The other reviews are on target. I had a fabulous 1 bedroom villa with a great view of pristine nature in a setting of utmost privacy. The common areas of the hotel are pleasant and chill-out inducing. Nice spa and Anita is a very good therapist. Staff and management are very accommodating and it is overall an excellent hotel -- one of the best all-time hideaways I've visited.
The restaurant delivers very high quality fare. Prices are in the high realm of reason. Breakfast is decent but not out of the ordinary. I visited the other high quality hotels on the island -- Gustav, Eden Roc, Sereno and Isle de France -- and felt this was the best of the bunch, in terms of facilities, views and what you get. None of the hotels except the Gustav are within walking distance of Gustavia anyway. The Eden Roc's rooms on the actual rock are quite charming though small but otherwise it's a scene and lunch at Sandy Rock is priced in the stratosphere (ie: 45 Euro for a lunch entree). Hint: walk 5 minutes up the road to the Italian trattoria and you can get plenty of food for under 15 Euro. This property with private pools in back of your villa is not suitable for small children. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach but it is a beautiful secluded beach when you get there. It is a 20-25 Euro taxi to town (15 minutes); I do not recommend trying to drive the roads there yourself. For 120 Euro, you can have a driver take you on a 2 hour tour and see just about everything.
My suggestions to the hotel: Lobby PC is slow on the internet; TV is limited to a few channels and could use more.
My recommendations to the reader: Go off season during the fall and save a ton. Win-Air uses a DC-6 for certain flights to San Maarten; it is a less jolting experience so book one of those. Consider using Tradewinds Aviation to go via San Juan instead of San Maarten; if you are stuck overnight in San Maarten after JetBlue's 5pm flight, the only flight to the US mainland that goes out in the morning is AA to Miami. I got stuck overnight there and that wasn't fun at all. San Maarten is something you could definitely skip although La Semanna there is a nice resort with a nice beach reachable by a direct flight at a more reasonable price -- but no way comparable to St. Barts or Le Toiny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privacy and exclusivity have been the defining characteristics of Hôtel Le Toiny. The 15 pastel-colored bungalows, called Villa Suites, are set on a gentle slope overlooking an island lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. From luxurious interior accommodations decorated in a fresh, vibrant French Colonial style, guests can step from any one of their three glass bay doors and be immediately on their outdoor patio, complete with a private swimming pool and patio furnishings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Toiny Hotel
- Le Toiny St Barthélemy