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“A hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is an affordable option when staying on an expensive island. Everything was perfect for us. Jean Phillippe met us at the airport (had already helped us to arrange for a car) and then we just followed him... down a country lane and behind private gates, the SGC awaits. There are 5 cottages - we stayed in Padang Padang, which had kitchen facilities, although we only used the fridge to keep our wine and water. Our room was spacious, with ample closets, a very large bathroom and an extremely comfortable king bed with great linens, and, importantly for us (as we were jet lagged) it was very quiet. The decor of the entire place reflects an international flair, with a focus on south east Asia. There are numerous nearby restaurants that are fantastic and the beaches are pristine. We bought a beach umbrella, a rattan mat and a beach chair, so we could really enjoy our time in the sun. Jean Philippe was very engaging and we spoke at length about global travel. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed November 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A lovely and affordable hotel with 5 cottages, pool and landscaped grounds. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed but do not have televisions; several cottages have kitchenettes. The proprietors Laurence and Jean-Philippe live on-site and were very welcoming and helpful with restaurant recommendations and securing reservations. The property is just down the road from our favorite beach, Grand Saline. A great value with daily continental breakfast, maid service and Wi-Fi. Reserve early during high season or it will be sold out.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carlsbad, California, USA
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I had a terrific experience at SGC. First off, Jean Philippe was excellent with communicating and extremely helpful with accommodations during my stay (e.g. arranging reliable rental car). I love the vibe of the hotel grounds- super laid back and private with great location close to the best beach, Saline! Adventuring St. Barth alone, I stayed for a few nights in a basic room here which was an amazing value. Huge bed, clean room with cool decor, nice bathroom bonus semi private terrace sitting area right outside of the room. The lounge/pool area was just a few steps away from my room also- great to hang here while listening to tunes in the late afternoon when the wind picks up at the beach!
I read a few other reviews and couldn't disagree more! Jean was very friendly to me, an American who doesn't speak any French. He told me a some valuable info about St. Barth, too! Breakfast, wifi, beach towel, umbrella etc were ALL provided at no additional charge, unbelievable. This place is amazing and I can't wait to come back!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We just got back from a week in St. Barths and stayed at Salines Garden Cottages. The experience was PERFECT, from the time we landed until we departed (sadly). The location, value, and peace and quiet offered by Salines Garden is hard to find, especially in St. Barths. We are already planning our vacation next year and will choose Salines Garden Cottages again. Only 358 more days!!!

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  • Stayed May 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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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This hotel is so quiet and peaceful and in a great central location. The rooms are very clean and perfectly sized. Every morning there is breakfast (good coffee!) and you sit there with cute little birdies chirping and flying around the table - such a happy place! As long as you rent a car you can get to any beach or part of the island very easily. I can't wait to go back St. Barth and will DEFINITELY stay at Salines Cottages again. Totally worth every penny!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cleveland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I write this review rather reluctantly and only in fairness to this wonderful hotel and its marvelous hosts, Jean-Philippe and Laurance. Once you experience Salines Garden, it is a secret that should not even be shared with your blood relatives.

In planning our first ever trip to the Caribbean my wife and I got a lot of advice from friends and relatives. When St. Barths came up the advice was "most dangerous airport in the world" and "its so expensive." Well the prospect of having so many people turned away from an island made us say "this is the place we want to be." We always consult tripadvisor when planning trips and this little gem -- Salines Garden Cottages was ranked very high. But we're never lucky enough to get these gems as they're usually always booked. Throwing caution to the wind, I emailed Jean-Philippe to ask about availability. Unfortunately our first choice week was fully booked but he was able to offer us a housekeeping cottage the next week. Our plans were flexible and we really wanted to try this hotel based on prior reviews. We booked the hotel and took Jean-Philippe's offer to meet us at the airport.

We arrived at St. Barth's airport (the flight and landing was wonderful even for tentative flyers like my wife) and at first didn't see Jean-Philippe. A representative of a larger hotel on the island saw we were looking and asked who was supposed to meet us. We said Jean-Philippe from Salines Garden and he immediately walked us to the car rental area where we saw our host. Jean-Philippe WAS NOT late in meeting us, but saw that our plane had landed and went to the rental agency to let then know we arrived and to begin the paperwork for us. When I arrived at the counter they addressed me by name, asked for my license and credit card, and in about 10 minutes we were following our host to the Cottages. This was the type of service we came to expect over the course of our 8 nights there.

The Cottage complex is marvelously tropical. While not large in terms of space, it's arranged so that there is an unbelievable amount of privacy. Our cottage, Padang Padang, was remarkably private and the outdoor "kitchen" area was a great place to sit and read after a long day of lounging on the beach. The pool is small but who needs a large pool with the most beautiful white sand beach about a kilometer (1/2 a mile) down the road? We used the pool just once to cool off. The pool, however, serves as a meeting place for those guests who'd like to socialize. Jean-Philippe also holds court in this area every evening around 6-8 pm to help guests with dinner plans, etc. While I do not think it's possible to have a bad meal on St. Barth's, Jean-Philippe's recommendations were very helpful.

We particularly enjoyed St. Barth's. The island itself is a contrast of beachy casual and tres chic. Where else could you enjoy a meal in a Jean-George restaurant without feeling out of place in shorts and flip flops? There's all the natural beauty on the one hand and the free port atmosphere of Gustavia with chic bars and Champs Elysees-style shopping.

While we were there, the guests were a melange of English and French speakers. While my French is only a bit better than most Americans with 4 years of high school French, I found communication quite easy. We found the breakfast area to be a very pleasant place to swap stories, etc.

There were some negative comments here about the breakfast but we are very well travelled and found the croissants and pain (bread) to be about the same as we've had in hotels in France, Netherlands, and Italy.

We will be returning to the Caribbean and the only place we will consider is St. Barth's. Naturally, on St. Barth's, we will only consider staying at Salines Garden Cottages. When challenged by our friends' comments that there are other nice places in the Caribbean too, I can only say that I take my vacations to relax. And the time I spent at Salines Garden and this wonderful island was about the most relaxing vacation I have ever experienced.

Room Tip: A housekeeping cottage was very convenient as we could store our wine and snacks. Also, there's...
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  • Stayed March 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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Carmagnola, Italy
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This year we come back to salines garden cottages in St Barths: everything is wonderful and peaceful as always. A little corner of paradise...It's the ideal place to relax and forget all the life troubles!!!
In this quiet hotel you'll naturally forget stress and the noise of the city where you live...
Enjoy your holiday here!!!

  • 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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Address: Salines 97133, St Barthelemy
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Location: Caribbean > St Barthelemy > Salines
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Salines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Salines Garden Hotel
Salines Garden Resort

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