St. Bart's

Hotels in St. Bart's

French entrepreneur Jacques Laurent built the 14-room Hotel Carl Gustaf in 1991 after he had been vacationing with his family on St. Bart’s for years, which means that he knew the perfect spot for his idyllic island hideaway.

From Caribbean villas on St. Barts to historic New England homes on Nantucket, Wimco specializes in luxury property rentals. Amenities typically include swimming pools, ocean views, private beaches, and yacht-docking services.

Whether it’s the rocky promontory of its setting, above the sunbathers on St. Jean beach, or the likelihood of rubbing elbows with Cameron Diaz or Matt Dillon in the Sand Bar, Eden Rock is a perennial epicenter of style on celebrity-studded St. Bart’s.

It comes as no surprise that this French West Indies island, with its white-sand beaches, over-the-top villas, and celebrity devotees, should be home to one of the Caribbean’s most stylishly revamped hotels.

Agency: St. Barth Properties

Situated directly on Lorient Beach, this relatively affordable hotel makes up for its modest design with a prime location on the water.

Formerly the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Winner of the 2011 World Travel Award for Leading Hotel in St. Bart's, the Taïwana is an ultra-exclusive property situated directly on Flamands Beach. Popular with visiting celebrities, the hotel comprises 22 whitewashed units ranging from single rooms to three-bedroom suites.

The 10 airy white-on-white rooms overlook Flamands Bay. St. Bart’s is all about the people-watching, and there’s plenty of it here: the property shares its sands with the tony Hotel St.-Barth Isle de France.

Ever since Christian Liaigre signed his name to Club Med Bora Bora about a decade ago, style-obsessed hotel junkies have dared to hope that the French designer might bring his handsome and spare sensibility to another beach resort. The wait is over.

The affordable hotel's five simple rooms, near the Anse de Grand Salines, are built around a small plunge pool and named after destinations around the globe (Waikiki, Cap Ferret), with décor to match.

The creole-style cottages reopened in December of 2010 after a $6 million renovation that added two family suites. The hotel's 5,000-square-foot open-air space blends in with the pastel cottages-and caters to couples in search of corporeal indulgence.