Monday, May 15, 2017

Hotel Le Toiny: a little slice of high-priced paradise on beauteous St. Barths


Ooh la la Le Toiny
By Patti Pietschmann


One of my favorite island getaways, St. Barths in the French West Indies, is also home of a precious little gem of a hotel Le Toiny where the rich and/or famous flock for fun in the sun and relaxation (along with other discerning travelers who can afford the tab). Vacationing in St. Barths doesn't come cheap but you do get value for your buck (or euro) like joie de vivre, balmy air,warm crystal clear waters, some of the best cuisine in the islands and plutocratic playground/hideaways such as Hotel Le Toiny--possiby the most iconic 25-year-old hotel in St. Barth. 

And for the start of the island's high season December 15, 2017 there will be eight new villas for your vacation pleasure that will  include four one-story One Bedroom Villas, three two-story One Bedroom Villas (the hotel’s first-ever two-story offerings), and one two-story Two-Bedroom King Villa. True to Hotel Le Toiny’s signature style, all of the new accommodations will be fully secluded and freestanding, with private infinity pools and terraces overlooking the Caribbean Sea.


Each one-bedroom villa includes a spacious master bedroom with en suite bath featuring a soaking tub, shower and double vanity, as well as a separate sitting area, kitchenette and large terrace with private infinity pool. The two-story villas will feature these same elements, with the sitting area and kitchenette on the first floor and two master suites on the upper level, offering incredible views from private open-air balconies.

The new villas’ design will keep with the hotel’s refreshed aesthetic – bright whites, creamy neutrals, ocean-inspired accents and strategic pops of color to highlight ocean views and lush island surroundings. Luxury textiles and Bamford amenities will round out the experience.

The hotel’s new one-bedroom villas will sleep up to three guests with 1,184 – 1,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. The two-story Two Bedroom King Villa will sleep up to six with more than 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. 

Rates at Hotel Le Toiny will start from $1,379 per night when the hotel reopens in November after its annual closing season.  For additional information visit www.letoiny.com
 
A little back story
Since my last visit a couple of years ago  Le Toiny showcases 14 recently-renovated and completely private standalone Villa Suites (in addition to the eight that open in December). The boutique retreat, which is about a 20 minute drive from Gustavia, is set on 42 secluded acres on St. Barth’s undeveloped Côte Sauvage.
 Villa Suites come with views, spacious accommodations outfitted with luxurious textiles,  kitchenettes, large terraces and private heated swimming pools. 

There is a lovely pen-air restaurant that serves some mighty fine food, a Serenity Spa Cottage, fitness center and the newly added tres casual chic Toiny Beach Club.  

Tips: pack lots of sunscreen, insect repellent (which is always a good idea whenever you go to the islands), bikinis, fashionable frocks, and a good attitude. Do take a ride over to Shell Beach (just outside the heart of Gustavia).

Also be sure to check out some of the other fine dining venues on the island.