Villa Marie Saint-Barth
What We Love
- A luxury bungalow at a brand-new hillside retreat in the French Caribbean, with breakfastDining on grilled fish at the restaurant, then lazily puffing on a Cuban cigar from the humidor
- Holing up in your intimate, individually decorated bungalow or villa, with a veranda
- Taking in the high-end, bohemian-inspired design, a hallmark of Sibuet properties
- Melting in the hands of a skilled masseuse, at the floral-scented day spa
What To Know
- Some bungalows look out over the Bay of Flamands while others are within view of the garden
- Master Villas have private pools
- Chef Emmanuel Motte whips up French and Mediterranean specialities at onsite François Plantatio
A celebrity-worthy stay in your own luxurious bungalow on the Caribbean's most exclusive island
It’s hard to imagine a chicer destination than balmy St. Barth’s, the most exclusive island in the French Caribbean. Long known for drawing supermodels, rock stars and movie stars to its 20 miles of coastline, the sought-after spot is a paradise of beaches, gardens and gorgeous luxury hotels – like the all-new Villa Marie Saint-Barth, a Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2017 hideaway. The latest venture of the renowned Sibuet family (also known for Provence’s La Bastide de Marie, Lyon’s Cour de Loges and Villa Marie’s sister property of Villa Marie Saint-Tropez) blends bohemian, colonial, European and West Indian styles to beautiful effect, making for a heavenly tropical hideaway in the hills above Colombier’s sunny seashore.
Expect furnishings of rattan and pearl, perhaps topped with pineapple-print pillows; colorful handcrafted statement pieces from around the world and potted palms on the covered porch to complement the ones growing wild by the pool. Your tastebuds will be as enchanted as your eyes, once you sample the roasted bluefin tuna at the restaurant and the punch at the rum-and-cigar bar. Also get your sense of touch on this experience for all the senses, at a spa as soothing as the hotel is stunning, where therapies incorporate oils of jasmine and Himalayan rose. Or, between the soft sheets of your villa and bungalow’s plush bed, where you’ll drift off into dreamland – if you can be convinced that this isn’t a dream already.
Canopies drift in the island breeze, rattan pendant lights hang from delicate chains, or painted birds take flight on the walls of your accommodation – each one is individually decorated, as well as independently located relative to the 17 other accommodations, so its design will be completely unique. All share a warm colonial-meets-Caribbean palette, a relaxed bohemian atmosphere, hotel-exclusive bath amenities, a luxurious king-sized bed and the presence of a spacious veranda.Plantation bungalows measure in at 484 square feet and overlook the garden and pool. Caribbean bungalows are even more spacious, at 527 square feet, and offer views of Flamands Bay. The Tropics bungalows are the same size as the Caribbean accommodations, but they provide breathtaking panoramic sea views. Prestige Caribbean bungalows are the largest of the bunch, at a capacious 581 square feet, which comprises a separate bedroom and living area. Views are of the sparkling Caribbean.
Villa Marie’s culinary program is an homage to the hotel’s former life as a boutique escape with an iconic dining room; the Sibuet family has taken pains to ensure that François Plantation restaurant continues its tradition of excellence. Among the mahogany woods and splashes of yellow, you’ll enjoy the freshest grilled or roasted, or perhaps spiced or flambéed, seafood and other French and Caribbean delights: vegetable confit with goat cheese, a Marseillaise bouillabaisse, coconut cream. Relocate to the rum bar and fumoir for an after-hours mojito and Cuban from the humidor.
Pure Altitude Spa is a world-class wellness retreat, an oasis within an oasis. To a backdrop of turquoise waters, its two treatment rooms invite you to receive a botanical-essence therapy, incorporating advanced skincare amenities. After your service of choice, relax with a lunch by the next-door pool.
St. Barth’s has long been the choice escape of music, film and fashion royalty, thanks to its 20 miles of pristine beaches, acres of tropical flora and impossibly stylish French-Caribbean atmosphere. At this Colombier base, you’ll directly overlook one of the seashores – specifically, Flamands Beach – and be flanked by hills of greenery, some of it spilling onto the property, in the form of lush gardens. Settle into the laid-back pace of island living, or head out for a shopping day at capital-city Gustavia’s designer boutiques. After a day of sunbathing and cash splashing, hit up Nikki Beach for celebrity-approved dancing and drinking on the sand.
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What to say that hasn’t already been said? Villa Marie is extraordinary in every way. The service is impeccable. The hotel is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful we’ve ever stayed at. The restaurant is, as many have already written, one of if not the best on the island. We came to celebrate our anniversary, and I can confidently say we plan to come back as soon as possible.
We weren't sure what to expect except for what was advertised on the hotel site. But from the moment we arrived and greeted by the staff, to the room, breakfast, ambiance of the lounge/lobby/bar (beautifully done with a colonial feeling), it was spectacular! Our room couldn't have had a better view. We could've stayed out on the balcony all day and night. The room was big and yet cozy. Pool was somewhat small but nice. Maybe a nice breeze would've made it better. Breakfast was delicious! (cooked to order). We had drinks in the lobby bar and it was so lovely. Service was great. Spa treatment was also very nice. Only wish was that the hotel had a beach access but I guess we couldn't have everything. Will most certainly return to this beautiful property.
We arrived on an early morning flight. We were treated to a great welcome and offered breakfast and use of the property and gym. Our room, more like a villa, was spectacular. The outdoor bathroom was lovely. We stayed only two nights and we would have loved to have stayed longer. In summary, we were treated like gold during every moment of our stay. Villa Marie is a true gem in St Barths and the staff could not be more amazing!.
Glad to be a first reviewer after reopening in early March 2018 after repairs from Irma. Our bungalow at the top of the hill was a good exercise hike offering a truly great view of the mountains and sea. Room décor was exquisite, and the room layout was perfect. Shower and tub outside with the large picture window was stunning. The bed was super comfortable and the outdoor terrace was roomy enough for two to sit and enjoy a bottle of wine under the stars.
Breakfast outside each morning was so relaxing and just the perfect way to start a day of beach exploring the island. Dinner choices on the menu are fixed, no daily specials, and dinner service seemed a bit uneven at times, but the dining room is beautifully decorated and a relaxing room to dine. We found even if busy with guests, it never got too noisy or loud.
Staff was outstanding, the daily check-in from the GM was very appreciated. We did want to send a stand out cheer for Crystal at the Pool breakfast area, (her smile is contagious) and we will call them "the front of the house boys". Always there to park your car at night, get you some beach chairs, towels and bottled water to take for the day, or a power adapter for the room with a smile and cheerful chat. These guys were awesome.
Overall, out stay was too short at 3 nights, but the property is gorgeous and the staff are truly the best and will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. It was our first trip to St. Barths, and when we return we will only consider staying here!
We visited this resort for my boyfriends 30th birthday and the staff made it an AMAZING trip. They greeted us with champagne upon check in before walking us to our stunning room with breathtaking views. The dinner, poolside breakfast/lunch, and evening rum and cigar bar visits were all delicious and unforgettable. The attention to detail in the staff's service and recommendations truly made the trip. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a romantic and beautiful place to stay!