Hotel Le Toiny is a member of Relais & Châteaux and the most expensive resort in the exclusive Caribbean island of St. Barth. Hotel Le Toiny has only 15 villas total, each with it’s own private swimming pool as the highlight. Room rates starts at 595 euros making it one of the most expensive resorts in The Caribbean including the most expensive in the already expensive St. Barth.
My experience started with an airport pick up and a short comfortable ride to the hotel. Upon arrival, I received a warm welcome from the staff including the General Manager which for me is one of the signatures of Relais & Châteaux. The owner is a big part of the Relais & Châteaux and show so much passion for what they do which is often why it turns out to be such a great experience. Hotel Le Tony is just that and the rooms are among the bests in the entire Relais & Châteaux collection. The villas have been recently renovated and are very impressively designed. What I love most is the privacy. Nobody can see you take a swim in your private swimming pool with view of The Caribbean sea. Inside, the villas are lovely with it’s colonial design and many features. Tv with complimentary movies in the living room. The bathroom wasn’t extraordinary, but had the lovely L’Occitane products which is a standard in all Four Seasons hotels. My only complian about the room would be the bed which was a little hard although comfortable. I very much prefer a soft bed, but many European hotels, especially Italian, will have hard beds so I guess it will have to do with your personal preference. The service at Hotel Le Toiny is up to a good standard with helpful staff and some of the best I’ve seen in The Caribbean, mainly due to it’s personalized service as there are only 15 villas total. Service in The Caribbean can’t compete with Asia so having traveled almost everywhere, it’s close to impossible to exceed my expecatations, but it was great compared to other Caribbean top resorts.
Like in most Relais & Châteaux there isn’t many facilities at Hotel Le Toiny, instead the main focus is the food. The dining experience met my high expectations and are up to Relais & Châteaux’s standards. Somewhere between Michelin recommended and 1 star. The breakfast is an important part of a resort as it’s the last experience you have before leaving. Hotel Le Toiny do in-villa ala carte breakfast and it was great. View of the Caribbean sea and the private swimming pool was a lovely way to finish my short stay and I can definitely understand why Condé Nast Traveler included this property in their 2013 Gold List.
The bottom line is that Hotel Le Toiny is one of Caribbeans most expensive hotels for a reason. It’s one of the bests. It was definitely the best food I have had in The Caribbean and Le Toiny is a personalized Caribbean experience not to be missed.
My opinion: Great+ experience.