Jessica Sample

Hotel Le Village St. Jean, St. Bart’s

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Before St. Bart’s was considered a Caribbean hot spot, the pioneering Charneau family opened Le Village St.-Jean. Forty-two years later, the bayside hotel, bordered by fragrant palm trees and frangipani, has a fresh new look. What to expect? Colorful paintings by native artists; wood-beamed ceilings and teak furniture; and large, Zen-inspired marble bathrooms. There’s also a well-stocked library full of travel classics that the Charneaus have collected over the years. Despite the upgrades, Le Village’s stone cottages and suites are still among the island’s best deals during high season. Baie de St.-Jean; 590-590/276-139; villagestjeanhotel.com; doubles from $380.

T+L Tip: Book a deep-tissue massage or yoga class on your private terrace, overlooking Baie de St.-Jean.

The Best Caribbean Hotels 2011

Hotel Le Village St. Jean, St. Bart’s

Before St. Bart’s was considered a Caribbean hot spot, the pioneering Charneau family opened Le Village St.-Jean. Forty-two years later, the bayside hotel, bordered by fragrant palm trees and frangipani, has a fresh new look. What to expect? Colorful paintings by native artists; wood-beamed ceilings and teak furniture; and large, Zen-inspired marble bathrooms. There’s also a well-stocked library full of travel classics that the Charneaus have collected over the years. Despite the upgrades, Le Village’s stone cottages and suites are still among the island’s best deals during high season. Baie de St.-Jean; 590-590/276-139; villagestjeanhotel.com; doubles from $380.

T+L Tip: Book a deep-tissue massage or yoga class on your private terrace, overlooking Baie de St.-Jean.

Jessica Sample

The Best Caribbean Hotels 2011

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