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10 Best Resorts in St. Barths

Written by Carri Wilbanks and Becca Blond
Sep 15, 2021

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Staying on stunning Saint Barthélemy, also known as St. Barths or St. Barts, is not cheap. The majority of the resorts here are boutique affairs that cater to the ultra wealthy, including plenty of celebrities. But you can find good deals - not all the resorts here will max out your credit card. Plus many will argue that vacationing on the white-sand beaches fronted by clear turquoise lagoons that are perfect for swimming is worth the cost.

The island has a French sophisticated vibe with a side of Caribbean charm, and this is reflected in the resorts as well - you won't find any high-rise buildings or giant all-inclusive properties. Instead, expect smaller resorts where the emphasis is on privacy, luxury, and super attentive service. You can also expect to eat really well while on St. Barth's, with many of the resorts offering high-end French dining.

While it is a super romantic location, St. Barths is also a very family-friendly vacation destination, with nearly all the properties listed here catering to couples, as well as kids. It is also much more dog friendly than other Caribbean islands, with nearly every property accepting pets. Everyone should experience St. Barths once in a lifetime. Here is our list of the best resorts in St. Barths.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa

Photo Source: Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa
Photo Source: Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa

The luxe and ultra exclusive Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa was the first new build on the island in 20 years when it opened in late 2016. Set on the eastern end of Grand Cul-de-Sac, one of St. Barth's most beautiful beaches, the location is perfect. The lagoon in front of the hotel is not only a gorgeous turquoise hue, but also calm and shallow, making it perfect for swimming, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.

The rooms and suites are absolutely massive. They are styled with simple furnishings, colorful beach themed photographs, and lots of wood accents. Some have outdoor showers or deep soaking tubs. If you are traveling in a group or with family, check out the two new six-bedroom villas. Set right on the beach, they have full kitchens and complete privacy.

Amenities are also plentiful. All sorts of activities, from horseback riding to windsurfing and diving, can be arranged. The main restaurant Aux Amis serves a mix of French and Caribbean-influenced fare. There is also a full-service spa with everything from scrubs to facials to deep tissue massages.

Address: Lieu Dit grand Cul de Sac, 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa

2. Eden Rock - St. Barths

Photo Source: Eden Rock - St. Barths
Photo Source: Eden Rock - St. Barths

This storied luxury resort has been welcoming guests for more than half a century now. The Eden Rock is set on a point surrounding the clear turquoise water of Saint-Jean bay, and some of the individually styled rooms, suites, and beach houses are built into the rocks behind the soft white-sand beach. Many have private plunge pools. The entire vibe is glamorous chic, and the property hosts its share of celebrities and power players each season - a stay here is not cheap, but oh so worth the splurge.

The two on-site restaurants, On the Rocks and The Sand, at the Eden Rock are managed by famed master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and, as such, the quality of the food is superb. There is direct beach access, of course, with sun loungers and umbrellas, and the sea in front of the hotel is great for swimming. There is a diving dock a little ways for guests, and there is also good snorkeling around the point.

If you'd rather chill by the pool, the Eden Rock faces the sea. Or book a treatment at the luxe spa. If you are traveling with kids, the Eden Rock is family friendly, and babysitting services can be arranged.

Address: Baie de St-Jean, St. Jean 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Eden Rock - St. Barths

3. Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth

Photo Source: Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth
Photo Source: Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth

Located on 18-acres on a private peninsula, Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth offers another top 5-star resort choice for an exclusive, very private getaway.

The boutique property has 66 rooms and suites. Ten of these are signature suites, which are oversized affairs ranging from one to three bedrooms. All accommodations have colorful exteriors and contemporary interiors with floor-to-ceiling windows and, in many cases, direct ocean views. Some rooms also have private swimming pools. If you are traveling with kids, there are family room options, and babysitting can be arranged. There is also a children's club.

Amenities include two beaches with sun loungers and umbrellas, along with two swimming pools. The lagoon in front of the resort is protected from the open ocean by a reef with good snorkeling. All sorts of activities can be arranged through the Clef d'Ors concierge here. There is also the Rosewood Spa, should you need a spot of pampering, and a few different dining options, including a new beachfront restaurant.

Address: Lieu Dit grand Cul de Sac, 97133, St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth

4. Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf St. Barth

Photo Source: Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf
Photo Source: Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf

Recently reimagined and relaunched, Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf is just a few steps away from St Barth's port town, Gustavia, home to numerous glitzy shops and restaurants, yet it feels worlds away thanks to a compound-like set-up.

Accommodation is limited to just 21 rooms, including private bungalows that blend indoor and outdoor spaces beautifully. Many of the bungalows also have personal plunge pools, and all have gorgeous Caribbean Sea views.

There are a few different dining options on-site. Le Fouquet serves a blend of old-world French and modern Caribbean fare. There is also Shellona, a restaurant and beach club that is a bit of a St. Barth's institution.

Other amenities include the Spa Diane, which has just three treatment rooms and is very technologically advanced. There is also a fitness center with classes. The hotel is kid and pet friendly.

Address: Rue des Normands, Place Dit Lurin, Lurin 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf St Barth

5. Christopher St. Barth

Photo Source: Christopher St. Barth
Photo Source: Christopher St. Barth

Located on secluded Pointe Milou and fronted by the clear blue sea, Hotel Christopher is a lovely lifestyle hotel. Expect rooms and suites that are contemporary elegant with Caribbean flair. There are ocean and views of other islands from every room, and we love the bright, carefully chosen colors and furnishings.

If you need more space, book one of the three villas on-site. They offer a very private experience and are hidden from view of the main hotel and surrounded by lush foliage. Each villa has four bedrooms and its own pool.

On-site amenities include private beach access, an infinity swimming pool and the Spa Sisley. There are also a few different dining options serving locally sourced ingredients. If you are traveling with a dog, the hotel is pet friendly.

Address: Pointe Milou, Anse de Lorient 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Christopher St. Barth

6. Chevel Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

Photo Source: Chevel Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
Photo Source: Chevel Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

Another top hotel on St. Barth's, the 5-star Chevel Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is located on Flamands Bay. The hotel offers 61 rooms, suites, and villas looking out at either the clear blue waters of the Caribbean or the lush grounds of the resort. Known for its attentive service, from housekeeping to butlers and chauffeurs, this hotel also has beautiful decor throughout.

Amenities are also plentiful. There is a lovely pool, with sturdy wood sun loungers built for two, and umbrellas. You can also chill on the beach in more chairs. All sorts of island activities can be arranged, including water sports.

Grab a bite at one of the two restaurants serving locally inspired French fare. La Case is the more formal option, open for dinner, and it takes you on a Caribbean culinary journey through a number of courses. There is also a spa with four indoor and one outdoor treatment room, and two boutiques offering fashion creations from local and international designers.

Address: Baie des Flamands, Anse des Flamands 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Chevel Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

7. Le Sereno

Photo Source: Le Sereno
Photo Source: Le Sereno

On beautiful Grand Cul de Sac beach, Le Sereno is an intimate 5-star property. The resort has just 39 rooms and three villas, and nearly all have gorgeous views of the aquamarine lagoon in front of the resort.

The interior decor is modern elegant with romantic (but practical) touches like mosquito-net-draped beds, and wood furnishings and accents. All rooms are very spacious and airy. We love the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open onto furnished wooden decks or balconies.

Grab dinner at the Michelin-starred Ristorante al Mare, which has an open-air dining room with panoramic sea views, or at Plage, which sits right on the sand under coconut palms. You can also indulge in a massage or other treatment at The Spa by Valmont, which has a beachfront treatment room.

Like many St. Barth's resorts, Le Sereno is pet friendly. It also caters to families and can arrange babysitting.

Address: Bp 19, 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Le Sereno

8. Hotel Le Village St. Barth

Photo Source: Hotel Le Village St Barth
Photo Source: Hotel Le Village St Barth

St. Barth doesn't have to be the domain of only the very rich, Hotel Le Village St. Barth is a more affordable sleeping option that is still quite nice. The charming hotel is not located directly on the beach, but it is just a short walk from one of the island's top beaches. It is just a quick cab ride from Gustavia, where most of the shops and restaurants are.

The hotel is set in a tropical garden locale and offers a mix of rooms, luxury suites, villas, and cottages. Many of the accommodations have full kitchens and spacious outdoor dining spaces. Amenities include an infinity swimming pool, a hot tub, a fitness room, and concierge services. Breakfast is also complimentary.

Address: Baie de St-Jean, St. Jean 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Hotel Le Village St. Barth

9. Pearl Beach Hotel

Photo Source: Pearl Beach Hotel
Photo Source: Pearl Beach Hotel

Set right back from the sand on St. Jean Beach, Pearl Beach Hotel is a more affordable luxe option. The boutique resort has just 14 rooms and villas. These feature Caribbean-style decor and pitched roofs and views of either the sea or hotel gardens.

All have private balconies or terraces, cool tile floors, and polished wood furnishings. Connecting room options are also offered if you're traveling with kids. If you need more space, book the two-bedroom beachfront villa with direct ocean access from large sliding doors.

Besides sun loungers set up on the beach and around the pool, the hotel can set you up with paddleboards or kayaks and arrange everything from sailing to surfing. There is a beachfront restaurant where you can dine with your feet in the sand, and breakfast is complimentary. The hotel is also dog friendly.

Address: Baie de St. Jean, St. Jean 97133 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Pearl Beach Hotel

10. Le P'tit Morne

Photo Source: Le P’tit Morne
Photo Source: Le P'tit Morne

Set on the hillside above Colombier Beach at the northwest tip of the island, Le P'tit Morne is one of the most affordable places to sleep in St. Barths. The rooms here are nothing fancy, but when you have such beautiful outdoor surroundings, you don't really need much more than what they offer, which includes air-conditioning, a kitchenette, and a fridge. Many have ocean views.

Amenities include a swimming pool overlooking the sea below. A car is really needed here, however, as the hotel is not directly on the beach. There is also no on-site dining option, although there are restaurants nearby in Colombier. Activities from diving to island excursions can be arranged through the property.

Address: BP 14, Colombier 97095 St. Barthelemy

Accommodation: Le P'tit Morne

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