A stylish new edition to St Barths in the French Caribbean, Villa Marie opened in December 2016 and is located above Flamands Bay. The first hotel to open outside of mainland France by luxury French label Maisons & Hotels Sibuet, it has the same authentic, characterful feel that Sibuet properties are renowned for. The LuxPad finds out more…
Consisting of 21 bungalows and two villas, this charming property exudes laidback luxury with its tropical-inspired design. Effortlessly combining elements of Caribbean Indian flair, British colonialism and French art de vivre, its eclectic interiors instil a strong sense of place and it offers unrivalled views over the island and the uncrowded Flamands beach.
The 21 individually designed rooms take inspiration from Indonesia, North Africa and Spain with their vibrant touches of turquoise, bougainvillea pink and canary yellow. In keeping with the tropical surroundings, the rooms are relaxed in design and enhanced by objets d’art and other materials including seashells, pink corals, pearl inlays, bleached wood, hand woven cordage and bamboo. Furnished with custom made pieces and large canopy beds, each room includes spacious living areas that lead out to a veranda with a private terrace.
The mahogany coffee tables and chairs in Villa Marie’s sumptuous library combine with ornaments from Indonesia, woven carpets in cotton and silk from Tunisia, and antiques from the South of France. The hotel also boasts a wine cellar, boutique, rum bar and fumoir with an extensive selection of fine cigars.
The property was formerly called the Hotel Francois Plantation and was known as one of the island’s most famous culinary hotspots – a tradition that the Sibuet family is developing once again with the new restaurant named after the former hotel. Designed in colonial style, with mahogany and teak tables and chairs, the design is offset with modern and colourful cuisine, served on dishes made exclusively for Villa Marie by the French artisanal ceramics designer Maisons Jars.
Offering French, Mediterranean and Caribbean influenced cuisine; the menu pays tribute to Sibuet’s properties in the South of France and features such dishes as fresh salads, seafood, bouillabaisse and sole Meuniere. For guests looking to learn more about the island’s local cuisine, Villa Marie offer cooking classes with its expert chefs.
An unspoilt paradise covering only eight square miles, St Barths has a proud history and distinctive French charm. The hotel is accessible by international flights to St Maarten or Antigua, then by shuttle plane, St Barth Commuter or boat transfer from St Maarten to St Barths. For more information and to view rates visit the Villa Marie website.