Published on July 31st, 2017 | by Dr. Jerry Doby0
Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts: Destination Paradise
As we grow up and look forward to reaping the rewards of our grind, some of us start to explore a serious lifestyle change, one that we’ve earned our way in to. The dreams and fantasies of most Western adults tied to the grind want to break out and go off the grid, but in top-flight style, generally have a common theme, beautiful scenery, quiet bustle, total relaxation and plenty to do to occupy our time.
This summer, while covering the 21st Annual St. Kitts Music Festival which in itself was amazing, I was blessed to join a group of journalists at this slice of a slice of heaven called Christophe Harbour, for one of the most pleasant afternoons I’ve had in quite some time. Yes, it was work but, the type of work you might do for free…I would! As part of an international contingent of media personalities from America, the Caribbean, and London, we had the opportunity to experience what I would call the ultimate luxury community experience. We viewed the purchase options within the development and received an in-depth tour of the development keyed toward a more discerning clientele.
Our afternoon was replete with a carefully curated lunch menu by the resident Executive Chef, as well as a briefing by the chief sales executive on the island, who patiently answered our questions about the build out timeline, ownership and its privileges and more importantly, how the community design reflects an appreciation and respect for the natural beauty of the island it calls home. I was impressed with the staged expansion of the community and how designers took into consideration the natural landscape as floor designs began to hit the trestle board. This looks to be a community bent on managed growth and with the benefits of ownership within the Christophe Harbour development, I can understand the care being taken by Master Developers ‘Christophe Harbour Development Company, Limited (CHDC).’
Here’s the official line on Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts
Upscale resort community and superyacht marina on the Southeast Peninsula of St Kitts in the Caribbean. The definition of barefoot sophistication.
LUXURY LIVING WITH CARRIBEAN SOUL
Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts
With 2,500 acres and six secluded beaches on the southeastern peninsula of St. Kitts, Christophe Harbour is the premier island hideaway for discerning travelers.
This resort development includes a variety of residential and marina berth ownership opportunities as well as an unmatched collection of amenities including a super yacht marina, marina village (2017), one of the world’s best beach bars SALT Plage, the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt (2017), and a must-play Tom Fazio championship golf course (2018) and The Pavilion beach club.
Instrumental in developing legendary communities at Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Doonbeg, Ireland, Charles P. “Buddy” Darby III and his visionary team bring a lifetime of experience to the creation of Christophe Harbour.
With property ownership, residents take advantage of membership in the exclusive Christophe Harbour Club, which affords access to The Pavilion beach club at Sandy Bank Bay, highlighted by a beachside cabana, oceanfront infinity pool, and impeccable casual and fine dining options, as well as other private amenities including a yacht and golf club. Owners are also eligible for the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment program, one of the oldest and most reputable programs of its kind in the world.
OWN A SLICE OF PARADISE
Residential Home sites, Homes and Villas
There are a variety of property ownership opportunities at Christophe Harbour, including harbor side villas, private residences, beachfront bungalows and an array of beachfront, hillside and ocean view homesites.
- Harbour side
Set along the perimeter of the inner harbor, Harbour side is Christophe Harbour’s premier waterfront living opportunity. These custom homesites provide the rare opportunity for distinctive over-the-water designs, intimate beaches and custom docks. No other enclave is closer to the energy and activity of the super yacht marina or allows owners to dock their boats steps from their doors.
- Sandy Bank Bay
Sandy Bank Bay is Christophe Harbour’s debut residential community. Home to The Pavilion beach club, pool, dining, and tennis, Sandy Bank Bay features a mile-long white sand crescent shaped beach. Sandy Bank Bay offers a variety of ownership opportunities from custom villas to estate-sized lots. Owners can choose from an existing home plan or create one of their own with the help of Christophe Harbour’s design review board.
- Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove is Christophe Harbour’s newest luxury neighborhood. Ocean Grove offers a collection of 47 turnkey, whole ownership two en-suite bedroom villas, each beautifully furnished with Caribbean-inspired colors and elements. Ocean Grove Villas include covered porches and verandas, extending living space to blend indoor and outdoor island living. An Ocean Grove Villa is a convenient ownership opportunity that provides an entrée to the Christophe Harbour lifestyle.
- Windswept Residence Club
Nine new turnkey villas are available for fractional share purchase at Windswept Residence Club. Every 4-bedroom en suite villa offers spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, as well as gorgeous views of the harbour, ocean and beach. With fractional ownership options, the Windswept Residence Club is an attractive ownership opportunity.
- Sanctuary Lane
Stunning natural landscapes, lush private gardens, and an intimate manicured courtyard provide the backdrop for Christophe Harbour’s newest real estate offering – Sanctuary Lane. This collection of 3-4 bedroom, 3.5 to 4.5 bath attached and detached villas showcase tropical modern style with clean lines, warm wood flourishes, and abundant glass that highlights the surrounding natural vistas. With multiple floor plan options and close proximity to Christophe Harbour amenities, Sanctuary Lane promises an ease of Island living.
SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE
Super yacht Marina & Village
Boasting more than 800 linear feet of bulkhead and 24 150-220’ berths in its current phase, the super yacht marina will accommodate vessels up to 300-foot max LOA. With easy access to the jeweled islands of the popular Eastern Caribbean cruising grounds, Christophe Harbour has raised the bar on marina accommodations and services and is poised to become the premier destination port in the West Indies.
Along with state-of-the-art facilities and services for all vessels, the marina will encompass a designated customs port of entry, work permit requirement and fee exemptions, as well as an old-world style Marina Village featuring shops, restaurants and luxury amenities. With full concierge and hospitality services, owners, guests and captains will find exactly what they are looking for in a home port. The 11,000-square foot Customs House along with adjacent luxury retail shops, which will serve as the anchor amenities for the emerging Marina Village, will debut in early 2017.
Unlike the common stern-to berth model, Christophe Harbour offers alongside mooring and docks built to the highest quality standards. In contrast to the traditional leasehold models of 5-30 years, it offers freehold title for a specific berth. It is exclusive to the owner – dedicated, serviceable and a property asset to own in perpetuity. With eligibility, for the Citizenship by Investment program and poised to be the largest in the Eastern Caribbean, the Super yacht Marina & Village at Christophe Harbour is the ultimate destination marina.
SEAMLESS ARRIVAL, TARMAC TO TOPSIDE
The New Gateway to The Caribbean
Christophe Harbour has partnered with luxury private terminal, YU Lounge, St. Kitts to present a suite of luxury services to yacht owners and charter guests to ensure an exceptional transition between jet and yacht upon arrival in St. Kitts. The carefully crafted, five-star experience begins the moment yacht owners and charter guests step onto the tarmac where they experience expedited customs processing and security, a selection of top-tier food and beverage, baggage handling and airport transfers via YU Lounge’s fleet of Porsche Cayenne vehicles, allowing yacht owners and charter guests swift and seamless access to their vessel within 30 minutes of touchdown.
Tom Fazio Golf Course
With the first 9 holes set to be completed in 2018, a championship 18-hole golf course by award-winning golf course designer Tom Fazio will be located on the spectacular Priddies plateau overlooking the harbour. The course site is situated along dramatic plateaus that rise 450 feet above the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with 360-degree views of St. Kitts, Nevis and neighboring islands. Tom Fazio is regarded as one of the world’s preeminent golf designers and creator of more than 200 top-ranking golf courses.
STAY A WHILE
Park Hyatt St. Kitts
The first Park Hyatt in the Caribbean, and the first luxury branded beach resort to the island of St. Kitts, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will span the secluded beach of Banana Bay. Set to open in 2017, this ultra-luxury resort hotel will feature 126 remarkably appointed guest accommodations designed to highlight the surrounding Caribbean hues.
An enclave of sophisticated wellness, The Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary will be home to nine treatment rooms, Watsu therapy, and a 1,750-square-foot, 24-hour fitness club. A luxury destination unto itself, treatments will incorporate local herbs, and the shadow of the resort’s Sugar Mill will provide a tranquil location for daily yoga and meditation.
- Food and Beverage
The hotel will offer 3 signature restaurants – The Fisherman’s Village, Stone Barn & Guest House. The Fisherman’s Village has been created to reflect the small huts and berths found in the villages that once lined the coastline of St. Kitts. The Fisherman’s Village at Park Hyatt St. Kitts will offer an ocean to table dining experience for both lunch and dinner. Reflective of the former plantations, The Great House is at the heart of Park Hyatt St. Kitts. The Great House offers indoor and outdoor dining, Tot’s Rum Bar, Flemings, the hotel’s main bar, and a conservatory serving a plantation afternoon tea. The Great House also features a library with board games and where the resort concierge will be located.
MAKE EVERY DAY AN EXPERIENCE
Engage or energize in the middle of the action, or relax and recharge in the solitude of your private hillside retreat. Christophe Harbour’s collection of amenities provides the opportunity to make every day an experience: each completely different, all completely personal.
- The Pavilion beach club
Through a subtle blurring of nature and architecture, The Pavilion creates a fusion of traditional and contemporary design: romantic pathway entrances, stone arches and fireplaces, private dining patios, natural edged pools, and waterfall showers.
Sandy Bank Bay’s private beach club is a hub for social interaction, shore side activity, health and wellness, and inviting indulgences. Visitors can enjoy a beverage with friends or family at the beachside cabana bar, revive with a cool dip in the pool, and savor casual open-air dining or intimate meals. The Pavilion is members-only access during the day but open to the public for dinner in the evening.
- SALT Plage
Recently named one of the best beach bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, SALT Plage is the newest amenity located in Whitehouse Bay. This open-air waterfront lounge is impeccably positioned for dramatic sunsets, signature cocktails and dancing under the Caribbean moonlight. Whether by boat or by car, everyone’s welcome to relax oceanside and take in the view.
- Outdoor Adventure
Zip-line along mountainsides into rainforests topped with misty clouds. Hike or bike unspoiled tropical landscapes. Tour fascinating historical sites. Relish the simple joys of sailing and snorkeling. Explore the ocean blue. Christophe Harbour’s full-time guest services team is ready to arrange any manner of adventure.
Christophe Harbour Development Company, Limited (CHDC)
Led by Charles Pinckney “Buddy” Darby III, CHDC is family-owned and
Operated in partnership with the St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. Darby was instrumental in the sustainable planning, design, development, sales and marketing of a successful array of award-winning communities, including The Lodge at Doonbeg on the coast of southwest Ireland and Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Under Darby’s leadership, a renowned team of designers, architects, engineers and planners is bringing Christophe Harbour to life.
Instrumental in developing legendary communities at Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Doonbeg, Ireland, Buddy and his visionary team bring a lifetime of experience to bear in the creation of Christophe Harbour. Every project the family-owned and operated company embarks upon is fueled by a ceaseless desire to surprise, delight, and connect people to one another — and to a place made exceptional by nature.
Christophe Harbour Foundation
Christophe Harbour is committed to protecting its Old World surroundings and honouring its proud heritage through the Christophe Harbour Foundation—a non-profit organization established to preserve the natural coastal environment of St. Kitts and Nevis and to support social, economic, and educational programs. The Foundation takes on various community outreach projects designed to strengthen the physical, cultural, social and natural environments and preserve local cultural traditions. Foundation funds are provided for conservation and other projects that enhance the environment and the lives of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Christophe Harbour Development Company, Limited takes a careful, thoughtful and sensitive approach to blending manmade creations with the beauty and ecology of St. Kitts. As part of the commitment to the island’s natural environment, a development agreement between the St. Kitts government and Christophe Harbour is in place. The agreement is designed to ensure the project supports the island’s goals to preserve its historic, natural and cultural environment, while also setting the highest standards for its tourism products.
Home to Christophe Harbour and together with sister island of Nevis, St. Kitts forms one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
With its colonial forts, lush rainforests, and beachside villages painted in the colours of sun and sky, it’s little wonder the French and English coveted St. Kitts and separately inhabited its 70 square miles over several centuries. Led by a stable, forward-thinking government, St. Kitts is transforming from an agricultural-based economy to one focused on business development and tourism with an emphasis on historic preservation and sustainable development. Christophe Harbour is an integral part of St. Kitts’ dynamic aspirations.
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is one of the oldest, most established, and reputable of its kind in the world. The program was created to stimulate tourism, attract investors, and encourage development. Christophe Harbour is an approved project under the real estate option of the Citizenship by Investment Program provided for in the Citizenship Act of 1984. Any qualifying real estate purchase at Christophe Harbour makes you eligible. And ownership is an investment in a fulfilling lifestyle, a safe haven, a genuine “home” with purpose and meaning beyond mere citizenship—now, and for generations to come.
MAKE YOUR WAY
The Robert L. Bradshaw Airport (SKB) in St. Kitts is a 15-minute drive from Christophe Harbour. Direct flights to the modern Robert L. Bradshaw Airport in St. Kitts are available from London, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, and San Juan. Private aircraft and yacht arrivals may take advantage of expedited customs and immigration services.
YU Lounge, the new private jet terminal, provides seamless arrival experience and expanded VIP services to private aircraft arrivals and commercial passengers.
In addition, private air charters from St. Kitts to surrounding islands make shopping in St. Barths, diving in Saba, and lunch in Anguilla a convenient excursion.
Christophe Harbour is located at 17° 14′ North latitude and 62° 39′ West longitude. Christophe Harbour is a designated port of entry and offers VIP customs and immigrations onsite.
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