The Legend of St. Barths: the Eden Rock Hotel

Icon of the Day - Jul 26th 2018

The Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barths  is among the most exceptional places in the world - enrapturing landscapes, fascinating history, like Greta Garbo, the greatest stars of today and yesterday have selected this place as their domicile for a season or two. This is all it took to forge its idyllic character and outsized reputation of one of the hotels located between the two beaches of St. Jean bay.

The history of the St. Barths Eden Rock Hotel begins in 1947 - the island of Saint-Barthélémy began to have an international reputation when Rockefeller purchased a plot of land there. In 1950, famed adventurer Remy de Haenen would arrive on St. Barths; three years later, he founded the Eden Rock Hotel, the first hotel constructed on a rock. With 34 rooms, suites, and villas spread out among the beaches or hidden in the heart of luxuriant gardens, the hotel would soon make a name for itself as stars like Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes became regular guests between 1950 and 1960. Today the Eden Rock Hotel needs no introduction: resolutely turned towards art and music, the hotel possesses a number of art galleries, but also a mix table that was brought from New York in 1974. Three years earlier, John Lennon used it to record “Imagine”. Even better, in the middle of its numerous Caribbean gardens, the Villa Rockstar possesses the island’s only recording studio - largely inspired by David Bowie’s costumes in the Dandy era. An ultra-luxurious villa with airs of a 100 million dollar yacht, its surface area of 1,500 m2 lights up the imagination while its innovative service gives the Eden Rock its quintessential luxury and glamour.

The decoration, managed by hotel owner Jane Matthews responds in a soft but powerful way to the breathtaking view that each of the rooms offers of the Caribbean Sea. Luxury boutiques go hand-in-hand with multiple restaurants and the spa, offering guests the latest advancements in well-being, fashion, and gastronomy. The Eden Rock offers a cuisine specially imagined by chef Jean-Georges Vongreichten who hails from France’s Alsace region. Having worked most notably with Paul Haeberlin, Paul Bocuse, and Louis Outhier, this chef takes inspiration from Asia - the restaurant “On The Rocks” at the rock’s summit leaves guests moved by an exoticism that espouses French tradition. The signature dish? St. Barths lobster with garlic butter, a Thai cabbage salad, lamb chops, smoked chili ice cream and panna cotta.

Finally, St. Barths wouldn’t be St. Barths without the legendary Eden Rock spa - the cosmetics are local here. The Ligne St. Barth, little known off the island, possesses intense but relaxing benefits. By relying on protection of the environment and a celebration of the island’s products and small marvels, the Eden Rock Hotel anchors itself even more within the upper echelons of the art of receiving. For three decades, the Ligne St. Barth has kept a unique savoir-faire at the heart of their beauty innovations that combines local traditions from customs and mores along with a quest for new active ingredients. The result is a number of outstanding products that awaken the skin to enliven the body itself. With remarkable efficiency and extraordinary quality, the Eden Rock takes a fantastic approach to hoteling - all with its feet dipped in the Caribbean Sea.

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