It was no surprise when the Hotel St. Barth Isle de France was awarded 5 stars in the new French classification system. This is a world-class hotel that meets and exceeds all the international standards for luxury and service and continues to top all the glossy magazines’ “Best” lists. Anchored on gorgeous Flamands Beach, it is sexy and elegant and exudes the island’s signature ambiance of casual sophistication. Its recent acquisition by the LVMH Group (Louis Vitton, Moet, Hennessy) gives it an added splash of glamour.
The brilliantly whitewashed main building, set just above the beach, houses nine rooms and three suites. It is here we see that iconic and frequently photographed breezeway framing an amazing snapshot of the azure sea. It’s breathtaking. We recommend the 2nd floor accommodations for those who would rather see than be seen, but if you prefer the latter, the ground level will put you and your chaise lounge in the midst of all the action: the pool, a little bar and the beachside restaurant, La Case de l’Isle – and all those beautiful people clinking glasses under beach umbrellas. It’s all so St. Barth. A tiny chic boutique offers teeny-tiny bikinis, pareos, and movie star–worthy sunglasses.
As you would expect, the appointments are luxurious – 4-poster beds, lovely linens, French fabrics and fine art. The marble baths are sumptuous and sensuous with the added bonus of Molton Brown amenities.
The sparkling jewels in Hotel St. Barth Isle de France’s tiara are its four lavishly large Beach Suites, and the pièce de résistance is the pair of exquisite (3 bedroom) villas – the Flamands Villas. Both the Suites and Villas are just steps – across that sugar-sand beach – from the sea and boast a panorama of Flamand’s brilliant blue waters. And they have private infinity-edge pools.
Decorated by acclaimed international designer, London’s Penny Morrison, for style and comfort, they have all the must-have techno amenities: WiFi, plasma TVs, iPod docks and such. Each Suite totals 1,500 square feet and includes a spacious living area (with a 52" plasma TV), a bedroom with an adjacent dressing area and an oversized en suite bath featuring a stone soaking tub. Full-sized kitchens are great for nights guests opt to cook-in and dine à deux.
Not to be outdone, the 3 bedrooms in the Flamands Villas also have luxurious en suite baths, adjoining dressing rooms and mini-gyms. Guests can relax in the spacious living room or catch up on DVDs in the home cinema (enjoying the complimentary mini-bar). A fit-for-an-Iron Chef kitchen has the latest in high-end appliances and is sure to inspire the creation of a tropical dish or two.
“Across the way” – the hotel is divided by a sliver of a road that turns into a cul-de-sac – there are loads of room and suite options, including bungalow-style villas. Nestled among the bougainvillea and banana plants, they are deliciously private and several have their own pools. The 2 bedroom Garden and Eden Villas have patio kitchens making them ideal for small families. The spa, in collaboration with leading brands Natura Bissé and Intraceuticals, is nestled in a lush garden setting and includes an open-air pavilion – and there’s an adjacent gym. The hotel enjoys a 72% high-season return rate, and that’s quite a statement. They know how to do it right at the Hotel St. Barth Isle de France.
A Few of Our Favorite Things
- The fabulous Flamands Beach location
- Lunching at La Case de l’ Isle – for the scene and the fashion show
Who Would Just Love it Here
Sophisticated travelers – you know who you are – who would love the special ambiance and the service level.