Le Sereno is an intimate beachfront hotel set on a long stretch of palm-shaded sandy beach. Most of the rooms here are suites and villas overlooking the stunning Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoon and offering spectacular panoramic ocean views. St. Barths attracts a very affluent and cosmopolitan demographic. In the winter high season, some of the richest people in the world visit on their yachts and dock in Gustavia, yet the island, like the resort, has a barefoot luxury vibe. The interiors of the rooms feature all-natural materials—even the bathroom and shower stalls are made of tropical wood, the sinks of volcanic stone. The decoration embodies the style of designer Christian Liaigre: simple, with rich natural materials and attention to detail. Liaigre made sure the rooms capitalize on the bright turquoise lagoon, the ocean, and the nature outside.
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Le Sereno is located at the eastern end of the island and stretches along nearly 600 feet of beach on Grand Cul-de-Sac—a marine reserve with shallow, turquoise waters. It is protected from the waves by a coral reef and is a popular spot for sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing, since the coral reef closes off the entire bay.
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Rooms: 36 suites. From $570. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Restaurant at Le Sereno is run by celebrated husband and wife restaurateurs Jonas and Alexandra Millan, who are well-known for their St. Barths restaurant Bonito, and Miami’s James Beard Award–winning restaurant Juvia. The menu features a wide selection of dishes, both large and small, that highlight the island’s fresh seafood. Spa and gym details: The Spa at Le Sereno features an outdoor waterfront treatment pavilion. There is a small gym, but most guests prefer to be outdoors taking advantage of the water sports. The pool has underwater music piped in at all times.
Who's it for: Luxury-minded couples looking for a minimum of pretense. Our favorite rooms: The Grand Suite Plage is special because it embodies the contradiction that is St. Barths—luxurious and simple, exclusive but informal and friendly, sophisticated yet relaxing. The room is more than 1,200 square feet, including a private garden right on the lagoon with views of the bay and the Caribbean. Good to know: Le Sereno has a line of luxury travel accessories created in collaboration with British handbag and luxury goods designer Anya Hindmarch. Take home a white canvas tote featuring custom-designed artwork of the island.