Le Village’s one- and two-story cottages are designed for carefree indoor/outdoor living with large covered terraces that function as all-in-one living rooms, dining rooms and sundecks, with air conditioning serving merely as a backup to the steady trade winds. Of the 25 rooms and suites housed in the cottages a few are located across that narrow back-road and the four least-expensive rooms occupy an annex at the entrance to the hotel.
Almost all of them offer sweeping views of the lagoon-like bay or the adjoining Petite Baie de St. Jean.
The rooms and suites are individually designed and decorated, with a palette of playful colors (les couleurs Charneau, as they have been called) that take their inspiration from the tropical plantings and the sea beyond the windows.
They come in 3 categories Standard, Tradition, Superior, featuring amenities that satisfy a wide range of budgets and personal tastes, from vacationers looking for
economy to families and extended families, to honeymooners and wedding parties, to those with an eye for exceptional value-priced luxury.
For generations of first-time visitors to St. Barthélemy, the four Standard Hotel Rooms at Le Village have been an affordable, entry-level introduction to the magic of the island. Recently enhanced, these ingeniously furnished rooms now have stylish, functional Italian furniture including combo desk/Murphy bed units, Nespresso coffee machines, Italian-tiled bathrooms.
Incredibly for this island of A-list visitors, the nightly rates for these rooms begin at less than 180€ double in summer. Fodor’s Guides have described these four rooms as “among the best values on the island.”
At the high end of the scale, La Case is a dainty, self-contained cottage in the style of a traditional St. Barth home (or case) with cedar-shingled roof and gingerbread trim. With its picket-fenced garden, patio Jacuzzi and secluded location on the uppermost terrace of the hotel it may be the island’s snuggest, cuddliest lovers’ nest for under 420€ a night in summer.
The new Superior Jacuzzi Suite features an alfresco hot tub with both air and hydro jets, a bedroom with glass doors that allow guests to stargaze while nestled between the sheets, and a parlor bathroom with rain-shower and indoor garden.
Services & Amenities
Concierge services (newspapers, rental cars, babysitting, diving, boat excursion, etc.),
Traveling Library (“borrow one, leave one”)
Beach gear -- towels, umbrellas, beach chairs & coolers
BBQ equipment for use on patios or terraces
Self-service fridge with chilled drinks
Changing Parlour for guests with late flight departures
Breakfast Lounge with sofas and terrasse (Please note:the hotel serves only breakfast but for other meals the staff will direct you to dozens of restaurants, in all price brackets, and to local supermarkets and stores to stock in-suite kitchens)
Guests come to LeVillage for relaxation rather than excitement. The Infinity Pool, once the hotel’s main cistern for storing rainwater, is now the glamorous centerpiece of LeVillage, all blue mosaic tiles, large enough for laps and overflowing into a water cascade that tumbles and chuckles down a sculptured stone wall. In the evening, underwater lighting transforms the blue mosaic tiles into a shimmering invitation to midnight dips or stargazing.
The adjoining Well-Being Center, a recent innovation, is two stories of sheer serenity, crafted from Ipe hardwoods and tinted glass then gift-wrapped in the whites and reds of oleander and hibiscus. The lower floor is given over to a stylish, low-key Massage Suite with hardwood louvers and antique Balinese stone washbasins and offering a menu of nine Classic and Asian treatments, from deep tissue to spiritual Japanese reiki.
The upper floor is an Exercise Suite with a treadmill, elliptical exerciser, stationary bike and weights station. There are no TV monitors but guests don’t seem to mind exchanging commercials and news alerts for the panoramic views beyond the three-sided, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Other diversions include traditional boccie (or, if you prefer, petanque or boules); complimentary beach gear (towels, sun umbrellas, folding chairs and coolers), available at Reception, where people who enjoy a good read in the sun will also find a travelers’ library (“borrow one, leave one”), in a range of languages, that reflect the cosmopolitan character of their fellow guests.
For many guests, the gardens themselves are a diversion, fragrant, relaxing, all aflutter with hummingbirds and sugarbirds. The first things guests notice are the colourful floral splashes that line the pathways and drape the balconies and pergolas but look closely and here and there along the pathways engrossing sculptures – and, for some guests, an oasis of meditation. Many of our trees and shrubs are native to the tropics – gaiac, coubaril, lemongrass, fern, bamboo and one imposing hundred-year-old West Indian locust tree – and there are even a few handy lime trees that guests often pluck to add a zesty accent to their sundown rum drinks.