The place that offers glamour, exceptional gourmet lifetime experiences and impeccable attention to detail and unparalleled levels of friendly service to the travelling elite. Yes I’m talking about the one and only hotel which is the symbol of immense beauty in itself- The Eden Rock Hotel, Saint Barths. ‘Eden Rock’ Hotel on the Caribbean Island of Saint Barthélemy has been voted the world’s best hotel by the readers of travel magazine ‘Condé Nast Traveller’. California’s ‘Post Ranch Inn’ and Saint Barthélemy’s ‘Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France’ came second and third respectively.
About Eden Rock Hotel
Eden Rock, St Barths is a luxury resort in Saint Barthélemy in the Caribbean, jutting out on a craggy quartzite bluff overlooking the Baie de Saint Jean on the central north coast. Perched atop and alongside a rocky promontory, fringed by a creamy crescent of beach and lapped by a turquoise sea, Eden Rock St Barths is the island’s most dramatically positioned hotel. It’s easily accessible too, being just a 10-minute transfer from the ferry port and moments from St Barts’ miniscule airport – during daylight hours dinky Twin Pistons occasionally loom close, but are an interesting distraction rather than disturbance.
The exclusive property is owned by Pippa Middleton’s new in-laws and is part of the Oetker Collection. The hotel contains 32 rooms and suites and 2 villas. The original rooms are described as being “stuffed with antiques, family heirlooms, silver fixtures, steamer trunks, four-poster beds and watercolours of local scenes”. The beach houses contain one to three bedrooms. The Howard Hughes Suite is above the main building on the rock, and “features hardwood floors, three verandas offering 360-degree panoramas, and two bathrooms uniquely clad in wielded copper. The Rockstar Suite opened in 2010, described as being a “1,486 square metres (16,000 sq ft) stunner with four master suites, a screening room, a fully equipped recording studio, a pool table, a private pool. and a dedicated butler”, costing $130,000 for a weeks stay. The Villa Nina features two bedrooms, and its own pool and art gallery.
St Barts’ first luxury hotel, Eden Rock remains a social hub for the high-society and celebrities that flock here; even the most ordinarily nonchalant clientele will likely feel a frisson of excitement should genuinely big-name guests – DiCaprio, Rihanna, Mariah et al – saunter past at breakfast. For most, being centred in the St Barts ‘scene’ is an intrinsic part of the hotel’s appeal, while others will appreciate the property’s eclectic art collection (on show in bedrooms, the on-site gallery and in common areas), as well as the hotel’s enduringly unpretentious, homely feel. Though managed by Germany’s highly regarded Oetker Collection, Eden Rock is family-owned and incorporates design features and decorative elements (such as a seven-foot-tall, blood-red stiletto by the entrance and old photographs in a bathroom) that suggest personal touches and idiosyncrasies are welcome here.
St Barts is often cited as the gourmet capital of the Caribbean and Eden Rock is undoubtedly one of the best dining destinations on the island. Jutting from the head of the promontory and open-fronted, On The Rocks is the hotel’s enduringly stylish, supremely romantic restaurant. Overseen by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the menu offers exceptional seafood – sake-caramelised black cod with yuzu turnip was particularly delicious – and fine desserts. More casual, beachside Sand Bar draws other hotels’ clientele for excellent seafood and cocktails at lunch, and serves guests an impressive breakfast buffet each morning – try the flaky almond croissants or Nutella donuts. A bar by the entrance, pleasant but small and somewhat superfluous, rounds out the F&B offering.