Hotel Filao Beach Hotel Hotel 3 star
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Gustavia, St Barths
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Modest in size, the Filao Beach hotel has a pleasant environment with cottages in a flourishing garden, a quality restaurant and its location on Saint-Jean bay places it in very close ’ proximity to a small nautical base.

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    Location 7.78 /10

    Filao Beach is located directly on the Saint-Jean bay, between the Eden Rock and Emeraude Plage hotels. It is at a two minutes' walking distance from the shops and restaurants of the small seaside resort. The airport is 1 minute away and Gustavia is 5 minutes' drive away (2 km).

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    All the rooms (28 m²) are single-storeyed and have a large terrace filled with teak-trees and deckchairs. They are decorated in a rather unique way (rattan and bamboo), perhaps too much for a Small Luxury Hotel that has increasingly equipped its front office with beautiful colonial-style furniture. Its comfort is, however, unbeatable: air-conditioning, wide-screen satellite television, video-tape recorder, direct telephone (in the room and bathroom), safe, refrigerator, candles and matches for the terrace, bathtub, bidet, bathrobe, duster, guest supplies from Roger & Gallet and Saint-Barth, the island's "beauty" line, hair-dryer, magnifying mirror and beach towels deposited in the room. Guests are provided with 2 bottles of water, a bottle of punch and a beach bag.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The hotel has 15 two-room bungalows laid out in a U-shape around the swimming pool, the bar and the restaurant facing the sea. The paths leading to the residences are set across a luxuriant garden studded with 18 species of palm trees and many other varieties of trees and flowers whose names are mentioned. A beautiful pergola covered with bougainvilleas leads to the restaurant.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The Filao Beach, the hotel's gourmet restaurant, is set up in a large white function room with high apparent framing, opening on to the outside. Several tables are set up on the large teak-studded terrace facing the swimming pool or on the smaller one below, opposite the Atlantic. Having suppers here, with lighted candles, open white parasols and illuminated palm trees is magical. An elaborate menu of wines at affordable prices and excellent cuisine (espadon poêlé embeurré de fenouil and candied green lemon fritters or baked mullets and their puree from sweet basil olive sauce; both two dishes have been tested and approved!). The service is excellent and efficient. 22 to 27 Euros per dish.

    Beach 9.20 /10

    The bay of Saint-Jean has one of the the liveliest , longest and most pleasant beaches on the island (2.5 km). The establishment has reserved a comfortable perimetre of white sand on which it has set up deckchairs. A water-sports centre (windsurfing, kayaking and catamarans) is located nearby.

    To know

    Filao hotel is a member of the selective chain of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
    Rooms 23 to 34 have views over the road that is rather noisy sometimes; numbers 10 to 16 and 35 to 40 are the closest to the ocean.
    The hotel closes in September.
    Get a car to move around and explore the island.

    Equipment

    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Animals allowed

    advantage

    • Direct access to the Saint-Jean beach.
    • The beautiful tropical garden.
    • The gourmet restaurant.
    • The proximity of Saint-Jean town centre.

    disadvantages

    • The decor of the rooms is rather unique.

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