The Caribbean's ritziest island is showing its laid-back this year, with several long-in-the-works openings set back from the posh Gustavia port.
Of the bunch, Villa Marie is the most intimate, giving a French plantation house a vibe that skews more gypset-boho than buttoned-up. After a four-year-long, $40 million renovation, Le Guanahani has put the focus on fun, barefoot luxury. It's on a private, 18-acre peninsula with 67 guests cottages, all done up in a riot of colors with teak floors that blend seamlessy with the lush landscape. And the old St. Barts Beach Hotel has given way to Le Barthélémy where the high/low lifestyle includes an option to take the house car to your preferred beach for no-fuss picnic lunches, with or without Champagne.