Belle Mont Farm
The 400 acres of Kittitian Hill encompass the Belle Mont Farm resort, with 84 guest cottages and seven four-bedroom houses for families; residential units for sale; a low-key village center with shops and restaurants; and the farm itself, which supplies the majority of the produce used in the various restaurants.
Arriving in the area, we proceeded up a rutted dirt road. Our driver explained that construction continues on the residential and shopping projects, so heavy equipment requires constant access. I feared that the activity would detract from our stay, but fortunately, this proved not to be the case. After a while, the road became paved, and we entered a lush world of trees and flowering plants, its tranquility interrupted only by birdsong or the call of a vervet monkey. We pulled up to a tall wooden pavilion called The Potting Shed, with an appropriate display of traditional farm implements, and after a brief greeting, switched to a golf cart. This took us to the resort’s central public area, The Great House, whose rugged stone walls came from a nearby quarry, in keeping with the resort’s efforts to locally source as many of the construction materials as possible. Its upper level incorporated the distinctive conical tower of a replica sugar mill, which served as the bar, as well as the centerpiece restaurant, The Kitchen. One level below, we could see the spectacular infinity pool backdropped by the farm, the golf course and the sea. Heading uphill from check-in, we caught tantalizing glimpses of the cottages, all done with clapboard siding and shingle roofs. These were spaced well apart and, apparently, great efforts were made to ensure that they fit into the landscape with as little disruption as possible. Just two trees were taken down in the process.
I instantly liked our expansive front porch with its two hanging swing seats. Inside, the room was not particularly large, but the high peaked ceiling and the glass doors leading out to a deck and private pool made our accommodations seem simultaneously intimate and grand. The dark wood floors and Colonial-style furniture were complemented by white walls, blue-gray wood trim and bright blue and cream fabrics. Furnishings also included a large desk and a stocked fridge. There was no television, but at the push of a button, a screen descended, and with the provided iPad and a connection to Netflix, it was possible to have a movie night right in the room — with the option of fresh popcorn delivered to the door.
The outdoor bath came with a shower, freestanding tub and separate vanities, all completely outdoors but sheltered by a screen of vegetation. Some may find this off-putting, but I quite enjoyed the arrangement, and we were never troubled by insects. Our infinity-edge pool offered striking views of St. Kitts, the Caribbean and the islands beyond. Given the relatively high elevation, the water was quite cold, but I understand that heaters are being installed. Even the thought of the much larger pool at The Great House could not pry us away from our private oasis.