Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
Anchored in Flamands Bay — the longest, widest and indeed one of the most beautiful beaches in Saint Bart’s —Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France has an unbeatable location! This refined and laid back boutique hotel is the refuge of guests who come back year after year.
Isle de France manages to combine in equal measure the three things for which St. Bart’s is famous — off-duty sophistication, charm and excellent cuisine. Small and discreet, this hotel is set slightly away from the sometimes hyperactive heart of St. Bart’s. Isle de France is an elegant and self-contained retreat.
The hotel’s 37 rooms are unusually spacious for St. Bart’s. The 13 oceanfront rooms and suites are the most romantic and in-demand during festive times. Alternately, 15 secluded and roomier cottages, perfect for privacy seekers, are housed in the garden across the road. For a sense of privacy, you might opt for a Tropical Pool Villa, set in the gardens; a Hillside Bungalow, higher up with great views and a terrace; a two-bedroom suite in the garden; the two- bedroom Fisherman’s Cottage; or the new three-bedroom Beach Villa presently under construction.
In the rooms, individual decor marries antique mahogany and rattan furniture, hardwood floors, high ceilings, contemporary bergères, local straw work, Limoges porcelain, dainty French fabrics, and nineteenth-century engravings collected from neighboring islands. Beds are luxurious, fitted with fine linen. Commodious marble-clad bathrooms are well equipped with dual basins, showers and large tubs — a rare commodity in St. Bart’s. Recent renovations added four enormous, beyond-fabulous beachfront suites.
Located directly on the beach, these 1,500-square-foot suites include a large bedroom window at the rear, with indoor and outdoor showers, sitting room, and fully equipped kitchen. At the front of the room is an infinity-edge plunge pool. The floors of smoked oak, distressed paintwork, and the antique furnishings were designed by Morrison Interiors.