The ultimate girlfriend's getaway in St. Kitts
Surf, sand, spa and your very best friends. What more could a girl ask for?
by : Jennifer Melo- Jul 31st, 2008
Are you aching for fun in the sun with your best gal pals? When you’re looking for the ultimate island escape, a place that’s beyond "been there, done that," St. Kitts is the place to be.
With soft sandy beaches and gorgeous mountain views, St. Kitts is a natural beauty where you and your girlfriends can escape from your worries and busy schedules. Turn your cellphone off, leave the Blackberry at home and indulge in a quiet retreat where you can lounge on the beach with a daquiri in hand and reconnect with your girlfriends.
Where is St. Kitts?
St. Kitts and its sister island Nevis are located a three-hour flight southeast of Miami International Airport. The islands are in the Eastern Caribbean’s Leeward Islands surrounded by neighbouring St. Martin to the north, Antigua and Barbuda to the east, and
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are to the northwest.
St. Kitts hotel
Sprawled over 26 acres of lush green property, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort offers an impressive range of services including eight great restaurants, an on-site casino, a night club, an 18-hole golf course, a fitness center and spa. Book your stay there and you can look forward to comfortable, roomy accommodations and plenty of room to stretch your legs on a leisurely walk as you explore the vast property.
After hauling around your luggage and squishing into an airplane seat, you and your friends can indulge yourselves at Emerald Mist spa. Ease away stress and melt tension with the 50-minute Kittitian massage. When the masseur works the kinks out of your neck and you’re feeling adequately pampered, it’s time to rally up your fashionable friends for some retail therapy.
A stroll through the Marriott’s lobby reveals a nice range of shops to please the shopoholics in your group. From designer sunglasses and fragrances to the latest fashions in bikinis and resort wear, you’ll have to pace yourselves so you don’t all shop ’til you drop.
Shopping in St. Kitts
Save some stamina for off-resort shopping at the Caribelle Batik Factory, where local artisans demonstrate how they make the stunning fabrics you can buy there. You’ll see a kaleidoscope of intense fuschias, bold oranges, dazzling emeralds and deep indigos in clothes that are pre-shrunk, in colours that won’t fade. Check out the pretty sundresses, cute tanks and Ts, vibrantly coloured pillow casings and children’s clothing; here, you’re sure to find impressive and unique souvenirs for just about everyone on your list.
in the heart of Basseterre, the island’s bustling capital city. In a busy intersection called the Circus, several restaurants with open patios are perched above quaint shops where you can buy unique island wares. Check out artisan-crafted glass ornaments, candy dishes and jewelry at Glass Island and find flirty dresses and sparkling handbags at Island Hopper.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for some chili shrimps and a cold Carib beer at Ballahoo Restaurant in the heart of Basseterre, the island’s bustling capital city. In a busy intersection called the Circus, several restaurants with open patios are perched above quaint shops where you can buy unique island wares. Check out artisan-crafted glass ornaments, candy dishes and jewelry at Glass Island and find flirty dresses and sparkling handbags at Island Hopper.
ATVing in the rainforest
When you tire of hunting down great finds in Basseterre’s best shops, pack away your retail treasures and move your group to an off-roading adventure. Sign up with St. Kitts Quad Bike Tour for a guided tour through the rainforest on an ATV where you and your girls can splash through puddles, zoom over ruts and coast on tree-canopied trials.
Take a break — and some scenic photos — at Lambert’s Estate, an 18th-century old sugar mill surrounded by sugar cane fields. There’s a majestic mountain view on one side and a stunning vista of the Caribbean Sea on the other.
This tour offers a fun adventure in gorgeous surroundings; it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Play at the casino and dance the night away
When you’ve washed away the rainforest’s gifts of dirt and mud in a warm shower back at your hotel, enjoy a hearty seafood dinner at the Marriott’s Blu restaurant and then, stop in for a game of poker or try your luck at slot machines at the on-site casino.
When you’ve had your fill of fun and games at the casino, gather your girlfriends to celebrate your winnings — or maybe drown your sorrows? — at the lobby bar or head down to the nearby Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack, a casual beachfront bar where you can listen to live music on some night. Raise a glass and make a toast to friendship and fun!
With the perfect blend of fun, relaxation and precious quality time with your best friends in beautiful St. Kitts, you’ll be ready to return home feeling like a brand new woman. There’s nothing like some good old female bonding and fun in the sun to revive your energy and soothe your soul.
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