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Hotel St Barth Isle de France
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   | PB 612, Anse des Flamands 97133, St Barthelemy   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Always the BEST!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Always the BEST!! Expensive, but worth the price. The restaurant is one of the best on the island. And, the staff there are always pleasant, courteous, and willing to assist with any request.
We have been 3 times and everything is always perfect!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your very nice comment.
We were truly delighted to read how much you enjoyed your visit to the Hotel St Barth Isle de France restaurant, la Case de l’Isle.
Kindly know that your appreciation means a lot to all the team.
We will be very pleased to welcoming you back at Hotel St Barth Isle de France.
Yours sincerely,

Christelle Hilpron, General Director
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The rooms are very nice and the decor is "clever" with contrasting colors, but the rooms aren't the reason to stay here. First, it's the cuisine, prepared by a chef and staff that could, and may very well have, worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Paris. I promise you will be stunned by the quality of your lunch! Dinner is equally impressive. Breakfast is a simple continental style of service, but the breads and pastries are fresh and delicious. As others have noted, the service and staff are gracious and very friendly - even to those of us from the good ol' US. Flamand Plage is, I believe, the nicest in St. Barth's- and certainly the nicest with a resort.Overall, this is the nicest experience in St. Barth, and you're just over the hill from St. Jean. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Beach front one bedroom suites are worth the price.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you so much for having post this very nice comment on TripAdvisor.
We are pleased that you enjoyed the cuisine and the work of our staff. We really want our guests to feel comfortable.
Looking forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to Isle de France very soon, we remain,
Yours sincerely,

Christelle Hilpron, General Director
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

My two teenagers, my husband and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in St. Barth. The Isle de France was the main reason the week was so great. The staff were all very nice, helpful and polite. Our two bedroom suite's decor was very pleasing and so were the amenities. The hotel/resort itself is beautiful and sits on what has to be one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean with perfectly blue water and white sand.
The whole island is incredible. We rented a car and drove all over. St. Jean and Gustavia are filled with the best boutiques and there are so many wonderful restaurants. (Beware, food is really expensive!)
One more thing...this is not a place for kids that need to be entertained. If they're okay with the ocean and the pool, then it should be fine.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Sally,
Thank you so much for having post this lovely comment on TripAdvisor.
We are pleased that you enjoyed our rooms and that you enjoyed the work of our staff. They always strive to exceed the expectations of our guests and it is a great compliment for them to receive your comments.
We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel St Barth Isle de France very soon.
Yours sincerely,

Christelle Hilpron, Director
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Lloyd Harbor, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We have been going to the Isle de France for 12years now, its as close to heaven as you can get. the hotel is beautiful, the beach is the most beautiful beach on the island, the rooms are perfect, big beautiful bathtub, beautiful private patio, perfect place to start your morning having your coffee and a small 5 page ny times, just to let you no that your still on earth! The staff is amazing they make you fell like you are apart of the family of the Isle de France! the hugs you get when you get there to their sad faces when you leave,and the most amazing,Roman and Christelle and Gerrad who are the word perfection! And cant forget our sweet Patrick who greets you every morning with his beautiful smile. And breakfast and lunch is just the best on the island, the view from the restaurant is amazing, you will find yourself counting the hours to lunch.The staff on the beach will see you coming and have your chairs waiting for you, they are awesome! This is our little piece of heaven, we count the months till we go back!!What can we say ,we are madly in love with this place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your really nice comments posted on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate you taking the time to do so.

We are pleased that you enjoyed the rooms, beach, food and service. Our staff takes a great deal of pleasure in making sure that all our guests’ needs are met and it is hugely rewarding for them to receive a review such as this.

We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon to your little piece of heaven.
Yours sincerely,

Christelle Hilpron, Director
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

It goes without saying that St. Barts is just plain fabulous, top to bottom, side to side.

Warning, this is a gushing review.

I could write at length about the physical beauty of the hotel and its surroundings, I’ll try and keep it short. Incredible beach, the perfect length and width for a good walk, or jog, the color of the water is that quintessential blue, you can’t resist it. Everywhere you sit, stand, and look while on the hotel property is breathtaking, even the parking lot is something to behold, when you walk through it you’ll get what I mean. The gardens on the property are stunning, can’t count the times I’ve curled up with a book on the sofas in the main building that face the back garden, I generally read very little, I just look out over the beauty. There are two lovely pools, one in the garden area and one up front facing the beach. There are two areas (typical) where the rooms are located, beachfront or garden, within those two areas are various levels of accommodation. There are not many hotels in the world where you can say that every room is perfection, you can say that here, just look at their website, what you see is what you get, of course when you get there it’s even better in person. The overall design and feel of the hotel is one of relaxed elegance.

The main restaurant, La case de l'Isle, is located beach side upper level for breakfast lunch and dinner with great food and breathtaking views of Flammands Beach. You can also enjoy lunch at your chaise lounge on the beach, or with your feet in the sand at the beach level lunch restaurant. As with most hotels on the island there’s a boutique and spa, both of which my wife knows all too well.

The headline reads “Coming Home” and for good reason. In a recent review on another hotel I spoke about the people, the people are just about everything to us. This hotel, in all of the years that we’ve been going there, has maintained a level of professional, courteous, caring and just plain happy management and staff. It would be an understatement to say that we’re always dreaming of our return to the Hotel St Barth Isle de France.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for having post this wonderful comment on TripAdvisor. We also would like to thank you for your loyalty that means a lot to us.
We are pleased that you found our hotel fabulous and that you enjoyed the work of our staff. We really want our guests to feel comfortable .
Looking forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to Isle de France very soon, we remain.
Yours sincerely,

Christelle Hilpron, Director
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Sag Harbor, New York, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is our fifth year in a row staying at the IDF ! Every year we say let's go somewhere else and every year, we come back. The staff here is amazing. Everyone remembers you when you return. They remember your preferences and go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. I'm speaking most specifically about the wait staff here. The breakfast service in the AM in particular is so delightful. Patrick who is the breakfast manager is AMAZING ! he is truly a terrific soul and an incredibly hard worker. I'm not quite sure why this guy isn't higher up on the management scale as this company would certainly benefit from having someone like him in much more of a leadership position. Lunch is always fantastic as well. Fun to eat with your feet in the sand. The Menu has changed for the better over the last 5 years. The rooms in the main building were re-done 2 years ago and are very comfortable. My only complaint about this hotel is the fitness room which is incredibly small and with old equipment. But you can always go to the gym in town. The spa is great and you can enjoy certain treatments outdoors (just wear mosquito spray). Seems that there may be some new corporate and management changes over the next year so maybe they will re-build their fitness center. I hope they keep their staff in place as this is really the reason we come back year after year !

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

We thank you so much for taking time to write this wonderful comment on TripAdvisor!
It has been a real pleasure to welcome you at Hotel St Barth Isle De France. We are delighted to learn that you deeply appreciated the property. It is really important for us to know that our clients will keep good memories of their stay.
Thanking you again for your appreciation. We do look forward to welcoming you back among us in the near future.
Yours sincerely

Christelle Hilpron, Director
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Morganville, New Jersey
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

My husband and I rented a friend's beachfront villa at Isle de France for Valentine's Day week and couldn't have been more delighted. The staff went out of their way to welcome us and make sure our stay was superb. Breakfast and lunch (and beachside snacks) were delicious, and the wait staff was charming and rather fun! Our two-story, beachfront villa was the epitome of luxury, and the cleaning staff did a phenomenal job every day -- not a grain of sand to be found inside, which is remarkable since we would step out the door, off of our lower deck and right onto the beach (and therefore, at some point, back in again)!

Speaking of the beach, we explored every beach on the island during our stay, and other than Anse de Grande Saline (which has no beachside hotels), Flamands Beach is by far the most beautiful. White sand, calm waters (although the wind did pick up during part of the week, creating some rather large waves. However, the few children that were staying at the hotel that week seemed to enjoy that immensely, and it was fun to watch!)

We will definitely be returning, and are evening considering buying into partial ownership of a villa. Merci beaucoup et à bientôt, Hotel St. Barth Isle de France!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HSBIDF, Directeur général at Hotel St Barth Isle de France, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful comments posted on TripAdvisor. The entire team at the Isle de France joins me in thanking you and we really appreciate you taking the time to do so.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed the villa, location, food, and service. Our staff takes a great deal of pleasure in making sure that all our guests’ needs are met and it is hugely rewarding for them to receive a review such as this.

We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to our beautiful hotel very soon.
Yours sincerely,

Christelle Hilpron, Director
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Address: | PB 612, Anse des Flamands 97133, St Barthelemy
Location: Caribbean > St Barthelemy > Anse des Flamands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Anse des Flamands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel St Barth Isle de France 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the French West Indies, St Barthelemy is a 25km square island of elegance and charm. Hotel St Barth Isle de France sits on the breathtaking beach of Baie des Flamands, in a picturesque corner of St Barth. This charming hotel has a total of 40 luxurious rooms, suites and villas on the beach and in the lush tropical gardens. The Isle de france Spa team, in partnership with Natura Bissé and Intraceuticals, offers a large range of amazing treatments.The Case de L’Isle, our al fresco restaurant serves fresh, light and elegant French cuisine. The restaurant over looks the ocean and had additional seating directly on the sand for relaxed lunches.We also have a boutique which holds a fashion show in the restaurant every lunch time, a fresh water pool that overlooks the beach and a fitness center…Paradise…. ... more   less 
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