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 recently had the most amazing experience at Belle Mont Farm. I am a seasoned travel agent with over 35 years in the travel business. I have been to the Caribbean over one hundred times..also dozens of trips to Europe, Mexico, South America, and Hawaii. Belmont Farms is by far the most beautiful and unique resort I have ever seen. The view from the main pool and restaurant is no less than heavenly..with St. Eustastius, St. Barts, Saba, and St.Martin visible in the distance. The ambiance throughout the property is very elegant West Indian....very unique and beautiful with ultimate attention to the gorgeous natural surroundings. Our cottage had a private infinity pool and was surrounded by the lush tropical vegetation . Monkeys visited every day...and so cool to be sitting by the pool while the monkeys are checking you out about ten feet away.
The staff is no less than wonderful...giving very personalized attention to every guest.
All in all...this resort just blew me away. I can not wait to return...it is the ultimate paradise.
Stayed 4 nights in early January. All constructive critical reviews recently totally true and justified. We told "management" our highly critical comments whilst there. Took $250 off final bill but we just wanted a fab holiday on this beautiful island.
My strong advice: if you've not yet booked DON'T!!! There are so many better options as we've now discovered. If you have booked and are paid up, then make the most of it by hiring a car for the duration ( collect on arrival or have it delivered), dine out at lunch and/ or evenings and go to Rams' supermarkets for snacks/ nibbles and drinks in room in evenings/ breakfasts.
All of the issues have been well documented by recent "honest" reviews. It's a sadly neglected, run down, massively over priced place without quality in either food or service. The management seems neither to be aware nor care. No sign of GM, Mr Maynard,throughout. Staff openly and sadly critical of him and them. Many of them want to do a good job and know that the experience for guests is seriously lacking.
The location can seem idyllic but, north facing up in the hills behind the mountain, it is prone to frequent rain, cold winds and was damp. Clothes in morning felt damp. This may be the root of the problem: why site unfinished and now being run down? The lack of guests made privacy less of an issue BUT the bathrooms especially do lack privacy and were cold and windswept places to dash into/ out of.
Anyway this was one of our most disappointing ever stays anywhere. If it were offered to us again free, we would not return!!
I must agree with recent reviews. Looks like a few years ago this was a nice place, but now is a bit of a headless chicken running around. Service - everyone is very nice, but unable to help. There doesn't seem to be any senior manager who would coordinate everyone. Meals at The Kitchen are priced at New York prices, but unfortunately, quality doesn't follow...
The resort is set in a nice, quiet part of the island, but that means it's a 40 minute drive to the town (or, if you want to go to Frigate Bay/Christophe Harbour - 1 hour drive).
I would suggest when thinking about staying at this resort to read all the reviews.I am surprised that some folks had an excellent stay here. Some reviewers said it better than I have but I won't single them out. I think it's against protocol:)
The location is beautiful! However, we were truly disappointed and left early because we new we would be miserable if we stayed. Having said that, we paid through Expedia, so it was not refundable. I have read some of the reviews on here and am surprised that people gave it 5 stars...truly surprised!
I am not sure what's going on with the resort. Half of it was developed and the other half looked as though they stopped abruptly with building, but you see that a lot in St. Kitts so maybe something is going on with the government. I want this resort to succeed, I really do, but I feel as though we were mislead, especially with the golf course. It was a joke...I mean we were so disgusted that we burst out laughing. They never should have allowed us to play golf. The cart paths were rutted out from rain, and if we had tipped over we could have been hurt. I think maybe 6 holes out of the 18 were open.
The staff there are pretty friendly. The wait staff in the Restaurant were either new, under trained, or just didn't care. The food we had was okay at best...but not worth 160.00 for dinner. We also ate at Arthur's which is a restaurant off property...it was terrible. Granted I got a burger which the waitress suggested...it was bad.
Our room was nice at first glance, until we got settled in and got a good look at it.I have learned over the years that you cannot go by photo's on websites. It is never as good as it looks, never. this was the case with our cottage. I don't think anyone had stayed there in a while. It was not very clean. Trust me, I know clean, I have had a cleaning business for 25 plus years. I don't think anyone thought to dust mop under the bed or any of the dressers in the room. Our coffee press was shot. We had leaks in the roof in the bathroom. My husband's toiletry bag got drenched after a night of rain.The doors to the front of the cottage (with an amazing view..that was the best part of our room, the view) were hard to open and close. the chase lounger that we had, the cushion never dried out because it rained, and I don't think the sun ever hit it, so you couldn't lay out on it because it was wet. We also did not have water for a while. they said there had been a water main burst.
I could go on but I won't. I don't think it's fair for them to advertise an 18 hole golf course when it's clearly not. I was truly sad when we left. I wanted this to be an amazing experience but it just wasn't. My husband was honest with them and told them his concerns. they gave us a credit for 200.00 for the meals. It's not a 5 star resort. they need to change the advertising about the golf and let people know that it's not 18 holes. I think this property could be amazing, however, in my experience it really wasn't.
St. Kitts is a beautiful Island with beautiful people.
Stunning resort with gorgeous views of a beautiful island. It is especially great for hikers or the more active. Food was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful resort. The staff were very pleasant and eager to be of service. Would recommend.