Hurricane Irma hit the Antilles in September 2017. The population and infrastructure of St. Barts was badly hit, just like Saint-Martin and other islands in the archipelago. The material damage was considerable, but not irreversible. After the storm, the reconstruction effort began, and the whole team at Villa Marie Saint Barth got to work on rebuilding the oasis of calm. The François Plantation restaurant reopened in December, and the hotel will be ready to welcome guests once again in March 2018.
St. barts is an emblem of easy Antilles living. Every moment throughout the day is an invitation to relax and enjoy the art de vivre that has become a cornerstone of the island's identity. life here is slow, but nut sluggish; sophisticated, but not ostentatious. Everything is stepped in the charm of the tropics, in a combination of hot sun, jush green vegetation, white sand, and turquoise water. A place where true luxury means taking your time...
And time ticks by with beautiful ease in the 21 bungalows and suites of Villa Marie, nestled in the heights above Colombier! Boasting leafy palms, bougainvillea plants, cactus varieties and mango trees, the hotel offers a peaceful setting glowing with the colours of a tropical forest. And in the heart of the gardens, the pool is the ideal spot for enjoying the full beauty of the surroundings.
The history of the island, and of the Antilles in general, can be felt even in the hotel's architecture, inspired by the British colonial era and blended with ethnic influences from the local Carib people. This aesthetic is, of course, coupled with true French art de vivre, whose full potential is expressed to perfection at Villa Marie. This combination of styles is fully in keeping with the cosmopolitan, relaxed and sophisticated image of St. Barts. And Villa Marie is its finest showcase.
An ode to adventure
The rooms and suites bathe in a bohemian-chic atmosphere, and are everything you could possibly expect. The decor draws on soft shades and the occasional flash of bright tones, inspired by the colours of the island's majestic setting. The interior design is a testament to the know-how and excellent taste of Jocelyne Sibuet, who, as usual, has successefully unearthed the most wonderfully stylish objects to complement the ambiance. The spaces feature seashell chandeliers, four-poster beds, raised headboards covered with colourful fabrics, pineapple pedestal tables, burnished ratan chairs, bamboo furniture tailor boxes, Syrian-inspired mother-of-pearl chests of drawers, and each room is an ode to physical and instrospective adventures. This ethnic, tropical spirit draws inspiration from the gypset style - a portmanteau of "gypsy" and "jet-set" - bohemian chic, in other words.
And because the grandiose backdrop of St. Barts is a major part of the hotel's magical atmosphere, the suites have vast terraces overlooking the ocean and Flamands Bay. Some of the more intimate options even feature their very own private pool and gardens. A privilege you'll quickly get used to!
A vast choice of activities
The days slip gently by a Villa Marie, and each one offers a new experience. After enjoying a generous breakfast on the terrace of your suite and admiring the ocean views, you can choose between a vast range of options for expeditions and activities. Sporty types will adore the numerous diving and paddleboarding spots, such as at the Grand Cul-de-Sac and Colombier beaches. Alternatively, if you fancy soaking up the sun with your friends, head to Saint-Jean or Shell Beach to indulge in grilled langoustes and fresh cocktails...
François Plantation, a local institution
The story of the restaurant at Villa Marie began long befor Maisons and Hôtels Sibuet acquired the establishment. François Plantation is a restaurant that everyone on the island knows well, and restoring this legendary institution to its former glory was an obvious choice. Today the cuisine is crafted by chef Emmanuel Motte, and explores the classics of French gastronomy while also revisiting local dishes. Lunch can be enjoyed by the pool on the comfortable seats in the garden alcovesn and includes langouste club-sandwich and colourful vegetable medleys to be shared.
While preusing the menu, you'll be spoiled for choice between the homemade foie gras, roast blufin tuna with delicate spices, langoustes flambéed with vintage rum, and bouillabaisse revisited by the chef using fish from the Caribbean Sea. Emmanuel Motte's cuisine is elegant and sophisticated, packed with flavour and fragance. A winning combination!
After dinner, guests can continue their evening in the hotel bar, where the menu of vintage rums and cognacs is enough to satisfy the most demanding connoisseaurs of sophisticated digestifs.
Well-being in the tropics
Art de vivre is the perfect pix of knowing how to receive guests and serving exceptional cuisine, topped off with just the right amount of well-being. The Pure Altitude Spa is a leading reference in the mountains and the Provence region of France, and is now ready to introduce visitors to its treatments and rituals in St. Barts. Settle into the mineral, oceanic atmosphere and let your stress slip away with the Pure Coconut Ritual, which hydrates the skin with a Jasmin-infused after-sun repairing formula. Needless to say, local plants and herbs are key ingredients in each well-being experience...