st. barth: cheval blanc st.-barth isle de france opening

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luxury conglomerate lvmh knows a thing or two about the good life. after having established a large presence in fashion and other high-end consumer goods, it's now gradually expanding a portfolio of highly exclusive resorts. after opening swanky properties in the maldives and courchevel, lvmh acquired the luxurious hôtel st.-barth isle de france on the sun-drenched caribbean island of st. barth, and is implementing a phased number of enhancements that'll further increase the extraordinary appeal. now officially known as the cheval blanc st.-barth isle de france, the resort is located smack on baie des flamands, considered by seasoned jetsetters as the most beautiful stretch of beach on the island.

the setting is lush and intimate, and features just 40 luxurious pads, ranging from beach rooms with sweeping ocean views, and hillside bugalows set amidst lush tropical greens, to the stately flamands villas right on the beach, all offer an ultimate kind of comfort and a variety of amenities that ensure a memorable stay. the facilities of cheval blanc st.-barth isle de france are unsurprisingly equally alluring as they are abundant. a stay in paradise wouldn't be complete without proper food and drink, and well, there's a fine range of venues to choose from that'll stun even the pickiest of refined palates.

two bars, one by the pool and another one situated right on the beach, readily provide a selection of refreshing cocktails and other beverages. la cabane de l'isle is a lunch spot situated in a beach-front cabana, and is the perfect setting for a relaxed feet-in-the-sand bite. in the evening, it morphs into a venue for private parties, organized in collab with the hotel alchemists. la case de l'isle is a signature restaurant, and another one of chef yann vinsot's domains. from breakfast to dinner, this al-fresco establishment serves refined locally-inspired french dishes and matches these with no less than 150 french wines and bubbly.

but that's not all, folks. additional culinary options include a picknick on the beach, an in-room carte blanche dinner, or any food-related event you can think of. a recent addition to the resort is the luxurious cheval blanc spa. set in idyllic tropical gardens, the spa features four treatment rooms [and a double treatment room to follow soon], a hammam and an outdoor relaxation pavilion. the spa offers an exclusive menu massages, facials and body treatments, all specially created by renowned cosmetics house guerlain that's unique to the caribbean. a brand new fitness centre, offering personal training sessions and the latest technogym equipment, will open later this year.

and while the hotel's savvy alchemist are able to fulfill any bespoke event, they truly aim to make the most of your visit its and have therefore concocted a new first class outing on the experience list. called big blue escape, guest set sail aboard a yacht to explore st. barth's most beautiful bays. as you might have guessed, this isn't just like any field trip. it comes with a dedicated butler and little surprises, such as a complimentary beach bag with panama hats, matching fans, sun lotions and other treats. fresh lobster is served for lunch, and there'll be plenty of time to cavort around deck or work on that tan, before indulging in a guerlain spa treatment onboard and farewell cocktails at sunset. location: baie des flamands [st. barth].

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