The Golden Lemon is not for everyone. If you are into casinos, fighting for lounge chairs with hundreds of guests, carousing until late at night, food that you could get anywhere, or a cookie cutter beach resort that could be anywhere, DO NOT stay here. Please go immediatly to any big resort chain.
However, if you appreciate history, graciousness, meeting interesting people, and excellent service, if you can appreciate that your bit of Paradise is set in the real St. Kitts, and not the piece that is surrounded by new development, timeshares and generic resorts , you should consider the Golden Lemon.
The Golden Lemon has been around for many years. The decor is beautiful, and has the patina of antiques mixed with island ambiance. If you stay in the villas, you have your own plunge pool and place to relax, read and be alone. There is a sense of history and graciousness here that I have not found in all my travels. You feel like you are a guest in someone's old beautiful island compound.
The food was superb. The soups and breakfast porrige amazing. Every meal was terific. The cooks have been there for a long time. There were different choices every night. They could write a cookbook.
The beach is on the Atlantic side. It is black lava. The beach was not dirty. It is an active beach where you will see local fisherman and children playing. Everyone, including the locals are friendly. You are in a real village, not walled off in a generic resort. Go get a Ting from Miss Gumms up the street. You will not forget her.
I found the service to be excellent. We did not rent a car, we were there to relax, and it was hard to leave the beauty and peace of the inn. We did take a trip to town and to Frigate Bay to snorkle. The Inn provided an excellent guide to take us there as well as to Fort Brimstone. He was a pleasure to be with, knew everyone on the island, was able to share the local history, and even stopped to get me some frangipani flowers from a local tree.
We met interesting people, including the very gracious Aurther and Martin. They came down for cockails, and one night invited us to dine with them and their good friend who has an art gallery on that side of the island. The staff was superb. Most of them have been there for a very long time, some almost their entire lives. They have interesting stories to tell.
I am puzzled by any of the bad reviews I have read. I have never had a more relaxing enjoyable beach vacation. Leave your computer and blackberry at home and enjoy the beauty of this gem.
- Also Known As:
- Golden Lemon Inn And Villas Hotel Basseterre
- Golden Lemon Inn And Villas Hotel
- Golden Lemon Inn And Villas St. Kitts/Basseterre