Dive Into the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Pools
The beachfront Park Hyatt St. Kitts opened in late 2017, and in early 2018 we flew east over the ocean to make our first visit to the new points-friendly property. We went there shortly after the resort opened not only to enjoy some relaxing time on a new-to-us island, but also specifically to check out the new property and share our thoughts here to help you decide if this is the right spot for you and your family. Thus far in this series, we have covered how to use miles and points to visit the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, detailed all of the different rooms and suites at the resort, and shared a video review of the property. You can find links to all of that below, but now let's dive into a closer look at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts pools!
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Park Hyatt St. Kitts Family Lagoon Pool
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts has two main pool areas, one for families and one for adults. There is some footage of both pool areas in the video above at the 2:10 spot in the film. The family-friendly lagoon pool area is the largest of the two pools and it is located on the beach level just steps from the sand.
The main family-friendly lagoon pool is zero-entry and goes from just a few inches deep to about as deep as it could get and still allow me to stand with my head and neck out of the water. The infinity edge gives a great effect for looking out onto the water and on towards Nevis.
A bridge goes over the main pool area and visually separates a larger, deeper, area from an area that is pretty great for young children with an extremely shallow platform that has one inset of a deeper section.
If my two-year-old had been on this trip, we would have camped out in this shallow corner with her as it would have been a very controlled way for her to have fun in the water with her floaties on without us having to have a hand on her at all times. At times, there were also some small toys available on that shallow side of the pool. Do note that unlike at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, there are no lifeguards at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts.
While resort occupancy during our visit was extremely low (likely no more than 20 - 30%), I do not anticipate there being a shortage of chairs next to the pool even when occupancy increases. Certainly, there was no problem getting a chair and umbrella next to the pool during our stay.
The Park Hyatt thankfully had sunscreen and water available by the pool, but towels were often scarce. They would get replenished on the sunscreen table at times, but were frequently not available for the taking. I'm sure the staff would have been happy to get one on request, but that seems like an easy area for improvement since pretty much everyone at the pool will want a towel.
There is food and beverage service by the pool during the day. In fact, next to the pool is likely the most economical place on the resort to eat lunch. On the pool menu you will find items such as $16 beef sliders with fries, $16 beer battered mahi mahi, $14 tuna melt with fries, and a $24 jerk chicken wrap. When thinking about your budget, remember to factor in 10% service charge, 12% tax, and any additional gratuity.
We didn't sample any of the food by the pool on this trip, but I do give major thumbs up to this fruity $15 poolside drink!
At night, the main pool twinkles with some very ingenious and captivating lighting, so be sure to take a walk by in the evening hours as photos do not do the effect justice.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts Adults Only Rampart Pool
Adults can head up the hill to the kid-free Rampart infinity pool. This pool area is smaller than the family pool area, but it is still big enough to spread out as the space is made up of a long infinity pool flanked by these lovely arches.
Just like at the family pool below, there were plenty of seats and umbrellas by the adult pool. While the entire pool area was never busy on our stay, we virtually never saw anyone at all on the adult level.
There is no zero entry into the adult pools and this is actually why we didn't get into the adult pool at all. The truth is that on our January trip, the pools were too cold for my taste. Even Josh struggled to get in comfortably. Those from up north would probably have no problem getting in, but if you like your pool water warm(ish), these pools will not meet that standard at the moment. It felt good walking into the family pool about up to my waste, but only once did I go beyond that...and that was after I had fallen off my paddle board in the ocean and was already soaking wet.
The good news is that the hotel is well aware of the pool temperature issue and they plan to make heating the pools a capital improvement project this year. While we are on the topic of pools and temperature, note that there is no hot tub at this property. Some of the nicer suites do have their own plunge pools (that will also eventually be heated), but there is no hot tub to be found.
While there is no hot tub, there are a few of these shaded gazebos under the waterfalls coming down from the adult pool if you need a quick break from the sun.
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts pools are very sleek, clean, well designed, and should make for a perfect setting for both adults and families to have fun swimming in paradise. I am very happy that they plan to heat the pools this year as it wasn't ideal to have a beautiful pool that was too cool to enjoy, but I can't complain one bit about the view.
Up next in this series on the Park Hyatt St. Kitts we will explore the on-property and nearby beaches.