(You can) take a leisurely stroll through the town of Basseterre and immerse yourself in the bustling morning market, filled with fresh fruits, veggies and just-caught fish. Dive into some of the Caribbean's best underwater adventures, with numerous (shipwrecks) waiting to be explored. And spend a relaxing day at Cockleshell Beach (where you can) rent a beach chair from Spice Mill and soak in the picturesque views of Nevis.”

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    What’s the difference between St. Kitts & Nevis? Can you visit both in one trip?

    St. Kitts and Nevis are two separate islands that make up the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. St. Kitts is the larger and more developed of the two islands; it’s about 65 square miles. The capital city Basseterre is located in St. Kitts. It is also where the cruise ship ports are located. In contrast, Nevis is smaller (about 35 square miles) and is more rural and laidback. It’s known for its natural scenery like Nevis Peak. 

    Most travelers opt to stay in either St. Kitts or Nevis (not both…but it is totally doable if you want!). There are airports on both islands (Nevis has a regional one, while St. Kitts is international). 

    Generally speaking, St. Kitts is for you if you want more variety, entertainment and infrastructure. Nevis is for a more off-the-beaten-path, laidback, nature-focused experience. You can also do a day trip to either island – there is a scenic 15-minute boat transfer.

    The best St. Kitts island hotels

    St. Kitts is the more developed of the two islands, so the hotels offer a little more variety than those on Nevis. A greater emphasis on entertainment and excitement go along with plenty of opportunities to unwind amidst the tropical setting. 

    “There’s a lot to see and explore on St. Kitts,” Fora Advisor A’Rielle Thomas said. “For the cultural buffs, you can climb to the top of the historical Brimstone fortress. And the adventurers can snorkel amongst the shipwrecks.”

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    St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

    Viewpoint from a balcony at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino: Twin cocktail tables stand before a railing with the resort grounds and ocean in the background

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    St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino stands out for its extensive amenities and prime beachfront location. This expansive resort offers a variety of accommodations, from expansive guestrooms to luxe suites, but the real draw is its entertainment.

    “In case you never want to leave, there are several restaurant options on property, three amazing pools and an expansive beachfront for maximum relaxation,” Fora Advisor Kim Walters said.

    The Royal Beach Casino, one of the largest in the Caribbean, provides a unique and lively nightlife option. Additionally, guests can also enjoy the resort’s 18-hole golf course, a lavish spa and private beach access with loungers.

    Fora Perks at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit, welcome amenity, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour

    A spacious room with hardwood floors and decor. A large king bed stands juxtaposed with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open up to the property's expansive pool and beach

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    Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour is situated along the golden sands of Banana Bay and offers one of the most luxurious stays on the twin islands. The rooms and suites are quite spacious, and boast a fresh and contemporary design along with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame ocean views. 

    The hotel emphasizes a variety of immersive experiences, including cooking classes that feature local ingredients as well as spa treatments inspired by Caribbean traditions. Guests can also enjoy a variety of dining options, including the beachside Fisherman’s Village, which serves fresh seafood in a relaxed setting. The resort also hosts dual infinity pools and access to a range of water sports.

    A’rielle described Park Hyatt St. Kitts as the “perfect retreat.” 

    “With just 75 spacious rooms, you have personalized service from the moment you step on the property.” A’rielle continued, “my favorite is the Destination Dining, where (the hotel will) set up a private dinner for you anywhere on property…especially the beach terrace.”

    Fora Perks at Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit, welcome amenity, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    Koi Resort Saint Kitts, Curio Collection by Hilton

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    Koi Resort differs from many St. Kitts island hotels by embracing more of a contemporary theme. There are still plenty of allusions to the Caribbean setting, but they’re subtler. The best rooms boast excellent ocean views and private balconies, along with rates that are more approachable than the higher-end resorts and hotels that dot the two islands. 

    Notably, Koi Resort is a great choice for travelers interested in exploring the island. It’s just outside the island’s only city, Basseterre. The St. Kitts golf club is less than five minutes away by car. And the Brimstone Hill Fortress Park is about 30 minutes away. On the other hand, the property sits along the northern shores of Half Moon Bay, a gorgeous — and semi-secluded — section of the island that’s great for watersports, snorkeling and admiring the ocean scenery. 

    Belle Mont Sanctuary Resort

    Belle Mont Sanctuary Resort is made up of nearly 100 cottages, cabins and villas near the center of the island’s mountainous interior. The heightened elevation offers incredible views of the Caribbean and surrounding islands, while the relatively remote location promises a quiet, private setting.

    Each unit is custom designed and outfitted with handmade furnishings. The exact lineup of amenities changes by unit, but many feature infinity pools, private terraces and kitchens. (A Fora Advisor can help you sort through the options that best suit your preferences and budget.)

    One more highlight: Belle Mont’s restaurants spotlight Kittian cuisine, sourcing nearly all its ingredients from local farms and fishermen.

    Sunset Reef St. Kitts

    A lounge area and resort overlook a stone path and rocky beach on the shores of Saint Kitts

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    Sunset Reef is a tiny boutique hotel on St. Kitts island offering an intimate escape with just seven suites. Its focus on privacy and tranquility makes it perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway

    Perched on a dramatic cliffside, the hotel grants visitors panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea (and the unmatched sunsets). Each well-designed suite comes with private balconies or terraces. Unique features include an infinity pool that, from the right vantage point, seemingly merges with the ocean. Additionally, guests can enjoy gourmet dining, water sports and easy access to nearby attractions (Central Forest Reserve, Brimstone Hill Fortress, Basseterre…). 

    Fora Perks at Sunset Reef St Kitts:

    • $50 hotel resort credit, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    The best hotels in Nevis, Caribbean

    Nevis’ West Indies resorts focus on relaxation and tranquility, but adventurers may enjoy the island’s sparse development, rustic feel and stunning scenery. 

    “Nevis is old-school Caribbean!” emphasized Fora Advisor Nancy Vuletic. “You'll see monkeys and donkeys all over the place, along with the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton!” — just you wait. Nancy added, “check out Sunshines Restaurant for a chance to hang out with the locals, listen to live music and eat the famous ribs they are known for. It's a short walk down the beach from the Four Seasons and a guaranteed good time!”

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    Read on for three excellent Nevis Caribbean resorts.

    Four Seasons Resort Nevis

    At sunset with clouds in the distance, Four Seasons Resort Nevis' private dock sits at the end of a wooden pier with palm trees surrounding the entrance

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    Set along a quiet section of popular Pinney's Beach, Four Seasons Resort Nevis features chic rooms, suites and villas with gorgeous ocean or mountain views. 

    One of our top-booked hotels on the islands, the property is excellent for families looking for fun activities and excellent kids' programs — or anyone desiring a world-class retreat with a tropical twist. Parents can drop their little ones off at a dedicated kids’ club before enjoying onsite pools, a full-service spa, elevated dining options or St. Kitts’ golf course. 

    It’s also a great option for couples. Many return year after year, drawn by the romantic atmosphere, fine dining options like Mango restaurant, and amenities like the spa for a relaxing couples retreat.

    Per the Four Seasons usual pedigree, expect impeccable service and attention to detail throughout your stay.

    Four Seasons Nevis partners with the Sea Turtle Conservancy for initiatives to protect the island’s endangered hawksbill sea turtles. Every July, guests can learn more about the conservation efforts, as well as participate in educational activities such as turtle-tracking walks and ethical tag-and-release events. Learn more in our article on Bucket List, Eco-Friendly Travel Experiences to Book This Summer.

    Fora Perks at Four Seasons Resort Nevis:

    • When you book Four Seasons through Fora, you will enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. Your advisor will be pleased to give you more details.

    Golden Rock Inn Nevis

    A tiny cabin with bright red accents hides behind tropical vegetation

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    Golden Rock Inn is an enchanting escape in the tropical forest that surrounds Nevis Peak. The property, originally a historic sugar plantation, is made up of individually designed cottages that blend boutique charm with historical significance. Between each unit, manicured gardens and ponds dot the resort grounds, cultivating a tranquil vibe. 

    “Golden Rock Inn is one of the coolest properties I've been to!” Nancy said. “The gardens are insane, and it feels like you're a character in a fairy tale set deep in the jungle with a real volcano as your backdrop.”

    At this Nevis Caribbean resort, guests can enjoy a quiet, nature-focused ambiance, stunning views and a renowned restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine.

    “The food is amazing, too, specifically the chutney,” Nancy said. “I would pair this stay with a few days on the beach (the property is about 20 minutes from Pinneys). It feels like you're a million miles away from civilization. Trust me when I say it is magical!”

    Fora Perks at Golden Rock Inn Nevis:

    • Welcome amenities, complimentary garden tour, upgrade whenever possible.

    Paradise Beach Nevis

    One of the best Nevis West Indies resorts for group travelers, Paradise Beach features two-, three- and four-bedroom villas. Guests can choose between beachfront or interior units, the latter of which are still only a short walk to the shoreline. Each villa is designed with a blend of Caribbean and Balinese influences (like thatch roofs), and features spacious layouts and private pools.

    What makes this property unique is its focus on personalized service, with dedicated villa hosts available to cater to your every need. Additionally, guests can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, paddleboarding and private chef services without having to leave the resort grounds.

    Fora Perks at Paradise Beach Nevis:

    • Complimentary airport transfer, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    Book your stay at the best St. Kitts Island hotels & Nevis West Indies resorts with a Fora Advisor

    St. Kitts and Nevis each offer a distinct Caribbean experience — but in either case, you can expect beautiful scenery, excellent accommodations and a welcome escape from your routine. 

    Connect with a Fora Advisor to book and plan your stay on either island and you can look forward to expert travel recommendations, one-on-one support and complimentary perks at the islands’ top hotels.

    Nevis & St Kitts Island hotels: FAQs

    Check out a few answers to common questions about St. Kitts island hotels, Nevis Caribbean resorts and related topics. 

    Is it better to stay in St. Kitts or Nevis? What is the difference?

    Choosing between St. Kitts and Nevis depends on your preferences. St. Kitts is larger and offers a wider range of activities, plus a bustling nightlife and historical sites like Brimstone Hill Fortress. Nevis, on the other hand, is quieter and more intimate. It’s better suited for travelers seeking nothing but relaxation, pristine beaches and nature hikes. That said, both islands host beautiful scenery and Caribbean charm.

    A Fora Advisor can help you decide which island better suits your vacation goals (or help you split your time between the two Caribbean islands).

    Are the beaches in St. Kitts swimmable? Does Nevis have good beaches?

    Yes and yes. To name a few options, St. Kitts’ South Friar’s Bay and Frigate Bay, along with Nevis’ Pinney’s Beach all have calm, clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

    Is St. Kitts safe to walk around? Is there anything to avoid in St. Kitts or Nevis?

    Both islands are generally safe, especially in the popular tourist areas. Like any new place, it’s wise to exercise caution and be mindful of your surroundings.

    Are St. Kitts & Nevis expensive? How much can you expect to pay per night?

    Many of the resorts and hotels in St. Kitts and Nevis have a luxurious pedigree, but there are budget-friendly options. 

    Fora travelers’ average nightly rate was just under $700 in 2023.

    Can you use US dollars in St. Kitts?

    Generally, yes. At most hotels and resorts, you shouldn’t have any issues using US currency. This usually applies to businesses in more populated areas, too. However, if you’re venturing beyond the resort, you may want to use local currency — East Caribbean Dollars (XCD) — for small purchases.

    What’s the best way to get around St. Kitts & Nevis?

    If you prefer flexibility, renting a car is the best way to get around St. Kitts. Your Fora Advisor can help you square away a rental. Taxis are also widely available and can be convenient for shorter trips. For Nevis, renting a car or scooter makes sense, but bicycles can be a fun way to get around due to the island's size and scenic beauty. Additionally, water taxis and ferries provide a convenient and scenic way to travel between St. Kitts and Nevis.

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