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Ottleys Plantation Inn, St Kitts

Ottley’s Plantation Inn is a romantic hotel which occupies an 18th century plantation’s Great House on St Kitts, with glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic Mount Liamuiga. Its lawns are dotted with shrubs and coconut palms, while the ruins of part of the former sugar mill have been cleverly designed to create a magnificent 65-foot spring-fed swimming pool which is candle-lit at night.

The 35 acre estate is a magnificent Caribbean hideaway with balmy breezes throughout the year, perched on a hillside 500 feet above sea level. Ottley's Plantation Inn is just ten minutes’ drive from the airport and 15 minutes’ drive from the capital of St Kitts, Basseterre.

Ottley’s Plantation Inn has been beautifully renovated to preserve an aura of colonial grandeur while adding modern luxuries. Rooms are split between the Great House and charming cottages, and are tastefully furnished with antiques and colourful chintzes. All rooms offer ocean or garden views with air conditioning and ceiling fans, while the Supreme rooms feature Italian tiled bathrooms with a Jacuzzi, a private patio and plunge  pool.

The Royal Palm is the resort’s acclaimed gourmet restaurant which has received rave worldwide reviews since its opening. The romantic, al fresco restaurant sits near the pool and nestles into the stone walls that remain of the old sugar factory. Renowned for its Sunday Champagne Brunch and dinner menus that change on a daily basis, the restaurant serves cuisine which blends many cultures and incorporates the finest island ingredients whenever possible.

Activities available at Ottley’s Plantation Inn include tennis, croquet, cycling and walking trails through the rainforest where vervet monkeys chatter. A daily shuttle stops at a choice of two Caribbean beaches, the capital city of Basseterre and the Royal St. Kitts golf course.  The latest addition to the plantation's amenities is the Mango Orchard Spa where a full menu of spa treatments can be enjoyed while overlooking the rainforest ravine.

The clement temperature on St. Kitts has prompted it to be selected by Conde Nast as having the best climate in the Caribbean and one of the 10 best in the world, adding to Ottley Plantation Inn’s attraction as a perfect setting for weddings and reunions.
Ottley's Plantation will be closed for refurbishment from 1 April 2017.

Our Opinion

Ottley's Plantation Inn is located on a hillside with stunning views out to sea, It's truly a special place.  The cottages are spread throughout the vast gardens creating a great feeling of space and I particularly loved the supreme cottages with their own private plunge pools - perfect for that special getaway!  The pool is built using the remains of the old sugar mill and is magically lit up at night, making it a  great place to relax at the adjacent bar and enjoy a cocktail or two before dinner.  The property has it's own croquet lawn for afternoon fun and is bordered to one side by a rainforest which is perfect for exploring, try and get out early to see the monkeys swinging through the canopy.  Food here is an experience with an ever changing a la carte menu, do try the local specialties and make sure you are hungry!  Highly recommended for those looking to experience something unique and special.  I would return in a heartbeat.

- Karen

Fact File

Children: Children over 10 are welcome and children under 10 are accepted in the Royal Suite Cottages or Grand Villa, where an extra person charge applies.
Distance From The Airport: About 20 minutes by taxi
Complimentary Facilities: Tennis, swimming pool, walking and cycling trails, daily minibus shuttles to a choice of two Caribbean beaches, the Royal St. Kitts golf course and the capital city of Basseterre.
Spa: Mango Orchard Spa - spa treatment rooms overlook the rainforest ravine.
Meal Arrangements: Full breakfast Monday to Saturday, continental breakfast on Sunday.  Half board, Full Board and All-inclusive options are available.  All-inclusive include a full breakfast, lunch, dinner (children aged between 4 and 10 use a children's menu), all house drinks including soft drinks, beer, mixed drinks (house brand), house wine by the glass, coffee and tea with soft drinks for the children.  Guests have free use of bicycles, snorkel and tennis equipment and daily shuttle bus to beach and town.
Dress Code: Smart, casual attire is expected at all meals.  During the day, sport clothes, shorts and cover-ups are permitted.  In the evenings, the dress is smart casual (collared shirts and slacks for men; slacks or dresses for ladies with ‘proper’ shoes.   Jacket and tie are not required.  Management requests that no jeans, T-shirts, shorts or flip-flops are worn in the Royal Palm Restaurant after 6pm.  As courtesy to others, use of mobile phones is discouraged in the dining areas and usage should be restricted to guest accommodation.
Check In/Out: Guests are kindly asked to check in at 3pm and to check out at 12 noon.
There are 24 rooms all tastefully renovated with the addition of modern amenities and luxuries.  All feature a verandah or patio, private bathroom, ceiling fan and air conditioning, room safe, mini-bar fridge, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer (110v), an iron and ironing board.  Rooms are not equipped with TV or radios. (A couple of Supreme and Royal Suite rooms can be fitted with cable TV subject to availability on arrival and should be requested in advance.)
Standard: Queen sized bed or two twin beds (or king made up of two twins though this cannot be guaranteed).  These are smaller and simpler that the other rooms but cosy with attractive decorations and bathrooms with a shower (no tub).  Rooms are located either in a duplex cottage or in the Great House with ocean and/or garden views.  Maximum occupancy: 2
Deluxe Room: Uniquely decorated rooms: 8 in the Great House and 2 in cottages.  All are very large, airy and beautifully appointed with ocean views.  Most have a king sized bed (or two queen, twin beds are sometimes available on request.) and have a bathroom with a tub and shower. Maximum occupancy: 4
Supreme Room With Plunge Pool: Spacious and luxuriously furnished with colonial style mahogany furniture and a king or queen size bed plus rollaway as needed for an extra person.  Two twin beds are sometimes available on request.  This room has a beautiful Italian tiled bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower. There is a patio with a sun deck and a private plunge pool. Maximum occupancy: 3
Royal Suite: The 2-room Royal Suite Cottage represents the most exclusive accommodation at Ottley's Plantation Inn.  The master bedroom is as the Supreme Room above.  An adjoining second room can be made up as a sitting room for couples with a sofa or, for two couples or a family occupying the cottage, this second room can be set up with a king size bed or two twin beds.  The rooms have separate entrances and each has its own bathroom.  The master bedroom has a Jacuzzi and private sun deck with a plunge pool on a full size private patio. Maximum  occupancy: 4
Grand Villa: Exquisitely furnished spacious villa with wonderful ocean views, ideal for a family or group of friends.  Two extra large Supreme rooms, each with a king size bed plus optional twin beds.  The villa has a full kitchen, a patio/sundeck with a plunge pool. Its 'Great room' is decorated as a living room with the option of fitting a queen size bed.  The villa can also be reserved as a two room villa (studio plus one adjoining Supreme room) for stays of 7+ nights. Maximum occupancy: 9
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