St. Bart's

Hotels in St. Bart's

This Caribbean island has fewer hotels than most (there were about 30 at last count). Thankfully, there are no massive resorts or uber-tall buildings as all the hotels in St. Bart's are designed according to French communal law. While some hotels in St. Bart's drop their prices during the off-season, most remain quite pricey. In return, you get fabulous, boutique-style amenities, everything from poolside fashion shows to Molton Brown bath products. You have the choice of whether you want to be at the center of the action—if so, look to the hotel options in Baie de St. Jean—or in a more secluded setting. In Baie de St. Jean, Eden Rock is by far one of the best hotels in St. Bart's. Here, luxe rooms afford stunning views of the bay. Another gem is the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, located right on Baie des Flamands, the island's longest, widest beach. For the utmost in privacy, consider booking one of the sprawling hillside villas. St. Bart's is nothing if not a scene, but it's one you can join and then retreat.

Formerly the Hotel Saint-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Built into a gently sloping hillside, the resort has just 14 one-bedroom and one three-bedroom independent villas, all with wide-open water views, kitchens, and 10-by-20-foot private pools.