Known for its exquisite tropical landscape, sophisticated yet laid-back vibe, high-end shopping, and world-class dining scene, St Barts is a dazzling destination.
There’s also plenty to love for babies, kids, and families, thanks to everything from sunny, seashell-studded beaches to feet in the sand cafes, to surfing, sailing, and scuba diving.
If you’ve been thinking of vacationing on St Barts with kids, finding suitable accommodations may be at the top of your to-do list. While there are no St Barts all-inclusive family resorts, there are many convenient options when it comes to vacationing in St Barts with kids—from St Barts resort hotels for families to luxury villa rentals with private pools and 3 or more bedrooms.
Here’s a closer look at everything you need to know about St Barts family resorts and villas.
Overview: Sprawled over 18 secluded acres on its private peninsula, Rosewood Le Guanahani sets the standard for luxury on St Barths thanks to its impeccably appointed accommodations and a breadth and depth of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, two outdoor freshwater pools, two beaches, nature hiking paths, and Beach House St. Barth restaurant.
Factor in the warm Caribbean hospitality, and a memorable stay awaits at Rosewood Le Guanahani—the only full-service resort on St Barts.
What to Know: Kids aren’t just welcome at Rosewood Le Guanahani; they’re catered to as valued guests. The resort’s Rosewood Explorers club offers daily indoor and outdoor activities for children between the ages of four and 11. While teens aren’t left out of the fun thanks to an abundance of water activities. The resort also offers professional babysitting services so parents can get some time to themselves.
Insider Tips: While strolling the resort’s lush garden paths, keep an eye out for turtles, salamanders, and other wildlife roaming around the property.
Nuts & Bolts: 56 rooms and suites, 10 signature suites, 1restaurant, 1bar, a spa, 2 pools, a fitness center, and a tennis court. $$$$ rating
Overview: A tranquil haven overlooking St Barts’ pristine white sandy beaches, this charming hotel gives new meaning to the phrase “every detail accounted for.”
Prepare to have all of your expectations exceeded—and then some. Attentive staff, impeccably detailed guestrooms with Hermes products, stunning views, and superb cuisine at the resort's Amis St Barth restaurant are hallmarks of a chic stay at Le Barthélemy.
What to Know: Whether you need dinner reservations or VIP service through customs, the concierge will take excellent care of you throughout your stay. There are also abundant offerings for your little ones, including aquatic activities, treasure hunts, and the beach. A hearty French breakfast buffet is also included—the perfect jumpstart to your day.
Insider Tips: Access to the resort’s glass-bottom kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling equipment are included in your stay. You’ll also be provided with a beach bag, sun visors, and other essentials.
Nuts & Bolts: 44 rooms and suites, 2 villas, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, and 1 spa. $$$$ rating
Overview: If you’re craving a peaceful, intimate atmosphere, you’ll find it at Hotel Christopher. Prepare for premier pampering throughout your stay at this five-star boutique resort. From exquisite coastal-chic decor and 24-hour room service to fine dining at the RIVYERA restaurant. And from downtime at the world-class Sisley Spa to its secluded waterfront pavilion, Hotel Christopher has everything you expect from a luxury resort.
What to Know: A children’s pool, buffet breakfast, family rooms, onsite laundry facilities, and in-room childcare are a few of the features that make Hotel Christopher a comfortable and accommodating place for families. There’s even a library.
While there isn’t direct beach access, the remarkable ocean views, sublime setting, and show-stopping infinity pool more than makeup for it. Plus, the island’s idyllic beaches are just a quick taxi ride away.
Insider Tips: Looking for an unforgettable family adventure? Book a private luxury cruise of the Mediterranean aboard the Hotel Christopher’s Lady Beatrice yacht.
Nuts & Bolts: 42 rooms and suites, villas, restaurant and lounge, and spa. $$$$
Overview: Families preferring a quieter environment and slower pace will find serenity at Hotel Villa Marie. Luxuriate in the oasis-like setting of lush island flora and fauna with scenic views ofspectacular Flamands Beach while enjoying world-class accommodations, attentive staff, and exquisite food at the Francois Plantation restaurant.
There’s no better way to start your day than with a poolside breakfast under the palm trees at this bohemian chic boutique hotel.
What to Know: While Hotel Villa Marie isn’t on the beach, Colombier Beach—and its abundance of kid-friendly activities—is just a short walk away. Guests also have access to concierge services until 9 p.m. nightly in case you need help planning your itinerary. But WIMCO’s concierge team is also always in your corner 24/7.
Insider Tips: François Plantation chef de cuisine Emmanuelle Motte will be happy to adapt his French fare for children’s palates. Just be sure to plan your visit accordingly. The hotel closes during cyclone season, which runs from mid-August to mid-November.
Nuts & Bolts: 16 bungalows and 3 villas, 1 restaurant, bar, spa, pool, and concierge service.$$$$ rating
Overview: The only property in the Caribbean with the French Minister of Tourism’s Palace distinction, the iconic Cheval Blanc offers elegant, chic accommodations, panoramic beach views, inspired French cuisine, and two boutiques. Expect a five-star experience across every aspect of your stay.
What to Know: Adults aren’t the only ones who get pampered at Cheval Blanc. Child-friendly amenities abound, including everything from kid-sized flip-flops, bathrobes, and slippers to made-to-order baby food and kids’ menus with ingredient lists at the ready.
An artistic atelier for children, organized treasure hunts, birthday parties, and family excursions ensure that a stay at Cheval Blanc is delightful for everyone. You can even arrange for a professional photoshoot.
Insider Tips: Need an afternoon or night off for adult fun? Just call or email Maison to arrange for onsite childcare. (Just be sure to book early—especially if you’re visiting during high season.)
Nuts & Bolts: 61+ rooms, suites, bungalows and villas, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, private pools, spa, and an entertainment center. $$$$
When it comes to luxurious accommodations in the Caribbean, St Barts family resorts offer extraordinary experiences for both the young and young at heart. Conveniences may include onsite dining at world-class restaurants; children’s clubs, programming, and other family-friendly activities; and 24/7 concierge services. Resorts also offer opportunities for socializing with other families.
WIMCO’s luxury villa rentals are an appealing alternative to St Barts family resorts. Not only do all of WIMCO’s private villas have complimentary 24/7 concierge service, but each has its own private pool. Expect all of the same attention and care you’d get at a five-star hotel with the peace and privacy of your own villa.
Your concierge can arrange for everything from activities to dinner reservations. They’ll even pre-stock your villa with your favorite beverages.
A private villa is also the ideal home base for exploring the diverse offerings of the Caribbean’s culinary capital.
Can’t choose one of the two? WIMCO also offers a best-of-both-worlds solution: private villas on the grounds of St Barts resorts. Not sure which accommodation option is best for you and your family? WIMCO’s knowledgeable staff can guide you to the most desirable arrangement based on your family’s wants and needs.
Enjoy breathtaking sunset views and calming ocean breezes at your luxurious five-bedroom villa. Inspired by sun-soaked, 60s-era Southern California, this spacious property consists of a main house, separate bungalow, and outdoor pavilion.
It features chic and sophisticated furnishings and graceful design details, such as a gourmet kitchen, heated infinity pool, and magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows. Unspoiled Gouverneur Beach is just a few minutes away by car.
This glamorous private compound boasts eight well-appointed bedrooms spread across multiple bungalows. Dazzling white interiors, a calming minimalist style, and an outdoor lounge area with incredible views are just a few of the features that make Villa ELA so sensational.
Kids will love the prime location right on Flamands Beach—not to mention the private pool and tennis court. Want a child-free night in nearby Gustavia or St-Jean? Your concierge team will be happy to arrange for childcare.
Enjoy glorious tropical island views while relaxing in the splendor of the five-bedroom villa on the shores of Lorient Bay. In addition to the four-bedroom main house, there’s a private bungalow with a fifth bedroom and a small kitchenette at the rear of the property—the perfect spot for a nanny or teenagers.
Speaking of teenagers, they’ll love the heated pool, fast Wi-Fi, and complimentary sea kayaks and paddleboards. You’ll also enjoy a daily continental breakfast and complimentary turndown service, laundry, and soft drinks during the high season.
Wake up each morning tostunning bay and island views against a backdrop of lush tropical gardens. Also known as WV SIL, Villa Silver Rainbow belongs to an enclave of 15 luxury villas in Petit Cul de Sac.
A well-equipped fitness room, heated infinity swimming pool, and Balinese gazebo are just a few of the noteworthy features awaiting you at Villa WV Sil. Plus, it’s just steps away from the beach.
Suitable for children aged 8 and over or younger kids with nanny supervision, Villa Silver Rainbow also comes with a private chef, waiter, turndown service, housekeeping, laundry, and an at-the-ready concierge team.
This newly-built 4-bedroom villa offers a perfect combination of raw beauty and consummate modern-day conveniences. Enjoy expansive bay views and natural breezes, opulent accommodations, and concierge services for arranging everything from boat charters to grocery delivery to babysitting.
Guests also enjoy access to the community Clubhouse, fitness centers, pools, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The calm, warm waters of St Barts make it ideal for water sports and other activities from swimming, surfing, and snorkeling to jet skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Other popular ocean activities for families include catamaran cruises, shell collecting, wildlife watching, and more.
Each of St Barts beaches boasts its own unique allures. TakeShell Beach, for example. Located on the west coast within walking distance to Gustavia, it’s ideal for everything from seashell collecting to snorkeling to lunching.
Other wonderful St Barts beaches for kids includeLorientBeachfor surfing and snorkeling, peacefulGrand Cul de Sac(an excellent place to see turtles in their natural habitat), and crescent-shaped St.Jean Beachwith its mile-long stretch of pristine sand.Colombier Beach,Saline Beach,Gouverneur beach, and the natural pools in the cliffs ofPetit Cul de Sacare also intriguing destinations.
St. Barts may be synonymous with luxury and glamour, but it’s also home to remarkable natural beauty and a fantastic variety of wildlife—both on land and at sea.
Humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea urchins, stingrays, barracudas, brown pelicans, royal terns, Great Blue Heron, and the critically endangered Lesser Antillean iguanas are just a few of the species you might spy around the island.
For smaller kids, you can find a lovely little children’s playground next to the stadium in St-Jean. It has some small shade trees, but it can get hot, so it’s best to go there in the morning or early evening. Make sure to pack mosquito repellent - they like to bite.
Is there anything sweeter than enjoying a decadent ice cream treat after a day of fun in the sun? There are plenty of options for satisfying a sweet tooth in St Barts. A few favorites include the vegan sorbets, organic milk gelato, and natural smoothies at Natural Delights, as well as the ice cream, sorbets, and homemade macarons at Le Petit Deauville.
At La Creperie in Gustavia, kids can try a variety of these classic French treats. Their menu also features salads, burgers and pizza.
Nestled in a lush tropical setting of graceful banana trees and glistening ponds, Le Tamarin exudes a warm and inviting family atmosphere. Operated by the Lebeau brothers, it offers generous portions of creatively prepared dishes guaranteed to satisfy palates of all ages. Dine inside or share an outdoor table with the restaurant’s resident turtles while enjoying the magnificent view.
A vibrant and casual “come as you are” atmosphere—flip-flops and t-shirts are absolutely welcome—make this restaurant, bar, and beach club a comfortable and fuss-free dining spot for families. The menu is diverse, but everything on it shares a common theme: all items are barbecued—including desserts.
Enjoy stunning views of Saint Jean bay while dining inside or on the terrace at Pearl Beach Restaurant. A delectable fusion of Latin and French cuisine provides tasty delights for every palate. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu offers everything from fluffy pancakes and omelets to steaks, cheeseburgers, and fries… and best of all, from here you can see the tiny planes take off and land.
A kid's menu and a sublime selection of desserts will satisfy diners of all ages.
Need a break from the fancy foodie scene? This laid-back spot offers French and Caribbean cuisine with friendly, personal service and no pretensions. Enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of Gustavia harbor while savoring fresh and flavorful entrees such as grilled lobster, escargot, tuna tartar, gazpacho, octopus, and mahi-mahi. The souffle is the perfect finishing touch.
There's good pizza, and then there's great pizza. The latter keeps families flocking to L'isoletta. In addition to their traditional pizza made with premier ingredients shipped from Italy, this “Roman-style” pizzeria in the heart of Gustavia also offers a full menu of authentic Italian specialties, such as eggplant parmesan lasagna, assorted salads, and sandwiches. Just make sure to leave room for dessert.