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Whilst I valiantly battle jetlag, the tired children and my own thoughts, let’s start with a little summary of my recent and first trip to St. Barths and Anguilla.

First of all, getting there from ol’ Blighty is more of a royal pain in the arse than Prince Harry.  Our journey kicked off at the ungodly hour of 4 am from The Emory: Heathrow to Paris, Paris to St. Martin, then a two-hour stand-off with our luggage at the carousel, and finally, an hour-long boat ride to St. Barths.  You can fly in about 10 mins, but Lucie isn’t keen on smaller planes.  Instead we all got seasick and decided the plane crashing would have been more enjoyable than sailing.  Total travel time: a mind-numbing 18 hours.  This is with a three and one-year-old, which surely wins me at least one of the Nobel prizes.  If you are coming from Miami, congrats, you can fly at least fly to Anguilla directly.  Good for you.  But you do have to contend with alligators on meth, so pros and cons.

First, we went to Eden Rock, which is one of those properties that are often called Grande Dames or something equally pretentious.  It’s been there for 71 years, so it’s seen a thing or two, including Hurricane Irma, which gave them an opportunity to rebuild.  Staying in one of their top suites, the Howard Hughes Signature Suite, you would expect it to be nice.  And you know what?  It actually was.  Nice, but basic in terms of facilities.  Then, over at Cheval Blanc St. Barths, we stayed in Beach Suite, also one of their top suites.  The service completely disproved the notion that you cannot get good service in the Caribbean.  The service was absolutely world-class, let down only by the minor points like the food.  And facilities.  And the hotel looking like it is a reflagged Premier Inn.

It was important to stay at what is widely considered the best two properties in St. Barths.  Then came the decision of where to stay next.  I think my enemies conspired to suggest Le Barthélemy.  It’s the Madam Web of luxury resorts.  A simply awful property that overachieves in one department: disappointment.  After that wasteland, it was onto Le Toiny, a unique offering for its snug, twenty-two-room offering, with all the villas in the hills and their private beach a five-minute transfer away.  We also visited Rosewood Le Guanahani, mostly because I thought I should, but also because we could walk there from Le Barthélemy and escape the rapid onset of sadness.

Rosewood offers the only kids club on the entire island, which makes it quite clear that St. Barths isn’t really suited for younger children.  It’s a beautiful island, offering easy opportunities to get around, go out, explore, try different restaurants, visit beaches, and shop.  I’m more of a “stay in a single resort and only leave if they evacuate me” type of client, and St. Barths didn’t have a single property that I could recommend for those with young children like mine.  Rosewood came the closest, provided that your children are older than four and eligible for the kids club.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t good things to say about St Barths.  More of that in the reviews.

Over on Anguilla, we stayed in Belmond Cap Juluca while visiting Four Seasons and Malliouhana.  I can safely say that Cap Juluca has one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.  Just a shame the service was so laid back it was if they were suffering heatstroke from spending so long on it.  Four Seasons was even worse than I was told to expect.  It looks like somewhere machines will one day build to imprison us, while Malliouhana made me glad we picked Cap Juluca.

Reviews will be coming in the following months.

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Tom Cahalan

Written by Tom Cahalan on 9th May '24

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