The NEXT BIL­LION­AIRES’ PLAYGROUNDS

Move over, Mus­tique. Bye-bye, Ba­hamas. Th­ese are the new is­lands for the jet-set­ting and su­pery­acht­ing Caribbean crowd.

Robb Report (USA) - - CARIBBEAN: BACK IN BUSINESS - By Jackie Caradonio and Danielle Cut­ler

The re­cent buzz around

St. Kitts may seem like an overnight sen­sa­tion, but it has ac­tu­ally been a decade-long ob­ses­sion for Charles “Buddy” Darby III. The de­vel­oper and su­pery­acht fa­natic first docked at the West Indies is­land in 2008 on his 154-foot S/Y An­dromeda LaDea, and ever since, he’s been fever­ishly mas­ter­mind­ing Christophe Har­bour (christophe har­bour.com), the 2,500-acre vil­lage that is turn­ing this once lazy isle into the Caribbean’s next big yacht­ing des­ti­na­tion.

The ma­rina’s 24 berths can ac­com­mo­date su­pery­achts up to 300 feet long, while on land the de­vel­op­ment is home to a col­lec­tion of mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar homes and sites that stretch across six beaches. There’s also high-end shop­ping and din­ing and a Park Hy­att re­sort with a Mi­raval spa. And so far, it looks like Darby’s big dream is catch­ing on: Yacht­ing traf­fic to the is­land has in­creased ev­ery year for the last five years, and some of the world’s most im­pres­sive float­ing cas­tles—in­clud­ing Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire Les­lie Wexner’s 316-foot M/Y Lim­it­less and Darby’s new­est wa­ter toy, a cus­tom-built Perini Navi called An­dromedaDea— have al­ready been spot­ted on the bud­ding St. Kitts scene.

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