Christophe Harbour: the Caribbean's next premier yachting destination
The Caribbean boasts an extraordinary variety of spots where superyacht owners and charterers can experience both luxury and nature at its finest. Discover what Christophe Harbour has to offer for those heading to the lush island of St Kitts.
Among adventurers, there’s a certain feeling when looking out over the horizon. A feeling of not wanting to just experience a new location, but to create something from it. With Caribbean islands such as St Barths, Antigua and St Lucia firmly established as yachting destination, one might ask themselves, “where next?”
This is exactly what Charles P. “Buddy” Darby, founder of Christophe Harbour, thought when he first saw the untouched landscape of St. Kitts’ southeastern Peninsula more than a decade ago. Since then, he’s transformed the property, adding a luxury community, world-class amenities, and what some may call its most impressive feature, the marina, a state-of-the-art harbour that caters to the specific needs of superyachts and luxury yachtsmen, including the largest fuel farm dedicated to a marina available in the Eastern Caribbean.
With three decades of experience in the real estate development market, Darby is most known for spearheading successful projects like Kiawah Island in South Carolina and The Lodge at Doonbeg in Ireland, though it's not a secret that he is passionate about yachting. “I started sailing at an early age,” he says. “I currently own the Perini Navi sailing yacht Andromeda la Dea. As she’s 26 years old this year, she really is a classic yacht, great for entertaining and for spending time with family and friends.”
Christophe Harbour has been designed to offer everything a true yachtsman needs for his or her homeport. Providing excellent access to nearby Nevis, the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, as well as a prime location between Antigua, St. Barths and St. Maarten at the heart of the Eastern Caribbean, the marina allows easy travel to surrounding waters, granting guests the freedom to explore as they wish.
Once fully completed, the marina at Christophe Harbour will feature 250 alongside berths, several of which that can accommodate yachts up to 76 metres. Aeneas Hollins, experienced dock master, and his staff offer yacht management services customised and tailored to individual needs, along with concierge, marine services, and utilities that are above and beyond industry standards. Amenities include 24/7 security, high capacity shore power, personal and secure Wi-Fi, tender and fuel docks, provisioning services, as well as a customs house with onsite immigration services for travellers. A beautiful crew lounge and fitness centre overlooking the marina will round out the offerings for those who make the ocean their home.
Additionally, a new marina village has recently been completed, providing guests a host of options including marina operations, water sports facility, boutique shops, a coffee shop, and a soon-to-open casual dining restaurant with outdoor seating. These additions enhance the experience for guests and homeowners at Christophe Harbour, and will also be available to travellers staying at the nearby Park Hyatt St. Kitts.
Though the property continues to evolve, Darby is famous for his extraordinary vision, a gift he used to turn St. Kitts' southeastern peninsula into the Caribbean’s newest premier luxury community. It is this vision, coupled with the purity of the island and spirit of adventure that keeps like-minded sailors coming in droves. Because as they say at Christophe Harbour, “Where there is open water, adventure, and a strong, steady wind…That’s where I’ll be.”