Le Manapany Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
St. Barts

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Pros

  • All rooms and suites have private terraces, some with ocean views
  • Hotel has direct beach access
  • Oceanfront Fellini Restaurant with wonderful sunset views
  • Amazing pool and deck right above the beach
  • Nice spa with reasonably priced treatments
  • Remote location and lush grounds

Cons

  • Rooms are inconsistent in quality of decor and size
  • Beach is rocky and narrow with a strong tide
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi
  • Nothing within walking distance

Bottom Line

Located directly on intimate Anse de Cayes, Le Manapany has many admirable features: a fantastic pool deck, a nice beachfront restaurant, a tranquil spa, a small boutique, and direct beach access. But the rooms vary greatly in both size and style -- ranging from overtly stark modern to Robinson Crusoe chic and everything in between. Some guests complain they are smaller and not as chic as others on St. Barts. But then again, it's hard to come by this many amenities at this price point anywhere else on the island. Manapany’s biggest competitor is the posh Hotel Guanahani & Spa, which is far more refined -- and much more expensive. For travelers travelers looking for more features than a boutique hotel can offer, but lower rates than the luxury resorts require, Manapany is about as good as it gets.

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A laid-back, intimate beach hotel with all of the amenities of a resort

The Grounds
The Grounds

With a name that aptly means “small paradise,” Hôtel Le Manapany Cottages & Spa is an intimate beach hotel with all of the trappings of a resort and none of the sprawl. The steep hillside grounds of this 46-room property are infused in their natural surroundings with winding pathways through coconut groves and a natural coastline that shifts with the trade winds. The laid-back vibe is less luxury, more relaxed retreat.

For such an intimate number of rooms, Manapany has a wealth of amenities. Some of them are excellent: the four-treatment room Spa Payot is a holistic sanctuary with a diverse therapy menu; the pool features excellent ocean views and comfy padded loungers; the tennis court and fitness center look brand new.

Unfortunately, the beach is narrow and rocky, with seaweed everywhere and unruly waves. Additionally, the restaurant has prices that rival Hotel Guanahani’s exceptional Bartoloméo -- but Manapany’s Fellini simply cannot compete. Still, guests don’t seem all that bothered by the untamed beachfront, and the property as a whole manages to maintain a quiet and intimate vibe that rivals far more expensive resorts.

 Location

On the northwest side of the island with nothing within walking distance, and a 10-minute drive to Gustavia

This part of St. Barts is sparsely populated with hardly any businesses nearby, and there are lots of winding roads before reaching the arched sign that says “Manapany.” There is nothing within walking distance, but the areas of St. Jean and Gustavia are a quick drive away.

Those who forgo a car rental should be advised that, although the island does widely accept American dollars, some taxi drivers will penalize you greatly for using foreign currency by charging obscenely high rates.

  • 5-minute drive to Saint-Barthélemy Airport
  • 5-minute drive to St-Jean Beach
  • 7-minute drive to Colombier beach
  • 10-minute drive to Gustavia Harbor
  • 10-minute drive to Lorient Bay
  • 10-minute drive to Rue de la République for shopping, cafes, restaurants, and bars
  • 10-minute drive to Grand Saline nude beach

 Rooms

Standard rooms are almost dull; beachfront suites are better

The Suite Sitting Area
The Suite Sitting Area

The room decor falls short of achieving the same stylishness as the public areas. Varying greatly in style, the best rooms feature white rattan furnishings, carved wood canopy beds, and breathtaking views of the ocean. The worst rooms are either overtly spare with bland furniture attempting to fill the whitewashed spaces, or monastery-like with no-frills beds and worn furnishings.

Proximity to the ocean also varies greatly. Guests may book an ocean view, but that doesn't mean the room will be close to the ocean -- due to the resort’s hillside location, some rooms require several minutes' walk to the beach even though the water can be seen from the room's balcony.

The beachfront suites are the resort’s newest, but they still could use more attention. Unfinished wooden doors and ceilings would look more at home in log cabins than tropical suites (though they do add a fragrant smell), and furnishings are minimal.

Still, there are quite a few finer features to appreciate: private balconies with ocean views, massive baths with dressing areas and soaking tubs, and well-stocked minibars, to name a few.

  • Varying rooms, from standard rooms far from beach to oceanfront suites
  • Balconies with ocean or garden views
  • 26-inch or larger flat-screen TVs
  • Minibars with beer, champagne, wine, Dewar’s, Grey Goose, Bacardi, juice, soda, and snacks
  • Large bathrooms with robes, slippers, and large soaking tubs
  • No bedside alarm clocks
  • Fee-based Wi-Fi

 Features

All the features of a grand resort -- just on a smaller scale

Treatment Room in the Spa
Treatment Room in the Spa
  • Spa with four treatment rooms and manicure station
  • Small boutique selling beachwear, sunscreen, jewelry, sandals
  • Large ocean-view pool with padded lounge chairs and two cabanas
  • Modern fitness center
  • Lighted tennis court
  • Free self-parking
  • Direct access to a narrow beach with rocky coastline and choppy current
  • Beachfront/poolside restaurant, Fellini, serves gourmet Italian food
  • Wine cellar and small bar
  • Front desk is not open 24 hours
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 Bottom Line

Located directly on intimate Anse de Cayes, Le Manapany has many admirable features: a fantastic pool deck, a nice beachfront restaurant, a tranquil spa, a small boutique, and direct beach access. But the rooms vary greatly in both size and style -- ranging from overtly stark modern to Robinson Crusoe chic and everything in between. Some guests complain they are smaller and not as chic as others on St. Barts. But then again, it's hard to come by this many amenities at this price point anywhere else on the island. Manapany’s biggest competitor is the posh Hotel Guanahani & Spa, which is far more refined -- and much more expensive. For travelers travelers looking for more features than a boutique hotel can offer, but lower rates than the luxury resorts require, Manapany is about as good as it gets.

Things You Should Know About Le Manapany Hotel & Spa

Address

  • Anse des Cayes

Room Types

  • Apartment Garden View
  • Beach Front Junior Suite
  • Beach Front Suite
  • Deluxe Garden View Room
  • Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Junior Suite Garden View
  • Junior Suite Ocean View W/ Jacuzzi
  • Junior Suite Sea View
  • Suite Ocean View
  • Superior Garden View
  • Superior Sea View Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 42
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: St. Barts
Address: Anse des Cayes
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