Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Paradise Redux

As the oh-so-quotable Liz Lemmon says, “I want to go to there.”

The island of St. Barths is considered one of the most stunning and sophisticated destinations in the world.

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France, one of the island's luxury hotels, combines West Indian charm with tSouth of France sophistication. The Spa at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France nurtures body, mind and spirit with Molton Brown-designed treatments ranging from renewing and regenerating massages to personalized therapies and treatment ‘journeys’ from around the globe. The Spa also features a gymnasium and water sports, steam room and lounging on the beach offers the perfect wind down.

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France recently unveiled a quartet of Beach Suites, each boasting views of Baie des Flamands. The new Suites offer a private retreat for guests and is situated directly on Flamands Beach. The Beach Suites have been designed by Penny Morrison of Morrison Interiors in London, who helped the redesign of the property when it was bought in 2000 by current owners Charles and Mandie Vere Nicoll.

The design features parquet floors, vintage French fabrics, and sheer linens in pale natural tones to complement the indigenous colors of St. Barth’s. Each 1,500 sq. ft. Suite will include a living room featuring a 52" plasma television screen, fully equipped kitchen, complimentary mini-bar and wireless internet connection. Overlooking the beach, the new Suites will each feature a private terrace with an infinity plunge pool for guests’ private use., with sea views through the living rooms, oversized bathrooms with inside and outside showers, stone bathtubs, double vanity units and separate dressing areas. A private parking space will also be provided.

This oceanfront property feature 37 guest rooms including deluxe rooms and suites overlooking the sea, gorgeous Garden Bungalows set amidst the property’s lush tropical gardens, and Fisherman’s Cottages suitable for families, all in addition to the four new secluded Beach Suites, perfect for a romantic getaway.

The hotel’s al fresco restaurant, Case de L’Isle, overlooks the ocean and offers food by Chef Bruce Domain.