Green and pleasant adventures at Loterie Farm, Saint Martin, Caribbean

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Let me tell you about a place I know on this little Caribbean island, called Loterie Farm. No, it’s not one of the many casinos, but rather a magnificent eco-tourism venture next to Pic Paradis hill, which is the highest peak on the island.

The 135-acre Loterie Farm has deep roots in Saint Martin and it was initially won in a land lottery in the 1700s, hence the name. The area was called Loterie Plantation until the mid-1800s, when slavery was finally abolished. It did a stint as a dairy farm until the late 1960s, when it was more or less abandoned and left in disrepair.

Green and pleasant adventures at Loterie Farm, Saint Martin, Caribbean
The living and dining area at Loterie Farm, with a view out to its pool

Skip to the 1990s and William Welch, a friend of then owner Nelly Fleming Engle, walked onto the property with a dream to make Loterie Farm the centrepiece of Saint Martin’s holiday industry via a fairly new concept (at the time): eco-tourism. The estate was transformed and now there are hiking trails, treetop adventure courses, three eateries and bars, and a superb pool area – great for all ages. Go and visit, you won’t be disappointed.

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