My wife and I spend a week here at the end of November. It was our first trip to St. Barth, though we have traveled widely in the Caribbean. We really enjoyed the island and plan to go back - and we would definitely go back to Les Ondines because our experience there was such an important contributor to our overall enjoyment of the holiday. The location is great for the views across the bay/lagoon and all the activities happening there.The hotel is small, and is like a little oasis of calm among the bustle that is going on around and in the bay. We had a ground floor room with deck and steps down to the beach. Breakfast in the morning sitting on the patio looking out on the water was perfect. We don't cook on holiday, but the kitchen was useful because we could make a sandwich or snack on cold meat and pate from the local minimart. In the evening, if you did not go out for dinner it was simple to walk a few metres along the beach and bring back a perfect pizza to go with your wine.
The (very small) staff at Les Ondines are great. Raphael met us at the airport and took us back the next morning to pick up our rental car. He was a wonderful resource for tips on where to dine, where to swim and snorkel, where to leave the car to hike into a bay and where to shop. Margarite brought in our breakfast in the morning so beautifully arranged and our room was always spotless. The hotel has some nice touches, like access to the kayaks, a shower on the beach and folding chairs that you can take with you when you go to explore other beaches in the car.
Les Ondines suited our style of holiday in the Caribbean perfectly - if you like to explore the island on your own and sample the different beaches, villages, Gustavia and dining experiences then it is perfect. If you don't want to drive and prefer a large all inclusive resort then you will need to go somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the white sand beach in grand cul de sac, the hotel has some villa suites 1 and 2 bedrooms,700 to 1500 square feet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Ondines Hotel
- Hotel Les Ondines Sur La Plage St. Barthelemy/Grand Cul-De-Sac