A chic Caribbean holiday retreat

Jocelyne Sibuet brings her trademark taste and unexpected objets to St Barths

A bungalow bedroom at Villa Marie Saint-Barth
A bungalow bedroom at Villa Marie Saint-Barth

Across southern France and the Alps, Jocelyne Sibuet has brought her bourgeois-with-an-edge style to enough fermes and chalets to have become a byword for reliable holiday chic. Habitués of the Caribbean will be pleased to hear she’s expanded to St Barths, with Villa Marie Saint-Barth (saint-barth.villamarie.fr; from $500) – a new sister to her Villa Marie in St Tropez, but writ ever so much larger. Sibuet acquired the old François plantation, high on a hill above Flamands Beach, and reinvented it top to bottom with brazen colour and texture plays, artefacts and unexpected objets – and an additional 11 bungalows, bringing the total to 22 (along with two family-style villas). No direct beach access, but wide vistas, and taste, in abundance.

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