Luxury Hotels: Located on the serene island of St. Barths in the Caribbean, the Hotel St. Barth Isle de France combines the vibrancy of its West Indies location with the European flair, divine food and drinks and exquisite boutique shopping found in the South of France.
The resort has received a long list of accolades. In 2008, it was one of the top hotels on the Condé Nast Traveler Annual Readers' Choice Awards by being voted the "Best Hotel in the Caribbean and Atlantic." Travel & Leisure also awarded the property the "Best Hotel for Service in the Caribbean." The hotel is renowned for the personal attention and passion of the resort's owners who make each and every guest feel as if they are staying with family rather than a hotel.
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When looking for luxury, the Hotel St. Barth Isle de France does not disappoint. It recently added a select number of Beach Suites on Flamands Beach that offer incredible views of Baie des Flamands, a boon for honeymooners and others drawn to the privacy and romance of these new accommodations. Designed in a casual-chic style, the interior offers premium amenities in a large, inviting 1,500 square foot space. Inside and outside showers, double vanities, separate dressing areas, living rooms, and a private terrace with an infinity plunge pool are just some of the luxuries that come with these spectacular suites.
Besides the four Beach Suites, Hotel St. Barth Isle de France features 33 deluxe rooms and suites as well as Garden Bungalows scattered around the property's tropical gardens. It also offers Fisherman's Cottages for families or larger groups. The rooms are individually decorated and feature vintage French fabrics and sheer linens in pale neutral colors, adding to the relaxation and peace a stay at this resort brings. The rooms have 24-hour room service, air conditioning, a flat screen satellite television, coffee maker, phone with voicemail, IPOD dock and DVD player, high speed Internet access with Wi-Fi, hair dryer, in-room mini bar with complimentary beverages, and a safe deposit box. Ten of the villas have their own private pools.
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Amenities abound at this luxury resort. All guests receive access to parking, a complimentary Continental breakfast, babysitting and child services, a business center, fitness center, freshwater outdoor pool, airport shuttle, and 24-hour front desk. Club memberships are available and come with additional benefits.
The Molton Brown spa offers regenerating facials and renewing massages and body cocoons for singles and couples. Individual treatments and spa packages are available. Be sure to reserve an outdoor massage to heighten your senses and the relaxation you will feel. A steam room is also available to unwind after water sports or any of the other exciting outdoor adventures the island offers, including horseback riding, sailing, diving, deep-sea fishing, and windsurfing. The amazing shopping on the island also takes a lot out of you too!
Along with all the property's other top-notch services and activities is world-class cuisine at Case de L'Isle, which overlooks the ocean and offers fusion-style dishes that combine French Provencal cooking with the spicy flavors of the West Indies. Highlights include an abundance of salads and fresh grilled seafood along with French favorites, such as Terrine de foie gras and Bouillabaisse. Don't miss the gorgeous sunsets over cocktails at the resort's bar and lounge also within ocean view.
Rates vary by the season and start at the equivalent of $639 per night. To see a video tour of this beautiful resort or to go ahead and book your holiday, please visit www.isle-de-france.com.
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- Merilee Kern
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