Bill Bensley designs Belle Mont Farm in Kittitian Hill

Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts is slated to unveil Belle Mont Farm in the Caribbean this December. Designed by architect Bill Bensley, 84 guesthouses and seven, four-bedroom farmhouses will have panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands such as St Barths.

Set on the north coast of St. Kitts amid 400 acres on the slopes of Mt. Liamuiga, Belle Mont Farm will immerse guests in local culture and heritage, an organic farming community and farm-to-table culinary experiences at The Kitchen restaurant and The Mill bar.

Overseen by GM Carlos Salazar, Belle Mont Farm amenities will include Irie Fields Golf Course, and The Workshop fitness center. The Golden Lemon Inn at Dieppe Bay will be a part of the Kittitian Hill community, offering a seafood restaurant, beach club and bar.

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Sustainability is at the core of Belle Mont Farm, from Bensley’s design carried through to guest experiences as overseen by Kittitian Hill’s director of sustainability Jeff Palmer. Belle Mont Farm’s design will mirror the architecture of traditional chattel houses, and all structures are being developed to have minimal impact on the landscape.

Guesthouses will offer open verandas and private infinity pools, views and al fresco bathrooms with rainwater showers and freestanding roll-top bath. A team of local craftsmen are building Belle Mont Farm using Caribbean techniques, local materials and/or materials from sustainable sources. Details include traditional wooden shingles and Kittitian stone that allow the structures to blend in with their surroundings.

Farmhouses will offer four bedrooms, giving room for up to eight people. Built around a central living area and professional kitchen, the farmhouses will include the services of a private housekeeping staff.

The Belle Mont Farm will also have modern touches. There will be tablets in each guesthouse, loaded with selected films that can be viewed on pull-down screens via projectors to create a cinema-like experience. Fridges will be stocked with fresh local products and a selection of six wines. Private guesthouse attendants will be assigned to each accommodation and a 24-hour concierge will be made available.

Another highlight of the sustainable design, Irie Fields will be a Par 71, 18-hole golf course that will embrace its natural landscape. This was designed by Welsh golfer-turned-golf-course-designer Ian Woosnam. Irie Fields is the first golf course to acquire certification in the Golf Environment Organization’s LEGACY Program, which showcases the world’s most sustainable golf developments.

Kittitian Hill is a $600-million hospitality and real estate destination. It is the brainchild of Val Kempadoo.

Future phases of the Kittitian Hill development will be unveiled in 2015, including: Mango Walk Spa, a secluded destination spa in a forest of mango trees; The Table restaurant and its adjoining Red Rum bar, which will boast the Caribbean’s largest selection of rum; Yaya Groves, a collection of three- and four-bedroom private villas available to rent or purchase; and The Village, a community within the Kittitian Hill. In addition to the beach club, seafood restaurant and bar being unveiled this December, the Golden Lemon will offer accommodations for guests upon completion of its full renovation in 2015.


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