Hip, value, boutique
Temporarily closed Point Milou 590-590-276-363 www.hotelchristopher.com
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At a Glance
Situated amid the hilltop villas of posh Pointe Milou, in the northeastern part of the island, the Hotel Christopher is one of St. Barth’s best values.
- Stylish five-star boutique accommodations at reasonable prices
- The view from the pool (especially as the sun goes down), on the edge of the sea
- Long lunches or sunset drinks (try a Skinny Avion) at Mango
- Proximity to Le Ti, St. Barth’s famous supper club and burlesque show
Back in full swing after Hurricane Irma and then a small fire that took out the restaurant and part of the pool deck, the Hotel Christopher offers travelers without an Eden Rock budget a stylish alternative on St. Barth’s. The 42 rooms have a modern, beach-chic look: platform beds, dressed in crisp white linens, get an Hermès-orange pop of color from bold blankets and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Bathrooms are equally chic, with lava stone sinks, rain shower heads and high ceilings to match the loft-like feel of the bedroom. Outdoor patios have a view of the ocean and pool area and a comfortable oversize day bed for lounging. The best rooms are on the second floor, giving guests unobstructed ocean views and more privacy. Attached suites with connecting terraces will work well for families or friends traveling together.
While the resort lacks a sandy beach, its sexy pool is ideal for passing a sunny morning or afternoon, and fantastic beaches such as Saline are a short drive away (a rental car is a must on St. Barth’s). There’s also a smart boutique with cool surfer tees, coverups and adorable beachwear for tiny tots; a small fitness room with a view of the pool and the sea beyond; and a full-service Sisley Spa. Treatment rooms look out to the ocean and have private outdoor showers, and massages can be done al fresco. The Christopher’s two restaurants, Mango (for lunch or drinks, with toes in the sand, though no actual beach) and Christo (for dinner) are both excellent and serve dishes such as ceviches and tuna sashimi or just-caught red snapper for two. A well-orchestrated buffet breakfast is also included, featuring croissants and pastries, eggs and bacon, crepes and waffles, as well as house-made yogurt and fruit. The hotel plans to add three 2,600 square foot villas with private pools, to be completed in 2019.
Who Should Stay
Travelers without an Eden Rock budget looking for a boutique, smaller scale option.