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About St Barts

Technically 'St-Barthélemy', St-Barts is probably the Caribbean's most sophisticated island. Both the beauty and the atmosphere draw the rich, famous and beautiful, so the best places to stay on St-Barts range from opulent to majestic. But out of season, there are some excellent value deals to be discovered.

A beautiful volcanic outcrop in the Leeward Island group, St-Barts is less French West Indies than metropolitan France. Though of course in a daydream setting of turquoise waters, white sand, windswept granite cliffs and sprouts of bright green.

Around 200,000 people visit this tiny island each year — sold on the beauty of the place. But, St-Barts actually has a fascinating history. Discovered by Columbus it was settled by the French, then briefly sold to Sweden, before being bought back by the French. This little pocket of Swedishness is quite apparent in the architecture, and certainly adds to the unique flavour of St-Barts.

Gustavia is St-Barts' pretty capital. Its smart beach bars and restaurants attract an affluent crowd and it's full of mega-yachts at Christmas and New Year — making it great for people watching — and there are also some great shopping spots. Gustavia is where you'll find the majority of the excellent small hotels.

You don't have to be wealthy to enjoy St-Barts though, as the beaches are all public and easily accessible.

What Not To Miss

  • Hike half an hour away from the main road until you hit the wonderfully secluded Colombier Beach. This lovely spot offers stunning scenery, crystal clear water, lots of privacy and there are a variety of shady spots all around. Plus, this is a great area to head off snorkelling.
  • St. Barth Municipal Museum details historical life on the island with a wide range of artefacts, photos and documents.
  • The Toiny Coast is a great hike with rocky cliffs, natural pools and wonderful views. Be warned though, it may be a bit too challenging for young children.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in St-Barts is mainly located around the bay of St Jean and on the Eastern side of the island. Whilst none are exactly cheap, they reflect the going rate on this smart island.

For a Special Occasion

  • Le Toiny is a selection of colonial style villas overlooking the ocean in a secluded spot on the island's eastern coast. The decor is contemporary, with plenty of terraces and outdoor dining to take advantage of the spectacular views.
  • Le Sereno is a stunning beach hotel overlooking spectacular Grand Cul de Sac. The design is simplicity at its best by Christian Liaigre; white washed walls and dark wood in a happy marriage of Caribbean and cool. Direct beach access and an excellent seafood restaurant. Very sleek, and secluded.
  • Hotel Villa Marie is a luxurious spot offering boutique, independent villas and suites with bright colours and stunning vistas. Tuck into splendid French cuisine at the restaurant and spend your days exploring the nearby beaches.

For a tropical island break

  • Isle de France is an elegant white and blue hotel right on the white, sandy beach, nestled in amongst banana trees and bougainvillea. Very French and very stylish.
  • Villa Lodge Quatre Epices offers just four chic villas, overlooking beautiful Grand Cul de Sac Lagoon. The decor is modern, with plenty of brushed steel and concrete. Self-catering and plenty of do in the area.
  • Salines Garden Cottages offers individual cottages set amidst lovely gardens. The accommodation is traditional chic in design, featuring four poster beds, white linens and the odd splash of bright colours. Plus, you're just a short distance away from a number of stunning beaches!

For families

  • Guanahani is the perfect family beach resort destination. It's built above a spit, so there are back-to-back beaches, with calm turquoise water on one side and slightly rougher seas on the other. And plenty of palm trees. Elegant but colourful there's also an enormous pool and there are kid's clubs for both younger and older children.
  • At the other end of the price scale is Eden Rock a five star resort overlooking coral reefs. Villas have full kitchens and enormous living spaces - and some have jacuzzi terraces or private pools. There are a number of family-friendly restaurant choices and every opulent spa service you can imagine.

For An Apartment

  • If you think that a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the options available with our partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • St Barts is beautiful year round, with only a 3ºC difference in temperature between the winter and the summer. That said, December through May is the dry season, whilst June to November is the rainy season.
  • Also be warned that, as well as rainstorms, hurricanes can occur at any time on the island (though the most likely time is September).
  • Visitors can fly into St Barts Airport (SBH), aka Gustaf III Airport, located in the village of Saint Jean.
  • If you're coming from the UK then Air France fly from Heathrow to St Barts via St Martin, or you could fly with British Airways to Antigua and then go on to St Barts with Liat.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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    Best Hotels in St Barts

    • Salines Garden Cottages St Barts 5 rooms from £95

      Beach Life  -  An ideal spot, just steps from some of the finest beaches in the world.
      Surfing  -  Excellent conditions for surfing and the owners will be able to point you in the right direction for the best waves.
      Sailing  -  Hire either sailing boats, catamarans or motorboats for a whole or half-day, with or without a skipper.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
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      A charming hotel comprising individually styled cottages set amid a tranquil garden, close to the beach. Cottages have a traditional feel and are white washed throughout with solid four poster beds and bright artefacts from the owner's travels. A little haven made for completely unwinding. See More

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    • Villa Lodge Quatre Epices Gustavia, St Barts 4 rooms from £304

      Groups  -  Chic villas have full kitchens, large terraces and a very relaxed mood
      Views  -  Overlooks the Grand Cul de Sac lagoon
      Great walks  -  Along Grand Cul de Sac Beach
      Diving  -  Ouanalao Dive
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      Colourful villas on a hillside above Grand Cul de Sac beach. The villas are themed on Caribbean spices, and decor is modern with polished concrete, kitsch furnishings and full kitchens. Outdoor pool and sun terrace. Chic, cool and great value. See More

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    • Les Ilets de la Plage Gustavia, St Barts 11 rooms from £281

      Total relaxation  -  Will appeal to those who love doing very little on vacation; the place to sit back and enjoy the view from a beachside hammock
      Beach Life  -  Stretch of golden palm-tree lined sand gives way to perfect turqouise water. Descends steps into the ocean for swimming
      Weddings  -  Wonderful spot for a buy-out and relaxed beach-front wedding with select group of friends and family
      Views  -  This section of the island is the place to see in the sunrise
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      Recommended by  -  Frommers

      Quaint beachfront resort with a laid-back old-world feel. Individual villas with rustic red roofs and sleek interiors are set amongst gardens or along the beach. Kitchens, homely living areas and tropical indoor-outdoor layouts are fab for those after private low-key stays. Quiet slice of paradise. See More

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    • Hotel Villa Marie Saint-Barthélémy, St Barts 18 rooms from £347

      Total relaxation  -  Lovely accommodation, a serene location and spa facilities-what more could you ask for?
      Beach Life  -  The sea is just a 15 minute walk from the beach chic Hotel Villa Marie
      Great walks  -  Wander around the garden or head along the coast at sunset and take in the gorgeous views
      Outstanding location
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

      The luxurious Hotel Villa Marie, Gustavia, St Barth offers boutique, independent villas and suites featuring bright colours and gorgeous views. Treat yourself to elegant French cuisine at the restaurant before retiring with a rum and cigar from the bar! An utterly spoiling coastal spot. See More

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    • Les Ondines sur La Plage Gustavia, St Barts 8 rooms from £412

      Beach Life  -  Offering direct beach access on the island's famous white-sand Grand Cul-de-Sac beach; transparent water is ideal for swimming
      Honeymoons  -  Quiet and private rooms are dominated by bay views and sea breezes; book Beachfront Suites for a memorable honeymoon
      Views  -  Beachfront Suites give out over 180 degree tropical island paraside tableau; it's all sea, sand and palms
      Swimming Pool  -  Small tropical pool and sundeck surrounded by swaying palms offer shady alternative to the beach
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      Intimate all-suite hotel with a prime beachfront location. Contemporary open-air rooms have a homely feel and each overlooks the bay renowned for its crystalline waters. Enjoy on-site breakfast and full kitchens with dining options nearby. A laid-back spot for tranquil and grown-up beach breaks. See More

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    • Hotel Christopher St Barts 42 rooms from £564

      Sailing  -  Hire a boat and sail all around the island - the most beautiful way to get to know the place!
      Great walks  -  Wander along the beach at sunset and marvel in the stunning views
      Private Hot Tub  -  Book an Ocean Spa Suite for a private outdoor hot tub
      On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

      Hotel Christopher enjoys a superb location on the beach in Saint Barth, just a few miles from the airport. This 5* resort offers luxurious accommodation furnished in light hues and boasting plenty of natural light. Enjoy divine meals at their on site restaurants! A simply stunning coastal retreat. See More

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    • Manapany Gustavia, St Barts 43 rooms from £442

      Eco break  -  Award- winning eco property that uses electric vehicles, solar panels, natural fibres and chemical-free cleaning products
      Beach Life  -  Quieter and more wild than manicured tourist areas, Anse des Caves bay offers authentic tropical island beach experience
      Families  -  Multi-room villas are ideal for families with older kids while babysitting and games room will keep everyone happy
      Views  -  Drink in views of sea and sand throughout the resort; almost every room, pools, garden and restaurant face the sea
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      Eco beach resort with deluxe Robinson Crusoe feel. Chic sea-facing rooms, suites and villas made with natural materials and boho decor offer idyllic private terraces. Two pools, a relaxed restaurant and complimentary yoga fill lazy sun-filled days. Green beach paradise for couples and families. See More

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    • Pearl Beach Gustavia, St Barts 14 rooms from £444

      Romantic Break  -  Ocean views from beautifully appointed suites make this hotel a dream getaway for a romantic break in the Caribbean
      Foodies  -  With catch of the day available at lunchtime from the beachside restaurant, this hotel is great for foodies
      Beach Life  -  Set on the white sand beach of St Jean, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing island getaway
      Sailing  -  Charter a private yacht from the island's famed marina and spend a romantic evening sailing into the sunset
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      This boutique hotel is located on St. Jean Beach on St Barts. Tiled floors and a neutral palette make the guestrooms feel bright and airy; book a luxury suite to wake up to ocean views from your terrace. With a romantic restaurant and lush tropical gardens, this intimate hotel is ideal for couples. See More

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    • Le Sereno Grand Cul De Sac, St Barts from £495

      Active Holiday  -  The beach is ideal for watersports and kitesurfing, and lessons for all can be arranged
      In/by a Nature Reserve  -  Located in a marine reserve which is a sanctuary for turtles
      Designer  -  The property has been designed by Christian Liaigre
      Tennis  -  Lessons with a pro can be arranged
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      Recommended by  -  Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

      Stunning hotel on the beach at Grand Cul de Sac. Designer rooms have white-washed walls, polished wood furnishings and contemporary furniture. Outdoor pool, gardens, spa and direct beach access. Excellent restaurant and cool bar. Slick, exclusive and secluded. See More

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    • Isle de France St Barts 39 rooms from £512

      Honeymoons  -  Superb spa, secluded garden or beach rooms, stunning white sand beach and low-key atmosphere
      Great walks  -  Along pristine Saline Beach
      Tennis  -  Courts on site
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

      Sublime hotel on the beach. Elegant rooms are styled in white and blues with modern artworks and opulent bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gardens, tennis courts, gym and spa. Sophisticated French menus, chic bar. Nestled amongst banana plants and bougainvillea and white sands, ideal for honeymoons. See More

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    • Le Toiny Gustavia, St Barts from £516

      Hideaway  -  Secluded location, private beach, quiet al fresco dining and peaceful atmosphere throughout
      Tennis  -  Play tennis at the Flamboyants club five minutes down the road at no extra cost. Equipment can be borrowed
      Surfing  -  At your disposal: a long board of 9"0', a 7"3', as well an SUP Paddle Board
      Fishing  -  Hotel organizes half and full day fishing trip
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      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

      Colonial style villas overlooking the ocean. Contemporary rooms have dark wood floors, four poster beds, patio hammock and private pool. Gardens, gym and spa. Sublime French cuisine and romantic bar. Secluded, chic and boutique. See More

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    • Guanahani Grand Cul de Sac, St Barts 31 rooms from £516

      Families  -  Excellent kids club options for both younger and older children, superb spa for adults and watersports for all family
      Romantic Break  -  The suites have private pool, large terrace and private garden for ultimate Caribbean seclusion
      Restaurant  -  Indigo restaurant offers a wide range from Creole Cuisine to French gourmet
      Sailing  -  Boat Cruise aboard the Donzi 35 ft
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

      Colourful beachfront hotel. The elegant rooms have creamy mosaic bathrooms, contemporary furniture and colonial style architecture. Enormous outdoor pool, beach access, spa and gym. Excellent seafood cuisine and breezy bar. Luxurious whilst remaining friendly and relaxed. See More

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    • Le Barthelemy St Barts 46 rooms from £581

      Beach Life  -  The epitome of beach life with large swathes of white sand beach, coral reefs and surfing nearby
      Great walks  -  Experience the great wide open like never before when you set out on a renowned island hike alongside the St. Barths coastline
      Surfing  -  Wind surfing tops the list for exciting things to do in St Barths, whether a beginner or a seasoned skilled surfer
      Spa  -  Spa and wellness centre
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      A chic resort set on a stunning crescent-shaped beach, refined yet fresh, with a timeless elegance. Bright rooms have an air of understated luxury with plenty of light, natural materials and thoughtfully added technology. Feast on French inspired cuisine and spend days unwinding in the spa. See More

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    • Eden Rock Eden Rock, St Barts 37 rooms from £1258

      Families  -  The villas have full kitchens and enormous living rooms, child-friendly menus and wonderful spread of watersports for all ages
      Romantic Break  -  Luxurious in-room spa treatments, opulent bathrooms, superb dining and romantic views
      Fishing  -  Deep sea fishing trip to the famous “Marlin Boulevard”
      Great walks  -  Hike along St Jean beach which is right beside the hotel
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      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

      Five-star resort overlooking coral reefs. Contemporary rooms and villas have mahogany furniture, opulent bathrooms and silk extras. Some with hot tub terraces or private pools. Outdoor pools, gardens, gym, spa. Superb continental menu, bar with a view. Luxurious, spoiling and very chic. See More

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    • Le Carl Gustaf Gustavia, St Barts 23 rooms from £1607

      Local exploring  -  Located between the town and the coast in Gustavia, this hotel is perfectly placed for local island exploring
      Beach Life  -  Set a few minutes' walk from pristine Shell Beach, book this hotel for a relaxed and indulgent beach break
      Families  -  Featuring family bungalows and a great Kid's Club
      Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Fort Karl, a colonial-era coastal fortress with a surrounding walking trail, great for active guests
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      This five-star boutique hotel is nestled a stone's throw from Shell Beach in Gustavia. Guest suites are inspired by the natural landscape, featuring exotic prints and bamboo accents, plus sea view terraces. With a choice of three restaurants, there's hardly a need to leave this luxury base! See More

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