St. Barthélemy, lovingly known as St. Barths, has long been one of the most exclusive retreats in the French Caribbean. With its crystal waters and white sand beaches, the French-speaking oasis abounds with engaging outdoor activities, designer shopping and high-end restaurants. Moreover, St. Barths has long been a favorite of the well-heeled and Hollywood celebrities. And, while vacationing on the tropical isle, they stayed at Eden Rock St. Barths. (Image Credit: Oetker Collection)
St. Barths and Oetker
The Oetker name is synonymous with luxury. As such, it’s not surprising leading travel magazines rank Eden Rock as the best hotel on the island. The resort holds a notable spot in the island’s history. In the 1930’s, Rémy de Haenen, a sailor and skilled businessman, discovered St. Barths. Nearly two decades later, he established Eden Rock on a promontory in St. Jean Bay.
Since its inception, this boutique luxury hotel has catered to the world’s rich and famous. Many old Hollywood stars were frequent guests. Legend has it, Greta Garbo once planned to vacation at Eden Rock for three days but stayed for three weeks. Business magnate Howard Hughes was a frequent resident. Even Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, counts amongst notable guests.
And when Oetker became linked with this tropical escape, it became even more luxurious. From working with artists, both local and internationally known, to using the very best luxury brand products, each and every facet of Eden Rock is lavish and unforgettable.
Indeed, in 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean taking Eden Rock St. Barths as one of her casualties. However, following extensive renovations, the luxury boutique hotel is back and better than ever!
With fewer than 40 on-site rooms, suites and villas, guests are virtually guaranteed an exclusive holiday. And as Eden Rock St. Barths caters to the rich and famous, it’s no surprise to learn many of their guest accommodations hold a unique history. As such, a handful of the rooms and suites in the collection pay homage to these guests of honor. One such guest quarter, the Howard Hughes Suite sits atop the main building. Home to the reclusive magnate during his stays on the island, the suite offers two bedrooms each with private ensuites. Throughout, rich woods, an abundance of wood, and an assortment of special touches nod to Hughes’ interest in flight. Moreover, three terraces provide 360º views of St. Jeans and the bay.
Eden Rock also has three luxe villas right on the hotel grounds. If you want accommodations with a bit more space and a bit more decadence, look no further than Villa Rockstar. Routinely named one of the world’s Top 3 Greatest Beach Houses, this villa truly lacks for nothing! It more than earns its reputation as a $200 million yacht on land. Situated right on the beach but tucked behind a nearly 10 foot wall, Villa Rockstar is secure and private. Six bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and lively entertaining area make up the 16,000 square feet of living space. This one-of-a-kind beach house has to be seen to be believed. But rest assured, luxury abounds!
Elegant Off-Site Villas
For guests seeking more privacy during a St. Barths stay, Oetker and Eden Rock have you covered. In addition to rooms and suites at the hotel itself, Eden Rock also has a collection of luxury villas dotted around the island. Guests desiring a more independent experience have the opportunity to rent an unforgettable private villa while accessing the fantastic amenities at the hotel proper. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Guests staying in a villa have access to the hotel’s 24/7 concierge service. Each day, both breakfast and a newspaper is delivered. Daily maid service maintains the villa. And a personal butler and chef are available upon request. Moreover, each of these stunning properties boast exquisite sea views and are within 15 minutes of St. Jean Bay.
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One of the favorite villas for families traveling together is Palmier Royal. Capable of sleeping 26, the 13 bedrooms each have en suites. The spacious gourmet kitchen easily accommodates the needs of a large gathering, as does the outdoor space. Moreover, the jacuzzi, garden, fitness room and two heated pools more than provide ample opportunities to enjoy a vacation.
And for a more intimate tropical holiday, Eden Rock has a handful of villas perfect for a romantic escape. Villa Sheherazade accommodates only two guests. With its Middle East decor, infinity pool and retracting glass walls, this private sanctuary lives up to its exotic name.
Dining at Eden Rock
World-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten spearheads the cuisine served at Eden Rock’s restaurant and bars. Every detail, from dish creation and plating, has benefitted from his long career working in Michelin-starred restaurants. As such, prepare for some sumptuous dishes!
Sand Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the atmosphere is casual, thanks to the beach location, the cuisine is decidedly elevated. And, of course, with the waters of the Caribbean just steps away, much of the menu features the freshest seafood. However, landlubbers, vegetarians and vegans will not lack for options. Moreover, the five-star buffet has something for everyone.
For light fare and luscious cocktails, both Rémy Bar and Beach Bar will not disappoint. Named for the man who discovered St. Barths and founded Eden Rock, the former is the newest addition to the luxury hotel with its British Colonial decor and vibe. And Beach Bar surely captures the island lifestyle. What could beat a tropical cocktail on the shores of the Caribbean?
Tending to Wellness
The spa at this five-star hotel will handily tend to all of your wellness needs. With a yacht-themed ambiance, guests will never forget they are just seconds from the waters of the Caribbean. Services include facials, body treatments, massage and beauty treatments. Moreover, many of the spa experiences have been tailored to the specific needs of vacationers, whether it be to alleviate the negative effects of travel, heal after days in the sun or to simply relax. Using luxe products, including Ligne St. Barths, Esthederm and HydraFacial, every spa treatment will have you feeling pampered.
Beyond spa services, guests can also indulge in a variety of activities designed to fit their wellness needs. Relax with yoga or meditation. Get closer to nature on a hike. Or try your hand at stand-up paddleboard yoga. Moreover, each of these experiences are conducted by private session, meaning trainers can devote individualized attention to each guest. Eden Rock St. Barths even offers yoga and meditation for children!
Leave the stress of the every day with a vacation to iconic St. Barths. And there is no better way to experience the luxury of this exclusive island than with Oetker’s Eden Rock St. Barths.