Hôtel Barrière - St. Barts

Honeymoon Above Cloud Nine in St. Barts


October 3, 2023
Words by Stacey Marcus
Photos courtesy of Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf

Do your honeymoon dreams include traveling about the clouds where your senses are softly fanned by palm trees as you gaze at a panoramic view of a picturesque port shimmering in cerulean waters? Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf is your invitation to ascend to a heavenly elevation and experience the beauty of St. Barts above cloud nine. 

Unless you plan to travel by yacht or private plane, youll have to take a commercial flight to St. Martin where youll board a seaplane for a ten-minute flight to the alluring island of St. Barts.  A glance at the destination illuminates its intoxicating luminosity:  a vibrant port, luxury shops, colorful alleyways, elegant eateries and a sea set for fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing and lounging aboard a catamaran. 

In a green oasis on the height of Gustavia, the perfect getaway for newlyweds is just a walk away to the heart of the island and turquoise waters,” says General Manager William Numa. The recently reimagined five-star hotel is brimming with French charm and tropical elegance. If youre lucky enough to be handed one of the 21 keys to Le Carl Gustafs guest rooms, suites or bungalows you will be singing Ooh La La” throughout the days and nights of your stay. Each suite, hidden in the luxurious vegetation allows privacy whilst admiring the breathtaking ballet of yachts, the city below, and unique sunsets. Couples can begin their lives together in pure bliss,” says Numa.

Youll simply adore your stay in a place that feels delightfully like home but oh so much better. Think pillow menu, Japanese toilet, and cocktails spritzed with perfume;  there is even a signature cushy mat welcoming your feet each morning. A favorite pastime at the historical property, enjoyed by luminaires like Madonna and Michael Jackson, is simply sitting on a terrace enjoying a sparking libation or inhaling a private yoga and seeing birds tango above the infinity pool. 

Luxuriate in a tailor-made treatment at Diane Barrière Spa, Delight in epicurean excellence created by chef Pierre Gagnaire at the Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant Fouquet and take a stroll to darling Shell Beach. Here you will discover Shellona, a Greek-inspired eaterie featuring music, mezze and mingling. See the sun dance on the shell-speckled sands as you sit under a parasol or lounge on a sunbed.

Wander back up the hill to Le Carl Gustaf to enjoy the captivating sunset. The best part of your honeymoon will be watching the sherbert-colored sunset paint the sky. The worst part will be having to leave the magic but rest assured it will linger a lifetime.

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