Linda visits a French Paradise in the Caribbean
By Linda Lomelino
Welcome to France on the island paradise of St. Barths in the middle of the Caribbean Sea! Passages of Distinction represents a newly built hotel on this island paradise – Le Barthelemy with 46 rooms and two six bedroom villas.
Recently I hosted five travel advisers who specialize in luxury travel who were not disappointed with this introduction to the five star Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa. The most efficient way to arrive on St. Barths is via San Juan which has the most airlift from the U.S. mainland and connecting with multiple airlines to St. Barths.
After checking in, one is overwhelmed with a view of the magnificent blue water that is so very inviting.
The ocean view rooms with high ceilings enhances the room along with the enclosed private terraces which is enclosed by an invisible screen with a view that is mesmerizing. The comforting furnishings are stylish and blend in so well with the outdoor look.
Along with enjoying the beach, Le Barthelemy offers a beautiful infinity pool which overlooks the sea and ends in a small waterfall. At the pool one can enjoy exotic drinks at Le Turquoisea along with a menu featuring an array of snacks and sandwiches from Aux Amis. At Le Spa all one’s senses are restored in a beautiful, soothing Caribbean setting.
The restaurant Aux Amis is perfectly located with a seaside setting and a great selection at breakfast and lunch. At night Aux Amis has a dinner menu that is straight from France with a Caribbean flair. This restaurant is overseen by Michelin chef Guy Martin with a staff that is very knowledgeable with the menu describing, in detail, each item.
Overall Le Barthelemy is a very special hotel on a very special island with a very special, attentive staff.