St. Barth's Finest: A Curated Guide to the Island's Premier Luxury Resorts and Hideaways

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St. Barth is a glamorous Caribbean island retreat.
Curator’s statement

Saint Barthélemy, affectionately referred to as St. Barts, stands out as a French jewel in the Caribbean, celebrated for its pristine white beaches, trendy boutiques and high-end dining options. This French-speaking island is a favorite haunt of celebrities and should be yours, too. It melds the elegance of European style with the relaxed ambiance of the Caribbean.

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Where to stay in St. Barth's

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Rosewood Le Guanahani St Barth

Casual luxury, comfort and elegance come together at this St. Barth's escape offering two pools, a spa, an array of watersports, a fitness center, a tennis court and the Rosewood Explorers children’s club.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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Eden Rock St. Barth's

Iconic St. Barths hotel that offers the best of French Caribbean hospitality.

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Le Sereno Hotel

A luxurious beachfront escape where tranquility meets elegance, redefining the art of indulgence.

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View of Flamands beach from Le Cheval Blanc Isle de France.

Eden Rock, Oetker Collection - The Legendary Artsy Icon!

As you wander through St. Barts, you'll come across Eden Rock – St Barths, perched on the rocky promontory of St. Jean Bay. And, wow, that's a vision!

Eden Rock was originally established in the 1950s, making it one of the first hotels on St. Barthélemy. It was founded by Rémy de Haenen, a pioneering aviator and adventurer who was also the first mayor of St. Barth's. His vision was to create a welcoming and exclusive retreat that mirrored the island's charm and beauty.

Eden Rock has a deep connection with the arts, inspired by its founder and continued by its current owners. The resort features an in-house art gallery and hosts various art exhibitions, making it a cultural as well as a luxury destination.

The resort boasts a range of accommodations, from beachfront rooms to lavish private villas, each designed with unique décor and offering luxurious comfort. The amenities include world-class dining, a wellness spa, and personalized services, ensuring a stay that is both indulgent and relaxing.

Dining at Eden Rock is a highlight, at Sand Restaurant and Rémi Bar & Salon offering a blend of international and local cuisine, crafted by world-famous Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The emphasis on gastronomic excellence is a key part of the resort's appeal.

Did you know? Eden Rock is a symbol of remarkable resilience on the island, having been rebuilt and refurbished multiple times. Each renewal has enhanced its charm and luxury, making it a symbol of strength and rebirth.

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France - The Celebrity Magnet: Glamour and Tropical Elegance, Where the Stars Come to Play.

Not far away, on Flamands Beach, Cheval Blanc Isle de France offers a fusion of tropical grace and French elegance.

Set on the famous Flamands Beach, the resort offers breathtaking ocean views and direct access to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

The resort's significant milestone was its inclusion in the Cheval Blanc collection, a renowned luxury hospitality brand. This transition marked a new era for the property, undergoing further enhancements to align with Cheval Blanc's standards of luxury and exclusivity.

As the resort grew in luxury and reputation over the decades, it became a favored destination for celebrities, dignitaries and discerning travelers looking for an exclusive and private retreat in the Caribbean.

The rooms and bungalows are thoughtfully designed to echo the beauty and tranquility of the island, with uber-luxury designed bathrooms, providing a serene and luxurious space for guests.

At Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, dining is a tribute to French haute gastronomy, infused with local flavors. La Case and La Cabane restaurants serve a range of culinary delights, from sophisticated French dishes to fresh, local seafood, ensuring a memorable gastronomic journey.

The resort is known for its exceptional service, with a dedicated team that ensures that every aspect of your stay is perfect. From personalized spa treatments to bespoke excursions, the staff goes above and beyond to create a uniquely tailored experience for each guest.

Did you know? Cheval Blanc Hotels are a collection of luxury properties that are part of the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio, the same as Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton.

Le Toiny, a Relais & Chateaux Hotel - The Romantic: An Intimate Escape for Those Who Love Their Privacy.

In the secluded Toiny Bay, Hotel Le Toiny offers the most intimate escape on the island. The natural beauty adds to its charm.

Each villa at Hotel Le Toiny is a sanctuary of privacy and comfort. The private pools accentuate the sense of exclusivity, making guests feel as though they have their own secluded piece of paradise.

The hotel's location in the quiet Toiny Bay ensures a tranquil and intimate atmosphere. It's perfect for those seeking to escape the bustle of daily life and immerse themselves in the serene beauty of St. Barts.

The dining experience at Hotel Le Toiny is nothing short of an epicurean adventure. Restaurant Le Toiny, renowned even among non-guests, offers a menu that celebrates sophisticated flavors and high-quality ingredients, promising an unforgettable culinary journey.

The staff at Hotel Le Toiny are dedicated to providing personalized and attentive service, ensuring that every aspect of your stay is tailored to your preferences and needs.

Did you know? Toiny Beach, a picturesque and relatively untouched stretch of coastline, is known not only for its natural beauty but also a popular spot for surfing due to its consistent waves.

Le Sereno - The Chic Trendsetter: Fresh, and Effortlessly Cool

For those who appreciate modern luxury, Le Sereno on Grand Cul-de-Sac is a boutique hotel that blends sleek design with the natural beauty of its beachfront setting, with contemporary design and natural materials.

The interiors are graced with both newly introduced and meticulously restored Christian Liaigre furnishings, alongside the latest technological enhancements, providing a balance of comfort and contemporary flair.

The 39 guest rooms boast luxuriously soft linens and private gardens equipped with large daybeds (with the Grand Suites including cozy settees and bathtubs).

Known for its exceptional service, Le Sereno prides itself on offering personalized attention to each guest. The staff's dedication to ensuring a memorable stay is evident in every detail, from bespoke excursions to customized in-room amenities.

The spa at Le Sereno provides a range of treatments designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests can also engage in wellness activities like yoga and Pilates, all set against the backdrop of St. Barth's stunning landscape.

Did you know? Le Sereno St. Barth has a sister property in Italy, Il Sereno Lake Como.

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, - The Modern New Kid on the Block (sorry, beach!)

Also located on Grand Cul-de-Sac, Le Barthelemy Hotel & SPA is where modernity meets the relaxed beach lifestyle.

The resort boasts a contemporary yet inviting design, blending seamlessly with the natural beauty of its surroundings. The interiors are chic and elegant, with a focus on light, space and comfort.

Guests can choose from a range of rooms and suites, many featuring private terraces and pools. The accommodations are designed to provide maximum comfort and privacy, with a decor that reflects the serene colors of the island.

The resort includes a state-of-the-art spa, offering a variety of treatments and therapies designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Additionally, there’s a fitness center, a heated infinity pool and various water sports activities available.

Le Barthélemy offers exceptional dining experiences with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and innovative cuisine. The on-site restaurant, Amis, provides stunning ocean views, adding to the overall dining ambiance, overseen by Michelin-star Jérémy Czaplicki.

Rosewood Le Guanahani - The Adventurer: Vibrant and Brimming with Tropical Surprises and Colors!

Originally opened in 1986, Le Guanahani began as a collection of bungalows on a private 18-acre peninsula. Its location between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac quickly made it a sought-after spot for travelers seeking both privacy and natural beauty.

Le Guanahani reopened its doors in 2021, now a Rosewood property, unveiling a comprehensive transformation that included modernized bungalows, new culinary concepts and enhanced wellness facilities while retaining its iconic colorful aesthetic. The renovation blended contemporary luxury with the resort's storied heritage.

The Rosewood property, spread over its private peninsula, is a burst of color and luxury. The resort's location ensures guests enjoy privacy along with panoramic views of Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac, with two almost private beaches

Spread over tropical gardens, it's known for its distinctive, brightly colored cottages. These dot the landscape, offering a unique and vibrant aesthetic - an ode to Caribbean charm. Many of these cottages feature private pools.

The Sense SPA is a peaceful retreat, offering rejuvenating treatments in a serene setting. Its adult-only pool, surrounded by a calming courtyard and pond, provides an ideal space for relaxation. This spa focuses on holistic wellness, combining soothing therapies with a tranquil environment for a truly restful experience.

While it exudes luxury and exclusivity, Le Guanahani is also known for being family-friendly. It offers various activities and services for children, making it an ideal choice for family vacations.

Did you know? At Le Guanahani the private lagoon is expansive, with transparent, shallow water. It's the ideal conditions for sighting six types of sea turtles. You're sure to spot some!

Le Manoir de Lorient - The Family Whisperer, Where Kids' Laughter Blends with Luxury!

Le Manoir is nestled in the charming district of Lorient: this location is particularly special because it's just a short distance from a heavenly beach, making it an ideal spot for beach lovers and those seeking a tranquil retreat near the sea.

Designed to cater for multi-generational trips, it features a range of amenities that make it an ideal choice for families and large groups.

The villa includes a dedicated room for kids, ensuring that younger guests are well accommodated! Additionally, guests benefit from dedicated concierge and housekeeping services, providing a comfortable and hassle-free stay.

One of Le Manoir's standout features is its sleek outdoor pool, which offers a refreshing retreat in a stylish setting. Alongside the pool, there's an outdoor kitchen, perfect for al fresco dining or entertaining. The property is also surrounded by a lush garden, creating a serene and beautiful environment for guests to relax in.

Moreover, Le Manoir de Lorient enhances the luxury experience by offering daily breakfast delivery, allowing guests to start their day with a delightful meal without the need to leave the comfort of the villa.

Need to Know

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