St Barths: Beyond the Beach

What lies beyond the beach on St Barths? How about immersive cultural attractions, world-class restaurants, and more. When you need a break from the sun, surf, and sand, head inland and beyond the beach for some of St Barth’s exciting cultural, wellness, and entertainment options. St Barth’s has plenty of fantastic shopping, colonial buildings, spas, yachts, and countryside to explore; beyond the wonderful beaches.

Fort Gustave is a great place to view the distinctive red rooftops, blue water, and boat traffic of Gustavia Harbor. In this scenic harbor fishing boats mingle among luxury yachts and sailboats. The fort was built in 1787 when the island was under Swedish control and named for King Gustav III of Sweden. Gustavia remains the capital of St. Barths and the main port on the island. Here you can also see the remains of stone ramparts, cannons, and a powder house. The Gustavia Lighthouse was built in 1961 and is still actively guiding sailors!
Anse de Toiny, Toiny 97133, St Barthélemy
Set on 38 acres at Anse de Toiny, the architecture at Hôtel Le Toiny is heavily influenced by the old plantation houses of the French Caribbean, fitting naturally into a tropical hillside setting. Each suite at the resort has a private pool lined with lava stone and a private terrace with beige Turkish travertine. All villas have been designed to catch as much natural light as possible, and maximum sea views and privacy are standard. Spacious living areas flow directly into the bedroom, which in turn leads to a large, well-appointed bathroom. Each villa includes beach chairs and umbrellas. Elegant touches include four-poster canopy beds, soft linens, French colonial teak wood furnishings, and rich fabrics in toile and stripes reflecting the colors of the Caribbean.

Following renovations made necessary by Hurricane Irma, the hotel now features eight freestanding villas as well as a much-anticipated beach club, an expanded oyster bar, and updated public spaces. Additionally, Michelin-starred chef Jarad McCarroll has joined Toiny Restaurant.
D209, 97133, St Barthélemy
Le Guanahani suffered major damage during Hurricane Irma and plans to reopen in late 2019.

Le Guanahani sits on an 18-acre peninsula on the northeastern tip of St. Barths between Marigot Bay and Grand Cul-de-Sac Bay. A recent $40 million property-wide upgrade features the work of Venezuelan designer Luis Pons, with decorative accents suggesting French and Creole influences. The resort has a private and residential feel.

Guests stay in luxurious cottages, many with private pools. Cottages are decorated in a timeless explorer style and blend seamlessly with the surrounding tropical landscape of hibiscus and coconut trees. The look is fresh, the atmosphere is private, and the interiors carry the landscape into the rooms. Colors reflect the rainbow of shades found in an island sunset. Sliding-glass doors and walls open completely to the balmy Caribbean breezes, so guests can fall asleep to the smell of salt air and crashing ocean waves.
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