well really the answer is up to you and what you are looking for in your trip. i think the villa option is excellent and a BIG way to save while visiting St. Barts – especially if you’re traveling with a larger party. for starters, you can stay together in one place & St. Barts has this in mind as the villa rental market makes up half the island’s accommodations. it’s helpful to go in april/may because it’s ‘shoulder season’ so nightly rates are less expensive. if you go in the first half of may, all the shops and restaurants are still open and most of the stores are having 40-50% off sales. not all villas offer full concierge services but many do and this makes the villa option even more appealing. inquire about this if you are looking into villa rentals – it costs nothing extra and was truly invaluable.
now i’ll tell you my villa story…as you can see it’s quite nice. located in petit cul de sac – villa lagon bleu came with the fabulous concierge services of Pierre – the property manager. Pierre was in contact with me through out the year leading up to my visit to St. Barts and gladly answered many a question of mine. he greeted us at the airport upon our arrival & saw us off at our departure like a dear friend. he arranged our rental vehicles, dinner reservations, made shopping recommendations, chair & lunch reservations at the resorts. he brought us local papers with the goings on & fresh croissants every day and made coffee that we awoke to each morning. he hand selected wines at our request and delivered them to our villa. he picked up fresh fish one morning at the fish market. these are the things he did for us…i can only imagine what else Pierre can do – the wonderful man that he is!
i’m not sure i should give all my secrets away as I WILL BE RETURNING…but if you are interested in this villa company their contact information is luxestbarts.com. another notable and recommended villa company with more properties to choose from & similar concierge services is st. barth properties.
why, then, stay in a hotel? some of the reasons might be things like extended room service, on-site restaurants, spa or fitness centers, for example. i doubt there are any shabby hotels on St. Barts but some of the ones i did come across and can recommend would be:
eden rock – iconic, glitzy & glamorous with 32 suites/4 villas- st. jean
hotel carl gustaf – an elegant boutique hotel in the capital with 1/2 bedroom suites – gustavia
hotel guanahani – luxurious, largest & only full-service resort on the island 33 rooms/37 suites *family-friendly – grand cul de sac
le sereno – sleek, ultra hip & stylishly cosmopolitan with 37 rooms/villas – grand cul de sac
le toiny – sophisticated & secluded with 14 one bedroom villas – toiny
st. barth isle de france – sexy & elegant with 9 rooms/3 suites in the main building – flamands beachFollow @loladimarco