It blends the Gallic glitz factor of St.-Tropez with the nonchalance-par-excellence of the Caribbean lifestyle. Rock royalty, actual royalty and captains of industry have been drawn there for decades, by its unique juxtaposition of white-sand beaches and haute luxury offerings (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Chopard and Bulgari are among the names you’ll see dotted along the main town Gustavia’s major thoroughfares).
Now, a jewel in St Barths’ luxury hospitality crown is back, following an extensive rebuild after Hurricane Irma, with a fresher, breezier new look to all guest rooms and a set of new waterfront suites; an open-air ‘toes-in-the-sand’ restaurant with panoramic views of the Grand Cul-de-Sa (the hotel is found one-and-a-quarter miles from Morne du Vitet peak and five miles from downtown Gustavia); an expanded spa with improved fitness offerings, exquisite treatments and carefully curated Valmont products and treatments; and new shopping boutique packed with choice products from French and Italian designers.
With the mercury set to refuse to go northwards for the next two months at least here in Britain, this is a place that calls – if your schedule allows it – for a spontaneous flight West.
From £600 approx per night. www.serenohotels.com/en/property/le-sereno