All-inclusive resorts are very popular in the Caribbean. And when you make a reservation to stay in an all-inclusive resort, you can certainly expect to have the cost of all meals and most beverages included in the price.
In the case of St Barts hotels, the story is a bit different…and you’ll be fascinated to hear why.
Spoiler Alert: There are no all-inclusive resorts or hotels on the island of St Barts. Before you hit the back button in disbelief, please read this article to understand why that’s the case, and why you should still consider staying at a hotel in St Barts.
If you look at other websites when doing a search for “all inclusive resorts in St Barts” you will see them list hotels that are not all-inclusive. That’s because there are no all-inclusive hotels to list in St Barts.
WIMCO Villas has been operating on the island of St Barts for almost 40 years, and we represent all of the top hotels here. In this article, we explain why there are no all-inclusive hotels in St Barts; and more importantly, we’ll provide alternatives and describe all the wonderful things that ARE INCLUDED when you stay in a hotel in St Barts.
One of the main reasons people choose an all-inclusive resort is because in most Caribbean islands it is easier to stay in a hotel where all meals and beverages are included than it is to find suitable options outside the walls of the resort. In St Barts the opposite is true, there are so many highly rated restaurants, and most people who travel to St Bart’s make it a point to dine out as often as possible.
That said, the top resort hotels on St Barts do include certain amenities and value-adds in the price of a room. The article below describes what is included when you book a stay at a resort in St Barts. The details change month to month, so contacting WIMCO’s hotel reservations desk is the best way to find the most up-to-date information. Ok, so what are the alternatives to an all-inclusive hotel?
Overview: Gorgeous views and cool turquoise waters are at each guest's disposal, day, or night, at Rosewood Le Guanahani. Among lush landscaping, the feeling is that of escaping to a tropical paradise where luxury and privacy are the main courses.
What to Love: Situated on its private peninsula on 18 acres tucked away from the crowds, guests can feel like they are on their tropical island. The resort features two nearly private beaches, a spa, tennis, kids club, and highly rated dining options.
Best For: Total relaxation, a visit to the Sense spa offers a refreshing and rejuvenating experience before indulging your palate with exquisitely prepared cuisine at the Mediterranean-inspired Beach House St. Barth. Afterward, watch the sunset with a favorite cocktail at Bar Melange.
What to Know: Complimentary airport transfers are available. Guests are never out of touch with the staff of the hotel's 24/7 duty manager, satisfying hunger pangs with 24-hour in-room dining, or taking a spin using the on-site car rental desk. Additional amenities include a babysitting service, a boutique, a book library, and shipping and receiving services.
Insider Tip: This newly renovated resort promises an abundance of comfort, style, elegance, and subtle luxury. Along with pools and beaches, become one with the outdoors, strolling on nature hiking paths or participating in various watersports. For the children, there's the Rosewood Explorers program.
What's Included in the Price: Rosewood offers an array of amenities, such as nature hiking parks, watersports, a tennis court, two beaches, and two swimming pools. Several of their complimentary services include high-speed Wi-Fi, airport transfers, and an international selection of digital magazines and newspapers.
Nuts & Bolts: 56 rooms and suites, 10 signature suites, 1 restaurant, bar, 2 pools, spa, tennis court, and fitness center. $$$$
Overview: The completely renovated hotel offers a fresh look to one of St Barth's iconic vacation destinations. From its waterfront suites and stylish guest rooms to a retail store and exclusive products. At Le Sereno Spa, your every wish for a relaxing, upscale vacation will come true at Le Sereno. When you spend time unwinding at Le Sereno Spa, the relaxed atmosphere and surroundings promote a feeling of calmness and tranquility.
What to Love: Layers of unpretentious elegance and sleek chic decor topped with subtle sophistication are the atmosphere that draws guests from across the globe to the idyllic location.
Best For: Privacy and for those who enjoy savoring the flavor of perfectly prepared cuisine. The menu at the Le Sereno Al Mare Restaurant, described by CNN as 'One of the world's best waterfront restaurants, leaves guests more than satisfied.
What to Know: The grounds of Le Sereno hotel is a total hide-out, largely free from day visitors.
Insider Tip: The beach at Le Sereno is known worldwide for its pristine crystal-clear water, coral reef, lagoon, and refreshing trade winds. It is also known as a perfect place for adventurers who enjoy kite surfing. For explorers, just outside the barrier reef, guests can take to the open ocean for an unforgettable experience.
What's Included in the Price: Guests have access to several complementary features to enhance their stay. For entertainment, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, and non-motorized water sports are free to use. Also included at no charge are minibars, a full breakfast, and transfers to and from Gustaf III Airport.
Nuts & Bolts: 39 suites, villas, and bungalows,2 restaurants, a bar and lounge, a spa, and a pool. $$$$
Overview: Cheval Blanc has a reputation for providing superior service to guests from the moment they arrive at their departure date. This has been confirmed for the 5-star hotel as it has earned the Distinction Palace designation, which is given only to hotels with superior service levels.
What to Love: Expand your horizons with an adventure to nearby destinations such as the intimate Anse du Gouverneur beach bordered by mountains and sand dunes. Or go on a stroll along the pristine sands of Colombier Beach. Enjoy a variety of activities focused on fun, such as water skiing, boat tours, and scuba diving.
Best For: Families. With its Kid's Club designed to keep children entertained with a variety of activities, and babysitting services available for adults to have some "we" time at Cheval Blanc Spa. The hotel is ideal for families as well as adults.
What to Know: The hotel is located on Flamands Beach, which has a reputation as being one of the islands' top beach destinations. More beauty is right outside the door with lush gardens and ocean views so beautiful and calming they will take your breath away.
The hotel has received several awards and accolades, including Top 25 luxury hotels - Caribbean - TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice 2017, Best hotels for beach escapes - Harper's Bazaar 2017 Ultimate Travel Guide Guide Guide, and The Hot List 2015 - CondeNast Traveller Reader's Travel Awards.
Insider Tip: Book early as the hotel is almost always full. Also, when it's time to dine, La Cabane offers a true culinary journey to satisfy the pickiest of palates.
What's Included in the Price: Several complementary features add to the hotel's reputation for quality services, such as free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. Kid's Club, pets are allowed on request with no extra charge.
Nuts & Bolts: 61+ rooms, villas, bungalows, and suites, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, entertainment center, private pools, and a spa. $$$$
Overview: Eden Rock has a fascinating history from its beginnings as a small Inn set atop a rocky peninsula on St Jean beach to its transformation into a luxury resort. Style and elegance have been a draw for well-heeled travelers and celebrities alike who have found the resort a "not to be missed" destination.
What to Love: The hotel takes accommodations and meals service to a high level of excellence that surpasses the standard of what is considered a luxury.
Best For: Couples who want the finest service, from elegant room service to drinks service on your chaise lounge during the day
What to Know: Based on numerous guest reviews by professional travelers on sites such as Frommer's, Oyster, and Travel + Leisure, Eden Rock is rated as the #1 hotel in St Barts.
Insider Tip: World-famous Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten works his magic with delectable creations at the Sand Bar Restaurant.
What's Included in the Price: Guests enjoy a complimentary welcome bag upon arrival, can take advantage of free parking, free breakfast at the Sand Bar restaurant, complimentary chaise lounge rentals on St Jean beach, and free Wi-Fi.
Nuts & Bolts: 37 rooms and suites, 1 restaurant, 2 bars, a spa, a boutique, and pools. $$$$
Overview: If you want to stay in an award-winning establishment, Hotel Le Toiny will satisfy your desire for the complete feeling of privacy. Each room is a private villa suite with a private plunge pool. Listed as one of the best hotels in the world, add to that being the recipient of Travel & Leisure's 2021 World's Best Award.
What to Love: The hotel lies on the sparsely developed “cote sauvage”. The Toiny Beach club sits on a nearly private beach and is a Tahiti-like refuge for guests. Go off on a hiking adventure, sign up for a tour of nearby islands, or just relax and languish on the beach or beside the crystal-clear pool.
Best For: Guests with a taste for fine dining have access to Le Toiny Restaurant, where sampling the gourmet menus will feel like a dream come true. Spa lovers are also well-served with one-on-one massages by experienced therapists in the comfort and privacy of your suite.
What to Know: Guests enjoy luxury combined with privacy, which promotes an exceptional experience while staying in one of the well-appointed villa suites. Guests can also savor the panoramic ocean views from their private terrace after a refreshing dip in their private pool.
Insider Tip: For a quiet location, Le Toiny is situated on a hillside among an unspoiled lush landscape, creating an atmosphere of exclusivity and romance. Guests can expand their taste for culinary delights at area restaurants, such as the Creperie St. Barth, Bonito St Barth, Grain De Sol, and Black Ginger all less than four miles from Le Toiny.
What's Included in the Price: Enjoy surfing the sparkling waters of Toiny Beach with provided longboards or stand-up paddleboards. Or delve into the deep on a snorkeling adventure with provided fins, snorkel, and mask. If you prefer dry land, play a round of tennis with complimentary equipment and court time.
Nuts & Bolts: 22 villa suites, 1 restaurant, 1 beach club, onsite boutique, serenity spa, and heated pools: $$$$
Overview: The focus of the staff at La Barthelemy is providing guests with a relaxed setting away from the maddening crowds of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The refined and refreshing atmosphere is warm, inviting, and unpretentious, allowing guests to be themselves. Beautifully appointed guest rooms with stunning beachfront rooms and suites along with luxurious villas. Soothing treatments at Le Spa add to the overall ambiance guests will enjoy.
What to Love: The numerous things to do and see in Grand Cul de Sac. Just a few of the activities available just minutes from the hotel include jet-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, and kite surfing. A memorable experience to enjoy is swimming with the sea turtles in the bay.
Best For: Couples who want everything within the resort property, from spa to dining, to a private beach to relax on, to a waterfront activities center, a massive pool, and more. This resort has it all.
What to Know: For five consecutive years, Le Barthelemy has earned recognition as a top destination. It has been voted the #1 resort in St. Barts. The hotel was also voted as the #2 resort in the Caribbean and voted as one of the Top 15 Best Resorts.
Insider Tip: The culinary journey starts at Amis St. Barth, the newest addition to Le Barthelemy. The restaurant features the infusion of flavors of the Mediterranean and the South of France creatively prepared by Chef Vincent Gomis.
What's Included in the Price: Free amenities at Le Barthelemy provide comfort and convenience. For comfort, savor the flavors of a free breakfast. For convenience, the hotel provides free parking, high-speed internet, and free airport transportation.
Nuts & Bolts: 44 rooms and suites, 2 villas, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, pool, and spa. $$$$
Overview: Located on the western shore of Pointe Milou this hotel offers the ideal vantage point for sunsets, and its pool club is one of the best on the island.
What to Love: Personalized service, long lazy days at the pool club with drinks service, and luxuriously comfortable rooms facing the sunset
Best For: Value seekers and foodies. Hotel Christopher offers the lowest rates of all St. Barts’ high-end hotels. From fresh seafood delicacies and a taste of French cuisine at RIVYERA to inspired cocktails at the bar, guests can expect their expectations to be exceeded.
What to Know: Point Milou is a quiet residential area, only 10 minutes from St Jean beach and its many beachfront restaurants. The hotel is only 15 minutes from Gustaf III airport.
Insider Tip: Plan to have cocktails by the pool at sunset. Order appetizers and drinks from the hotel’s Riviera Plage restaurant
What's Included in the Price: Along with concierge service to handle your every need, the hotel also provides free parking at the hotel and an airport and harbor shuttle.
Nuts & Bolts: 42 rooms and suites, 1 restaurant, pool, fitness center, spa, and hot tub. $$$$
Overview: Hotel Barriere offers a unique setting, a quiet hillside oasis, only a short walk into downtown Gustavia and all of its restaurants and shops. The hotel is a destination where complete peacefulness abounds amid surroundings featuring beautifully detailed rooms and scenic views.
What to Love: Indulge your senses with a session at the Spa Diane Barriere or spend some quiet time on the private beach with its gentle breezes and sun-drenched sand. At day's end, savor the flavors created by Chef Pierre Gagnaire at Fouquet's Saint-Barth restaurant, followed by a cocktail at Le Bar Du Fouquet's.
Best For: Adults will find their days can be filled with a variety of activities. Enjoy a romantic day on the beach with a picnic prepared by the chef. Explore the open ocean on a catamaran, or hop aboard one of the hotel's electric bikes to discover the island at your leisure.
What to Know: For those interested in staying in a trending hotel, the 2021 Conde Nast Traveler Hot List includes Hotel Barriere.
Insider Tip: Guests can get out and about and explore the many interesting sites all within walking distance of the hotel. Visit Fort Gustave, Wall house, St. Jean Beach, Shell Beach, and Gustavia Harbor.
What's Included in the Price: Amenities are plentiful at Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf, starting with a complimentary bottle of Champagne as soon as you arrive. Guests also receive breakfast for two guests plus a $100 food and beverage credit. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and unwind with a 50-minute complimentary massage for two.
Nuts & Bolts: 23 guestrooms, 2 restaurants, a bar and lounge, and a full-service spa, $$$$
Overview: Set in the hills above Colombier with stunning views of Flamands Beach, the hotel is surrounded by lush countryside of assorted plant life and exotic flowers, creating an intimate and serene setting.
What to Love: A visit to the Pure Altitude spa has a menu of signature treatments sure to soothe and replenish the mind, body, and soul.
Best For: Couples, families, and those traveling on business will find the hotel has everything needed for a completely satisfying stay plus a laid-back atmosphere.
What to Know: Guests can expect exceptional service from the staff with attention to detail, clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated accommodations, and delicious food at the Francois Plantation restaurant.
Insider Tip: Villa Marie is approximately 2 miles from Saint Barthelemy Airport (SBH).
What's Included in the Price: Enjoy the convenience of free parking, start the day with free breakfast, stay connected with free Wi-Fi, and take advantage of the hotel's complimentary transportation.
Nuts & Bolts: 21 villas and bungalows, 1 restaurant, lounge, pool, fitness center, and spa. $$$$
Overview: Rejuvenating, refreshing, and replenishing are the key elements guests will experience at Hotel Manapany. The hotel's vibe is relaxed from the comfort and convenience of thoughtfully created rooms and suites to scenic views of tropical birds and gardens from private sundecks.
What to Love: Yoga and Pilates classes and shopping at the Le Manapany store to car rental delivery and two game rooms.
Best For: Guests with a love of good food. Please your palates with authentic flavors at Manapany restaurant while taking in the sea views.
What to Know: For guest convenience, the hotel offers return airport transfers using the hotel's e-cars.
Insider Tip: Double the pleasure with a free massage when choosing a package with a 60-minute massage included at the Signature spa.
What's Included in the Price: The hotel offers a free airport shuttle, free parking, and free internet access.
Nuts & Bolts: 37 rooms and suites, 1 villa, restaurant, bar, spa, fitness center, and 2 pools. $$$$
Travelers with kids can enjoy all the comforts of home at Rosewood Le Guanahani. From pools and tennis court to the Rosewood Explorers children's club, there are plenty of activities to keep the young ones entertained.
Families that enjoy a variety of outdoor activities will find plenty of activities to do for all ages just a short distance from the hotel, which includes assorted water sports. There are also spacious accommodations that include a 6-bedroom villa ideally suited for families.
With its proximity to the beautiful sands and refreshing waters of Flamands Beach, kids can spend hours swimming, snorkeling, and building impressive sandcastles.
There are plenty of opportunities for water sports and activities for families, along with the Kids' Club for more entertainment. Babysitting services are also available.
There's plenty of fun and entertainment to keep families entertained for hours on end. Activities at the hotel include a Sunday BBQ, surfing for beginners, and a picnic by the sea. The hotel also features two game rooms, with one just for children.
The beautiful setting and romantic atmosphere at Le Toiny provide the perfect location for private celebrations, honeymooners, weddings, and anniversaries.
Listen to the waves, feel the breeze, enjoy luxury accommodations in a suite or villa overlooking the tranquil lagoon while tapping into the romantic atmosphere.
Honeymooners can wine and dine at this high-profile hotel that features master chef cuisine at this #1 destination in the Caribbean.
Peaceful surroundings, scenic views, chef-inspired cuisine, and sunset strolls on the beach are the perfect ingredients for romance.
Couples can enjoy doing activities together, such as yoga and Pilates, or experiencing a soothing massage at the spa.
If you were researching “all-inclusive hotels in St Barts” in search of a truly luxurious and pampered resort option, there is one more option to consider. A private villa for a few nights or a week where the services of a private chef, butler, and housekeepers are included in the price?
In St Barts, there are a handful of exceptional villas where you can have such an experience. Here is a shortlist of them, all of which can be reserved through WIMCO Villas.
A sleek contemporary 6-bedroom beachfront villa on Flamands Beach, featuring a sauna, spa, movie theater, gym, professional kitchen. The services of a private chef and butler are included in the price.
This private waterfront estate consists of three buildings with a total of eleven bedrooms, with a gym, private waterfront terrace, and dock. The services of a private chef and butler are included in the price.
Stunning waterfront compound on a huge lot within a private gated association. The property includes six bedrooms, a gym, a private dock with kayaks, access to tennis courts, and a private beach. The services of a private chef and butler are included in the price.