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Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour Announces World-Class Dining Experiences and Three Signature Restaurants

Park Hyatt's Inaugural Caribbean Resort - Opening November 1 - will Redefine Caribbean Cuisine for Discerning Palettes, with Beachfront Locations & Local Menus

ST. KITTS, KN. October 16, 2017 – As the first-ever Park Hyatt to enter the region and the exclusive luxury-branded, beachfront hotel to welcome discerning travelers to St. Kitts, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will inspire an entirely new and fresh culinary culture in the Caribbean upon opening November 1, 2017. With Executive Chef Pankaj Bisht, whose background includes stints at Park Hyatt Melbourne and Park Hyatt Maldives, at the forefront of Park Hyatt St. Kitts’ culinary team, the 126-room resort will feature three signature restaurants —The Great House, The Fisherman’s Village and The Stone Barn— each complete with curated menus inspired by the island’s rich heritage and local communities.

“We are thrilled to have Chef Pankaj Bisht at the helm of the culinary program at Park Hyatt St. Kitts,” said Flor van der Vaart, General Manager, Park Hyatt St. Kitts. “Chef’s passion for culinary arts and established relationships with Kittitian farmers and growers is a winning recipe; our menus infuse Kittian culture and tastes into many areas of our culinary offering. Our resort guests will experience St. Kitts through all of the senses, while indulging in the luxuries and tailored service the Park Hyatt brand is known for.”

Delivering on the mission to introduce guests to an intimate, five-star culinary journey through St. Kitts, Chef Pankaj Bisht will work with local fisherman and farmers to harvest menu ingredients directly from the surrounding land and Caribbean Sea. Each dish offered at The Stone Barn, The Great House, and The Fisherman’s Village will awaken tastes buds to undiscovered flavors, exotic and fresh seafood, and transformative textures that offer an upscale, tasteful narrative into the island’s unique culinary landscape. A sophisticated in-room dining experience will also be available to each of the resort’s 78 rooms and 48 suites and serve fresh, family-style dishes.

“All of our sustainably sourced menus creatively integrate the finest and freshest ingredients that reflect the rich agricultural landscape, current season, culture, history and robust flavors of the island,” said Executive Chef Pankaj Bisht. “Our relationships with the island’s local fishermen and farmers have enabled our team to not just create delicious dishes, but also ensure that every aspect of the resort’s food and beverage programs carefully consider the total health and well-being of our guests and our environment. We are passionate about bringing the island’s flavor profiles to life, and also preserving the land to be fruitful for years to come.

The Great House will feature a design and philosophy reflective of St. Kitts’ historical grand houses, traditionally known for celebrations and exuberant gatherings. Inspired by the spirit of celebration, The Great House will be home to an all-day dining venue serving eclectic Caribbean continental cuisine rooted in "market to table" principle and practice. Menus will feature savory dishes such as Banana Leaf Mahi Mahi "En Papillote" and Caribbean Pepperpot Lamb Shank Stew.

Indoor and outdoor seating will feature chic and airy Caribbean-inspired décor paired with expansive views of neighboring islands. Poised to be the culinary heart of the resort, additional elements within The Great House will include an exclusive VIP Chef’s Table, herb garden, elaborate rum bar, and a conservatory serving afternoon tea.

Fleming’s Bar, housed within The Great House and overseen by the resort’s Food & Beverage Director and Rum Sommelier, Pete Jones, will boast St. Kitts’ most extensive rum list in addition to signature cocktail options such as the Blood Orange Mojito and Nevisian Mango Mule. Menus will offer a glimpse into Caribbean rum history exploring Spanish, English and French origins, and even the bar’s name offers a historical taste, with a name inspired by former St. Kitts’ Governor and General, Gilbert Fleming.

The Stone Barn will be an intimate, adults-only dinner experience featuring exquisite multi-course tasting menus and extensive wine lists engineered with themed courses to awaken the senses, engage the mind, share moments and make memories. From fine-dining options such as Chermoula Spiced King Prawn, made with piquilo yogurt, toasted macadamia, and cilantro, to Slow Roasted Five Spiced Duck, guests will indulge in a variety of indigenous and artful dishes straight from the hearth.

The Fisherman's Village will boast a unique over-the-water, bungalow-style design with an ideal sea-breeze setting for lunch and dinner. Structured to emulate a restaurant and fish market, the open-air, fun and casual restaurant will serve ocean-to-table cuisine with an emphasis on freshly prepared fish in all methods. Guests will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and “dig in” for a beachfront meal with a view, served right over the Caribbean Sea. Before and after meals, guests will be able to peruse boutique shops nearby with Kittitian artworks and goods featuring local artisans and vendors. In addition to Park Hyatt St. Kitts three signature restaurants, Rampart Pool Bar and Fane’s Beach Bar will cater to the resort’s two outdoor pools, and serve seasonal drinks and freshly squeezed juices.

Visit stkitts.park.hyatt.com, or call (869) 468-1234 for additional information and reservations.

About Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Park Hyatt St. Kitts – scheduled to open in November 2017 – will be set within Christophe Harbour on Banana Bay with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring Nevis. The resort will be home to 126 spacious accommodations, comprising 78 guest rooms and 48 suites, each with a private balcony or terrace. Amenities include beachfront activities, adult and family swimming pools, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Spa, and The Island Fort by Camp Hyatt for kids. The resort will offer three signature dining experiences: an all-day restaurant, Fisherman’s Village ocean-to-table dining for lunch and dinner, and the Stone Barn fine dining experience. The Reception Hall will feature over 7,000 square feet of dedicated event space. For more information visit stkitts.park.hyatt.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt hotels provide discerning, affluent business and leisure guests with elegant and luxurious accommodations. Guests of Park Hyatt hotels receive highly attentive personal service in an intimate environment. Located in several of the world's premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with a distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, meeting and special event spaces for groups, critically acclaimed art, food and beverage program, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 40 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Changbaishan, Carlsbad, Chennai, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hangzhou, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Maldives, Mallorca, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, New York, Ningbo, Paris, Saigon, Sanya, Seoul, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Zanzibar, Zurich. For more information, please visit parkhyatt.com. Follow @ParkHyatt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #LuxuryIsPersonal.

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