A passport to paradise overlooking the magnificent Flamands Bay
The latest boutique retreat from Maison & Hotels Sibuet, Villa Marie St. Barth, is a fabulous blend of classic French elegance and Caribbean colour and character.
Built into a verdant hillside overlooking the spectacular Flamands Bay, the 21 bungalows and villas are typically colonial in style, with deep, shady verandas and airy, whitewashed interiors, but are adorned with an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, ethnic artefacts and rich fabrics. The largest villas feature two bedrooms, a private pool and exceptional sea views, and all are individually decorated.
The lush rainforest-like garden is equally vibrant and colourful: mango trees, cacti and shocking pink bougainvillaea grow around a cool turquoise pool, and canary yellow parasols shade one from the bright blue sky.
While the focus of the restaurant is on sophisticated French fare, the bar celebrates the Caribbean’s favourite exports – rum and cigars – and local botanicals are key ingredients in the signature spa treatments.