It is a true boutique hotel, with each room uniquely designed. The most expensive is a two-bedroom suite with panormaic views, a private pool and an outdoor barbecue area where you can host friends. Ours, a mid-range, is a stylish wood-clad cabin pleasingly called Coco Passion.
Villa Marie Saint-Barth is a slice of tropical paradise nestled high in the hills above Colombier. Owned and designed down to the last detail by the stylish French hotelier Jocelyne Sibuet, the boutique property is bursting with color and charm.
Villa Marie occupies a sweet spot at the small and intimate end of St. Barts' hospitality spectrum: pretty and cosseting, not flashy or forbidding. Although the serried sun loungers of the Isle de France on Flamands beach are clearly visible from the hilltop around which Villa Marie curls near the north-western tip of the island, all that seems light years away in terms of style and scale.
Perched along the verdant hills of the Colombier coastline, Villa Marie Saint-Barth feels as if you’re staying in your most stylish friend’s beach home—and you sort of are. French interior designer Jocelyn Sibuet has chosen to decorate her family’s hotel with the bones of West Indies architectural style and a pretty punch of international flourishes from her travels.
Yes, the big news for 2017 is Villa Marie, which is taking guests in Saint-Barth, a French overseas collectivity. The hotel comprises 21 bungalows and three villas with whitewashed wood-panelled walls and flamboyant splashes of modern art. It's close to Colombier beach and has high-quality spa and rum bar.