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recently posted in Hotels & Resorts
 • Brummell - time for a holiday in paradise
 • Le Toiny Ranked #3 by Condé Nast
 • Hôtel Christopher Reopened on November 12
 • Hôtel Le Toiny Receives First Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Distinction in Caribbean
 • A Small Boutique Hotel in Lorient
 • Hotel Christopher to Reopen
 • New Accommodations Near Saline
 • Hotel Le Toiny Has First Greenhouse on the Island
 • 1 reason to go to St. Barts
 • Condé Nast Readers Choose St. Barth Again!
 • Hotel Le Christopher to reopen
 • Tom Beach Hotel Special
 • Hotel Carl Gustaf to Reopen for High Season
 • What's Up with the Hotel Le Christophe?
 • Niilaaia Hotel Resort & Spa


St. Barts Travel & News Blog   Hotels & Resorts

June 7, 2011

Brummell - time for a holiday in paradise

From Financial News:

16 May 2011, Angela Henshall-

For those looking for the chicest of Caribbean paradises, La Banane hotel on the island of St Barthelemy would be Brummell's pick.

The idyllic island of St Barts was discovered twice: first by explorer Christopher Columbus, who never set foot on it, and second by David Rockefeller who first visited at the end of the 1950s.

Following in the tycoon's footsteps, others came to sample the island's delights. These included one of the world's most famous cabaret owners, Frenchman Jean-Marie Rivière. Rivière constructed an archipelago of nine bungalows to accommodate his many visitors around his own house. Nestled in the heart of a coconut grove, in a lavish tropical garden with hibiscus, frangipani and jasmine, it is the biggest homestead on the island.

Today it is La Banane Hotel, which has retained the plush 1950s feel. Its nine rooms are split into two categories: Banane Extra, with a private terrace over the tropical garden, and Banane Deluxe, a larger room with a private terrace looking over the pool or facing the tropical garden. A melting pot of different periods and inspirations, the interior decoration of the hotel has been inspired by classical design icons of modernism.

In order to create the feel of a real collector's home, the current owner has put together a unique and rare collection of furniture. Between the tropical surroundings and his passion for modernist lines, the art lover has incorporated references to architect Pierre Jeanneret's work created for the Punjab in India.

Each of the hotel's bungalows pays homage to modernist artists, such as architects Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and other contemporaries from the 1950s such as lighting designer Serge Mouille.
For more details, visit www.labanane.com

December 8, 2009

Le Toiny Ranked #3 by Condé Nast

le-Toiny.jpgHotel Le Toiny is a luxury hotel located on 38-acres overlooking the sea in Grand Fond on the island's southeastern coast. Its 15 villa suites are designed in the French Colonial style and each has an ocean view, large terrace, private heated swimming pool and kitchenette. The hotel's Le Gaiac restaurant features innovative French cuisine with a Creole accent. This superb hotel has been ranked No. 3 of Caribbean/Atlantic hotels by Conde Nast Traveler's 2009 Readers Choice Awards. More than 25,000 readers voted on more than 10,000 properties worldwide. With a rating of 92.2, Hotel Le Toiny was the highest rated hotel on St. Barth. I can attest that there are few things better than their Sunday brunch followed by a dip in the beautiful pool at the restaurant's edge. For more information, contact Hotel Le Toiny at 590 590 27 88 88 or by email at reservations@letoiny.com.

December 2, 2009

Hôtel Christopher Reopened on November 12

HotelChristopher.jpgThe 41-room Hotel Christopher in a garden setting in Pointe Milou has recently reopened after completing major renovations. The poolside restaurant Mango is open daily for lunch and beverages. Poolside massages are also available for a reasonable fee. The restaurant Taino, facing the sea, serves breakfast and dinner daily. In collaboration with Linde Gallery, the hotel has also opened a small store featuring a collection of beachwear, bikinis, dresses and sarongs from the Linde Gallery as well as perfumes, scented candles and art books.

Hôtel Le Toiny Receives First Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Distinction in Caribbean

Hotel Le Toiny in Grand Fond is the first Relais & Chateaux property in the Caribbean to receive a Grand Chef distinction. At the annual conference of Relais & Chateaux in Biarritz, France, Chef Stephane Mazieres was presented with the Grand Chef Taittinger award. Quite an accomplishment for a chef of age 34! Chef Mazieres supervises the hotel and restaurant (Le Gaiac) kitchens and offers sophisticated French and Creole cuisine. Last year the hotel built a greenhouse to grow vegetables and herbs, and this year they plan to construct two more greenhouses to grow their own fruit.

September 1, 2009

A Small Boutique Hotel in Lorient

normandiehotelstbart.jpgThe Normandie Hotel in Lorient is one of the island's oldest hotels and has been totally renovated. Guest rooms are in two separate buildings that are connected by a large deck of gorgeous Brazilian wood that surrounds the pool area. Amenities include WiFi, flat-screen plasma TVs with French and US channels, telephones, air-conditioning, refrigerators in all rooms and bathrobes. Room prices include a Continental breakfast and complimentary wine in the afternoon. Prices vary depending on the season but range from 90 euros to 165 euros. The hotel is a mere two-minute walk from tranquil and beautiful Lorient beach and is in walking distance of several restaurants, small grocery stores and a wonderful bakery. For more information and to make reservations, visit their web site at http://www.normandiehotelstbarts.com.

July 19, 2009

Hotel Christopher to Reopen

hotel-christopher.jpgLocated in Pointe Milou at the edge of the sea, the 4-star Hotel Christopher will reopen in November 2009. The hotel was closed for a couple of years during which it refurbished its 41 rooms and two restaurants. The hotel offers luxury accommodations at an affordable price. The poolside Mango Bar is open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, and the restaurant is open from noon until 2:30 pm. The hotel offers 10 poolside rooms, 24 ocean view rooms, four deluxe ocean view rooms, one ocean view junior suite, one "Aloes" Suite, and one panoramic suite. For more information and to make reservations, visit their web site at www.hotelchristopher.com.

June 24, 2009

New Accommodations Near Saline

saline-beach.jpgFleur de Lune offers traditional-style cottages and guest rooms in a charming setting about a 10-minute walk from the popular and beautiful beach of Saline. Fleur de Lune has a covered terrace that serves as a common area, providing a dining table for up to 12 guests, a living area, a small library and a home cinema with a plasma screen. Guests are invited to use the fully equipped kitchen to prepare meals, if desired; Creole cuisine is also available. The 15' x 9' swimming pool is located between the cottage and the common area. The "Case" is an independent St. Barth bungalow that contains a king-size bed and two single beds, flat-screen TV, DVD player, iPod station, WIFI, a kitchenette, refrigerator, air-conditioning in the bedrooms, hair dryer, bathrobes and beach towels. Cottages and guest rooms start at 110 euros, including breakfast, round-trip transportation from the airport or harbor and daily housekeeping. For more information, visit www.saintbarthgitefleurdelune.com, email them at stbarth.prestigeservices@gmail.com, or call them at 05 90 27 70 57.

May 19, 2009

Hotel Le Toiny Has First Greenhouse on the Island

greenhouse-le-toiny.jpgHotel Le Toiny is a luxury hotel situated on 38 oceanfront acres on the southeastern side of the island. They have long been known for their private villa suites and fine dining at the restaurant Le Gaiac. They have now taken the cuisine up yet another notch by establishing their own 1000 square-foot greenhouse - the first on the island. After consulting with a horticulturist, they enriched the soil with bio-organic earth and organic fertilizer and then planted organic seeds supplied by a company in France. Currently, they are growing eight varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, carrots, peas, eggplants, peppers, melons and a host of herbs, all of which is incorporated into their daily menu. Future plans include adding bananas, papayas and mangos. Kudos to Le Toiny for their dedication to fresh and healthy food!

November 9, 2008

1 reason to go to St. Barts

From a new article in the NY Times:

Well-heeled travelers have long considered St. Barts their winter playground, with a popular getaway being the 14-room Carl Gustaf Hotel (590-590-29-79-00; www.hotelcarlgustaf.com), where a seven-room villa can go for as much as 48,000 euros a night. This December, this swank hotel is opening a new restaurant, Victoria's, headed up by Emmanuel Motte, who plans to infuse his traditional French cuisine with Caribbean and lighter Asian fare. The hotel has also completely refurbished its popular Carl Gustaf Lounge and added a new Boutique Spa by Carita, created by the sisters behind the deluxe Carita spa in Paris.

November 3, 2008

Condé Nast Readers Choose St. Barth Again!

Every year Condé Nast holds a survey in which their readers choose their favorite islands and resorts. This year St. Barth came in third place as favorite Caribbean island. The island cleaned up on top Caribbean hotels: The Hôtel St. Barth Ile de France, Eden Roc and Le Toiny won first, second and third places, with the Carl Gustaf coming in at sixth place. The Hôtel Guanahani & Spa took fourth place in favorite Caribbean resorts. And, for the third consecutive year, Peg Walsh, President of St. Barth Properties, was recognized as one of the world's top villa agents. Kudos to all!

October 16, 2008

Hotel Le Christopher to reopen

The Hotel Christopher in Point Milou is scheduled to re-open on November 10, under the management of David Henderson, the former general manager at Le Toiny in Grand Fond. The hotel was sold to a private French group last year and has remained closed since the sale. The new owners are obtaining a building permit for 2009, but have agreed to reopen the hotel for the winter. The hotel, which has 41 rooms, each with a private terrace and views of tropical gardens and the Caribbean, will offer rates starting at 99 euros per night that will include a Continental buffet breakfast. The hotel has a poolside restaurant that will be open for lunch, but not for dinner.

And from Travel Weekly:

The Hotel Le Christopher in Pointe Milou on St. Barts' northeastern coast will reopen Nov. 10 after a year's closure for renovations with daily introductory rates from $136 per room, double, including Continental buffet breakfast, through Dec. 20.

"The last time St. Barts saw a rate like this for four-star comfort was when Richard Nixon was president," said David Henderson, general manager. "We want to reinvent pricing to welcome our guests with an unbeatable price."

September 16, 2008

Tom Beach Hotel Special

-1.jpgThe Tom Beach Hotel in St Jean sits right on gorgeous St Jean Bay, recently voted the 8th sexiest beach by the Travel Channel. Until December 19, 2008, you can enjoy a free night with any reservation of six nights or more. The hotel's open-air, beachside restaurant, La Plage, is open year-round, serves excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere and usually has either live music or a DJ during the evenings. For more information or to make reservations, call 590 590 27 53 13, email them at tombeach@wanadoo.fr or visit their web site at www.tombeach.com.

September 8, 2008

Hotel Carl Gustaf to Reopen for High Season

hotel-carl-gustaf.jpgThe luxurious Hotel Carl Gustaf in Gustavia has been closed and undergoing major renovations for several months. They plan to reopen for the high season with a completely new restaurant, Victoria's, and a redesigned lounge. This is one of the best places to enjoy a cocktail while viewing a spectacular sunset over the harbor. The renovations also include a top-scale Boutique Spa and a 4-bedroom Royale Suite with its own infinity pool and Jacuzzi.

September 1, 2008

What's Up with the Hotel Le Christophe?

hotel-christophe-st-barts.jpgThe Hotel Le Christophe in Point Milou has been closed for one or two years with many speculations about its future, including the possibility of timeshares being offered. Haven't heard any details, but they recently had an ad in a local publication for a general manager, an assistant, maids and maintenance men for their re-opening in late October or early November. Stay tuned.

August 20, 2008

Niilaaia Hotel Resort & Spa

About one year ago, the St. Barth Beach Hotel in Grand Cul de Sac was sold and razed to make room for the Niilaaia Hotel Resort & Spa. Recent news is that construction will start soon. Niilaaia is a Sanskrit word that means "bearing the color of blue." The hotel will include 46 beachfront rooms, six fully furnished "townhouse style" duplex suites that can be purchased and three villas that can also be purchased. For more information, visit www.niilaaia.com.

June 30, 2008

Has the Francois Plantation Closed Its Doors for Good?

francois-plantation.jpgWord has it that the 4-star Hotel Francois Plantation, located on the northwestern tip of the island, high in the hills of Colombier, has decided to close its doors. Whether this is truly a permanent closing or not remains to be seen. They were closed for renovations when this news arrived. Several sources say they will not re-open. However, their website says "closed until further notice." We'll juSt. have to wait and see what happens. Not only would this be a loss of a lovely hotel, but also of an excellent restaurant.

May 12, 2008

Two Luxury Hotels Close for Renovations

The Carl Gustaf, located on a hillside in Gustavia overlooking the picturesque harbor, is a four-star luxury hotel close to gorgeous Shell Beach, restaurants and shops. Two weeks ago, they closed for major renovations. According to general manager Pierre-Alexander Maillard. "We are going to be enlarging the hotel as well as completely renovating the restaurant, bar, and lounge." The hotel will add a new four-bedroom suite over the restaurant as well as a small spa and boutique. The spa will have three treatment rooms for massage and other services along with a Jacuzzi. The hotel is scheduled to re-open on December 15, 2008.

The François Plantation, is also closing for renovations. Located on the northwestern tip of the island, high in the hills of Colombier, the four-star Hotel François Plantation is housed in typical St. Barth architecture with a wrap-around terrace and a pool surrounded by teak decks overlooking a beautiful bay. The restaurant, one of the most highly regarded on the island, closed on April 1 and the hotel will close on May 7. The renovations here will be to bring the hotel's sanitation system and kitchen up to date. The hotel will re-open in mid-November and has plans for additional improvements in the summer of 2009.

March 20, 2008

Hostellerie des 3 Forces - A "Mystic" Spa & Hotel in Vitet

mystic.jpgLooking for a beautiful place to stay, yet a little different from the typical hotel? Check out the Hostellerie des 3 Forces in Vitet. The owner and chef, as well as an astrologer who has been practicing for over 20 years, is the very charming Hubert Delamotte. M. Delamotte, a reknown chef, arrived from France in 1979 for a vacation, met his wife and never left. Isn't that so often the story you hear when on St Barth?! The Hostellerie has seven quiet and charming cottages. All rooms face the sea, have air-conditioning and many have kitchenettes. In the morning, you can have breakfast by the pool or in the restaurant's harbored veranda. For more information, go to www.3forces.net or call at 590-590-276-125

March 5, 2008

What's Happening at Grand Cul de Sac?

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The St Barth Beach Hotel in Grand Cul de Sac has been leveled for some time now, and there has been much speculation about what would be built on that beautiful oceanfront site. There is now a sign on the property that says Niilaais Hotel Resort & Spa Coming Soon! They are offering exclusive 5-bedroom villas and luxurious full-service duplex suites for purchase within the resort. See their web site www.niilaaia.com for more information.

February 21, 2008

Dealing with the weak US dollar on St. Barts

The dollar's demise is affecting travel all over the globe in different ways according to this article, which includes a mention of how the Hotel Carl Gustaf is dealing with it:

"The high-end Hotel Carl Gustaf on St. Barts, for example, is guaranteeing winter rates for travel through April 19 in dollars. While the listed rates begin at 1,100 euros, or $1,672 at $1.52 to the euro, the hotel is offering rates beginning at $1,300 a room a night with a three-night minimum to travelers who ask for the U.S. dollar rate."

February 15, 2008

36 Hours in St. Barts

Didn't the NY Times do one of these last winter too? I guess you can always find a writer willing to spend some time on St. Barts:

"GETTING to St. Barts isn't easy, not even with your own Gulfstream. On the final leg, trade your million-dollar jet for a tiny puddle jumper, before threading between two jagged peaks and touching down on a teensy runway that, islanders like to joke, is as short as an aircraft carrier's. That might explain the island's exclusivity. Although Jay-Z, Beyoncé and a rotating cast of celebrities have kept St. Barts in the tabloids, this tiny French island still exudes a chic, laid-back vibe unspoiled by gawkers and day-trippers. And despite a new wave of wine bars, chichi boutiques and designer restaurants, the island's main attraction remains its luscious white sand beaches, fringed by the pool-blue waters of the Caribbean."

Lots of good stuff mentioned in the article along with many phone numbers, websites, etc.

January 28, 2008

Hotel Le Village St Jean Adds New Gym

st-jean-gym.jpgThe Hotel Le Village St Jean, which sits high on a hill overlooking the beautiful bay and beach of St Jean, has added a new gym and massage room next to the pool. Visit their web site at http://www.villagestjeanhotel.com for more information and to make reservations.

La Normandie

La Normandie http://www.normandiehotelstbarts.com new photos and up to date info coming soon!

November 6, 2007

Le Toiny Update

A well-known magazine on travel and life in the Caribbean published that Le Toiny would be adding a spa and a beach restaurant as part of the new owner's renovations. However, the word straight from Le Toiny is that this is not quite true. They will be adding a massage room rather than a spa, and they will not be adding a beach restaurant.

Inexpensive Digs Can Be Found

If you'd like to visit St Barth, but the world-renown hotels are out of your price range or you just prefer smaller places, other options do exist.

Salines Garden Cottages in Grande Saline offers five charming cottages, three of which have kitchenettes. All of the cottages have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, beach towels and a terrace. A pool on the premises, surrounded with comfortable chaise lounges, offers WiFi access. The cottages start at 80 euros from August 24 to December 19, 290 euros from December 20 to January 4 and 140 euros from January 5 to April 15. Visit www.salinesgarden.com for more details and photos.

Auberge de Terre Neuve, just up the hill from Flamands, has ten apartments and is a great deal, if you don't mind not having a reception desk. The apartments are modestly furnished and start at 80 euros, which includes a rental car (rates are 130 euros between December 15 and April 1).


Condé Nast's 2007 Readers' Awards

Eden Roc, St Jean
Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France, Flamands
Hôtel Guanahauni & Spa, Grand Cul de Sac


Condé Nast
has just published its Reader's Awards for 2007 in the November issue. With over 28,000 votes cast, Eden Rock (92.7%) was awarded the number one hotel in the Caribbean. Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France came in at a close second place (91.0%), and the Hôtel Carl Gustaf was number five (83.8%). The Hôtel Guanahauni & Spa was voted number 11 (87.3%) of Best Resorts in the Caribbean. As for the Best Island in the Caribbean, St Barth (77.0%) was voted number three. Number one was Bermuda (80.2%) and number two was St John (78.9%). The criteria for Best Hotel was food/dining, location, overall design, rooms, and service. The criteria for the Best Resort was activities/facilities, food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. The criteria for the Best Island was activities, atmosphere/ambience, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and scenery. Not bad for such a tiny island!

August 28, 2007

Single Travelers to St. Barts

The MSNBC website had an article out title "Top trips for singles" which mentions the following:

"One such outing is a six-night yoga retreat at the Hotel Isle de France in St. Barth. Solo travelers can take daily group yoga classes on the beach or at the spa's indoor studio. For the solitary, there are meditation classes, and a spa menu that includes outdoor Thai massage and spine treatments. Afternoons are generally free, so singles will have plenty of time to explore the island and its many beaches on their own or with others on the retreat. They can also unwind in one of the hotel's 34 guest rooms - each one has a spacious marble bath and overlooks lush gardens."

July 12, 2007

Take a Virtual Tour of the Eden Roc Timeshare Villas

EdenRock-Map.jpgAs reported earlier, the Eden Roc hotel has constructed several villas on the old property of Le Filao hotel in St Jean for sale as timeshares or "fractional ownership." Now, you can now take a Virtual Tour of these timeshare villas.

July 10, 2007

New GM at the Hotel Carl Gustaf

From 4hoteliers.com (they have a website for everything nowadays...)

"Pierre-Alexandre Maillard is the new General Manager at the Hotel Carl Gustaf in St. Barthelemy. He was previously the General Manager of the Hotel Napoléon in Fontainebleau."

May 31, 2007

The First Guanahani Resort & Spa Literary Prize

guanahani-pool-2.jpgFrom May 30 to June 3, the Guanahani Resort & Spa will host an event to award the first literary prize given in the name of this luxury hotel located on Grand Cul de Sac. Although Marc Thezé, the director of the hotel, created the prize, the name "Guanahani Literary Prize" comes from the book Je vous aime by French author Catherine Siguret, which was published in November 2006. The plot involves a Parisian woman and a successful writer and contains a scene set during the awarding of the Guanahani Literary Prize. When Thezé read the book, he decided to make the fictional prize a reality. The winner of the award will be chosen by a jury of celebrities from the world of French literature and media. The jury will meet at the Guanahani to select the best romance novel out of five pre-selected French novels published this year. The winner, whose identity will be revealed on June 3, will receive an all-inclusive week at the hotel for two, complete with airline tickets.

Digital Video-On-Demand Installed at the Emeraude Plage Hotel

InfoValue Computing, Inc. (InfoValue), along with its partner Concierge Express and its regional subsidiary Sun Media Network of Simpson Bay Yacht Club in St Maarten, has just completed the first installation of a digital video-on-demand (VOD) system on St Barth. The system, InfoValue SuiteTV, was installed at the luxurious, beachfront Emeraude Plage Hotel in St Jean and offers VOD, an information portal and Internet access over the television in all of the hotel's suites, tropical bungalows and villas. Hotel guests can access VOD content interactively on their 32" HDTVs, view local attractions and hotel amenities via the information portal and take advantage of high-speed Internet access provided by the save HDTV screen with a wireless keyboard input. But, let's hope the guests don't forget that the best video-on-demand is just steps from their room - in full, living color!

May 2, 2007

First Digital VOD System on St. Barths

I guess if you like cutting edge TV and need the Internet while on St. Barts, Emeraude Plage is the new place to be:

DMN Newswire--2007-4-30--InfoValue Computing, Inc. (InfoValue), an expert in providing innovative, high-performance video-streaming platforms and solutions, today announced its first installation on the Caribbean island of St. Barths at the luxury beachside Emeraude Plage Hotel. InfoValue's class-leading InfoValue SuiteTV&tm; solution offers video-on-demand (VOD), an information portal, and Internet over the television in all of the hotel's suites, villas, and tropical bungalows...

"The InfoValue SuiteTV system installed here means we can provide the highest standards in digital entertainment, hotel information, and Internet access over the television - to match the exceptional quality of our accommodation," said Genevieve Nouy, proprietor of the Emeraude Plage. "We have created a unique luxury resort here, and it's a pleasure to offer our guests the most advanced digital facilities in the region."

Guests at the Emeraude Plage will use InfoValue SuiteTV's features to access IP-based VOD content interactively on their 32-inch HDTVs and benefit from functionality such as pausing, rewinding, fast-forwarding, and bookmarking both Hollywood and foreign content. Hotel amenities and local attractions are available through the information portal, and high-speed Internet access is also provided via the same screen with a wireless keyboard input.

More here.

March 21, 2007

Wimco St. Bart's Hotel Specials

Wimco Hotelsbullet Browse Wimco.com for Intimate Hotels of Distinction. Wimco is the pioneer in the Caribbean luxury vacation industry. Visit Wimco.com to browse its selection of intimate hotels of distinction in St Barts and the Caribbean. They have 24 years of experience and have been praised by the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes and Fortune. You can trust them to put you in the right hotel or resort for whatever kind of vacation experience you want. The vacation specialists at Wimco will also handle your flight and car reservations. Get started.

February 11, 2007

If you were really cool...

The Miami Herald makes some suggestions for St. Barths in an article titled "Global glamour: If you were really cool, where would you be tonight?":

"Those who can't do New Year's like Diddy, DiCaprio and Microsoft mogul Paul Allen do -- on megayachts, of course -- not to worry: this tiny, tony Caribbean island is always crawling with celebrities. Hangouts include Maya's (Public, Gustavia; (011-590-590) 277-573), the casual seaside boite favored by Jimmy Buffet and Martha Stewart; Casa Nikki (Plage de St. Jean; (011-590-590) 276-464), the Barth's branch of Miami's very own Nikki Beach Club where Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova partied last year; and Le Yacht Club (Rue Jeanne d'Arc; (011-590-690) 492-333), where Usher, Mariah Carey, Jay Z and Beyonce have been known to pop bottles of bubbly. If you don't have a private villa, make like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner and hang your weary heads at the haute Hotel Guanahani & Spa (Grand Cul de Sac; (011-590-590) 529-036)."

November 16, 2006

Eden Rock wins an award

Travel Weekly is reporting that Island Destinations 2007 Travelers Collection calls Eden Rock "the most exciting new destination in luxury travel". New? Hasn't Eden Rock been around for awhile?

November 15, 2006

Hotel L'Isle de France Voted Best in the Caribbean

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/hotel-isle-de-france-thumb.jpgSubscribers to Condé Nast Traveler magazine have made their choice. Judged on rooms, service, restaurant and location, L'Isle de France on the beach in Flamands was judged the #1 hotel in the Caribbean and #16 worldwide. Quite a coup for the couple who has owned and managed the hotel for only six years! The hotel acknowledges the value of the long-term service of its 85 employees, only seven of which are new. With 70% of their clients returning each year, this stability ensures that their expectations of a high level of service will be met - not to mention the same friendly faces each year! Four new luxury suites measuring 150 m2 will be added for the next season.

May 31, 2006

Hotel Le Manapany

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/manapany-apartment-thumb.jpghttp://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/manapany-pool-thumb.jpgLe Manapany is a four-star luxe hotel located on the northwest coast of St Barts in the small village of Anse des Cayes, two miles from Gustavia and 1.5 miles from the airport. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations decorated in a Balinese style: 32 cottages and 36 junior suites, which are located in a tropical garden; and six apartments, which are next to the 600-foot beach. All rooms have air-conditioning, TV, radio, mini-bar, hair dryer and a refrigerator. The cottages have a private terrace. Amenities include a pool and Jacuzzi, a fitness center, tennis courts, concierge services, room service, meeting facilities and a poolside restaurant and bar.

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Phone: 05 90 27 66 55
Fax: 05 90 27 75 28
Email: manapany@saint-barths.com

Hotel Carl Gustaf

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/carl-gustaf-thumb.jpghttp://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/carl-gustaf-view-thumb.jpgThe Carl Gustaf, located on a hillside in Gustavia overlooking the picturesque harbor, is a four-star luxe hotel. The hotel offers 14 one- or two-bedroom suites, each in its own cottage with a view of the harbor and the sunset. Each suite has a private terrace and plunge pool, air-conditioned bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchenette, mini-bar, direct telephone line, TV, DVD player and CD player. The hotel offers a business center with Internet access, a fitness center, beauty salon, 24-hour room service, restaurant and bar, and complimentary shuttle to the beaches. Its location in Gustavia affords easy access to beautiful Shell Beach and all the restaurants and shops in town.

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Phone: 05 90 29 79 00
Fax: 05 90 27 82 37
Email: info@hotelcarlgustaf.com

Eden Roc Hotel

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/eden-roc-thumb.jpghttp://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/eden-roc-rooms-thumb.jpgEden Roc, located on the Baie of St Jean in the heart of the town of St Jean, is a member of the pretigious Relais & Chateaux chain. This hotel sits between two beautiful beaches and offers 29 unique rooms all of which have air-conditioning, wireless internet, a mini-bar, CD player, DVD player, and satellite TV. The rooms consist of cottages, suites, a house with a walled garden, private pool and views of the ocean, and a loft suite at the top of the rock. The property has two restaurants, two bars, water sports, a fitness center, a boutique and an art gallery. Many shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

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Phone: 05 90 29 79 99
Fax: 05 90 27 88 37
USA Toll Free: 1-877-563-7105
Email: info@edenrockhotel.com

April 26, 2006

Hotel Christopher

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/hotel-christopher-rooms-thumb.jpghttp://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/hotel-christopher-pool-thumb.jpgThe Hotel Christopher is located on the northeastern coast of St. Barts at Pointe Milou with views of St. Maarten and the sunset. This four-star hotel offers 41 rooms on two floors decorated in a French Colonial style with mahogany furniture. Each room has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a king bed and a terrace with views of the tropical garden, the pool or the ocean. Amenities include a gym, yoga and water aerobic classes, two restaurants, room service, a pool overlooking the ocean with a bar, wireless internet, satellite TV, and a lounge bar with live music. The hotel is closed each year from August 25 to October 25.

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Phone: 05 90 27 63 63
Fax: 05 90 27 92 92
Email: christopherresa@wanadoo.fr

April 25, 2006

Hotel Guanahani & Spa

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/guanahani-beach-thumb.jpghttp://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/guanahani-pool-thumb.jpgThe Guanahani Hotel & Spa, located on the northeastern coast of St Barts at Grand Cul de Sac on a 15-acre peninsula, is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. One of its beaches is on the calm waters of Grand Cul de Sac with a beach bar, while the other faces the ocean. The hotel was completely renovated in 2004 and offers 69 rooms: 30 suites, 14 of which have their own pool; 38 double rooms; and one three-bedroom suite with a pool and ocean view. The hotel boasts a new state-of-the-art Clarins spa (the only Clarins spa on the island), a large swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, room service, a boutique, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a gym, two tennis courts, two restaurants, wireless internet, satellite TV and three internet work stations.

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Phone: 05 90 27 66 60
Fax: 05 90 27 70 70
USA Toll Free: 800-223-6800
Email: guanahani@wanadoo.fr

Hotel Le Toiny

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/hote-le-toiny-thumb.jpghttp://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/le-toiny-pool-thumb.jpgThe Hotel Le Toiny, located on the southeastern coast of St. Barts, is a member of the Relais and Chateaux chain. The hotel offers 15 villas, each with its own pool and terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The villas are furnished in the traditional colonial style of the French West Indies with four-poster mahogany beds and ceiling fans. Each villa has a fully equipped kitchenette, satellite television, VCR and DVD player, CD player and stereo and air-conditioning in the bedrooms. Available services include rental cars, valet parking, a concierge, boutique, spa treatments, a sports trainer and gym equipment, 24-hour room service, wireless internet, a DVD library, cocktail bar and restaurant. The hotel is closed each year from September 1 to October 23.

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Phone: 05 90 27 88 88
Fax: 05 90 27 89 30
Email: letoiny@wanadoo.fr
To call from the U.S., dial 011 590 590 27 88 88.

April 21, 2006

EROS - Eden Roc Owners Society

Many have been wondering what's behind the screening at the old Le Filao hotel next to Eden Roc. The Eden Roc has bought into the timeshare concept - Eden Roc Owners Society. They are offering the opportunity to purchase a villa for four to five weeks per year for the next 75 years. Weeks can be sold at any time or bequeathed to another person. One week, which will never change, will be during high season. You can change the other weeks each year, if desired. The five villas range in size from 736 square feet to 2117 square feet and from one bedroom to three bedrooms. The villas have been built of stone and hardwood and each is fully equipped and has a pool or a plunge pool. Services offered include housekeeping twice a day, 24-hour room service, concierge service, dry cleaning and laundry service, dedicated air-conditioned storage for personal possessions you wish to leave behind and organization of special events. Prices start at 286,000 euros. Eros is the Greek god of love and sexual desire and was also worshipped as a fertility god. Caveat emptor!

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