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.
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To me, the best truffle pizza on the island and probably the I’ve EVER had. The service is professional and the food, overall is well prepared. I will be back for an incredible experience on your beach tables.
The property of Le Barthelemy is beautiful! Recently re-opened and expanded in October 2018. Hotel is right on the Grand Cul de Sac lagoon which has gorgeous clear water - perfect for swimming, or SUP/kayaking which is included in your stay.
Valet is also complimentary, we rented a car to tour the island, and it was nice not to worry about parking.
The rooms are beautiful and they have everything you need. I needed a voltage converter and it was available in my room within 5 minutes of asking. Service is impeccable and the food, although expensive, is super delicious.
We can't wait to go back .
My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of staying at Le Barthelemy for 6 nights in April 2019. Everything at the hotel is absolutely amazing, from the rooms to the staff to the location. Prior to our arrival the hotel, the hotel staff arranged for a free airport pickup as well as having our rental car delivered directly to our hotel. So when we arrived in St. Barts there was no hassle, just a friendly driver and a luxury SUV waiting for us. Upon our arrival at the hotel, the hotel staff were waiting for us as well as a representative from Budget. After signing our car rental documents we were personally escorted to our upgraded, totally private lagoon view room. The room was huge and luxurious with a complementary cold bottle of champagne waiting for us.
The hotel is located on Anse de Grande Cul de Sac which is a nature preserve. While the beach is definitely not the best beach on St Barts, it is super quiet and peaceful. There are lots of turtles you can go swimming with on the left side of the cove accessible either by walking along the beach or renting a free kayak or paddle board and snorkel equipment. We saw numerous turtles within two minutes of entering the water and this quickly became or morning routine after the abundant and delicious complementary breakfast served there. There was also the possibility for kite boarding lessons as well as renting a private boat or jet skis for island tours. Combined with the beautiful infiniti pool, the hotel is so peaceful and relaxing.
The staff were absolutely incredible, always friendly, professional and efficient. They assisted us with dinner reservations at all of the top restaurants on the island (which there are a ton) as well as offered assistance in booking any activities and recommending the best beaches to visit. We spent our days touring the island, going to a different beautiful beach every day and then out for incredible dinners every night. It was a perfect, romantic and relaxing vacation. Highly recommended!
if you are seeking a great location and facility and incredible staff, you have found it at le Barthelemy. great food, in a gorgeous setting. a must return for us. there is nothing we would change with our experience; save and except extending our stay at le Barthelemy.
Writing this review is tricky because the property itself is immaculate and the service is top notch, but the view is another story. The water and rocky land is beautiful, but there are quite a few boats, and not nice boats, ugly unkempt boats, that are docked either right near the shore. There was also the dirtiest most torn up boogie board I’ve ever seen anchored maybe 4 feet from the shore. And it was their the duration of our stay. Didn’t look like any of the boats were going anywhere either. I’m guessing that Le Barthélemy has no control over this, but when you’re paying that much, you probably don’t want to see that.
We also stayed at Hotel Christopher and went to Cheval Blanc, both of which are at similar price points and they didn’t have this issue. So I don’t know what’s going on over there in the lagoon in front of Le Barthélemy.
As I said though, our room and the other facilities were amazing and every employee we encountered was helpful and kind. So I guess I’m going to have to say 3 stars!