Belle Mont Farm, relaxation on green and growing farmlands
In the easternmost part of the Caribbean Sea, where the Windward Islands begin their long curve south towards Venezuela, about a day’s sail southeast from Puerto Rico, almost as far as the shores of Antigua, you can find the partner islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Formed by volcanic peaks millennia ago, now covered in tropical rainforest and ringed with sandy beaches, Saint Kitts and Nevis have become a modern resort paradise, with every waterfront sure to feature hotels, restaurants, rental outfits and other tourism businesses. On the big island of Saint Kitts, along the northerly slopes of Mount Liamuiga, there is a lodging that is both luxurious and comfortable and different from the rest. Belle Mont Farm, established in 2014 by entrepreneur Val Kempadoo, stands on 400 acres of prime farmlands, in the rolling foothills of the mountain. The estate is a working farm, and the crops are well tended.
The Farm features several dining areas and it harvests about 90 percent of its own food from its own lands and waters, while contracting with local producers for the rest, making it a genuinely sustainable enterprise. There are Guesthouses, Farmhouses and Villas scattered all around the estate, and the beaches are a short walk away, including the black sands of Dieppe Bay. On the way to the beach, the Irie golf course, designed by Ian Woosnam, intentionally weaves through several orchards and bills itself as the “world’s most edible golf course”. While many resorts take a large percentage of profit out of the economy of the island, Belle Mont Farm employs local residents, and hopes to return 90 percent of the economic income back into the island.
Relaxing in a Community of Luxurious Houses
Belle Mont Farm is amazing to see from the air, resembling nothing so much as a small town. The lodgings are designed more as a village than a private resort, with architecture created by the Bill Bensley Design Studios in Bangkok, who based the designs of the house and service facilities on common West Indies architectural styles. There are over 84 single bedroom guesthouses, each with wraparound verandas and upscale furnishings, as well as several four-bedroom Farmhouses, and a number of Villas. A spa called Mango Walk, nestled in a mango grove higher on the mountain slopes, provides all guests with massages service and beauty treatments on a bespoke basis.
Enjoying the Island Life
Saint Kitts is a beautiful Caribbean place, a tropical island covered with rain forests and surmounted by the extinct stratovolcano Mount Liamuiga, and one of the region’s most exciting hikes is the summit trail to the mountain’s old crater lake, which the local folk call the Giant Salad Bowl. The island is filled with lovely villages and beaches, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the old British fort at Brimstone Hill makes for a fine afternoon of touring. Bespoken water sports are easy to arrange, as are bespoken fishing excursions and trips into the town of Basseterre, for the pleasures of the nightlife. While you relax at Belle Mont Farm, executive chef Christophe Letard, a veteran of Relais & Châteaux properties, will enjoy working with each day’s harvest to create exciting gourmet meals. Trips to the Dieppe Bay beach can feature a mellow sojourn at Belle Mont Farm’s own Golden Lemon Beach Bar. A stay at Belle Mont Farm is a return to the comforting life of the village, made restful and joyous with modern comforts, as well as fruitful with the bounty of the earth and the sea.