One of our favorite things about St Barts is that we can wake up to the ocean every morning. It seems like all of the island’s finest homes have two things in common: floor-to-ceiling windows in every bedroom and stunning ocean views. Whether you’re taking a detox trip to unplug and destress or an adventure-filled island exploration, the room you lay your head in at night is crucial. We’ve curated some of our favorite bedrooms in St Barts for waking up and finding bliss.
Ginger, Petit Saline
Ginger is a home that’s built around views. Lounging around the long infinity-edge pool? Enjoy a view out over the Caribbean and nearby islands. Dining alfresco? Enjoy the sunset over the hillside. Warming up in the hot tub or even just getting some shade under a gazebo? More views to enjoy!
You get the idea: This private hillside villa in Petite Saline, with a terrace running the length of the villa, is not short on pretty vistas. On the opposite side, there’s a grassy courtyard that beams light into the kitchen, bathroom, and gym. And we’ll never get tired of small touches like the espresso machine, wine fridge, and Apple TV that make this place feel like home. But there’s no question that our favorite part of Ginger is waking up each and every morning to enjoy the ocean before even getting out of bed. That’s right, each of the villa’s five bedrooms looks out onto the sparkling blue sea through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Sure, you could close the blinds and sleep in a little longer, but we prefer to leave them open and wake up with the sunrise. One look outside and you’ll be ready to take on the day.
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Lital, Anse de Cayes
Many of the homes in St Barts are topped with distinct red roofs. The view from the terrace at Lital is filled with these squares of color, and you’ll feel like you’re looking down over the whole island from up there. Floor-to-ceiling windows and the use of glass everywhere possible keeps the home feeling wide open and creates views from just about anywhere. A living room separates the long swimming pool from the ocean, but it’s surrounded by glass so you can see right through and out over the water even while you swim. The Main House has six luxurious bedrooms; four with Queen size beds, two with King size beds. Each of the six bedrooms has a view of the ocean and an ensuite bathroom with its own shower, while two of them even have an alfresco shower, in our opinion the best (or only) way to start the day.
Our favorite bedroom though is the Master, separated from the rest of the villa in a stand-alone suite on the home’s top level. With its own private terrace looking out over the ocean, this is the room worth fighting for. If you’re on your honeymoon with friends—also known as a buddymoon—or your birthday trip, you’re safe in claiming this room. Otherwise, start you’d better call it now!
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Bali, Pointe Milou
Would you rather: Wake up just steps from your own private terrace and garden, or wake up to the allure of a cool morning breeze and a view of the ocean? That’s probably the toughest decision you’ll make when you arrive at Bali, a hillside St Barts masterpiece with some of the absolute finest sunset views on the entire island.
This Pointe Milou villa is perfect for a couples’ trip, and each of its four bedrooms offers privacy even while in close proximity to the rest of your group’s rooms. While St Barts is known for its array of high-end restaurants, chances are someone in the group has the cooking bug and will relish the opportunity to play master chef in Bali’s fully equipped kitchen. The indoor dining area seats four, so a bigger group should plan to dine alfresco and feast on some grilled up barbecue fare. Time it right and you’ll catch one of those amazing St Barts sunsets.
Now, back to the home’s four incredible bedrooms. We wouldn’t dare choose a favorite because no matter which you pick, it’ll feel like home by night one. Whatever you do, take a moment to decide what you truly want to wake up to: the private terrace with a garden, or the balcony with the ocean view?
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Axel Rocks, Gustavia
One of our favorite chill spots at Axel Rocks is at the poolside bar. So simple yet so alluring, four white, low-back bar chairs sit behind a tall bar table, but the whole bar is set up in a dugout space carved out of the pool deck. When you’re sitting there, your waist is at water level and your legs dangle in front of a glass wall that peeks into the infinity edge pool right in front of you. Beyond the pool, you’re looking directly into the vast ocean where you can see the Petit Saints islands and you’ll surely catch the occasional yacht cruising by.
The interior decor is sleek and minimalistic, with added touches like a bright orange and white pool table that serves equally as a decoration piece, and a wine cellar you can fully stock with your favorites in advance. Each of the four bedrooms is clean and simple, but a funky bookcase design and high ceilings give them personality. Our favorite thing about the Axel Rocks bedrooms is that each one is livable on its own. If you need to sneak away and get some work done, each room has a desk and Wifi connection, and a mini fridge as a reward when you’re done.
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My Way, Colombier
The quote behind the bar here reads, in large cursive letters: I did it my way. The photos to either side show a young Frank Sinatra with his signature suit and trilby. So there’s definitely no confusion over the reason behind the Colombier villa’s name and the inspiration for this Rat Pack-inspired home. Meant to serve as a modern digs that would have been perfectly suited for Ol’ Blue Eyes and his comrades, My Way should be the answer for your next trip with the wannabe Dean Martins and Sammy Davis Jr’s in your life. Each of the five bedrooms has an ocean view and is just steps from the infinity pool, but two of them have access to a small pond and garden snuck in next to the dining area on the large balcony.
We suggest snagging one of those, but even if you can’t, your “consolation prize” is a stellar view of the hillside and the ocean through those classic floor-to-ceiling windows that all the best St Barts bedrooms have. (On second thought, we love those rooms too.) If you really want to take the Sinatra vibe to the next level, there’s a grand piano in the living area beside the bar. Let’s just hope whoever plays it has a fraction of the talent the Chairman of the Board had.
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