This Relais & Châteaux gem has just been re-styled and expanded by English owners, David and Jane
Matthews. Comprising just 31 highly-distinctive cottages, suites and villas, much of it is perched on a
rocky promontory surrounded by crystal clear waters. A number of the guest rooms do spill out onto the
two adjacent beaches, however. In every way it's a labour of love, Jane's design skills displayed in rooms
that range from the über-glamorous Garbo Suite to the beachfront Waterlily House, complete with its own
infinity edge pool. Frenchman, Jean Claude Durfour, is in charge of the resort's culinary offerings, his
talents showcased in two fashionable restaurants set either right on the beach or high on the rock.
31 cottages, suites and 1, 2 & 3-bedroom villas, many with their own pools. Children welcome
year-round. Rates include breakfast.
HOTEL ST. BARTH ISLE DE FRANCE
Definitely one of the chic-est hotels in the Caribbean, its prime setting on the edge of fashionable
Baie des Flamands complemented by its cleanly-styled 'colonial' interiors. Guests can choose between
spacious rooms secreted away in the gardens or the plantation-style main house that overlooks the pool
and beach. There are, however, a few gorgeous new suites on the beach and hillside that boast anything
from their own Jacuzzi to their own swimming pool. Marble bathrooms, four poster beds and all the
creature comforts reflect the owners' attention to detail. Another coup is the hotel's serene Molton
Brown Spa that lives up to everyone's expectations, whilst the La Case de l'Isle restaurant attracts
the island's cognoscenti thanks to its contemporary French cuisine.
33 rooms, bungalows & suites. Children welcome year-round (although not in beach rooms or junior
suites). Rates include continental breakfast.
The reincarnation of the Sereno Beach Hotel, Le Sereno is only re-opening its doors towards the end of
2005. Yet its re-styling by famed Parisian designer, Christian Liaigre, not to mention its setting on one
of the "ten most beautiful beaches in the world" (The Travel Channel), means it's sure to pop up on the
radar screens of discerning travellers everywhere. The 38 suites and villas feature anything from stylish
Christian Liaigre furnishings and individual pools to personal DVD players and iPods, whilst all boast
stunning ocean views. General facilities include a spa, swimming pool and reef-enclosed bay perfect for
water sports, although discreet people-watching in the beachfront bar and restaurant promises to be one
of the most popular pastimes!
38 villas & villas. Children welcome year-round.
HOTEL GUANAHANI & SPA
This 'Leading Small Hotel of the World' has long been a St. Barth favourite. Sprawled out over sixteen
lush acres on the edge of a white sand beach, it is a delightful confusion of brightly-hued Creole-style
cottages and suites, some of which boast their own private swimming pools. And whilst outside they may
reflect their West Indian setting, inside their stylish colonial influences and calming colour schemes
are conducive to relaxing stays. The new Clarins spa supplements the water sports, fitness centre, tennis
courts and PADI dive school, whilst the two restaurants, Indigo and Bartolomeo, offer everything you expect
from a world-class hotel with its heart and soul in France.
69 cottages & suites, some with private pools. Also a 3-bedroom villa with private pool. Children
welcome year-round with their own club. Rates include American breakfast.
Another Relais & Châteaux member, Le Toiny is an ultra-stylish little development ideal for the more
independent visitor to St. Barth. Designed after the old plantation houses of the French West Indies, its
fifteen self-contained cottages and villa suites are all poised high on a hillside overlooking Anse de Toiny.
Private swimming pools (20 ft. by 10 ft.) and hypnotic ocean views are all part of the deal here, whilst
interiors are all about colonial-style furnishings, terracotta floors and natural woods. The on-site Le Gaïac
restaurant is well worth your attention for its classic French cuisine spiced with Creole influences, whilst
other restaurants and beaches are yours for the asking with the help of a hire car.
14 one-bedroom suites and 1 three-bedroom villa suite. Children welcome year-round. Rates include