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.
How to Get There
St. Barth has a lot of different beaches, but after reading about Villa Marie St. Barth, which is set into the hillside, we decided to spend our vacation there. Our room, up the hill, was so beautifully decorated and comfortable. Great French fabrics in different prints, a large commodious bed, a big bathroom with giant tub (with a view!) shower, and two sinks. And we also had a terrace right off the bedroom where we could sit and look out over island. The views were spectacular at night and during the day.
The hotel has a lovely small pool, with beautiful plantings and comfy chaise lounge chairs. You also eat a delicious breakfast poolside. Don't be surprised if the little black kitty with white paws swings by or one of the tortoises makes a beeline for your table in hopes of some fruit. Don't miss the blue heron at the small reflecting pool full of goldfish.
Lunch and dinner were also delicious, and the formal restaurant is handsome and comfortable, with a lounge area and upholstered sofas and chairs. The service is also excellent. The staff are friendly and professional, and whether you need them to make a restaurant reservation or recommend a beach, they get it done. The nicest thing about the hotel is how quiet it is. Sure, there's a buzz at the restaurant on some nights, but step away to your room and you are in tranquil environment. You'll need a car to get around, so we went to beaches for lunch and swimming, and then came back to the hotel to relax by the pool.
The hotel was great.
-Super friendly and helpful staff
-Large, cooked to order breakfast with many many healthy and less healthy options
-Big private balcony with water everywhere view
-Fun 'outdoor' shower and tub room (now we want to add this feature to our house)
We worried that the location would be a little out of the way, but the drive was quick and not a problem. Plus, the drive each morning took us past the bakery to pickup sandwiches for lunch on the beach.
We happily hiked up the stairs from the car park and the lobby to the room. The staff would have driven us up in their cart but we liked the exercise. Actually the whole place is quite compact so easy to get around compared to larger resorts. But there are lots of steps and stairs which we didn't mind, but may not be for everyone.
Our room (one of the "Tropical Bungalows") was really it's own separate cottage and quite private.
From the moment we arrived by ferry on St. Barth until our departure, the staff of Villa Marie made us feel special and attended to our every need. Always with a friendly smile, they were incredibly efficient, proactive, helpful and pleasant. The Villa was beautifully decorated and furnished and kept immaculately clean by housekeeping who visit twice daily. The public spaces are both outdoors and cozy, decorated with the Villa Marie signature yellow. It feels like a fine yacht with a combination of native and nautical motifs. Dinning is a treat, the chef is talented. Breakfasts by the pool are creative and nutritious. We loved the sweeping view of the mountains and sea above Colombier from our villa porch. Our one week stay was one of the best and we look forward to returning.
Having stayed at most of the 5 star hotels in St Barts we decided to try this relatively newcomer. As many of the other reviewers have noted, it is NOT on the beach which caused us concern, not that we are particularly "beach people". As a travel agency owner, I am usually critical of any shortcomings but I have to say that there simply aren't any! Outstanding landscaping, breathtaking views of the island and the sea, large comfortable rooms, outstanding restaurant, decent gym but above all staff who simply cannot do enough for you. Due to a mixup our arrival airport pickup wasn't waiting for us. When we contacted the hotel they immediately rectified this in less than 10 minutes. By the repeated apologies you would have thought they kept us waiting for hours.
The lack of a beach is compensated by a beautiful (smallish) pool set in spectacular tropical gardens where delicious lunch can be taken.
The rooms are all individual bungalows and they are built on quite a steep slope. Whilst we enjoyed the exercise of doing the "climb" several times a day, should one not wish to do so the staff are more than happy to drive you in one of their golf carts.
In summary, the best recommendation I can give is that we booked for a longer stay next year before we even finished the current stay.
We stayed here for a special occasion. The hotel staff was on top of everything. Breakfast is lavish and the room we had provided unrivaled views of the island. Some would prefer a hotel on the beach but this hotel has great views.
We look forward to returning!