St. Kitts, West Indies – Private villas and boutique hotels on a tropical fruit farm, a golf course that winds its way through lush organic farmland, a spa set in an ancient mango grove…this is Kittitian Hill on St. Kitts’ lush northern tip. A new real estate and hospitality destination anchored in the holistic philosophy of sustainability and authenticity, the people of Kittitian Hill have a shared belief and commitment to their community and culture.
This ambitious newcomer, the work of visionary developer Val Kempadoo, is designed to be “a catalyst for change, bringing lasting benefits to the local people and economy,” he says. “Kittitian Hill will exude the culture and values so deeply rooted in the Caribbean’s rich history.”
Kittitian Hill, a $600million project, has become a labour of love for Trinidad born Val Kempadoo and his Swiss co developer Patrick Liotard-Vogt. Originally partly government-funded, but now the responsibility of these two visionary investors, Kittitian Hill is representative of the evolving West Indian business philosophy dedicated to enhancing travel and tourism into the country.
With panoramic views of an ancient tropical forest, Kittitian Hill’s 400 acres of fertile farmland are set between Mount Liamuiga and the Caribbean Sea. This milestone project of private villas, boutique hotels, and a Village filled with restaurants, shops and spiritual experiences will mirror Kempadoo’s belief in “sustainable living that respects and celebrates the community and the environment.” At its core, each element of Kittitian Hill will be united by a common thread of sustainable wellbeing and philanthropy, yet radiate its own distinctive vibe and hospitality.
“Like life itself, the evolution of Kittitian Hill will be a journey, a path toward self-discovery and awareness that guests, residents and developers will travel together as our community takes shape,” said Kempadoo. “Just as Kittitian Hill evolves for the 21st century, its residents will be linked by a shared purpose and vision of community and culture.”
The mixed-use project is under the design direction of award-winning architect Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest magazine’s distinguished “Top 100 Designers.” Every building within Kittitian Hill will be constructed using local or sustainable materials, crafted in collaboration with a team of over 50 local contractors and craftsmen so that every structure appears as if it has always been there. Likewise, the Farm will become a self-sustainable landscape, able to nourish Kittitian Hill residents and guests with a bounty of organically grown produce.
Among the destination’s facilities are:
Belle Mont Farm – An 119 key hotel comprising private one-bedroom Guesthouses and a handful of larger Greathouses (accommodating up to 16). Guesthouses feature open verandas on two sides, private porches or pool with breathtaking views of St Barths and St Martin. Rainwater showers, hand-selected wine, pre-loaded tablets and drop-down big screens and crates of farm-fresh fruit every day are just a few of the thoughtful amenities.
The Village Inn Suites –Kittitian Hill’s Village Inn Suites consist of one to two guest rooms and are situated at the heart of the hustle and bustle of the village. They will appeal to individuals and groups eager to absorb the vibrancy of Kittitian Hill in close proximity to shops, dining and the endless activities and events happening in the Market Square and Town Hall Centre.
Yaya Groves – A collection of secluded three and four-bedroom villas available for purchase. This community of properties perched on the lower edge of Mount Liamuiga features spacious open-air terraces and swimming pools and is ideal for multi-generational travelers and groups of friends. Villas can be bought on a whole or fractional basis and can be included in the resort sales inventory. Owners and guests have full access to the resort’s amenities and services.
Irie Fields – The world’s most edible golf course, Irie Fields is the work of noted golf course designer Ian Woosnam. In keeping with Kittitian Hill’s philosophy of sustainability and natural beauty, one-half of this par-72 18-hole course will comprise lush tropical farmland featuring cart/walking paths through the orchards where guests will discover “Pick Me” notices when the fruit is ripe.
RESTAURANTS & BARS:
The Refinery – A relaxed dining space, with bar (The Mill) overlooking the entire Kittitian Hill community, this spectacular terrace is framed by views of the Caribbean, with St Barths and St Martin to the north and Statia and Saba further west. The rich green slopes of Mount Liamuiga rise comfortingly to the south.
The Table and Red Rhum Bar at Belle Mont Farm – The Table provides a fresh-from-the-farm harvest dining experience and captures Kittitian Hill’s commitment to growing, fishing and foraging in order to minimize its environmental footprint and take full advantage of the unique setting of Kittitian Hill. International culinary standards and fresh, natural flavors come together in flavorful, tropical menus. The accompanying Red Rhum Bar will offer a casual Caribbean ambience and provide the perfect setting for sundowners and starlit dinners.
The Golden Lemon and The Lime – Located in nearby Dieppe Bay, this iconic edifice will house The Lime, Kittitian Hill’s beach bar and restaurant.
The Town Hall - A collection of meeting rooms and event halls – fully built to international standards – that will hold unique and thought provoking conferences and events. The Town Hall will also form the nucleus for the promotion of regional and international art and cultural events and festivals.
FURTHER KITTITIAN HILL AMENITIES WILL INCLUDE:
The Village; a vibrant mix of residences, restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, ateliers, a farmer’s market, writers’ workshops, film festivals and open-air cinema.
Mango Walk Spa; tucked into the tropical forest, a secluded and tranquil destination spa offering indigenous treatments, meditative gardens, library, café, movement studio and multi-sensory Mango Walk.
The Farm; 400 acres of fertile organic farmland and lush tropical forest creating an edible landscape and home to rare and heirloom tropical fruit trees.
The Belle Mont Farm begins its soft opening phase in December 2013. Whilst bringing to life centuries-old culture and Caribbean traditions, this project will set the benchmark for hospitality and innovative sustainable living around the world.
Ownership enquiries available upon request.
Belle Mont Farm Guesthouses from $800 per night.
Belle Mont Farm Greathouses available upon request.
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