For St. Kitts I had signed us up for a tour with a small group of folks we met on the Cruise Critic roll call. As it turned out, it ended up a very small group because the other 2 husbands bailed. The tour was booked through Beulah Mills and our drive was Calvin. I would recommend Beulah, the tour was as requested and our driver was personable and drove safely.
After a brief tour through the town, we headed to our first stop – Palm Court Gardens. This historic property and garden has a lovely view, lush gardens, pool, jacuzzi, and restaurant. We visited only to tour the property and gardens, but you can also buy a day pass if you’d like to use the pools and spend the day there.
Our next stop was a viewpoint where you can see Nevis in the distance if you look one direction and in the other direction you look over the Marriott Royal Beach Resort, Royal St. Kitts Golf Course, and Half Moon Bay.
Nevis in the distance
This photo cracked me up. Coincidentally we were at the viewpoint at the same time as friends who were on a different tour. John took our picture – he took 3 shots and I didn’t know why, but when I saw these I had to laugh. The way the wind was blowing there was no hope of not having wild hair.
Looking towards the Marriott and golf course
Standard size jack donkey. He looked happy and healthy. If it wasn’t for the monkeys I may have had my picture taken with him, but I have no interest in getting crapped on by monkeys.
This place is gorgeous. It used to be a sugar plantation. Now it is a luxury resort, complete with spa and restaurant. Our driver told us that all sugar growing ended on St. Kitts because they were losing money. Islanders do not want to do the work so immigrants had to be brought in from Africa (I don’t recall which country), by the time housing and wages were paid there was no profit. And here I thought it was only a US problem that the locals don’t want to do hard work!
The next series of photos are from a short jungle walk through the woods at Ottley’s. I’d really recommend clicking through the first photo and viewing these in large format on Flickr.
Philodendrons. Gosh I wish I had done a better job capturing the scale here. A single philodendron leaf was as large as a dinner platter.
Out of the woods and strolling around the manicured grounds at Ottley’s.
This is the bar area at the Royal Palm Restaurant, on the grounds of Ottley’s. I absolutely love how they adapted this historic structure to accommodate the restaurant. For lunch, I had the coconut chicken while everyone else at our table had curried chicken salad. We all had rum punch to drink. It is the island’s signature drink, how can you not?
This was the shaded area where we had lunch. The restaurant has one other outdoor room that has an ocean view.
Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas and Celebrity Equinox
Leaving St. Kitts
Nevis in the background