Yoga and fashion design in Manapany
The break of dawn shines brightly over the sea. Surjana spreads her mat on the spa terrace overlooking the swimming pool and the water—an idyllic place to greet the sun. The bungalows of Manapany, the only hotel in Anse des Cayes, lie on the slope of the hill between hibiscus and palm trees. Completely rebuilt after the passage of Irma in 2017, the rooms opt for a chic Creole style, bayadere stripes and driftwood furniture. If you are looking for uniqueness, the Cedric & Rod sewing shop creates custom-made suits and dresses on site.
The Beach Club at Eden Rock
Among red-and-white deckchairs, sofas and sunshades, guests are pampered by the beach waiters and waitresses of Eden Rock. An unusual detail: the cellar of the Beach Club is protected by a red stainless steel airlock, and the new Eden Rock has the same doors used in submarines. Perched on a rock in the bay of Saint-Jean, the iconic hotel will reopen in November 2019.
Eden Rock Hotel - St.Baths
Surfing and shopping at Toiny
In the east of the island, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea, waves attract surfers. Relais & Châteaux at Toiny, on the heights, has gained 15 meters (49 feet) of beach after the 2017 hurricane! A quiet pool is nestled by the sea, in front of two historic stone huts. Jerseys, shirts and sweaters are sold there to raise money for an aid organization—a mannequin proudly exhibits them during lunch in front of the beach. Hiking trails snake through the surroundings.
Hotel Le Toiny
Finboard and paddle at Le Sereno
Protected by its own coral reef, the Grand-Cul-de-Sac lagoon is a safe haven for turtles and fish. Le Sereno offers kayaks with transparent bottoms and paddles, but you can also contact Jean-Rémi from Easy & Fun Ride to book a finboard race. Developed by a Breton, these boards with fins to ramble and equipped with a transparent screen, let you see the sandy bottom without getting wet. Return barefoot to your cottage, outfitted in refined decor designed by Christian Liaigre.
Le Sereno Hotel - Saint Barthelemy
Easy & Fun Ride
Spa at Christopher
At the end of the long building overlooking the cliffs of Pointe Milou, Sisley Spa offers one-on-one sessions in front of the sea. Each treatment room has a terrace to relax after an individual massage in front of the horizon. We can then admire the sunset from the edge or immersed in the shell-shaped pool.
Hotel Christopher St.Barth
Cocktails at Le Barthélemy
A piece of aircraft cabin welcomes you to the roof deck of Le Barthélemy, the only rooftop on the island. The bar WFT (Whiskey, Tango, FoxTrot) overlooks both the Grand-Cul-de-Sac lagoon and the large pond. Amazing cocktails, such as an absinthe drink topped with half a smoking lemon, are available à la carte.
Hotel Le Barthelemy
Gastronomy at Villa Marie
Overlooking Colombier and amid lush vegetation, the rooms at Villa Marie are decorated with mother-of-pearl furniture, ornaments and precious fabrics. To reach them, you will have to climb! Fortunately, you can book a Mini Moke through the hotel. The sea wriggles around the table, in the dishes served in the elegant lounge surrounded by shutters. The bouillabaisse, with lobster and local fish—bull's eye, red snapper, mahi mahi—is a treat.
Villa Marie Saint-Barth
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