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Eden Rock Hotel

Address: Baie de St-Jean

Neighborhood:

City: St-Jean

Phone: 800-735-2478

Website: www.relaischateaux.com/edenrock

Expert Review

The island's first real hotel - and one of its best - straddles the eponymous promontory that cleaves St-Jean beach, and has been beautifully reinvigorated by Brits David and Jane Matthews. They purchased the property from Remy de Haenen (the first mayor of St. Barts) in 1995 ntastic - and super-trendy - restaurantand have since expanded The island's first real hotel - and one of its best - straddles the eponymous promontory that cleaves St-Jean beach, and has been beautifully reinvigorated by Brits David and Jane Matthews. They purchased the property from Remy de Haenen (the first mayor of St. Barts) in 1995 and have since expanded the original house and bar into a collection of villas, suites, and cottages. All range in size and style (Jane Matthews pilots the resort's interior design), from quaint cottage rooms to sleek beachfront suites. Some of our favorite units, although, are those that pay homage to the rock's famous former guests like de Haenen's celebrity pals Howard Hughes, Greta Garbo, and Robert Mitchum. Standout suite Howard Hughes reflects the aviator's persona with curvy, aeronautical walls and killer panoramic views, not to mention three private balconies. Suite Greta Garbo pushes Deco glam to the max; both are located in what once were their original guest quarters. In late 2009, Eden Rock debuted its Villa Rockstar, a tricked-out 4-bedroom villa with its own pool and recording studio designed by Allen Sides, and featuring a vintage console favored by John Lennon (he used it to record "Imagine"). There are two fantastic – and super-trendy – restaurants, the Sands Bar (the mahi mahi with bacon is divine) and On the Rocks (try the mushroom ravioli and the veal fillet), helmed by Chef Jean-Claude Dufour. Plus, check out the onsite art gallery which has exhibited works from American artists Richard Prince and Will Cotton.

Tags: luxury | expensive | beachfront | trendy | celebrity hangout

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