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St. Barths's only full-service resort is wedged on an isolated peninsula between two beaches, Marigot and Grand Cul de Sac. The fact that the latter—the premiere windsurfing and kiteboarding spot on the island—is reef-protected from the ocean attracts a few families to this glamorous 16-acre retreat. The 68 Easter egg–colored cottages (some with private pools and butlers; all with marble baths stocked with Bulgari and Frédéric Fekkai products), are scattered on a palm-covered bluff. Beach-front units are the most convenient but the least private. The not inconsiderable rates, which start at about $750 in high season, include breakfast and transportation to the airport. The immaculate grounds and lush gardens, which are home to some friendly resort cats, are perfect for a morning power walk before a barefoot lunch at the Beach Bar or poolside at L'Indigo. Open-air Le Bartolomeo restaurant has an island-casual dress code and serves up fine French cuisine for dinner only. A fully equipped gym, two swimming pools, two tennis courts, water sports, and the luxe Clarins Spa make it easy to never leave the property. Updated by Cathay Che
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