Caribbean Farm-to-Table Retreat: Belle Mont Farm, Saint Kitts and Nevis
This 400-acre organic orchard, with its row after row of fruit trees, is like a slice of Napa Valley dropped down in the middle of the Caribbean. pick me signs let you know when the pineapples and bananas are ripe for tasting, and farmhands shuttle the coffee beans and cassava to the kitchen, which serves meals at an outdoor table. When you’re stuffed on fresh produce, you can head to the beach, a mile away, for sailing and surfing, or just crash in one of the estate’s wood-shingled cottages, with decks that overlook nearby Mount Liamuiga, an extinct volcano. “The crater itself is a green oasis,” says Belle Mont owner Val Kempadoo, “because it traps water and there’s a small lake in the middle of it.” Locals call it the Giant’s Salad Bowl, and the path to it is through a rain forest filled with African vervet monkeys and native Carib rock drawings — about as far away from hokey wine tours as you can get. [$2,250 per night for one-bedroom cottages; bellemontfarm.com]
Getting there: From the U.S., direct flights leave from Atlanta, Miami, New York, and Charlotte — and none are longer than four hours.
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