St. Kitts’ Christophe Harbour is a labor of love. By Stephen Oakridge
It is one thing to build a one-off hotel or resort; it’s a whole other story to develop a luxury community from scratch. That is the pursuit of Christophe Harbour, the luxury resort development still under construction on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts in the eastern Caribbean.
The master-planned development spans 2,500 acres and, when complete, will entail a mega-yacht harbor and 300-slip marina (the development’s focal points); an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course; two branded hotels; private residences; a yacht club; beach clubs, restaurants; and shopping.
Getting to the point of total completion has been a chore for Christophe Harbour Development Company, a venture of Kiawah Partners, stymied by a fickle economy and a downturn that arrived just as the first shovel hit the dirt in 2008.
Now, the development is in full advance. “Despite launching this project during a difficult economic climate, Christophe Harbour has successfully sold more than properties and started to develop both the infrastructure and amenities for a world-class residential resort community,” said Charles P. “Buddy” Darby III, CEO of Kiawah Partners. “Our goal is to create an opportunity for a lifestyle that is unmatched anywhere in the Caribbean, and we believe by doing that, Christophe Harbour is well positioned to take advantage of the economic recovery we are now beginning to see.
The real estate component comprises lots available from $750,000 to $2.8 million. A variety of different home sites to choose from includes Sandy Bank Bay, set along a horseshoe bay with two reefs and a natural sand bank that extends more than 100 yards from the shoreline, and Cardinal Point, which is situated above Sandy Bank Bay and comprises 13 home sites overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic. According to Kiawah Partners, 67 lots have been sold to date. christopheharbour.com.