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Le Village St Barts Hotel is located in a breeze-cooled hillside, La Colline de St.Jean, on a narrow back-road leading from La Baie de St Jean, the largest and most photogenic bay on St Barts island. St. Jean Beach is just a 3- to 5-minute walk down the hill; the adjoining village of St.Jean, with a convenient array of stylish boutiques, restaurants and bars, is a lively people-watching venue for both visitors and islanders. This is one of the features that regular guests prize: they don’t have to bother with cars and parking (lucky break: since the village is small and picturesque, parking space is limited) and everything they need is right there – beach, water sports, cafes, restaurants and boutiques – and St Barts airport just few minutes way. St.Jean’s Bay is now the place on St Barts for resort-style buzz and authentic French joie de vivre. Likewise, for guests who want to tour the island, the charming, red-roofed capital, Gustavia, is just 10 minutes away by car and the remotest beaches are no more than a 30-minute drive away.
The hotel has been welcoming guest since 1969, when it was known as the Village St.Jean Hotel. It was conceived, designed and built in a chic Caribbean style by Andre Charneau and his family; today, it is still owned, managed, cosseted and impeccably maintained by the second generation of Charneaus, Catherine and her brother Bertrand, who literally grew up in the hospitality business.
For the Charneau Family, nothing is more important than keeping our guests happy. Making sure that guests’ vacations are truly carefree and relaxing has to be our top priority, especially the hundreds of ‘family’ who have been coming back to us year after year – in some cases for more than 20 years.
One way we accomplish this is constant tweaking. We are always fine tuning and upgrading our beloved hotel to ensure that our guests will always enjoy that ‘great-to-be-back’ feeling each time they return. The finest compliment we receive is when long-term guests tell us that even after all the imperceptible enhancements the hotel has never lost its soul, that distinctive sense of Old-style, unspoiled St Barts.”
Of course, another sure way to keep guests happy is to offer exceptional value on accommodations. ‘Always offer rates that are better value than the competition’ has always been the Charneau philosophy.