Set on the slopes of Mount Nevis on a teeny-tiny island, Golden Rock Inn is a hilltop hideaway nestled into the jungle, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea. A cluster of brightly painted cottages and former sugar mills have been transformed by appropriately named landscape architect Raymond Jungles and filled with souvenirs from the artist-owners’ Helen and Brice Marden‘s globetrotting.
The meandering paths connecting the cottages are roamed by friendly feral donkeys, who share their vermilion- and indigo-painted home with wilder critters and the Inn’s handful of lucky guests.
All rooms are comfortable and colourful, decorated in a traditional West Indian style with no tech-y distractions like TVs (only four rooms have them), air-conditioning or phones. Appropriately named and impossibly romantic, Paradise Cottage is the stuff of holiday-hideaway dreams. Cut from ash-grey local stone, the freestanding cottage has a large back terrace shielded from prying eyes by a stand of bamboo and views towards Windward Beach. Two-storey Sugar Mill is named after the old conical mill building it’s set in; it’s ideal for families with room for up to four guests.