Hotel Le Toiny
What We Love
- Romantic and boutique hotel
- The famous Sunday Brunch du Toiny — a drool-worthy feast, and an island institution
- Great waterside location
What To Know
- Though not a traditional beach hotel, the wild southeast corner of St. Barts offers challenging surf
- Kids are welcome, but the hushed ambience is better suited to couples
- The cliff setting and matrix of stairways aren’t ideal for guests with limited mobility
Romantic boutique sleep with haute French fare on the surf-battered southeastern coast of St. Barts
Classic tropical hideaway. Miles from sceney Gustavia, Hotel Le Toiny is a couples-friendly spot for romance, refuge and relaxation. With traditional French Caribbean style in mahogany, teak and tulle, Le Toiny has the feel of an old colonial plantation house. Poised on a remote cliff overlooking the blustery Bay of Toiny, there are just 15 bungalows with private gated entrances and heated pools.
Bed and Bath
More private residences than suites, each of the 15 villas has vaulted ceilings, hardwood plank floors and French colonial teak furnishings. The grand four-poster mahogany beds are kingsize studies in bliss — all butter-soft Egyptian cotton in bright white. Mod cons include WiFi, 40-inch satellite plasma televisions, iPod stations and kitchenettes with fully stocked Nespresso machines.
The only chef in the Caribbean with the same Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef status as the likes of Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, Le Toiny’s Stéphane Mazières is at the helm of the dramatic cliffside restaurant, Le Gaïac. Don’t miss the signature pasta dish, which is prepared tableside in a wheel of parmigiano reggiano and tossed with black truffles. For further indulgence, head to the Serenity Spa Cottage for treatments that use island-made Ligne St. Barts products and panoramic sea views.
How to Get There
We visited the hotel to have lunch at the beach club at Anse de Toiny. Entering into the hotel you immediately take in that cliffside view which is so beautiful. The staff at the entrance and inside the lobby were welcoming and friendly. We looked around the hotel a bit and found it to be modern and very clean. They have an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean just off the lobby that is the centerpiece of the lobby space. It's beautiful.
We then took the hotel's Land Rover down to the beach club for lunch. The hotel has a few of these white Land Rovers with the LT hotel logo on the doors.
The winding road down to the beach offers clear views of the surf break just off their beach. We didn't see anyone in the water but heard this is a good surfing spot.
The beach club is very nice with tables under the coconut palms and in the sand. The beach is excluded but there are plenty of staff around attending to you as you arrive. Our table looked out to the ocean and there were small groups of people having lunch and drinking wine.
The menu was on a blackboard and featured anything from grilled Caribbean lobster to Mahi Mahi to fruit salads. We started with some cocktails and wine which are all great and then ordered our lunch. I had the mahi which was grilled and served with sticky rice. My wife had a nice salad and our friends the lobster. All good all around on the food and great service. We didn't want to leave Hotel Le Toiny!
After returning to the US, I read an editorial published in Pure St Barths magazine that spoke of the environmental sensitivity of that beach club area at Hotel Le Toiny. This editor was quite against the construction of the beach club on that location as he is a surfer and has rescued multiple people from the relatively dangerous surf just off the beach. In addition, this area of the island is frequently viewed as the "untamed" and "wild" side of St Barths. Meaning it's not as developed and wildly beautiful at the same time. I understand residents of the island feeling this way and trying to halt the quick advance of development that is occurring at other locations on St Barths. It's a sensitive area and a sensitive topic for sure. I'm glad I got to see it first hand.
My husband and I stayed here alone for a coup a trip. It was absolutely over the top. Staff was amazing, food fantastic, villa was gorgeous. I really can't say enough about this place. I would go back every year if we could.
This property is amazing, from the entrance of the Receiving Lobby & Restaurant, to the Private Villa that we booked for a long anniversary weekend. Staff is genuinely interested in making sure your stay is seamless and relaxing. Every individual that worked the property constantly smiled and asked if everything was to our satisfaction...The restaurant was "off the chart" delicious. Our cool & cozy bed made it difficult to exit...haven't slept-in this many mornings in years. This is the perfect "couples" world for us...we will return to Le Toiney!
We just got back from our stay at Le Toiny for 2 nights in July. Amazing hotel in every way. The villas are huge and secluded with a big private pool (felt heated, but may have been due to weather). Service is great. We liked that this hotel was a bit removed from them hustle/bustle of the island, it added to its privacy. Service was outstanding. The view is incredible and we enjoyed hiking to the beach every morning. Breakfast served to your villa every morning was a nice touch!
Quite hidden at first sight but once you enter the lobby, an entire oasis opens up. A beautiful hotel nestled in St. Barths with excellent service. Definitely one of the top places to stay on the island