Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
Truth be told, Isle de France was our favorite St. Barts resort long before Cheval Blanc came into the picture. The breezy hotel on Flamands Bay always had just the right amount of island je ne sais quoi, with plenty of French flair—but not so much we forgot we were in the Caribbean. The takeover by LVMH’s hotel brand in 2014 brought better name recognition, but in many ways, this month’s reopening is the real relaunch we’ve been waiting for. More than a mere upgrade, the yearlong renovation has added 19 new rooms and re-envisioned all the interiors under the eye of France’s master of hospitality design, Jacques Grange. The new look also embraces the things we loved most about the old
Isle de France: expanded gardens for more privacy in our bungalows, new restaurants with Mediterraneaninspired menus, and a wide crescent of beach that’s been fully restored after a brush with Hurricane Irma.