Saint Barthélemy or St. Barths, known for its luxury-oozing appeal, turns into a celebrity and socialite playground in the West Indies around this time of the year. French-infused lavishness can be felt throughout, and that’s only the cherry on top as the natural appeal of the island is enough to leave anyone in awe. The lush landscape varies from tropical green hills to white-sand beaches, dramatic peaks and cliffs, to beautiful palm groves, blossoming gardens, and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see.
As you would expect, there isn’t a lack of stunning, first-class places to call home during your visit, and while each of the 5 remarkable hotels we have selected has its unique features you can rest assured – none compromises on excellence.
Eden Rock St. Barths
Known as one of the original resorts in St Barth, Eden Rock is definitely the pinnacle of this fantastic destination. Bearing the sign of approval from the likes of Leonardo di Caprio and Rihanna, this resort is without a doubt the social hub for A-listers. And while pristine environment and exceptional service are the norm, Eden Rock boasts an unpretentious and easy-going ambiance.
The 34 residences include bedrooms, suites, as well as the Caribbean-style cottages and high-spec villas. Interiors are spacious and light-filled. All communal areas and residences are decorated with exceptional works of eclectic art. The rooms all have the highest quality finishes with beautiful wooden elements or brighter pops of color in the furnishings. The residences are located either on the rocky cliff, dotted along the shimmering beach or set within the lush gardens. The resort has no communal pool so consider getting a residence with its own private pool for more privacy or enjoy the stunning resort beach, complete with comfortable sun loungers. Explore the pampering spa treatments in your room or dining on the most carefully-crafted menu by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Sand Bar – all that is on offer at the Eden Rock will indulge your senses in ultimate sensation.
Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa
Located on the beautiful Grand Cul De Sac, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is all about the dream-like surroundings that served as inspiration for this remarkable resort, which opened not that long ago in 2016 as the latest addition to the luxury hotel and resort family. Warm elegance and local authenticity define the resort. Surrounded by a pristine lagoon and 600-feet long beachfront, the 46-room hotel is infused with so many harmonious elements that within seconds after arrival from the nearby Gustavia airport you feel like there is not a worry in sight – and there really isn’t because everything is taken care of and your every need is anticipated.
Interiors reflect the natural elements that are present at St. Barth – mainly water and wood, and the brightly-colored accents are as soothing as the Caribbean coral. All areas are spacious and light-filled. The terraces open up the interiors to the outside world creating a seamless transition, and for more privacy, the drop-down screens and luxe curtains can easily block out the outside world despite lack of privacy not being an issue here. The rooms are either ocean or garden-facing, thus being perfect for al-fresco breakfasts on your own private terrace. All non-motorised water activities are included and you will quickly find yourself enjoying a leisurely stand-up paddle board ride on the crystal clear waters that are also part of a natural reserve.
Recently undergone a renovation, Hotel Christopher couldn’t be more deserving of its 5-star status. Nestled between crystal-like water and Pointe Milou, the hotel has 42 ocean view rooms and suites, a Sisley Spa, a harmonious infinity-edged communal pool, and superb dining. Both the interiors and exteriors are harmonious and elegant, with modern pops of orange that feel as organic as any tropical flower blooming among the lush green landscape.
The spacious and airy rooms and suites are not only perfect for letting in all the light and ocean air through the day but also sway you into the best sleep you will have had in ages – room service is included twice per day and includes evening turndown, revealing perfectly crisp, white Egyptian cotton linens. Phyto-Aromatic treatments at the Sisley Spa are perfect for the ultimate de-stressing, not that you will need much of it after a day spent on one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Le Guanahani is the largest resort on St. Barths but have no worries – despite being larger, it still feels perfectly intimate and exclusive; something that many resorts across the world struggle to achieve when trying to tick all the boxes. Occupying 18 acres, the resort is set on one of the five St Barth’s natural reserves and the lush tropical gardens surrounding the resort are home to magnificent iguanas and bumbling tortoises. Le Guanahani does a great job combining a modern aesthetic with classic Caribbean elements and the result feels fresh and luxe despite the brighter pops of color that don’t always work elsewhere, but are the perfect fit here.
Not only does the resort boast an impressive number of 67 rooms and suites, but it is also outstanding with its amenities. Clarins spa and gym, two pools, and two tennis courts are only some of the appealing features that this resort has on offer for its guests. The rooms truly do the perfect job of making you feel like at home away from home. Incredibly comfortable, stylish, and functional – these are the defining features.
Without a doubt, Villa Marie is among one of the most attractive hotels in St. Barth (and considering that the others are gorgeous, that’s saying something). Its ability to blend colonial charm with tropical and Caribbean flair has created something so beautifully enchanting that we wouldn’t think twice about where to spend our days when on St Barth. Located in the hills above the Bay of Flamands, it is a little further away from the beach as other hotels – Colombier beach is a 20-minute walk. Considering all the appealing aspects of this unique location, we really don’t mind – it’s St. Barth after all.
Interior elements like chandeliers, wooden chests of drawers, rugs among others have been hand-picked from all across the world. The resulting interiors have been put together so effortlessly well that the result feels perfectly unique and comfortable. There are 21 bungalows altogether and each is completely unique, making your stay here even more special. A small spa is also a part of the hotel and it offers treatments infused with botanicals and Alpine Edelweiss.