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
This place was AMAZING!!! It was literally Paradise on Earth! The decor and attention to detail was just breath taking! The amenities in the room were absolutely wonderful and I would recommend getting a cottage with a pool. In the cottages they have thought of everything you would need, you can literally stay in your room the whole time if you wanted. We loved that they had speakers in the room where you could easily hook up a phone to play music, and just relax by your own pool. They also, had a refrigerator and wine cooler.
I will admit at first the bathroom was a little scary being outside, but after you take your first shower and go out at night you realize there is nothing to worry about. We saw june bugs and little geckos, but that was it. It felt very safe and private. And taking a bath in the tub is a must! Also, they provide wonderful shampoo, condition, body wash, and cream, which we really enjoyed.
The main house and pool are absolutely beautiful and the service is top notch. And if you are a foodie you will love this place because the food is outstanding. The food is very fresh and changes depending on what is in season at the time of your stay. I would also recommend doing the Farm to Table dinner, Chef John is amazing and his food was very delicious! Make sure you go hungry because it is a lot of food, and you will want to try everything. Also, it is worth checking out Arthur’s we didn’t eat down there, but the menu looked very good.
Big shout out to all the staff for such amazing service and thank you to Gail, Kevin, and Richard for making our stay so amazing and memorable. We will definitely be back!!!
Sometimes I get frustrated when a resort’s website doesn’t have enough of the kind of information I want. How do you get there? How far is it from the airport? What time is breakfast served? Where is the dinner menu? Are the rooms actually nice or are they basic?
For this reason, I’m going to try to give you a breakdown of Belle Mont Farm and what it’s like to stay there.
The first thing you need to understand about Belle Mont Farm is that it is at the completely OPPOSITE end of the island from where all of the other luxury hotels are located (Park Hyatt, Marriott, etc.). This was totally fine with me because it is also nowhere near where the cruise ships dock and far from the tourist shops. The drive from the airport is about 45-60 minutes on a two lane road. Kittitians drive on the left, so keep that in mind. We rented a car in Basse Terre and drove to Belle Mont Farm, but there is a hotel shuttle that will pick you up. If you don’t have a car, your options will be limited. More on that later…
The drive itself was not bad. You pass through a series of villages and spaces in between, which are inhabited by free-roaming goats, donkeys and cattle.
The "hotel" is a collection of bungalows and larger houses built on the sloping hills of a rain forest. I thought the bungalows were really charming and lovely. The outdoor bathrooms did not bother me, but if you're prissy about bugs and the like, this is probably not a good option for you.
One thing that I think deserves mentioning is the fact that walking around the property generally requires you to navigate a 45 degree incline. I mean, it's steep. Like, working your calves and glutes steep. You can get driven around in a golf cart, but that takes coordination and patience.
It's clear that the hotel project stalled at some point as there is a large shopping center with additional guests accommodations that is unfinished and no one appears to be working on it.
That said, what IS finished is quite well done and gives the overall effect of a limestone fortress.
Amenities include: a restaurant, pool, exercise room and golf course.
The green vervet monkeys are adorable and fantastic, and watching them was the BEST part of the trip.
The food was above average for Caribbean standards, but like most food in the Caribbean, pricey. If you ate in the restaurant every night for a week, the menu could seem rather limited. The farm-to-table dinner was a real highlight. So much so that we did it twice, mostly for the atmosphere and scenery. We also went to Sprat Net, which I would recommend for local cuisine and flavor.
Also...one day we drove down the mountain to Arthur's for lunch. It was described as an open-air restaurant at the beach. First of all, let's be clear about this -- this is not a particularly inviting beach. Was there sand? Yes. Was there an abundance of trash and bugs? Most definitely. Did a pregnant stray dog run past while we were eating our meal? Absolutely, that happened. Food was fine, but we did not need to stay there for an additional moment. Also, the water is rough because it's the Atlantic Ocean and not great for swimming. I would tell the hotel staff not to direct guests to Arthur's until the Golden Lemon Inn renovation is complete.
Ok. Let me be brutally honest -- there really is no farm at Belle Mont Farm. It's a large garden that mostly supplies the restaurant with fresh herbs. This is mainly due to the fact that the monkeys eat the plants and fruits, which are unprotected. I talked at length to the gardeners about methods they could use to deter the monkeys, but they seemed fine with a couple of ineffective scarecrows. Bottom line...I think they could really up their game on the farm front.
You would LIKE Belle Mont Farm if…
- You are looking for a quiet, relaxing get-away without too many activities or distractions
- You appreciate sustainable agriculture
- You prefer private experiences over communal experiences
- You enjoy a rainforest environment
- You like looking at frolicking monkeys
You would NOT LIKE Belle Mont Farm if…
- You need bustling night life and a party atmosphere to have a good time
- You are traveling with children under the age of 18
- You want a really beach-y vacation (like sitting on an actual beach versus a pool)
- You want to do a lot of shopping on your vacation
- Using a bathroom that is open to the elements (breeze, insects, etc.) will upset your sensibilities
- Walking uphill is a problem for you
From the moment you arrive, you will be taken aback by the beauty of Belle Mont Farm #organicfarm. Sitting atop of Kittitian Hill, it provides breathtaking ocean views #bestview #stkitts. It is fully immersed in nature and you couldn’t ask for a better place to escape from everything. It is the perfect location for a honeymoon, a wedding anniversary or as in our case, a couples’ getaway.
We stayed at one of their Luxury Cottages with an Infinity Pool, and the moment we entered the cottage I was enamored with the setup. From the bed, you could view the ocean, and the folding doors opened up directly onto the pool deck.
One of the features I enjoyed was the outdoor bathroom. Although it did take some getting used to in the beginning, you will definitely enjoy the experience in the end. If being one with nature is not your idea of a good time, then I would recommend staying at the villas which do have indoor bathrooms.
An unexpected feature of the cottage was the giant screen behind the folding doors and the projector which was really cool at night to wind down with a movie.
For those of you who can’t completely disconnect or are writing your next novel, the desk area behind the bed is the perfect spot to get some work done #writersretreat.
The resort offers a variety of both free and paid activities. When you check in, they will give you a schedule of the activities for that week. Some of the activities need a minimum number of guests and you will need to book 24 hr. in advance.
The #farmtotable Dinner usually happens on Tuesdays and Fridays and is the perfect occasion to meet other resort guests and share a bountiful meal.
We ate most of our meals at The Kitchen, the resort’s main restaurant. I enjoyed the juices at breakfast and the Mille Feuille dessert at dinner was mouthwatering. I actually had it twice during our stay.
Another dining option is Arthur’s, a #seatofork restaurant on the beach which is owned by the resort and also has great cocktails.
One of the resorts’ most underrated components is #wellness. Yoga at the Lookout and spa treatments at the wellness cottage are key elements to embracing the complete relaxation experience that Belle Mont Farm has to offer.
Overall, the staff was amazingly kind and accommodating. They were very flexible with our requests and made us feel at home. Big shout out to Gail, Gillian, Charles, Chris, Floyd, Kevin, Chef Hazzard and everyone else who made our stay so memorable.
We were very apprehensive coming to the resort given the slew of terrible reviews. We were literally worried and prepared to cut our stay short if needed since we are both very busy and it’s difficult to take time off, therefore every chance we have for vacation needs to be worth it. We went for just under a week in mid June.
We generally enjoy luxuries and prefer to stay at 5 star properties. This was the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation we’ve experienced. The views are breathtaking. Full panoramic views of the ocean, neighboring islands, rainforest and volcano. In terms of the cottages, yes they do have some wear and they are constantly reshingling the cedar shingles because of the robust mountain gusts of wind. It is obvious that they work meticulously to upkeep the grounds. The bathrooms are indeed outside and reviews complaining of insects in their bathroom just seem ridiculous. If you are not open minded about this, you will be miserable. I actually really enjoyed the outdoor showering experience.
The food was delicious. The menus are not 20 pages long such as is common in North America, but the offerings are well done, fresh and delicious. They source everything locally and try to use as many ingredients as they can that are produced in the farm itself. Such examples are the house made ketchup, house made A1 sauce etc. The price point is similar to what you would pay in 5 star hotel properties in North America. Drink prices were quite reasonable ~8-12$, and quite strong. Be aware of the 22% tax and service fee that is added to all food and beverage purchases. Room service took about 25-30 min to arrive after ordering and food was still piping hot. We enjoyed eating poolside with the gorgeous views in the comfort of our private cottage.
We arranged for round trip private transportation from and to the airport and it was about 150$ usd taxes included. The driver was professional and waiting for us when we arrived.
The air conditioning units do not make the room icebox cold but leaving the shutters open allows the strong gusty breezes to make it very comfortable. We also requested the down duvet be switched to a bedsheet as we prefer it cooler at night. Come prepared with bug spray. There are indeed mosquitoes and I did get a few bites but only on places I did not apply spray to.
Monkeys are abundant and active around 3-6pm everyday and are usually around the level 100 cottages. They wander about the property sampling the copious fruit trees on the property.
In terms of service, everyone was very friendly. There are definitely some employees who are more on point such as Kevin who clearly shows a dedication and stood far above the rest.
Overall, one of the best vacations we have been on and felt like a steal at 250$ a night for a cottage with a good sized private pool. We will definitely be coming back.
I visited KH on a day pass to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday. We first had breakfast at The Kitchen which was lovely although portion sizes were quite small. Nonetheless, they were very tasty. The server could have been a little bit more enthused about her role. However I did not pay it much of a big deal and just figured she was perhaps still training. What really stood out to me was how EVERYONE understood how special this day was to me and that it was a SURPRISE and they all played along well and certainly kept the surprise. I was in contact with Floyd from the reservations team prior to our stay to ensure that all details were provided as it relates to my expectations with the surprise get away and this was executed quite well. Well done! :-) In the latter part of our day trip, my stomach became quite upset just after visiting the pool. I then proceeded to go back quickly to the room. After waiting on a golf cart for some time, the security guide helped us in getting a ride to the room which was quite helpful. Shortly after getting back to the room, we received a call from Guest Services inquiring about my wellbeing. That was quite impressive for me as it was truly demonstrative of what service is really all about- TRUE CARE FOR YOUR GUESTS. Not only was an inquiry made but an offer to be taken to the hospital as well as a hot pot of bush and ginger tea. I declined the hospital offer but quickly said yes to the tea which arrived shortly enough after. The hotel also was gracious enough to extend a late check out to us so that we did not need to rush to exit the resort. This was our first time visiting but will certainly not be our last! Thank you again KH for making our day super special and memorable.