My wife and I usually take a trip to the Caribbean for our anniversary. This year, we split a week between Antigua and Montserrat. The contrast was remarkable, and our stay at Gingerbread Hill was a big part of that.
We arrived by taking Montserrat's new airline, Fly Montserrat. As it happens, the Lea's son Jesse is the pilot! From there David picked us up and after a brief tour, we arrived at our accommodation, the Heavenly Suite. It lives up to its name, a spacious suite with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, veranda and perch upstairs with stunning views. Everything was in working order and the suite was comfortable. The dryer climate and steady winds also have the added benefit of keeping mosquitos away (a remarkable contrast from Antigua, where we got viciously bitten up!).
Gingerbread Hill is in the St. Peter's district. You are within walking distance from a newly opened grocery, Kings. There's also a nearby "rum shop" run by the Lea's neighbor, as well as a good small restaurant, People's Place. As we were there three days and like to go hiking, we managed to do without a car. You would probably want one, however, if you were staying much longer or don't like walking.
We did spend one day taking a tour around the island with Sunny, another son of the Lea's. He showed us just about everything and is a very informative guide. As part of the tour we went to the Volcano Observatory. I would highly recommend this site whether or not you go on Sunny's tour. Also, David has made a documentary about the Volcano and a copy of the DVD is in the suite for your viewing - very informative.
This is very different from any other Caribbean island we have been to. You wont find too much in terms of gourmet dining or night life. The beaches are small and, with one exception, black sand beaches. What you will find is quiet and a chance to see how the island has been affected by an active volcano. You will also meet very friendly people. Even after 1 day, we bumped into people we saw in other places the first day. When the island only has about 7000 people, that's what will happen!
Montserrat as a whole is a great place to visit if you want to try something a little different. And Gingerbread Hill is a great place to stay to enjoy the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gingerbread Hill is a breezy 900 feet above sea level: 3+ tropical acres with a lovely swimming pool, gardens, and spectacular views of both the Caribbean Sea and the lush mountain rain forests! It is owned and operated by the Lea family (aka The FamiLea) with four self-catering guest lodgings, ranging from simple to sublime - something for everyone! Rates range from $us50 to $us175 per night plus 7% gov tax. The Heavenly Suite and the Two Bedroom Villa are complete apartments with all the comforts of home. Airport and ferry transfers are complimentary (except earliest AM ones.) We personally meet you upon arrival and help you with everything you'll need, including obtaining local driver's license, rental vehicle, and even a grocery and cooked food stop on the way home. We're happy to help you arrange island tours, diving, hiking, and any other activity you'd like to do. We live on the property too, just up the driveway, so we're available to assist you as needed. There are several small restaurants, within easy walking distance,including our own non-profit Hilltop Coffee House,which is also a museum, gallery and visitor's centre - just up the hill. It is the place we use for meetings or small conferences, off-hours (afternoons and evenings.) Webinar capable. WiFi hot spot. We have our own free range (in their designated space) laying hens who give us lovely brown eggs, and we have homegrown fruits,herbs & veggies available according to season. The Two Bedroom Villa and the Heavenly Suite have been recently renovated with new furniture, and much more. Our very newest addition is a lovely swimming pool,completed July 2017! We (David, Clover and Sunny) came to Montserrat in 1980, fell in love with it, and have called it home ever since. The number of Leas presently living on island is 8, including Sun's wife and three children, with more Leas scattered abroad. David has produced, among other things, the comprehensive DVD documentary series, "The Price of Paradise," which covers, in real time, the eruption of Montserrat's Soufriere Hills volcano, and he's written a book about it. Clover is also a writer, musician and artist. These items and many others are available at their non-profit centre, the Hilltop Coffee House, just a short walk up the ridge from Gingerbread Hill. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gingerbread Hill Montserrat, Caribbean
- Gingerbread Hill Hotel Montserrat