Belle Mont Farm
What We Love
- A luxury sea-view guesthouse or villa on a 400-acre tropical farm, with unlimited golf
- Picking yourself a piece of fruit, to eat in the shade of a calabash tree
- Snorkeling in the waters where the Caribbean and Atlantic meet
- Finding out where the secret fishing hole is located – but don’t tell; it’s a secret
What To Know
- Sunday brunch attracts guests, locals and visitors across the island with farm-to-table fruits and veggies, a roti station, ceviche, a Bloody Mary bar and champagne
- The concept of an entirely outdoor bathroom (toilet and all) seems romantic – but in practice, it means contending with spiders and other critters if you have to go in the middle of the night
- Sportier guests will enjoy a round of golf or a tennis match at one of two on-site courts
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
Life is beautiful at Belle Mont Farm, designed by Conde Nast Traveler-, Forbes- and Travel + Leisure favorite Bill Bensley. This village of guesthouses, itself endorsed by all three publications (among many, many others), is set on an edible organic landscape of farmland and lush forest. It’s here that the food and drink ingredients are sourced, when they’re not harvested at neighboring farms, to strengthen the St. Kitt’s community. In fact, redefining Caribbean sustainability and social justice is the very reason this resort was created.
But you don’t need the founding team to tell you that Belle Mont Farm is a paradise unlike any other; you’ll discover this for yourself, as you catch fish in the daylight for that night’s ceviche, visit the eco-friendly golf course, wander the cane fields, or stop at trees reading “Pick Me” to pluck ripe fruit from their boughs. Later, walk to the spa through an ancient mango grove, or retreat to your room to bathe in your outdoor tub or watch a movie on your pull-down screen. Finally, at day’s end, fall asleep to views of both the Caribbean and Atlantic out your door and wraparound veranda – if you can convince yourself that this isn’t a dream already.
Guesthouses and villas
Each Belle Mont Farm abode is a tropical oasis, designed to echo that of the larger island. Fresh fruit crates and juices are delivered daily to its front door, and there are a projector and an iPad, stocked with films, that you can watch on the pull-down screen (the property will supply the popcorn). For a different kind of view, bathe in your pool or step onto your private wraparound veranda, which features a freestanding tub for candlelit baths, and gaze at the forest and the Caribbean and Atlantic meeting downhill.In addition to offering more rooms, villas incorporate shingle rooftops, balustrades and local stonework. Windows are shuttered, and each bedroom features its own walk-in wardrobe. Your pool boasts an infinity edge, and you’ll love cooking up a storm in the gourmet kitchen.
Amenities- Crisp linens- Organic bath amenities- High ceilings- Half a dozen sommelier-selected bottles of wine- Outdoor rainwater shower- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Organic coffee/tea
The organic farm is the cornerstone of the entire resort experience and the source of many of the dining rooms’ ingredients. You’ll receive fresh fruit to your front door and may chat with the chef at The Farm while he makes your braised-chicken roulade and roasted carrots, dine in the Great House’s restaurant on the catch of the day, or feast on bouillabaisse or ceviche that was made with fish you caught yourself, just that afternoon.Mill Bar pays tribute to St. Kitts’ cane-milling origins, but it’s not sugar and rum that are the focus here – rather, you’ll sip on elixirs and extracts of, again, the on-site herbs and fruits. In certain seasons, sea-to-fork fare will also be served at the black-sand Dieppe Bay beach, 10 minutes away.
Mango Walk is Belle Mont’s gorgeous spa, in an ancient mango grove at the peak of Kittitian Hill. You’ll come here to soak in natural pools and receive therapies that were inspired by indigenous traditions, and whose products and concepts the staff will happily share afterward.
From fruit-heavy forest to sweeping farmland to coral reef to golden beach – and one with black sand, too – Belle Mont Farm has every setting you could possibly want in a remote island paradise, and you’ll spend your days exploring them. Pluck ripe fruit from trees bearing “Pick Me” signs, watch a movie from your iPad-connected projector on your pull-down screen, or retreat to the spa, for a dip in a natural pool. Chart the Caribbean and Atlantic waters on a trip to a secret fishing hole or a snorkeling excursion among the reefs, through schools of colorful fish.Depending on when you come, you may also be able to enjoy the chemical-free “world’s most edible golf course” or witness a vibrant art or music festival unfolding. Finally, don’t forget to pop over to nearby Brimstone Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
How to Get There
I write this review with a heavy heart. Belle Mont Farm is a beautiful hotel with some great ideas and some lovely staff (Tre behind the bar deserves a mention) but is also a bandit factory. The views from the hotel are stunning and the rooms and public areas are very stylish. However, a lack of a joined up approach and some eye watering prices (note. this is an issue throughout the island) leaves you feeling short changed.
Paying five star prices is fine if you receive five star service and five star food - unfortunately this is not always the case. As we progressed through our five night stay it felt like the wheels were slowly coming off - on our final breakfast there was no tea left (there were also occasions the hotel ran out of beer, limes, cheese etc.). To add to this you pay service charge on everything - including your room rate (I have never seen this before).
At its best the food is very good but it is inconsistent (some mornings the eggs were poached with so much vinegar it made my eyes water). There are no restaurants nearby leaving you with no choice at lunch but to pay £20 for an average pizza or £20 for a basic bowl of tomato pasta. You are essentially a hostage with an open chequebook.
The rooms look great and the large tv projector screen which doubles as a blind is a very smart design. However, the air conditioning unit is largely ineffective and far too noisy to use at night. While it is to be expected (you are in the jungle after all) the noise of frogs, crickets etc. is also significant at night so I recommend you bring some ear plugs.
I think the hotel could be amazing and their dedication to using local produce and labour is admirable. However, the hotel is a work in progress in many ways without any reflection in the price.
My daughter is at Ross on the Island and has been saying we need to have dinner at Belle Mont Farm. So on this visit we drove out thinking we would have a wonderful dinner.
The property is breathtaking. Staff was wonderful. The food was extremely disappointing. Our Ahi Tuna was over cooked and dry. The Red Snapper was not cleaned enough and had a lot of bones. The chicken was also dry.
As we were sitting there waiting for dinner we were planning a Mother/Daughter get away at the resort but now afraid. Was it an off night or a new chief.
This was our first visit to Belmont Farm. We had heard many good reports from friends and they were not wrong. It was a lovely relaxing and comfortable to stay. Staff were friendly and could not be more helpful. Will definitely be going back.
Absolutely amazing, our third visit to Belle Mont Farm.
Stunning views, of Statia, Saba, St Martin and St Barth’s.
Breathtaking location, great food and service.
The Farm to Table dinner is a must, fantastic!
Followed by an after dinner drink from the Mill Bar, under the stars.
We will be back, love this place.
We spent a wonderful 8 days at this lush resort. The room / house we were in had a private plunge pool that was very relaxing. The resort has it's own farm which supplies vegetables for the restaurant. They have a wonderful chef named Mark, who gives cooking classes including a rissotto made from a tarro root. The service is very personable and remember you and what you need. We are thinking about ways to plan on coming back here soon.