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Villa vs Hotel: where to stay?

Feb 24, 2022

Aside of the obvious things that one should specifically research when visiting certain destinations –the weather, the currency, transportation and so on–, there’s another very common and important question to be answered: should I stay on a hotel, or should I book a villa? Villa vs Hotel: the dilemma.


It depends, of course. Are you planning on a semi-long stay? Or will it be a short escapade? Is your group a small one? Or are you traveling with all your friends on an adventurous holiday? Would you like to meet new people by the pool or in the gym? Or do you value privacy above everything else?


Hopefully, we at Le Barth Villas will be able to help you with this inquiry. Here, you will find a general description of both options and the highlights of each one, and finally, our personal advice as experts in St. Barts.

Staying in a Hotel

Even though there are different kinds of hotels, in all kinds of destinations, the experience of staying in one is pretty much universal. The room you book becomes your home while on your vacation, and within its facilities, you find the hotel staff at your service, to help you with everything you need.


Many hotels have areas accessible to all the guest, such as the pool, the gym or the restaurant. In them, you can connect with other travelers that, most likely, have similar interests with you. You may even find yourself extending your travel party and sightseeing with your new friends. If you are traveling with kids, then they may make friends, too!


This is not an uncommon experience, and something almost unique to staying in a hotel. If, however, you’d prefer something more private, then a villa will be exactly what you are looking for.

Staying in a Villa

The main advantage of staying in a villa is, as we stated before, privacy.


It is like being at home, where each one of you can have their own room, and the pool is only to be shared by you and your travel party. Sometimes, you may even have private beach access, an extra benefit that allows you to always have enough space for a quick picnic or an entire day spent in the sun.


Villas are ideal for groups that want to stick together and tighten their bonds to each other. Families celebrating especial occasions, or even newlyweds on their honeymoon, wanting undisturbed bliss.


Additionally, at Le Barth Villas, you will also have signature benefits at our sister property Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, the #1 hotel in St. Barts, like preferred access to Le Spa, the fitness and yoga room and 15% off in the buffet breakfast.

Villa vs Hotel: where to stay in St. Barts?

If you still have not decided where to stay in your upcoming visit, we may be able to help you with the following  scenarios:


Hotels are great if you are traveling alone and won’t be staying very long. If you are planning for a quick shopping trip to Gustavia and won’t be needing a lot of space, a room will fit you amazingly. Since many hotels have in-site transportation, you will find exactly the kind of assistance you’ll need to reach town. It’s also a good option for small groups open to meeting new people and with a flexible schedule, if you want to experience St. Barts nightlife and hop from bar to bar with your new friends.


On the other hand, St. Barts is well known for being a beach destination, and villas are perfect for families and large groups on a Caribbean holiday, as they offer different rooms, but all of them within the same space. The pool and exercise areas are private, exclusive for you and your travel party to do what you came here to do: relax and unwind, with the sound of the ocean in the background. Since you are basically at home, your schedule can be exactly as you want it to be, eating breakfast directly on the kitchen bar and leaving for a slow day in the sun and the sand.


If you decide to get your own villa for your upcoming trip to St. Barts, trust us at Le Barth Villas to deliver the stay of a lifetime. Discover our villa collections and find the perfect fit for you.


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