My wife and I travel quite a bit and we always use TripAdvisor to get feedback before we go. This our first time in St Barth and at Salines Gardens. I dare say it will not be our last for both! We were on St Barth for a week. Saline Cottages are a group of cottages just off the main road to Salines Beach. The driveway is part dirt, but this is to keep us US from speeding up the drive. Do not let this worry you; you come to a beautiful read gate and you are now a guest of Jean-Philippe! The rooms are not huge but big enough; clean & well organized. Beds were fine. Bathrooms are those interesting French European layouts! No shower curtain! You have a nice porch sitting area when the inevitable morning or afternoon rain shower (5 min) came by. You are one of five cottages and you meet everyone at breakfast of a baguette and jams. . We were with two brothers from Brazil, a couple from the Ukraine and another from Italy. Jean-Philippe is the maestro. He introduces everyone and starts the conversation and makes suggestions about what beach you should visit or what restaurant to consider for lunch or dinner. Jean-Philippe will make your lunch or dinner reservations for you and he never makes a bad recommendation, but then again I don’t think you can find a bad meal on the island.
Many go St Barth for just a day or so, I think you need four or five days to get into full St Barth RELAXATION mode. Jean-Philippe (and maybe all in French West Indies) honest and direct and hard working. When you are his guest … you are his guest! He watches over you! He will meet you at the plane; walk you over to get a rental car; lead you to his resort and get you settled in. You CAN do this all on your own. But it will NOT be less expensive and if you let Jean-Philippe there will be no stress! You are more than a guest to Jean-Philippe. Some reviewers thought Jean-Philippe was rude…. I believe those reviewers did not stay long enough or do not like his direct nature. He will answer your questions and it will sometimes seem like he is barking at you. Just like Paris! My opinion is you may not like what he says ..but on St Barth …go with what he recommends!
Rent a car. Taxis are too much and it is too far to walk. Do spend the money on a beach front. Be polite and order somthi9ng and you get a chaise lounge anyway! Rooms with a kitchen were nice, but more for the person that will eat in a few of the beautiful St Barth nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to St-Barths' finest beach, nested in a blooming tropical garden, five cottages surround a tranquil pool. A thoughtfully refined atmosphere for a relaxed and restorative vacation .A unique place, simply to discover.A delightful exception in St-Barths . ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Salines Garden Cottages Hotel
- Salines Garden Hotel
- Salines Garden Resort