Land in a cuckoo on the track lilliputienne the airport Rémy de Haenen is always an emotion. More than a year and a half after Irma, the devastating hurricane of September 6, 2017. Along the coast, the apprehension dissipates. The vegetation was so insolently back to life. Nothing seems to have changed. Then the sedan turns off on a path that was stolen, bordered by exotic species, leading quietly to Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France.

The Following tropical decorated by Jacques Grange. V. Mati

setting foot on land, we experience the same feeling. Feel precious to find a “home” a welcoming and caring that one has always known. The double staircase (enriched bougainvillea) and its entry way cabin opening out on to the sea are still there. But behind the facade, the hotel reserves nice surprises.

Acquired in 2013 by the LVMH group who knew how to masterfully make it a palace (the first outside of metropolitan France), the legendary hotel of the baie des Flamands, placed on one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, reveals a new chapter of its history, told by the three creators of international renown.

Side deco, Jacques Grange has created “a spirit seaside casual”, mixed and happy, with armchairs wicker dressed in ikat, rattan furniture, doors way mashrabiya, jars of Colombia, zelliges, larch wood milled, objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania… A caribbean atmosphere and serene floating in the house and 41 rooms suites and villas (and soon, 20 more with the redemption of the Taïwana neighbor), open on the sea or the tropical vegetation.

A spirit seaside casual, with chairs in wicker, dressed in ikat. Emily Labouérie

The gardens, subtly directed by the landscape star Madison Cox, is based loosely of the paintings of Rousseau. Its partition green and floral is composed of notes of colorful and fragrant. The fruit trees and lush flora, is épanchent with indolence. Butterflies flitter in a choreography that is unceasing.

Next to contemporary art, we looked forward to The Constellation of Pegasus, work mobile created specifically by Jean-Michel Othoniel, famous for its airy creations in glass beads. The sculptor has permeated the mythology of Pegasus, the white horse with wings, to bring a touch of dreams and poetry.

An ode to the art of entertaining

The hotel currently has two restaurants. Has the check Box of The Island, Yann Vinsot serves a cuisine “French Riviera” is more elaborate as gourmet (a term he rejects because it is too overused). He should taste his perfect egg cooked in low temperature with truffle. At the White Bar, the mixologistes invent cocktails, amazing refreshing as the trade winds. There are also stops to sample the dishes light and healthy, on the path of the large swimming pool or the beach.

The hotel is set on the beach of Flamands, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. Stone TILE

A White Horse, the excellence of the service is at the epicentre of the experience. An early morning trek to Colombier – beautiful wildlife site, a yoga session or a meditation on the deserted beach, an outing in kitesurfing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, windsurfing, bodysurfing… a golf course on a nearby island, a sensuous ritual at the Guerlain SPA, a catamaran cruise at sunset…

beyond this infinite number of proposals, you will enjoy the uniqueness of a “home” ensures its guests privacy and friendly atmosphere. A home that cultivates a delicious art of living and receiving.

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France (00.590.590.27.61.81 ; Chevalblanc.com/stbarthisledefrance/fr). From 720 € for the room.

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