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The Only St. Barths Guide You Will Ever Need

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St. Barths is one of those destinations you visit that’s truly unlike anything else. If this spot isn’t on your bucket list yet, this travel guide will probably convince you to add it. I’ve visited over 10 times, so I’ve really nailed down all the must-do and must-see activities.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: it’s expensive to visit. But, if you’ve got a decent budget to work with, there’s no place in the world that even compares. St. Barths is home to some of the best hotels and resorts I’ve ever encountered, and the beaches are second to none.

Here, I’m sharing a complete guide to visiting St. Barths, including the best restaurants, bars, hotels, beaches, things to do, and more. Oh, and if you’ve already planned a trip but aren’t sure what to pack, I’ve got that covered here.

The Only St. Barths Guide You Will Ever Need

How to Get to St. Barths

Figuring out how to get to St. Barths can seem overwhelming, since there are no direct flights from the States. (Unless of course you’re flying private—in which case, I’M COMING.) I have a separate post dedicated to explaining your options, so if you haven’t sorted out your flights yet, I’d recommend starting here.

how to get to st barths

TIP: You absolutely must rent a car. Cabs are few and far between on the island, and they’re insanely expensive. Oddly, one of the only “budget-friendly” things on St. Barths is car rentals. You can get them as low as $30 a day, and driving around the island is 90% of the fun.

The Best Hotels in St. Barths

People often ask me what I think is the “best” hotel in St. Barths. It’s almost an impossible question—they’re all incredible (seriously) but it really just depends on the kind of vibe you’re going for. Here’s my take on the places I’ve stayed.

hotel le toiny st barths
The pool at Hotel Le Toiny

Hotel Le Toiny

Vibes: understated elegance, beautiful villa-style rooms
Best For: people who like big rooms and privacy

Cheval Blanc

Vibes: the epitome of sophistication
Best For: couples, babymooners, honeymooners

Le Sereno

Vibes: hip, cool, chic, with one of the most iconic pools on the island.
Best For: couples, weddings

Rosewood Le Guanahani

Vibes: approachable, unpretentious luxury
Best For: families or people traveling with young children

Hotel Manapany

Vibes: eco-chic, cottage-style living
Best For: 
people who like fancy things but also care about the environment

Eden Rock

Vibes: glitzy and glamorous; a place to see-and-be-seen, uniquely designed rooms each with their own style and charm
Best For: couples, groups of friends, anyone who loves people-watching (it’s the best place for it)

Eden Rock Hotel

Hotel Manapany

Vibes: eco-chic, cottage-style living
Best For: 
people who like fancy things but also care about the environment

Le Barthelemy

Vibes: chic, gorgeous beach, huge rooms, great energy
Best For: groups, birthday celebrations, couples

la Barthélemy st bahts

Le Tropical Hotel

Vibes: a smaller, boho, property that’s on the more budget-friendly side of things
Best For:
anyone who wants to St. Barths experience on a budget

Gyp Sea Hotel

Vibes: jungle vibes and a design-lover’s paradise
Best For: anyone obsessed with attention to detail

The Christopher

Vibes: the best sunset spot on the island; affordable luxury
Best For: 
people who want to spend under $1,000 per night on a room

Sunset at the christopher hotel st barth

Hotel Le Carl Gustaf 

Vibes: boho-chic meets an at home feel with nautical touches inside each room
Best for: stunning views of Gustavia, the island’s capitol, and it’s renowned marina
Full review of Le Carl Gustaf here.

If you have questions about hotels, or you’re having trouble deciding which to book, feel free to drop me a question in the comments.

Where to Stay in St. Barths: Hotel or Villa?

I’ve had both the hotel experience and the villa experience, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each for different reasons. I’d recommend staying in a villa if…

st barths villas
The guest house we stayed in several years ago had a pool and amazing views.
  • You really like your privacy
  • You’re traveling with a big family
  • You’re traveling with a big group (40th birthday, bachelorette party, couples retreat, etc.)
  • You want a cheaper alternative to a hotel
    • Hear me out on this one: most of the “villas” on the island are big. I mean, really big. Which also means that they’re priced accordingly. ($$$$) However, there are a handful of small cottages, 2-person villas, and apartment-style condos that you can find for a reasonable price—especially if you’re willing to go off-season. Matt & I stayed in one that was a guest house belonging to a larger property. It was amazing! We had our own pool, our own kitchen, and complete privacy.
  • You like to cook or you’re trying to save money on food
    • I know this probably sounds weird because…who cooks on vacation right? Well, when Matt & I stayed in our little guest house, we actually had SO MUCH FUN hitting up all of the markets for cheese, fresh fish, wine, and produce. We also ended up spending way less money by eating breakfast and lunch on our own, so we didn’t feel guilty about splurging on nice dinners at night.

There are a number of villa rental companies on the island, and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what differentiates them because I’ve only used one company. A few that are worth checking out: St. Barth Properties and WimCo.

Price-conscious travelers might consider looking at VRBO and Airbnb.

Best Places to Eat in St. Barths

The food in St. Barths is so insanely good, I had a hard time narrowing down my list. All of these places are amazing, but I put a * next to my personal favorites.

nikki beach st barths

*Nikki Beach – BRUNCH

An absolute must. Sunday brunch here is so fun and entertaining, make a reservation for the 3:30 seating. There are two seatings—the earlier is more chilled out, the 3:30 seating is more fun. We usually order a sushi boat and a magnum of rosé.
Stalk them on Instagram: @nikkibeachsaintbarth

*The Beach Club @ Hotel Le Toiny – LUNCH

Great for a laid back lunch. Order the lobster tagliatelle and any salad they’re currently serving (I had their pea salad during my last visit and it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had in my life!) 
Stalk them on Instagram: @hotelletoinystbarth

Pearl Beach – BREAKFAST OR LUNCH

Fun vibes on a Saturday for a daytime lunch.
Stalk them on Instagram: @pearlbeachstbarths

Gyp Sea Beach – LATE LUNCH

Newcomer to the island that’s giving Nikki Beach a run for its money. Feels like a Mykonos Beach club in St. Barths. Super fun! Highly recommend making a late lunch reservation on a Saturday.
Stalk them on Instagram: @gypsea_stbarth

Kiki é Mo – BREAKFAST or LUNCH

Best fresh juices and healthy eats.
Stalk them on Instagram: @kikiemo.stbarth

La Petite PlageDINNER

This spot is a total VIBE for dinner and gets rowdy certain nights of the week. Amazing DJ, great food, great atmosphere. The floor is covered in sand, so choose your footwear accordingly!
Stalk them on Instagram: @lapetiteplagestbarthelemy

*JOJO Burger – LUNCH or DINNER

A no-frills burger joint, classic St. Barths! Also right next to the cemetery. My new tradition is to go there for drunk late night eats after partying at Nikki Beach.
Stalk them on Instagram: @jojoburgerofficiel

Black Ginger – DINNER

Great if you’re in the mood for Thai. Located in Gustavia.
Stalk them on Instagram: @blackgingersbh

Le Select – LUNCH or DINNER

A quintessential St. Barths dive restaurant and bar. Low-key a spot for locals.
Stalk them on Instagram: @le_select_stbarth

*Bonito – DINNER

A very cool dinner scene with a DJ and good looking people. Definitely my favorite dinner spot, plus the atmosphere is stunning. Order the salmon tiradito and any cocktail (amazing mixologists!). We like going on Friday and Saturday nights, but honestly it’s chic any night of the week.
Stalk them on Instagram: @bonitostbarth

Tamarin – DINNER

Fabulous French food in a stunning “secret garden.”
Stalk them on Instagram: @tamarinstbarth

L’isoletta – LUNCH or DINNER

A casual Italian/pizza place in Gustavia.
Stalk them on Instagram: @lisolettastbarth

L’Isola – DINNER

Sister restaurant to L’Isoleta. A more high-end, sit down restaurant.
Stalk them on Instagram: @lisolastbarth

pasta from L’Isola st Barths

Kinugawa – DINNER

Traditional Japanese food meets Parisian “art de vivre” at one of the newest restaurants on the island.
Stalk them on Instagram: @kinugawasbh

La Guérite – DINNER

Serves up fresh Mediterranean-style dishes with an equally impressive cocktail menu. It’s also the place to be and be seen on Wednesday nights (party from 10pm-late). It’s currently closed but appears to be on a temporary basis.
Stalk them on Instagram: @la_guerite_stbarth

La Guérite st bahts

Eddy’s Restaurant – DINNER

Casual restaurant in the heart of the Gustavia disguised among lush greenery with an impressive wine list.
Stalk them on Instagram: @eddysghetto

Best Bars in St. Barths

Shellona at Shell Beach

This is more of a bar/restaurant—completely open air on the beach. Perfect for sunset cocktails. Order the “Shell Spicy Dream.”
Stalk them on Instagram: @shellona_stbarth

W.T.F

Rooftop bar at Le Barthelemy. Good for cocktails and a pretty beach setting.
Stalk them on Instagram: @lebarthelemy

Bagatelle

The place to be on Friday nights. Arrive at midnight for the most buzz. Unless you want the FULL experience, I wouldn’t eat dinner here—just go for an after-dinner party/cocktails. You can usually walk in and don’t need a reservation (as long as it’s not during crazy peak season.)
Stalk them on Instagram: @bagatellestbarths

Best Things to Do in St. Barths

Gustavia

This is the MAIN town. Go to the Marche U (supermarket) for snacks and wine. Gustavia is where all of the fancy designer stores are (Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermès, etc.) but there are also some amazing small boutiques here. I love Poupette St Barth and Clic St Barth.

Poupette St Barth

Grand Fond

Google “grand fond washing machine” and you’ll understand. It’s just a mini hike to the natural pools.

Colombier Hike

Go early in the morning before it gets too hot. It’s a very private beach that you can only get to by foot or by yacht.

Grand Fond Pools St Barth

Sunset at The Christopher

Those “in the know” know that The Christopher hotel is home to the best sunset viewing spot on the island. They’re easy-going about welcoming non-guests…just drive up to the property, tell them you’re here for drinks, and the valet will gladly park your car for you.

the christopher st barths

Best Beaches in St. Barths

Shell Beach

The most unique beach on the island. Covered in crushed shells instead of sand. Shellona (bar/restaurant) is located on this beach.

Shellona Beach Club St barth

Saline

We think this is the most beautiful beach on the island. Very simple—no bars or restaurants. Just sun and sand. Bring lunch, a sun umbrella (it gets hot because there’s no shade) and a bottle of wine.

St Jean Beach

This is where the “action” is. Good for people watching. Eden Rock & Nikki Beach are both here so it can be sceney. But it’s still very low-key with lots of locals and people just hanging.

eden rock st barths
Photo: @er_stbarths

Sample 6-Day St. Barths Itinerary

Thursday
Afternoon: Arrive to St. Barths, and pick up your car rental.
Evening: Have a low-key dinner and drinks at your hotel.

Friday
Morning: Spend the morning hanging out at the hotel.
Afternoon: Head to Shellona on Shell Beach (gorgeous beach and beautiful restaurant mentioned above). Take a break from the beach and do some shopping in the town of Gustavia, which is walking distance from Shellona. Head back to the hotel to change for a late dinner.
Evening: Make a reservation at either Bonito or Bagatelle.
Late Evening: Bagatalle starts heating up just after midnight.

st barths itinerary

Saturday
Morning: Chill out at the hotel or take a drive to Boulangerie or Petite Colombe (two fabulous bakeries) for some croissants and coffee.
Afternoon: Have lunch at Le Toiny Beach Club or Pearl Beach.
Evening: Watch sunset at The Christopher. Late dinner at any of the restaurants mentioned above, then head to Le Ti after 12:30am (but first, talk to hotel staff and find out if it will be dead or not – it’s been hit or miss lately.)

Sunday
Morning: At your leisure. Rest up. You’ll need it.
Afternoon: Make a “second seating” brunch reservation at Nikki Beach. Expect to get pretty drunk, and don’t make dinner reservations.
Evening: Grab a quick bite at JOJO Burger for late night eats.

Monday
Morning: Drive to one of the beaches you haven’t visited yet—like Saline or St Jean. If you’re feeling up to the task, hike Colombier or Grand Fond.
Afternoon: Grab a quick bite to eat at any of the lunch restaurants mentioned above, before heading to the airport.

The Best Time to Visit St. Barths

Here’s what you should know about the different times of year…

Late November – early January: HIGH SEASON. Rates for hotels and villas will be significantly higher, as will flights. Some properties require that you book 2 week minimums as you get closer to Christmas and New Years. If you’re on an unlimited budget, by all means. Otherwise, pick another time to go. 

Mid-January – February: Still high season, but prices will be slightly less inflated.

March – April : The St. Barths Bucket Regatta takes place in March, and two other regattas take place during April, making it a particularly desirable time to visit for yachties. Coupled with Easter vacation and spring break, expect somewhat inflated prices throughout March and April. There are, however, a few sweet spots in between the holidays and events, where you’ll be able to find decent room rates.

May/June: Personally, I love going this time of year. It’s still buzzy and fun, the weather is great, but the island isn’t totally inundated with people. So you can walk into restaurants without a reservation, and not worry about planning anything in advance. 

July/August: Because this is considered hurricane season for most of the Atlantic, rates drop significantly during the summer. However, it’s entirely possible to book a trip during the summer and not experience a single drop of rain—but since there are no guarantees, you have to be OK with potentially questionable weather.

September/October: Here’s when it gets a bit dicey. You’re up against hurricane season, and in October, most of the hotels close down for maintenance, so your options will be fairly limited.

What to Pack for St. Barths

Believe it or not, the island is far more casual than you’d imagine. Check out my packing guide here!


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77 Comments

  • Emily
    February 5, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    This is a great guide to St. Barths! Thanks so much for this- My fiance and I are looking to go here for our honeymoon in July for one week and are trying to decide where to stay…..we are torn between the following hotels: Hotel San Marie, Hotel Christopher, Edens Rock, Le Sereno, Le Bartheleme, Le Village St. Barths, and Hotel Baie des Anges –do you happen to know which of these places offer complimentary breakfast? Also, is it a big deal if our hotel is not right near the beach? Do you know if Hotel San Marie is near the beach?

    Thanks so much for the help! 🙂

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      February 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      so glad you found it helpful!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      February 8, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Ah sorry didnt see the full question – to be honest I’m not sure about complimentary breakfast, although I think at most places it’s pretty standard in SB. I think you might mean Villa Marie? (I’m not familiar with a San Marie!) I personally don’t think it’s a problem not being on the beach as long as you rent a car!

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  • Mark Cafferty
    May 9, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Emily picked an eclectic mix of hotels ranging from 200 to 1000+ per night. In my 4 trips I stayed at hotel 3x and Villa 1x. Honeymooner probably want a hotel that acts as a pivot to everything else you want to do is crucial… so I view St. Jean Beach as a top spot to launch everyday and night from, because sometimes you just want to drift around and not feeling you are driving all the time, unless of course it is one of those honeymoons where you sequester yourself in the room. As a honeymooner, unless budget is of criticality, I would NOT stay at the lower priced places. I think that 3 top choices from considering different perspectives would be to look at Pearl Beach, then Hotel Christopher, then Eden Rock. I stayed at the first two and are great backstops for pool(Chrisopher) and Beach (Pearl Beach) and restaurant when you do not want to stray too afar. Restaurants in walking distance abound on St Jean ie Nikki Beach/ La Plage, Li Ti near Christopher as well as Christopher’s restaurant. BTW headed back there for a week circa the 4th and staying in a villa near St Jean so we can walk to beach and restaurants shops grocery and be able to pop back to villa. We stayed previously at Villa Diaco on Mt Vitet… so cool / private… with a daily visiting brown and orange turtle!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 10, 2019 at 5:13 am

      Love it! We have a lot of the same faves! Thanks for the villa recs!

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  • Lisa Lee
    May 15, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for this…just booked Manapany for late July. Thanks for this guide…helped me a lot! Will use it for the restuarants too. Now, just hoping weather is good.

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  • Brittney
    June 10, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Any recommondations on adapters to use? We are stayig in a villa. I was hoping to bring my curling iron and flat iron and plug it into the adapter. Will I have any problems doing that? Don’t want to be responsible for any disasters.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      June 17, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      to be honest i think the hotels i stayed at had US plugs but I could be wrong!

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  • Erin
    August 9, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    This is great! Does Villa Marie have a beach?

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  • Stephanie
    August 21, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Amazing guide!!! Super helpful. Thank you so much for this. I’m going with my best friend next June. We found this amazing Villa through Eden Rock. It’s on the beach with direct beach access, pool, etc and is less money than the actual ocean suites at the hotel. I’m so confused by it though and it seems too good to be true. Any idea why the villas are less priced than the hotel rooms? This villa comes with all amenities to Eden Rock as well. On the hotel side, we are stuck between Eden Rock, Le Barthelemy and Cheval Blanc. We like a hotel that has amazing ocean views and direct beach access. Given that, which hotel would you recommend?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      September 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      Hi! So glad you found it helpful! I do sometimes find the villas to be lower priced than the hotel rooms for some reason. Where is it located? Is it on the property or somewhere nearby? Honestly all three of those hotels are amazing – I would say that Cheval Blanc feels a little bit more romantic/couple-friendly so if you’re going with a best friend you might prefer LB or ER.

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  • Jackie
    November 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Lindsay! I’m going on my honeymoon right after NYE this year and am in between staying at Le Barthelemy or Sereno. Food, lots to do, spa are all important. Also what is the minimum amount of days you recommend in St Barths? We were thinking 4 or 5 outside of travel. As far as travel goes, I’m not sure where you are based. Have you ever/would you recommend doing a night stay in San Juan, St Thomas or Miami to break up the travel? Any preferred places to book flights through? Thanks so much in advance!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      November 5, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Jackie! You’re totally right in planning for 4-5 days (not including travel.) That’s the perfect amount of time. I guess it depends where you’re flying from, but a night in Miami is always nice! I would skip St Thomas since it’s not really on the way. San Juan would also work, but if given the option I would choose to go directly to SB. You can’t go wrong with either Sereno or Le Barthelemy. Both are incredible and have everything you’re looking for. Maybe try reaching out to each hotel and seeing if they offer anything special for honeymooners (like a suite upgrade) and decide based on that!

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  • Sharon
    November 28, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Great guide! Any thoughts on the best hotel for a solo traveler? I’m planning a visit for the 2nd week of January. Will I feel out of place around all the couples or groups?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      December 8, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      I think you’ll be fine at any of these! It’s such a chill place and so great for exploring.

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  • Bethany
    January 6, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Love your guide! Which is the best hotel do you think is the best for families (two adults and one 2 year old toddler)?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      January 6, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Truthfully the best best would be Le Guanahani which is SO great and family friendly but I think it’s still closed post hurricane. When are you going? Otherwise I would say Villa Marie or Le Barthelemy 👌🏼

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      • Bethany
        January 7, 2020 at 3:44 pm

        I would love to go in May for Memorial Day! Amazing thank you, I will check all of these out!! 💖

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  • O
    January 17, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Do you recommend hiring a concierge to book your reservations, etc during the high season?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      January 18, 2020 at 1:00 am

      If you’re staying at a hotel they can definitely help with that (but I’d reach out to the concierge well in advance.) If you’re staying in a villa, many of them come with a concierge included in the price!

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  • JJ
    January 26, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Can you reccommend your favorite places to shop for clothing and swimwear? Also, any favorite boutiques within hotels?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      January 29, 2020 at 12:47 am

      I love Poupette St Barths, Banana Moon, Clic Concept Store, Lolita Jaca. Also the boutique in Eden Roc was really good from what I remember!

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  • Madison
    February 1, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    My boyfriend and I just booked out flights for the first week of April and we are SO excited. We are between Les Ondines Sur la Plage and Hotel Manapany. Have you heard good or bad things about Les Ondines? The prices are comparable. Manapany looks nicer online but it’s always hard to tell for sure from just pictures. Does one have a better beach than the other?

    Thanks for your help!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      February 3, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Madison! I’ve never stayed at Les Ondines / I don’t really know much about it, but I’ve stayed at Manapany and really liked it there! It sounds like Les Ondines might be super tiny (and sometimes you may not have as much staff/service if there are only a few rooms.) TBH every hotel in St Barths is great but I’d suggest Manapany only because I can vouch it’s a nice experience!

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  • Tammy
    February 27, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Trying to decide between Turks and Caicos or St Barts?? We love TC!!! We want to have great beaches, great local food, and the opportunity to explore the island on our own. Thanks for any information.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      February 28, 2020 at 1:47 am

      Ah that’s a tough one!! I’ve done both and they’re so different. I’m partial to St Barths and would say that if it’s in the budget and you’ve never done it…it’s a MUST. there’s truly no place like it. People who experience it once end up becoming “lifers” – it’s a cult!

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  • Nathalie Mojonnet
    April 25, 2020 at 2:57 am

    Thank you so much for this Lindsay, so helpful! Which hotel would you recommend if going with a girl friends for a girls trip?! Thanks !

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      April 27, 2020 at 12:12 am

      Ah that’s such a tough one! But I would say Le Barthelemy or Eden Rock!

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  • Aliza
    September 1, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    What a great guide! Thanks for sharing. What are your thoughts on bringing a toddler here? He is so curious so I feel he would LOVE it because he enjoys people watching. If you have any recommendations for a place to stay with a kid, I’d love to hear 🙂

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      September 2, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      I know that Le Guanahani (which is now becoming a Rosewood!) was the best child-friendly hotel on the island… always lots of couples with kids there!

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  • Lindsey
    October 5, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Hi! This is such a great guide. My fiancé and I are trying to find the perfect place in St. Barths to book for our honeymoon in June. So far, we’re between Hotel Le Toiny, Cheval Blanc, and possibly Le Barthelemy. We want something romantic and beautiful on the beach with some privacy, but also close by (via rental car) to other must see areas and restaurants that you mentioned. What would you suggest? Thank you!!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      October 7, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Lindsey! Congrats! All great choices (and I can guarantee you’ll be happy at ANY of these places!) Cheval Blanc is the most private/low-key/quiet of the three; Le Toiny is one of our favorites (rooms, views, & staff are incredible) – the rooms are not directly on the beach so that’s something to consider. They do, however, have a beach club that they’ll drive you down to any time of day and the ride is only like 3 mins. Le Barthelemy is also great; I remember guests being more our age (we are in our 30s), other honeymoon couples, etc. Location-wise, they’re all pretty equal – nothing in St Barths is more than a 15-20 min drive max!

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  • Katie Kallas
    October 7, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Hi Lindsay, I love your article! It’s been so helpful and made me want to visit St Barts even more! We’re looking at going to St Barts for our honeymoon in March and after reading your blog, we’ve narrowed it down to two options (we think), Cheval Blanc or Le Barthelemy. We’re in our thirty’s and definitely not huge nightlife people but we enjoy socializing and good food. I see us hanging by the pool or beach most days, followed by meals at local restaurants, and back at the hotel by 9/10 or so! What Hotel would you recommended? It seems like Le Barthelemy maybe more upbeat and family friendly and Cheval Blanc is more private.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      October 7, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      Hey Katie!! Congrats! It is the absolute BEST place for a honeymoon. Those are great choices in terms of hotels and you can’t go wrong with either. You’re correct that Cheval Blanc is more quiet, and Le Barthelemy is a bit more upbeat (but definitely not a nightlife/party vibe at all). For ex: when I stayed at Le Barthelemy I remember they had some chill live music at sunset, which was really nice. We’re not really the type to make “friends” on vacation (LOL) but we ended up chatting with some other couples at happy hour. From my recollection at Cheval Blanc people mostly kept to themselves (which can be just as nice!) All a matter of preference, but you’ll be happy with either!!

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      • Katie K
        October 8, 2020 at 12:01 am

        Hi again, thanks so much for the quick response. After reading your comment and doing more research, I think we’ve ruled out Cheval Blanc. Now I’m considering Le Sereno. Can you tell me anything about this hotel? My biggest hesitation with Le Barthélemy is it seems more family friendly and while we love kids, we don’t want to see any on our honeymoon- ha! March is spring break time for Texas at least so I want to stay away from somewhere that is more kid friendly.

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        • Lindsay Silberman
          October 10, 2020 at 9:49 pm

          Hii! Totally get it – I definitely didn’t want to be around any kids during my honeymoon lol

          We loved Le Sereno when we stayed there! It was a while ago (haven’t stayed there in a few years) but I did like it a lot. There’s also a new hotel that just opened called Carl Gustaf that might be worth looking into — we’re staying there next month for our anniversary so I can report back on it after my trip!

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  • Jessica Wise
    November 10, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Lindsay
    Love your blog and site! First rate. I want to take my hubby back to St Barth for our 25th wedding anniversary. Sadly, some health issues means he has difficulty with lots of steps and steep inclines. Are there villa suites at Le Toiny that would be close to the main building? Or is everything a schlep? Thanks

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  • Jen
    December 15, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Lindsay! We are looking to book an anniversary trip/babymoon in April and I CANNOT figure out which hotel is right for us. We are deciding between Eden Rock, Villa Marie, Cheval Blanc, Le Sereno and Le Toiny. We are in our mid-thirties, would prefer romantic/sexy and not a lot of children (we have two at home), we like good food…but not overly gourmet, and a little vibe – we don’t love super quiet/pretentious places (energy is everything!), and we plan on a getting a car…but don’t want to spend the entire time in the car. Budget isn’t a huge issue (they all seem to be expensive). What do you think?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      January 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Jen! I’m so sorry for the delayed reply! If you’re still deciding, based on what you described, I would say Eden Rock or Le Toiny! But truthfully you’ll be very happy at any of the places you mentioned! Make sure to make a rez for dinner at Petite Plage and a rez for lunch at GypSea (they’re new and havent been added to my guide yet!)

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  • Jen
    December 15, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I forgot to mention – we definitely want a hotel with a spa! 🙂

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  • Ben
    January 25, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Lindsay! We’re curious what hotel you’d recommend that has the best beach: specifically want easily accessible, soft white sand, calm water, and private and not crowded. thank you!

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  • Panjene
    February 2, 2021 at 6:01 am

    These are great hotels for vacations and honey moons. Thank you Lindsay for taking your time and sharing!

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  • Alec
    April 29, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    hey this is awesome thank you so much! Christoper or Manapany???

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 5, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      ah that’s a tough call! If beach is super important to you, then I would go with Manapany (as Christopher is not on the beach!)

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  • Coco
    May 5, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I just can’t decide on which hotel to stay at for my honeymoon in St. Barth’s in December. This will be our second trip there (first time we stayed at Villa Marie.) The original private villa we wanted fell through, so now I think we want to go the hotel route where we can ensure the quality of the accommodations. If price was no object I’d stay at Eden Rock because of the location, but at 1700 euros for a garden room of 500sq ft is it worth it? Le Toiny looks amazing but I heard it’s sleepy and kind of out of the way over there. Would we be bored and leaving in our rental car every day? Then there’s Christopher, Cheval Blanc and the new Carl Gustaf! I just cannot decide which is the best bang for our buck with the most at our fingertips! We like to eat out, mingle and hang out at beaches like St Jean (which was our fave becuase of the sandy and blue water). Help!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 12, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      omg this is such a tough one!! (a good problem to have of course lol) feel free to DM me on Instagram and I’ll talk through it with you!!

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  • Erika
    July 3, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Lindsay!
    great info!
    I see that Sundays are the day to go to Nikki Beach but are the other days fun too like Saturday? or they only have music sundays?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      July 23, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      The other days are more low key and less busy. If you want the real scene, Sunday is *the* day!

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  • kurt
    July 13, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Hey Lindsay, you had mentioned you were going to stay at the Carl Gustaf last November. Did you stay there and what’s your feedback ? Didn’t look like there was any beach (?). thank you , kurt

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  • Miguel Angel
    August 11, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Excellent ! I am a travel agent from Puerto Rico and I have to tell you, this is the most complete guide I read. Thanks

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  • Steven
    August 19, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Lindsay! What a wonderful blog, thank you for all the information! Me and my partner are planning to head down to SB in February and I’m already overwhelmed with the locations/hotels I’m researching. We love a beautiful hotel(not super expensive, but price isn’t too much of an issue), on a beach, and good food/vibe. We love to explore/hike and would rent a car if need be. Every time I find a hotel it’s in a different location on the island then the last hotel!lol So if you don’t mind telling me me what location and what hotels would be the best for what we are looking for and cater to our interest that would be wonderful! Thank you again!

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  • Ninoska Malik
    October 19, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Hi Lindsay,
    That was a great article. We are going for the first time to SB in November. We can’t decided between Le Barthélemy Hotel or Manapany. We love the beach and ambience in a high end atmosphere as well as the restaurants.
    What is you thought

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  • Ashlee Glazer
    October 29, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Amazing Guide’ legit read this as I flying – and rented a car on the spot!

    Best tips ! Made me feel so in the know upon arrival

    Xox

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  • Meredith
    December 13, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Lindsay, do you have any opinions on Le Village? I am going to SB in March for my bachelorette with a group of 8.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      January 29, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      I haven’t stayed there but I know someone who had people stay there for a wedding weekend many years ago and she said it was lovely!

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  • JB
    March 9, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Hey Lindsay! Love the guide – what’s the protocol around day passes on the island? Are they even available? We’ll be visiting around Late April and staying at a villa near The Christopher and seems like we can hang out at the pools and lounge given that we’re drinking/eating.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 3, 2022 at 9:41 pm

      I’m not sure what the technical rules are, but in my experience, if you go for lunch/drinks most places will be pretty relaxed about letting you hang by the pool & getting beach chairs. Never hurts to ask!

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  • Carly
    March 14, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Lindsay,

    This guide is SO Helpful. We are going to St. Barths for 3 nights for our honeymoon. Would you recommend Gyp Sea over Pearl beach for Saturday? Also if you had to choose three top restaurants do you have any suggestions ( I cannot decide from your amazing list!)

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 3, 2022 at 9:40 pm

      such a fun spot for a honeymoon! Yes to GypSea over pearl beach on sat! I need to update the guide!

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  • Rita Cambert
    March 22, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Hello there! Was wondering about accessibility at Le Toiny… are there suites that don’t involve alot of stairs or hilly walks to get to the Main Reception? Thanks

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 3, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      From my recollection there are actually a number of suites that you can drive and park right in front of!

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  • Christine
    March 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Lindsey – this guide is amazing and it, along with stalking your IG trips there, has convinced my cousin and I to book our annual trip here (we try out diff tropical locations). We are going to book a villa to save a bit on cost. Do you know if any hotels let guests come pay to visit the beach club for the day ? Or is reserving chairs at Nikki Beach / GypSea our best bet? It also seems like (from your photos and others I’ve seen) that people just lay on towels at the beaches you mentioned (Saline, Gouvernour etc) and don’t do the chair / lounge thing unless you’re at a hotel or beach club. Is that true?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      May 3, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      Hi! GREAT decision for you an your cuz 🙂 All the beaches are technically public, so you can pretty much bring your own towels/beach stuff and park yourself anywhere you want. if you want the “service” aspect (i.e. people coming by to take drink orders etc.) you can book chairs or a lunch reservation for that

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  • liz
    September 19, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I’m going solo over NYE. Any hotels recommendations where there might be other solo travelers?

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  • Aly
    January 22, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    I’m going with my fiancé to Le Toiny for our honeymoon! We are very excited and I found this guide to be so helpful. I’m starting to prep by picking up some outfits and wondered if you had any retailers you recommend I shop at!?

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      January 24, 2023 at 1:03 am

      I’d say you can’t go wrong with Revolve or Shopbop! Lots of good flowy dresses and resort accessories 🙂

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  • Steph
    March 6, 2023 at 3:34 am

    Hi Lindsey – you blog is super helpful!!
    My husband and I are planning our babymoon to St. Barthes – we like privacy but also like to have a cool pool scene option during the day (similar to The Andronis hotel in Santorini, Greece). We like modern chic hotels with great food! We are currently thinking about Hotel Le Toiny but are worried it may be a bit too secluded – is there a cool pool scene where people grab drinks and hang by the pool during the day or just the beach club?
    We also looked at the cheval blanc but open to other recommendations

    We do not want to be at a hotel with heavy families/kids. We are in our late 30s early 40s.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      April 12, 2023 at 10:05 pm

      Hi!! Le Toiny and Cheval Blanc are definitely more low-key in terms of a buzzy pool scene. You might find Le Barthelemy to be a bit more lively, and Eden Rock for sure. To be honest, we usually find ourselves relaxing on the days that we’re at our hotel, and then do fun boozy lunches off-property in between!

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  • MiaAlyse
    March 8, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Lindsay, awesome article. Looking at st barts for our honeymoon. Sadly, we get married in september but have to push the honeymoon to new years due to work and im realizing quickly prices are inflated. None theless i feel like St Barts is worth it. We are looking for a hotel thats sexy, has a pool with a great view but close to all the hot spots. We love a good night out on the town.

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      April 12, 2023 at 10:02 pm

      Definitely crazy prices around New Years. Closest to town would be Eden Rock (St Jean) and Carl Gustaf (Gustavia). Carl Gustaf doesn’t have a pool but the individual rooms do 🙂 Hope that helps!

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  • Tara
    March 8, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Lindsay! I so enjoyed reading your guide. We visited for our honeymoon 10 years ago (stayed at Eden Roc) and are heading back to celebrate our 10th anni & 40th birthdays in early August 2023. We are bringing 5 other couples and staying in Villa Eclipse (through Eden Roc). A couple questions, if you have time. :). What do you think would be the best spa for our group to visit? Do they have any glam squad type services on the island where they come to the villa? Thank you!

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    • Lindsay Silberman
      April 12, 2023 at 10:00 pm

      Sounds like an AMAZING trip!!! To be honest, I feel like most of the spas at the hotels are fairly small/not sure if any would have enough therapists to accommodate everyone at once! I bet if you asked your villa concierge they could set up in-villa massages for everyone which might be nice! In terms of glam, I haven’t used her personally but I’ve heard great things about Idalme: https://www.idalmistbarth.com/beauty-salon

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  • Mrs. Adj
    June 1, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Lindsay! All of your St Barths info is amazing and super helpful!! Thank you so much for this! My husband and I are visiting for the first time in July to celebrate our Anniversary. We are staying at Le Barthelemy but I keep thinking we should switch to Rosewood? I saw you recommended Rosewood for families so maybe we will just stay at Le Barthelemy 🙂 lol.

    Also, our flight lands at SXM at 12:35pm on a Saturday. Do you think we will have enough time if we book a 1:50pm Winair? Just curious on your thoughts. Thanks!!

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