Luxurious base for rambling (US:hiking)
Posted Dec 16, 2015 on Hotels
Everything which other reviewers have said about the quality of the site, the rooms, the food and the staff is quite correct, so I won't repeat it. For many guests, Ottley's is just a place to relax, and you can certainly do that. However, it is also a superb base from which to explore the eastern side of St Kitts. A farm track on the north side of the property leads quickly up into the foothills of Mt Verchilds, where it meets the 18th century route from Philips across the island to Old Road Town. We went up to the col, but there the overgrown vegetation made further progress impossible. Nevertheless, there are all sorts of tracks which allow an excellent day's walking - and then there's a gourmet dinner to come back to at Ottley's. Host Marty gave us a great deal of useful advice about other walks, such as along the coastline in both direction from Keys, and across the island from Cayon to Basseterre (a very easy route, which can be made more interesting by looping around Monkey Hill). He has put in steps down to Grange Bay, which is a pleasant half-day ramble from the hotel, and lent us his OS map, which is out of print but gives far more detail than the tourist map.
I must also mention the swimming pool, which is built in to an old plantation building. This is permanently open, so allows a pre-breakfast as well as an afternoon or evening swim, which not many places do. It is spring-fed, so the water is clear, unchlorinated and quite cold.