Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Dining on classic French dishes—with an island twist—by award-winning chef Guy Martin
- La Mer treatments at the spa
- Looking out at an azure bay from the infinity-edge pool
- Beach-hopping around St. Barts
What To Know
- There’s a 10-night minimum booking requirement over the Christmas holidays
- Free WiFi
- Complimentary roundtrip transfers from Saint Barthélemy Airport
Chic island haven surrounded by turquoise waters with a spa, two pools, and first-rate restaurants
From the sea, Le Barthélemy looks like a row of pretty beach cottages surrounded by palm trees and tropical plants. The first newly built hotel on St. Barts in 20 years, everything at this property is an ode to Caribbean style at its best. Interiors are by internationally known French designer Sybille de Margerie, who created airy, sun-drenched spaces that reflect the island’s own sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and lush vegetation. Each of the 46 spacious rooms feature chartreuse and turquoise accent pillows and throws set against off-white upholstery and flaxen timber, as well as massive walk-in-showers stocked with Hermès toiletries and invisible drop-down screens that transform outdoor terraces into private nooks. Most have heated plunge pools and ocean views. Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin oversees the cuisine: head to Le Barth for light daytime fare or the all-day Le Bar for fruit-forward cocktails. Otherwise, poolside Le Turquoise is the place to go for fresh juices (or more cocktails). There’s also Le Spa and Le Fitness; as the names suggest, this is where you go for rejuvenation and beautification—though the beach right outside might also do the trick.
In the Area
St. Barts is one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive islands, known for its jet-setting clientele and distinctly French sensibility. But there’s also an understated side to this fair-weather destination, and certainly everyone can enjoy the extraordinarily beautiful beaches that line the island. Grande Saline beach, in the south, is considered one of the best in the world and is also great for people-watching. Nearby is Le Grain de Sel, a casual restaurant set against a giant boulder that serves tasty Creole cuisine. The hotel is on Grand Cul-de-Sac, part of a nature reserve on the northeastern side that’s also home to the highly rated restaurant at Le Sereno resort. Not far, buzzy L’Esprit Saline serves a daily changing menu of fusion dishes by chef Jean-Claude Dufour. In the west, you’ll find gingerbread cottages housing elegant boutiques and restaurants in the picturesque capital of Gustavia, set along a yacht-ﬁlled harbor. Maya’s, which turns out a seasonal menu of fresh produce and fish, has been a favorite among regulars for three decades.
How to Get There
We loved our stay at Le Barthelemy hotel. The staff is most welcoming, friendly and accommodating and made our trip a true delight. We loved the beautiful room. The hotel has a fantastic location on a very calm and shallow beach - great for young children (less large waves) You can swim and see turtles!! Or go out on their courtesy glass bottom boats instead. The food was excellent!! Would strongly recommend.
This is an awesome property. The people are very friendly and the accommodations were fabulous. It is very relaxing and the views are incredible. We would go back in a minute. The views, the food, the people. Wow.
A beautiful hotel wonderful surroundings staff excellent rooms beautiful as is the spa Very relaxing staff helpful and attentive . Roof top bar played fabulous music pool lovely everything is immaculate can’t wait to come back
We stayed for a week and hold the hotel in very high regard. The most amazing part of the experience is the beach/pool waitstaff. They are incredibly friendly and professional. They remember all details about your likes/dislikes and are truly at your service. (The food and drinks are also quite tasty!). Additionally, the hotel is incredibly clean - every bathroom, spa room, and the daily service to our room - truly spotless! Lastly, I would say the gym on the property is definitely better than most gyms at Caribbean hotels: clean - modern - functional. The two issues that hold me back from delivering a 5/5 rating are: (1) The concierge desk was not 5 star. They would often fail to reconfirm details of dinners or would get times of reservations/cabs off by 15 minutes which just caused issues during high season. This should not happen in a hotel of this caliber; and (2) There were a few days during which families with horribly behaved children were at the pool. These families were loud, obnoxious, and monopolized the pool area...and by loud, I mean the kids were screaming at the top of their lungs preventing anyone else around the pool (or whose rooms overlooked the pool) from having a conversation. Other hotels would have had management intervene to salvage the experience of the rest of the guests, but here, the staff just let the kids scream and yell while the rest of us retreated to our rooms. Again, it might be “ok” at some hotels, but at the price point Le Barthelemy is tartgeting, this is not an acceptable reaction.
We spent 8 nights at Le Barthelemy as our prior favorite hotel was still closed from hurricane damage. Staff is phenomenal, our junior suite was magnificent, and every aspect of the hotel is absolutely wonderful.