boutique hotels with kids – st. barthelemy, caribbean

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st. barths beachThe island of St. Barthelemy (or St. Barths as most prefer) is simply one of the most gorgeous places on earth.  A 15 minute flight, or 45 minute ferry ride from the airport hub of St. Maarten, it is a tranquil oasis of perfect beaches, outstanding food, designer shopping and french Caribbean culture.  While a wonderful place to visit with children, the hotels on this island do not do a great job of marketing to families.  For your convenience I have provided a list of hotels that have accommodation appropriate for people traveling with all ages of children (babies to teenagers). I have stayed at several of these hotels, and each one of these expressed excitement, not horror, when I contacted them regarding a trip with little ones. One word of warning, St. Barths is ridiculously expensive. Once you have experienced it’s perfection, however, you will be clambering to get back.

If hotels are not your cup of tea, rent a house close to St. Jean beach or Lorient beach since both are great for kids (gentle waves, and lots to look at including turtles in the bay). The villa company Wimco is excellent to deal with (I found their representative Ben Werner to be very helpful at  1-800-932-2222)

Finally the website www.sbhonline.com had excellent information on the island.

Without further ado, here are the family hotels:

Legend:

% = percentage of families that would recommend the hotel or resort (from Tripadvisor reviews)

* = the star class for the hotel/resort ( I refuse to list anything under 3*)

$ = $150-$300/night       $$ = $301-$500      $$$ = 501 – $700/night       $$$$ = $701+/night

St. Barthelemy (St. Barths) rating % cost room type # units additional information
The Christopher 4* 89% $$$ suites + sofa 42 incl: breakfast
Hotel Emeraude Plage 3* 100% $$$$ 2 bdrm suite 30 kitchenettes available
Le Sereno 4* 100% $$$$ suite + sofa bed 37 incl: breakfast and transfers
Hotel Eden Rock 5* 100% $$$$ 2 bdrm villa 34 incl: rich and famous guests Relais and Chateaux Property
Hotel Les Ondines Sur La Plage 4* 100% $$$ 1 and 2 bdrm suites 6 Incl: breakfast and transfers kitchenettes available
Hotel Village St. Jean 3* 89% $$$ 1 and 2 bdrm suites 28 kitchenettes available
Les Ilets de la Plage 3* 100% $$$ 1, 2 and 3 bdrm cottages 11 incl: pastries and coffee kitchenettes available
Hotel Baie des Anges 3* 100% $$$ suite + sofa bed 10 kitchenette and cribs available
incl: transfers
Hotel Guanahani and Spa 5* 72% $$$$ 1 & 2 bedroom suites 62 Incl: breakfast and kids club
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