We travel to the Caribbean for an authentic West Indian experience: a small inn or villa setting with a private pool; a patio or balcony from which we can lose ourselves gazing at the Caribbean Sea, feeding the birds, reading, sipping early morning coffee before breakfast, laughing; alfresco dining (is there any other way?) to savor the culinary delights unique to the West Indies; a few days of indulgence and relaxation.
The Golden Lemon Inn and Villas on the northern end of St. Kitts satisfied every one of our requirements. Arthur and Martin, our gracious hosts, and the staff treated us royally, yet afforded us the privacy we craved. Each evening we would gather at the brightly colored sofas on the dining room veranda for pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers, candlelight shimmering through the pottery sconces, then proceeded to our flower bedecked table for a leisurely dinner, Bach and Brubeck in the background. The capable West Indian staff prepared and served the meals, cooked with a local flair, and catered to our every need. Many of these employees have been at the Golden Lemon for decades. We knew everyone’s name after a few days and by the time we left a week later had become friends.
Simple inquiries about local ingredients were answered with gastronomic memories. For example, we inquired if cristophene was in season and the answer came in the form of the stuffed cristophene served the next night as an appetizer. A question about the breadfruit tree in the breakfast garden materialized in the form of an incredible breadfruit and leek soup. In fact the soups were all to die for: peanut, conch, lobster bisque, white potato curry, pumpkin, carrot and celery; we could not pick a favorite.
The Golden Lemon is the oldest continuously inhabited property on St. Kitts, built by French Huguenots in the 1580s. The owner, Arthur Leaman, bought the property fifty years ago, gutted and renovated it while maintaining much of its historic origins and improved it to its current level.
Thank you to everyone associated with the Golden Lemon, from Solomon who brought us to and from the airport and spent a day with us exploring old plantations, to Carol, Vernetta, and Cynthia who took care of us in the dining room, and finally to the amazing Orelia who maintained our villa and met our every need (including making a beer run to a local grocery for us, and wishing my wife a Happy Mother’s Day in fresh petals on our bed) and making our holiday there so memorable.
We came home renewed, rested and ready to go back again…..
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