I had been to St Kitts previously so knew how beautiful it is, but also how expensive it can be! Luckily, we found Mule House on their Holiday Rentals page, which, while not budget in quality (or price if you’re used to travelling in Asia or Africa) is much more reasonable than the majority of other places on the island. The well-equipped kitchen also meant we could eat in some nights, saving our money for cocktails, diving and Caribelle Batik goodies.
I would highly recommend getting a car – there are little local minibuses, but they’re irregular and don’t serve the beaches/ tourist areas. Although MH is off the beaten tourist track, the size of St Kitts means that it’s a 10/15 minute drive to the capital, Basseterre and a 15-20 minute drive to Frigate Bay, the main restaurant/ bar area. The best beaches can be reached in about half an hour, (if your rental car can handle the appalling roads to the south-east peninsular, that is).
The views from MH down to the sea and up to the mountains are incredible, especially at dusk, and bring a bit of splendour to a sundowner on the balcony. The apartment (two bedrooms, bathroom, lounge/ dining and kitchen area are all good-sized rooms – two couples could easily share – and immaculate. Sue (MH’s owner) had left us some staples: fruit, rum and mixers for our arrival, and Ray (Sue’s husband) found us some coconuts from the garden for our run throughout our stay.
We really enjoyed Brimstone Hill, driving in to the rain forest, and diving and snorkelling in the beautiful clear water. St Kitts isn’t a place for high action, but is incredibly beautiful, and if you’re looking for a few weeks of blessed-out relaxation I would highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self-contained, spacious and airy. Two of the apartments are first floor level and have access onto the veranda and two are at garden level. All are wired for both UK and US electrics, and have either free standing or ceiling fans. There is both phone and washing machine access for visitors use in Mule House kitchen. Mule House is surrounded by spacious tropical gardens where there is a barbeque for guests use and part of our garden supplies guests with delicious seasonal Caribbean fruits/vegetables. There are beautiful, mostly deserted white and black beaches, on the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts and a good variety of beach and water sports for both young and not so young as well as PADI courses for more experienced snorkelers and divers. Local small shops are a 10 minutes stroll. Larger supermarkets, fruit/vegetable/fish market, newsagents are… situated in Basseterre, the capital 5 miles away. West Indian, Creole and International restaurants are scattered around St Kitts. St Kitts is a very healthy Isle - our water is 100% safe to drink and visitors do not require inoculations. Music Festival (3 days) is held annually in June on the last full weekend in the month. Carnival 10 days from Christmas Eve to early January, plus smaller village festivals take place all through the year. Our nearest festival - The Green valley Explosion takes place for a week over Whit each year. Also dotted around St Kitts are historical sites, most notably Brimstone Hill, recently promoted to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This very impressive fort is being very carefully restored to full glory and boasts a museum inside its walls to provide visitors with a real sense of its changing history over the centuries. The national Museum of St Kitts is situated on the Bay Road in Basseterre. A first class golf course is located at Marriott hotel Frigate Bay for visitors' enjoyment. ... more less