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St. Kitts has an appealing variety of places to stay—beautifully restored plantation inns (where a meal plan including afternoon tea in addition to breakfast and dinner is the norm), full-service, affordable hotels, simple beachfront cottages, and all-inclusive resorts. There are also several guesthouses and self-serve condos. Increasing development has been touted (or threatened) for years. At
At this writing, the ritzy Park Hyatt plans to debut its first Caribbean property on Banana Bay, in partnership with the grand Christophe Harbour development that will sprawl across the Southeast Peninsula replete with spectacular villas, beach clubs, celebrity restaurants, megayacht marina, Tom Fazio–designed golf course, and other boutique hotels. Several upscale villa compounds are being developed, such as the culture-oriented, ecocentric Kittitian Hills (architect Bill Bensley designed some of Thailand's most remarkable resorts), which will include an "edible" golf course (greens will intersect with farmland), spa, cosmopolitan retail village, farm-to-table restaurants, and a variety of sustainable lodgings in vernacular style, most with fabulous views. The first phase of spectacular hillside cottages opened in 2013; the resort is scheduled for completion in 2015. Another deluxe condo complex, the sparkling 185-unit Ocean's Edge on the Atlantic side of Frigate Bay, opened its first two beachfront blocks in late 2012; hillside villas, a stunning tiered pool, additional water features, and a high-end restaurant are planned by 2015.