Skip to Content

Lessons in Franco-Caribbean Cuisine

March 13, 2013
Lessons in Franco-Caribbean Cuisine

Don’t forget to diet before your next visit to St. Barth’s. You’ll want to be beach-ready upon arrival, and we’d be wiling to wager you’d hope to stay that way throughout. Easier said than done. After all, St. Barth’s is not just one of the Caribbean’s premier beach destinations, it’s also a premier dining destination, and the dining options at the Hotel Carl Gustaf are among the best on the Island.

Begin an evening at the Carl Gustaf with a sunset cocktail at the Carl Gustaf Lounge. Totally redesigned in 2008, this signature bar is among the best places anywhere for a sunset drink, with magnificent views over the pastel-hued houses and yacht-studded harbor of Gustavia.

Stick around at the lounge for a selection of delectable, Tapas-style bar snacks, or head inside to sample Chef Emmanuel Motte’s exquisite Franco-Caribbean cuisine at Victoria’s Restaurant. From the a la carte menu, order items like foie gras with mango chutney or sea bass tartare with horseradish and grilled cuttlefish to start, and steamed stuffed sole with black truffles and spinach sprouts or rack of lamb with roasted polenta and goat cheese marscapone, as main courses.

Those inclined toward the unexpected should opt for the Chef’s Mystery Menu, selecting a two-, three- or five-course meal of undisclosed dishes, inspired daily by the freshest ingredients available on the market.

Of course, Victoria’s is but one of the extraordinary luxuries available to guests at the Hotel Carl Gustaf. Set on a hillside over the harbor, the hotel is home to a collection of exclusive suites, each with its own plunge pool and stunning view. Guests can also take advantage of a full range of spa treatments and excursions to the surrounding beaches and islands.

And of course Gustavia itself harbors a vast array of restaurants, bars, shops and galleries for some of the world’s most discerning travelers. A stay at the Hotel Carl Gustaf is indubitable proof that you yourself are one of them.

LOOK NOW: September and October are quiet months in St. Barth’s, perfect for the traveler who prefers tropical calm to the frenetic energy of the energetic high season. Book now for upcoming dates, or to nab a spot during the busy winter months.