This was our first trip to St Barths but we got a heads up on this great place three years ago on Trip Advisor. We went to some other places in between but we knew eventually we would be able to put St Barths and Salines Garden Cottages on our schedule. Now the problem becomes when can we put it back on the schedule to go a second time.
SGC has a lot to offer for a great price and Jean Phillipe and Laurence are two great hosts. We chose not to take a room with a kitchen which we didn't feel we needed but we did want to store some ice for our small beach cooler. Laurence let us borrow a larger cooler to use and this worked out perfectly.
The free breakfasts are a great place to mingle with the other guests and to get their perspectives on St. Barths. We might have been the only one visiting for the first time. It seems like many people are returnees to the Island.
We wanted to take the plane over from St Martin but it was booked so we took the ferry and Jean Phillipe met us at the ferry dock and we followed him to SGC in our rental. I wasn't expecting this and that set the tone for outstanding service.
We stayed in the Pavone room and it was perfect for our needs. Most of our days we spent at the great beaches so our in room time was minimal but it was very nice not having a TV. We didn't miss it at all although the in room free internet did come in handy to stay connected to the outside world.
SGC is very close by to Grand Salines beach which is an absolutely fantastic beach. There are also three restaurants between SGC and the beach. We only ate at one of the them but we did check out the other two and they looked great and if you go by the amount of cars parked there you would have to guess the food was very good as well.
SGC is very close by L'Orient and St Jean. Both have shops and nice places to eat. SGC is also fairly close to the airport and Gustavia. Fifteen minutes max. The roads are a little tight and curvy in some spots but we had no problems at all finding our way and it's nice to go to a foreign country where they drive on the same side as in America.
We would definitely recommend SGC for people looking to spend $150 and under a night. It's an absolute incredible steal.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Salines Garden Cottages Hotel
- Salines Garden Hotel
- Salines Garden Resort