St. Barts, which was hit by Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017, is ready for visitors. With more than 25 percent of the island open for business, there are plenty of properties to choose from. And according to the tourism bureau, all hotels should be up and running by year's end. But if you're coming summer, you're likely to score some great deals—especially at the island's four-star hotels. A favorite among them is Le Village Saint Barth Hotel. Here's our review.
Budget Level: Upscale ($200+/night)
Lodging Type: Resort (25 cottages and 2 villas)
What You Need to Know
Since its inception in 1969, Le Village has been owned and operated by the Charneau family, who you'll often find at the reception desk or mingling with guests. This hotel was one of the first on the island. Perched on a hill surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the property overlooks the beautiful St. Jean Bay—and many of the rooms afford such views. The resort comprises 25 cottages and two villas, most with outdoor kitchens, and a large outdoor space for mingling or eating. There's a brand-new fitness center, which is built atop a hill and has stunning views; you can open the floor-to-ceiling doors for a breeze while you workout. The infinity pool (which is never crowded) offers the same vistas.
Located in St. Jean, the property is a short two-minute walk to town, but feels secluded thanks to it's hilltop locale. There's zero pretension at Le Village. Many of the guests are repeat visitors, who've been coming for years and have since made friends with the staff. And you're likely to feel that way, too, by the time you leave—it's that kind of place. It's not uncommon to see couples of all ages here, as well as friend groups and other travelers looking to kick back and soak up St. Barth's island vibe.
Who Will Love It
Anyone who loves a laid-back friendly, chillaxed vibe.
Who Might Not
Those who are interested in a bustling party resort with multiple bars and restaurants might get bored. Le Village serves a lovely breakfast but does not have a restaurant for lunch or dinner. However, you'll find Kiki é Mo just down the street (also owned by the hotel's proprietors), a favorite among locals and island regulars for its fresh juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and a fantastic vegan antipasti.
The big outdoor infinity pool is stunning. With views of the crystal-clear waters and beaches of St. Jean, it's practically made for Instagram likes.
Most cottages (save for one category) have big outdoor spaces with plenty of seating and a stocked outdoor kitchen, which saves a bundle when staying in pricey St. Bart. We recommend visiting a marché for provisions and wine, then watching the sunset from your balcony. The property also supplies complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers (you can stock them with wine or beer from the on-site honor cooler) for the perfect beach day. Wifi is included and breakfast is 15 euro (or about $17 USD).
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
Breakfast, spa treatments, and taxes are extra.
How to Get a Deal
Visit in the off-season (mid-April through mid-December). Rates for a superior room with a balcony and outdoor kitchen can be found for 220 euro (or about $256 USD), which is a steal in St. Bart.
In the Neighborhood
The hotel is located in the town of St. Jean, where you'll find plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars—including the famed Nikki Beach and Eden Roc (still under construction but due to open by year's end). You'll also be within walking distance to the beautiful blue waters of St. Jean Beach.
St. Bart Airport is about a five-minute drive from the resort.
The Bottom Line
A family owned beach hotel—with lovely cottages—at a fantastic price.