The Best of St Barths
Colourful St Barths in the West Indies is known as the ‘St Tropez of the Caribbean’, where the rich and famous come out to play. It also has a sophisticated hotel, dining and social scene, plus simply sublime beaches.
There’s a buzz about St Barths that’s irresistible. Read about our favourite places to stay on this exclusive island.
Located in the north-west coast of the island on the blindingly white swish of sand on Flamand’s Beach, Cheval Blanc is one of the largest hotels on St Barths. It was originally founded by the island’s British vicar, Charlie Vere Nicoll, and his wife Mandy before passing on the mantle of ownership to upmarket LVMH’s Cheval Blanc hotel group. Today, you’ll find an extremely high level of service from French-speaking ‘ambassadeurs’ who strive their hardest to make your stay over-and-above perfect. Lavish suites and villas are dotted around the lush landscape – choose beachside for ocean views and easy access to baby soft sand or head into the hills for a privacy, greenery-enclosed retreat.
“Cheval Blanc is a top choice for those that like excellent service in smart, upscale surroundings, set on one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive islands.”
The ocean awaits for adventures – take out a canoe, paddleboard or hire a yacht for the day. Snorkel the warm seas or fish for your supper.
HOTEL LE TOINY
Perfect for those that prefer their luxury to be understated but always in excellent taste, Le Toiny St Barths is hidden amongst leafy palms on a verdant hillside on the southeast of the island. With a pervading sense of old-school glamour, the hotel’s spacious suites are peaceful retreats with large French windows that can be drawn back to reveal a terrace, plunge pool and uninterrupted views over the Caribbean Sea. With a terrace that descends down to the sea, Villa Nureyev once owned by the famous dancer is quite the location overlooking the Caribbean Sea and just minutes from the beach. Spend your days at the beach club, a short walk or Land Rover lift away, where sun loungers and a bar await. Although the island is brimming with upmarket restaurants, Le Toiny’s offering is quite the place to be, especially as it has the largest wine cellar on the island!
“Dip in and out of St Barths social whirl – then come back to your luxe retreat at Le Toiny for relaxation, panoramic ocean views and great service.”
Head to the spa or the tempting boutique or get active – try paddle boarding or even surfing on the hotel’s own beach break.
Tucked away on St. Barth’s Grand Cul de Sac beach, Le Sereno offers a magnificent 600 feet of private waterfront, sandy beach and iridescent waters – just steps away. With an unpretentious yet luxe ambience, this is the perfect spot for beachside bliss in the stylish surrounds of St Barths. With a contemporary design and modern aesthetic, Le Sereno makes the most of its shoreside location with the spa, pool, sundeck and restaurant are overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Choose a villa suite or bungalow that opens out onto the beach to complete your holiday by the sea or retreat to the hills. The two-bedroom villa is ideal for a family and has a 10-metre pool.
“Ideal for beach lovers, Le Sereno is a laid-back, relaxed way to enjoy the exclusive, jet-set island of St Barths.”
If you’re a fan of water sports, then make a beeline for Grand Cul de Sac lagoon, one of the world’s premier destinations for kite surfing.
Rosewood Le Guanahani
Set on its own peninsula, Rosewood Le Guanahani has one of the most dramatic and coveted locations in St Barths whilst offering a warm and colourfully Caribbean hotel – welcoming couples and families alike. Set a little apart from the rest of the island gives this hotel a distinct feeling of seclusion, yet you’re only 20 minutes away from the buzz of St Barths. Spread out over 18 acres, Rosewood Le Guanahani has a dual sweep of beach that curves up to meet the peninsula offering plenty of tropical beach space and there’s also two swimming pools for those that prefer to stay poolside. The lavish spa is what you’d expect from Rosewood – with an array of targeted treatments and a soothing spa area to relax in afterwards, giving your wellness a boost.
“Perfect for fans of do-it-all resorts, secluded Rosewood Le Guanahani has everything you need for a tropical holiday in a Caribbean paradise.”
Hike the breathtakingly beautiful nature paths around the resort, taking in the Caribbean colours of the turquoise sea, leafy palms, colourful flowers and a deep indigo sky.
EDEN ROCK ST BARTHS
For some, coming to St Barths is all about the social whirl – the parties, dinners, meet-ups and making friends. If that’s you, then you’ll be perfectly located at place-to-be Eden Rock St Barths. Perched on a rock jutting out from a sandy beach on St Jean Bay, it has an energetic vibe to it, and is walking distance to popular bars, boutique shops and restaurants so it’s easy to make the most of St Barth’s buzz. Its history on the island is also linked to visiting Hollywood celebrities who would choose Eden Rock as the glamorous location for their holiday. Today, the hotel is no less stylish, and its team of ‘Eden Rockers’ staff, swathed in their signature red uniforms are determined to make your stay as great as possible. With only 37 rooms, Eden Rock’s suites and villas are highly coveted – book the enormous Villa Rockstar which sleeps 12 for the ultimate treat – it comes with a 20-metre pool, vast entertainment area, grand piano and full team of staff.
“Characterised by chic playfulness, Eden Rock St Barths is the place to let your hair down and have fun, albeit in the height of stylish luxury.”
Enjoy the eclectic ambience at Eden Rock via its collections of art from resident artists who have their own take on the island plus visiting artists, pop-ups and live performances.
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