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Eden Rock Hotel, Saint Jean

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
St. Barths, Caribbean
Saint Jean
St. Barths
Tel: 877 563 7105 (toll free)
Tel: 590 590 29 79 99's insider take:

If you want to feel like you're rolling into the hottest spot on St. Barths, look no further. From humble beginnings as a small bar atop a rocky outcropping, Eden Rock has been transformed into an absolutely fabulous resort (literally, there are Patsy and Edina look-alikes everywhere). The main building and its two restaurants are located on the namesake hill in the center of the island's prettiest beach, and the accommodations are a collection of suites, houses, and villas. Some face the sea, others are set back in the gardens, and no two are alike. Longtime guests may complain that Eden Rock keeps expanding: 15 cottages, coined the Heavenly Beach Houses, opened in 2005, and in 2009, the hotel added two estates: Villa Nina (with an in-house art gallery) and Villa Rockstar (with a recording studio that includes the console John Lennon used to record "Imagine"). The newer rooms have more contemporary decor than the Hollywood Regency–era accommodations in the original house on "the Rock" (such as the Greta Garbo or Howard Hughes suites, where both icons once stayed). Privacy levels vary wildly, but honestly, Eden Rock is where you stay when you want to see and be seen on St. Barths. A short walk down the sand will bring you to island nightspots such as Nikki Beach and La Plage, but Eden Rock's own informal Sand Bar and dinner-only On the Rocks restaurant, which serve haute California-meets-Paris beach cuisine, bring the scene to you.—Updated by Cathay Che

Closed September through mid-October.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 90.9
  • Design: 89.6
  • Food: 88.6
  • Location: 95.6
  • Rooms: 91.2
  • Service: 89.7
On a rocky promontory, this husband-and-wife-owned property has rooms decorated with antiques, hardwoods, and original artwork, some by the owner. "They are bright and fit the location perfectly." On the Rocks uses local fish in its French-influenced dishes such as wok-fried fillet of mahimahi; try the homemade yogurt for breakfast at Sand Bar.

(34 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Water sports

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