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.


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