Before Hurricane Irma hit the glamorous island of St. Barts, the Manapany Hotel closed its doors to prepare for a refresh. Today, the hotel has reopened sporting freshly remodeled, eco-chic interiors, while its amenities and environs are as attractive as ever. Here's what to expect from your stay at this newly revamped jewel.
Budget Level: Upscale ($200+/night)
Lodging Type: Boutique (36 rooms and 8 suites)
What You Need to Know
Situated in Anse des Cayes, the property was acquired by French hospitality group B Signature in late 2016. The result is a stylish luxury resort that perfectly marries a relaxed atmosphere with upscale aesthetics and service. It's the reason one travels to the island, after all. Interior designer François Champsaur dressed the free-standing bungalow-style rooms with contemporary French design and Caribbean flourishes. Think light wood with pops of deep blue and bright yellow. There are gauze-draped canopy beds, rattan furnishings, and a sundeck with views of the Caribbean Sea.
The hotel beckons to the hip and well-to-do. We saw families, couples, and incredibly chic friend groups mill about; Mara Hoffman swimwear and Trina Turk tunics would not feel out of place. Guests sipped cocktails by the Insta-famous pool or gathered around the bar. The whole mantra here is "toes in the sand," and while the hotel provides flip-flops, there's an unspoken predilection for bare feet that persist from breakfast through dessert.
Who Will Love It
Anyone who values a beachfront location and eco-friendly measures will appreciate Manapany.
Who Might Not
While children are allowed, kids may become bored in the adult-focused environment.
The spa pool, in a what-feels-secret location behind the restaurant. Guests aren't required to book a treatment to use the calm, ocean-facing and adults-only swimming pool. A huge bonus: Private yoga and pilates classes are taught on the spa sundeck and are complimentary for guests.
Rates include wifi, breakfast in the restaurant, a guaranteed sun bed on the beach or at the pool, fitness classes, and WIP airport transfers in the hotel's electric car.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
Spa treatments and taxes are extra.
How to Get a Deal
Visit in the off-season (mid-April through mid-December) where rates drop by about 25 percent. Otherwise, keep an eye out for online sales. Currently, the property offers 15 percent off a stay booked one month in advance and a "stay three days and get the fourth free" deal.
In the Neighborhood
The hotel feels secluded but there's a small market within walking distance (ideal for grabbing a loaf of French bread and fresh cheese), and there's a simple restaurant down the road for an inexpensive lunch. The town of Gustavia is a short drive and guests can take advantage of the hotel's fleet of electric cars.
St. Barts Airport is a five-minute drive from the resort.
The Bottom Line
An eco-chic beach hotel—that certainly doesn't skimp on luxury—on one of the Caribbean's most stunning islands.