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Patrick Bennett

AFAR Ambassador

AFAR Ambassadors are in-the-know bloggers who have a passion for experiential travel.

New York, New York, United States

www.uncommoncaribbean.com

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Island Vibes Tours
Providenciales International Airport, Turks and Caicos Islands

Island Vibes Tours, Providenciales International Airport, Turks and Caicos Islands
Coral Reef Snorkeling with Island Vibes Tours
Exploring the 40 islands and islets of Turks and Caicos is guaranteed to provide some of the most spectacular tropical vistas you’ve ever seen. Luckily, Island Vibes Tours will be happy to pick you up from the beach in front of Grace Bay Club. Whether it’s snorkeling, beach BBQ’s, diving, private catamaran tours, sunset cruises, or a VIP luxury experience you’re after—Island Vibe Tours can make it happen. On a recent visit, I took a half-day snorkel tour. From the moment I climbed aboard, the party was on. Rum punches were flowing, classic roots reggae mixed with ripsaw music, smiles flashed left and right, the bright West Indian sun poured its energy over us. The first stop was the reef—one of the largest in the world. Donning snorkel gear, I hopped right in. Minutes later, I was shadowing a huge spotted eagle ray as it gracefully glided through the crystal clear waters. Magic. The next stop was adjacent to a beautiful green islet surrounded by sparkling shallows perfect for a quick dip. It was time to try out a few of the boat’s special amenities: a slide and a diving board! Finally, we pulled into amazing Half Moon Bay. Here I was greeted by an overgrown sandbar turned pristine three-quarter-mile blindingly white sand beach! Idyllic doesn’t do this place justice. But just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… my hosts produced two live conchs, which they cleaned on the beach and proceeded to whip up some of the freshest conch salad I’ve ever had.
Coral Reef Snorkeling with Island Vibes Tours
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North Caicos
Bottle Creek, Turks and Caicos Islands

North Caicos, Bottle Creek, Turks and Caicos Islands
North Caicos
Providenciales, home of Grace Bay Club is great, but there are 40 islands and islets to explore in the Turks and Caicos Islands making an interisland sojourn almost essential to any trip. Those who can pull themselves away from beautiful Grace Bay Beach should head to North Caicos. A quick ferry ride deposits you in front of a sign proclaiming: “Thank You For Visiting North Caicos and Middle Caicos.” You have joined the Beyond Provo Club. Smack in the middle of the 13-mile-long island is a roughly three-and-a-half mile long pond descriptively named Flamingo Pond. When I visited, there were over 100 flamingos, but their numbers can reach into the thousands certain times of year! The overlook is roughly 300 feet from the pond, so binoculars, a spotting scope, or a major telephoto lens is a requirement. Another must-stop is the one-of-a-kind Miss B’s restaurant. Sure, it serves local favorites like cracked conch, fried fish, and curried conch (the best curried conch I’ve ever had), but it’s the vibe at Miss B’s that really sets it apart. Come prepared to party, dance, joke, smile, sing, eat, and, of course, drink—all starting at the eye-opening hour of high noon! Then there are the spectacular beaches beyond on Middle Caicos: Conch Bar Beach, Bambarra Beach, and the remote sands of Cedar Point and Haulover Point. All in all, it’s a day trip that truly delivers an awe-inspiring, authentic experience…if you can pull yourself away from all that Grace Bay Club already offers.
North Caicos
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North Caicos
Bottle Creek, Turks and Caicos Islands

North Caicos, Bottle Creek, Turks and Caicos Islands
North Caicos
Providenciales, home of Grace Bay Club is great, but there are 40 islands and islets to explore in the Turks and Caicos Islands making an interisland sojourn almost essential to any trip. Those who can pull themselves away from beautiful Grace Bay Beach should head to North Caicos. A quick ferry ride deposits you in front of a sign proclaiming: “Thank You For Visiting North Caicos and Middle Caicos.” You have joined the Beyond Provo Club. Smack in the middle of the 13-mile-long island is a roughly three-and-a-half mile long pond descriptively named Flamingo Pond. When I visited, there were over 100 flamingos, but their numbers can reach into the thousands certain times of year! The overlook is roughly 300 feet from the pond, so binoculars, a spotting scope, or a major telephoto lens is a requirement. Another must-stop is the one-of-a-kind Miss B’s restaurant. Sure, it serves local favorites like cracked conch, fried fish, and curried conch (the best curried conch I’ve ever had), but it’s the vibe at Miss B’s that really sets it apart. Come prepared to party, dance, joke, smile, sing, eat, and, of course, drink—all starting at the eye-opening hour of high noon! Then there are the spectacular beaches beyond on Middle Caicos: Conch Bar Beach, Bambarra Beach, and the remote sands of Cedar Point and Haulover Point. All in all, it’s a day trip that truly delivers an awe-inspiring, authentic experience…if you can pull yourself away from all that Grace Bay Club already offers.
North Caicos
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Cockburn Town
Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands

Cockburn Town, Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos Cultural and Arts Commission
Sun, sand, sea, and seafood—you don’t have to hunt high and low to experience many of the natural wonders on offer in the Turks and Caicos Islands… But that’s only half the story. The other half of the equation are the people and culture that call the Islands home—and the best person to introduce you to them is David Bowen, the government’s Director of Culture. His office, the Cultural & Arts Commission Office, is part workplace and part stage. Along the wall hang all sorts of artifacts. A large Turks & Caicos flag, little boats, conch shells, woven bags, straw hats, washing boards, tiny accordions, and more. It’s only when David steps onto the stage that all the scattered items come alive. He brings the island’s history to life, from the era of salt production that lasted from the late 1600s into the 1960s, to rake & scrape music, to the Trouvadore ship wreck, and more. Channeling the West Indies’ rich oral tradition, he weaves each and every item into a colorful tapestry that informs as it entertains. Conch shells become “shell phones” used to call his mother from the beach in some sepia-toned memory. Baskets become central to family life. Saws bend to the rhythm of ripsaw music accompanied by artful manipulation of the mundane triangle. As someone who’s traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, even I was held captivated by David’s practiced, yet effortlessly authentic performance. Taking a break from the beach for a history lesson was never this much fun.
Turks & Caicos Cultural and Arts Commission
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Boogaloos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Boogaloos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Bugaloos Conch Crawl
Far from the developed shores of Grace Bay (well, 18 minutes away… which is half an island on Providenciales) you’ll find a dining destination steeped in superlatives: Bugaloos Conch Crawl. Expect the freshest seafood here as Bugaloos’ neighbor just so happens to be Sunny’s Fish Plant making the trip from sea to food for local favorites like red snapper incredibly short. (And don’t worry, the plant doesn’t smell.) You’ll also taste some of the best conch in the Caribbean. “Conch” is practically Bugaloos’ middle name. Conch fritters, cracked conch, conch salad, scorched conch, conch sauté, grilled conch, plus variations like coconut cracked conch and buffalo cracked conch—you can’t go wrong ordering any of the 10 different ways they prepare this Turks specialty. And if you’re curious about the method of separating these tasty treats from their shell and getting them ready for the pot, just walk out into the shallows where a couple affable shore men make it look easy. Even with taking time out to demonstrate their method to guests, they still clean hundreds and hundreds of conch a day! Is it the positively picturesque address right on the beach, or the steady cool breeze, or the body moving live rhythms, or the incredibly well stocked rum bar? I don’t know the reason, but some of the biggest, warmest smiles I experienced on Providenciales could be found at Bugaloos. Go for the fresh and fabulous food at this local favorite, but stay for the vibes.
Bugaloos Conch Crawl
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Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay Club, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
The Residences by Grace Bay Resorts’ Private Villa Collection
Some like to call Grace Bay’s new Residences a “micro-resort.” I prefer to think of them as a collection of three luxurious homes with the impeccably delicate service of a five-star resort. The central room of each home is take-your-breath-away spacious with high vaulted ceilings. It includes a well designed dining area and a kitchen sporting solid wood cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf. The home divides into four bedrooms and five bathrooms bringing the total interior to over 6,000 square feet. Details like a black lacquer piano and al fresco wooden-backed rain showers contribute to the experience. There’s also a fifth bedroom in a detached cottage perfect for a child’s caregiver. But perhaps the most defining feature of The Residences is the 95 feet of private, immaculate beach reserved for each home. The entire side of the home that faces the water can be opened to take it all in—extending the 2,600 square feet of private deck space surrounding the infinity pool, outdoor barbecue, and sunning areas. And don’t forget, all this comes with 5-star luxury resort management. Expect a personal concierge, daily housekeeping, in-villa chefs, and more at your disposal. Plus access to all the world-class dining, lounging, and other services offered at the Grace Bay Club down the beach. Sophisticated, luxurious, and certainly exclusive, the all-new Residences by Grace Bay Resorts’ Private Villa Collection need to be experienced to be believed.
The Residences by Grace Bay Resorts’ Private Villa Collection
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Biére et Boules
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Biére et Boules, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Biére et Boules
When it comes to Caribbean dining I love low key—just give me a beach, a beautiful day, some strong cocktails, and some fuss free food. And that’s exactly what Grace Bay Club’s Biére et Boules delivers… in bite-sized portions. The theme of this pop-up style restaurant, evident in its translated name ‘beer and balls,’ is that all food served at this beautiful blue and white beach bar are ball-shaped. Red snapper balls. Cheese balls. Rum cake balls. Ice cream balls. On and on. And from your first bite, you’ll realize Grace Bay Club’s Biére et Boules is on a roll. My favorite dish was the lamb balls—sizzling Greek meat balls nestled within a fluffy grilled pita drizzled with cucumber tatziki and salted olive tomato relish. Delectable. Toes in the sand, don’t be surprised as you drift away buoyed by the light rhythms playing over the azure, turquoise, and white backdrop of idyllic sky, sea, and sand. Enjoy the bites, inspired from various cuisines throughout the world, and even succumb to a giggle or two. You’ll be happy you did.
Biére et Boules
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Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay Club, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Grill Rouge in Grace Bay Club
Few amenities at luxury resorts warm the West Indian cockles of my heart quite like authentic flavors on the menu. A Johnnycake here or seafood curry there is usually enough to coax an easy sense of familiarity to the surface, but at Grill Rouge on Grace Bay Club they go a step further. Once a week they completely transform the entire menu into a Caribbean Beach Buffet. This is not the menu you would expect at a luxury resort, which only makes it that much sweeter. Appetizers at Grill Rouge include Turks green papaya salad, a Jamaican pepper pot, and pickled escoviche yellowtail snapper. All delicious options, but it’s during the main course that my island food loving taste buds really get rewarded. Stewed conch, Johnnycakes, curried mussels, sautéed red snapper, curried goat, spicy steamed oxtail, macaroni pie, red beans and rice, scotch bonnet chili with plantain mash—this menu could have been ripped from some a local’s secret haunt down the street! And that’s before even considering the whole fresh fish grilling up on beach barbecues. To make the night even better, they move all the seating out onto the sands of Grace Bay Beach. Local West Indian food on one of the best beaches in the world as the sun sets serenely in the west—can you think of a better way to end the day?
Grill Rouge in Grace Bay Club
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Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay Club, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
The Pools at Grace Bay Club
I’m not a pool guy. There, I said it. If I’m in the Caribbean and the sun is shining—why in the world would I spend any time at a pool? But the pool fronting The Estate, the luxe resort-within-a-resort at Grace Bay Club, isn’t the norm. This sleek, T-shaped, modern design is just so sexy. The pool sits just steps from the beach, with two palm trees shading the bright blue water. Umbrellas abound, of course. Wooden lounge chairs sport cushy padding perfect for all day relaxing and there are even a couple of choice beds outfitted with flowing white drapes perfect for catching soothing West Indian trade winds. Better yet, it’s only one of the resort’s three pools. An adults-only pool is located at The Hotel and the family-friendly pool at The Villas is an escape for parents and children alike. While The Estate pool is reserved only for guests of these ultra-luxury accommodations, all three feature attentive staff and amenities to remind you just what “five-star” truly means. As if all that isn’t alluring enough, there are two additional aspects to these pool areas that put them over the top. The first are the poolside cabanas, located just off the sands of Grace Bay Beach. Here, in open-air-yet-private spaces, guests can indulge in Grace Bay Club’s Anani Spa signature body treatments. The second is the hot tub. Hot tub in the Caribbean? Yes and yes! You haven’t experienced sundown in the lap of luxury until you’ve done it sipping sundowners in a hot tub. Cheers!
The Pools at Grace Bay Club
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Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay Club, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Grace Bay Club Beach
When you walk out of Grace Bay Club onto her namesake beach, you feel it in your bones: you’ve arrived. This pristine, world-class beach that’s been enticing travelers since Grace Bay Club was the first luxury resort to grace these sands years ago. Grace Bay Beach is consistently ranked one of the top five beaches in the world by people who should know, but in the end, the only ranking that matters is yours. So let’s do a quick Q&A to decide whether Grace Bay Beach is destined to top your list: 1. Do you like immaculate white sand devoid of rocks, seaweed, and pollution? 2. Do you prefer your water impossibly clear, calm, and cool? 3. Do you like your beaches quiet with plenty of personal space? 4. Do you like your sand running for miles in both directions? 5. Do you welcome beach staff whose ability to know when you need your next drink and when you need to be left alone borders on clairvoyance? 6. Do you like the ability to craft your own beach day? Share your sunny experience via WiFi or disconnect? Or take a complimentary Hobie Cat out for a spin? 7. Do you prefer your beaches NOT to have towering developments crowding her shores and blocking out the sun? 8. Do you have a pulse? If you answered yes to these questions, I can confidently say Grace Bay Beach is the ideal strip of paradise for you. So slather on the sunscreen, allow your beach attendant to set you up with one of Grace Bay Club’s beach chairs, order a cocktail, and let the beach day begin!
Grace Bay Club Beach
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Infiniti
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands

Infiniti, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Infiniti Restaurant at Grace Bay Club
While I’ve professed my love of low-key Caribbean dining, sometimes the occasion calls for something a little (or a lot) more upscale. Luckily Grace Bay Club has you covered with the Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar. Proclaimed as the only gourmet oceanfront restaurant on Providenciales, Infiniti is a foodie journey beyond expectations. It starts with the modern design dotted with natural touches. Fire dances in well situated pits throughout The Lounge area welcoming diners with its elegant glow. Palm trees stretch over the sleek scene adding a bit of island flavor, while lights in woven baskets hang from their trunks adding to the perfectly staged scene. As you can imagine, the ambiance is infinitely perfect, but how do the dishes stack up? Think infinity plus one. Inventive starters on Infiniti’s menu like lobster grilled haute cuisine cheese sandwiches with fennel and orange slaw compete with house cured salmon and crab and watermelon salad to start to your meal (lobster season runs August through March and is strictly enforced, so make sure you visit during the fall and winter months if you plan to indulge). Infiniti’s Raw Bar menu also features crudo, ceviche and tiradito made with the freshest locally caught ingredients. But that’s just the beginning. It’s the Lobster Piccata complete with passion fruit butter, the Simply Grilled Snapper accompanied by cilantro papaya salsa, and the crispy Atlantic Sole that really take you beyond. To Infiniti and beyond, indeed.
Infiniti Restaurant at Grace Bay Club
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Sidecar's Hideout
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Sidecar's Hideout, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sidecar’s Hideout
You won’t find Sidecar’s Hideout in any tourist guide. You won’t find it on any cruise ship itineraries. You won’t find it on any blogger’s top ten things to do on St. Kitts list, either. In fact, chances are you won’t find Sidecar’s Hideout at all. And that’s part of the reason I love it. The requisite Soca music blares from a pile of speakers rattling the entire makeshift structure—just mismatched wood haphazardly nailed together and topped with an aging collection of tarps. The “bar” is made of wood planks covered over with slightly worn felt. The drinks come out of old coolers. Dogs roam idly about, as do some regulars talking loudly over the music and knocking back Carib beers. What more could you want from a roadside rum shack? Food and drinks, you say? Well, I can tell you Mr. Sidecar himself (ask him how he got that nickname for a fun story) served me some killer goat water (a thin brown soup with a random sampling of goat parts) and a plastic cup of hammond (an illicit rum made in small pot stills back in the bushes of St. Kitts). This combo is sure to put some bite in your bark.
Sidecar’s Hideout
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Ital Creations at Fari Organic Farm
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Ital Creations at Fari Organic Farm, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Ital Creations at Fari Organic Farm
Mr. Juda of Ital Creations at Fari Organic Farm (and a contributor to Belle Mont Farm’s organic efforts) has the cure for whatever ails you! Your best bet is to start with his selection of moringa juices—a plant grown in the area. There’s ginger, “original”, sorrel, and, my favorite, unsweetened. Many consider the moringa a “miracle tree” with its high levels of Vitamins C, A, calcium, potassium, and iron. But the incredibly healthy Ital creations don’t end there. On a recent visit this was the lunch menu: Fire Roasted Breadfruit Topped with Lentils in Greens Sauce. And when they say, “fire roasted”, they mean cooked traditionally in a little fire pit behind the counter.
Ital Creations at Fari Organic Farm
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OJ's Ital Cart
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

OJ's Ital Cart, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
OJ’s Ital Cart
Vitality. Spirit. Energy. Livity. Whatever you call it, we all want more of it. While much of Western society has embraced processed protein powders, ultra-caffeinated beverages, and other scientific wonders, the Rastafarian lifestyle and culture provides a different approach best sampled in Basseterre at OJ’s Ital Cart. What’s ital food? The approach is food that is fresh, natural, and from the earth. The ingredients never include chemical pesticides or fertilizers—they don’t even use salt with iodine. At OJ’s you can experience quality ital cooking from a brightly painted, old food truck with permanently flattened tires and a line that often wraps around the block at lunchtime. The vibe is fast and fun. (So don’t fault them for cooking their food in metal pots and serving it in styrofoam! Both no-no’s in strict ital quarters.) If you’re looking for great street food on St. Kitts, a visit to OJ’s Ital is vital. Eat Good. Live Long.
OJ’s Ital Cart
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Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor
Old Road Town, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor, Old Road Town, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Caribelle Batik
I don’t know how batik came to the West Indies all the way from Indonesia, but just like the introduced coconut palm (yes, that came from Asia, too) the ancient art of wax-resist dyeing is deeply rooted in the Caribbean. Growing up, many kids (me included) learned batik in grade school. And walking around St. Kitts it’s not uncommon to glimpse brightly colored and intricately designed pieces on locals and visitors alike. They can be whimsical or simple and used to dress up or down any time of day. The best place to pick up one of these creations for yourself is Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor. There you can watch as artists take you through the steps of applying wax, dyeing, and boiling hue after colorful hue. Then explore their wide selection of wraps, dresses, beach tops, bandanas, wall hangings, bags, kaftans, and men’s dress shirts for just the right piece. As a bonus, the five acres of botanical gardens that make up Romney Manor happen to have once been home to Sam Jefferson II, great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. But get there early to beat the rush—this is a stop for some of the cruise crowd.
Caribelle Batik
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Brimstone Hill
Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Brimstone Hill, Saint Anne Sandy Point Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Brimstone Hill
On the west coast of St. Kitts looms one of the most impressive sites in all the Caribbean: a towering black rock nearly a thousand feet tall, crowned with an equally black massive fortress growing straight out of the top. This is Brimstone Hill. Formerly a British military site, the black stone blocks that make up the fortress were cut right from the volcanic andesite of the pillar. The mortar was made directly from the soft limestone onsite—boiled in massive limekilns. Construction took more than 100 years, from the 1690s to 1790s. Today, Brimstone Hill has been well restored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of historical, cultural, and architectural significance—with cannons once again facing out over Sandy Point and the Caribbean. Be sure to visit the Fort George Museum for information on the storied history of the site and what life was like for the fort’s inhabitants throughout the ages.
Brimstone Hill
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Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill
Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Mill
The Mill at Belle Mont Farm is a sweet reminder of how St. Kitts came to be known as “Sugar City.” For centuries sugar was the most prized crop in the world and in the Caribbean St. Kitts was the king of cane. In fact, by 1775 there were 68 sugar estates on the island, or one for every square mile! And with sugar cane came windmills—picturesque icons of the island’s principal product. Today, the vast majority of those 18th century mills are crumbling ruins, so The Mill at Belle Mont Farm was built from scratch as homage to this vital part of St. Kitts’ history. In the cozy interior you’ll find a unique round bar that fits perfectly within the space. Above the bar, a round lighting system sets the mood while an assortment of old-time radios help transport guests to a sepia-toned, romantic past. It could be said that sugar cane is still processed at this modern mill. Now the sweet stuff takes the form of top shelf rums taken neat or in creative cocktails. And if rum isn’t your thing, Belle Mont Farm has a wide selection of organic wines, carefully curated by Isabelle Legeron, Master of Wine. Cheers! Image courtesy of Kittitian Hill.
The Mill
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Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill
Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Lookout
Belle Mont Farm rests high on the green foothills of Mount Liamuiga—a nearly four thousand foot tall dormant volcano that forms the western part of St. Kitts. The peak is not only the highest point on St. Kitts, it’s also one of the tallest points in the eastern Caribbean. Though Belle Mont Farm is less than half way up, sitting at about one thousand feet, it still commands a stunning view of northwestern St. Kitts. The best place to take it all in is at the appropriately named Lookout. In the foreground, tops of steeped cottages peek out of lush green. Next Irie Fields, the 18-hole golf course, sprawls down the hill. On its fringes rolling fields with small houses sprinkled around the edges extend toward the coast. From there, a silver sea lies between St. Kitts and the seductive silhouette of St. Eustatius. Lucky visitors to the Lookout early in the morning can often see a rainbow hanging over St. Eustatius, also called Statia. In the afternoon small clouds trail shadows across the countryside and sunsets paint the entire scene in a stunning array of warmth. There may be no better perch to take in St. Kitts.
The Lookout
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Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill
Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Luxury Landscape
One of the highlights of Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill is the farm, and luckily you don’t have to go searching for their bountiful garden. You see, Belle Mont Farm doesn’t just have a farm, it is a farm. An impressive array of fruits and vegetables fill the property including bananas, mangos, ginger, topi tambo (kind of like a small new potato), pineapples, lemongrass, papaya, sugar cane, pigeon peas, green figs, plums, citrus, melons, and more. Even the golf course, usually associated with manufactured greenery, is a fully organic, productive part of the farm. But unlike most farms, this one is strategically designed to be both prolific and aesthetically pleasing. Broad-leafed banana plants wrap outdoor bathrooms in seclusion. Sugar cane stands tall creating green walls between cottages. Prickly pineapple plants add low accents to entryways. Everywhere you go, lush green surrounds you in tropical beauty that belies its practicality. As produce ripens, it’s simply harvested from wherever it grows. Nothing is wasted. If the entire plant needs to be removed during harvesting, a replacement takes its place fresh from the on-property nursery. This type of sustainable and fruitful landscaping is no easy feat—the planning, care, timing, and management must be perfect. The benefit to guests is a luxury landscape like nowhere in the Caribbean… And, of course, a cornucopia of fresh organic produce in every meal.
Luxury Landscape
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Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill
Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Breakfast at Belle Mont Farm
The best properties in the world come with amenities designed to surprise and delight their guests. In this regard, Belle Mont Farm easily succeeds. There’s a huge gym, a glorious pool, carefully curated art around every corner, and much more to savor. However, I’ve always believed that breakfast is the barometer against which all hotels should be measured. I don’t care how nice the place is, if the breakfast stinks, we have a problem. So how’s the breakfast at Belle Mont Farm? Delivered to my cottage by three lovely young ladies, I received homemade local jams, a selection of warm breads, a blend of fresh squeezed juices, plus a bowl of fresh carambola, pineapple, and melon. There was homemade West Indian pumpkin bread (also still warm) and yogurt. But what blew me away was an absolutely incredible frittata made with fresh produce from the farm including spinach, onions, eggplant, pumpkin, and basil all topped with goat cheese. In a word: heaven. It’s been said that “all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast” and it would seem that the folks at Belle Mont Farm couldn’t agree more. Yum!
Breakfast at Belle Mont Farm
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Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill
Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, Saint Paul Capisterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Great House
The great houses of the West Indies played a central role in the region for hundreds of years. Although originally transplanted from Europe, the characteristics and architectural styling of these buildings were adapted to use native materials (local hardwoods like mahogany and indigenous stone like coral limestone) and to take advantage of persistent trade winds as a way to stay cool on hot tropical days. The Great House at Belle Mont Farm is a further appropriation of this classic West Indian architectural style—now updated with a pastoral elegance that’s the perfect backdrop to dining, drinks, and taking in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding hillside. Designed by the award-winning architect Bill Bensley, who made a career of crafting some of the most luxurious spaces in the world, the Great House at Belle Mont Farm features three levels for relaxed dining. Executive Chef Christophe Letard oversees all dining at Kittitian Hill and creates menus for The Kitchen, located in The Great House, and other venues throughout the property. Like all of Belle Mont Farm, his inventive menus focus on local ingredients, and introduces diners to regional dishes. The first floor caters to dining (or simply drinking) accompanied by a spectacular view of the ocean. On the third and highest level a terrace dining area is set between the great house’s massive pillars. There’s a quieter space on the far side that offers diners a view of Mount Liamuiga’s misty heights. Great indeed.
The Great House
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Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Yu Lounge
It’s been said that the world’s greatest luxury isn’t money, influence or even power—it’s time. There’s even a name for feeling like you have more than enough time: “time affluence.” This concept is something the new Yu Lounge provides in spades from the moment you land in St. Kitts for a stay at Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill. When I touched down in St. Kitts a sun shower was threatening. Should I run to the terminal for fear of getting drenched? No need. The Yu Lounge already had a pristine Mercedes-Benz and driver waiting for me on the tarmac—umbrella at the ready. And that’s not only for inclement weather, all Yu Lounge guests receive this welcome. What comes next? Rushing through customs, hustling to get your luggage? Passing through the Yu Lounge things are different. After a brief drive from the tarmac to the lounge, I was greeted with a rum cocktail and a full lunch. The lounge itself encourages those arriving to linger with soothing lighting, speedy WiFi, and comfortable seats—all in a spacious, relaxing environment. While I sat back and enjoyed my time affluence, my arrival was processed through the lounge’s in-house immigration office, my luggage materialized as if by magic, and the rum tasted delicious. Did I mention there’s an outdoor deck complete with lounge chairs in the departures wing for a last taste of the Kittitian sun? At the Yu Lounge you can definitely expect a taste of time affluence… among many other types.
Yu Lounge
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Fort James
Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Fort James, Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Travel Back to 1739 at Fort James
What must life have been like back in 1739. That was the year the foundation stones were laid for Fort James on the northern entrance to St. John's Harbour. Upon completion of the fort, it became customary for every vessel passing to pay a fee of 18 shillings to the captain of the fort or risk a shot being fired across its bow! With 10 cannons capable of firing 24 lb balls for over a mile on the ramparts, as you can imagine, ships generally paid the fee. Today, Fort James still sports its signature cannons pointing menacingly out into the harbour. Most of the other structures within the fort though, have crumbled. In their place, at least on the north side of the fort, is a quaint restaurant: Russels. There you can cap off your trip back in time with "old-fashioned rum punches", fresh fish, peas and rice, and other traditional fare... Something like they must have eaten back in 1739.
Travel Back to 1739 at Fort James
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Fort Barrington National Park
Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda

Fort Barrington National Park, Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda
Fight for Your Right at Fort Barrington
You see it while dodging massive potholes on the dirt road just a bit past the entrance to Coconut Beach Club; looming atop Goat Hill. Fort Barrington was one of the first lines of defense for St. John's reporting ship movements to nearby Rat Island via flag and light signals. While just a lookout station, being on the front lines wasn't easy. Fort Barrington likely saw the most action of any fort on Antigua, being captured and liberated from the French going back as far as 1652. The fort as it stands today was built in 1779 and is one of the best ruins to explore. Not only does its position atop Goat Hill provide a short but invigorating climb, there are also several rooms to explore, and the view from the top is unmatched for its sea view — blue stretches for miles.
Fight for Your Right at Fort Barrington
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Fort Berkeley
Saint Paul, Antigua and Barbuda

Fort Berkeley, Saint Paul, Antigua and Barbuda
See Nelson's Dockyard from a Whole New Vantage
English Harbour is one of Antigua's crown jewels, so it should be no surprise that Fort Berkeley was erected to protect this excellent protected bay. Placed on the peninsula on the western entrance, this fort has been enforcing entry to the anchorage for nearly 300 years. Today, the fort is mostly ruins, but it still supplies visitors with stunning views of the harbor. From Nelson's Dockyard it's a fairly short 10-minute stroll to the ramparts and well worth the walk. From here you can see the dockyard's waterfront, every boat that enters the bay, and beautiful Galleon Beach on the opposite shore.
See Nelson's Dockyard from a Whole New Vantage
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Blue Waters Resort and Spa
Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda

Blue Waters Resort and Spa, Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda
Everything You Could Hope for (And More) in Antigua
Blue Waters is luxury and elegance made manifest and placed with love amid 17 acres of lush Caribbean gardens in the northwestern corner of Antigua. What could you hope for from a resort like Blue Waters? Spacious, well-appointed bedrooms? Of course. Romantic cliffside dining that supplies stunning views of Caribbean sunsets? A soothing, bougainvillea-wrapped spa stocked with Elemis products—the leading British luxury skincare brand? How about not one, not two, but three secluded beaches at your disposal? Or maybe you'd prefer an immaculate infinity pool that juts practically right out into the Caribbean Sea? If you've dreamed it, Blue Waters likely has it... Or better.
Everything You Could Hope for (And More) in Antigua
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St. Barnabas Anglican Church
Liberta, Antigua and Barbuda

St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Liberta, Antigua and Barbuda
Being Green Isn't Easy at St. Barnabas
You run across a lot of churches while driving around Antigua. Modest, majestic, and everything in-between, there’s a house of worship to suit most every style. Then, there’s St. Barnabas… Upon first seeing St. Barnabas, though, I just had to stop. It’s just so… umm… striking. Yes, that’s the word: striking, both in its seemingly random mishmash of structural additions and its color *ahem* scheme. It’s the green that really struck me the most; a most unnatural hue (or so I thought) that called to mind the horror of Frankenstein, or the slime from that old Nickelodeon slime. At least that would be someone's first impression. Upon learning a little more about the structure, you're bound to hear about something called Antigua green stone. Indeed, the structure and its color are as natural as can be! The unique stone comes from the Liberta area of Antigua, where the Church is found. All around here you see homes, walls, and other buildings sporting the same green hue.
Being Green Isn't Easy at St. Barnabas
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