Golden Rock Inn

Intimate, boutique, glorious gardens

Zion, Saint Kitts and Nevis


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At a Glance

Garden lovers must consider the truly special Golden Rock Inn, which has just eleven rooms on one hundred acres.

Indagare Loves

  • The stunning gardens
  • The cut-stone former sugar mill, now a two-story cottage perfect for a family
  • A rum punch in the bar, followed by dinner at The Rocks restaurant overlooking the ocean


Owned by New York artist couple Helen and Brice Marden, Golden Rock, a former nineteenth century sugar plantation, really is a work of art–especially the gardens, where endless containers of tropical flowers and trees are copiously planted. Using Santa Barbara’s Lotus Land for inspiration, the gardens were the work of landscape designer Raymond Jungles, who also has created many landscapes on Mustique.

Adorable Vervet monkeys dart past an amazing Kapock tree whose thick, above-ground ribbon-like root system is worth the journey alone. Ficus trees, Norfolk Pines, dozens of palms, orchids, water lilies, bougainvillea–everything seems to grow in this lush volcanic soil. And there are plenty of winding paths and open spaces from which to admire the spectacular flora. The monastery-like, stone-gray color of the restored mill is brightened by fire-engine-red bursts of color throughout, whether from the eye-catching outdoor lights, awnings or sculptural pieces.

The bedrooms are simple and quiet with private terraces; many have water views and all are affordably priced. If you don’t end up staying here, definitely come for lunch when mouth-watering lobster sandwiches are served on homemade bread.

Who Should Stay

Golden Rock Inn is a great choice for travelers who appreciate lush gardens, art, beautiful stonework, simplicity, privacy and a boutique-hotel-feel within a restored sugar plantation amid a peaceful setting with sea views.

Written by Elena Bowes

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