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trip report

What a wonderful island!! Here is some info on our hotel and restaurant scout...

St. Barth Beach Hotel
Grand Cul De Sac
Excellent location. All rooms are right on the beach. Reception is very friendly and accommodating. Rooms are clean but extremely basic. Large water + bottle of wine is in room upon arrival. Bathrooms could use a little updating, etc. I need to stress that this is a no frills kinda place. Restaurant La Rivage is very popular for lunch and dinner – great menu and service, etc. Great pool and beach area – chase lounges with cushions are scattered along the beach. St. Barth Beach Gym is attached to the motel – large and spacious overlooking the water. Cul de Sac is full of windsurfers. From this motel you can walk to LaGloriette restaurant (on the beach), Sereno Hotel + Boubou’s restaurant, Club Lafayette, and…. If you really wanted, Guanahani. This is a good value for the money. Don’t expect plush towels and room service. Breakfast is included in the rate (continental in a small dining area) – regular breakfast may be ordered for a nominal amount. Of note, the beach and pool are very quiet – given there are only 36 rooms it never seems crowded…

Sereno Beach Hotel
Also in the Grand Cul De Sac. Very close to St. Barth Beach Hotel. This place is kinda funky and eclectic. Boubou’s restaurant draws a happy hour crowd both inside and on the beach. Unique music is constantly playing over the speakers. Pool is nice + very small outside workout area. Casual sushi restaurant on the beach is open daily for lunch. I would not recommend this Hotel for older or mature couples given the setup. This hotel has recently undergone a total renovation + new management.

Sofitel Christopher
Gorgeous! Went for cocktails outside at the bar. Has the island’s largest pool. Chatted with some people staying there and they were very impressed with the service, rooms, food, etc. However, you cannot walk to anything from this hotel. You must drive out of the area to go to another bar, restaurant, etc. On the negative, this location appears to be very windy due to it’s location – this was confirmed by the outside bartender as well.

Hotel Manapany Cottages
Don’t bother. The location is terrible – far away from everything. Property is not impressive. All of the units are cut into a hill so plan on walking a lot if your room happens to be close to the top. Pool area is OK – small outside bar and restaurant. Once again, this location is very windy due to the location. Tennis courts are full of old workout equipment and junk – surrounding area is not nice.

Highly Recommend

Café Messiah in Loreint (dinner)
La Gloriette (lunch)
Le Ti St Barth (dinner)
Le Tamarin (lunch after beach)
Le Pelican (drinks)
Eden Rock (drinks)
LeGaiac (dinner $$)

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