Kittitian Hill, a $600 million hospitality and real estate destination set on a 400-acre hillside site on St. Kitts' north coast, will officially open Dec. 1 with 84 guesthouses at Belle Mont Farm.
Belle Mont Farm is the first of an eventual four properties on the site. Opening at the same time is the 18-hole Irie Fields Golf Course, the Kitchen restaurant, the Mill bar and the Workshop fitness center.
As part of Kittitian Hill's development, the Golden Lemon Hotel on the beach at Dieppe Bay, 10 minutes from Kittitian Hill, will be renovated to bring the property back to life. When completed in 2015, it will feature accommodations, a restaurant, the Beach House bar and pool.
Belle Mont will begin taking reservations on Sept. 1. Agents will be able to book online via a dedicated toll-free number or through the GDS.
Belle Mont Farm, which will be a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is the brainchild of Trinidad-born Val Kempadoo.
Kittitian Hill's designer is Bill Bensley, known for his work with Four Seasons, Oberoi and Leela hotels in Asia.
General Manager Carlos Salazar, formerly of Jumby Bay in Antigua, the Carlyle Hotel in New York and the Z Ocean Hotel in Miami's South Beach, will oversee Belle Mont Farm.
"Eight years ago, we set out to do something ground-breaking," Kempadoo said. "We wanted to create a whole new model of resort development, an approach to luxury sustainability that the world could follow. ...
"As the rest of Kittitian Hill emerges, we can see the future community taking shape," he said.
Next phases will include the Mango Walk Spa; YaYa Groves, three- and four-bedroom villas for rent or purchase; and the Village, with eateries, shops, galleries, artisan workshops, a film school and an open-air cinema.
Rates at Kittitian Hill will start at $800 per night, double, with breakfast.
For details, visit www.kittitianhill.com. Prior to Sept. 1, inquiries can be made at [email protected].
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