A Caribbean backwater? Or a chic new property hot-spot?
If you sat having a sundowner in the main square in Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts, you would probably think the former. The clock in the centre of the square has stopped at 16 minutes past three, which somehow seems to symbolise a Caribbean that has not changed in years. It is hot, dusty and unhurried, but blessed with lazy charm.
This is one of the prettiest towns in the Caribbean, with its old wooden houses slumbering in the sun. You could be in a Graham Greene novel set in the Fifties. But Barbados or Nassau it isn’t.
But head south from Basseterre, on to the peninsula overlooking Nevis, St Kitts’s sister island, and that impression changes with every palm tree. New developments are shooting up, and some are very high-end indeed.
The Christophe Harbour development (www.christopheharbour.com) oozes class, with waterfront properties such as the Pavilion Beach Club. Work is well advanced on an exclusive marina and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course.
Prices for properties at Christophe Harbour range from $450,000 (£273,000) for fractional ownership of a villa to $6.75m (£4.1m) for a customised four-bedroom home, with Savills (www.savills.com).
In two or three years’ time, it could be one of the most sought-after resort communities in the Caribbean. And the best is yet to come, at Banana Bay, at the southern tip of the island.
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