Gastronomy, Design And Wellness: What’s New For Cheval Blanc St-Barth
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France continues to evolve following on from its pre-pandemic design transformation.
When Cheval Blanc’s St Barthélemy maison opened for the season in October of last year, more surprises were awaiting guests of the ultra-luxury hotel, enhancing the experience the property provides across gastronomy, style and wellness.
The 2014-opened property, which launched following LVMH group’s 2013 acquisition of the island’s legendary Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, emerged from a design transformation in 2018 and has since continued to develop and add to what’s on offer across the coastal enclave.
Set on the hillside, spanning tropical gardens and leading down to the white-sand shores of Flamands beach, the first hotel outside of Metropolitan France to have Palace status places guests on the northwestern side of the island from where you can take a moke to see more of this captivating island in the French West Indies or hike around the rugged coast to the sheltered shores and turquoise water of nearby Anse de Colombier.
The 2018 transformation of this luxury retreat saw the French designer Jacques Grange bring a whole new architectural concept to the property in which each newly transformed and newly added space reflects the inspiration that’s been taken from the rhythm of life on St Barthélemy. From the rooms to the restaurants and other public areas, the contemporary aesthetic is imbued with design accents that reflect a collector’s travel inspiration and the St Barth lifestyle.
Acclaimed landscape design Madison Cox curated the lush gardens, where paths wind between tropical flora, and the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel created The Constellation of Pegasus mobile sculpture taking inspiration from the island’s starry skies to represent a connection between the land and sky with its galaxy of glass beads.
At this time additions to the maison experience, on top of the creation of new rooms and suites with panoramic views, included the new kids’ club Le Carrousel and entirely new dining concepts for the restaurants La Case de l’Isle and La Cabane de l’Isle.
At the end of 2019, the maison then went on to heighten this culinary offering, naming the acclaimed chef Jean Imbert as the chef of La Case and introducing a new gastronomic concept fusing Caribbean flavors with inspiration taken from the island lifestyle in a sea-view space benefitting from a new look with tableware that’s been designed by the chef for Dior.
As the maison opened for its next season in late 2020, even more enhancements were unveiled, including its newly completed five-bedroom villa, la Villa de France, comprising two terraces and two infinity edge pools with dramatics views over Flamands bay where Jacques Grange created a refuge combining jungle, corals and ethnographic art inspiration with the welcoming feel of a house by the sea.
In the 21/22 season, the maison is now introducing guests to a new concept for the beach restaurant La Cabane, which has been entirely revamped and given a new culinary offering with menus designed by chef Jean Imbert. And this season also sees the creation of a new Tiki Bar taking inspiration from the South Pacific for drinks such as the Tiki Tiki Bang Bang combining cinnamon-infused pisco, mango, coconut puree, fresh lime, vanilla syrup and island fruit bitters.
At La Cabane, dishes highlighting fresh produce including the morning’s catch are now served in a space where textile and decorative elements, such as artisanal wicker baskets and terracotta jars, have been chosen to the harmonise with the surrounding foliage and palms. Two tribal-inspired statues stand at the entrance from the beach.
The garden-enclosed Cheval Blanc Spa offering Guerlain treatments then benefits from the addition of Guerlain’s new Haute Parfumerie collection, with expertise in selecting the right fragrance for you and the new Spa Cheval Blanc engraving service to customise your bottle.
Also adding the overall wellness experience this summer, the maison is hosting a Wellness Month throughout July with different teachers sharing their expertise in a series of exclusive classes, from the former dancer of Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet, Julie Granger, to renowned yoga teacher Nicolas Legrez who leads private yoga sessions at the hotel throughout the entire season.
Epitomising the atmosphere and style, plus French Caribbean identity, that this island is distinguished by, Cheval Blanc’s beachfront maison is a beguiling base for experiencing St Barth and soaking up the surroundings on land or on the water by sailing vessel and yacht.