The Telegraph Ultratravel
The most glamourous of all the Caribbean islands gets a further shot of elegance this winter with the opening of three properties -each decorated by a high-profile designer. Bright tropical colours and an easy, bohemian mood inform the winning style at Villa Marie Saint-Barth, a five-star boutique hotel with 21 bungalows and villas that opens this month.
Created by Jocelyne Sibuet, whose life-loving properties in Saint Tropez, Lyon and the Alps are well known for their warm atmosphere and stylish interiors, this sunny outpost overlooks Baie des Flamands and has an elegant plantation-goes-contemporary look. Guests can enjoy ocean-view villas with a private pool, a rum bar and a restaurant serving such local delicacies as Caribbean bouillabaisse and vanilla-roasted pinapple. Further indulgences are available in a two-room spa offering jasmine wraps and massages using warm seashells. Elsewhere, on the island's Côte Sauvage.