Christophe Harbour ahoy!

Standing on the deck of his 154ft ketch Andromeda la Dea as the celebratory fireworks exploded overhead, Buddy Darby looked out with satisfaction at the dozen other superyachts berthed at Christophe Harbour for the marina’s grand opening in February.

“To me, life is about the acquisition of memories. My family, friends, captain and crew are all here to celebrate this milestone with me,” enthused Darby. “For the whole Caribbean yachting community, Christophe Harbour’s marina opening is a game changer.”

The creation of the largest, most sought-after integrated marina in the region has been Darby’s mission for some years, so the transition from drawing board to concrete and steel reality was a cause for major festivities.

A concert featuring Bankie Banx from Anguilla, and Darius Rucker from Darby’s home state of South Carolina, wowed Christophe Harbour owners and local luminaries alike, but the real stars of the show were the dozen sleek superyachts dockside. Their owners and captains liked what they saw.

“We wanted to try out Christophe Harbour as a base for exploring the area,” reports S/Y Constance’s skipper Phil Hulme.  “We’ve enjoyed Antigua, St Barths, St Kitts and the neighboring islands many times, but once you’ve gone downwind, they’ve lacked a really good protected anchorage. Christophe Harbour changes all that.”

Indeed it does. Twenty-four freehold superyacht berths from 150 to 220 feet are now available, individually serviced by in-slip, duty-free fuel, water and power from state-of-the-art pedestals. On-site customs, a nearby private jet terminal, secure anchorage and tender dock, as well as a brand new Park Hyatt make Christophe Harbour a unique proposition in the region.

The one-time salt pond will soon be able to accommodate 250 additional berths, and have a full range of chandlery, hospitality and retail offerings in the new marina village.

But what really confirms Christophe Harbour as the Caribbean’s newest signature destination is the variety and quality of the other amenities on the luxurious resort community’s 2,500 acres. Several dozen fine residences have already been built on the lush green hillsides overlooking the marina, with more under construction along with the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt hotel. The three Club restaurants are already proving hugely popular, while Tom Fazio, famed for his Kiawah Island and Sandy Lane designs, is building a championship golf course.

Just two miles away over the Narrows sits sombrero-shape Nevis – ‘Queen of the Caribees’. The island has a luxe Four Seasons resort, complete with tennis complex and Robert Trent Jones II course, as well as several internationally renowned plantation inns.

St Kitts and Nevis also has a Citizenship for Investment scheme, enabling purchasers of slips and real estate to gain, after the usual formalities, a brand new passport. The financial regime is sympathetic to ultra-affluent buyers, and taxes on goods, materials, vehicles and other yacht equipment have been waived until 2030.

Christophe Harbour is quite simply a magnificent new homeport for the worldwide yachting fraternity. A healthy number of slips have already sold, with new enquiries coming in every day. There’s more work to be done, but the first phase of Buddy Darby’s magnum opus has been successfully launched. Now it’s full steam ahead.

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