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Perfectly channelling tropical chic and with eye popping views to boot, the new Villa Mare Saint-Barth is fast becoming one of St Barths best boutique hotel options.
Housing just eighteen bungalows and villas within its vast tropical gardens, Villa Marie ensures the focus is on creating beautiful rooms with plenty of space and stunning views. Each of the bungalows and villas is decorated in its own unique and inherently bohemian style, however all feature natural materials, light and airy colour schemes and splashes of the vibrant colours which the Caribbean is so famous for. The Master Villas are particularly special thanks to their prime location at the height of the property, overlooking the ocean and with a large private swimming pool to enjoy the views from.
Francois Plantation, the restaurant at Villa Marie, oozes colonial charm and provides fantastic views over Flamands Bay. More importantly, the food is excellent. Fusing the traditional French cuisine of the chef and owners with the traditional Caribbean cuisine of the island, the menu at Francois Plantation is eclectic, elegant and full of flavour. Styled in the same bohemian décor as the rooms the restaurant is a lovely spot, but lunch can also be taken in the palm shaded gardens or by the pool. For drinks, head to Rums & Cigars, the well-stocked hotel bar and a cosy evening hang out.
With the truly stunning views of Flamands Beach below, there is really little need to do anything other than relax by Villa Marie's pool and enjoy the tranquillity of the unspoilt natural surroundings. However, for those wanting to get out and explore, the hotel can organise a picnic for you to take down to the beach itself, or advise you on all the best sots to explore around St Barths. For a day of indulgence, the Pure Altitude Spa also offers packages and a range of treatments which can be enjoyed amongst the palms and with the soothing sound of the ocean in the distance.
Why we love it
The combination of French style and Caribbean culture is always a winner in our eyes, and with views like these you really can't go wrong.
Will, Original Traveller