A Calming St. Barths Retreat That Feels Like Its Own Private Island

Where do you escape for peace and quiet on an eight-square-mile Caribbean island? On the tony French-speaking island of St. Barths, it’s Hotel Le Toiny. This 22-room, all-suite suite hotel is perched above Anse de Toiny on the island’s southeastern coast—a quieter enclave than the lively capital Gustavia and St. Jean. Unlike the glitzier hotels with DJ beats pumping through the air or restaurants with rosé jeroboams bouncing through the air, Le Toiny is like taking a deep breath.

Part of Relais & Châteaux, Le Toiny’s design has a breezy island vibe with a cream-and-white-hued lobby with, mother-of-pearl and petrified wood design details, that frame the blue ocean. Its rooms are elegant and contemporary with clean lines and soft white linen couches and chairs, ample balcony space, private pools, and crisp all-white bathrooms. 

While there are varying room categories, each is a suite—some duplex suites—with ocean-facing views. Le Toiny’s suites are ensconced by lush native trees and flowers and weave through the wild hillside landscape. Pops of color permeate the rooms and bar through pink cushioned seating.  The resort is quite spread out and ideal for the active set who don’t mind brief walks, but there are always shuttles on hand to bring you from your suite to the main building, which includes the lobby, Le Toiny Restaurant, a bar, lounge space, and one of two pools.

There’s also the Beach Club, the hotel’s second restaurant, an upscale boutique, a second pool, and a lengthy beach that can be accessed from a custom Le Toiny-branded vintage Land Cruiser. A driver brings you from the top of the hill via a winding, ocean pathway with wider views of this side of the island’s coast (and the nearby private homes) and to the beach. Anse de Toiny is known for its strong current but great surfing, and it’s one of the island’s most picturesque and quiet beaches—you might even feel as though you’re on a private island. The beach is also where guests will find the Serenity Cottage, a historic stone house built by some of St. Barths’ earliest residents. Guests can enjoy massages here or in the comfort of their spacious rooms. For the more adventure-minded, the newly opened Surf Shack is the spot to rent surfboards or request lessons from an on-staff guide. 

The hotel’s concierge can also arrange guided tours, hiking, tennis, diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, jet ski and Seabobs, windsurfing and kite surfing, yacht charters, private photographers, and more.

Top Takeaways:

Location: St. Barths

Rating: Five-star

The Vibe: A breezy and calming coastal chic hotel for those seeking a quieter, more intimate respite away from the island’s parties.

Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: Le Toiny thrives on its bespoke branding, from illustrated tote bags to chic water bottles and the vintage Land Cruisers that transport guests to and from the Beach Club. It makes you feel in your own little picture-perfect world. We also love the privacy and seclusion the resort offers; island life is always quite relaxing, but there’s something about feeling more off-grid here that is enticing for tranquility-seeking travelers.

Food + Drink: There are two restaurants: Le Toiny Restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner, and the Beach Club, a toes-in-the-sand restaurant open for lunch and cocktails. The main restaurant, just off the lobby, serves elevated European cuisine, while the Beach Club has a rotating menu of fresh seafood, grilled meats, and healthy bites to enjoy as you sit under the shady swaying palm trees. There’s also a bar just off the lobby, perfect for a pre-dinner drink.

Amenities: While there’s no full-service spa, Le Toiny has a Serenity Cottage, a historic stone home with massage beds and the option to take massages in your room. There’s also a Surf Shack with several water sports options, a boutique, two lovely pools, and lush gardens. The Beach Club fronts a beach, so you can hop from the pool to the ocean and back at your leisure.

What’s Nearby?: There are several hikes nearby, as well as a newly paved sidewalk along the ocean accessible from steps outside the property. The main town, Gustavia, home to luxury boutiques, the marina, and restaurants, is just 10 minutes away, and the second-largest area, St. Jean, is around five minutes from the hotel. While the drives are relatively short, the benefit of Le Toiny lies in its seclusion.

Rooms: 22

Pricing: Rates start at $1,045/night.

Closest Airport: Rémy de Haenen Airport (SBH), which requires a brief commute commonly from St. Maarten (SXM) or San Juan Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico.

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