LA BANANE | ST BARTS
On ritzy St. Bart’s—with its five-star resorts and millionaire mansions—the luxurious cluster of bungalows known as Villa La Banane is considered budget lodging, that is, for the rich and famous with money to burn. Built by French cabaret star Jean-Marie Rivière in the 1970s, the villa was a celebrity hangout in its heyday, but was revamped nearly a decade ago by French owners Jean-Marc Israel and Benjamin Fabbri.
The two gave this palm-shaded hideaway a modernist makeover with a design that feels hip without being pretentious. Located in the heart of a spectacular coconut groove, steps from Lorient Beach and a five-minute jaunt to St. Jean beach and shops, it feels a world away from the jet-setting high life on the rest of the island.
The villa’s nine brightly lit one-bedroom bungalows feature outdoor bathrooms and private verandas. Slim Aarons books are piled high in the open-air, poolside library alongside giant Hermès playing cards, and a cocktail bar with a wall mural by Cyprien Chabert draws guests for nightly Sundowners.
Tucked away on the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Barths, Villa La Banane is a gem of a property with luxuriant gardens, professionally equipped bar and a lovely pool area. Its chic and airy open-plan living area breathes vintage luxury with every detail, from the vibrant colors to the fifties designer furniture that adds style and character to the space. Accommodation is available in 9 uber cool bungalows, each with its own private terrace, high-end amenities, and unique styling.
Images are courtesy of La Banane’s website.