We traveled to St. Kitts, British West Indies this summer and discovered a ruggedly beautiful & largely secluded island. The terrain changes drastically as you drive north to south– like, desert-to-rain-forest-drastic. What drew us there was a little open-air cottage on the very south tip of the island with its own secluded beach & view of sister island Nevis from every window. It was pure magic.
There’s a little alleyway that runs beside the cottage out to the beach. Hemmed in on one side by pale yellow siding & on the other by sea almonds, it was especially enchanting in the morning when the sun cast shadows of the pickets onto the ground. The southern tip of the island is incessantly windy (a definite advantage for open-air accommodations in a hot climate!) so we had a constant serenade of palm fronds whipping in the wind. In the early hours of the day, the coos of mourning doves, which were nesting in the trees all around the back of the cottage, were added to this serenade. It was immensely peaceful.