when you enter Cheval Blanc St-Barth, there is an immediate sense of peace and tranquility. Soft whites, tropical greens and the hotel’s pale pink color surround guests as they enter the House. Wooden walkways reminiscent of beach promenades wind from room to room and building to building, protected by palm trees and other island foliage. It’s the kind of destination where every moment is clothed in that unmistakable holiday glow – and an Instagram-worthy photo sits around every corner. By Lydia Mansell
LVMH’s Cheval Blanc hotel brand opened the St. Barths property in 2014, but after Hurricane Irma caused severe damage in 2017, the hotel underwent extensive renovations. Since then, the team has maintained a steady stream of updates and programming to ensure the 61-room getaway is fresh, innovative and luxurious.
Here’s a look inside the luxurious St. Barts hotel
Part of the ongoing magic and appeal of Cheval Blanc St-Barth is its location, perched directly on the edge of Flamands Beach, one of the largest beaches on the island. Guests can easily access the shimmering turquoise waters and white sand, as it is just steps away from both pools as well as the hotel’s popular beach restaurant, La Cabane, and La Case, an “ode to the Caribbean” from the hotel. famous chef Jean Imbert.
Those who want to move their legs before or after the sun hits its peak can find Colombier, a secluded beach known for its majestic blues and unparalleled serenity, with the help of the concierge. It is a must for anyone traveling to this part of the Caribbean. A 25-minute walk on Flamands beach leads to the Colombier beach trail, where explorers can begin the gradual descent to the sandy beach. Sturdy shoes, SPF and plenty of water are recommended.
After a hike, or when you simply need a respite from the powerful Caribbean sun – which often sits at a UV index of 11 during the day – the spa at this St. Barths hotel is the perfect place to unwind. relax and rejuvenate. Nestled in the property’s sprawling tropical garden (watch for the turtles), the four-treatment room spa partners with luxury beauty brand Guerlain to offer immersive, holistic, and effective massages and facials. If you prefer a spa treatment outside among the flora and fauna, request your treatment in the open-air relaxation pavilion.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth prides itself on its privacy and all of the hotel’s rooms, suites and villas have been expertly designed to ensure a relaxing stay, however busy the hotel gets (particularly during high season). island season from late November to February). Many come with their own private pool, allowing guests to enjoy a more secluded day of sunbathing and swimming if they wish.
While Cheval Blanc and St. Barth as a whole have plenty to offer, it can be hard to leave the comfort (and air conditioning) of the room. Designed by the famous Jacques Grange, each room of the House is the epitome of holiday happiness. Crisp white cottons, warm woods, bold colors and touches of rattan here and there create a stylish and welcoming abode, whether you’re staying right on the beach or in one of the garden bungalows.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Cheval Blanc St-Barth (which is reflected in each of the brand’s hotels) is its signature scent: Tropical Chic, a blend of sandalwood, pineapple and ylang-ylang. , a flower with heady aromas. It can be found in every bathroom — shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand cream, etc. — as well as in candle form, the perfect souvenir to take home to remind you of your visit. On a 9.26 square mile (24 km2) island with many 5-star hotels for visitors to choose from, it’s these seemingly small touches that make for something grander, more exquisite and completely unforgettable.
This story first appeared on www.travelandleisure.com
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