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Hotel review: Le Toiny St. Barths a heavenly hideaway for celebs and jet-setters

French island living at its finest at Hotel Le Toiny
French island living at its finest at Hotel Le Toiny
Richard Pietschmann

Le Toiny St. Barths

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Everything about Hotel Le Toiny on St. Barth appears as perfect as it gets. Talk about attention to details. The property is spotless; every piece of furniture, bed and bath linen, artifact and appointment is top-notch and reflective of this typically French island. It’s no wonder that celebrities flock there for privacy and sun-drenched rest and recreation.

Our canopy bed engulfed us
Richard Pietschmann

We spent a day at the hotel recently in a room with a hypnotic view of the sea and the island of St. Martin. Our canopied bed was so comfortable that it engulfed us. The bathroom was spotless and fitted with an inviting soaking tub, shower, bidet, two sinks, sumptuous robes, slippers and upscale L’Occitane amenities. There was also a never watched big flat-screen TV and a large balcony with private pool and chaises. It was a heavenly paradise.

St. Barths rules as the ultimate French West Indies’ playground for the rich and famous, where multi-million dollar yachts and sailboats ply the waters and blinding white sand beaches are framed by azure-colored seas and verdant hillsides. Everything about the island screams expensive from restaurant and shops to exclusive lodgings like Le Toiny which houses just 15 stylish villa suites on 38-acres of ocean-front land on the southeastern end of the island. All accommodations face the ocean and sport luxurious touches. Each comes with a kitchenette, terrace, and private pool.

While most guests hole up in their suites, for those who can wrest themselves away there’s a fitness center and spa at the Serenity Spa Cottage and access to a rather rugged beach where the sunning is easy but swimming somewhat challenging.

In keeping with the food-flavored French island the resort’s restaurant Le Gaïac is also as good as it gets with innovative French cuisine laced with a Creole accent. We were there for Wednesday fresh seafood night and were treated to a divine meal of locally-caught fish, fresh vegetables, luscious desserts and fine wine. We agreed that this is easily the best dining option in St. Barts. Lunch was equally as appetizing. You can also dine privately in your suite, and/or take a picnic to the beach. Dress is casual chic. In the evening women will feel comfy in flouncy frocks or attractive pants and tops. Men should opt for slacks and a nice shirt, some guys do don sports coats but they are not required.

The hotel offers free WiFi and car service to and from the airport. Speaking of the airport, if you have a queasy stomach you may consider flying into St. Martin and taking the 30-minute ferry ride over since landing at the tiny little facility is quite the hair raiser and there have been an incident or two recently. In order to make the short runway the pilot has to go straight down and let me tell you folks, it’s scary (for most of us anyway).

About Hôtel Le Toiny

A popular globe-trotter hideaway since 1992, each, pastel-hued Villa Suites reflects the island’s famed French Colonial style and comes appointed with luxurious textiles, a kitchenette, large terrace and private heated swimming pool. Rates range from $1,000 a day and up. Hôtel Le Toiny is affiliated with Relais & Chateaux, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. Go to www.letoiny.com for more information and current rates.

The city of Gustavia, about a half-hour’s drive from Le Toiny is a must visit (again it will be hard to leave the hotel), but you will be glad you did if only to sample the restaurants, shop at the cute boutiques or watch the yachts people who tie up to go to shore and stock up on supplies.