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A Relais & Chateaux property, Hotel Le Toiny St Barth is a tropical paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the hills of St. Barth. The hotel was designed to be an intimate refuge where guests can relax in their private infinity pool, enjoy a workout in the fitness facility, and treat themselves to a massage at the Serenity Spa Cottage.
Privacy and exclusivity have remained the defining characteristics of Hôtel Le Toiny since its 1992 opening on St. Barts’ quiet and intimate southeastern coast. The property’s 15 pastel bungalows, called Villa Suites, are located on a gentle slope overlooking an island lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Each accommodation is surrounded by lush vegetation, and enjoys its own gated entrance and red mailbox flag that serves as a “Do Not Disturb” sign. It is this emphasis on seclusion that has attracted the rich and famous since the hotel first opened its doors.
St. Barts’ early settlers came from the Normandy and Brittany regions of France in the 1600s and soon made their mark on the tiny island, which measures just nine square miles. Today, St. Barts has a quintessentially French flavor, yet maintains its sense of place through Caribbean cuisine influences, island colors, architecture and a relaxed style and personal nature. In keeping with these Island characteristics, Hôtel Le Toiny’s design mirrors the early plantation houses found in the French Caribbean.
This distinctive St. Barts style is apparent at the resort from the moment guests arrive. A discreet sign marks the entrance of the hotel, its self-contained lobby hidden behind a giant Gaïac tree which is reputed to be the largest on the island.
Guests enter the hotel through a paned glass door and check in at a mahogany desk in a cozy reception area. Behind the reception area is the hotel’s living room which houses the stylish Le Gaïac restaurant, complete with a roofed open-air terrace that overlooks the ocean and an infinity pool. Gentle tropical breezes flow through the restaurant day and night.
The hotel’s spacious La Case Bar encompasses two bungalows with one side completely open to catch the ocean breeze, while the all-white upholstered furnishings found in the restaurant bar create a refined sense of chic style.
To continuously ensure that Hotel Le Toiny sustains a fresh appeal while maintaining a firm grounding in its French and Caribbean roots, the property undergoes yearly renovations and updates. These updates are carried out with the promise that Hotel Le Toiny will always preserve its graceful character and design.
Le Toiny’s 15 Villa Suites are self-contained cottages and include one Junior Suite; 13 one-bedroom Villa Suites and La Villa, a 1-3 bedroom Master House that includes two bungalows.
All villas have been designed to catch as much natural light as possible. Hôtel Le Toiny provides light, fresh and breezy interiors, maximum sea views and the privacy and seclusion much sought after in luxury hotel accommodations. Spacious living areas flow directly into the bedroom, which in turn lead to large, well-appointed bathrooms. Each villa includes beach chairs and umbrellas.
Modern luxury conveniences include WiFi capabilities, 40-inch satellite plasma televisions, an iPod® station, iPod music library and a Nespresso™ machine. The 2008 renovation program blended contemporary features with Hôtel Le Toiny’s signature classic French Colonial Style. Elegant four-poster canopy beds, luxurious linens, French Colonial teak wood furnishings and rich fabrics in toile and stripes reflecting the colours and heritage of the Caribbean is apparent in the new décor.
Restaurant Le Gaïac, named for St. Bart’s native Gaïac tree, is well known for its delicious French-inspired cuisine.
Dishes created under Chef Jean-Christophe’s direction include new offerings such as Carpaccio and rillettes of mahi-mahi accompanied by stacked pickled vegetables, or Braised Sea Bass, artichoke mousseline, zucchini and comfits tomatoes, or Veal chop cooked at low-temperature, fondant potatoes, pistachio-goji berry crumble, sautéed vegetables and cappuccino jus; and classic offerings like Restaurant Le Gaiac’s famed spaghetti with black truffles, prepared tableside in a wheel of parmesan cheese.
The restaurant also capitalizes on its location by preparing the freshest Caribbean seafood. A local Fish Market is offered every Tuesday for lunch and dinner, where guests can choose from a variety of freshly caught local fish served to their exact specifications. On Sundays, the restaurant hosts its famous Brunch Du Toiny, which has become a staple on the island.
Chef Jean-Christophe has also overseen Le Gaïac’s shift towards farm-to-table dining, utilizing local growers and producers to accurately represent the French-Caribbean flavor the restaurant is famous for. In addition, Chef Jean-Christophe uses Hotel Le Toiny’s organic greenhouses to supply 25%-27% of Le Gaïac’s ingredients, freeing up land for local farmers to utilize the islands already scarce soil.
At the Spa of the hotel you will find Elemis Spa Therapy line, an exclusive cosmetic and spa treatment line designed to fine tune the body’s complex physiology by utilizing powerful massage sequences and robust natural ingredients.
The spa therapies are meant to work in a natural synergy with the skin, body, and mind, and are backed by extensive clinical and scientific studies that ensure every therapy brings results. Facials, body wraps and scrubs, special massages, and waxing are just a few of the decadent services offered.
Some of the new treatments include;
Exotic Coconut Rub + Milk Ritual Wrap
This indulgent therapy gently polishes and nourishes the skin, while soothing the senses. Warmed Skin-Nourishing Milk Bath is drizzled over the entire body, followed by a softening Balinese coconut scrub. The body will relax and loosen as it soaks up the enriching active ingredients.
Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Facial
The Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Facial instantly uplifts the skin and helps minimize the signs of ageing for a more youthful appearance, and is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles by up to 94 percent and improve skin firmness by up to 57 percent.
Hot Shell Massage
This relaxing treatment uses real shells from the Philippines to gently massage the body. The mixture of minerals, algae and salt water from inside the lava shells, combined with essential oils, create a hot stone-like warming effect.
A gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, combining elements of massage, joint
mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance.
SEE… A private path runs from the hotel to the beach, and offers panoramic views of Toiny Bay. On the ten minute walk, guests may find that salamanders, turtles and iguanas become walking companions with amusing regularity;
HEAR… The stories about the rare giant Gaïac tree, in front of the lobby, which is reputed to be the largest on the island;
TASTE… The dishes created under Chef Jean-Christophe’s direction such as Carpaccio and rillettes of mahi-mahi accompanied by stacked pickled vegetables, or Braised Sea Bass, artichoke mousseline, zucchini and comfits tomatoes;
TOUCH… The French Colonial teak wood furnishings and rich fabrics in toile and stripes reflecting the colours and heritage of the Caribbean;
SMELL… The exotic oils and fragrances of the Caribbean used at the Spa;