Anyone who has savored the beauty of the Caribbean can attest to its splendor. Not only are there captivating coastlines, but the islands in the area are accustomed to managing limited resources and are naturally focused toward sustainable development. One eco resort, Belle Mont Farm, has taken steps to lead the way in creating an earth-friendly luxury option in the region.

Continue reading below
Our Featured Videos

entry sign reads, "Belle Mont Farm"

The Belle Mont Farm on the island of St. Kitts, West Indies is a sanctuary that encompasses a lush golf course lined with crops and fruit-laden trees that you can enjoy as you play. The resort encourages physical activity in the surrounding natural environment, allowing you to skip typical paved walkways in exchange for miles of fertile farmland, tropical forest, cane fields, fruit groves and pastures.

Related: Green-roofed eco resort on Easter Island designed to blend into the landscape

bed facing open doors with views of ocean

kitchen with dark wood floors and dark wood cabinets

In fact, an opportunity to immerse yourself in the physical environment is one of the main goals of the farm. From there, designers believe there are four pillars to sustainable development. The first is art and culture. Belle Mont Farm is dedicated to exposing visitors to the fine arts by hosting several festivals each year, ranging in theme from film to photography to music to culinary, and it hosts a film institute and resident art program.

restaurant with stone walls and several dining sets

long outdoor table facing the sea

The second goal is to financially contribute to the local economy. The eco resort does this by hiring local vendors; the entire campus was built using local contractors. This has driven millions of dollars back into the community rather than exporting it elsewhere.

Related: Stunning sustainable resort in Colombia built out of compressed-earth blocks and bamboo

small burgers and salads on wood table

outdoor deck facing infinity pool

Social responsibility is the third element of sustainable development, which simply means that the Belle Mont Farm aims to maintain the culture and history of the island through consistent, heritage-based architecture that remains true to the fabric of St. Kitts.

large pool in front of ornate building

pool surrounded by greenery

Finally, Belle Mont focuses on ecology by focusing on stewardship of the natural environment through sustainable practices and net-positive food production. Some of the steps toward sustainability include transitioning to complete renewable energy and making electric cars available to guests. Plus, the farm-to-table program creates a sustainable model for resort dining with fresh, organic vegetables and catches from the surrounding ocean.

pool and patio surrounded by greenery and facing the ocean

long outdoor dining table under a pergola facing the ocean at sunset

“My vision is to bring together community and culture, mindful conservation of natural resources, along with rewarding activities and learning opportunities,” said founder Val Kempadoo. “This means we can offer an unforgettable experience while bringing lasting, life-changing benefits to the local people and economy.”

+ Belle Mont Farm

Images via Belle Mont Farm