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“More Than Expected!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Emeraude Plage
Baie de Saint-Jean, St. Jean 97133, St Barthelemy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in St. Jean
boston
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“More Than Expected!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2010

We arrived first week in Dec. and stayed 10 days. It was more than we expected. The room pictures do not give it justice! Genevieve, the proprieter, could not be more welcoming, and genuine. Our room was perfect. Had all the basic things we need and more - super clean and super hip :) the kitchenette was awesome and I suggest you use it or go broke ha ha The beach was steps from our room and closer than we expected. You could hear waves at night :) The prices were crazy expensive (in st. Barts) however, we knew that going there and St. Barts was not responsible for the dollar tanking. STILL, we could not of asked for a better vacay. Food is amazing everywhere. Never had a bad meal. People watching is the best!! Nightlife is soooo much fun. Make sure you go to "ti's" - dancing on tables, house music is sooo much fun. Next door is Nikki - another fun place - Gustavia has such great restaurants and shops. Everything was within walking distance as well which was great - thre restaurants, and plenty of great shops. However, I would rent a car as the taxi's are very expensive and after 7pm at night - they double their price??!!!! so be careful - yes, just crazy. The recessioin has missed St. Barts apparently! The weather was perfect every dat, the water turquoise and warm - Just sick - this place is the best I can't WAIT to go back!!!! Reserving for next year.

  • Stayed December 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

Beach front, beautiful, comfortable room with kitchenette.
We have checked other places around and we would definetely book the same hotel.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

This was our first trip to St. Bart's, and it was a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend the island to anyone who's never been. We stayed at the Emeraude Plage because we had wanted to be right on the beach, and we wanted a place that was relatively reasonably priced (for St. Bart's). We heard about the Emeraude Plage and took a chance, and honestly, we could not have been more impressed with the hotel.

Its location on the island is unbeatable. The hotel is right on St. Jean Beach, and the garden bungalow that we stayed in (which was located the farthest from the beach) was still only 100 feet from the beach at most. St. Jean Beach was also the best beach on the island, in our opinion -- calm water, a wide expanse of sand, and bars/restaurants located right there. We drove to all of the other beaches, and while they were all pretty, they all seemed to lack the amenities that St. Jean Beach had. The Emeraude Plage is within walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants in town as well as to the Eden Rock, and also to La Plage (highly recommended for both their food and the hysterical, impromptu fashion shows).

The bungalow itself was clean and comfortable. The decor is all white. The A/C worked great. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom had a double sink and a rain shower. There was also a small kitchenette and refrigerator, so with the grocery store right down the road, it was easy to stock up on snacks and drinks. We also felt extremely safe the entire time.

St. Bart's was actually the safest island in the Caribbean that we had visited. We never felt uncomfortable anywhere. A rental car is a must for St. Bart's, and the Emeraude Plage has free gated parking. A few recommendations for food -- Maya's (pricey but definitely worth it), Le Vietnam (cheap and fantastic), Le Piment (casual hangout in St. Jean with great food), and Andy's Hideaway for pizza. My wife found the shopping to be better in St. Jean than in Gustavia, as Gustavia mainly had the same luxury, name brand stores you'd find in the States. She thought the boutiques in St. Jean were more unique. The other experience that we'd recommend to everyone is the jet ski tour around the island which leaves from Grand Cul-De-Sac. It's great way to see just how beautiful this island is.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

My fiancée and I went to St. Barths after four nights at the Westin Dawn Beach in St. Maarten. The hotel is less than a 10 minute taxi ride from the ferry and main port on the island, Gustavia. It's location on St. Jean Beach is perfect. The beach is wider and quieter here than the neighboring Tom Tom Beach Hotel. The impressive Eden Rock Hotel complex is a two minute walk down the beach as is the village of St. Jean (Nikki Beach, several shops a few restaurants, a pharmacy and a great take out place, Kiki et Mo). The hip, compact, all white lobby has a nice library and a computer for guest to check email or surf the web. The hotel staff is easy going and will make reservations for you if your French is not up to par. Just don't expect 5 star service and staff at your beckon call. The hotel grounds are very well maintained and depending on our bungalow number, the beach is either two steps or 60 seconds away. The rooms are clean and comfortable with a white on white esthetic with chocolate curtains. The bathroom has an open shower with two faucets and a blow dryer. Each room has a patio with chaise lounges and a detached kitchenette with a refrigerator. There is a beach bar with a few tables where you can order breakfast, a light lunch or an afternoon snack. The service was efficient and friendly and the view of on beach and Eden Rock is memorable. The vibe throughout is very friendly, relaxed and laidback. I recommend the hotel for young couples or families that want a clean hotel with a relaxed vibe with an excellent location on a beautiful beach and near town. I do not recommend it for travelers that expect and demand 5 star services and perfection. There is a hotel next door that is probably your cup of tea that cost around $750 - $1,000/night. Keep in mind that this is St. Barths and there is an air of exclusivity that permeates the entire island. Things cost basically twice as much as they do on neighboring St. Martin\St. Maarten. A few tips - taxis are not prevalent and are expensive. If you are going to use a taxi more than once a day, rent a car. I recommend eating at the mid-priced (for St. Barths) restaurants. We ate at Eden Rock and Le Sapotillier and were disappointed. 3 course dinners with a 40 euro bottle of rose cost $250 - $300 euro with tip. Eden Rock was very hit or miss from course to course and was not on bar with other dining experiences at highly recommended restaurants in the Caribbean (not even close to Blue at the Ritz Grand Cayman). La Plage at Tom Tom has a great scene and the food was fresh and simple and somewhat reasonable (for St. Barths). Kiki and Mo (across the street from Eden Rock\Nikki Beach) is a great option for take away or a quick bite at one of their many tables. Think Panini’s, salads, tartars, pastries and other provisions. I have also heard good things about Le Caesar in St. Jean Village. If you want a no frills, inexpensive place try either The Hideaway in St. Jean Village or Le Select, the influence for Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" in Gustavia. Here you can get a beer or small rum and coke for a few euros and simple burger and fries for less than 10 euros. Enjoy St. Barths, it is truly the most unique and fabulous experience in all of the Carribean.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2008

stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and its just perfect. rooms are very comfortable, quiet and VERY close to the water.
avoid breakfast there because it will only be a bread basket and they charge 30 Euros per day for it. its a better idea to purchase groceries and cook them in the rooms kitchenette or go out
I reccomend he hotel Highly and the staff is very helpful

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

The Emeraude Plage is a wonderful hotel, right in the middle of St. Jean beach. The room we stayed in (A2) was newly renovated in a white and chocolate modern look. The beds are super comfortable with lots of fluffy pillows. The bathroom is very chic - it even has a full sized hairdryer and L'Occitane products in it. The room also has the coolest private patio with comfy lounge chairs and an outdoor private kitchen complete with fridge, sink, coffee maker, and even dishes. They even thought to have a little sunken tub of water in the deck next to your patio to wash the sand off of your feet before going back into your room. The staff was extraordinarily nice and helpful. But the best part was the amazing beach it is sitting on - you are literally 50 feet from the white powder sand beach and the azure ocean. We will definately be back many many times to the Emeraude Plage!

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2008

I've been to St. Barths before but surprisingly had overlooked this gem of a hotel. It's right on St. Jean beach, near Eden Rock and La Plage, so right in the thick of things, yet it's surprisingly serene. I made my plans for this pre-Thanksgiving quick trip just 2 days before leaving (!) so i had to find rooms fast, yet the Emeraude Plage was a bit out of my price range. So i decided to splurge and spend just 2 nights there and then move to the much-less-expensive and very different Salines Garden Cottages for the rest of my trip (see other review).
Emeraude Plage is just a few minutes from the airport and from the moment you go through the hotel gates off the busy road, the vibe is all hip and cool yet friendly, and the staff is exceptionally helpful. I wish i had taken a picture of the little reception area: it's funky and hip with all-white decor, but it's somehow cozy as well. You can get wifi reception there (but not in the rooms) and there's also a guest computer there (for a fee, i think).
It was not very busy when i was there so even though i had booked a garden view room, i was upgraded to one right next to the beach, which was so nice (i could hear the waves as i slept). The rooms are all-white with minimalist decor but there was no pretension ... just simple, well-appointed and a clean style. You can tell that they've just been renovated, ie. new and unobtrusive light fixtures, flat screen tv's, quiet A/C's, nice and simple bathrooms with a spacious shower, hair dryer, and large cool tiles. Before i left i read some reviews where someone/people complained about the beds and i have no idea what they were talking about .... i had a really comfortable king bed with large feather pillows and a duvet matching in comfort. I mean, come on people ... how do you knit-pick with paradise??!
One of the things i liked most about my room was the outdoor (and fully equipped) kitchenette, which other people also rave about. Since St. Barths is so expensive now for Americans (more then ever) because of the dollar vs. euro, my friends and i went shopping at the local grocery store and made dinner in my kitchen on the terrace (one or two less expensive dinners out!). One of us would cook while the others had cocktails and cheese and bread on the terrace, and then eat at the glass table -- all in the lovely evening breeze next to the ocean. Ok, the mosquitos kept us company too, but they provide bug spray and you should bring extra for yourself.
They have a beach bar there with unbelievably beautiful views ... it's open for breakfast and cocktail hour (around 4-6 pm). My continental breakfast was perfect (look at the picture!) but i wish it was included in the room price, and i also wish that the bar was open during the day. (maybe it is in high season?) But i guess that's why it's so great to have your kitchenettes nearby.
Last but not least of course -- the beach. As i stated above, the location is ideal and the views are stunning. The lounge chairs were, fittingly, all white, minimalist rattan, with plenty of umbrellas and little tables, and you walk down a rock staircase and your feet are instantly in the soft sand. The chairs were not, however, ON or IN the sand, as a recent storm had taken away a good deal of their beach. But they were working to fix that (in a quiet and unobtrusive way) and i really appreciated the fact that hotel management informed me of this before making my reservation. It really was no big deal for me, but it was good to be told and spoke volumes of their integrity. It was also lovely to sit at the beach chairs at night, where the tables are lit, facing the ocean and totally decompressing ... (until the mosquitos get to be too much!)
Overall, it's obvious that i loved this hotel and would definitely return. If i came back with someone, i'd probably splurge on one of the ocean view villas -- i peeked inside (!) and they seem to have the same kind of decor, but they're bigger and more separate. A few of them were absolutely stunning -- one perched right over the sea and another spread out like a "mod" James Bond-style villa. But very $$$.
There didn't seem to be a lot of people there when i was there, and that was fine by me! Or perhaps the couples in the villas kept to themselves tucked away in the gardens and their private patios. But i would definitely recommend the Emeraude Plage over the nearby Eden Rock (glitzy and crowded) or Tom Beach (no privacy, family-oriented) ... you can walk to La Plage for lunch, drive just minutes to Nikki Beach for dinner and shop at the nearby St. Jean village stores. This is one fantastic hotel, not to be overlooked again.

  • Liked — Perfect location and setting, outdoor kitchenettes, comfortable and cool decor, friendly staff
  • Disliked — (nothing!)
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Baie de Saint-Jean, St. Jean 97133, St Barthelemy
Location: Caribbean > St Barthelemy > St. Jean
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in St. Jean
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