With its Caribbean warmth and chic French art de vivre, St. Barth’s is the sort of place that draws travelers back year after year. The island has no shortage of luxury hotels, each one an intimate boutique property with distinct style and character, and there’s something for everyone: families seeking a resort experience, couples looking for utter serenity and travelers who want to be at the epicenter of the island’s see-and-be-seen scene. Here’s how to choose—and what to book.
Located on the beautiful arc of Flamands Beach, this stunning LVMH-owned property is the ultra-luxe but never flashy jewel in St Barth’s crown. The property has an effortless Provençal-chic appeal with light-flooded rooms, impeccable white linens and structural free-standing bathtubs. Though the hotel is personal—with only 40 rooms—you won’t want for any amenities (there’s a gym and Guerlain spa).
Perhaps due to its status as the island’s first hotel, Eden Rock is a St. Barth’s icon. It’s a favorite among celebrities, fashionistas and attention-seekers of all kinds, and with its magnificent villas and protected aquamarine beach, can also be a great fit for certain families. The hotel also manages some 18 villas located all over the island, which are great options for those traveling in groups who still wish to benefit from the infrastructure of a hotel: room service, dedicated concierge, daily breakfast delivery, et. al.
With 18 acres comprising three restaurants, two pools, two beaches, two tennis courts, an ocean-facing gym, Clarins spa, Frederic Fekkai hair salon and kids’ club, Le Guanahani is the only true full-service resort on the island. These amenities make the property ideal for families, as do the spacious cottage-style suites, many of which come with pull-out sofas, multiple bedrooms and large private pools. Yet with only 67 rooms spread out over the vast property, the hotel is far from gargantuan, and will also appeal to active couples.
On an island stuffed to the gills with stylish hotels, Le Sereno stands out for its austere, ultra-chic simplicity. French designer Christian Liaigre (who is also behind New York City’s Mercer Hotel) is responsible for the sanctuary’s contemporary interiors and furnishings, in which stark white textiles, natural wood and angular lines underscore the island’s stunning natural beauty. Here, luxury is about lounging by the palm-tree framed pool and getting hooked on treatments at the 2,300-square-foot spa.
Privacy-seekers coming to St. Barth’s for serenity rather than a scene should look no further than Le Toiny, an immaculate oasis on the island’s rugged southeastern end. Composed of 22 stand-alone accommodations, the property underwent a full refurbishment after Hurricane Irma that enhanced its November 2015 makeover: flawless white and taupe upholstery, sun-bleached woods and pale blue pops of color. For reclusive and romantic types, there are far worse things than hiding out in one of the villas where masseuses, trainers and chefs can be brought in-house. A new pool was recently added at the Beach Club, which has been designed to function much like Club 55 in St. Tropez.
Situated high in the hills of Colombier and overlooking Flamands Beach, Villa Marie is a tropical hideaway with a boho-chic feel. Owned by the talented Sibuet hotelier family, the resort is undeniably unique, from the resident parrots Jao and Mae to the fun décor, which features pineapple-print cushions, mahogany fans and rattan and bamboo egg chairs.
Opened in mid-2016, this hotel features a contemporary design and most of its 44 rooms and suites plus two villas offer sea views and some offer beach access.
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