Le Domaine Resort and Spa
What We Love
- It’s barefoot and casual — no need to pack much besides a bikini and flip-flops
- Romantic, year-round lounging on poolside beds in the garden
- Seasonal French cuisine at La Table du Marché restaurant
What To Know
- Conservative families might balk at the French custom of toplessness on the beach
- If you’re renting a car to explore the island, know that the traffic on the Dutch side can be heavy
International sophisticates know that the name Christophe Leroy might as well be Français for “chic resort”—his iconic outposts in St.-Tropez, Marrakech and Avoriaz are settings for refined relaxation and legendary parties. Leroy’s signature style is also present at Le Domaine Resort and Spa, from the breezy open-air lobby to the 148 acres of lush tropical garden that sprawl over palm-lined paths all the way to the sandy coast of Anse Marcel, and the blue water beyond. Inspired by the island’s Creole-influenced architecture, the 124-room hotel has a casual, barefoot-friendly feel that makes it easy to unwind.
Bed & Bath
Updated guestrooms with gingerbread latticework and open terraces with garden or ocean views are spread through five pastel buildings. There are flat-screen TVs and WiFi, but most guests welcome the opportunity to unplug and relax. Cheerful and comfortable, each room has a unique layout and Creole-mod decor, as well as a spacious, cleverly designed Euro-style bathroom. Some rooms also have romantic soaking tubs overlooking the waves.
The resort’s private beach is perfect for lounging, with languid days under an umbrella punctuated by the occasional dip in the deep blue. If walking along the sand isn’t enough exercise for you, there’s a fitness center; afterward you can relax with a full-body massage at the spa. Meals at La Table du Marché, another Leroy gem, are a delight. The bountiful breakfast buffet includes fresh-made crêpes and fresh-baked patisserie, and be sure to book a beachfront table for a romantic candlelit dinner prepared by Philippe Dorange, one of the Caribbean’s top chefs.