the pool at the hotel
The pool at the Gyp Sea Hotel.

This Top Caribbean Luxury Resort Has a New Brand

By: Alexander Britell - January 28, 2024

You’re up on a hillside overlooking St Barth’s particular brand of turquoise, peering out at Flamands Bay, nibbling on accras de morue and sipping on a freshly-made ti’ punch.

As they say on this tiny jewel in the French Caribbean, this is the “art of being an island,” and now there’s a new way to enjoy St Barth.

A new hotel brand has made its debut in St Barth: Gyp Sea, which has rebranded the former Villa Marie resort on a scenic hillside in Colombier. The new Gyp Sea Hotel is a collection of 22 bungalows and villas in a privileged setting overlooking one of St Barth’s most beautiful bays.

the view of little cays near the hotel
The hotel is perched in Colombier above Flamands Bay.

That’s a mix of one-bedroom bungalows and two-bedroom villas; the latter come with their own private pools. 

The bungalows range from the 377-square-foot Plantation Bungalow to the high-level Pool Suite, with a 10 meter-long private swimming pool, 2,045 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and a “vacation in total privacy,” as the resort describes it. 

the spa
Inside a treatment room at the “Pure Altitude” spa.

The villas have sweeping views of Flamands Bay, sprawling terraces and two bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms. 

The dining concepts range from a poolside eatery to a chef’s table, with a delicious blend of French Caribbean cuisine (go for the Accras) and international fare (yes, there’s 100 percent pata negra Iberian ham). 

inside a room with four-poster bed and ocean view
What a room looks like.

That’s along with the Pure Altitude Spa and a wellness center. 

Gyp Sea Hotel is part of the Maisons et Hotels Sibuet portfolio. 

It’s the latest in a growing number of creative rebrands on the island, including the notable transformation of the Tropical hotel in St Jean. 

The news of the rebranding comes as Villa Marie has opened a new collection of “beach houses” on St Jean bay, where the original Gyp Sea beach club is located — a club that has in just a few short years become one of the island’s buzziest beach spots. 

For more, visit the Gyp Sea

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