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    emcash is offline
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    Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Would love some opinions/ info.We are planning a trip to SB in March with another family (4 young teens total) and are currently booked at Le Barthelemy. Seems like that hotel is a bit far from the action and we will be there over a regatta weekend. Thinking of staying at the newly reconstructed Manapany. Wondering if anyone has any info on that hotel or opinions regarding these two hotels? Are the hotels comparable luxury-wise (tho I understand Manapany seems to be more eco-chic)? Manapany definitely seems like a better location and nicer beach, but Le B seems to be a more luxurious hotel?

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    With what you will pay to stay at those hotels with that many people, you could get a really nice villa. If your teens are into water sports, they may prefer Le B. To give the kids more things to do, you may want to look at Pearl Beach hotel...nice beach, plane watching, dining, shopping, track/soccer field, etc all within walking distance. I think they would get bored at Manapany after a day or two.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by emcash View Post
    Would love some opinions/ info.We are planning a trip to SB in March with another family (4 young teens total) and are currently booked at Le Barthelemy. Seems like that hotel is a bit far from the action and we will be there over a regatta weekend. Thinking of staying at the newly reconstructed Manapany. Wondering if anyone has any info on that hotel or opinions regarding these two hotels? Are the hotels comparable luxury-wise (tho I understand Manapany seems to be more eco-chic)? Manapany definitely seems like a better location and nicer beach, but Le B seems to be a more luxurious hotel?
    Stayed in a villa on Anse de Caye and did not enjoy the area or beach. Extreme amount of coral rock. Manapany has an ok beach, but far from the nicest beaches on st. Barts.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    If the teens are into water sports then Le Barthelemy is a better choice. There is wind surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, diving, kayaks, etc., all on a fairly calm bay. I haven’t been by Manapany in a long time, but my recollection of the beach there is that it wasn’t great. I don’t know what Manapany has for water sports, and the water will be rougher. Distance-wise, the Manapany is 10 minutes closer to St Jean and Gustavia, both of which are a 5-10 minute drive away.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    We agree on the Villa suggestion given the number of people and costs of either hotel. Between the two hotels, definitely Le Barthelemy for the same reasons Kevin gave you. Pearl Beach has a great location but Barthelemy has both the watersports available on a nice bay and can be more laid back when you want a little rnr.
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Thanks everyone. We had looked into a villa rental, but the consensus is hotel preferred. Love the idea of Le Barthelemy, just hate that it's far from many of the restaurants and beaches we want to go to and thought that during the regatta weekend it would be more fun to be centrally located.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Both those hotels you are looking into are off the beaten path. Can any of the young adults drive? Then again, would you want them driving here?
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    [QUOTE=amyb;1016892]Both those hotels you are looking into are off the beaten path. Can any of the young adults drive? Then again, would you want them driving here?[/QUOTE


    No, they are young teens. I"m nervous enough driving there! Also part of the reason having second thoughts on Le B

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    [QUOTE=emcash;1016896]
    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Both those hotels you are looking into are off the beaten path. Can any of the young adults drive? Then again, would you want them driving here?[/QUOTE


    No, they are young teens. I"m nervous enough driving there! Also part of the reason having second thoughts on Le B
    Have you looked at Pearl Beach? It’s on St Jean and plenty of action.


    Andy

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Le B is a distance from Gustavia. My husband and I stayed at Manapany years ago (before the renovation) and the beach is not a swimming beach - lots of coral.

    I agree with the others in suggesting Pearl. I would add Eden Rock too but they will likely be booked and even pricier than Le B or Manapany.

    After many years of staying in hotels, we've chosen to go the villa route and have been extremely happy. We book through Eden Rock who provides concierge services, etc. We are well taken care of and receive service on par with staying at a hotel. It's also a bonus to have your own private pool, particularly for kids and teens. If you can get a villa in the St. Jean area, that would be my suggestion.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    [QUOTE=andynap;1016914]
    Quote Originally Posted by emcash View Post

    Have you looked at Pearl Beach? It’s on St Jean and plenty of action.


    Fully booked unfortunately. it looks great

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Look into Village St Jean
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Look into Village St Jean
    Agree...we have stayed on their property for over 30 years..recently in their private villa..wonderful friendly loyal staff...several types of villa accommodations most with mini kitchenettes...also a shared pool and work out gym on property...up the hill from St. Jean within walking distance to one of the nicest swimming beaches and great restaurants...very safe walk to and fro for young teens...
    I would also ask about their 2 more bigger private villas...great for big families and one has its own pool.
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    What about Villa Marie? Thoughts?

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Thats the farthest of all


    Andy

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Oh?! I thought from the map it was central! Shows how much I know! :)

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    BTW- of the 2 you mentioned I would take Le Bart.


    Andy

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    I know it's been decided, but of the two I would take a villa.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Christopher has a great pool and restaurants but is isolated.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by emcash View Post
    Thanks everyone. We had looked into a villa rental, but the consensus is hotel preferred. Love the idea of Le Barthelemy, just hate that it's far from many of the restaurants and beaches we want to go to and thought that during the regatta weekend it would be more fun to be centrally located.
    The beach at Le Barthelemy is not very welcoming IMHO. The water has a very mucky like feel. Might I suggest a place like Les Islets on St. Jean. Hotel like but with a little kitchen and fridge you can keep snacks in and right on the beach. Kids can walk down the beach and find a great wind surf rental place and other water toys. You would be able to walk to Eden Rock, Lil Rock and Pearl Beach for lunch as well as Niki Beach. Easy walking distance to shops.
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Good advice!

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by Reed View Post
    The beach at Le Barthelemy is not very welcoming IMHO. The water has a very mucky like feel. Might I suggest a place like Les Islets on St. Jean. Hotel like but with a little kitchen and fridge you can keep snacks in and right on the beach. Kids can walk down the beach and find a great wind surf rental place and other water toys. You would be able to walk to Eden Rock, Lil Rock and Pearl Beach for lunch as well as Niki Beach. Easy walking distance to shops.
    I punched a couple of March dates for 4 people and nothing available


    Andy

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    You mentioned luxury a few times. Le Barthelemy is absolutely splendid and (IMHO) more luxurious than Manapany. That being said, it is a further drive from St. Jean and Gustavia and it's on a murky lagoon. It will be a dark 15-20 minutes back from Gustavia at night, but only five minutes or so from the restaurants in Saline and 10 minutes from St. Jean.

    My recommendation for a luxury hotel with beach amenities and proximity to Gustavia would be the new Carl Gustaf hotel in Gustavia (beach amenities at Shellona) or Eden Rock in St. Jean. Given that you'll need a few rooms during high season, you could rent two stunning villas with daily maid service and provisioning for far less dollars/euros.
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    not sure I would call GCdS "murky". it is a lagoon, with its reef barrier, and is very shallow, but I think the waters are generally clear, n'est-ce pas ?
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    not sure I would call GCdS "murky". it is a lagoon, with its reef barrier, and is very shallow, but I think the waters are generally clear, n'est-ce pas ?
    D'accord.

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    Thats the farthest of all


    Did you mean Villa Marie is the farthest of all? It seems from the maps that it's 10 minutes from gustavia and from st. jean? Le Barthelemy seems to be 20 minutes from Gustavia? is this correct?

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by emcash View Post
    Did you mean Villa Marie is the farthest of all? It seems from the maps that it's 10 minutes from gustavia and from st. jean? Le Barthelemy seems to be 20 minutes from Gustavia? is this correct?
    Ah. It depends where you consider the action. I used St Jean as a center for action. It has a great beach, hotels, airport and restaurants. Gustavia is the center for businesses and has shops, restaurants and harbor. Nothing is really that far from anything else on an island 8 miles in length. As you drive thru Lorient you will pass a Church, 2 bakeries, 2 small shopping centers, several restaurants, a pharmacy and several nice shops and the major grocery store on the island. If you go cross island you will be close to 3 of the best restaurants on the island.


    Andy

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    Ah. It depends where you consider the action. I used St Jean as a center for action. It has a great beach, hotels, airport and restaurants. Gustavia is the center for businesses and has shops, restaurants and harbor. Nothing is really that far from anything else on an island 8 miles in length. As you drive from Lorient you will pass a Church, 2 bakeries, 2 small shopping centers, several restaurants, a pharmacy and several nice shops and the major grocery store on the island. If you go cross island you will be close to 3 of the best restaurants on the island.

    Ah, so I'm ten minutes from St. jean whether from Le B or from Villa Marie. I was thinking lots of restaurants seem to be in gustavia, which is 20 minutes from Le B, but many great ones near Le B.

    Thanks so much, this group is very nice and very helpful!

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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Quote Originally Posted by cassidain View Post
    not sure I would call GCdS "murky". it is a lagoon, with its reef barrier, and is very shallow, but I think the waters are generally clear, n'est-ce pas ?
    That wasn't our experience. In early August we spent a splendid day at the spa and pool and enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Le Barthelemy. At that time, the water was not so clear. Sargassum-related, perhaps?

    We all thought the property was fabulous - design, pool, spa, restaurant and service - and loved our day there.
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    Re: Le Barthelemy or Manapany

    Agree with you Dennis and Diane on the clear waters of GCDS.

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