On the slopes of Mount Liamuiga with stunning views down the hillside to the Caribbean Sea, the exclusive resort of Belle Mont Farm offers so much more than other luxury hotels. It’s a celebration of the local community, on the unspoilt West Indian island St Kitts.
Belle Mont Farm’s stunning hillside villas
Part of the pioneering Kittian Hill community, whose focus is on sustainable living, Belle Mont Farm’s stunning villas were designed by the award-winning architect, Bill Bensley, whose work is often seen on the cover of plush magazines. The villas sit comfortably in the surrounding landscape with glorious ocean and rainforest views, even on an overcast day, like today.
There’s a good range of accommodation to suit various party sizes with one-bedroom cottages, two, three or four-bedroom villas, as well as the four-bedroom Farmhouse. Each cottage and villa is built in local stone and in a style reminiscent of plantation worker’s cottages. Inside modern comforts await mixed with elegant vintage styling, with white walls and dark woods, and many luxuriant features including free-standing roll-top baths, rainwater showers, and plush bed linens. Rather than watch television, pull down a projection screen and take your pick of Netflix. The farmhouse and villas, as well as most of the cottages, enjoy the benefits of a private pool.
While the accommodation is spread out over the hillside linked by numerous walkways, including some steep inclines, the hotel’s staff are always on hand to whisk you around in a golf buggy if required.
Dining at Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts
With the world’s first edible 18 hole golf course and 400 acres of organic tropical farmland, guests are in for a treat when it comes to dining at Belle Mont Farm’s many restaurants. 90% of all the produce used is sourced from their own and surrounding farms or locally foraged, bringing farm-to-table dining to the Caribbean. The high standard and range of dining experiences is an achievement that few hotels can boast.
I dined at Arthur’s, their casual beachside seafood restaurant in Dieppe Bay. It’s about a 10-minute drive from the resort, but complimentary transportation is available at certain times of the day. Whether you opt for Arthur’s Lobster Pot Pie with the freshest of lobsters from the bay served with a creamy coconut sauce or a fish sandwich, you won’t be disappointed. Everything was superb. As I tuck into a delectable Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, a local fisherman brought in his catch of conches balanced on a surfboard. You don’t get any fresher than that.
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Belle Mont Farm activities
As well as a stunning hillside swimming pool, guests can enjoy an Ian Woosnam-designed, championship golf course with unlimited caddie hire, a fully equipped gym, tennis courts, yoga classes and guided rainforest walks.
Further afield, the island’s attractions are all within easy reach including many beautiful beaches, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Brimstone Hill and the colourful capital of Basseterre.
The Kittitian Hill community
Founded upon the idea that Belle Mont Farm should be part of the local community reaching beyond being merely a sustainable hotel by bringing people together to benefit both locals and visitors alike. Here life is simple and slow paced, giving visitors the time to experience the authentic West Indies through farm-fresh cuisine, by engaging with the local community and by reconnecting with nature.
On this sleepy island you’ll find the authentic, unspoilt Caribbean, and when it comes to sustainable, luxury hotels, few can compare to Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts.
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Boutique Travel Blog’s founder and editor, Kathryn, also blogs at TravelWithKat.com where she shares her passion for discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines.